Monday, January 13, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, January 13, 2020
Psalm 89:5-37; Genesis 35:1-15; Acts 10:44-48

The Daily Lectionary
MONDAY, January 13, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

God anoints David to be a son
5  The heavens praise your wonders, Lord,
     your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
6  For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
     Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?
7  In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
     he is more awesome than all who surround him.
8  Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
     You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds

9  You rule over the surging sea;
     when its waves mount up, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like one of the slain;
     with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.
11 The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
     you founded the world and all that is in it.
12 You created the north and the south;
     Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.
13 Your arm is endowed with power;
     your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.

14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your
     love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
     who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
16 They rejoice in your name all day long;
     they celebrate your righteousness.
17 For you are their glory and strength,
     and by your favor you exalt our horn.
18 Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord,
     our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19 Once you spoke in a vision,
     to your faithful people you said:
   “I have bestowed strength on a warrior;
     I have raised up a young man from among the people.
20 I have found David my servant;
     with my sacred oil I have anointed him.
21 My hand will sustain him;
     surely my arm will strengthen him.
22 The enemy will not get the better of him;
     the wicked will not oppress him.
23 I will crush his foes before him
     and strike down his adversaries.
24 My faithful love will be with him,
     and through my name his horn will be exalted.
25 I will set his hand over the sea,
     his right hand over the rivers.
26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father,
     my God, the Rock my Savior.’
27 And I will appoint him to be my firstborn,
     the most exalted of the kings of the earth.
28 I will maintain my love to him forever,
     and my covenant with him will never fail.
29 I will establish his line forever,
     his throne as long as the heavens endure.

30 “If his sons forsake my law
     and do not follow my statutes,
31 if they violate my decrees
     and fail to keep my commands,
32 I will punish their sin with the rod,
     their iniquity with flogging;
33 but I will not take my love from him,
     nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant
     or alter what my lips have uttered.
35 Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness—
     and I will not lie to David—
36 that his line will continue forever
     and his throne endure before me like the sun;
37 it will be established forever like the moon,
     the faithful witness in the sky.”

God calls and blesses Jacob
35:1 Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.”

2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. 3 Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.” 4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem. 5 Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.

6 Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. 7 There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

8 Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died and was buried under the oak outside Bethel. So it was named Allon Bakuth.

9 After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again and blessed him. 10 God said to him, “Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel.

11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants. 12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.” 13 Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him.

14 Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 15 Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.

Through Peter God calls Gentiles to be baptized
10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.

Then Peter said, 47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

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The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, January 13, 2020
Psalm 89:5-37; Genesis 35:1-15; Acts 10:44-48

The Daily Prayer for MONDAY, January 13, 2020

The Daily Prayer
MONDAY, January 13, 2020

In 2003, George Ryan, Republican governor of Illinois, called for a moratorium on the death penalty. Persuaded by the work of law students exposing race and class discrimination, he called for a halt on executions. Though his political career was tainted by scandal, the 2003 moratorium affirmed and fueled the fire of many Christians and other abolitionists who are working for restorative justice and for an end to the death penalty.

Contemporary theologian Mark L. Taylor has written, “Jesus died the victim of executioners with imperial power. There is an inescapable opposition between the life and death of Jesus and imperial power. To embrace and love the executed God is to be in resistance to empire. To be a follower of the executed Jesus of Nazareth is to venture down a road without having a place in the system of imperial control.”

Lord, even though you have conquered the grave, death is still an enemy that robs creation of your intent for life. Make us offended by death wherever we find it. Help us to advocate for life, from our communities to our capitols. Amen.

Verse of the Day for MONDAY, January 13, 2020

2 Corinthians 5:19-20
[All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:] that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
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Un dia a la Vez - Lunes 13 de enero de 2020

Recibe lo mejor de Dios

El que atiende a la palabra, prospera. ¡Dichoso el que confía en el Señor!

No comiences tu año pensando que eres un fracasado, que ya no hay nada que hacer. Siempre hay lago que hacer. Siempre Dios no da la oportunidad de levantarnos, cambiar y apoderarnos de las promesas que nos dejó Él. ¿Por qué no crees en ellas? ¿En serio piensas que esos beneficios son solo para algunos?

No es bueno que tengas problemas. Aun así, que no todo en la vida te haya salido como esperabas no quiere decir que no levantarás cabeza nunca más.

Antes debes creer en ti mismo y, con esa mentalidad, levantarte cada día a conquistar todo lo que esté a tu alcance.

No te rindas, ánimo, que aún no ha llegado lo mejor.

Recibe lo mejor de Dios en este día. Cambia tu actitud y verás cómo empiezan a suceder las cosas. Además, de un cielo gris pasas a un hermoso cielo azul, con algunas nubes quizá, pero bonito.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
No comiences tu año pensando que eres un fracasado, que ya no hay nada que hacer. Siempre hay lago que hacer.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Monday, January 13, 2020

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes…”

Trees were not plentiful in Israel and most grew by sources of water like an oasis or a stream. Jeremiah’s simile indicates a person with confidence in the Lord is like a deep-rooted tree by the stream (see Psalm 1 also) that is not afraid of heat.

Samuel Lamb is a well-known house church pastor in southern China in the city of Guangzhou. He spent time in prison for his faith as a young pastor on two occasions totaling almost twenty years. He was forced to work in a coal mine where the work was hard and dangerous. He is convinced that God’s protection is the only reason he survived.

Upon his release after the second imprisonment, he returned home to find out that his dear wife had just passed away. Now in his seventies, he threw himself fully into the ministry again opening an unregistered house church on the second and third story of his home while the local police utilized the ground floor for their office. His congregation grew rapidly. He could pack in two hundred sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the third floor where he preached and another two hundred listening via a speaker system on the second floor. Soon he had to have five services a week to get everyone in. Each person had to walk past the police post to climb the stairs to his meeting.

He soon became the best-known unregistered house church pastor in China. United States President Ronald Regan sent him a monographed pen set. Billy and Ruth Graham visited the location with many photos taken.

Because of his refusal to register with the government Three-Self Patriotic Movement Church, the authorities were constantly irritated. Unhappy with his boldness and the growth of his church, they harassed him repeatedly and often threatened to return him to prison. Each time this threat occurred, Samuel Lamb would hold up two fingers and say, “I’ve been to prison twice already. My bag is packed and I’m ready to go again!” Intimidation would not work against him as he had no fear and his trust was completely in the Lord. And each time the authorities would leave to consider what other tactics they could use against him.

Pastor Lamb continues his unofficial, growing church ministry to this day. As an elderly pastor, he does not fear when the “heat” comes.

RESPONSE: Today I will trust completely in the Lord and rely on His wisdom when pressures arise.

PRAYER: Pray other pastors in China will have the fearlessness and church growth of Samuel Lamb.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

Women of the Bible - Monday, January 13, 2020


Her name means: "Fugitive" or "Immigrant"

Her character: A foreigner and slave, Hagar let pride overtake her when she became Abraham's wife. A lonely woman with few resources, she suffered harsh punishment for her mistake. She obeyed God's voice as soon as she heard it and was given a promise that her son would become the father of a great nation.
Her sorrow: That she was taken from her homeland to become a slave in a foreign land, where she was mistreated for many years.
Her joy: To know that God cared, that he saw her suffering and heard her cry and that he helped her when she needed him most.
Key Scriptures: Genesis 16; 21:8-21; Galatians 4:22-31

Her Story

An Egyptian slave and Sarah's bitter rival, Hagar still had one thing going for her that her mistress never enjoyed: a personal revelation of God, who lovingly intervened on her behalf, not once but twice. It happened when she was alone and afraid, without a shekel to her name—but that's getting ahead of the story.

You may remember that Abraham, whom we honor as the father of faith, showed little evidence of that faith when he and Sarah first entered Egypt to escape a famine in Canaan. Certain the Egyptians would kill him once they caught sight of his beautiful wife, he advised her to pose as his sister. Soon enough, Pharaoh added Sarah to his harem and rewarded Abraham with an abundance of camels, sheep, cattle, donkeys, and servants. But God punished Pharaoh for his unwitting error so effectively that, when he found out that Sarah was actually Abraham's wife, he ordered the two of them to leave Egypt with all their belongings. Possibly, Hagar was part of the booty Abraham and Sarah took with them—a gift they later regretted.

Still, of the three parties involved in the scheme to make Hagar a surrogate mother, she was perhaps the only innocent one, a slave with little power to resist. When Sarah told Abraham to sleep with her maid, she opened the door to spiritual catastrophe. As soon as Hagar discovered her pregnancy, she began lording it over her mistress, hardly a smart move for a young foreigner up against a woman entrenched in her husband's affections.

In fact, Sarah made life so difficult for Hagar that she fled into the desert, a desperate move for a pregnant woman who was so far from home. She hadn't gotten far before she heard a voice calling, "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going? Go back to your mistress and submit to her." But then, as if to sweeten the order, came a word of assurance: "You will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord, has heard of your misery."

Remarkably, Hagar didn't argue but returned to Abraham and Sarah. Like a stream of water in the desert, God's word had penetrated the wilderness of her heart. Her bondage, her bitterness, her anxiety about the future—God had seen every bit of it. He knew about the child in her womb, naming him Ishmael, meaning "God hears." In the years to come, whenever Hagar would hold her son close, watch him play, or worry about his future, she would remember that God was near, listening for the child's cry. Little wonder that she had responded to the voice in the desert by calling the Lord "the God who sees me."

Some sixteen years later, Hagar found herself once again in the wilderness, this time by force rather than by choice. In a crescendo of bitterness against her younger rival, Sarah had expelled Hagar and Ishmael from their home. Dying from thirst, Hagar placed her son under a bush and withdrew, unable to witness his agony.

Her weeping was soon broken by an angel's voice, "Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation." With that, the angel of the Lord opened Hagar's eyes so that she discovered a well of water nearby that would save her son's life.

The last we see of Hagar, she is living in the Desert of Paran in the Sinai Peninsula, busy securing a wife, and, therefore, a future, for Ishmael. God had made a way in the wilderness for a single woman and her son, without friends, family, or resources to help her. He had seen, he had heard, and he had indeed been faithful.

Her Promise

A thin young woman sits huddled in the front seat of her car. She covers her ears to block out the sound of her little son as he whimpers with cold in the backseat. Her husband abandoned her and the boy two months before. Left without resources, she was soon turned out of her apartment. The car is now their only home. It has long since seen its last drop of gasoline, and its worn interior provides little protection from the winter winds outside.

This modern-day Hagar is no further from God's promises than was Hagar herself as she poured out her sorrow in the desert. God sees her heartache, just as he saw Hagar's. Though you may not be as desperate as Hagar or her modern counterpart, you may have experienced times in your life that made you fear for the future. Whether you are living in a wilderness of poverty or loneliness or sorrow, God's promises, love, and protection are just as available to you now as they were to Hagar.

This devotional is drawn from Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda. Used with permission.
A lonely woman with few resources, she suffered harsh punishment for her mistake.

LHM Daily Devotions January 13, 2020 - The Voice

"The Voice"

Jan. 13, 2020

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His Name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness. The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
Psalm 29:2-4 (ESV)

The psalmist calls on us to "ascribe to the Lord," to attribute to Him, the glory due to Him alone. The glory of the Lord is revealed in the majesty and power of His voice. It is a voice that breaks mighty cedar trees and shakes the wilderness. It is a voice that makes nations and mountains shudder and skip like leaping calves. The voice of the Lord strips forests bare as God's people praise His glory.

The voice of the Lord thunders over the waters, as it did at creation, when "the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters" (Genesis 1:2b). By His Word, God called the universe into existence. His voice commanded, "' Let there be light,' and there was light" (Genesis 1:3b). It is the same voice that we heard by faith not long ago, as we celebrated the birth of Jesus who is the Word made flesh. The voice from the manger in Bethlehem was not a thundering voice, but the cry of a newborn child. It was not a powerful voice as the world defines power, but the voice was strong enough to summon the care and comfort of His mother Mary.

The thundering voice of God spoke gently to the weak, the blind, and the lame, as the Savior healed the sick and proclaimed the Kingdom. The voice that shakes the wilderness called to Lazarus, "Come out!" and the dead man returned to life and left his tomb (see John 11:1-44). Jesus spoke quietly to a dead child, "Little girl, I say to you, arise," and He returned the living daughter to her astonished parents (see Mark 5:35-43).

At the appointed time, the voice of the Lord thundered in desolate victory as Jesus cried out from the cross, "It is finished!" That cry—the power of God made perfect in weakness—meant that our salvation was accomplished, our sins are forgiven. Three days later, the crucified and risen Savior, in the flesh, invited His frightened disciples, "See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Touch Me and see" (Luke 24:39a). Sin, death, and Satan fell victim to that conquering voice, and the promise of life and resurrection was ours.

We find the mighty voice of God in His written Word. We hear it in the thundering voice of His Law and in the sweet, comforting words of the Gospel. We are assured by the gentle and certain promise of His presence, "I am with you always" (Matthew 28:20b). We are nourished in faith and forgiveness by His quiet invitation, "This is My body ... this is My blood" (see Mark 14:22-24). And we hear the Lord's promise, "I am coming soon," and our voices reply: "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20)

THE PRAYER: Lord, we love to hear the majesty and power of Your voice through holy Scripture, and we look forward to that great day of resurrection when from our graves we will hear Your command, "Arise!" Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Reflection Questions:
  • What places in nature most reflect the grandeur and power of God for you? Do you live in or near such a place?
  • How does God speak through nature?
  • From your experience speaking with others, do they mostly see God in nature or does the natural world seem more like an evolved/happenstance thing?

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Carol Geisler. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
What places in nature most reflect the grandeur and power of God for you?

CPTLN devocional del 13 de enero de 2020 - La voz


La voz

13 de Enero de 2020

¡Ríndanle la gloria digna de su nombre!¡Adoren al Señor en su santuario hermoso! La voz del Señor resuena sobre las aguas. El Dios de la gloria hace oír su voz. El Señor está sobre las muchas aguas. La voz del Señor es potente. La voz del Señor es majestuosa.
Salmos 29:2-4 (RVC)

El salmista nos llama a "rendirle gloria al Señor", a atribuirle la gloria debida solo a Él. La gloria del Señor se revela en la majestad y el poder de su voz. Es una voz que rompe hasta poderosos cedros y sacude el desierto. Es una voz que hace que las naciones y las montañas se estremezcan y salten como terneros. La voz del Señor despoja los bosques cuando el pueblo de Dios alaba su gloria.

La voz del Señor truena sobre las aguas, como lo hizo en la creación, cuando "el espíritu de Dios se movía sobre la superficie de las aguas" (Génesis 1:2b). Con Su Palabra, Dios llamó al universo a la existencia. Su voz ordenó: "«¡Que haya luz!» Y hubo luz" (Génesis 1:3b). Es la misma voz que escuchamos por la fe cuando celebramos el nacimiento de Jesús, quien es la Palabra hecha carne. La voz del pesebre en Belén no era una voz atronadora, sino el llanto de un niño recién nacido. No era una voz poderosa según la definición de poder de este mundo. Solo era una voz lo suficientemente fuerte como para invocar el cuidado y cariño de su madre María.

La voz poderosa de Dios habló gentilmente a los débiles, los ciegos y los cojos, cuando el Salvador sanó a los enfermos y proclamó el Reino. La voz que sacude el desierto llamó a Lázaro y le dijo: "Sal fuera", y el hombre muerto volvió a la vida y dejó su tumba (ver Juan 11:1-44). Jesús le habló en voz baja a una niña muerta: «A ti, niña, te digo: ¡levántate!», y la niña viva fue con sus asombrados padres (ver Marcos 5:35-43).

En el momento señalado, la voz del Señor tronó con una victoria desolada cuando Jesús gritó desde la cruz: "¡Consumado es!" Ese grito, el poder de Dios perfeccionado en la debilidad, significaba que nuestra salvación se había logrado, que nuestros pecados fueron perdonados. Tres días después, el Salvador crucificado y resucitado en carne y hueso, invitó a Sus asustados discípulos y les dijo: "¡Miren mis manos y mis pies! ¡Soy yo! Tóquenme y véanme" (Lucas 24:39a). El pecado, la muerte y Satanás fueron vencidos por esa voz de conquista, y la promesa de vida y resurrección fue hecha nuestra.

Encontramos la poderosa voz de Dios en su Palabra escrita. Lo escuchamos en la voz atronadora de Su Ley y en las dulces y reconfortantes palabras del Evangelio. La promesa gentil y segura de su presencia nos dice con certeza: "yo estaré con ustedes todos los días, hasta el fin del mundo" (Mateo 28:20b). Su tranquila invitación nos alimenta con fe y perdón: "Esto es mi cuerpo ... esto es mi sangre" (véase Marcos 14:22-24). Y escuchamos la promesa del Señor, "El que da testimonio de estas cosas dice: «Ciertamente, vengo pronto.» Amén. ¡Ven, Señor Jesús!"(Apocalipsis 22:20)

ORACIÓN: Señor, nos encanta escuchar la majestad y el poder de tu voz a través de la Sagrada Escritura, y esperamos con ansias ese gran día de resurrección cuando desde nuestras tumbas escucharemos tu orden, "¡Levántate!" Amén. ¡Ven Señor Jesús!

Dra. Carol Geisler

Para reflexionar:
  • ¿Qué lugares de la naturaleza reflejan más la grandeza y el poder de Dios para ti? ¿Vives cerca o lejos de allí?
  • ¿Cómo te habla Dios a través de la naturaleza?

© Copyright 2019 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Qué lugares de la naturaleza reflejan más la grandeza y el poder de Dios para ti?

Notre Pain Quotidien - Tous ont besoin de compassion

Tous ont besoin de compassion

Lisez : Matthieu 9.27-38
La Bible en un an : Genèse 31 – 32 ; Matthieu 9.18-38

Voyant la foule, il fut ému de compassion pour elle, parce qu’elle était languissante et abattue, comme des brebis qui n’ont point de berger.

Nouveau croyant en Jésus, Jeff était commis-voyageur pour une grande société pétrolière. Or, dans ses déplacements, il entendait parler de gens au vécu souvent déchirant. Il en est venu à comprendre que ce dont ses clients avaient le plus besoin, ce n’était pas de pétrole, mais de compassion. Ils avaient besoin de Dieu. Cette prise de conscience a amené Jeff à fréquenter un séminaire, où il a appris à mieux connaître le cœur de Dieu et à finalement devenir pasteur.

Jeff puisait sa compassion en Jésus. Matthieu 9.27-33 nous donne un aperçu de la compassion de Christ quand il a miraculeusement guéri deux aveugles et un démoniaque. Tout au long de son ministère terrestre, il a prêché l’Évangile et a accompli des miracles dans « toutes les villes et les villages » (V. 35). Pourquoi ? « Voyant la foule, il fut ému de compassion pour elle, parce qu’elle était languissante et abattue, comme des brebis qui n’ont point de berger » (V. 36).

Le monde d’aujourd’hui abonde encore en gens troublés et souffrants qui ont besoin des tendres soins du Sauveur. Comme un berger qui guide, protège et soigne ses brebis, Jésus accorde sa compassion à tous ceux qui viennent à lui (11.28). Quelle que soit notre situation de vie, nous pouvons trouver en lui un cœur débordant de tendresse et d’intérêt. Et une fois que l’on a goûté l’amour et la compassion de Dieu, on ne peut que vouloir en faire profiter les autres.

Allons vers les gens avec compassion.

© 2020 Ministères NPQ
Nouveau croyant en Jésus, Jeff était commis-voyageur pour une grande société pétrolière. Or, dans ses déplacements, il entendait parler de gens au vécu souvent déchirant.…