Monday, January 20, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, January 20, 2020
Psalm 40:6-17; Exodus 12:1-13, 21-28; Acts 8:26-40

The Daily Lectionary
MONDAY, January 20, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Not sacrifice but divine mercy
6  Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
     but my ears you have opened—
     burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
7  Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
     it is written about me in the scroll.
8  I desire to do your will, my God;
     your law is within my heart.”

9  I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
     I do not seal my lips, Lord,
     as you know.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
     I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
   I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
    from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
     may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
12 For troubles without number surround me;
     my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
   They are more than the hairs of my head,
     and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, Lord;
     come quickly, Lord, to help me.

14 May all who want to take my life
     be put to shame and confusion;
   may all who desire my ruin
     be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
     be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you
     rejoice and be glad in you;
   may those who long for your saving help always say,
     “The Lord is great!”

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
     may the Lord think of me.
   You are my help and my deliverer;
     you are my God, do not delay.

The passover lamb
12:1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. 5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. 10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.

12 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. 23 When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.

24 “Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. 25 When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. 26 And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ 27 then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’” Then the people bowed down and worshiped. 28 The Israelites did just what the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron.

Philip teaches about the lamb
8:26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.”

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37 Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

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

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The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, January 20, 2020
Psalm 40:6-17; Exodus 12:1-13, 21-28; Acts 8:26-40

The Daily Prayer for MONDAY, January 20, 2020

The Daily Prayer
MONDAY, January 20, 2020

John Calvin, sixteenth-century theologian and reformer, wrote, “The creation is quite like a spacious and splendid house, provided and filled with the most exquisite and the most abundant furnishings. Everything in it tells us of God.”

Lord, wherever we look today, allow us to catch a glimpse of you. And whenever others look at us today, allow them to catch a glimpse of you. Amen.

Verse of the Day for MONDAY, January 20, 2020

James 1:2-3
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
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Un dia a la Vez - Lunes 20 de enero de 2020

Honra a tus padres

Honra a tu padre y a tu madre [...] para que te vaya bien y disfrutes de una larga vida en la tierra.
Efesios 6:2-3 (NVI)

Si quieres alargar tu vida, debes honrar a tus padres. Honrar es respetar. Es fascinante saber que es un mandamiento establecido por Dios y es el primero que tiene una promesa a su lado. En nuestras palabras es bien sencillo: Si respetamos, o sea, honramos a papá y mamá, Dios nos garantiza que tendremos una larga vida. Y es tan profunda esta enseñanza que, desde que la conocí, hago lo mejor de mi parte para darles a mis padres todo mi respeto, amor y atención, aunque no viven conmigo en Estados Unidos.

¿Cuándo fue la última vez que atendiste a tu padre? ¿Cuándo fue la última vez que tuviste un detalle con tu madre? Sé que a menudo el rencor y el resentimiento acompañan el corazón de los hijos, pues en muchos casos esos padres fueron abusadores y fuertes con ellos. Nunca les dieron amor. Es más, nunca les dijeron que los amaban y, en la actualidad, esos corazones están endurecidos por la falta de perdón.

Hoy es el día de honrar a papá y mamá, sin importar lo que sucediera en el pasado. Tu obligación es vivir un principio, y si necesitas perdonarlos hoy, hazlo. Llámalos, escríbeles una carta para decirles lo importante que son para ti, y esto tendrá un hermoso fruto. Te sentirás libre y entonces podrás ser obediente al mandato de Dios. Y si alguno partió con el Señor, exprésalo mediante una oración.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Si quieres alargar tu vida, debes honrar a tus padres.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Monday, January 20, 2020

…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:2-3 (NIV)

The letter to the Hebrews was written to first-century Jewish background believers who were being severely persecuted. Some were even considering giving up their faith in Jesus. The unknown author pens what many Bible scholars feel was originally a sermon about the superiority of Jesus over anyone else and everything else.

He slowly builds his case to culminate in the great faith chapter. In this chapter, he also points out that some great men and women of faith lived to see the fruit of their faith while many others—also men and women of faith—died prematurely because of persecution. Now in chapter twelve, the author makes what I think is his critical statement or main point of the letter.

How do we walk by faith? We walk by faith by keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus! Not fixed on our problems or difficult environment of opposition. Jesus was the pioneer and perfecter of faith. He endured opposition to the point of crucifixion. So we follow His example and we will also patiently endure because of the joy we know that is yet to come.

In a communist country, a Christian girl named Viorica was beaten harshly in school because she had invited her schoolmates to church. She fainted during the beating, and an ambulance had to take her to the hospital. Two days passed before she regained consciousness. When she did, the doctor at her bedside said, “You poor girl, at last, you’ve opened your eyes. All this time I’ve been thinking of the cruelty of the director who beat you like this. My heart has been bitter with hatred. I wish I could take revenge on him.”

Viorica smiled. “There is no need to hate him,” she replied. Jesus taught us to love everyone. Just before I opened my eyes, I saw Him and talked to Him. He asked me whether it still hurts. And He told me that in heaven I will receive a very beautiful crown, which is reserved only for those who have suffered for Him. He told me to pray for those who mistreated me, and to love them because our influence will help them to give their lives to God and so become His children.”

From the mouths of children! Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus!

RESPONSE: Today I will take my eyes off my surroundings, my problems, my fears, and my suffering. I will keep them fixed on Jesus my Lord.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me keep my focus on You and in so doing bring glory and honor to You.

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 20, 2020

Lot's Wife

Her character: She was a prosperous woman who may have been more attached to the good life than was good for her. Though there is no indication she participated in the sin of Sodom, her story implies she had learned to tolerate it and that her heart had become divided as a result.
Her sorrow: That her heart's choice led to judgment rather than mercy, and that she ultimately refused God's attempts to save her.
Key Scriptures: Genesis 18:16-19:29; Luke 17:28-33

Her Story

Lot's wife had only hours to live, though she never suspected it. She must have gone about her business, as usual, tidying the house, cooking and kibitzing with the neighbors, unaware of the tragedy about to overtake her.

Years earlier she had married Abraham's nephew, and the two had amassed a fortune in land and livestock. Eventually, they settled in Sodom, uncomfortably comfortable in a city so wicked that heaven itself dispatched angels to investigate the allegations against it.

Lot, it so happened, was at the city gate at the very moment the angels arrived. Greeting the strangers, he quickly implored them to spend the night in his home, anxious about what might happen to them once night had fallen.

Lot's wife must have welcomed the strangers warmly, too, for hospitality was a sacred trust in the ancient world. Then, just before bedtime, she would have heard the voices. At first, a few muffled words and then echoing laughter and finally an ugly clamor as a noose of men tightened around the house. Rough voices shouted for her husband to open the door and surrender his guests to their pleasure.

"No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing!" Lot screamed back. But the crowd was furious for its own way. Then he attempted an appalling bargain. "Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof." But the men of Sodom would not be thwarted and rushed the door to force their way in.

Suddenly, the angels reached out, pulled Lot back into the house, and struck the men at the door blind. Then they turned to Lot, urging him, "Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, because we are going to destroy this place."

But Lot's sons-in-law thought he was joking and refused to leave.

At dawn, the angels again urged Lot to hurry lest he and his wife and daughters perish with the rest of the city. Still, the family hesitated until the angels finally grabbed their hands and dragged them out, urging, "Flee for your lives! Don't look back, and don't stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains, or you will be swept away!"

By the time Lot and his family reached the small city of Zoar, the sun had risen over the land and everything in Sodom was engulfed in burning sulfur. Men, women, children, and livestock were all obliterated. A terrible judgment for terrible sin.

But the judgment was even worse than either Lot or his daughters first realized. Safe at last, they must have turned to each other in relief at their escape and then turned again in shock, realizing one of their numbers was missing. They would have searched, hoping against hope, until they finally caught sight of the white salt pillar, silhouetted against the sky, a lonely monument in the shape of a woman turning around toward Sodom.

If you have ever seen pictures of ancient Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in ad 79, where human shapes are preserved to this day by the lava that stopped them dead in their tracks, you might imagine the disaster that overtook Lot's wife.

Why did she turn, despite the angel's clear warning? Was her heart still attached to everything she left behind in the city—a life of comfort, ease, and pleasure? Did she still have family trapped in the city? Or was she fascinated by the tragic spectacle taking place behind her, like a gawking motorist at the scene of a bloody accident? Perhaps all these things combined were a glue that caused her feet to slow, her head to turn, and her body to be overtaken by the punishment God had meant to spare her. By her own choice—her very last choice—she cast her lot with judgment rather than with mercy.

Jesus urged his followers to remember Lot's wife: "It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot's wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it" (Luke 17:30-33). Sobering words recalling a sobering story. Words meant to lead us away from the compelling illusions of wickedness and safe into the arms of mercy.

Her Promise

Earlier, God had promised Abraham he would spare the city of Sodom if he could find only ten righteous people in it, but not even ten could be found. So God sent his angels to Sodom to rescue Lot and his family (Genesis 18) from the coming destruction. Hesitant to the last minute, the angels had to take Lot, his wife, and his two daughters by the hand and lead them out of the city.

Did God know Abraham was thinking of Lot when he begged for the cities to be spared if fifty, forty-five, thirty, twenty, only ten righteous people could be found? Was God's mercy extended to Lot for the love of Lot or for the love of Abraham? We don't know. But we do know God's mercy was available for Lot and his family. And his mercy is available to you as well, even in the worst of times, the most difficult situations, the hardest of circumstances. He's there, stretching out his hand to lead you to safety.

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.
She was a prosperous woman who may have been more attached to the good life than was good for her.

LHM Daily Devotions January 20, 2020 - Almost Too Much To Tell

"Almost Too Much To Tell"

Jan. 20, 2020

You have multiplied, O LORD my God, Your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts toward us; none can compare with You! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.

Are you still excited about the gifts you received for Christmas? Perhaps you sent out thank-you texts or emails—or you employed that nearly lost art of hand-written notes—detailing the wonderful aspects of each gift. There is almost too much to tell!

Are you still excited about the best gift of all, the gift of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? We only recently wrapped up our celebration of His birth. Are we still talking about that precious present? No earthly gifts can compare to the forgiveness and eternal life that are ours by God's grace through faith in Jesus.

The psalmist is excited about all that the Lord has done, the countless gifts received from the hand of God: "You have multiplied, O LORD my God, Your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts towards us." What were some of those wondrous deeds? God drew the psalmist up "from the pit of destruction" and set his feet "upon a rock." God put a new song in the psalmist's mouth so that people would "see and fear and put their trust in the LORD" (Psalm 40:2-3). The Lord's wondrous deeds "are more than can be told."

After the first Easter, the apostles shared the psalmist's joy. The Lord's wondrous deeds were more than could be told. Jesus of Nazareth, crucified and buried, had risen from the dead. There was almost too much to tell! Peter and John, speaking boldly to the religious leaders who ordered their arrest, said, "We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20). Jesus, the promised Messiah, had risen from the dead. The apostles had seen Him in the flesh! They had talked to Him and eaten with Him. They had touched and handled His nail-scarred hands and feet. They couldn't stop talking about it.

We have the same good gifts, the same good news the apostles knew. God has multiplied His "wondrous deeds and thoughts toward us." In a most wonderful Christmas gift exchange, Jesus took onto Himself our sin and the penalty of death that we deserved and dressed us in His righteousness. God drew us up "from the pit of destruction" and set our feet firmly on Jesus, the Rock of our salvation. Jesus has risen from the dead, and His victory is our victory. There is almost too much to tell!

No thank-you notes or texts are needed here. Every breath and moment of our lives express our gratitude for the gifts of forgiveness and life that are ours through faith in Jesus' Name. With the psalmist we say of God's wondrous deeds: "I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told." There is almost too much to tell, but like those bold apostles, "we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard!"

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son and for Your wondrous deeds that multiply in our lives each day. Accept our grateful praise in the Name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  • What good things has God done in your life? How do you let Him you know you acknowledge that?
  • God gives good gifts. Does it seem some people get more gifts than others? Why might this be?
  • How can one mention the good gifts of God to others without sounding churchy or overly religious?

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 good things has God done in your life? How do you let Him you know you acknowledge that?

CPTLN devocional del 20 de enero de 2020 - Casi incontable


Casi incontable

20 de Enero de 2020

Tú, Señor mi Dios, has pensado en nosotros, y has realizado grandes maravillas; no es posible hablar de todas ellas. Quisiera contarlas, hablar de cada una, pero su número es incontable.

¿Todavía estás entusiasmado con los regalos que recibiste para Navidad? Quizás enviaste mensajes de texto o correos electrónicos de agradecimiento, o empleaste ese arte casi perdido de las notas escritas a mano, detallando los aspectos maravillosos de cada regalo. ¡No es posible hablar de todos ellos, es casi incontable!

¿Todavía estás entusiasmado con el mejor regalo de todos, el regalo de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo? Recientemente celebramos su nacimiento. ¿Seguimos hablando de ese precioso regalo? Ningún regalo terrenal puede compararse con el perdón y la vida eterna que son nuestros por la gracia de Dios a través de la fe en Jesús.

El salmista está entusiasmado con todo lo que el Señor ha hecho, los innumerables dones recibidos de la mano de Dios: "Has multiplicado, oh SEÑOR, Dios mío, tus maravillas y tus pensamientos hacia nosotros". ¿Cuáles fueron algunas de esas maravillas? Dios sacó al salmista del "hoyo de la desesperación" y puso sus pies "sobre una roca". Dios puso una nueva canción en la boca del salmista y así "muchos vieron esto y temieron, y pusieron su esperanza en el Señor" (Salmo 40:2-3). Las maravillas del Señor son incontables.

Después de la primera Pascua, los apóstoles compartieron la alegría del salmista. Las maravillas del Señor fueron más de lo que se podía contar. Jesús de Nazaret, crucificado y sepultado, había resucitado de entre los muertos. ¡No es posible hablar de todo ello, es casi incontable! Pedro y Juan, hablando audazmente con los líderes religiosos que ordenaron su arresto, dijeron: "Porque nosotros no podemos dejar de hablar acerca de lo que hemos visto y oído" (Hechos 4:20). Jesús, el Mesías prometido, había resucitado de la muerte. ¡Los apóstoles lo habían visto en carne y hueso! Habían hablado con él y comido con él. Habían tocado y sentido sus manos y pies con cicatrices de clavos. No podían dejar de hablar de eso.

Tenemos los mismos buenos regalos, las mismas buenas noticias que los apóstoles tenían. "Dios ha pensado en nosotros, y ha realizado grandes maravillas". En un maravilloso intercambio de regalos de Navidad, Jesús tomó sobre sí nuestro pecado y la pena de muerte que merecíamos y nos vistió con su justicia. Dios nos sacó del "hoyo de la desesperación" y puso nuestros pies firmemente en Jesús, la Roca de nuestra salvación. Jesús ha resucitado de la muerte, y su victoria es nuestra victoria. ¡Quisiera contarlas, hablar de cada una, pero su número es incontable!

No se necesitan notas o textos de agradecimiento. Cada respiración y cada momento de nuestras vidas expresan nuestra gratitud por los dones del perdón y la vida que son nuestros a través de la fe en el Nombre de Jesús. Con el salmista decimos de las maravillas de Dios: "Quisiera contarlas, hablar de cada una, pero su número es incontable". Su número es incontable, pero como esos valientes apóstoles, "no podemos dejar de hablar de lo que ¡hemos visto y oído!

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, gracias por el regalo de tu Hijo y por tus maravillas que se multiplican en nuestra vida cada día. Acepta nuestra agradecida alabanza en el Nombre de Jesús nuestro Señor. Amén.

Dra. Carol Geisler

Para reflexionar:
  • Dios da buenos regalos a todos. ¿Te parece que algunas personas reciben más regalos que otras? ¿Por qué podría ser esto?
  • ¿Cómo podemos mencionar los buenos dones de Dios a los demás sin sonar demasiado religiosos?

© Copyright 2019 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
Dios da buenos regalos a todos. ¿Te parece que algunas personas reciben más regalos que otras? ¿Por qué podría ser esto?

Notre Pain Quotidien - Des contenants propres

Des contenants propres

Lisez : 1 Pierre 4.7-11
La Bible en un an : Genèse 49 – 50 ; Matthieu 13.31-58

La haine excite des querelles, mais l’amour couvre toutes les fautes.

« La haine fait rouiller son contenant. » Voilà une parole que le sénateur Alan Simpson a prononcée aux funérailles de H. W. Bush. En voulant décrire la bonté de son cher ami, le sénateur Simpson a rappelé comment le quarante et unième président des États-Unis avait prôné l’humour et l’amour plutôt que la haine dans son leadership professionnel et ses relations personnelles.

Je peux m’identifier à cette citation du sénateur, et vous ? Comme je me fais du tort à moi-même en nourrissant de la haine !

Des recherches médicales ont démontré combien la négativité et les accès de colère nuisent à notre corps. Notre tension artérielle croît. Nous avons le cœur qui bat la chamade. Notre esprit s’assombrit. Notre contenant rouille.

Le roi Salomon a fait remarquer ceci : « La haine excite des querelles, mais l’amour couvre toutes les fautes » (PR 10.12). Les querelles issues de la haine dont il est ici question évoquent le sang que font couler les rivaux de différentes tribus et races. Une telle haine nourrit la soif de vengeance, si bien que les gens qui se méprisent les uns les autres ne peuvent entrer en relation.

Par contraste, les voies bienveillantes de Dieu couvrent – voilent, cachent ou pardonnent – toutes les fautes. Ne justifions pas erreurs et fautifs pour autant. Oublions les torts de celui qui s’en repent avec sincérité. Et s’il ne s’en excuse jamais, confions nos sentiments à Dieu. Nous qui connaissons le Dieu d’amour, ayons « les uns pour les autres un ardent amour, car l’amour couvre une multitude de péchés » (1 PI 4.8).

Abandonnons la haine qui nous ronge.

« La haine fait rouiller son contenant. »