Friday, May 15, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for FRIDAY, May 15, 2020

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The Daily Lectionary
FRIDAY, May 15, 2020
Psalm 66:8-20; Genesis 7:1-24; Acts 27:13-38
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Psalm 66:8-20
Be joyful in God all you lands
8  Praise our God, all peoples,
     let the sound of his praise be heard;
9  he has preserved our lives
     and kept our feet from slipping.
10 For you, God, tested us;
     you refined us like silver.
11 You brought us into prison
     and laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let people ride over our heads;
     we went through fire and water,
     but you brought us to a place of abundance.

13 I will come to your temple with burnt offerings
     and fulfill my vows to you—
14 vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke
     when I was in trouble.
15 I will sacrifice fat animals to you
     and an offering of rams;
     I will offer bulls and goats.

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God;
     let me tell you what he has done for me.
17 I cried out to him with my mouth;
     his praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,
     the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened
     and has heard my prayer.
20 Praise be to God,
     who has not rejected my prayer
     or withheld his love from me!

Genesis 7:1-24
The great flood
7:1 The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3 and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. 4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”

5 And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.

6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, 9 male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.

17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. 21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.

24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.

Acts 27:13-38
Paul survives shipwreck
27:13 When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. 14 Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. 15 The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along. 16 As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure, 17 so the men hoisted it aboard. Then they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Because they were afraid they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along. 18 We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 19 On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.

21 After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. 26 Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.”

27 On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land. 28 They took soundings and found that the water was a hundred and twenty feet deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was ninety feet deep. 29 Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. 30 In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. 31 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.” 32 So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away.

33 Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. “For the last fourteen days,” he said, “you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven’t eaten anything. 34 Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.” 35 After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. 36 They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves. 37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board. 38 When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea.

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The Daily Lectionary for FRIDAY, May 15, 2020
Psalm 66:8-20; Genesis 7:1-24; Acts 27:13-38

The Daily Prayer for FRIDAY, May 15, 2020

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The Daily Prayer
FRIDAY, May 15, 2020

On May 15 each year, many people gather for International Conscientious Objector’s Day, holding vigils, protests, seminars, and campaigns to draw attention to conscientious objection. A conscientious objector is someone who refuses to serve in the armed forces or to bear arms in a military conflict. This refusal is based on moral or religious beliefs. It is also noteworthy that May 15 is celebrated as Israel’s independence day and lamented by Palestinians as “Al Nakba,” meaning “the day of catastrophe.” We remember on this day the conflict in the Middle East. And we also celebrate conscientious objectors known as the Israeli Refuseniks.

Fourth-century martyr Maximilian said, “I cannot enlist, for I am a Christian. I cannot serve, I cannot do evil. You can cut off my head, but I will not be a soldier of this world, for I am a soldier of Christ.”

Lord, grant us courage to stand firm by the tenets of your kingdom—to seek peace and pursue it, to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to uphold the cause of the voiceless, to worship no other God before you. Amen.

Verse of the Day for FRIDAY, May 15, 2020

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Ecclesiastes 11:5
As you do not know the path of the wind,
  or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
  the Maker of all things.
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Un dia a la Vez - Viernes 15 de mayo de 2020

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Agradecimiento por nuestras madres

Por encima de todo, vístanse de amor, que es el vínculo perfecto.
El segundo domingo de mayo, se celebra en muchos países el Día de las Madres.

Entonces, ¿cómo no dedicar un espacio en este en libro para honrar a mamá?

Sé que no todas las mujeres han sido buenas madres. Además, sé que si piensas hoy en tu niñez quizá no tengas los mejores capítulos de tu vida para decir: «Mi mamá fue buena, me cuidó, me protegió y hoy soy lo que soy gracias a ella y a su ejemplo». Comprendo que eso sería lo ideal. Sin embargo, este libro tiene el único propósito que es animar, motivar y exhortar a vivir una vida con principios y con una base sólida en Cristo, y aprovechar lo que Dios te muestre y hacerlo.

De ahí que, por principio, debas ser obediente a la Palabra y honrar a tu madre, sin importar lo que haya pasado. Solo ámala, perdónala y queda en paz y a salvo con Dios y, por supuesto, con ella.

Te sentirás muy bien al hacerlo. Pues bien, ¿por qué no aprovechas este día para llamarla, visitarla, tener un detalle con ella y buscar una restauración en esa relación?

Yo también aprovecho para honrar a mi mami, Norma, porque ha sido una madre maravillosa. Me ha apoyado todos los días de mi vida. Ha estado conmigo aun en las malas decisiones y equivocaciones, no para juzgarme, sino para levantarme. Ha sido mi amiga, confidente, compañera y mi enfermera por cinco meses. Cuando más la necesite, dejó todo en Colombia por venir a atenderme. Es un ejemplo de disciplina y liderazgo. Es una buena abuelita y una excelente suegra. Por todo esto y más, ¡GRACIAS, MAMI, eres la mejor!

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
El segundo domingo de mayo, se celebra en muchos países el Día de las Madres.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Friday, May 15, 2020

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SINGING PRAISES

After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: "Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever." As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

The overflow of singing praises amid great difficulties has tremendous spiritual power for helping to win the spiritual battle. Paul and Silas set the biblical pattern in the prison in Philippi. Pastor Jack Hayford enjoys sharing the story as told by his favorite black preacher. Paul and Silas' prison cell singing was heard all the way to the throne room of God. He began to tap his toe to the music. Since heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool; that created an earthquake!!!

Ivan Antonov spent twenty-four years in Russian prison camps for preaching the gospel. He later shared how he survived:

I would sing hymns. I was really glad that I knew so many. I had memorized about one hundred seventy hymns, and in order not to forget them, I reviewed several every day. So over time, I sang through all of them. I want to emphasize to my young friends that you should worship God with songs and poems and memorize them. They will come in handy...I sang hymns every morning and at night before going to bed...In those quiet [morning] hours, I would go outside in the fresh air and sing hymns of praise to God and pray. Then I went in for breakfast with everyone else.[1]

China’s notable pastor Wang Ming-dao shared upon his release from prison that he frequently sang praises to God to buoy his spirits. The songs that meant the most to him were “All The Way My Saviour Leads Me” and “Safe In The Arms Of Jesus.”

His contemporary, Allen Yuan shared with me two songs which he repeatedly sang aloud throughout his nearly twenty-two years in prison. One was “The Old Rugged Cross” and the other “Psalm Twenty-Seven” from the Chinese Psalter. It was always an emotional highlight to hear him sing these songs.

RESPONSE: Today I will sing praises to the Lord my God.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to rejoice and sing praises to You, especially when I feel the challenges of spiritual warfare.

1. Ivan Antonov, “Survival 101: How to prepare for imprisonment,” Prisoner Bulletin (1989), p.13.

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Men of the Bible - Friday, May 15, 2020

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Jonathan

His name means: "Yahweh Has Given"

His work: The firstborn son of King Saul, Jonathan was a capable warrior and military strategist.
His character: Jonathan demonstrated remarkable capabilities for friendship, selflessness, and loyalty.
His sorrow: Although the rightful heir to the throne of Israel, Jonathan never became king. He also had to deal with the mental and emotional pathology of his father, King Saul.
Key Scriptures: 1 Samuel 14; 19; 20

A Look at the Man

By his own foolishness, Saul put his children in impossible situations.

His youngest daughter, Michal, was married to David, a man Saul openly hated. And his son, Jonathan, was David's closest friend.

Because of her father's unrestrained jealousy, Michal was forced to lower David from an open window to protect him from Saul. And Saul's irrational rage against David forced Jonathan to take sides against his father, the king of Israel.

As their friendship unfolded, we can assume that David confided in Jonathan about his anointing to be the next king of Israel. He would have told Jonathan about the prophet Samuel's visit to his father's home in search of Saul's replacement. Imagine the two-pronged disappointment that would have devastated a smaller man than Jonathan. First, he would have been greatly displeased with the news of the Lord's message to Samuel about his father. "I have rejected Saul as king over Israel." Second, it would mean that he, the oldest son of the king, was not going to be the successor to the throne.

There is no record of Jonathan being devastated with this news. Because he trusted God, he knew that Samuel never would have anointed David as the heir to his father's throne if he hadn't been divinely appointed.

The account of Jonathan is the story of loyalty at many levels. First, he was loyal to his father. At no point did Jonathan complain to David that his father was a deranged madman. In the midst of terrible conflict, Jonathan was steadfast in his respect for his father, even dying with him in battle.

Second, Jonathan was loyal to David. He had legitimate reasons to envy the successor to his father's throne, but he loved him instead. Like David, he was a capable leader and victorious warrior. But he refused to set himself against David, even though his father did everything he could to push him in that direction.

Finally, Jonathan was loyal to the living God. Even though he could have complained that his father's actions spoiled his own future, he trusted God's sovereignty. Whether through verbal confrontations with his father or delivering bad news to his friend, Jonathan was a man of impeccable integrity.

Some people imagine David's friend Jonathan as a milquetoast wimp looking to find esteem through his friendship with a man much greater than he. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jonathan was a strong man, a mighty soldier, and a successful leader. And it is from this position of influence that Jonathan introduces us to the greater power of loyalty.

Reflect On: 1 Samuel 20:11–17
Praise God: For blessing our loved ones through us.
Offer Thanks: For God’s faithfulness from generation to generation.
Confess: Any failure to believe that God intends to use you to extend his blessings to the next generation.
Ask God: To make you the kind of person whose righteousness blesses others.

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LHM Daily Devotions - May 15, 2020 - "Playing Our Part"

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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Playing Our Part"

May 15, 2020

Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

In our town, the predictable floods of spring came again. Only they came earlier because we had a lot of rain in place of snow. As usual, the ball diamonds down by the river were hit hard. The floodwaters left debris 15 feet high in some trees. The unstoppable surge deposited mud and junk in dugouts and piled it up against outfield fences. It was a mess.

The ball diamonds are where my son will play baseball this summer. So, when the parents of ballplayers were called upon to help put things back in shape, my wife and I went. We arrived early that Saturday morning. When we inquired what we should do, we were asked to clean up the roadway. So we took our rakes and shovels and began the task.

Soon there were people all over the place. Some came with tractors and graders; others drove pickup trucks and brought trailers and wheelbarrows. There were fence menders, trash haulers, dugout cleaners, carpenters, cement workers, and grass seeders. One couple brought coffee and donuts; they became the food providers for the group.

One man did a lot of walking back and forth, smiling and saying words of encouragement to us as we continue to rake, shovel, and poked debris out of trees. He was using a walkie-talkie to communicate with someone. I guess he was a supervisor, probably self-appointed.

No one told us what to do beyond the first directive we received when we got there, so we kept on raking, shoveling, and poking things out of trees. We made a number of neat piles of trash that others hauled away later.

About noon we felt we had finished our task. Since no one had said anything to us about another job, we went home. The experience was interesting. People found things to do without much direction. (As the ball diamond was an obvious mess, we all knew our task was to clean it up.) It seemed people did the things for which they were equipped and which they felt comfortable doing. Obviously, we were comfortable being rakers, shovelers, and pokers. Nothing fancy, but it helped get the job done.

The experience reminded me of the gifts of the Spirit, which are listed in Scripture in several places (see 1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12:1-13; Ephesians 4:1-16). We all come with God-given gifts and abilities. We may know what they are beforehand, or sometimes it may take some time to discover them. Regardless of that, however, they can be used to accomplish great things—in our communities, in our churches, in our neighborhoods, or even in getting a ball diamond ready for summertime baseball.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, You have equipped us wonderfully to serve You and others. May we always use our gifts to do so. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. Do you volunteer your time for people or causes? Do you find the experience rewarding?

2. What gifts do you think God has given you for the service of others? Do you get a chance to put them into action fairly often? How so?

3. How can we serve God in the small and ordinary things we do in our lives?
From The Lutheran Layman, June 1983 issue, "Debris and Diamonds" by Jon Suel. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Do you volunteer your time for people or causes? Do you find the experience rewarding?

Devocional CPTLN del 15 de mayo de 2020 - Usando nuestros dones


ALIMENTO DIARIO

Usando nuestros dones

15 de Mayo de 2020

Háganlo todo para la gloria de Dios.

En nuestro pueblo volvieron las previsibles inundaciones de primavera. Solo que llegaron antes, porque en lugar de nieve, cayó mucha lluvia. Como de costumbre, los campos de béisbol río abajo fueron golpeados con fuerza. Las aguas de la inundación dejaron escombros de 15 pies de altura en algunos árboles. La oleada imparable depositó barro y basura en los refugios y lo apiló contra las cercas. Fue un desastre.

El campo de béisbol es donde mi hijo jugará béisbol este verano por lo que, cuando pidieron que los padres de los jugadores fueran a ayudar a limpiar, mi esposa y yo fuimos. Llegamos temprano ese sábado por la mañana. Cuando preguntamos qué debíamos hacer, nos pidieron que limpiáramos el camino. Así que tomamos nuestros rastrillos y palas y comenzamos la tarea.

Pronto se unieron muchas más personas. Algunos vinieron con tractores y niveladoras; otros con camionetas con remolques y carretillas. Había reparadores de vallas, recolectores de basura, limpiadores, carpinteros, constructores y jardineros. Una pareja trajo café y donas; se convirtieron en los proveedores de alimentos para el grupo.

Un hombre iba constantemente de un lado a otro, sonriendo y dándonos palabras de aliento mientras continuábamos rastrillando, traspalando y sacando escombros de los árboles. Nadie nos dijo qué hacer más allá de la primera directiva que recibimos cuando llegamos allí, así que seguimos rastrillando, traspalando y sacando cosas de los árboles. Hicimos varias pilas ordenadas de basura que otros tiraron más tarde.

Alrededor del mediodía sentimos que habíamos terminado nuestra tarea. Como nadie nos había dicho nada sobre otro trabajo, nos fuimos a casa. La experiencia fue interesante. Todos encontraron cosas que hacer sin mucha dirección. Parecía que cada uno hacía aquello para lo cual estaba equipado y con lo que se sentía cómodo, lo que ayudó a hacer el trabajo.

La experiencia me recordó los dones del Espíritu que se enumeran en las Escrituras en varios lugares (ver 1 Corintios 12; Romanos 12:1-13; Efesios 4:1-16). Todos venimos con dones y habilidades dados por Dios. Es posible que sepamos de antemano cuáles son o, a veces, puede llevar algún tiempo descubrirlos. Pero siempre se pueden usar para lograr grandes cosas en nuestra comunidad, en nuestra iglesia, en nuestro vecindario, o incluso para limpiar un campo de béisbol de verano.

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, nos has equipado maravillosamente para servirte a ti y a los demás. Anímanos para que siempre usemos nuestros dones para hacerlo. En el nombre de Jesús. Amén.

The Lutheran Layman, Jon Suel

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Qué dones crees que Dios te ha dado para el servicio de los demás? ¿Tienes la oportunidad de ponerlos en acción con bastante frecuencia?

* ¿Cómo podemos servir a Dios en las cosas pequeñas y ordinarias que hacemos en la vida diaria?
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Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Hòa Nhịp Với Thánh Linh

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Hòa Nhịp Với Thánh Linh

Đọc: Ga-la-ti 5:16–26 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: II Các Vua 22–23; Giăng 4:31–54

Nếu chúng ta nhờ Thánh Linh mà sống thì hãy bước theo Thánh Linh.
 — Ga-la-ti 5:25
Khi tôi nghe thợ chỉnh dây cho cây đại dương cầm, tôi nghĩ về những lần tôi nghe tiếng đàn của cây dương cầm đó phát ra âm thanh tuyệt vời của bản nhạc “Warsaw Concerto” và giai điệu hùng hồn của bản nhạc “Lớn Bấy Duy Ngài”. Nhưng giờ đây, cây đàn này cần được điều chỉnh. Trong khi một số nốt nhạc vẫn đúng cao độ, nhiều nốt khác lại bị thăng hoặc giáng, tạo ra âm thanh khó nghe. Nhiệm vụ của thợ chỉnh dây đàn không phải là làm cho các phím đàn phát ra cùng một âm thanh, mà là đảm bảo rằng âm thanh độc đáo của mỗi nốt nhạc kết hợp với các nốt khác tổng hợp lại thành một hòa âm dễ chịu.

Ngay cả trong hội thánh, chúng ta cũng có thể thấy những bất hòa. Những con người với ước vọng hoặc tài năng khác biệt có thể tạo ra sự bất hòa khi tổng hợp lại với nhau. Trong Ga-la-ti 5, Phao-lô nài xin các tín hữu loại bỏ sự “gây gổ, ghen ghét, giận dữ, ích kỷ”, những điều phá hủy mối tương giao với Chúa hoặc mối quan hệ với người khác. Phao-lô tiếp tục khích lệ chúng ta đeo đuổi trái của Thánh Linh: “Yêu thương, vui mừng, bình an, nhịn nhục, nhân từ, hiền lành, trung tín, khiêm nhu, tiết độ” (c.20, 22-23).

Khi sống theo Thánh Linh, chúng ta sẽ thấy dễ dàng hơn để tránh xung đột không cần thiết về những vấn đề không quan trọng. Ý thức về mục đích chung quan trọng hơn sự khác biệt giữa chúng ta. Và với sự giúp đỡ của Chúa, mỗi chúng ta có thể tăng trưởng trong ân điển và sự hiệp nhất khi giữ tấm lòng mình hòa nhịp với Ngài.
Tôi đã gây nên sự bất hòa giữa các anh em tín hữu trong những cách nào? Làm thế nào tôi có thể đem đến sự hòa thuận?
Lạy Chúa nhân từ, xin dạy con cách để “hòa nhịp” với sự dẫn dắt của Thánh Linh và sống hòa thuận với người khác.


Chú Giải

Bức thư của Phao-lô gởi cho hội thánh Ga-la-ti là một trong những bức thư mạnh mẽ nhất của ông. Vì sao? Đã đáp ứng với sứ điệp tin lành của Chúa Jêsus, nhưng giờ đây các tín hữu bị những người Giu-đa làm cho rời xa ân điển của Chúa khi cố gắng để áp đặt các luật lệ tôn giáo của người Do Thái lên những người theo Chúa Jêsus. Mối quan tâm chính yếu của sứ đồ Phao-lô được bày tỏ trong chương mở đầu của bức thư. Ông viết: “Tôi lấy làm ngạc nhiên khi thấy anh em vội bỏ Đấng đã gọi anh em bởi ân điển của Đấng Christ để theo một tin lành khác. Không có tin lành nào khác đâu, mà chỉ có một số người quấy rối anh em và muốn xuyên tạc Tin Lành của Đấng Christ” (Ga. 1:6-7). Đôi khi được gọi là “bức thư giận dữ” của sứ đồ Phao-lô, bức thư gởi cho các tín hữu tại Ga-la-ti thực sự bày tỏ mối quan tâm của ông đối với đời sống thuộc linh của các bạn hữu tại thành phố này.

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