Monday, June 8, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, June 8, 2020

The Daily Lectionary
MONDAY, June 8, 2020
Psalm 29; Job 38:39—39:12; 1 Corinthians 12:1-3
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Praise the glory of God
1  Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
     ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2  Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
     worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

3  The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
     the God of glory thunders,
     the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
4  The voice of the Lord is powerful;
     the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5  The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
     the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6  He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
     Sirion like a young wild ox.
7  The voice of the Lord strikes
     with flashes of lightning.
8  The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
     the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9  The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
     and strips the forests bare.
   And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
     the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
     the Lord blesses his people with peace.

Creation story from Job
38:39 “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness
     and satisfy the hunger of the lions
40 when they crouch in their dens
     or lie in wait in a thicket?
41 Who provides food for the raven
     when its young cry out to God
     and wander about for lack of food?

39:1 “Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
     Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?
2  Do you count the months till they bear?
     Do you know the time they give birth?
3  They crouch down and bring forth their young;
     their labor pains are ended.
4  Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds;
     they leave and do not return.

5  “Who let the wild donkey go free?
     Who untied its ropes?
6  I gave it the wasteland as its home,
     the salt flats as its habitat.
7  It laughs at the commotion in the town;
     it does not hear a driver’s shout.
8  It ranges the hills for its pasture
     and searches for any green thing.

9  “Will the wild ox consent to serve you?
     Will it stay by your manger at night?
10 Can you hold it to the furrow with a harness?
     Will it till the valleys behind you?
11 Will you rely on it for its great strength?
     Will you leave your heavy work to it?
12 Can you trust it to haul in your grain
     and bring it to your threshing floor?

Faith is a gift of the Spirit
12:1 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

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

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The Daily Lectionary is a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts.
The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, June 8, 2020
Psalm 29; Job 38:39—39:12; 1 Corinthians 12:1-3

The Daily Prayer for MONDAY, June 8, 2020
The Daily Prayer
MONDAY, June 8, 2020

In his Rule for monastic community, Benedict of Nursia wrote, “The first step of humility is to cherish at all times the sense of awe with which we should turn to God.”

Lord, send us forth into the day to rejoice in all things, to trust you in all circumstances, and to proclaim your coming kingdom to all people. Amen.

Verse of the Day for MONDAY, June 8, 2020

Habakkuk 3:19
The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.
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Un dia a la Vez - Lunes 08 de junio de 2020

Semana de meditación: ¿Qué es tu casa?

El comienzo de la sabiduría es el temor del Señor; conocer al Santo es tener discernimiento.

¿Recuerdas la popular frase de «Mi casa es tu casa»? Creo que en determinado momento se la hemos dicho a alguien. Esta semana, Dios me ha mostrado que meditemos en nuestras casas. Que pensemos en qué tipo de hogar tenemos y lo que vivimos allí. Por eso considero que será de gran bendición poder reconocer, cambiar y reforzar lo que estamos haciendo bien.

La casa más que un lindo apartamento con todos los lujos, o una casa súper moderna, debe ser un lugar de paz, amor, descanso, unión, celebración, adoración y otras muchas cosas que añadirás con toda seguridad.

En estos próximos días vamos a pedirle a Dios que nos haga comprender la clase de hogar en que estamos viviendo y que nos ilumine a fin de aceptar sus instrucciones para hacer cambios radicales en nuestra familia. Que nos muestre lo que les estamos brindando a los hijos y al cónyuge.

¡Prepárate para comenzar esta semana de análisis profundo y de cambios radicales!

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
¿Recuerdas la popular frase de «Mi casa es tu casa»?

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Monday, June 8, 2020

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

A co-worker who was teaching Christian leaders in Vietnam shares this experience:

I immediately realized that not one of these pastors owned a Bible and that they were waiting to hear from scripture. As I started sharing, one pastor raised his hand. “Excuse me brother, is that the Bible or is that you?”

“This is scripture,” I answered, and immediately the leaders took out a notebook and eagerly started writing every word down. I then understood that this was the only way that they could collect scripture verses. I wanted to cry.

As I continued the teaching, the same question came once again. “Excuse me brother, is that the Bible or is that you?”

“This time it’s me,” I answered and suddenly everybody put their “Bibles” down and took out a different notebook and once again wrote down every word I said. Then came lunch break and the leading pastor stood up. “We will now have a time to test our Bible knowledge,” he announced.

I wondered how my Bible knowledge, with more than ten Bibles at my disposal, would measure up with these leaders who do not have their own copies. The leader asked the first question. “What does it say in Obadiah 2:4?”

I shrank in my chair. Please don’t look at me, I thought. I know there is a book of Obadiah but I must confess it has been some time since I read it. The pastors started laughing and then one raised his hand.

“Obadiah only has one chapter, brother!” I felt so ashamed. How is it possible I did not know this and these believers without their own Bibles knew.

Then came the second question. “What does the Bible teach in Nahum 1:7?

An elderly pastor in the front row raised his hand like an eager school child. He then started quoting the scripture: “The Lord is good, a strength in the day of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”

“Well done brother,” said the leader. “You may sit down now.” But the elderly pastor was not finished yet. “Please,” he asked, “may I continue?” After a nod, he quoted the whole book of Nahum faultlessly.

I was also later introduced to another believer who came to know the Lord only during recent years. His passion for the Word of God is displayed in the fact that he has already memorized seventy-eight chapters of the Bible.

RESPONSE: Today, I will begin a program to internalize God’s Word and hide it in my heart.

PRAYER: Lord, give me a passion for Your Word like believers in Vietnam.

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, June 8, 2020

The Wise Woman of Abel

Her character: Rather than passively waiting for someone else to save her city, she had the wisdom and courage to act quickly and decisively.
Her sorrow: That her city, though faithful to the king, was besieged by his army because it had been infiltrated by a rebellious leader.
Her joy: That she was able to successfully intercede for the town, thus averting disaster for many innocent people.
Key Scriptures: 2 Samuel 20:14-22

Her Story

Teddy Roosevelt once said that "nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time." After the dust settles, the storm clears, the action stops, it's often too late for wisdom to work its marvels.

Many women in Scripture stand out for their wisdom. One woman, who lived in a town at Israel's northern border, is identified solely as "a wise woman" (2 Samuel 20:16), acting quickly to save her city.

The sad stories of Bathsheba and Tamar highlighted the decline of David's household. Eventually, Absalom, David's third son, rebelled and was killed in a battle for the throne. In the midst of this political instability, a rabble-rouser by the name of Sheba, from the tribe of Benjamin (Saul's tribe), attempted still another revolt. But Joab, the commander of David's army, chased Sheba all the way to Abel Beth Maacah, in the north.

Joab had constructed siege ramps to assault the walls of Abel and squelch the rebellion. It was evident that the entire city would be destroyed unless someone acted quickly to preserve the peace.

Suddenly, a woman stood on the walls of Abel and shouted: "Listen! Listen! Tell Joab to come here so I can speak to him.

"We are the peaceful and faithful in Israel," she cried out. "You are trying to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel. Why do you want to swallow up the Lord's inheritance?" she challenged Joab.

"Far be it from me to swallow up or destroy!" he replied. "A man named Sheba son of Bicri, from the hill country of Ephraim, has lifted up his hand against the king, against David. Hand over this one man, and I'll withdraw from the city."

"His head will be thrown to you from the wall," she shouted back.

The woman turned to her fellow citizens, urging them to act. In just moments, a man's head came careening over the wall. Disaster was averted.

The men in this story appear to behave only in conventional terms: mobilize the army, build a siege ramp, violently smash the city walls, squelch the rebellion. But the woman looked for another solution. Gruesome as it was, it kept the peace and spared lives on both sides. Through her intercession on behalf of her people, innocent lives on both sides of the city walls were spared.

Her Promise

The wise woman of Abel saw a need for immediate action, and she acted. She recognized that this was not a time to passively wait for someone else to take the reins of leadership, not a time for quibbling or wavering, just a time to do what needed to be done. Through this woman, God saved the innocent inhabitants of her city. There are times when quick action is required of us as well. We may hesitate, we may wish to go another way, we may dodge and shuffle, but in the end, we must act. When we're living in obedience and a close relationship with God, we can trust that we don't go alone. God is there, giving us the help and assurance we require.

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.
After the dust settles, the storm clears, the action stops, it's often too late for wisdom to work its marvels.

LHM Daily Devotions - June 8, 2020 - "Know This"

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Know This"

June 8, 2020

Know that the LORD, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His Name!

What do we need to know? The psalmist wants us to know "that the LORD, He is God!" This is the LORD, the God of Israel, who revealed Himself to Moses as I AM. This is the God of the Exodus who, with mighty acts of power, freed the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. This same LORD, the God who saves and sets people free, was born among us, God in human flesh, Jesus Christ. Jesus said of Himself, "Before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58b). Jesus is I AM, and He came to save us and set us free. As God destroyed the firstborn of Egypt, the firstborn of Israel were saved from death by the lambs' blood painted over their doors. We are saved from death and from slavery to sin by the blood of the Lamb of God, shed for us on the cross.

That is what we know and believe. The LORD, I AM, is God. But our psalm also speaks of our identity, an identity given to us by the God who made us. Created in His image, we have been created anew by the Holy Spirit in the water and word of Baptism. In Christ, we are God's "chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession" (1 Peter 2:9a). We are also the sheep of His pasture, sought out and gathered in by the One who said of Himself, "I am the Good Shepherd" (John 10:11a), the shepherd who laid down His life to save the sheep.

Saved by I AM, created anew to be His own people and the sheep of His pasture, what do we do now? The psalmist tells us to enter the presence of God with thanksgiving and praise. It is not something to be done only now and then. Certainly, we "enter into His gates" in weekly worship, meeting with our fellow sheep of the shepherd's flock. There we receive His gifts of His Word and of the body and blood of our Savior in the Lord's Supper, the means by which His saving word of forgiveness comes to us. Yet the thanksgiving and praise we offer while entering His gates continues to ascend before God's throne even when we leave those sacred courts.

In our daily lives and work, in our relationships, in our witness to Christ, we give praise and thanks through our words and actions. Each moment of each day, we belong to the LORD our God, our Creator and Redeemer. We are His sheep, held securely, wherever we are, in the hand of our Good Shepherd. And as He has promised, no one can snatch us out of His hand. That, too, is something we need to know.

THE PRAYER: LORD and God, keep us safe in Your care and accept our grateful praise for the sake of Jesus our Savior. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. Was God pointing to some future event when He had the children of Israel paint the blood of lambs over their doors as a way to be saved in Egypt?

2. How do we enter God's gate with thanksgiving in the 21st century?

3. Do you believe you are firmly in God's hands, cared for and looked after as a shepherd watches over his sheep?
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).
Was God pointing to some future event when He had the children of Israel paint the blood of lambs over their doors as a way to be saved in Egypt?

Devocional CPTLN del 08 de junio de 2020 - Reconozcan esto


Reconozcan esto

08 de Junio de 2020

Reconozcan que el Señor es Dios; él nos hizo, y de él somos. Somos su pueblo. ¡Somos las ovejas de su prado! Entremos por sus puertas y por sus atrios con alabanzas y con acción de gracias; ¡alabémosle, bendigamos su nombre!

¿Que necesitamos reconocer? ¡El salmista quiere que reconozcamos "que el Señor es Dios". Este es el SEÑOR, el Dios de Israel, quien se reveló a Moisés como YO SOY. Este es el Dios del éxodo quien, con poderosos actos, liberó al pueblo de Israel de la esclavitud en Egipto. Este mismo SEÑOR, el Dios que salva y libera a las personas, nació entre nosotros, Dios en carne humana, Jesucristo. Jesús dijo de sí mismo: "Antes que Abraham fuera, yo soy" (Juan 8:58b). Jesús es YO SOY, y vino a salvarnos y liberarnos. Cuando Dios destruyó a los primogénitos de Egipto, los primogénitos de Israel fueron salvados de la muerte por la sangre de los corderos pintada en los dinteles de sus puertas. Somos salvados de la muerte y de la esclavitud del pecado por la sangre del Cordero de Dios, derramada por nosotros en la cruz.

Eso es lo que sabemos y creemos. El SEÑOR, YO SOY, es Dios. Pero nuestro salmo también habla de nuestra identidad, una identidad que nos dio el Dios que nos creó. Creados a su imagen, hemos sido re creados por el Espíritu Santo en el agua y la Palabra del Bautismo. En Cristo somos "linaje escogido, real sacerdocio, nación santa, pueblo adquirido por Dios" (1 Pedro 2:9a). También somos las ovejas de su pasto, buscadas y reunidas por Aquél que dijo de sí mismo: "Yo soy el buen pastor" (Juan 10:11a), el pastor que dio su vida para salvar a las ovejas.

Salvados por YO SOY, creados nuevamente para ser parte de su pueblo y las ovejas de su pasto, ¿qué hacemos ahora? El salmista nos dice que entremos en la presencia de Dios con acción de gracias y alabanza. No es algo que se haga solo de vez en cuando. Ciertamente, "entramos en sus puertas" en la adoración semanal, reuniéndonos con las otras ovejas del rebaño del pastor. Allí recibimos los dones de su Palabra y del cuerpo y la sangre de nuestro Salvador en la Cena del Señor. Sin embargo, la acción de gracias y alabanza que ofrecemos al entrar por sus puertas continúa ascendiendo ante el trono de Dios cuando dejamos esas cortes sagradas.

En nuestra vida y trabajo diarios, en nuestras relaciones, en nuestro testimonio de Cristo, alabamos y agradecemos a través de nuestras palabras y acciones. En cada momento de cada día, pertenecemos al Señor nuestro Dios, nuestro Creador y Redentor. Somos sus ovejas, retenidas de forma segura dondequiera que estemos en la mano de nuestro Buen Pastor. Y como lo ha prometido, nadie puede arrebatarnos de su mano. Eso también es algo que necesitamos reconocer.

ORACIÓN: SEÑOR y Dios, mantennos a salvo bajo tu cuidado y acepta nuestras agradecidas alabanzas por Jesús nuestro Salvador. Amén.

Dra. Carol Geisler

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Qué evento futuro estaba Dios señalando cuando hizo que los hijos de Israel pintaran con la sangre de corderos los dinteles de sus puertas para así salvarse en Egipto?

* ¿Crees que Dios te sostiene firmemente y te cuida así como un pastor cuida a sus ovejas? ¿Cómo lo sabes?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Qué evento futuro estaba Dios señalando cuando hizo que los hijos de Israel pintaran con la sangre de corderos los dinteles de sus puertas para así salvarse en Egipto?

Notre Pain Quotidien - Vraiment humble, vraiment grand

Vraiment humble, vraiment grand

Lisez : Philippiens 2.1-11
La Bible en un an : 2 Chroniques 32 – 33 ; Jean 18.19-40

[Jésus-Christ] s’est dépouillé lui-même.

Comme les chances que la révolution américaine finisse par la capitulation de l’Angleterre étaient minces, nombre de politiciens et d’officiers ont cherché à faire du général George Washington un nouveau monarque. Le monde a regardé aller Washington en se demandant s’il conserverait ses idéaux de liberté maintenant que la puissance absolue était à sa portée. Le roi George III a toutefois vu une autre réalité. Celui-ci était convaincu que, si Washington résistait à l’attrait du pouvoir et retournait dans sa ferme de la Virginie, il deviendrait « le plus grand homme du monde ». Le roi savait qu’une telle résistance constituerait un signe de noblesse et d’importance véritables.

Le sachant aussi, Paul nous encourage à adopter l’humilité de Christ. Même s’il, « [existait] en forme de Dieu », Jésus « n’a point regardé son égalité avec Dieu comme une proie à arracher » (PH 2.6). Il a plutôt renoncé à son pouvoir, pour se faire « serviteur », et « s’est humilié lui-même, se rendant obéissant jusqu’à la mort » (V. 7,8). Par amour, celui qui détenait tous les pouvoirs y a renoncé.

Il reste qu’à l’heure de l’épreuve ultime, Dieu a élevé le Christ crucifié « au-dessus de tout nom » (V. 9). Jésus, qui aurait pu exiger que nous le louions ou nous forcer à lui obéir, a renoncé à sa puissance dans un geste hallucinant qui lui a valu notre adoration et notre dévotion. Par son humilité absolue, Jésus a manifesté une grandeur véritable qui a bouleversé le monde.
Merci, Jésus, de ce qu’à la pire heure de ta vie sur la terre, tu as manifesté ta puissance et ta grandeur.
Sur la croix, Jésus a manifesté sa grandeur.

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Le roi savait qu’une telle résistance constituerait un signe de noblesse et d’importance véritables.