Monday, July 6, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, July 6, 2020

The Daily Lectionary
MONDAY, July 6, 2020
Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Genesis 27:30-46; Romans 1:18-25
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Song of love
8  Listen! My beloved!
     Look! Here he comes,
   leaping across the mountains,
     bounding over the hills.
9  My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
     Look! There he stands behind our wall,
   gazing through the windows,
     peering through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke and said to me,
     “Arise, my darling,
     my beautiful one, come with me.
11 See! The winter is past;
     the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
     the season of singing has come,
   the cooing of doves
     is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;
     the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
   Arise, come, my darling;
     my beautiful one, come with me.”

Esau blessed; Jacob escapes Esau
27:30 After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. 31 He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”

32 His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”

“I am your son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.”

33 Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!”

34 When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me—me too, my father!”

35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.”

36 Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!” Then he asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?”

37 Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?”

38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud.

39 His father Isaac answered him,

   “Your dwelling will be
     away from the earth’s richness,
     away from the dew of heaven above.
40 You will live by the sword
     and you will serve your brother.
   But when you grow restless,
     you will throw his yoke
     from off your neck.”

41 Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”

42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran. 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides. 45 When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I’ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”

46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”

The guilt of humankind
1:18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

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, July 6, 2020
Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Genesis 27:30-46; Romans 1:18-25

The Daily Prayer for MONDAY, July 6, 2020
The Daily Prayer
MONDAY, July 6, 2020

Jan Hus (1372—1415)

Jan Hus was born in Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic). He helped launch a vigorous reform of the church in a particularly difficult time in our history known as the Great Schism. Amid highly politicized divisions of God’s people, Hus pursued a mystical and evangelical approach, insisting that Christ alone is head of the church. To partisans on both sides, his views seemed idealistic at best, and at worst a dreamy anarchism or heresy. Hus maintained a creative loyalty to the church while challenging its pathologies. He was burned at the stake during the Council of Constance in 1415, and his death helped give birth to the Moravian Church. As he died, he said this: “It is better to die well than to live wickedly.… Truth conquers all things.”

Mother Teresa once said, “Our vocation is to belong to Jesus so completely that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. What you and I must do is nothing less than putting our love for Christ into practice. The important thing is not how much we accomplish, but how much love we put into our deeds every day. That is the measure of our love for God.”

Lord, we are bound to you by grace, grafted into your kingdom by love. Since the beginning of time you have found ways to be present with us, your children. Teach us to embody your loving presence in all that we do this day. Amen.

Verse of the Day for MONDAY, July 6, 2020

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
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Un dia a la Vez - Lunes 06 de julio de 2020
Semana de pacto con Dios: Camino de santidad

Dignos de confianza son, Señor, tus estatutos; ¡la santidad es para siempre el adorno de tu casa!

Uno de los cantantes cristianos más reconocidos es Jesús Adrián Romero. Tiene canciones muy especiales, pero hay una es particular que nos invita a cuidar nuestra boca, los ojos, las manos y guardarlos como una ofrenda a Dios en un acto de santidad.

Con esto, no me refiero a que no puedas hacer nada porque todo sea pecado, sino a que nos guardemos para no caer más fácil de lo que caemos en la tentación. Además, que le pidamos al Señor que nos ayude a hacer compromisos que lograremos con la ayuda y el favor de Dios.

Sabemos que cada uno de nosotros tiene diferentes debilidades que muchas veces nos han metido en aprietos y que han sido grandes luchas. Cuando estamos alejados de Dios, o no le conocemos, la vida en santidad no nos preocupa y ni siquiera pensamos en las consecuencias. Sin embargo, tú debes saber que cuando tomaste la decisión de recibir a Jesús en tu corazón, las cosas que haces sí tienen consecuencias y no quedan solo atrás y ya.

Por eso, Dios dejó establecido mandamientos a fin de que los cumplamos. De no ser así, recuerda que tendremos una responsabilidad por nuestros actos.

Con esta reflexión pretendo invitarte a que te guardes y aprendas a identificar esas piedras que te están haciendo tropezar. Esta semana haremos decisiones trascendentales para la vida y sabrás que serán de mucha bendición.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Uno de los cantantes cristianos más reconocidos es Jesús Adrián Romero.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Monday, July 6, 2020

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

Amir, a young Algerian man, was temporarily staying in an apartment of a friend while recovering from depression. His friend had moved out leaving only a few items behind, but unbeknownst to him, he had left behind his most prized possession, God’s Word!

“While I was cleaning the apartment, I found a New Testament,” Amir says. “This New Testament changed my life. I found the Lord Jesus Christ by reading the book.” In the following months leading into years, he kept reading the Bible. Slowly, his depression lifted and the recovery and healing began to transform his life.

Amir continues, “One day I was watching Christian satellite TV and I saw the phone number of another Christian in Algeria. I immediately contacted that person and soon afterward we met, which was great. This brother in Christ brought me into contact with a small group of believers, which I am attending regularly now. Praise to God for His healing and mercy. And thanks to the one who forgot his New Testament in the apartment.”

Meanwhile, Brother Gideon is in prison in Eritrea with a group of other believers because of their faith. He says, “The government representatives came up with a new idea to ask us to stop our faith and sign an agreement that we will not read the Bible. We will not pray and not have a meeting of more than two people. If we comply with that, we will sign and they will release us from the prison. But I told them I will not. Because of the Holy Spirit’s assurance in me I was ready to face anything…I said ‘No, Christ is my life. As Paul said in the book of Ephesians that for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.’

“They beat every part of my body…until I almost died. I was thinking of Jesus. What an honor for me to share his affiliation. I remember I said to myself inside, ‘Lord, please forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing to me, but I give you my soul to rest in your hand.’

“They took us to the prison again. After three months we had a Bible smuggled in without their knowledge. We tore the pages out of different Bible books and we distributed those to different cells.

“We chose four believers to take responsibility to do distribution of the parts of the Bible. I was one of those four chosen believers and it was my responsibility to coordinate all these things. Because there is no paper in the prison cells, I was using toilet paper to write verses of the Bible and send them to others. When the government agents searched our cell, they found all those verses I sent to the sisters. They asked ‘Who sent those papers, those verses?’ When they found it was me, they put me under severe torture for months. There was no part of my body without pain.

“One of the persecutors asked me a question. ‘Why you are paying so big a price? Why don’t you renounce your faith and live a peaceful life?’ I replied, ‘To me, the Word of God is life!

RESPONSE: Today I will honor and prize God’s Word and build my life upon its everlasting promises.

PRAYER: Pray for those in prisons around the world who pay a huge price for loving God’s Word.

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, July 6, 2020
The Widow of Zarephath

Her character: A Phoenician woman, she showed extraordinary hospitality to one of God's prophets, providing a safe harbor for him during a period of famine.
Her sorrow: To suffer extreme poverty, famine, and the loss of husband and son.
Her joy: To experience repeated miracles of God's provision.
Key Scriptures: 1 Kings 17:8-24; Luke 4:25-26

Her Story

Her arms were spindly and rough, like the dry twigs she had gathered for kindling. Her body shook as she stood over the fire, greedily sipping and sucking the steam from the pan, as though the smell of frying bread could fill her belly and soothe her fears. She had lived her life a stone's throw from the Mediterranean, at Zarephath, seven miles south of Sidon, in a territory ruled by Jezebel's father. She had always loved the sea, but now its watery abundance seemed only to mock her, reminding her of all she lacked.

Tears escaped her eyes, try as she might to blink them back. How hard it was to suffer her fears alone, to wake in the night with no one to warm her, no one to whisper sweet lies about tomorrow. If only her husband were alive to squeeze a harvest from the fields. But he had died before the drought, leaving her with a small son, a house, and little else. Every night she hoped for rain, but every morning she woke to a brilliant sky.

Though she starved herself to feed her child, his distended belly accused her. His need condemned her. She had failed in the most basic ways a mother could, unable to protect, nurture, and provide. These days she stood with shoulders hunched as though to hide her breasts. Today she had scraped the last bit of flour from the barrel and poured the last drop of oil from the jug. She began to prepare for a final supper for herself and her child.

But then a stranger had called to her: "Woman, would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?"

Graciously, she had gone to fetch it, only to have him call after her, "And bring me, please, a piece of bread."

Is the man mad? she wondered. He might as well ask me to snap my fingers and produce a cow to feast on.

She turned on her heel and replied, "As surely as the Lord your God lives, I don't have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die."

But the man had persisted. "Don't be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land.'"

Instead of cursing the stranger for his callousness, as we might expect, the woman did exactly as he had requested, feeding him the food she had reserved for herself and her son.

The woman from Zarephath wasn't a Jew, but a Phoenician. She had no idea that the stranger was Elijah, a prophet who had the gall to inform King Ahab that God was withholding rain to punish Israel's idolatry. She would have been astonished to learn that this same God had instructed Elijah to "go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food."

The widow of Zarephath had felt utterly alone, not knowing God had his eye on her. Yet for some reason she believed Elijah and acted accordingly, giving him everything she had.

After that, every time she dipped her hand into the flour, every time she poured oil from the jug, the widow saw another miracle unfold, another sign of favor, additional evidence of God's provision. Just as Elijah had promised, the supply of flour and oil lasted day after day, month after month, never failing until at last the rains came and revived the land.

How like God to construct a parable of grace during a time of judgment, to display his mercy and power in the midst of weakness and need. The widow's faith saved not only her son and herself but actually provided a refuge for Elijah, who may have wondered why God chose such flimsy protection—a destitute woman who lived in the territory of his worst enemy, Jezebel.

Later, the widow's faith would again be tested when her young son died. But she would also be the first woman to witness God's power to raise the dead, which he did in response to Elijah's repeated prayers on behalf of her child. As a woman who endured extreme difficulties, her story reveals God's power to provide what we need the most—a commodity of the heart called faith.

Her Promise

God doesn't ignore the needs of those who cannot help themselves. He doesn't urge them to pick themselves up and get going when they have no resources to do so. He doesn't pat them on the back and say he's sorry life is so tough. Instead, he sometimes intervenes by miraculous understatement, in this case by making sure that a little bit of oil and flour—just enough for a small loaf—didn't run out.

An unexpected check comes just when you need it. Another mother gives you her kids' outgrown clothing so you can clothe your own children. God uses something or someone to change your husband's heart just when you thought he didn't love you anymore. Our God is still a miraculous provider, granting what we need sometimes in the most unexpected ways.

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 had always loved the sea, but now its watery abundance seemed only to mock her, reminding her of all she lacked.

LHM Daily Devotions - July 6, 2020 - "Satisfied"

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries


July 6, 2020

O You who hear prayer, to You shall all flesh come. When iniquities prevail against me, You atone for our transgressions. Blessed is the one You choose and bring near, to dwell in Your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, the holiness of Your temple!

"When iniquities prevail." We know what that is like. We might be tempted first to look at the world around us, seeing iniquity in every direction, in all of those other people. But then, with more honesty, we look at the iniquity in our own lives. We may feel overwhelmed by sin and shame. We think our guilt is too great and we cannot be forgiven. We may try to relieve the burden of sin for ourselves and remove that great weight of iniquity, or at least forget about it, maybe even through drugs or alcohol. We may even embrace the burden and continue in willful sin. We may seek help from those who ultimately prove to be false teachers, the ones who promise, "'Peace, peace,' when there is no peace" (Jeremiah 6:14b).

True peace is found only through the forgiveness of sins, and the only true help when sin prevails is the only One who hears our prayers. Christ our Lord atoned for our transgressions. Those two words, transgress and atone, describe the trap of sin in which we find ourselves and what was done to set us free. Transgress, similar to another word for sin, trespass, means to step across a line. With His holy commands, God has drawn a line in the sand, a line we must not cross. Yet in rebellion against His will, from Adam and Eve, who ate the fruit forbidden to them, to our own daily choices, we step across that line. We do what we should not do and fail to do the good that God commands. As Adam and Eve once fled from God's presence, our transgressions multiply and separate us from God. "Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God" (Isaiah 59:2a).

Only the One to whom we pray could save us. Jesus came to atone for our transgressions. The word atone expresses its own meaning; it is one word created out of two: at one. Jesus came to atone for our sins, to reconcile us to God, to make us at one with Him. Our Savior never once transgressed, never once crossed that line of God's holy commands. Then the innocent Son of God took the burden of our iniquities onto Himself and carried them to the cross. There He took the penalty of death in our place. Through Jesus, God reconciled us to Himself, "making peace by the blood of His cross" (Colossians 1:20b).

"Blessed is the one You choose and bring near." We have been called by the Holy Spirit through the Gospel, the Good News of all that Christ Jesus has done for us. God has crossed the line that separated us from Himself and brought us near. The burden of sin is lifted as we repent and leave our sins at the foot of the cross. Our iniquities have been swallowed up forever in the empty tomb of that first Easter morning, and we are satisfied.

THE PRAYER: Lord God, You have heard our prayers and forgiven our transgressions. In Jesus' Name, accept our grateful praise. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. How does knowing your sins are forgiven by God bring you peace?

2. Is going to God's house, your church, an important activity for you?

3. Do you have particular sins you need to be "on guard" against?
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).
How does knowing your sins are forgiven by God bring you peace?

Devocional CPTLN del 06 de julio de 2020 - Satisfechos



06 de Julio de 2020

... tú escuchas nuestras oraciones. A ti acude todo el género humano. Nuestras malas acciones nos dominan, pero tú perdonas nuestras rebeliones. ¡Cuán dichoso es aquel a quien tú escoges y lo llevas a vivir en tus atrios! Nosotros quedamos plenamente satisfechos con las bondades de tu casa, con las bendiciones de tu santo templo.

"Nuestras malas acciones nos dominan." Sabemos cómo es eso. Quizás nos sintamos tentados a mirar las malas acciones de las personas que nos rodean. Pero si somos honestos, las vemos en nuestra vida. Quizás nos sintamos abrumados por el pecado y la vergüenza, creyendo que nuestra culpa es tan grande que no puede ser perdonada. Quizás tratemos de aliviar la carga del pecado por nosotros mismos en un esfuerzo por eliminar o al menos olvidar su gran peso, tal vez incluso a través de drogas o alcohol. O quizás nos aferramos a esa carga y continuamos viviendo en pecado. Quizás buscamos ayuda en quienes al final resultan ser maestros falsos que prometen, "paz, paz", cuando no hay paz (Jeremías 6:14b).

Es que la verdadera paz solo se encuentra cuando nuestros pecados son perdonados, y la ayuda verdadera cuando prevalece el pecado solo la recibimos del Aquel que escucha nuestras oraciones. Cristo, nuestro Señor, expió nuestras transgresiones. Esas dos palabras, transgredir y expiar, describen la trampa del pecado en la que nos encontramos y lo que se hizo para liberarnos. Transgredir significa cruzar una línea. Con sus mandamientos Dios ha dibujado una línea que no debemos cruzar. Sin embargo, ya desde Adán y Eva, que comieron el fruto que Dios les había prohibido, hasta nuestras elecciones diarias, cruzamos esa línea en rebelión contra su voluntad. Hacemos lo que no debemos hacer y no hacemos el bien que Dios manda. De la misma manera en que Adán y Eva huyeron de la presencia de Dios, nuestras transgresiones se multiplican y nos separan de Dios. "Son las iniquidades de ustedes las que han creado una división entre ustedes y su Dios" (Isaías 59:2a).

Solo Aquel a quien rezamos puede salvarnos. Jesús vino para expiar nuestros pecados, para reconciliarnos con Dios, para hacernos uno con Él. Nuestro Salvador nunca transgredió, nunca cruzó esa línea marcada por los mandamientos de Dios. El inocente Hijo de Dios tomó la carga de nuestras iniquidades sobre Sí mismo y las llevó a la cruz. Allí sufrió la pena de muerte en nuestro lugar. A través de Jesús, Dios nos reconcilió consigo mismo "haciendo la paz mediante la sangre de su cruz" (Colosenses 1:20b).

"¡Cuán dichoso es aquel a quien tú escoges y lo llevas a vivir en tus atrios!". El Espíritu Santo nos ha llamado a través del Evangelio, la Buena Nueva de todo lo que Cristo Jesús ha hecho por nosotros. Dios ha cruzado la línea que nos separaba de sí mismo y nos ha acercado. La culpa del pecado desaparece cuando nos arrepentimos y dejamos nuestros pecados al pie de la cruz. Nuestras iniquidades se han enterrado para siempre en la tumba vacía de esa primera mañana de Pascua, y por ello estamos satisfechos.

ORACIÓN: Señor Dios, gracias por escuchar nuestras oraciones y perdonar nuestras transgresiones. En el nombre de Jesús, acepta nuestra agradecida alabanza. Amén.

Dra. Carol Geisler

Para reflexionar:
* ¿De qué manera te trae paz el saber que Dios te perdona tus pecados?

* ¿Tienes algún pecado en particular del cual debes cuidarte?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿De qué manera te trae paz el saber que Dios te perdona tus pecados?

Notre Pain Quotidien - Un arbre verdoyant

Un arbre verdoyant

Lisez : Proverbes 11.24-30
La Bible en un an : Job 34 – 35 ; Actes 15.1-21

Celui qui se confie dans ses richesses tombera, mais les justes verdiront comme le feuillage.

Je suis collectionneur dans l’âme. Enfant, je collectionnais les timbres. Les cartes de baseball. Les bandes dessinées. Maintenant que je suis parent, je vois ce même intérêt chez mes enfants. Je me demande parfois : As-tu vraiment besoin d’un autre ours en peluche ? 

Bien entendu, ce n’est pas une question de besoin. C’est plutôt l’attrait de la nouveauté. Ou encore parfois la tentation de posséder quelque chose de vieux, de rare. Peu importe ce qui captive notre imagination, nous sommes enclins à croire que, si seulement nous l’avions, notre vie serait meilleure. Nous serions heureux. Satisfaits.

Sauf que ces choses ne nous contentent jamais. Pourquoi ? Parce que Dieu nous a créés de manière à ce que nous soyons remplis de lui, et non en possession des choses qui, selon notre monde, satisferont nos désirs.

Cette tension n’a rien de nouveau. Les Proverbes mettent en contraste deux modes de vie : celui consacré à poursuivre les richesses et celui ancré dans l’amour pour Dieu et la générosité. Dans The Message, Eugene Peterson paraphrase ainsi Proverbes 11.28 : « La vie consacrée aux choses est morte, une souche ; la vie façonnée selon Dieu est un arbre verdoyant. »

Quelle image ! Une vie épanouie et fructueuse ou une vie vide et stérile. Pour le monde l’abondance matérielle équivaut à « la belle vie ». Par contraste, Dieu nous invite à nous enraciner en lui, à goûter sa bonté et à porter du fruit. Ainsi, il transformera notre cœur et nos désirs du tout au tout.
Père, merci pour tes dons généreux. Aide-moi à mettre ma confiance en toi plutôt que dans les chose du monde.
Ne nous concentrons pas sur les biens matériels, mais plutôt sur ce que Dieu seul peut nous procurer.

© 2020 Ministères NPQ
As-tu vraiment besoin d’un autre ours en peluche ?