Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, July 7, 2020


The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, July 7, 2020
Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Genesis 29:1-14; Romans 3:1-8
(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.”

Jacob meets Rachel
29:1 Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. 2 There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. 3 When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.

4 Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?”

“We’re from Harran,” they replied.

5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?”

“Yes, we know him,” they answered.

6 Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?”

“Yes, he is,” they said, “and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.”

7 “Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”

8 “We can’t,” they replied, “until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep.”

9 While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud. 12 He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.

13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things. 14 Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”

After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month.

The faithfulness of God
3:1 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2 Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.

3 What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? 4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:

   “So that you may be proved right when you speak
     and prevail when you judge.”

5 But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7 Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” 8 Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!

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

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The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, July 7, 2020
Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Genesis 29:1-14; Romans 3:1-8

The Daily Prayer for TUESDAY, July 7, 2020

The Daily Prayer
TUESDAY, July 7, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. said this: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”

Lord God, some of us still ask for signs to know where you call us to go and who you desire us to become. Be merciful and reveal yourself to us in manageable ways, just enough to see us through today. Amen.

Verse of the Day for TUESDAY, July 7, 2020


Psalm 18:30
As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
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Un dia a la Vez - Martes 07 julio 2020

Semana de pacto con Dios: Nuestros ojos

Pero fiel es el Señor, que os afirmará y guardará del mal.

El símbolo de cuidar nuestros ojos no es solo el cuidado desde el punto de vista de la salud que tú y yo le podamos dar a los ojos. Es cuidarlos en el campo espiritual. Es cuidarnos de lo que estamos mirando y qué imágenes permitimos que lleguen a nuestro cerebro.

¿No es cierto que cuando vemos una imagen violenta se queda por varios días en nuestra mente? Es más, yo diría que se queda registrada allí para siempre. También eso sucede con las personas que están atadas a la pornografía. Ya sus ojos están contaminados y es como un vicio, pues cada vez quieren ver más. Entonces se dan cuenta que están súper enviciados y esto no solo les hace daño a ellos, sino que también traicionan a su familia y desagradan a Dios.

¿Cuál es tu caso? Si tienes temor de Dios, necesitas hacer hoy un pacto de cuidar tus ojos de lo que ven y entender si lo que has venido haciendo no está bien.

Por lo tanto, dile a Dios hoy: «Señor, me comprometo contigo a no volver a la pornografía. Renuncio por completo a cualquier acto deshonesto que esté haciendo con mis ojos y te ofrezco esta ofrenda por amor a ti».

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
¿No es cierto que cuando vemos una imagen violenta se queda por varios días en nuestra mente?

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Tuesday, July 7, 2020


“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

The Bible has much to say about open doors but many times – even as Christians – we seem to face obstacles on our path and in our ministry. Blocked doors can be VERY frustrating. Yet God often uses closed doors to advance His cause.

Bible teachers like Max Lucado remind us that God closed the womb of a young Sarah so he could display His power to the elderly one. He shut the palace door on Moses the prince so he could open shackles through Moses the liberator. He marched Daniel out of Jerusalem so he could use Daniel in Babylon.

And even Jesus knew the challenge of a blocked door. When he requested a path that bypassed the cross, God said no. He said no to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane so He could say yes to us at the gates of heaven.

It’s not that our plans are bad but that God’s plans are better.

A prayer is circulating on the Internet that expresses it this way:

He asked for strength that he might achieve, he was made weak that he might endure; He asked for health to do larger things, he was given infirmity that he might do better things; He asked for power that he might impress men, he was given weakness that he might seek God; He asked for wealth that he might be free from care, he was given poverty that he might be wiser than carefree. He asked for all things that he might enjoy life, he was given life that he might enjoy all things; He received nothing he asked for. He received more than he ever hoped for. His prayer was answered! Blessed man!

The shortest distance between a closed and open door is the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything.

RESPONSE: Today I will accept that my blocked door doesn’t mean God doesn’t love me. Quite the opposite. I’ll see it as proof that He does.

PRAYER: Thank You Lord that You know best and have even better plans for me and my service for You. Help me wait patiently for You to open the right door at the right time!

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

LHM Daily Devotions July 7, 2020 - "Over Time"


Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Over Time"

July 7, 2020

(The Lord said) "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My Word be that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it."

"Well, that was a waste of time," I thought as I finished reading a really obscure chapter of Isaiah to my family—and then I felt guilty for thinking such a thing. But really—we were dealing with verses like "Therefore let Moab wail for Moab, let everyone wail. Mourn, utterly stricken, for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth" (Isaiah 16:7). Just try explaining that one to your child!

I suspect a lot of people feel the same way about Bible reading, whether it happens at home or in church. There are passages we don't understand—often because we haven't read the rest of the book, and so we don't know what's really going on. But it takes time and patience to get familiar with the Bible, and too often we don't want to put that time in. We want instant results, and we get frustrated with anything less. And then we feel guilty, and want to read and listen even less. It's a vicious circle.

God calls us away from this mental mess and gives us a different picture of how His Word works: it's like rain and snow, that waters the earth, and ultimately produces the very bread we eat.

It takes a lot of rain and snow to produce a harvest. And along the way, it often doesn't look like it's doing much. Your exposure to God's Word may feel the same—you keep hearing it, you read it, but what impact is it having on your life? You can't see it. Until later—when you really need it, and the Holy Spirit brings it to your memory.

God gives us a promise we can rely on: "My Word ... shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." God will use His Word to shape our lives. After all, He already has! It was through His Word that you were baptized, and it was through His Word that you came to know and trust in Jesus, your Savior, who suffered, died, and rose from the dead for you. Trust God to use His Word in your life in the future.

THE PRAYER: Father, thank You for the gift of Your Word. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. What is your favorite part of the Bible?

2. What is your least favorite, and why?

3. Tell about a time when God used His Word to help, strengthen, comfort, or guide you.
This Daily Devotion was written Dr. Kari Vo. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
What is your favorite part of the Bible?

Devocional CPTLN del 07 de julio de 2020 - A su debido tiempo


A su debido tiempo

07 de Julio de 2020

Así como la lluvia y la nieve caen de los cielos, y no vuelven allá, sino que riegan la tierra y la hacen germinar y producir, con lo que dan semilla para el que siembra y pan para el que come, así también mi palabra, cuando sale de mi boca, no vuelve a mí vacía, sino que hace todo lo que yo quiero, y tiene éxito en todo aquello para lo cual la envié.

"Eso fue una pérdida de tiempo", pensé al terminar de leer un capítulo realmente oscuro de Isaías a mi familia, y luego me sentí culpable por pensar tal cosa. Estábamos tratando con versos como: "Por eso Moab aullará; todo Moab gemirá y será en gran manera abatida por causa de las tortas de uvas pasas de Quir Jaréset"(Isaías 16:7). ¡Trate de explicárselo a su hijo!

Sospecho que muchos sienten lo mismo al leer la Biblia, ya sea en casa o en la iglesia. Hay pasajes que no entendemos, a menudo porque no hemos leído el resto del libro y, por lo tanto, no sabemos lo que realmente está sucediendo. Lleva tiempo y paciencia familiarizarse con la Biblia, y con demasiada frecuencia no queremos dedicarle ese tiempo. Queremos resultados instantáneos, nos frustramos cuando no los conseguimos y luego nos sentimos culpables y queremos leer y escuchar aún menos. Es un círculo vicioso.

Dios nos aleja de tal desastre mental y nos da una imagen diferente de cómo funciona Su Palabra: es como la lluvia y la nieve que riegan la tierra, la cual finalmente produce el pan que comemos. Se necesita mucha lluvia y nieve para producir una cosecha, y a menudo no parece que esté haciendo mucho. Tu exposición a la Palabra de Dios puede ser igual: la sigues escuchando, la lees, pero ¿qué impacto tiene en tu vida? No puedes verlo... hasta más adelante, cuando realmente lo necesitas, y el Espíritu Santo lo trae a tu memoria.

Dios nos da una promesa en la que podemos confiar: "Mi Palabra ... no vuelve a mí vacía, sino que hace todo lo que yo quiero, y tiene éxito en todo aquello para lo cual la envié". Dios usa su Palabra para dar forma a nuestra vida. Después de todo, ¡Él ya lo ha hecho! Fue a través de su Palabra que fuiste bautizado, y fue también a través de su Palabra que llegaste a conocer y confiar en Jesús como tu Salvador, quien sufrió, murió y resucitó de entre los muertos por ti. Confía entonces en que Dios va a usar su Palabra en tu vida en el futuro.

ORACIÓN: Padre, gracias por el regalo de tu palabra. En Jesús. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Cuál es tu parte favorita de la Biblia? ¿Por qué?

* ¿Recuerdas algún momento en que Dios usó su Palabra para ayudarte, fortalecerte, consolarte o guiarte?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Cuál es tu parte favorita de la Biblia? ¿Por qué?

Nuestro Pan Diario - Los huevos y la oración


Los huevos y la oración

La escritura de hoy: Habacuc 2:1-3
La Biblia en un año: Job 34–35; Hechos 15:1-21

… aunque tardare, espéralo, porque sin duda vendrá, no tardará.

Fuera de la ventana de mi cocina, una petirrojo construyó su nido bajo el alero del techo del patio. Me encantaba verla convertir la hierba en un lugar seguro, y luego, acomodarse para incubar los huevos. Cada mañana, evaluaba el progreso, pero nada. Los huevos de petirrojo tardan dos semanas en romper el cascarón.

La impaciencia no es nueva para mí. Siempre me costó saber esperar; en especial, en oración. Mi esposo y yo esperamos casi cinco años para adoptar a nuestro primer hijo. Hace décadas, Catherine Marshall escribió: «Las oraciones, como los huevos, no rompen el cascarón en cuanto se hacen».

El profeta Habacuc luchaba con la espera en oración. Frustrado por el silencio de Dios ante el brutal maltrato de los babilonios al reino de Judá, promete: «Sobre mi guarda estaré, y sobre la fortaleza afirmaré el pie» para «ver lo que se me dirá» (Habacuc 2:1). Dios le responde que debe esperar «aún por un tiempo» (v. 3), y que escriba «la visión» para que corran cuando se cumpla (v. 2).

Lo que Dios no menciona es que ese «aún por un tiempo» sería 60 años después, cuando cayera Babilonia, lo cual implicaba un lapso extenso entre la promesa y el cumplimiento. Como los huevos, las oraciones incuban dentro de los propósitos soberanos de Dios para nuestras vidas.

De:  Elisa Morgan

Reflexiona y ora
Dios, ayúdame a confiar en ti mientras espero.
¿Te resulta difícil esperar mientras Dios obra? Mientras esperas, ¿cómo puedes obedecer a Dios en lo que ya te ha indicado que hagas?

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Fuera de la ventana de mi cocina, una petirrojo construyó su nido bajo el alero del techo del patio.