Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for THURSDAY, October 22, 2020


The Daily Readings
THURSDAY, October 22, 2020
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; Deuteronomy 31:14-22; Titus 1:5-16
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:

Proverbs 15:23

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
Words are powerful: they can either build up or destroy. Solomon devoted many of his proverbs to the consequences of speech. Just as foolish words can bring about a person’s own destruction, a wise word can bring joy to all who hear it. The apostle James wrote of the destructive power of words (in James 3:5, 6); the author of Hebrews also exhorted us to encourage one another (Heb. 10:24, 25) (NKJV Study Bible).

Today’s Readings:

Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
Show your servants your works

1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

13 Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.

14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.

17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
It is supposed that this psalm refers to the sentence passed on Israel in the wilderness, Numbers 14. God's favor and protection are the only sure rest and comfort of the soul in this evil world. Christ Jesus is the refuge and dwelling-place to which we may repair. We are dying creatures. All our comforts in the world are dying comforts, but God is an ever-living God, and believers find him so. When God, by sickness, or other afflictions, turns men to destruction, he thereby calls men to return unto him to repent of their sins and live a new life. A thousand years are nothing to God's eternity: between a minute and a million years, there is some proportion; between time and eternity, there is none. All the events of a thousand years, whether past or to come, are more present to the Eternal Mind than what was done in the last hour is to us. And in the resurrection, the body and soul shall both return and be united again. Time passes unobserved by us, as with men asleep, and when it is past, it is as nothing. It is a short and quickly-passing life, as the waters of a flood. Man flourish as the grass, which will wither when the winter of old age comes, but he may be mown down by disease or disaster.

Those who would learn true wisdom must pray for Divine instruction, must beg to be taught by the Holy Spirit, and for comfort and joy in the returns of God's favor. They pray for the mercy of God, for they pretend not to plead any merit of their own. His favor would be a full fountain of future joys. It would be a sufficient balance to former griefs. Let the grace of God in us produce the light of good works. And let Divine consolations put gladness into our hearts and a luster upon our countenances. The work of our hands, establish thou it, and, to that, establish us in it. Instead of wasting our precious, fleeting days pursuing fancies, which leave the possessors for ever poor, let us seek the forgiveness of sins and an inheritance in heaven. Let us pray that the work of the Holy Spirit may appear in converting our hearts and that the beauty of holiness may be seen in our conduct.

Deuteronomy 31:14-22
Moses’ time to die draws near

31:14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thy days approach that thou must die: call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.

15 And the Lord appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.

16 And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.

17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?

18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.

19 Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.

20 For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.

21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware.

22 Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.
Moses and Joshua attended the Divine Majesty at the door of the tabernacle. Moses is told again that he must shortly die; even those who are most ready and willing to die need to be often reminded of its coming. The Lord tells Moses that, after his death, the covenant he had taken so many pains to make between Israel and their God would undoubtedly be broken. Israel would forsake Him; then, God would forsake Israel. Justly does he cast those off who so unjustly cast him off? Moses is directed to deliver them a song, which should remain a standing testimony for God, as faithful to them in giving them warning, and against them, as persons false to themselves in not taking the warning. The word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of men's hearts and meets them by reproofs and correction. Ministers who preach the word know not the imaginations of men, but God, whose word it is, knows perfectly.

Titus 1:5-16
Troublemakers deny God

1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;

8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:

11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.

13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
The character and qualification of pastors, here called elders and bishops, agree with what the apostle wrote to Timothy. Being such bishops and overseers of the flock, to be examples to them, and God's stewards to take care of his household's affairs, there is a great reason that they should be blameless. What they are not to be, is plainly shown, as well as what they are to be, as servants of Christ, and able ministers of the letter and practice of the gospel. And here are described the spirit and practice becoming such as should be examples of good works.

False teachers are described. Faithful ministers must oppose such in good time that their folly being made manifest. They may go no further. They had a base end in what they did, serving a worldly interest under the pretense of religion: for the love of money is the root of all evil. Such should be resisted, and put to shame, by sound doctrine from the Scriptures. Shameful actions, the reproach of heathens, should be far from Christians; falsehood and lying, envious craft and cruelty, brutal and sensual practices, and idleness and sloth are sins condemned even by the light of nature. But Christian meekness is as far from cowardly passing over sin and error as from anger and impatience. There may be national differences of character, yet the heart of man in every age and place is deceitful and desperately wicked. But the sharpest reproofs must aim at the good of the reproved, and soundness in the faith is most desirable and necessary. To those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; they abuse and turn things lawful and good into sin. Many profess to know God, yet in their lives, deny and reject him. See the miserable state of hypocrites, such as have a form of godliness, but are without the power, yet let us not be so ready to fix this charge on others, as careful that it does not apply to ourselves.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV).

Commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible.

The Daily Bible Readings are selected from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, 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 Readings for THURSDAY, October 22, 2020
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; Deuteronomy 31:14-22; Titus 1:5-16 (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for THURSDAY, October 22, 2020


Prayer of the Day
THURSDAY, October 22, 2020

And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul?

Lord our God, our Father in heaven, be with us as we are gathered here. Through your Spirit let our hearts grow in understanding of how we can serve you rightly and live as you want us to live. Help us hold fast to all that is good. Free us more and more from everything that hinders us, from all that is evil. Show your loving-kindness to us and to our loved ones, wherever they may be. Hear every human heart that sighs to you, pleading that what is of heaven may overcome what is of earth. Amen.

Verse of the Day for THURSDAY, October 22, 2020


Proverbs 15:23

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
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Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — Preconceived Ideas


Preconceived Ideas

(Jesus said) "But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, "'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.' For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look at Him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds."

Thirty years ago my family began serving as missionaries to the Vietnamese refugees in St. Louis. Now very few of these people were Christians, and so their ideas about Christians were ... sort of limited. For example, many of them thought of pastors as stern, unsmiling people in black three-piece suits, always ready to stomp all over whatever joy or pleasure you had in your life. And so naturally, they were nervous about us.

One day we were walking up to a family's home when we could see through the big front window that they were having a beer party. They looked up, and they could see us, too. They panicked. Then everybody started hiding the beer, shoving it under the sofa cushions, pushing it into cabinets and under the coffee table. We walked really, really slowly!

By the time they invited us in, everything was hidden, and the room was spotless. My husband sat down and smiled. Then he said, "Hey, could I have a beer?"

I suspect most of us have preconceived ideas about how God's people should look—the kinds of clothes they should wear, the food they should eat, the activities they should be involved in, the music they should listen to. It's human. But it's also something that can really get in the way of the Gospel. If we're busy criticizing the details of each other's lives, we won't have our ears open to hear what God is saying to us through them. If we look for reasons to reject one another, we won't receive the love and blessing God is trying to give us. Nor will we be able to share the story of Jesus with people who need it just as badly as we do.

How can we cross these divides when we are scared and nervous? Only when Jesus Himself is living in us. He is an expert at adapting to strange situations and people, of course—what else would you expect from the Son of God who went from heaven's glory to a manger in Bethlehem? He lived among us as a child, as a carpenter, as a traveling preacher and healer. He cared for all sorts of people, rich and poor, male and female, very old and very young. And He capped it all off by suffering, dying, and rising again—so that all of us, whatever we are like, can have real, everlasting life by trusting Him.

Dear Lord, live in me and help me to recognize the people I meet as people for whom You died and rose. Amen.

Dr. Kari Vo

Reflection Questions:
1. When you were a child, what did you think Christians looked like?

2. Can you think of a person you know who is very different from you in race, dress, social status, or what he or she likes to do for fun?

3. How could you build a friendship with that person, or grow closer if you're friends already?

Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Thirty years ago my family began serving as missionaries to the Vietnamese refugees in St. Louis. Now very few of these people were Christians, and so their ideas about Christians were ... sort of limited. For example…

Standing Strong Through the Storm — WALK IN VICTORY



And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Our trust is not in a God who uses his power without a plan or at His whim. Instead, our trust is in a loving, purposeful God who promises that all things work together for good for those who love Him.

No one believes this any more than Kim Phuc. She is known as the picture girl from the Vietnam war. The Pulitzer Prize-winning photo seen around the world was snapped on June 8, 1972, following a South Vietnamese napalm attack on Trang Bang village. Nine-year-old Kim is seen running down the road toward the camera, naked and screaming in pain.

Living in constant pain due to the horrific injuries she suffered, Kim recalls she was bitter and filled with hatred, asking the universal question, “Why me? Why do I have to suffer like this?”

As a teenager, she encountered a Vietnamese Bible in a library. Impressed with Jesus and His teaching, she became a believer in 1982. She comments that it took years, but “God freed me from hatred and enabled me to love and forgive my enemies, to trust Him and to obey.”

She still suffers daily from excruciating pain, but she now finds purpose in that pain. “The pain reminds me daily to go back to the Lord in prayer,” she says. “Then he gives me peace, energy, strength, and grace to face each day…The pain is for my spiritual protection, and I thank God for it.”

Kim Phuc says she wants to change the way people see her, no longer the little girl crying out of pain, but now a young woman crying out for peace. She adds, “Now He uses my picture and my everyday life to glorify Him. Now I understand the purpose of why I’m still here and why I suffer. It’s to glorify the Lord. It’s not about me. It’s about Him!”

God has a plan and purpose for our life, and through our obedience to His teaching, He is going to work in us and through us that will ultimately bring glory to God. With this kind of faith, we will see victory.

RESPONSE: Today, I will walk in victory because I will give every part of my being to glorify God

PRAYER: Lord, help me to experience the purpose and meaning You have ordained in my suffering for You.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
Our trust is not in a God who uses his power without a plan or at His whim. Instead, our trust is in a loving, purposeful God who promises that all things work together for good for those who love Him.

Men's Devotional Bible — Tactics for the Thirsty Soul


Tactics for the Thirsty Soul

Psalm 42:1–11

Recommended Reading: Psalm 63:1–11; Luke 22:39–46

Isn’t it amazing how the Bible talks about the soul? Scripture not only portrays what the successful, victorious, and satisfying life feels like, but God’s Word also offers many examples of people who battle for their faith and grow weary.

In this psalm, the songwriter longs deeply for God. Taunted by his enemies, his soul knows deep despair and turmoil. But rather than caving into the flood of adversity, the desperate follower cries out to God. How does he wage this battle?

First, the songwriter honestly expresses his feelings to God. Rather than denying his pain, he pours out his soul (see Psalm 42:4) and brings his frustration and sense of abandonment to God (see verse 9). Second, he engages his own memory. The songwriter recalls blessed times of worship with the people of God (see verse 4), and—more significantly—he remembers God himself (see verse 6). Third, the songwriter talks to himself. Or, perhaps more accurately, he addresses his own soul. He repeats the refrain: “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:11). Although his adversaries taunt him and continually tell him lies, the psalmist aggressively counters their negative slurs with his own message of hope in God.

Finally, note that the songwriter wrote about his struggles. His words still exist today, indicating that he battled for his soul by giving expression to his grief and hope.

If you’re engaged in a battle to make your faith real and grow tired of the conflict, don’t give up the fight. Long for God. Thirst for Him. If you feel comfortable doing so, record your struggles on paper or in a file on your computer. When you pursue God, Scripture promises that you’ll find him. Pray for God to flood your soul with relief. And don’t forget to challenge yourself in the same manner as the psalmist in Psalm 42:6, 11.

To Take Away
  • Do you ever long for God so much that you feel yourself dying of thirst to experience his presence and refreshment?
  • Have you ever “preached” to your own soul? If you were to do so now, what would you say to yourself?
  • When have you sensed relief from your thirst for God? How can you repeat that experience?
Isn’t it amazing how the Bible talks about the soul?

John Piper Devotional — Hedonism for Husbands and Wives


Hedonism for Husbands and Wives

Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

There is a pattern of love in marriage ordained by God.

The roles of husband and wife are not the same. The husband is to take his special cues from Christ as the head of the church. The wife is to take her special cues from the church as submissive to Christ.

In doing this, the sinful and damaging results of the Fall begin to be reversed. The Fall twisted man’s loving headship into hostile domination in some men and lazy indifference in others. The Fall twisted woman’s intelligent, willing submission into manipulative obsequiousness in some women and brazen insubordination in others.

The redemption we anticipate at the coming of Christ is not the dismantling of the created order of loving headship and willing submission, but a recovery of it. Wives, redeem your fallen submission by modeling it after God’s intention for the church! Husbands, redeem your fallen headship by modeling it after God’s intention for Christ!

I find in Ephesians 5:21–33 these two things: (1) the display of Christian Hedonism in marriage and (2) the direction its impulses should take.

Wives, seek your joy in the joy of your husband by affirming and honoring his God-ordained role as the leader in your relationship. Husbands, seek your joy in the joy of your wife by accepting the responsibility to lead as Christ led the church and gave himself for her.

I want to bear witness to God’s goodness in my life. I discovered Christian Hedonism the same year I got married in 1968. Since then, Noël and I have pursued as passionately as we can the deepest, most lasting joys possible in obedience to Jesus Christ. All too imperfectly, all too half-heartedly at times, we have stalked our own joy in the joy of each other.

And we can testify together: For those who marry, this is the path to the heart’s desire. For us, marriage has been a matrix for Christian Hedonism. As each pursues joy in the joy of the other and fulfills a God-ordained role, the mystery of marriage as a parable of Christ and the church becomes manifest for his great glory and for our great joy.

There is a pattern of love in marriage ordained by God.

Un dia a la Vez — La sal de la tierra


La sal de la tierra

Ustedes son la sal de la tierra. Pero si la sal se vuelve insípida, ¿cómo recobrará su sabor? Ya no sirve para nada.

La frase «la sal de la tierra» siempre me pareció un tanto extraña. Incluso, cuando llegué a los caminos de Dios, no entendía por qué en su Palabra se decía que somos la sal de la tierra. Más tarde, Dios mismo me dio la manera más sencilla y fácil de entenderla y practicarla.

La sal es un ingrediente clave para darle sabor a la comida, pero tiene un especial cuidado: Debe tener un término ideal para sazonar y no para salar. ¿Quién resiste la comida salada?

La Palabra dice que en los tiempos de Jesús la sal venía del Mar Muerto y estaba llena de impurezas, de modo que perdía algo de su sabor. Es posible que digas: «¿Qué tiene que ver esto con mi vida espiritual?».

Pues bien, Dios nos compara con la sal en la tierra porque tenemos esa preciosa labor de darles sabor con su Palabra a los que no conocen a Jesús. Por otro lado, a nosotros nos sucede lo mismo que a la sal con impurezas que se utilizaba en Israel. Por eso necesitamos ser puros para darles ejemplo a otros. Además, si nos enfriamos en la Palabra y nos volvemos insípidos, ¿cómo daremos sabor?

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
La frase «la sal de la tierra» siempre me pareció un tanto extraña.

Devocional CPTLN — Ideas preconcebidas


Ideas preconcebidas

[Jesús dijo] Pero ¿con qué compararé a esta generación? Se parece a los niños que se sientan en las plazas y les gritan a sus compañeros: "Tocamos la flauta, y ustedes no bailaron; entonamos cantos fúnebres, y ustedes no lloraron." Porque vino Juan, que ni comía ni bebía, y dicen que tiene un demonio; luego vino el Hijo del Hombre, que come y bebe, y lo califican de glotón y borracho y de ser amigo de cobradores de impuestos y de pecadores. Pero a la sabiduría la reivindican sus hijos.»

Hace treinta años, con mi familia comenzamos a servir como misioneros a los refugiados vietnamitas en St. Louis, Missouri. Muy pocas de esas personas eran cristianas, por lo que sus ideas sobre los cristianos eran... algo limitadas. Por ejemplo, muchos pensaban que los pastores eran severos y serios, vestidos de traje negro, siempre listos para pisotear cualquier gozo o placer que uno tuviera en la vida. Y, naturalmente, estaban nerviosos por nosotros.

Un día estábamos caminando hacia la casa de una familia, cuando pudimos ver a través de la gran ventana delantera que estaban celebrando con cerveza. Ellos también nos vieron, por lo que entraron en pánico. Se pusieron de apuro a esconder la cerveza debajo de los cojines del sofá, adentro de los armarios y debajo de la mesa de café. ¡Caminamos muy, muy lentamente!

Cuando nos invitaron a pasar, todo estaba oculto y la habitación estaba impecable. Mi esposo se sentó y sonrió. Luego dijo: "¿Puedo tomar una cerveza?"

Sospecho que la mayoría de nosotros tenemos ideas preconcebidas sobre cómo debe verse el pueblo de Dios: el tipo de ropa que debe usar, la comida que debe comer, las actividades en las que debe participar, la música que debe escuchar. Es humano. Pero también es algo que puede obstaculizar el camino del Evangelio. Si estamos ocupados criticando los detalles de la vida de los demás, no tendremos los oídos abiertos para escuchar lo que Dios nos está diciendo a través de ellos. Si buscamos razones para rechazarnos unos a otros, no recibiremos el amor y la bendición que Dios está tratando de darnos, ni podremos compartir la historia de Jesús con personas que la necesitan tanto como nosotros.

¿Cómo podemos superar esas divisiones cuando estamos asustados y nerviosos? Con Jesús en nosotros. Él es un experto en adaptarse a situaciones y personas extrañas: el Hijo de Dios pasó de la gloria del cielo a un pesebre en Belén; fue carpintero, predicador itinerante y sanador. Se preocupaba por todo tipo de personas: ricas y pobres, hombres y mujeres, muy viejos y muy jóvenes. Y lo coronó todo sufriendo, muriendo y resucitando, para que todos, sin excepción, podamos tener vida real y eterna al confiar en Él.

ORACIÓN: Querido Señor, vive en mí y ayúdame a ver en los demás a personas por las cuales moriste y resucitaste. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
* Cuando eras niño, ¿cómo pensabas que eran los cristianos?

* ¿Cómo podrías entablar amistad con una persona de otra raza, cultura, idioma, etc.?

© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
Hace treinta años, con mi familia comenzamos a servir como misioneros a los refugiados vietnamitas en St. Louis, Missouri. Muy pocas de esas personas eran cristianas, por lo que sus ideas sobre los cristianos eran... algo limitadas. Por ejemplo…

Хлеб наш насущный — День стирки


День стирки

Читать сейчас: Матфея 28:16-20 | Библия за год: Исаии 65-66; Ефесянам 4

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Итак, идите, научите все народы, крестя их во имя Отца и Сына и Святого Духа.

Матфея 28:19

Проезжая через расположенный рядом с церковью малообеспеченный район, пастор Чад Грэм стал молиться за своих «ближних». Вдруг он заметил небольшую прачечную и решил туда заглянуть. В прачечной было много клиентов. Один из них попросил у Грэма монетку, чтобы заплатить за сушку белья. Эта скромная просьба вдохновила программу «День стирки», которую стала спонсировать церковь Грэма. Верующие жертвуют деньги и моющие средства, молятся вместе с клиентами прачечной, а также поддерживают ее владельца.

Их служение своим соседям, которое простирается и на прачечную, – исполнение Великого поручения Иисуса Христа, которое Он оставил Своим ученикам. «Дана Мне всякая власть на небе и на земле. Итак, идите, научите все народы, крестя их во имя Отца и Сына и Святого Духа», – сказал Он (Мф. 28:18-19). Могущественное присутствие Святого Духа позволяет нам благовествовать везде, даже в прачечных. Мы никогда не одиноки. Господь обещал: «Вот, Я с вами во все дни до скончания века» (ст. 20).

Пастор Чад ощутил на себе истинность этих слов, когда молился в прачечной с человеком по имени Джеф, у которого обнаружили рак. Чад рассказывал: «Когда мы открыли глаза, то увидели, что все клиенты молятся вместе с нами, а их руки протянуты к Джефу. Это было одно из самых возвышенных переживаний, которые я испытывал в своем пасторском служении».

Какой в этом урок? Идите и повсюду провозглашайте Христа!
Куда вы сегодня можете пойти в своем районе, чтобы рассказать о Христе? Как Его присутствие может дать вам силу?

Господь Иисус, пошли меня сегодня проповедовать Благую Весть.

автор: Патрисия Рэйбон

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Проезжая через расположенный рядом с церковью малообеспеченный район, пастор Чад Грэм стал молиться за своих «ближних». Вдруг он заметил небольшую прачечную и решил туда заглянуть.