Friday, October 23, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for FRIDAY, October 23, 2020


The Daily Readings
FRIDAY, October 23, 2020
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; Deuteronomy 32:1-14, 18; Titus 2:7-8, 11-15
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:

Galatians 6:2

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
No maturing Christian can ever say, “I don’t need the church,” because Jesus tells us that we all have work to do in the church—we must fulfill our role as part of the body. We cannot carry the burdens of those we never interact with. Therefore, we must continue to participate in the work, fellowship, and worship of the church—freely giving of ourselves just as Christ has given Himself to us (NASB Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible Notes).

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 32:1-14, 18
The song of Moses

32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

3 Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

6 Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?

7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

8 When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.

9 For the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:

12 So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.

13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;

14 Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape.

18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.
Moses begins with a solemn appeal to heaven and earth, concerning the truth and importance of what he was about to say. His doctrine is the gospel, the speech of God, the doctrine of Christ—the doctrine of grace and mercy through him, and of life and salvation by him.

“He is a Rock.” This is the first time God is called so in Scripture. The expression denotes that the Divine power, faithfulness, and love, as revealed in Christ and the gospel, form a foundation that cannot be changed or moved, on which we may build our hopes of happiness. And under his protection, we may find refuge from all our enemies, and in all our troubles, as the rocks in those countries sheltered from the burning rays of the sun, and from tempests, or were fortresses from the enemy. “His work is perfect:” that of redemption and salvation, in which there is a display of all the Divine perfection, complete in all its parts. All God’s dealings with his creatures are regulated by wisdom, which cannot err and perfect justice. He is indeed just and right; he takes care that none shall lose by him. A high charge is exhibited against Israel. Even God’s children have their spots while in this imperfect state; for if we say we have no sin, no spot, we deceive ourselves. But Israel’s sin was not habitual, notorious, unrepented sin, which is a certain mark of Satan’s children. They were fools to forsake their mercies for lying vanities. All wilful sinners, especially sinners in Israel, are unwise and ungrateful.

Moses gives particular instances of God’s kindness and concern for them. The eagle’s care for her young is a beautiful emblem of Christ’s love, who came between Divine justice and our guilty souls and bared our sins in His own body on the tree. And by the preached gospel and the influences of the Holy Spirit, He stirs up and prevails upon sinners to leave Satan’s bondage. In Deuteronomy 32:13, Deuteronomy 32:14 are emblems of the conquest believers have over their spiritual enemies, sin, Satan, and the world, in and through Christ. Also of their safety and triumph in him; of their happy frames of soul, when they are above the world and its things. This will be the blessed case of spiritual Israel in every sense in the latter day.

Here are two instances of the wickedness of Israel. Each was apostasy from God. These people were called Jeshurun, “an upright people,” so some; “a seeing people,” so others: but they soon lost the reputation both of their knowledge and their righteousness. They indulged their appetites as if they had nothing to do but to make provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts of it. Those who make a god of themselves, and a god of their bellies, in pride and wantonness, cannot bear to be told of it, thereby forsake God and showing they esteem him lightly. There is but one way of a sinner’s acceptance and sanctification. However, different modes of irreligion, or false religion, may show favorable regard for other ways, often miscalled candid. How mad are idolaters, who forsake the Rock of salvation, to run themselves upon the rock of perdition!

Titus 2:7-8, 11-15
A life devoted to good works
2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Old disciples of Christ must behave in every thing agreeably to the Christian doctrine. That the aged men be sober; not thinking that the decays of nature will justify any excess; but seeking comfort from nearer communion with God, not from any undue indulgence. Faith works by and must be seen in love, of God for himself, and of men for God's sake. Aged persons are apt to be peevish and fretful; therefore need to be on their guard. Though there is no express Scripture for every word or look, there are general rules, according to which all must be ordered. Young women must be sober and discreet, for many expose themselves to fatal temptations by what at first might only want of discretion. The reason is added that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Failures in duties greatly reproach Christianity. Young men are apt to be eager and thoughtless. Therefore they must be earnestly called upon to be sober-minded: more young people are ruined by pride than by any other sin. Every godly man's endeavor must be to stop the mouths of adversaries. Let thine own conscience answer for thine uprightness. What a glory is it for a Christian, when that mouth which would fain open itself against him, cannot find any evil in him to speak of!

Servants must know and do their duty to their earthly masters, with reference to their heavenly one. In serving an earthly master according to Christ's will, He is served; he shall reward such. Not giving disrespectful or provoking language, but to take a check or reproof with silence, not making confident or bold replies. When conscious of a fault, to excuse or justify it doubles it. Never putting to their own use that which is their master's, nor wasting the goods they are trusted with. Showing all good fidelity to improve a master's goods, and promote his thriving. If ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own? Luke 16:12. True religion is an honor to the professors of it, and they should adorn it in all things.

The doctrine of grace and salvation by the gospel is for all ranks and conditions of men. It teaches to forsake sin, to have no more to do with it. An earthly, sensual conversation suits, not a heavenly calling. It teaches us to make conscious of that which is good. We must look to God in Christ as the object of our hope and worship. A gospel conversation must be a godly conversation. See our duty in a very few words, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, living soberly, righteously, and godly, notwithstanding all snares, temptations, corrupt examples, ill-usage, and what remains of sin in the believer's heart, with all their hindrances. It teaches us to look for the glories of another world. At, and in, the glorious appearance of Christ, the blessed hope of Christians will be complete: To bring us to holiness and happiness was the end of Christ's death.

Jesus Christ, that great God and our Savior, who saves not only as God, much less as Man alone; but as God-man, two natures in one person. He loved us and gave himself for us, and what can we do less than love and give ourselves up to him! Redemption from sin and sanctification of nature, go together and make a peculiar people unto God, free from guilt and condemnation, and purified by the Holy Spirit. All Scripture is profitable. Here is what will furnish for all parts of duty, and the right discharge of them. Let us inquire whether our whole dependence is placed upon that grace, which saves the lost, pardons the guilty, and sanctifies the unclean. And the further we are removed from boasting of fancied good works, or trusting in them so that we glory in Christ alone, the more zealous shall we be to abound in real good works.

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 FRIDAY, October 23, 2020
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; Deuteronomy 32:1-14, 18; Titus 2:7-8, 11-15 (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for FRIDAY, October 23, 2020


Prayer of the Day
FRIDAY, October 23, 2020

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

Lord our God, Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who encourages and strengthens us in all distress, we thank you for turning our suffering into a pathway to life, so that we may be thankful and trusting through everything. You can change what we find hardest into what is best for us. Praise to your name that a way through sin and death is given to us. Praise to your name that you have shown us a way through all evil, a way that is blest. Amen.

Verse of the Day for FRIDAY, October 23, 2020


Galatians 6:2

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
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Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — From One Sinner to Another


From One Sinner to Another

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.

God is in the business of calling us because human beings tend to forget that He is there. They like to imagine He doesn't care or, even more, that He doesn't exist. Now, while God set the process in motion by which human beings are born and live in this world yet, by our sin, we are at a distance from God.

God bridged this distance by sending His own Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to become a human being. Through the Savior's life, death, and resurrection, God has called us to faith and saved us. "All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:18).

That's right! We are now reconcilers—God's people whose witness is a call to others to experience the same mercy we have freely received.

Our calling out to others is like a mountaineer shouting directions across a chasm to those stranded on a precipice, guiding them to the safe path home. Our call is loud all right, but it's kind and understanding, too. That's because we remember when we were lost, unsure of our next step, and in desperate need of assistance.

This all adds up to the witnessing Christian being someone who has the right word at the right time. It's human and yet in touch with the Heavenly Father, persistently kind but not indulgent to the point of letting the needy person flounder in peril.

And above all, the Christian's act of proclaiming is one of love. We're telling others how much God our Father and Maker loves us. We're sharing the Good News of how the Father gave His only beloved Son to redeem us from the treacherous night of our sin and called us "into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9b).

Of course, this is tremendously risky for me to go on about the need for us to declare God's grace to others when we all know just how hard it is. Still, that's the task we are entrusted with, and with God's help we can be His mouthpieces in the world.

In all this, let us look to God to guide and direct our ministry efforts, so we can avoid those things that slow us down or derail us completely. Here is what Paul said to Timothy about conscientiously sharing the Gospel. "Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth" (2 Timothy 2:23-25).

Blessings to you as your live out your calling.

Heavenly Father, lead us to share Your love with everyone we meet. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Rev. Dr. Richard R. Caemmerer

Reflection Questions:
1. When talking to others about spiritual matters, do you like there to be some kind of relationship connection first?

2. Do you think you would notice a "ministry of reconciliation" in someone's life? What might that look like?

3. Would you like to increase your interest and enthusiasm for sharing the Good News of Jesus with others? Are there things you can do to do that?
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God is in the business of calling us because human beings tend to forget that He is there. They like to imagine He doesn't care or, even more, that He doesn't exist.

Standing Strong Through the Storm — A DISCIPLE’S LOVE



"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.”

In China, a Christian medical doctor shares his experience when he refused to bow down or "kowtow" to an image of Mao because of his love for Jesus. After severe beatings did not influence him, the authorities resorted to a more subtle strategy by getting his whole family to stand around him and weep. Here is the story in his own words:

I had seven children as well as my wife, all surrounding me and weeping. Crying bitterly, my wife said to me, “If you don't kowtow, you will surely die, and then what will we do?” For three days, they stood around me, weeping until my wife’s eyes were dreadfully swollen. “After you have died, what will happen to these children? Please, for the sake of your family, just kowtow.” They cried and cried. I really did not know what to do. I felt that I had no more strength, so I prayed, “Lord, I have no strength left, what must I do?”

On the third day, the Lord’s word [Luke 14:26] came, Hallelujah! There is no word of the Lord that is without power. The Lord, through His Word, filled me with the life and power of God. I said to my wife, “Stop crying. It’s no use your crying. I am the Lord’s disciple. For the Lord’s sake, I am ready to die!”

Then the day came when the authorities called me and said, “You had better consider your situation carefully. If you want to live, you must kowtow; otherwise it will mean certain death for you. Tonight we will make you eat the “steel bean” (bullet). You will be executed! This is your very last opportunity!” And so he sent me back to think it over.

There was, however, no need for me to think it over. I was ready for the bullet. But the night passed without my being called. The next day I saw that outside folk were running hither and thither, and I wondered whatever had happened to cause such an alarm. Later, I learned that immediately after I left the office, black swellings appeared on the prison warden’s legs, which was very painful. Because he was the chief, all the doctors in the hospital were rushed to his side to give him aid. But within twenty-four hours, he was dead.

The doctor was later released from prison and returned to his family and medical practice.

RESPONSE: I recommit myself to the Lord. My love for Him will be even more than my love for family.

PRAYER: Lord, help to prove my love for You above all others regardless of the circumstances.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
In China, a Christian medical doctor shares his experience when he refused to bow down or "kowtow" to an image of Mao because of his love for Jesus.

Men of the Bible — Mark



His name means: "A Large Hammer."

His work: An eager journalist whose specialties were serving, following up on details, and making travel arrangements.
His character: A man who was willing to serve behind the scenes for others who were in ministry.
His sorrow: On his first major assignment as Paul and Barnabas's traveling secretary, Mark returned home, unable to finish the journey. This created a rift between Mark and Paul, as well as between Barnabas and Paul.
His triumph: Not only was the relationship breach healed, but Mark had the privilege of penning the first gospel—the good news of Jesus.
Key Scriptures: Mark 14:32-72

A Look at the Man

Just as soon as he had gathered all the information, Mark sat down and began to write. He was the first of the gospel writers*—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—to do so. As a young spectator, Mark was awestruck by Jesus. And because of his mother's influence, he was able to meet the disciples during the time of the Savior's ministry. This gave him special behind-the-scenes access, and he kept a record of what he saw.

Mark served quietly and unobtrusively. When Paul and Barnabas, Mark's cousin, traveled from Jerusalem to Antioch, they took Mark along as their assistant. When they set out for their first extensive missionary journey, they again asked him to come along. In this role, Mark advanced their trip by arranging for travel, food, and lodging. But when they got to Perga, Mark left the troupe and returned to Jerusalem, although the exact reason he left isn't known.

When Paul and Barnabas decided to revisit the cities they had traveled to on their first missionary journey, Barnabas wanted to take Mark along again. But Paul wasn't interested, so he chose Silas as his traveling companion. Barnabas asked Mark to join him on his trip to Cyprus, where he was given the chance to serve again.

The conflict between Paul and Mark was eventually healed. Ten years later, Paul asked the people in Colosse to receive Mark with a welcome. In his letter from prison to Philemon, he called Mark "my fellow worker." And in Paul's final letter to his protégé, Timothy, he asked him to "bring Mark with you; he is helpful to me in my ministry."

Mark's special relationship with Simon Peter is mentioned in Peter's first letter to the new Christians scattered throughout Asia Minor. Mark must have been on the road with Peter in Rome because Peter sent greetings to Mark's believers and called him "my son." It was most likely during this time that Mark penned the gospel.

Traveling with Simon Peter, certainly the most zealous and emotive of the disciples, Mark reviewed his notes about Jesus' life. This, combined with his own firsthand experiences as a young man, gave him a special passion as he recalled the life of this Nazarene.

Mark's mission was to be sure that anyone reading his account would know that Jesus was the incarnate Son of God—the Messiah. The activities and miracles of Jesus were just as important to Mark as his words. The proof of his deity was in his person.

Mark followed Jesus as an observer. His perspective was real. He saw Jesus' humanity with his own eyes—exhausted (Mark 4:38), amazed (6:6), disappointed (8:12), displeased (10:14), angry (11:15-17), and sorrowful (14:34).

Moving quickly from scene to scene, Mark's account is filled with youthful impatience and urgency—"And straightway coming up out of the water"(1:10 KJV); and "
At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness" (1:12).

Despite what he saw at Gethsemane, Mark didn't give up on the possibility of the resurrection. If Jesus would really do what he implied during his ministry—conquer death—imagine what would happen!

Reflect On: Psalm 8:1–9
Praise God: For his holiness.
Offer Thanks: For his presence that fills you and his love that constrains you to follow him.
Confess: Your indifference to his power, your willingness to reduce your relationship to him to the ordinary and the mundane rather than delighting in the thrill and wonder of it all.
Ask God: To fill you with his empowering Spirit so that the gifts he has given you will be fully used for his glory.

Today's reading is a brief excerpt from Men of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Men in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Robert Wolgemuth (Zondervan). © 2010 by Ann Spangler. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Enjoy the complete book by purchasing your own copy at the Bible Gateway Store. The book's title must be included when sharing the above content on social media.
He was an eager journalist whose specialties were serving, following up on details, and making travel arrangements.

John Piper Devotional — Plan for Prayer


Plan for Prayer

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

Prayer pursues joy in fellowship with Jesus and in the power to share his life with others.

And prayer pursues God’s glory by treating him as the inexhaustible reservoir of hope and help. In prayer, we admit our poverty and God’s prosperity, our bankruptcy and his bounty, our misery, and his mercy.

Therefore, prayer highly exalts and glorifies God precisely by pursuing everything we long for in him, and not in ourselves. “Ask, and you will receive…that the Father may be glorified in the Son and…that your joy may be full.” Unless I’m badly mistaken, one of the main reasons so many of God’s children don’t have a significant life of prayer is not so much that we don’t want to, but that we don’t plan to.

If you want to take a four-week vacation, you don’t just get up one summer morning and say, “Hey, let’s go today!” You won’t have anything ready. You won’t know where to go. Nothing has been planned.

But that is how many of us treat prayer. We get up day after day and realize that significant prayer times should be a part of our life, but nothing’s ever ready.

We don’t know where to go. Nothing has been planned. No time. No place. No procedure. And we all know that the opposite of planning is not a wonderful flow of deep, spontaneous experiences in prayer. The opposite of planning is the rut.

If you don’t plan a vacation, you will probably stay at home and watch TV. The natural, unplanned flow of spiritual life sinks to the lowest ebb of vitality. There is a race to be run and a fight to be fought. If you want renewal in your life of prayer, you must plan to see it.

Therefore, my simple exhortation is this: Let us take time this very day to rethink our priorities and how prayer fits in. Make some new resolve. Try some new venture with God. Set a time. Set a place. Choose a portion of Scripture to guide you.

Don’t be tyrannized by the press of busy days. We all need mid-course corrections. Make this a day of turning to prayer—for the glory of God and for the fullness of your joy.

Prayer pursues joy in fellowship with Jesus and in the power to share his life with others.

Un dia a la Vez — La luz del mundo


La luz del mundo

Así alumbre vuestra luz delante de los hombres, para que vean vuestras buenas obras, y glorifiquen a vuestro Padre que está en los cielos.
Mateo 5:16, RV-60

El deseo de Dios es que nosotros seamos luz del mundo. De ahí que nuestra vida se compare con una lámpara que alumbra a los demás. Sin embargo, para poder alumbrar debemos estar llenos y cargados de Dios y de su Palabra para servir de ejemplo a otras personas.

En la época de Cristo se utilizaban lámparas pequeñas de arcilla en las que se quemaba aceite de oliva. Sin aceite, no prendían. Y si nuestra lámpara no está llena de Dios, será muy difícil alumbrar a los demás. A veces tenemos una vida tan fría con Dios que lo más probable es que, a mitad del camino, nos quedemos nosotros también sin luz.

Pidámosle a Dios que nos llene hoy de su amor, que podamos tomar ese hábito de leer la Biblia y de ese modo ser la luz del mundo, tal y como lo dejó escrito en su Palabra.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
El deseo de Dios es que nosotros seamos luz del mundo.

Devocional CPTLN — De un pecador a otro


De un pecador a otro

Así como ustedes fueron llamados a una sola esperanza, hay también un cuerpo y un Espíritu, un Señor, una fe, un bautismo, y un Dios y Padre de todos, el cual está por encima de todos, actúa por medio de todos, y está en todos. Pero a cada uno de nosotros se nos ha dado la gracia conforme a la medida del don de Cristo.

Dios puso en marcha el proceso por el cual nacemos y vivimos en este mundo; sin embargo, por nuestro pecado, nos alejamos de Dios. Pero Dios acortó esa distancia al enviar a su Hijo, Jesucristo al mundo. A través de su vida, muerte y resurrección, Dios nos ha llamado a la fe y nos ha salvado. "Todo esto proviene de Dios, quien nos reconcilió consigo mismo a través de Cristo y nos dio el ministerio de la reconciliación" (2 Corintios 5:18).

¡Ahora somos reconciliadores! El pueblo de Dios es llamado a compartir con otros la misma misericordia que hemos recibido gratuitamente. Nuestro llamado a los demás es como el montañista que grita instrucciones a través de un abismo hacia quienes están varados en un precipicio, guiándolos al camino seguro de regreso a casa.

El cristiano que testifica es alguien que tiene la palabra correcta en el momento correcto. Es humano y, sin embargo, está en contacto con el Padre Celestial, siempre amable pero no indulgente al punto de dejar que la persona necesitada se tambalee en peligro. Y, sobre todo, el acto de proclamar del cristiano es un acto de amor. Les decimos a los demás cuánto nos ama Dios, nuestro Padre y Creador. Compartimos las Buenas Nuevas de cómo el Padre dio a su único Hijo amado para redimirnos de la noche traicionera de nuestro pecado y nos llamó "a su luz maravillosa" (1 Pedro 2:9b).

Busquemos a Dios para que guíe y dirija nuestros esfuerzos, para que podamos evitar aquellas cosas que nos retrasan o descarrilan por completo. Esto es lo que Pablo le dijo a Timoteo acerca de compartir el Evangelio a conciencia. "Pero desecha las cuestiones necias e insensatas; tú sabes que generan contiendas. Y el siervo del Señor no debe ser contencioso, sino amable para con todos, apto para enseñar, sufrido; que corrija con mansedumbre a los que se oponen, por si acaso Dios les concede arrepentirse para que conozcan la verdad" (2 Timoteo 2:23-25).

Bendiciones mientras vives tu llamado.

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, guíanos a compartir tu amor con todos quienes nos rodean. En el nombre de Jesús. Amén.

Rev. Dr. Richard R. Caemmerer

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Notarías un "ministerio de reconciliación" en la vida de alguien? ¿De qué manera?

* ¿Qué puedes hacer para aumentar tu interés y entusiasmo por compartir las Buenas Nuevas de Jesús con otros?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
Dios puso en marcha el proceso por el cual nacemos y vivimos en este mundo; sin embargo, por nuestro pecado, nos alejamos de Dios. Pero Dios acortó esa distancia al enviar a su Hijo, Jesucristo al mundo.

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày — Bắn Hay Lắm?


Bắn Hay Lắm?

Đọc: Thi Thiên 136:10–26 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Giê-rê-mi 1–2; I Ti-mô-thê 3

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Ngài đã đánh giết các con đầu lòng ở Ai Cập, vì lòng nhân từ Ngài còn đến đời đời.

Thi Thiên 136:10

Khi bộ phim hoạt hình Bambi của Walt Disney được phát hành lại, các ông bố bà mẹ đã sống lại ký ức tuổi thơ với con cái của mình. Trong số đó có một người mẹ trẻ, chồng cô là người yêu thích hoạt động ngoài trời, anh có một căn phòng trưng bày cúp ấn tượng. Cô đã cùng những đứa con nhỏ trải nghiệm khoảnh khắc há hốc miệng và nức nở khi Bambi mất mẹ trong tay tên thợ săn. Cho đến ngày nay, trong các buổi họp mặt gia đình, cô vẫn nhắc lại về sự xấu hổ của mình khi đứa con trai nhỏ, với tất cả sự ngây thơ, đã la lớn trong rạp: Bắn hay lắm!

Đôi lúc chúng ta cười những điều đáng xấu hổ mà con cái mình nói. Nhưng chúng ta sẽ nói gì khi dân sự trong Thi Thiên 136 làm điều tương tự? Dân Y-sơ-ra-ên mà Chúa chọn và giải cứu đã ca tụng tình yêu bền vững dành cho mọi tạo vật và cho chính họ, nhưng không cho kẻ thù của họ. Thi Thiên này là lời ca ngợi Đấng “đã đánh giết các con đầu lòng ở Ai Cập” (c.10; Xuất. 12:29-30).

Có phải lời này cũng giống tiếng la “Bắn hay lắm!” trước sự mất mát anh, chị, cha, mẹ của người khác không?

Đó là lý do chúng ta cần phần còn lại của câu chuyện. Chỉ khi ánh sáng đến trong sự phục sinh của Chúa Jêsus, cả thế giới mới được mời gọi vào niềm vui của những câu chuyện, nước mắt và tiếng cười của một gia đình. Chỉ khi tiếp nhận Chúa Jêsus làm Cứu Chúa của mình và được sống trong Ngài, chúng ta mới có thể chia sẻ điều kỳ diệu về Đấng yêu thương mọi người đến nỗi hy sinh chính Ngài.

Lý do nào được đưa ra hai mươi sáu lần trong bài hát này? Lời nào cho thấy tấm lòng của Chúa không chỉ dành cho những người hát lời đó?
Lạy Cha, Đấng con không thấy được, cảm ơn Ngài đã cho con những lý do để tin rằng tầm nhìn và tình yêu của Ngài dành cho tất cả mọi người là tốt hơn và rộng hơn tình yêu của con dành cho chính mình.

bởi Mart DeHaan

Chú Giải

Thi Thiên 135 và 136 có nhiều điểm tương đồng. Cả hai đều ca ngợi Chúa vì sự sáng tạo tuyệt vời của Ngài (135:6-7; 136:4-9). Cả hai đều nói về vai trò của Đức Chúa Trời trong việc gìn giữ dân Y-sơ-ra-ên khi họ thoát khỏi ách nô lệ tại Ai Cập (135:8-9; 136:10-15). Và cả hai thi thiên đều nhắc lại việc dân Y-sơ-ra-ên bước vào Đất Hứa và sự can thiệp của Chúa trong việc tiêu diệt các vua ngoại bang chống lại người Do Thái (135:10-12; 136:17-22). Chủ đề tổng quát của hai thi thiên này là chỉ có Đức Chúa Trời là Chân Thần duy nhất (135:5, 13; 136:1-3, 26), và chỉ Ngài mới xứng đáng để chúng ta ca ngợi.

Thi Thiên 136 là bài hát đối đáp; có nghĩa là, một phần hội chúng sẽ hát câu đầu tiên và phần còn lại sẽ đáp “Lòng nhân từ Ngài còn đến đời đời”. Kiểu mẫu này được lặp lại ở mỗi câu thi thiên. Việc ngợi khen sự nhân từ của Chúa đối với chúng ta – đặc biệt cùng với những tín hữu khác – nhắc nhở chúng ta về bản tính của Ngài và thôi thúc chúng ta bày tỏ lòng biết ơn đối với Ngài.

Tim Gustafson

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Khi bộ phim hoạt hình Bambi của Walt Disney được phát hành lại, các ông bố bà mẹ đã sống lại ký ức tuổi thơ với con cái của mình.