Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for WEDNESDAY, November 25, 2020


The Daily Readings
WEDNESDAY, November 25, 2020
Psalm 28; Jeremiah 31:10-14; John 5:19-40
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
When we have a genuine and dynamic relationship with God, our lives will show it. We will express Christ’s character by treating others with the same love, comfort, forgiveness, and truth He has shown to us, and we will represent Him faithfully to whomever we meet.

Today’s Readings:
Psalm 28
Shepherd your people forever
1 Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.

2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.

4 Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.

5 Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

6 Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.

7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

8 The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

David is very earnest in prayer. Observe his faith in prayer; God is my rock, on whom I build my hope. Believers should not rest till they have received some token that their prayers are heard. He prays that he may not be numbered with the wicked. Save me from being entangled in the snares they have laid for me. Save me from being infected with their sins, and from doing as they do. Lord, never leave me to use such arts of deceit and treachery for my safety, as they use for my ruin. Believers dread the way of sinners; the best are sensible of the danger they are in of being drawn aside: we should all pray earnestly to God for his grace to keep us. Those who are careful not to partake with sinners in their sins, have reason to hope that they shall not receive their plagues. He speaks of the just judgments of the Lord on the workers of iniquity, Psalm 28:4. This is not the language of passion or revenge. It is a prophecy that there will certainly come a day, when God will punish every man who persists in his evil deeds. Sinners shall be reckoned with, not only for the mischief they have done, but for the mischief they designed, and did what they could to effect. Disregard of the works of the Lord, is the cause of the sin of sinners, and becomes the cause of their ruin.

Has God heard our supplications? Let us then bless his name. The Lord is my strength, to support me, and carry me on through all my services and sufferings. The heart that truly believes, shall in due time greatly rejoice: we are to expect joy and peace in believing. God shall have the praise of it: thus must we express our gratitude. The saints rejoice in others' comfort as well as their own: we have the less benefit from the light of the sun, nor from the light of God's countenance, for others' sharing therein. The psalmist concludes with a short, but comprehensive prayer. God's people are his inheritance, and precious in his eyes. He prays that God would save them; that he would bless them with all good, especially the plenty of his ordinances, which are food to the soul. And direct their actions and overrule their affairs for good. Also, lift them up for ever; not only those of that age, but his people in every age to come; lift them up as high as heaven. There, and there only, will saints be lifted up for ever, never more to sink, or be depressed. Save us, Lord Jesus, from our sins; bless us, thou Son of Abraham, with the blessing of righteousness; feed us, thou good Shepherd of the sheep, and lift us up for ever from the dust, O thou, who art the Resurrection and the Life.

Jeremiah 31:10-14
God will shepherd the people
31:10 Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.

11 For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.

12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.

13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.

He that scattered Israel, knows where to find them. It is comfortable to observe the goodness of the Lord in the gifts of providence. But our souls are never valuable as gardens, unless watered with the dews of God's Spirit and grace. A precious promise follows, which will not have full accomplishment except in the heavenly Zion. Let them be satisfied of God's loving-kindness, and they will be satisfied with it, and desire no more to make them happy.

John 5:19-40
The judgment of the Son
5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.

33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.

34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.

35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

The Divine power of the miracle proved Jesus to be the Son of God, and he declared that he worked with, and like unto his Father, as he saw good. These ancient enemies of Christ understood him, and became more violent, charging him not only with sabbath-breaking, but blasphemy, in calling God his own Father, and making himself equal with God. But all things now, and at the final judgment, are committed to the Son, purposely that all men might honour the Son, as they honour the Father; and every one who does not thus honour the Son, whatever he may think or pretend, does not honour the Father who sent him.

Our Lord declared his authority and character, as the Messiah. The time was come when the dead should hear his voice, as the Son of God, and live. Our Lord first refers to his raising those who were dead in sin, to newness of life, by the power of the Spirit, and then to his raising the dead in their graves. The office of Judge of all men, can only be exercised by one who has all knowledge, and almighty power. May we believe His testimony; thus our faith and hope will be in God, and we shall not come into condemnation. And may His voice reach the hearts of those dead in sin; that they may do works meet for repentance, and prepare for the solemn day.

Our Lord returns to his declaration of the entire agreement between the Father and the Son, and declared himself the Son of God. He had higher testimony than that of John; his works bore witness to all he had said. But the Divine word had no abiding-place in their hearts, as they refused to believe in Him whom the Father had sent, according to his ancient promises. The voice of God, accompanied by the power of the Holy Ghost, thus made effectual to the conversion of sinners, still proclaims that this is the beloved Son, in whom the Father is well pleased. But when the hearts of men are full of pride, ambition, and the love of the world, there is no room for the word of God to abide in them.

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 WEDNESDAY, November 25, 2020
Psalm 28; Jeremiah 31:10-14; John 5:19-40 (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for WEDNESDAY, November 25, 2020


Prayer of the Day
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.…The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all peoples see his glory.
Psalm 97:1, 6 (NIV)

Lord our God, we turn to you, for you are our help. Hear our prayer, we beseech you; let our cry rise to you so that you may send your mighty help in our generation. Continue to protect us from all evil, from death and destruction. Protect us because we are your children. As your children we turn to you, the almighty God, who can make everything work together for good. Be merciful to us, O Lord God. Help us for your name's sake. Help, Lord, for you alone can bring everything to a good end. So we stand before you in Jesus Christ, holding to every word you have given us and knowing for certain that you hear us. Amen.

Verse of the Day for WEDNESDAY, November 25, 2020


Verse of the Day
WEDNESDAY, November 25, 2020

Colossians 3:17
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
When we have a genuine and dynamic relationship with God, our lives will show it. We will express Christ’s character by treating others with the same love, comfort, forgiveness, and truth He has shown to us, and we will represent Him faithfully to whomever we meet.

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Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — Thanksliving



Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in Him in all speech and all knowledge—even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

A number of years ago, I and a small group of students were doing a brief six-week "tour" of some churches in states throughout the Midwest. We put on a small production, doing some contemporary Christian songs, acting out a few skits, and telling others about Jesus. Our "mission" was to visit congregations, share our faith, and promote our school. It was a combination evangelism-recruitment effort.

One of the great things about doing this was the chance to stay with church families for the night. These folks were kind to open their homes to us. I discovered a number of times that the family I was bunking with would regularly host people from school youth groups, other visiting troupes to their church, and even foreign exchange students. This intrigued me. Before our little tour, I figured the families we stayed with probably accepted us somewhat reluctantly, at the nudging of the church.

But that was not my experience at all. In fact, showing hospitality appeared to be something like a minor specialty among these families. And they were good at it, too. Around tables of home-cooked food, I'd get to hear their backstories—what brought them to the area, what everybody in the household was up to, how long they've been members of their church—that sort of thing.

And, of course, I'd get to share my story, too. They'd ask questions about what I was studying and what I planned on doing after college.

I remember one family in the Kansas City area had a plaque in their house. Actually, it was in their bathroom: "Thanksgiving Is Thanksliving." So simple, so profound. Perfect for a captive audience. It's not about gushing with thanks one day a year for all the goodies we have in this country. It's about living it out, eager to let the world know how thankful—how very grateful—we are for all that God has done for us in Jesus.

That saying stuck with me. Naturally, I don't always live it out, and sometimes I probably appear anything but thankful—but I am. One thing's for sure. This year's a perfect time to put thanksliving into action. While Thanksgiving and Christmas might look different than last year, we know that God through Jesus—in the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit—is in us, with us, and at our side always.

What more could we be thankful for?

Heavenly Father, we thank You for all good things, especially for Jesus our Savior. In His Name we pray. Amen.

Paul Schreiber

Reflection Questions:
1. What are you most thankful for in your life, right now?

2. How do you show your appreciation to the fellowship of believers you're involved in?

3. What can we do to make others thankful for us?
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What are you most thankful for in your life, right now?

Standing Strong Through the Storm — RADICAL CHRISTIANITY


I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Radical Christianity is a lifestyle, not just a mindset; radical Christianity is concerned with conquering, not cowering; with sacrifice, not superficiality; with victory, not verbiage; with scoring, not slumming; with penetration, not pandering. Radical Christianity is in first gear; neutral is nonexistent. Radical Christianity is courageous but never constrictive, constraining, or cautious! Radical Christianity moves mountains, crosses Red Seas, pulls down walls, builds walls, walks on water, raises the dead, calms storms, feeds 5000, and walks through closed doors.

It suffers regularly; soars often; sweats daily; saturates everything, and spreads everywhere. Radical Christianity calls sin black, hell hot, hypocrisy evil, Satan a liar, and judgment sure. It doesn’t back down, sit down or stay down. Radical Christianity doesn’t depend on the strokes of others to keep it going. It doesn’t acquiesce in the face of loud opposition, fold under pressure, wince under criticism, tarnish under time, die under duress, fade under technology nor rot under moisture. It doesn’t rust, retreat, renounce, reconsider, return, or renege.

Radical Christianity always lifts up Christ; knocks down barriers; marches over objections; overwhelms pessimism; gobbles up cynicism; tramples down skepticism.

Radical Christianity gives lavishly; prays relentlessly; claims abundantly; works feverishly; preaches powerfully; serves lovingly; perseveres patiently and believes expectantly! Radical Christianity dares to challenge the prevailing standard to make it God’s. It never plays to the grandstands; nor waters down its position; nor adjusts its principles, but rather is a thermostat that controls its surroundings, never a thermometer that merely adjusts to them. It is never big, popular, stylish, convenient, in vogue, or in-step with the world. Its adherents are few; it’s sound clear; its philosophy unpopular, and its rewards great. Its disciples aren’t rewarded by this world but are those to whom Christ will say, “Well done!” [1]

A congregation of believers was worshipping in a Sunday service in Peru, and a squad of heavily armed Shining Path rebels came rushing in. “We’ve heard that this group is committed to God. How many of you are willing to die for your faith? Raise your hands,” he commanded.

Fearing they would be slaughtered, most of the congregation remained still. But a small number of believers tentatively raised their hands. The others were released, and the commander said, “Those of you who raised your hands, stop worrying. We’re not going to kill you. We just wanted to see who in the congregation believed enough in their faith that they were willing to die for it. That’s the kind of radical commitment we’re looking for.”

RESPONSE: Today, I commit to being a radical Christian and give everything I am and have to Jesus.

PRAYER: Pray for Christians in conflict areas who must regularly put their lives on the line.

1. Bob Moorehead, Words Aptly Spoken (Kirkland, WA: Overlake Christian Press, 1995), p. 17.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
Radical Christianity is a lifestyle, not just a mindset.

John Piper Devotional — Glorify by Giving Thanks

Glorify by Giving Thanks

It is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

Gratitude is joy toward God for his grace. But by its very nature, gratitude glorifies the giver. It acknowledges its own need and the beneficence of the giver.

Just like I humble myself and exalt the waitress in the restaurant when I say, “Thank you,” to her, so I humble myself and exalt God when I feel gratitude to him. The difference, of course, is that I really am infinitely in debt to God for his grace, and everything he does for me is free and undeserved.

But the point is that gratitude glorifies the giver. It glorifies God. And this is Paul’s final goal in all his labors: for the sake of the church—yes; but, above and beyond that, for the glory of God.

The wonderful thing about the gospel is that the response it requires from us for God’s glory is also the response which we feel to be most natural and joyful, namely, gratitude for grace. God’s glory and our gladness are not in competition.

A life that gives glory to God for his grace and a life of deepest gladness are always the same life. And what makes them one is gratitude.

Gratitude is joy toward God for his grace. But by its very nature, gratitude glorifies the giver.

Un dia a la Vez — Espera tu momento

Espera tu momento

Por tanto, digo: «El Señor es todo lo que tengo. ¡En él esperaré!».

¡Qué difícil nos resulta esperar por cualquier cosa que deseamos que suceda!

La espera significa rendir nuestras fuerzas, nuestro tiempo y desarrollar la paciencia.

Dicen por ahí que «el que espera desespera», pero no se trata de eso. Se trata de ser sabios y saber que aunque ahora nos desesperamos, llegará ese momento tan anhelado.

Hoy mi motivación va mas allá de que logremos todo lo que esperamos. Sé que a veces resulta frustrante haber esperado tanto tiempo por algo para que se deshaga al final. Incluso, nos sucede con la persona que creíamos que sería nuestro cónyuge para toda la vida. Entonces pasa algo de repente y todo se acaba al instante.

Quizá nos parezca que tenemos un trabajo en el que estaremos por mucho tiempo y pensamos que somos los ideales para ciertas posiciones. Sin embargo, con el paso del tiempo los cambios nos llevan a salir de la compañía y los ideales pueden estar en peligro una vez más.

Recuerda, además, que nuestras malas decisiones alteran la estabilidad y pueden alejar lo que ya estaba cerca de parte de Dios. Por eso vale la pena esperar, pues Dios nos dará lo mejor de lo mejor.

Espera tu momento, que cuando llegue, Dios te sorprenderá.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
¡Qué difícil nos resulta esperar por cualquier cosa que deseamos que suceda!

Devocional CPTLN — Vivir dando gracias


Vivir dando gracias

Que la gracia y la paz de Dios nuestro Padre y del Señor Jesucristo sean con ustedes. Siempre doy gracias a mi Dios por ustedes y por la gracia que él les ha dado en Cristo Jesús. Porque en él ustedes fueron enriquecidos en todas las cosas, tanto en palabra como en conocimiento. Así se ha confirmado en ustedes el testimonio acerca de Cristo, de tal manera que nada les falta en ningún don, mientras esperan la manifestación de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, el cual también los confirmará hasta el fin, para que sean irreprensibles en el día de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Fiel es Dios, quien los ha llamado a tener comunión con su Hijo Jesucristo, nuestro Señor.

Hace algunos años, un pequeño grupo de estudiantes y yo estábamos haciendo un breve "recorrido" de seis semanas por algunas iglesias en los estados del Medio Oeste. Nuestra "misión" era visitar congregaciones, compartir nuestra fe y promover nuestra escuela. Fue un esfuerzo combinado de evangelismo y reclutamiento.

Una de las mejores cosas de hacer eso fue la oportunidad de pasar la noche con las familias de la iglesia que tuvieron la amabilidad de abrirnos sus casas. La familia que me hospedó solía recibir grupos de jóvenes, visitantes a su iglesia e incluso estudiantes de intercambio extranjeros. Esto me intrigó, pues yo creía que las familias con las que nos quedamos quizás nos hospedaban con cierta reticencia.

Pero esa no fue mi experiencia en absoluto. De hecho, mostrar hospitalidad parecía ser algo así como una especialidad menor entre estas familias. Durante las comidas compartían sus historias: qué los había llevado a esa área, a qué se dedicaban, cuánto tiempo habían sido miembros de su iglesia, etc.

Y, por supuesto, también compartía yo mi historia, lo que estaba estudiando y lo que planeaba hacer después de la universidad.

Recuerdo que una familia en el área de Kansas City tenía una placa en su casa. En realidad, estaba en su baño: "Acción de Gracias es vivir dando gracias". Tan simple, tan profundo. Perfecto para una audiencia cautiva. No se trata de dar las gracias un día al año por todas las cosas buenas que tenemos en este país. Se trata de vivir cada día con gratitud, ansiosos de que el mundo sepa cuán agradecidos estamos por todo lo que Dios ha hecho por nosotros en Jesús.

Ese dicho me quedó grabado. Naturalmente, no siempre lo vivo y, a veces, probablemente parezco cualquier cosa menos agradecido, pero lo estoy. Una cosa es segura. Este año es un momento perfecto para poner en acción ese vivir dando gracias. Si bien el Día de Acción de Gracias y la Navidad pueden verse diferentes al año pasado, sabemos que Dios nos ha dado todo en Jesús (ver 1 Pedro 1:3), y Él siempre está a nuestro lado. ¿De qué más podríamos estar agradecidos?

ORACIÓN: Padre Celestial, te damos gracias por todas las cosas buenas, especialmente por Jesús nuestro Salvador. En su Nombre oramos. Amén.

Paul Schreiber

Para reflexionar:
1. ¿Cómo demuestras tu aprecio por la comunidad de fe en la que participas?

2. ¿Qué puedes hacer para que otros estén agradecidos por ti?
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¿Cómo demuestras tu aprecio por la comunidad de fe en la que participas?

Ministérios Pão Diário — Testemunha silenciosa


Testemunha silenciosa

Escritura de hoje: 1 Pedro 2:11-21

Bíblia em um ano: Ezequiel 24–26; 1 Pedro 2

Procurem viver de maneira exemplar entre os que não creem.

Amy vive num país onde é proibido pregar o evangelho. Ela é enfermeira formada e trabalha num grande hospital, cuidando de recém-nascidos. Ela é uma profissional tão comprometida que seu trabalho se destaca, e muitas mulheres têm curiosidades a seu respeito. Elas se sentem impelidas a fazer perguntas particulares. É então que Amy fala sobre seu Salvador abertamente.

Por causa de seu bom trabalho, algumas colegas sentiram inveja dela e a acusaram de roubar medicamentos. Seus superiores não acreditaram nas acusações, e as autoridades por fim encontraram a culpada. Esse episódio levou algumas das enfermeiras a perguntar sobre sua fé. Seu exemplo me faz lembrar o que Pedro disse: “Amados […] Procurem viver de maneira exemplar entre os que não creem. Assim, mesmo que eles os acusem de praticar o mal, verão seu comportamento correto e darão glória a Deus” (vv.11,12).

Nossa vida cotidiana em casa, no ambiente de trabalho ou na escola exerce um impacto sobre os outros quando deixamos Deus agir em nós. Somos cercados por pessoas que reparam no modo como falamos e nos portamos. Dependamos de Deus e o deixemos controlar nossas ações e nossos pensamentos. Então, influenciaremos quem não crê, e isso pode levar alguns deles à fé em Jesus.

Por:  Keila Ochoa

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Amy vive num país onde é proibido pregar o evangelho.