Our Daily Elder Devotional: Cowardly or Courageous?

Our Daily Elder Devotional

We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

Cowardly or Courageous?

Romans 8:31New International Version (NIV)

More Than Conquerors

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

The chairman of the history department of one of our great universities once stated his opinion to me.  “we have become a nation of cowards.”  I challenged his statement, but he argued that many people have become reluctant to follow a course if it isn’t popular.  I had to admit he was right.

Even if deep inside we know it to be right, we draw back because we are afraid of the consequences.  If the odds are in our favor, we take a stand; but if there is any risk involved in standing up for what we know to be right, we will play it safe.

How different from the early Christians!  From one end of the Roman Empire to the other they boldly proclaimed the Gospel in the face of hostility, persecution, scorn, and even death.  The apostle Paul knew the key:  “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

You may never face the same dangers those early Christians did, but don’t take the road of cowardice; don’t give into fear.  Remember: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

 

Advertisements

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church www.clintonave.org 2017 Blog Number 252 October 16, 2017 The Washington Holocaust Museum

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church
www.clintonave.org
2017 Blog Number 252
October 16, 2017
The Washington Holocaust Museum

Nunca he visto el Museo del Holocausto en Washington, DC pero siempre he tenido el deseo de hacerlo. La semana pasada, PAM tuvo la oportunidad de estar en Washington y recorrer el Museo. Me envió una fotografía muy inquietante.

Esta fotografía es de la “sala de recuerdo” que se encuentra al final del Museo. Una llama eterna arde en la parte superior de un rectángulo oscuro hecho de mármol. Dentro de esta caja está la suciedad que se recolecta de campos de la muerte, campos de concentración, sitios de ejecuciones, y de los cementerios militares que mantienen los restos de soldados americanos difuntos. Esto, de hecho, es tierra sagrada.

En la pared detrás de esto está una cita del libro de Deuteronomio que nos recuerda a todos para enseñar a nuestros hijos lo que ha sucedido en el pasado para que no sean olvidados. Recordemos las lecciones del Holocausto. Antes del surgimiento del fascismo, nadie podría haber imaginado que sucedería. Sin embargo, lo hizo. Ahora debemos estar más en guardia para que no suceda de nuevo. Se lo debemos a los que yacían muertos en la tierra que descansa bajo la llama eterna.

Blog Pic Spanish

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church www.clintonave.org 2017 Blog Number 252 October 16, 2017 The Washington Holocaust Museum

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church
www.clintonave.org
2017 Blog Number 252
October 16, 2017
The Washington Holocaust Museum

I have never seen the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC but have always had a desire to do so. This past week Pam had the opportunity to be in Washington and toured the museum. She sent me a most haunting photograph.

This photograph is of the “Remembrance Room” which stands at the end of the museum. An eternal flame burns on top of a dark rectangle made of marble.  Inside this box is dirt that is gathered from death camps, concentration camps, sites of executions, and from military cemeteries that hold the remains of deceased American soldiers. This, indeed, is sacred dirt.

On the wall behind this is a quote from the book of Deuteronomy that reminds us all to teach our children what has happened in the past lest they be forgotten. Let us remember the lessons of the holocaust. Prior to the rise of fascism, no one could have imagined that it would happen. Yet, it did. We now must be more on our guard lest it happen again. We owe it to those who lay dead in the dirt that rests under the eternal flame.

Blog Pic 1

 

Our Daily Elder Devotional: The Answer to Fear

Our Daily Elder Devotional

We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

The Answer to Fear

Matthew 28:10New King James Version (NKJV)

10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

 

Months after the September 11, 2001, terrorists attacks on New York and Washington, psychiatrists reported that people who lived thousands of miles away from those tragic events were still coming to them, unable to sleep and paralyzed by fear.  We live in a world shaken by fear, apprehension and anxiety.

 

What is the answer to this stifling fear?  After Jesus had been put to death His disciples huddled in fear behind closed doors, filled with uncertainty and despair.  But suddenly they found themselves in the presence of the Living Lord, and at His first words their fears disappeared:  “Peace to you” (Luke 24:36).  The answer to our individual fears is found in a personal faith in the living, glorified Lord.

 

And the answer to collective fear is a corporate faith in the living, glorified Lord.  The answer to national and international tensions and fears is for the world to know Him who is alive forevermore.  We do not worship a dead Christ.  We worship a risen Christ, who has broken the power of sin and death and Hell and is alive forevermore.  Why then should we fear?

Clinton Avenue reformado Iglesia  www.clintonave.org  2017 blog número 251  octubre 15, 2017  Charles Schultz casa se ha ido

Clinton Avenue reformado Iglesia
http://www.clintonave.org
2017 blog número 251
octubre 15, 2017
Charles Schultz casa se ha ido

Los incendios salvajes de California son horribles. La gente ha muerto, miles de personas desplazadas, hogares y acciones en vivo han sido destruidas. En términos de impacto me pregunto si estos fuegos comenzarán a rivalizar con huracanes y terremotos para poder destructivo. Conozco a dos personas con parientes en peligro de estos incendios. Todo es bastante aterrador y muy peligroso.

Entre miles de casas destruidas se encontraba la casa del difunto Charles Schultz, creador de los cacahuates cómics. Murió hace varios años sin embargo, su viuda, Jean, continuó viviendo en la casa que habían compartido. Vivió allí hasta que los fuegos masivos la llevaron.

Tuvo suerte de haber escapado con su vida, pero la casa está completamente destruida. Uno sólo puede preguntarse cuántos recuerdos de Snoopy se perdió en las llamas. La casa que compartió con Schultz se ha ido. Ella, por supuesto, es sólo una de las miles de personas que sufren de tal manera. Sin embargo, la pérdida de esta casa, y todo lo que había en ella es una pérdida para todos nosotros. Nunca llegaremos a ver los dibujos animados y bocetos que dejó atrás. Todos hemos perdido el fuego y necesitamos redoblar nuestros esfuerzos de oración en nombre de las víctimas y de los valientes hombres y mujeres que luchan contra este incendio.

Blog Pic Spanish

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church www.clintonave.org 2017 Blog Number 251 October 15, 2017 Charles Schultz’s House Is Gone

Clinton Avenue Reformed Church
www.clintonave.org
2017 Blog Number 251
October 15, 2017
Charles Schultz’s House Is Gone

The California wild fires are horrible. People have died, thousands displaced, homes and live-stock have been destroyed. In terms of impact I wonder if these fires will start rivaling hurricanes and earthquakes for destructive power. I know two people with relatives in harm’s way from these fires. It is all quite scary and very dangerous.

Among thousands of houses destroyed was the house of the late Charles Schultz, creator of the Peanuts Comics. He died several years ago yet his widow, Jean, continued to live in the house that they had shared. She lived there until the massive fires drove her out.

She was lucky to have escaped with her life but the house is completely destroyed. One can only wonder how much Snoopy memorabilia was lost in the flames. The home she shared with Schultz is gone.  She, of course, is just one of thousands of people suffering in such a way. Yet, the loss of this house, and all that was in it is a loss for all of us. We will never get to see the cartoons and sketches that he left behind. We all have lost from that fire and need to re-double our prayer efforts on behalf of the victims and the brave men and women battling this blaze.

Blog Pic

 

Our Daily Elder Devotional: The Victorious Chime

Our Daily Elder Devotional

We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

The Victorious Chime

Isaiah 43:11New King James Version (NKJV)

11 I, even I, am the Lord,
And besides Me there is no savior.

It is said that during Napoleon’s Austrian campaign his army advanced to within six miles of the city of Feldkirch.  It looked as though his men would take it without resistance.  But as Napoleon’s army advanced toward their objective in the night, the Christians of Feldkirch gathered in their little church to pray.  It was Easter eve.

The next morning at sunrise the bells of the village pealed out across the countryside.  Napoleon’s army, not realizing it was Easter Sunday, thought that in the night the Austrian army had moved into Feldkirch and the bells were ringing in jubilation.  Napoleon ordered a retreat, and the battle at Feldkrich never took place.  The Easter bells caused the enemy to flee, and peace reigned in the Austrian countryside.

As Easter is celebrated each year, churches and cathedrals around the world will ring their bells—not to sound Christ’s death knell but to declare Christ’s victory over death.  He is the risen Lord, and because of Him the final enemy—death—has been defeated and peace reigns in our hearts!

The Friendly Church