Lecciones cristianas del Equipo de Fútbol de la Copa Mundial de EE.UU.

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Por el reverendo Mark William Ennis
Blog Número 24
15 de julio de 2019
Lecciones cristianas del Equipo de Fútbol de la Copa Mundial de EE.UU.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Normalmente no veo fútbol, pero me inspiré lo suficiente en el equipo estadounidense ganador,para encontrar una repetición del juego en la televisión y lo disfruté. También vi videoclips de los medios del desfile de bienvenida para las mujeres, así como el polémico discurso de la co-capitana del equipo, Megan Rapinoe. Ella celebró la unidad del equipo, a pesar de las diferencias en los orígenes étnicos, los antecedentes y la orientación sexual. Afirmó que fue esta unidad de propósito lo que dio a nuestro equipo la victoria.Me pregunto si la Iglesia de Jesús podría aprender algunas lecciones del discurso de Megan en la ciudad de Nueva York.

El objetivo de los discípulos de Jesús es hacer más discípulos, enseñar al mundo lo que Jesús les enseñó. Deben llamar a la gente a la justicia y a la rectitud. Con demasiada frecuencia, en la iglesia nos distraemos de esta meta. Pasamos más tiempo preguntándonos “quién debería estar en el equipo” que manteniendo ese objetivo ante nosotros.

Debatimos si aquellos cuyo estilo de adoración es diferente del nuestro son realmente nuestros hermanos y hermanas. Nos preguntamos si podemos trabajar con alguien que esté orientado sexualmente diferente a lo que somos. Pasamos horas debatiendo la justicia de los demás y decidiendo con quién podemos trabajar y con quienes no lo haremos.

Cada una de las damas de este equipo de fútbol comenzó como una niña que dio el primer paso valiente pateando su primer balón de fútbol, y pateó persistentemente ese balón, manteniendo su gol en mente, y no juzgando a sus otros compañeros de equipo basados en nada más que compartir el mismo objetivo. ¿Te imaginas si imitamos a este equipo?

Si actuamos como ese equipo, cristianos de todos los orígenes, orientaciones y apariencias estarían haciendo discípulos, insistiendo en la justicia para todos, y cuidando a los necesitados. Ministraríamos a los demás sin pensarlo. Tal vez nuestra meta sea alcanzada y cada rodilla se incline y cada lengua confiese que Jesucristo es el Señor. A mí me parece un buen objetivo. Aprendamos de Megan y de los otros miembros del equipo.Debemos estar orientados a la meta y nuestra meta debe ser cumplir el mandato de Jesús de hacer discípulos de todas las naciones. Las cosas tontas que nos dividen se ponen en el camino de ese objetivo.

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: Refined and Purified

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.

Refined and Purified

Job 23:10New King James Version (NKJV)

10 But He knows the way that I take;
When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.

Affliction can be a means of refining and of purification.  Just as ore must pass through the refiner’s furnace before it can yield up its gold, so our lives must sometimes pass through God’s furnace of affliction before they can bring forth something beautiful and useful to Him.

 

We might never have had the songs of Fanny Crosby had she not been afflicted with blindness.  George Matheson would never have given the world his immortal song, “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go,” had it not been for the pain of personal tragedy and heartache.  The “Hallelujah Chorus” was written by Handel when he was poverty-stricken and suffering from a paralyzed right side and right arm.

 

Affliction can also make us stronger in our faith and develop our confidence in God’s watch care over us.  It may also drive us back to the right path when we have wandered.  David said, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word” (Psalm 119:67).

 

Whatever the reason, if God sends affliction your way, take it in faith as a blessing not a curse.

 

Our Daily Elder Devotional: The Light of God’s Love

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 Light of God’s Love

Psalm 104:1New King James Version (NKJV)

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

O Lord my God, You are very great:
You are clothed with honor and majesty,

Psalm 104:1New International Version (NIV)

1 Praise the Lord, my soul.

Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

Psalm 104:5New King James Version (NKJV)

You who laid the foundations of the earth,
So that it should not be moved forever,

Psalm 104:5New International Version (NIV)

He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.

 

God’s love did not start at Calvary.  Before the morning stars sang together, before the world was baptized with the first light, before the first tender blades of grass peeped out, God was love.

 

Turn back to the unwritten pages of countless eons before God spoke this present earth into existence, when the earth was “without form and void” and the deep, silent darkness of space stood in stark contrast to the brilliance of God’s glory and His cherubim and seraphim.

 

Even then, God was love.  Before the worlds were created, He knew all about us and the need we would have some day for Christ to die for us.  So in His love “he chose us in him before the creation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4 NIV).

 

God does not change—and neither does His love.  He loved you before you were born…He loves you now…and He will love you forever.  Will you love Him in return?

 

Our Daily Elder Devotional: He Suffered for You

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.

He Suffered for You

Isaiah 52:14Amplified Bible (AMP)

14
Just as many were astonished and appalled at you, My people,
So His appearance was marred more than any man
And His form [marred] more than the sons of men.

When Jesus Christ was on the Cross, His blood draining the life from His body, He knew what it was like to be alone and wracked with pain.  But Jesus’ pain was far more than just physical pain, for He was suffering God’s judgment on all the sins of the ages—the greatest darkness of the soul ever known.  As the divine Son of God, He was perfect, without sin.  But all our sins were placed on Him, and He took the judgment and Hell we alone deserve.  He died in our place.

 

Why did Jesus suffer?  For you.  For me.  That we might have eternal life and have peace in the midst of life’s storms.  That we might know that He understands our pain and suffering and stands ready to help.

 

Why did Jesus suffer?  Because God loves us.  Because God loves you, and Christ willingly went to the Cross for you. There was no other way for sin’s penalty to be paid, and for us to be redeemed.  The Cross is the measure of God’s love for us.

 

How will you respond to His love, poured out on the Cross for you?

 

Our Daily Elder Devotional: Today’s devotional is from my heart to you.

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 is from my heart to you.

The Bible: what is its purpose and why should we read it?

  1. The Bible is a love letter from God, telling us how much He loves us.  He loves us enough to plan our redemption before He created the Universe.

 

“And the great theme from one end of the Bible to the other is redemption” – Billy Graham.

 

Think of it, the all powerful, eternal, creator and sustainer of the universe, loves me, a sinner and I have been justified by the blood of Jesus the Christ.  I am saved by God’s unmerited grace.

 

  1. 2. The Bible is a “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).  It teaches us how to honor, worship and praise God.
  2. The Bible helps us to get to know God.  It enables us to develop a true relationship with Him through Jesus and to strive to be more like Him.
  3. The Bible is never dated, always relevant to current circumstances.  We can read a passage over and get something new and different out of it.  That is because the Bible is the “living” word of God.

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The New Testament is contained in the Old Testament.

The Old Testament is explained in the New Testament.

 

The New Testament is concealed in the Old Testament.

The Old Testament is revealed in my he New Testament.

 

The Old Testament anticipates the New Testament.

The New Testament authenticates the Old Testament.

 

In the Old Testament, the New Testament lies hidden.

In the New Testament, the Old Testament lies open.

 

The Old Testament predicts a Person.

The New Testament presents that Person.

 

By Roy W. Gustafson

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Critics claim the Bible is full of forgery, fiction and unfulfilled prophecy, but the findings of archaeology have collaborated rather than denied the Biblical data.   By Billy Graham

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Never be satisfied with only reading a line here and a line there.  Get to know God better by reading the Bible.  A great place to start is the Gospel of John.  My next choice would be Ephesians and Philippians.

 

Psalm 119:105New International Version (NIV)

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105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.

Our Daily Elder Devotional: Strive to Trust Me

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 “Jesus Calling – Enjoying Peace in His Presence” by Sarah Young.

Strive to Trust Me

Psalm 52:8 New International Version (NIV)

But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Amplified Bible (AMP)


Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

[a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 3:6 One of the ancient rabbis said that all the essence of the Torah (Law) depends on this verse.

 

Strive to trust Me in more and more areas of your life.  Anything that tends to make you anxious is a growth opportunity.  Instead of running away from these challenges, embrace them, eager to gain all the blessings I have hidden in the difficulties.  If you believe that I am sovereign over every aspect of your life, it is possible to trust Me in all situations.  Don’t waste energy regretting the way things are or thinking about what might have been.  Start at the present moment—accepting things exactly as they are—and search for My way in the midst of those circumstances.

 

Trust is like a staff you can lean on as you journey uphill with Me.  If you are trusting in Me consistently, the staff will bear as much of your weight as needed.  Lean on, trust, and be confident in Me with all your heart and mind.

Our Daily Elder Devotional: Of Fleeing from Vain Hope and Pride 

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 The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis

Of Fleeing from Vain Hope and Pride

Philippians 2:3-4 New International Version (NIV)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Boast not about your riches, nor of powerful friends, but in God, who gives all things, and in addition to all things desires to give even Himself.  Be not prideful because of strenght or beauty, for with only one slight sickness it will all fail and wither away.  Do not be vain of yourskilfulness or ability, for you will dispease God.

 

Do not count yourself better than others, it might cause you to appear worse in God’s eyes.  Don’t be proud of your good works, for God’s judgement are different from man’s judgements, and what pleases man often times displeases God.  If you believe that you are good, believe that others are better, in order to preserve your own humility.  It doesn’t harm you if you place yourself below all others: but it is great harm in placing yourself above even one person. Peace is always with the humble person, but in the heart of the proud there is envy and extreme anger.

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