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Fresh Start Devotionals

Happiness Pop quiz. What kind of happiness do you want? The kind with a quick flash, a loud explosion and a lifetime of regret? The kind that Revelation 18:14 talks about when it says, “Everything you’ve lived for, gone! All delicate and delectable luxury, lost! Not a scrap, not a thread to be found!” (MSG) Sometimes I feel like I spend most of my time talking to people on both sides of that question. I wish I could get both sides in the same room at the same time because I know it would change the outcome of some of their lives. If those ready to ignite their passions could hear the sobs from the broken people whose lives were frittered away in a moment of indiscretion that lapped over into a lifetime of regret, maybe they’d choose a better way. Maybe they’d choose something with some permanence. That’s the great thing about the happiness that Jesus gives, it is forever. John 4:14 says, But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water tha…

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening : Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition.

Morning, October 17 Go To Evening Reading “And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul.” — 1 Samuel 27:1 The thought of David’s heart at this time was a false thought, because he certainly had no ground for thinking that God’s anointing him by Samuel was intended to be left as an empty unmeaning act. On no one occasion had the Lord deserted his servant; he had been placed in perilous positions very often, but not one instance had occurred in which divine interposition had not delivered him. The trials to which he had been exposed had been varied; they had not assumed one form only, but many—yet in every case he who sent the trial had also graciously ordained a way of escape. David could not put his finger upon any entry in his diary, and say of it, “Here is evidence that the Lord will forsake me,” for the entire tenor of his past life proved the very reverse. He should have argued from what God had done for him, that God would …

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 24, MONDAY YEAR 1 Psalms (Morning) Psalm 25 Psalms (Evening) Psalm 9, 15 Old Testament Jeremiah 44:1–14 New Testament 1 Corinthians 15:30–41 Gospel Matthew 11:16–24 The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2010).

Catholic Lectionary

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2011 | MEMORIAL SAINT IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH, BISHOP AND MARTYR YEARS 1 & 2 From Monday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time First Reading Romans 4:20–25 Response Luke 1:68 Psalm Luke 1:69–75 Gospel Acclamation Matthew 5:3 Gospel Luke 12:13–21 Or from the Proper of Saints First Reading Philippians 3:17–4:1 Response Psalm 34:5 Psalm Psalm 34:2–9 Gospel Acclamation James 1:12 Gospel John 12:24–26 Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).