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Consultation on Common Texts, Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST THURSDAY BEFORE PROPER 26 YEAR A Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I Psalm Psalm 43 First Reading 1 Samuel 2:27–36 (Complementary) Second Reading Romans 2:17–29 or Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II Psalm Psalm 107:1–7, 33–37 First Reading Joshua 1:1–11 (Semicontinuous) Second Reading Romans 2:17–29 Consultation on Common Texts, Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2011).

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

October 27 RISE UP, O MEN OF GOD! William P. Merrill, 1867–1954 … that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. (Philippians 1:27, 28) Our world is filled with much physical and social suffering. Often we prefer to close our eyes to these painful situations that are all around us. It is much more comfortable to associate only with those who live as we do. This kind of attitude within the church will turn any body of believers into nothing more than a religious club. If we want to represent our Lord with integrity, we must not compartmentalize the church’s mission. Soul winning and social responsibility are woven intrinsically together and constitute an inherent part of the ministry. A starving person needs both his stomach as well as his soul cared for. Christ’s earthly ministry is a prime model of an ideal balance of caring for body as well as the soul of needy individuals. The aut…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Highways and Hedges Last Sunday evening I preached on the text: “… Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in that my house may be full.” Luke 14:23. I’ve been thinking about that verse a lot lately. When I was a Youth evangelist, I saw God win those in the “highways and hedges.” Our revival team held services in the evening and taught a witnessing seminar in the mornings. After lunch we met back at the church to go into “the highways and the hedges” to share our faith. We saw people saved on a daily basis. One afternoon stands out in my memory. We were conducting a Revival in the California Bay Area. We held the witness training, then went out into the community. Ten minutes after we left the Church, just 20 feet from the front door of the Church a 25-year-old man was reborn. During the revival, he and his wife made a public commitment to Christ. He led his wife to the Lord within 24 hours of his own salvation. When I was a young pastor, I saw God win those in…