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Consultation on Common Texts, Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST FRIDAY BEFORE PROPER 26 YEAR A Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I Psalm Psalm 43 First Reading Ezekiel 13:1–16 (Complementary) Second Reading 2 Peter 2:1–3 or Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II Psalm Psalm 107:1–7, 33–37 First Reading Joshua 2:1–14 (Semicontinuous) Second Reading 2 Peter 2:1–3 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 28 O MASTER, LET ME WALK WITH THEE Washington Gladden, 1836–1918 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8) Go labor on: Spend and be spent, my joy to do the Father’s will; It is the way the Master went, should not the servant tread it still? —H. Bonar As God’s representatives, we must make it our life’s mission to make the invisible Christ visible to lost and needy people through both word and deed. We can do this most effectively by dealing justly with others and by showing compassion and understanding to those who are less privileged than we are. This hymn, published in 1879, comes from a period of religious history in America when there was much emphasis given to the social implications of the gospel. The Civil War had ended and the country was in the midst of a great industrial revolution. As is often true in such times, the individual is exploited in…

Fresh Start Devotionals

He Did Most of my childhood memories are pleasant. I wasn’t abused, my parents provided for all my needs, in fact, I have to say, I was loved. I’m not saying my family wasn’t dysfunctional, in some respects all families have their moments, but we were as close to functional as I’ve seen. I went to school, had chores to do when I got home, worked or played all day on Saturday and attended church every Sunday. Yes, my Mom even baked cookies for us to eat when we got home. In short, I grew up in a Norman Rockwell painting. My father was the pastor and my mother was very active teaching and working in the Women’s ministries of the church. Like my brothers before me, the time came when the constant contact with the gospel rubbed off on me and I came to faith in Christ. I was very young when it happened and I have to admit that my understanding was, well, very childish. I thought of the forces of good and evil as opposite teams, you know, like a pick-up baseball game. I asked myself wh…