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Consultation on Common Texts, Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST MONDAY AFTER PROPER 26 YEAR A Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option I Psalm Psalm 5 First Reading Jeremiah 5:18–31 (Complementary) Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 2:13–20 or Psalm, First Reading & Second Reading, Option II Psalm Psalm 128 First Reading Joshua 4:1–24 (Semicontinuous) Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 2:13–20 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 31 A MIGHTY FORTRESS Words and Music by Martin Luther, 1483–1546 English Translation by Frederick H. Hedge, 1805–1890 God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. (Psalm 46:1, 2) October 31, 1517, is perhaps the most important day in Protestant history. This was the day when Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk and a professor of theology, posted on the doors of the Cathedral of Wittenberg, Germany, his 95 theses (complaints) against the teachings and practices of the medieval Roman Church. With this event, the 16th century Protestant Reformation was formally born. The Protestant Reformation movement was built on three main tenets: • The re-establishment of the Scriptures. • Clarifying the means of salvation. • The restoration of congregational singing. “A Mighty Fortress” was written and composed by Martin Luther. The date of t…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Heroes Sometimes, when I study the heroes of the faith-when I see their faith and determination—I begin to feel like a spiritual midget. Take Noah, for example. He was willing to invest 120 years building an ark because God told him a flood was coming. He withstood the ridicule of others and navigated through his own self-doubt to complete his assignment. Amazing. Especially when I think about how a single word of criticism can paralyze me. How would you have responded to Noah if you asked him what he was doing? Imagine the dialogue—”So, Noah, what ya doin?” “I’m building an ark?” “An ark, what in the world is an ark?” You’d ask. “It’s a boat big enough to house at least a pair of all the earth’s species.” “OK, but why are you building it.” “Haven’t you heard? The flood is coming?” Noah replies. “The flood. What’s a flood.” “It’s when the waters rise because of an excessive amount of rain?” “Rain,” you’d say, “what’s rain?” After explaining the meteorological phenomena of r…