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Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST CHRIST THE KING OR REIGN OF CHRIST PROPER 29 YEAR A Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24 Psalm Psalm 100 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24 Psalm Psalm 95:1–7a New Testament Ephesians 1:15–23 Gospel Matthew 25:31–46 Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

November 20 MY REDEEMER Philip P. Bliss, 1838–1876 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:7, 8) The text for “My Redeemer,” though a joyful note of praise, was found in the wreckage of a train accident which had just claimed the life of its author, Philip P. Bliss. Philip Bliss was influential in promoting the growth of early gospel hymnody in this country. In addition to being known as a man with a commanding stature and impressive personality for leading congregational singing, Philip Bliss was highly regarded by his fellow colleagues. George Stebbins, also a noted gospel song writer of this time, once paid Bliss this tribute: “There has been no writer of verse since his time who has shown such a grasp of the fundamental truths of the gospel, or such a gift for putting them into poetic and singable form.” Yet, at the age of 38, at the …

Fresh Start Devotionals

How Can I Believe? At my little sister’s funeral, people tried to comfort me with statements of faith like, “At least she’s not suffering any more,” or “She’s in a better place.” Though these people were right theologically, their words didn’t touch my pain. My tears were not because of where she was, they flowed because of where she was not—with the family. My own pain was compounded by watching the overwhelming grief of my parents. HOW could we continue to believe? It wasn’t humanly possible I’d like to say that my faith has always been firm and never flickered, but if I did, I’d be lying. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve never flirted with apostasy. I have no substantial disagreement with the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith or the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message. WHAT I believe isn’t the issue, but there have been times I wondered HOW I could believe. I’ve always felt so appreciated and loved while serving at the First Baptist Church of Alameda, but I’ve served elsewhere where I felt ne…

Sermon Starters

How to Live Victoriously in an Evil World Key Verse: Galatians 1:4 I. The world in which we live today is evil. A. The world was not always evil. 1. The creation narrative many times states that what God made was good (Gen. 1:4, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). 2. The world became evil through man’s disobedience to God (Gen. 3). 3. In Greek the most common word for the world is kósmos, “the sum total of the material universe, including man.” Kósmos is derived from the verb kosméō, “to beautify,” which indicates the original creation and purpose of the world. It was good. But since the fall of man, the good and beauty in the world can best be discerned and enjoyed by those who have God within them. These are the blessed and the meek which are described in the third beatitude (Matt. 5:5). They are the ones who inherit the earth, who enjoy its original purpose. 4. The Greek word, however, in Galatians 1:4 is aiṓn, which means “…