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Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2011 | ADVENT FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR B Old Testament Isaiah 64:1–9 Psalm Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19 New Testament 1 Corinthians 1:3–9 Gospel Mark 13:24–37Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

November 27 THANKS TO GOD! August Ludvig Storm, 1862–1914 Translated by Carl E. Backstrom, 1901– Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:20) A thankful spirit, both for the good and the difficult, is one of the important indicators of a believer’s spiritual condition. To be able to say— I thank Thee, God, that all our joy is touched with pain, that shadows fall on brightest hours, that thorns remain; So that earth’s bliss may be our guide, and not our chain. I thank Thee, Lord, that Thou has kept the best in store; We have enough, but not too much to long for more—a yearning for a deeper peace, not known before. —Adelaide A. Procter A prayer like this requires a life that knows and practices the intimate presence of Christ in daily living. August Storm, the author of “Thanks to God!”, lived most of his life in Stockholm, Sweden. As a young man he was converted to Christ in a Salvation Army meeting. Soon he join…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Broken I was “rough housing” in the living room with my brother when I knocked over one of my mother’s ornamental coal-oil lamps off of the mantle. I tried to catch it, but couldn’t, and it shattered into a zillion pieces. I cleaned up the mess, but knew I could never replace the broken lamp. I can still see the look of disappointment in my mother’s eyes when she discovered my mischief. A broken lamp is useless, but some things need to be broken before they are useful. A farmer doesn’t plant his crop in cement, rather, he chooses good soil, breaks it up, and then sows the seed. Unbroken soil does not produce abundant crops, but cultivated soil incubates life. A butterfly could never flutter in the spring air without breaking its cocoon, neither could an eaglet emerge without breaking its shell. Jesus could not feed the five thousand, until he broke the bread (Mark 8:1–8). The sinful woman could not pour the costly perfume over Jesus until she broke the alabaster box (Luke 7:37). …

Sermon Starters

The True Gospel and Another Gospel Key Verse: Galatians 1:8 I. What is the true gospel? A. The “good news,” euaggélion, is for all (John 1:12; 3:16; 1 Tim. 4:10; 1 John 2:2). B. It is good news because it offers us what we need—grace, undeserved favor—and not what we deserve. Twice the word grace is mentioned in this passage (Gal. 1:3, 6). C. Christ offers this grace, not as a mere man, but as an equal with God. Notice verse three, “Grace be to you, and peace, from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ.” He is not presented here as Savior only, but also as Lord. If He is not received as Lord, neither can He be received as Savior. D. It is good news because it gives us peace. When we appropriate the grace which comes from God the Father and the Lord Jesus, we experience reconciliation with God and the resulting peace brings abundant harmony. II. The gospel signifies what Christ did for us. A. …