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Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2012 | CHRISTMAS FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS: HOLY FAMILY YEAR B Old Testament Isaiah 61:10–62:3 Psalm Psalm 148 New Testament Galatians 4:4–7 Gospel Luke 2:22–40 Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Fresh Start Devotionals

A Costly Gift 2 Samuel 24:24 (NASB) “However, the king said to Araunah, ‘No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing.’ So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.” Over a decade, God called one of my best friends to go to the Mission Field. I was mad at God for calling him and mad at him for listening. He was pastor of a large, influential church about 100 miles away from where I served. He was my pastor. When I had a problem, I turned to him for counsel. If I was discouraged, I’d call him and when things were going well we celebrated together. Then God ripped him out of my life. One afternoon, before their appointment, he asked me to talk to his wife. The Mission Board was hesitant in appointing them to their assignment because his wife, though she was willing to go, had some doubts. As we began to talk, I heard God’s voice. I was tempted to encourage her doubts …

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

January 1 ANOTHER YEAR IS DAWNING Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836–1879 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12) It is always challenging to approach a new year and to realize anew that our days upon this earth are so rapidly passing. How important it is that we pause with the psalmist and pray for a “heart of wisdom” that will enable us this year to live each new day in a way that brings all glory to our God. I with Thee would begin, O my Savior so dear, on the way that I still must pursue; I with Thee would begin every day granted here, as my earnest resolve I renew—To be and remain Thine forever. —From the Swedish In January of 1874, the many friends of Frances Ridley Havergal received a New Year’s greeting with the heading, “A Happy New Year! Ever Such May it Be!” Following this greeting appeared her text, still considered to be one of the finest New Year’s prayers of consecration ever written: Another year is dawning, Dear Father,…