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Showing posts from January 8, 2012

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2012 | EPIPHANY BAPTISM OF THE LORD First Sunday After the Epiphany YEAR B Old Testament Genesis 1:1–5 Psalm Psalm 29 New Testament Acts 19:1–7 Gospel Mark 1:4–11 Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Fresh Start Devotionals

Deeds The bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 is bringing the best out of most people, and the worst out of others. The rescue workers, some of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice, inspire me. Democrats and Republicans are getting along with one another, setting aside their partisan bickering to do the Nation’s work. I’ve followed politics for years, and I’ve never seen anything like it. The other day I heard a lawyer on one of the morning talk shows talk about how his firm is working pro bono to file the forms to help the victims’ families get their death certificates. I was amazed at his generosity. Not only are they not charging for their services, but they’ve set aside their paying clients to work for free. All I can say is, may God bless these generous people, and God bless America! But the tragedy is also bringing the worst out of other people. Bogus charities are surfacing trying to scam people out of their money. They are making door-to-d…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

January 8 SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER William W. Walford, 1772–1850 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:18) No one is poor who can by prayer open the storehouse of God. —Louis Paul Lehman Through the ages, devout believers in Christ have recognized the necessity of maintaining an intimate relationship with God through His ordained channel of prayer. It has often been said that prayer is as basic to spiritual life as breathing is to our natural lives. It is not merely an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble; prayer is a way of life. Nevertheless, we need to set aside a special time for prayer. We need that daily “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” This song is thought to have been written in 1842 by William Walford, an obscure and blind lay preacher who was the owner of a small trinket shop in the little village of Coleshill, England. The first…