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Showing posts from February 5, 2012

Christian Sunday Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2012 | EPIPHANY FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY YEAR B Old Testament Isaiah 40:21–31 Psalm Psalm 147:1–11, 20c New Testament 1 Corinthians 9:16–23 Gospel Mark 1:29–39 Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Fresh Start Devotionals

Faithfulness Pastor Mark (Yu Chao) watched his father die for his faith during China’s Cultural Revolution. The Red Guard arrested his father for preaching the gospel and beat him within an inch of his life. The guards made Mark and his son watch as they tortured him, breaking several of his bones, and covering him in his own blood. At a cemetery, they had a mock trial where they accused Mark’s Dad of being an “enemy of the state,” but gave him the opportunity to live if he would recant his faith. “We offer you this precious chance for life,” they said. “Choose wisely.” Mark’s father responded, “You can cut my head off and you can spill my blood, but I will never forsake Jesus Christ! He has been faithful to me and has blessed me for many years and nothing you do can ever make me renounce my loving Friend and Savior!” The guards rushed him and beat him to death to the dismay of the crowd. Looking back on the event, Mark said, “Because of the example of my father, who was willing t…

Amazing Grace Devotionals

February 5 IMMORTAL LOVE–FOREVER FULL John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807–1892 To know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:19) Love is Silence—when your words would hurt. Love is Patience—when your neighbor’s curt. Love is Deafness—when a scandal flows. Love is Thoughtfulness—for others’ woes. Love is Promptness—when stern duty calls. Love is Courage—when misfortune falls. —Unknown The Bible teaches that the three cardinal virtues of the Christian life are faith, hope, love, with love as the greatest (1 Corinthians 13:13). These virtues in a person’s life are the most convincing evidences of a personal relationship with Christ. True faith must always lead to a life of love for God and others. It also gives purpose for this life and the glorious hope of spending eternity with our King of Love. Our love relationship with others should be characterized as sacrificial, sensitive, and sharing. We should …