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Prayer, Devotion for Today

There is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good And never sins. (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
Truly I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. (Joshua 7:20)
If I claim to be without sin, I deceive myself, and the truth is not in me. If I confess my sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive me my sins and purify me from all unrighteousness. If I claim I have not sinned, I make Him a liar and His word is not in me. (1 John 1:8–10)
Ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
I will sing praises to the Lord And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger lasts only a moment, But His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:4–5)

Kenneth Boa, Handbook to Prayer : Praying Scripture Back to God (Atlanta: Trinity House, 1997).

Have you made any investments that have worked out for you lately? No, I’m not talking about the stock or bond market, I’m interested in your personal investments—your investments in people.

For the past year, I’ve collected news items for a lecture I give at the Seminary in a Pastoral Ministries class on weddings. It seems that society’s views of weddings and marriages are changing. In France and in the United States, there is a debate about whether homosexual couples can enter into “holy matrimony.” When I lived in California, I was asked to perform a ceremony for two lesbians. Unbelievable, isn’t it?

One of my favorite news stories came out of St. Paul, MN. David Weinlick was tired of his friends asking him when he was going to tie the knot, so he set a date and asked them to choose his bride for him. Twenty-five women showed up for the “cattle call” and the committee chose Elizabeth Runze to be his “lawfully wedded wife.”

Recently, a man in Sicily surprised the preache…
April 20

Theodolph of Orleans, 760–82l
Translated by John M. Neale, 1818–1866
  The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (John 12:12, 13)
The triumphant procession began after the disciples obtained the colt (Luke 19:30). They were implicitly obedient in following their Lord’s command, even though it no doubt seemed to be a trivial request. And still today—obedience is the key to our effective service for God.
The Palm Sunday procession also teaches us that our Lord is still leading His people—“bringing many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10), our heavenly Jerusalem, “whose architect builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). Our responsibility is to be His faithful follower and to extol His name with our daily praises.
This Palm Sunday hymn was written approximately A.D. 820 by Bishop Theodolph o…