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Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
Today is the 15th anniversary of being paralyzed from spinal surgery. Hallelujah! If you wonder why and how I can praise God for a life time physical challenge here's why and how I can praise the Lord: 5 ... He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we [I] may boldly say:
    “The LORD is my helper;     I will not fear.     What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  11 I have become a fool in boasting; you have compelled me. (2 Corinthians 12:9-11a)
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Revised Common Lectionary


Old TestamentMalachi 3:1–4
Psalm Psalm 84 or Psalm 24:7–10
New TestamentHebrews 2:14–18
GospelLuke 2:22–40

Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Catholic Lectionary


              First Reading       Malachi 3:1–4
              Response       Psalm 24:8
PsalmPsalm 24:7–10
              Second Reading       Hebrews 2:14–18
Gospel Acclamation       Luke 2:32
GospelLuke 2:22–40 or Luke 2:22–32

Catholic Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary

YEARS 1 & 2
On the same date: The Presentation, Evening Prayer

Psalms       Psalm 42, 43
Old Testament 1 Samuel 2:1–10
 New TestamentJohn 8:31–36

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 2

  In whom all the building, fitly framed together, groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord
Eph. 2:21
The life-tabernacle is a wondrous building; there is room for workers of all kinds in the uprearing of its mysterious and glorious walls. If we cannot do the greatest work, we may do the least. Our heaven will come out of the realization of the fact that it was God’s tabernacle we were building, and under God’s blessing that we were working.

Joseph Parker

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, February 2                                         Go To Evening Reading

“Without the shedding of blood is no remission.” 
 — Hebrews 9:22
This is the voice of unalterable truth. In none of the Jewish ceremonies were sins, even typically, removed without blood-shedding. In no case, by no means can sin be pardoned without atonement. It is clear, then, that there is no hope for me out of Christ; for there is no other blood-shedding which is worth a thought as an atonement for sin. Am I, then, believing in him? Is the blood of his atonement truly applied to my soul? All men are on a level as to their need of him. If we be never so moral, generous, amiable, or patriotic, the rule will not be altered to make an exception for us. Sin will yield to nothing less potent than the blood of him whom God hath set forth as a propitiation. What a blessing that there is the one way of pardon! Why should we seek another?

Persons of merely formal religion cannot understand how we can rejoice tha…

Connect the Testaments

February 2: The Problem with Power
Exodus 4–6; John 1:19–34; Song of Solomon 1:5–7

Grasping for power is one of the easiest sins to fall into. At first it looks like ambition, then it looks like success, and then it quickly becomes about your success and your power. This can be costly—not just to you, but to all the people you hurt in the process. If anything is done for the purpose of power, it’s not worth achieving. And don’t let the snazzy word “influence” fool you; it’s just a synonym for the same empty desire.
John the Baptist is an example of ambition; he is fueled by passion but constantly checked by God’s calling. He is firm in his words, confident in what he must do, but humble in his understanding of his relationship to God. He is not in it for himself, but for Jesus. When asked, “Who are you?” (a leading question, since many believed him to be the Messiah the people expected), he replied, “I am not the Christ!” (John 1:19–20). When further questioned, “Then who are you? Are …