Accordance Blog
Feb 12, 2018 Richard Mansfield

Observing Lent with Accordance

Lent definition from the Pocket Liturgy This Wednesday—Ash Wednesday on the Christian calendar—marks the beginning of the annual forty days known as Lent for Roman Catholics and Protestant observers of the season. Eastern churches begin the observation of Great Lent five days later.

What is Lent? According to the Feasting on the Word Lenten Companion, being released for Accordance today,

“Lent is a time of self-reflection and penitence, a time to acknowledge our sinfulness and need for God’s mercy. From the church’s earliest days, Lent was a time of preparation for baptism of new converts and penitence leading to the reconciliation of those estranged from the community” (Overview of Lent).

One of the many practices associated with Lent involves daily Scripture readings and reflective devotions. Last year, we released two titles for Lenten reflection that could be integrated with our Daily Reading/Devotional view in Accordance. This year, we’re releasing five new titles in time for Lent, four of which can be used with our Daily Reading/Devotional view.

In Accordance 12 for Windows or Macintosh, you can select your preferred Daily Reading by going to Preferences: Reading/Research. If you select a devotional related to Lent from the Daily Reading section, beginning on Wednesday, click on the Daily Reading icon in the toolbar to open up your devotional to the appropriate reading for the day on the left and any related Scripture passages on the right.

Daily Reading Selection

In Accordance Mobile for iOS, if you open your Lenten reading from the Devotionals section in the Library, Accordance will open your reading in a similar split-pane view to that described above. Accordance Mobile for Android does not yet feature a Devotional view, but these titles can still be accessed from the General Tools folder.

Consider integrating Accordance in your observance of Lent this year through any of our affordable titles available for your reflection of this season.

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts. The sale on products in this special offer will end on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.

Feasting-Worship_120 NEW! Feasting on the Word Worship Companion (6 Volumes)

Based on the Revised Common Lectionary, the Feasting on the Word Worship Companion series provides liturgical pieces used in preparing for worship, offering a multitude of poetic prayers and responsive readings for all parts of worship. In addition, the weekly entries include questions for reflection and household prayers for morning and evening that are drawn from the lectionary, allowing churches to include them in their bulletin for parishioners to use throughout the week.

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Feasting-Lent_120 NEW! Feasting on the Word Lenten Companion

This volume in the Feasting on the Word series serves as an all-in-one pastor's companion for Lent and Holy Week, providing worship materials and sermon preparation tools for both lectionary and non-lectionary preachers. Hymn suggestions, midweek services, and children's sermon suggestions make this an invaluable resource for the season of Lent.

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Jesus Final Days_120 NEW! Jesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened

Together, Craig A. Evans and N. T. Wright concisely and compellingly convey the drama and the world-shattering significance of Jesus' final days on earth. A helpful guide to Jesus' death, burial and resurrection with insightful reflections for Lent. [Note: this title is perfect for Lenten study and reflective reading but does not integrate with the Daily Reading/Devotional view in Accordance.]

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Bonhoeffer-God on Cross_120 NEW! God Is on the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter

Forty-seven stirring devotions by Bonhoeffer will guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Lent and Easter, encountering themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the cross.

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Brueggemann-Lent_120NEW! A Way Other Than Our Own: Devotions for Lent

Walter Brueggemann's thought-provoking reflections for the season of Lent invite us to consider the challenging, beautiful life that comes with walking the way of grace.

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40 Days_120 NEW! 40 Days, 40 Prayers, 40 Words: Lenten Reflections for Everyday Life

Written by Bruce Reyes-Chow, these forty devotions are each framed around a word inspired by the daily lectionary readings and include a short scriptural passage, inspirational prayer, and reflection.

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Dec 30, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Start Each Day in 2015 with Accordance Devotions

Daily Reading icon A new year means a new beginning. With new beginnings come opportunities for renewals of our spiritual goals and commitments. One of the best ways to renew our spiritual commitments involves setting aside a daily time for reading Scripture and reflecting on biblical content. If your resolutions for the new year include commitment to any kind of daily readings or devotionals, why not use Accordance to help you reach those goals?

You may or may not know that there’s a Daily Reading Workspace built into Accordance. The icon for accessing the Daily Readings is probably on your toolbar as seen in the image above. If it’s not, you can add it by customizing your toolbar (Window menu: Customize Toolbar…). To change your default daily reading text, go to Accordance Preferences (accessed from the Edit menu in Windows or the Accordance menu on the Mac). In the Preferences window, choose Reading/Research to select the Daily Reading or Devotional of your choice.

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After selecting the devotional or daily reading, you can begin each day by clicking on the Daily Reading icon. This will launch the Daily Reading Workspace in a window on top of the workspace you currently have open. The new workspace will automatically open your preferred daily reading or devotional to the current calendar date. In parallel, any Scripture references mentioned in the devotional or reading will be opened for you in your default biblical text.

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Above: a Daily Reading Workspace screen capture from a Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows tablet.

Tip: ditch the traditional desktop or laptop computer and enjoy your daily quiet time of reflection with a handheld Windows tablet or iPad (note that the iPad interface is different from what is described above). 

To help you start the year off right, we are placing a number of select devotionals and daily readings on sale at discounts up to 25%. Of course, even if you don’t see the title you want below, everything in the Accordance Library can be purchased with a 15% discount through January 5 with the coupon code Holiday2014-15

New Release: Butler Daily Bible Readings
These devotional books are intended to help and encourage people to read through the Bible at least once a year and to read through the Bible with meaning and understanding. Volumes 1-3 contain devotionals and "sermonettes" relating to the daily reading, and Volume 4 contains questions and answers over the text.

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Daily Strength for Daily Needs
This little book of brief selections in prose and verse, with accompanying texts of Scripture, is intended for a daily companion and counselor. It includes some of the most inspirational words of famous Christian writers such as Jeanne Guyon, St. Augustine, Hannah Whitall Smith, William Law, Charles Wesley, and George MacDonald.

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Days of Heaven Upon Earth
This work offers brief but powerful reflections upon Scripture by A. B. Simpson, founder of The Christian and Missionary Alliance.

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The Faithful Promiser
The Faithful Promiser by John R. MacDuff contains 31 daily reflections on individual promises of God. Each day’s devotion begins with the assurance that “He is faithful that promised,” and ends with the prayer, “Remember this Word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.”

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M’Cheyne Family Readings and Secret Readings
Scottish minister Robert Murray M’Cheyne devised a Bible reading plan which has remained popular for more than a century and a half. Divided into readings for Family worship and “Secret” (that is, personal) devotion, M’Cheyne’s system covers the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice during the course of a year.

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My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
This book by J. H. Jowett, presents a brief meditation on a passage of Scripture for each day of the year.

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Devotional Bundle (Includes the five volumes listed above)

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Experiencing God (Includes Experiencing God Day by Day)
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Brimming with insight and seasoned with grace, this 365-day devotional reader helps to start a daily routine by focusing the mind on the divine presence in each life. Whether selected as a thoughtful gift or as a personal resource, this book will inspire great changes while sustaining the essential habit of turning to God on a daily basis.

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Basic-11 Group (Includes 7 Devotionals)
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