Earthquakes

February 28, 2010

List of earthquakes in the last seven days.

Proverbs 18:10 KJV
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

May it be so, dear Lord. May it be so. Amen.


Worthy is the Lamb

February 28, 2010

We believe . . . in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased men for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.” . . .
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
Nicene Creed, Revelation 5:10, 12


Maryland

February 28, 2010

We are praying for a state a week. The state motto of Maryland is “Fatti maschii, parole femine (Manly deeds, womanly words)”.

Daniel 11:32b-33a
The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many.

O Father,
May Your children in Maryland be strong and do exploits to the glory of Your name. Out of a godly understanding, may they instruct many. Raise up educational curricula and other media for the establishment of Your kingdom on earth. Amen.


Philippians 3:17-4:1

February 28, 2010

Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. (Philippians 3:17)
      Father, thank you for those faithful witnesses and mentors who provide godly examples for us to follow. Please raise up more of these in your church.

For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: (Philippians 3:18 )
      Lord Jesus, we are surrounded in the church by such tares. Help us cherish and protect the wheat.

whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame–who set their mind on earthly things. (Philippians 3:19)
      Jesus, protect your little ones and all your faithful people so that we are not swept away by the lies which are being told to your people.

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, (Philippians 3:20)
      Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon!

who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to his glorious body, according to the working by which he is able even to subdue all things to himself. (Philippians 3:21)
      Jesus, please subdue my mind and my heart to your kingdom purposes.

Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. (Philippians 4:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us stand fast in Jesus. Thank you.

Sunday: 8, 84; Genesis 41:14-45; Romans 6:3-14; John 5:19-24
Monday: 64, 65; Genesis 41:46-57; 1 Corinthians 4:8-20(21); Mark 3:7-19a

      Notes from the Front Line

***** For many years I have thought that Psalm 103:1 was Mary’s daily prayer while she was pregnant with Jesus.

Albany Intercessor


Without a shepherd?

February 28, 2010

When King Saul was seeking the lives of David and his men, they would sometimes hide in caves. Some of the most beautiful of the psalms were composed in those caves.
Once, King Saul unwittingly went alone into a cave where David and his men were hiding. David forbade them to harm the king because he was the LORD’s anointed. (1 Samuel 24)
If your congregation is without a shepherd or under a false shepherd, or if you are without a home congregation, you can follow David’s model. Organize a small group to meet in a home, not for the purpose of denigrating a false shepherd, but for the purpose of praising God. Who knows what fruit will be borne?–JW


Lent Quotes: Frederick Buechner – Christ’s love sees us with terrible clarity

February 28, 2010

Romantic love is blind to everything except what is lovable and lovely, but Christ’s love sees us with terrible clarity and sees us whole. Christ’s love so wishes our joy that it is ruthless against everything in us that diminishes our joy. The worst sentence Love can pass is that we behold the suffering which Love has endured for our sake, and that is also our acquittal. The justice and mercy of the judge are ultimately one.

- Frederick Buechner
image by Resclassic2

(With thanks and appreciation to Pat Dague at Transfigurations)

What an amazingly powerful quotation.  Pat posted this on Valentine’s Day, two weeks ago, but I’ve not been able to stop thinking about this.  Read these two lines again:

Christ’s love sees us with terrible clarity and sees us whole. Christ’s love so wishes our joy that it is ruthless against everything in us that diminishes our joy.

I’m reminded of a number of passages of Scripture:

Ps 139

Eph 2

- NOTHING in us is hidden from God’s sight, yet even though He sees the depths of our hearts, all the sinful ugly parts we try to hide, He still loves us.  He died for us when we were His enemies, hostile to Him, because He longed for us to be reconciled to Himself.  And while the unsanctified parts of our hearts may be desperately black and dark, they are not dark to Him.  His light and power will triumph there.  One day those of us who are in Christ will be like Him, perfect, spotless, and our joy will be complete!


Prayer Table Report

February 28, 2010

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, February 27, 2010, 9:25 -10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Dave Carlson

+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

It was a sloppy weather day with wet snow falling the whole time. Although we had long periods of time with no one passing by, there were many folks who did stop for prayer:

+ Christopher — asked for prayer for his family, friends, and his job

+ Esau and + Daniel (a teenager carrying a puppy) — we prayed for the Lord’s provision and protection in their lives

+ Marlene — believer who has stopped many times before for prayer – we prayed not only for physical provision, but for spiritual blessing; Marlene prayed out loud, agreeing with us in prayer and boldly praising the Lord

+ Doc — he asked for prayer for his friend + Seth who has kidney stones; he took a cross to give to Seth and he thanked God for His goodness toward him; took out his wallet to make a donation (we thanked him but let him know we don’t accept money for offering prayer)

+ Joe and + James — two men (brothers) drove up and parked across the street – they came specifically to visit the prayer table (asked us to pray for good health); Joe said he works at Northwood’s and was a caregiver for Father Hio while he was a patient there

+ Theresa – she and her husband were participating in the ’40 days for Life’ ministry in front of Planned Parenthood (to find out more about it, go to http://40daysforlife.com/schenectady/); she asked prayer for her daughter and her daughter’s family who are “in a bad way”

+ Helen – woman walking by with an umbrella, asked prayer for her health

Brown – young man in his 20’s who has stopped many times before – asked us to pray for “everything”

+ Mark – stopped for prayer as we were breaking down the table and chairs at the end – prayed for the Lord’s provision in his life

David

Albany Intercessor


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