November 21, 2008
“Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasant to the LORD, as in the days of old, as in former years.” (Malachi 3:4)
Jesus, refine us as silver is refined and purge the dross from our lives so that we may offer to you an offering in righteousness. (From Malachi 3:3)
“And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien– because they do not fear me,” says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:5)
Father, such were some of us, but we have been washed, we have been sanctified, we have been justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by your Holy Spirit. Thank you. (From 1 Corinthians 6:11)
A word received: Listen to me, my people, listen to me. Read my word and let it sink into your hearts. Hear me, hear my word to you. It is a living word, it burns like fire: let it consume the dross in your lives. Listen to me, hearken to me.
Friday: 107:1-32; Malachi 3:1-12; James 5:7-12; Luke 18:1-8
Saturday: 33; Malachi 3:13-4:6; James 5:13-20; Luke 18:9-14
November 21, 2008
The convention of the Diocese of Missouri begins today at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis.
Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble, brethren, against one another, that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the doors. As an example of suffering and patience, brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we call those happy who were steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath, but let your yes be yes and your no be no, that you may not fall under condemnation.
James 5: 7-12
Father, guide and bless Bishop George, the standing committee, the clergy and lay delegates, and all who are attending the diocesan convention in St. Louis. Grant them patience. Grant them good cheer. Let them not judge one another. May their yes be yes and their no be no. May they spend their time together in unity and godly love.
We pray with faith in the blood of your son, which covers all sin.