But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1)
Have mercy on us, Lord Jesus, for this has happened in our day.
And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. (2 Peter 2:2)
Jesus, this is true in our day; have mercy on us.
By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. (2 Peter 2:3)
Holy Father, much destruction has already come upon the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us.
For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; (2 Peter 2:4-5)
Holy Spirit, please help us and the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to take these words to heart.
A word received: Call out to me in your need. I will hear you. Call out to me; I will answer.
Wednesday: 119:49-72; Isaiah 9:8-17; 2 Peter 2:1-10a; Mark 1:1-8
Thursday: 50; Isaiah 9:18-10:4; 2 Peter 2:10b-16; Matthew 3:1-12
Words Received for Sunday School lesson on Daniel 3 in January
“You shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.” (Daniel 3:5b-6) A word received: This is idolatry. It is an abomination to me. “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image…you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.” (Exodus 20:3,4…5)
“Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and accused the Jews.” (Daniel 3:8 ) A word received: Remember how the men sought to charge Daniel: “Then these men said, ‘We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.'” (Daniel 6:5) Is there anything in your character by which you could be charged for being obedient to me? The three young men and Daniel placed their lives on the line because of me.
“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.'” (Daniel 3:16-18 ) A word received: The three young men have placed their lives on the line. They have made a decision to trust me no matter what. I want you to trust me as well.
“‘Look!'” he answered, ‘I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.'” (Daniel 3:25) A word received: But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;” (Isaiah 43:1-3a)