House of Bishops

March 13, 2009

The House of Bishops convenes today at Kanuga.

No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God. Romans 2:29

We pray that Your sons and daughters attending the House of Bishops meeting will open their hearts to the Holy Spirit and cast off all that is not of You. We cry out for shepherds with circumcised hearts. May they seek the praise of God and not of men. Amen.

Lent Prayers: Richard Baxter – Keep me seeking after You

March 13, 2009

From our archives, originally posted Feb. 2007

Lent Prayers: Richard Baxter
Filed under: Quotable, Lent 2007, Lent Prayers — Karen B.

Keep me O Lord, while I tarry on this earth, in a serious seeking after you, and in an affectionate walking with you, every day of my life; that when you come, I may be found not hiding my talent, nor serving the flesh, nor yet asleep with my lamp unfurnished, but waiting and longing for you.
— Richard Baxter 1615-1691


Lent Quotes: St. Peter Chrysologus – Fasting is the Soul of Prayer

March 13, 2009

From our archives: posted Feb. 2007, (and probably in prior years too…)

Lent Quotes: Prayer, Fasting and Mercy
Filed under: Quotable, Fasting, Spiritual Disciplines, Lent 2007, Lent Quotes — Karen B.

The disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving are to be practiced together. One leads to the other.

Peter Chrysologus (c 380-450) says:
“Prayer, mercy and fasting: These three are one, and they give life to each other. Fasting is the soul of prayer; mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them; they cannot be separated. If you have only one of them or not all together, you have nothing. So if you pray, fast; if fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others. When you fast, see the fasting of others. If you hope for mercy, show mercy. If you look for kindness, show kindness. If you want to receive, give.”

Psalm 63:1-5

March 13, 2009

O God, you are my God; early will I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1)
      Lord Jesus, lead us to your pools of living water.

So I have looked for you in the sanctuary, to see your power and your glory. (Psalm 63:2)
      Jesus, I continue to seek more of you.

Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you. (Psalm 63:3)
      Holy Spirit, fill my mouth with the praise of Jesus.

Thus I will bless you while I live; I will lift up my hands in your name. (Psalm 63:4)
      Father, I bless your holy name; I lift up my hands to praise you.

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips. (Psalm 63:5)
      Holy Spirit, I long for your gift of joyful lips with which to praise my savior and my God. Thank you.

      A word received: Yield this day to me. Make the daily choice to let me be Lord of your day. Let me guide you step by step. Listen for my voice — I AM speaking to you.

Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; Jeremiah 5:1-9; Romans 2:25-3:18; John 5:30-47
Saturday: 75, 76; Jeremiah 5:20-31; Romans 3:19-31; John 7:1-13

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