Anglican Communion

December 22, 2009

There is a fog of confusion in the Anglican Communion at the moment:
–It would seem that there is a new, secret constitution for the Anglican Consultative Council.
A recent poll of Church of England clergy reveals severe doctrinal incoherence.

Tamar bore the twin sons of Judah. While she was in labor, one twin put out his hand. The midwife tied a scarlet thread around his wrist, thinking he would be the firstborn. He drew back his hand, and and out came his brother! “What!” the midwife exclaimed. “How did you break out first?” So he was named Perez, which means breaking forth. Perez was an ancestor of Christ.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Like Tamar in travail bearing twins, the Anglican Communion is in travail bearing two contradictory theologies and two ACC constitutions. We claim the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, living and active, and sharper than any double-edged sword to penetrate this fog of confusion and rightly divide the word of truth. Break through, Holy Spirit, and bring us Christ.
Out of the mouth of Jesus comes the two-edged sword which judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Come quickly, He who has the sharp sword with the two edges, and fight against all lies and heresies. Come, Lord Jesus. Come to the Anglican Communion. Make haste to help us, we plea. Amen.

Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 2:15, Genesis 38:27-30, Revelation 2:12-17


Father Nigel Mumford

December 22, 2009

Acts 4:10-12 (New International Version)
Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ” ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

The definition of capstone is
1. The top stone of a structure or wall.
2. The crowning achievement or final stroke
3. In mountaineering, a rock wedged between two fixed rock surfaces at the top of a gully or chimney

Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
It is in Your name that Nigel is being healed.
It is in Your name that Nigel is saved.
It is in Your name that Nigel stands.
You are the stone laid in Zion, the tested stone, the precious cornerstone for a sure foundation. He stands on You and will never be dismayed.
Not only are his feet planted on You when he stands, but his head shifts up toward You. You are above and below, the capstone and the cornerstone. You encompass him round about. As he stands, his head moves from Jesus the Cornerstone to Jesus the Capstone. He cannot escape You. In Your name, his dizziness and nausea on standing is being healed.
It is too wonderful! You have laid Your hand upon him. Guide him and hold him fast. Amen.
Psalm 139, Isaiah 28:16


Psalm 117

December 22, 2009

Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Laud him, all you peoples! (Psalm 117:1)
      Holy Spirit, please fill our hearts and our mouths with the praises of Jesus.

For his merciful kindness is great toward us, (Psalm 117:2a)
      Father, thank you for your mercy toward us.

And the truth of the LORD endures forever. (Psalm 117:2b)
      Jesus, you are the living word and your truth endures forever.

Praise the LORD! (Psalm 117:2c)
      Holy Trinity, one God, we praise you and we bless you. Thank you for all that you are doing among us.

Tuesday: 116, 117; 1 Samuel 2:1b-10; Titus 2:1-10; Luke 1:26-38
Wednesday: 111, 113; 2 Samuel 7:1-17 Titus 2:11-3:8a Luke 1:39-48a (48b-56)

      Notes from the Front Line

***** TODAY, I would like each of us to commit to a half-hour of concentrated prayer and thanksgiving for Fr. Nigel and Lynn. Choose any half-hour of today or tonight, December 22nd.

Albany Intercessor


Follow-up report in Orissa

December 22, 2009

Remember the Hindu persecution of Christians in Orissa, India, in the summer of 2008? We had three L&B posts, this one having the most details of the persecution.
This post from the diocese of Colombo has to be read to be believed. A pachyderm praise report?

Hat tip: Creedal Christian


Adoration

December 22, 2009

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You that we were made in Your image. We strive to put on the new self and be renewed in knowledge after the image of Your Son. Yet, so often, we get it wrong, like putting on a coat inside out.
However, never doubt that we do love You, we do seek You, and we do trust You. Grant that we may love all that You command. Amen.
Genesis 1:26, Romans 8:29, Colossians 3:10


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