March 19, 2010

From the state constitution:

Article 1, Section 17:
That religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence;

Ephesians 1:17-19 MSG

I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!

Oh, make it so in the state of Virginia, Lord.  Send forth Your spirit of revelation upon this people.  Amen.

The gospel seed

March 19, 2010

Dear Heavenly Father,
Your children in Sudan carry the seed of the gospel in their spirits. Keep the fowls of the air, the predators of the unseen realm, from devouring Your children. We declare life in the seed of the gospel in Sudan. May it germinate, prosper, and yield a harvest, thirty-fold, sixty-fold, and a hundred-fold. Amen.
Matthew 13:3-8

Lent Quotes: Jesus embraced the cross with His whole heart

March 19, 2010

Last Friday (Mar. 12), Victor Hoagland had an interesting reflection on Mark 12:28-34 (Jesus’ command to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength), and how the Cross was the fulfillment of Christ’s love.  It’s a great reminder as we get closer to Good Friday.

We  should expect to hear about love on a lenten friday. Believers, of course, recall the passion of Jesus on all the fridays of the year, but the lenten fridays are special days to prepare for the Friday called Good.

On this day the great commandment Jesus preached was fulfilled in a striking way. Historians, scholars, artists approach the mystery of his passion and death from so many perspectives. The gospels and Christian tradition dwell on it in great detail. It is a fascinating conclusion to a fascinating life.

But the question Why did Jesus suffer such a death? can only be answered by  recognizing it as his response to the command of love. Jesus accepted the cross with love for his heavenly Father and love for us, who were there when he was crucified.

The cross was not something Jesus endured, he embraced  it with his whole heart, his whole mind and all his strength. At his cross, we stand before Love.

Read the whole post “Love on a Friday” here.

South Carolina diocese

March 19, 2010

The diocesan newsletter has requested prayers for Bishop Lawrence for the House of Bishops meeting, which commences Friday.

Excerpts from Leviticus 26
Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.
Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the LORD.
If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands . . . . I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.

Dear Heavenly Father,
May the fame of Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina be the presence of God. Amen.

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