Then he came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?” But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. And he sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:33-35)
Holy Spirit, please help us know the desires of our hearts for what they are and bring them into alignment with what Jesus desires for us.
Then he took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when he had taken him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one of these little children in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” (Mark 9:36-37)
Father, please help us receive every child and every baby Christian you send us; help us take them into our arms and into our fellowship with the love that Jesus has for them.
Now John answered him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in my name can soon afterward speak evil of me. For he who is not against us is on our side.” (Mark 9:38-40)
Jesus, the question is not, “Are they following us?” but “Are they following you?” Please help us get past blind denominationalism and see and recognize with joy all those who follow you. Help us daily enter into fellowship with all our brothers and sisters in the kingdom. Thank you.
Monday: 35; Exodus 4:10-20(21-26)27-31 1 Corinthians 14:1-19; Mark 9:30-41
Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, ; Exodus 5:1-6:1; 1 Corinthians 14:20-33a, 39-40; Mark 9:42-50
Notes from the Front Line
***** One of the most exciting things we saw last week while in Northern Ireland is The Dock Church. This is a new initiative to reach the Titanic Quarter of the city of Belfast. The area where the ship Titanic was built had deteriorated into rubble and ruin. It is now an area of exciting re-development with new business buildings, a metropolitan college, apartments and much more. This is a section of the city with no churches. A young Church of Ireland (Anglican) clergyman, Chris Bennett is heading up this ministry. Check out the web site: http://www.thedockchurch.org/
This ministry is intended to include other denominations as a way of making a new beginning from the “Troubles” of the recent past. There are several delightful videos you can look at. Please pray for this ministry.
***** Please pray for Bishop Bill and Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina and the other faithful bishops attending the House of Bishops meeting this weekend.