Virginia

March 24, 2010

We are praying for our nation, one state a week. This recounts the first legislative assembly in the US:

The 22 burgesses, together with Governor Yeardley and the Council, met on July 30, 1619 in the church at Jamestown, because it was “the most convenient place . . . they could finde to sitt in.” . . .
The weather was unbearably hot and humid, and one burgess died during the session; nevertheless, the assembly did manage to cover several items on the agenda during its brief, six-day meeting. . . . the assembly approved the “greate Charter” of 1618, which had allowed for its creation. Next, the assembly adopted measures against drunkenness, idleness, and gambling. . . . On August 3, the assembly discussed “a thirde sorte of laws suche as might proceed out of every man’s priviate conceipt.” Here lies the power of the individual burgess to initiate legislation, and not simply to pass those laws proposed from above. The burgesses initiated and passed more legislation regulating relations with the Indians and the personal affairs of the colonists. The assembly even passed a law requiring compulsory church attendance. . . .

O Father,
We pray that the relationships of the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia and of our nation will be grounded in You. Amen.

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Lent: Questions for the heart

March 24, 2010

Over at the blog Grace & Peace I found a list of “35 X-ray questions for the heart” – a great resource for Lenten self-examination, and a spiritual inventory any time!

Here are the first 10 questions

Examine the following questions and ponder your heart for the existent idols and then crush the idols of our heart before they crush you.

  1. What do you love? Hate?
  2. What do you want, desire, crave, lust, and wish for? What desires do you serve and obey?
  3. What do you seek, aim for, and pursue?
  4. Where do you bank your hopes?
  5. What do you fear? What do you not want? What do you tend to worry about?
  6. What do you feel like doing?
  7. What do you think you need? What are your ‘felt needs’?
  8. What are your plans, agendas, strategies, and intentions designed to accomplish?
  9. What makes you tick? What sun does your planet revolve around? What do you organize your life around?
  10. Where do you find refuge, safety, comfort, escape, pleasure, and security?

The full entry is here.

These questions originally come from Pastor Scott Thomas at Acts 29 Network.


Psalm 128

March 24, 2010

Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways. (Psalm 128:1)
      Jesus, please help us walk with you day by day.

When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. (Psalm 128:2)
      Holy Spirit, let the work that we do bear fruit for the kingdom of God.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all around your table. (Psalm 128:3)
      Father, thank you for the ways you have blessed us as a family.

Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. (Psalm 128:4)
      Father, help us grow into the men, the husbands, the fathers, the women, the wives, the mothers you are calling us to be. Help us so fear to offend you that we daily enter your blessing.

The LORD bless you out of Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life. (Psalm 128:5)
      Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
      May they prosper that love you.
      Peace be inside your city walls and prosperity within your palaces.
      And for the sake of my brothers and companions, I will say,
      “Peace be with you.”
      Because of the house of the LORD our God,
      I will seek to do you good. (See Psalm 122)

Yes, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel! (Psalm 128:6)
      We pray for your peace for all your children, Father, and we pray that our children and theirs that they will all be drawn to you. Please cover them all with the blood of Jesus. Thank you.

Wednesday: 128, 129, 130; Exodus 7:8-24; 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6; Mark 10:1-16
Thursday: 140, 142; Exodus 7:25-8:19; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Mark 10:17-31

Albany Intercessor


NEVER GIVE IN

March 24, 2010

      Words received for a Sunday School lesson in April.

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9) A word received: I long for my people to ask of me what I want to give them — I want to give more of myself to them.

“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Luke 11:10) A word received: Come to me, I AM waiting for you. Knock and I will open the door to you.

“If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?” (Luke 11:11) A word received: I long for you to know my father’s heart of love; I long for you to receive what he offers. Come to him in hope and trust and ask for more of the Holy Spirit.

“Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?” (Luke 11:12) A word received: I want you to know the truth about my father and his love for you. Pray that you will not be deceived by the lies of the world about my father and his love for you.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13) A word received: Come to me, receive the living water I offer you. Turn to me in your hunger and thirst and I will satisfy you with my Holy Spirit.

Tuesday: 124, 125, 126, [127]; Exodus 5:1-6:1; 1 Corinthians 14:20-33a, 39-40; Mark 9:42-50
Wednesday: 128, 129, 130; Exodus 7:8-24; 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6; Mark 10:1-16

Check out what the Lord has said to us in the Sunday School Lessons which have been posted on http://christchurchsundayschool.blogspot.com/.

      Notes from the Front Line: when Fr. Nigel was VERY near death.

      NEVER GIVE IN

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      This picture shows Lynn and Nigel in the coma.

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      Nigel in the coma with a very high fever.

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      Please find attached photo of my sister Julie Sheldon and Ulf in Sweden.
Please pray for Ulf who has had Dystonia since he was 12. The Lord is
healing him very slowly. People around him are coming to know the Lord
because of his healing. My sister and I went to Sweden to pray for him.
It was quite the home visit I can say!

God bless you all… it is SO good to be back… THANKS BE TO GOD.

Albany Intercessor


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