John 14:1-4

April 12, 2010

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me.” (John 14:1)
      Oh happy day, Jesus, when you washed my sins away! Thank you for caring for me and coming into my life. Thank you for daily reminding me of your father’s love for me.

“In my father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)
      Father, thank you that there is a place for me in your presence. Thank you for holding me in your arms and loving me.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:3)
      Jesus, you are the king of my heart. Thank you that I can be with you forever. Thank you for being with me now.

“And where I go you know, and the way you know.” (John 14:4)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for guiding my steps each day. Lead me on and bring me into the fullness of the kingdom of God. Thank you.

Monday: 4, 7; Exodus 14:21-31; 1 Peter 1:1-12; John 14:(1-7)8-17
Tuesday: 10, 11; Exodus 15:1-21; 1 Peter 1:13-25; John 14:18-31

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      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2010 7:32 p.m.
From: SisterMaryElizabeth
Subject: Mother Miriam’s surgery in the morning
Torre and Jean–
      Mother Miriam’s cardiac surgery is rescheduled for 7:30 a.m. in the morning. We thank all our Diocesan friends for their prayers.
      God bless you all!
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM      Myra Andresen gives her testimony about the power of the the Holy Spirit in her life at Christ Church Schenectady, NY      Louise Popa and Ben Carlson lead us in the Sanctus at Christ Church Schenectady, NY

Albany Intercessor

Fourth Global South to South meeting

April 12, 2010

The meeting begins April 19 in Singapore, which means “Lion City” in Sanskrit.
I’ve been thinking about the scriptural accounts of the town of Bethany lately. It was there that Mary and Martha ministered to Jesus, at great risk; that Jesus dined with Simon the leper; that Jesus was anointed; that Lazarus was raised; that the triumphant procession began nearby; and that the ascension took place. Surely there was an open heaven over this site.

Oh, Lion of the tribe of Judah,
Would that we could see with Your eyes and know with Your heart how to pray for the Fourth South to South Encounter in Singapore. Would that our ministrations, our courage, our prayers, our faith, and our praise would open a heavenly portal over that meeting. Would that You would devour any demonic spirits in operation there. Would that the glory of heaven would fill their hearts.
Lion of the tribe of Judah, come to “Lion City.” Amen.

A personal update

April 12, 2010

Thank you for the prayers for my husband while he underwent surgery for colon cancer. It has been an amazing spiritual experience; we had never been the recipient of so many prayers at once. George went through surgery without complications and will commence chemotherapy in a few weeks.
We’ve experienced almost no anxiety. At our two neediest moments, when we faltered, God sent an Afro-American pastor friend in through the door. George looked up and said, “God sent the A-team.”
It is hard to describe the serenity—rather like floating on a raft down a slow-moving river or like a small child held close to a parent’s bosom. Our God is indeed gracious. —Jill Woodliff

Sudan election update

April 12, 2010

The election has commenced. Prayers can be found here.

“The legal environment for free and fair elections does not exist,” Fouad Hikmat of the International Crisis Group states in a briefing paper on Darfur. “The international community should acknowledge that whoever wins will lack legitimacy.”
Nearly 2.7 million people are displaced in Darfur and a large number of Darfur refugees are in Chad, while the conflict continues to directly affect two million more . . .
In the South, according to the UN, at least 450 civilians have been killed and 40,000 displaced in inter-communal violence since the beginning of the year, bringing the total number of newly displaced people in that region to 440,000.

Another article:

With the SPLM candidate out of the way, the writing on the wall stands out ever more clearly: Bashir will win the presidential election.
Not because the Sudanese leader is popular, but because he controls the key instruments of power – the army and the plain-clothes security organs in the north – which he has been manipulating since he seized power in a military coup in 1989.
Opposition parties began taking claims of rigging seriously after it emerged on Apr. 1 that Sudan’s presidential ballots had been printed in Khartoum, the capital – at a firm controlled by the ruling NCP – instead of in South Africa as agreed earlier.
Bashir also controls the state media – radio and television – and uses state funds and other resources such as helicopters and vehicles for his campaign. The majority of Sudan’s more than 80 opposition political parties have no access to such advantages. . .
Even before the voting begins on Apr. 11, a confident Bashir has already announced his next move. He will start campaigning for the unity of the country immediately after the elections.
“There will be no separation. Our people in the south will vote for unity voluntarily, through their own will,” Bashir said during a campaign in Sinjah, a town in eastern Sudan, on Apr. 1.
Bashir’s imminent consolidation of power is worrying northern opposition parties. With the south disinterested in the elections and focusing on the referendum, they feel let down by the electoral process.

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