But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” (Matthew 3:7)
Lord Jesus, have mercy on the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church and turn our hearts into your ways; help us flee from the wrath that is to come.
“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,” (Matthew 3:8 )
Holy Spirit, do that work in all of us: help us bear the fruit of repentance.
“and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.” (Matthew 3:9)
Father, give us hearts of flesh in place of the stony hearts we so often have. Help us become by faith in Jesus children of Abraham.
“And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 3:10)
Holy Spirit, please help all those who have wandered away from the flock to recognize the peril they are in and return to Jesus.
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11)
Jesus, please baptize us anew with your Holy Spirit and with fire. Burn away everything that keeps us from you.
“His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:12)
A word received (11/18/2006): Pray for the day of my threshing. Pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Pray for my little ones who are being led astray by lies. Pray for my will to be done.
Lord, we pray for your little ones: that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Thank you.
A word received: Pray for the many who have not heard my gospel — my good news. Pray for hearts that are open to my word.
Tuesday: 36, 39; Exodus 19:1-16; Colossians 1:1-14; Matthew 3:7-12
Wednesday: 119:25-48; Exodus 19:16-25; Colossians 1:15-23; Matthew 3:13-17
Notes from the Front Line
Check out “If we’ve ever needed the Lord before, we sure do need him now.” by St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Los Angeles (a 78 rpm record): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m9x-cT7cKs
***** Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010
From: Dan Herzog
Subject: The United Diocese of Down And Dromore (Church of Ireland – Anglican/Episcopal) http://www.downanddromore.org/index.cfm?do=news&newsid=1105
[Note from Torre: these videos are well worth watching. Jean and I have enormous respect for Chris Bennett.]