2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

May 7, 2010

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
      Jesus, thank you for choosing us and calling us to sanctification by the Holy Spirit and the truth. Help us express our love for one another and walk in your ways.

to which he called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 2:14)
      Father, help us enter into the glory of your son Jesus.

Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. (2 Thessalonians 2:15)
      Holy Spirit, please help us stand fast and hold to the teaching of the apostolic fathers — keep us from being blown about by every shifting wind of doctrine that comes and goes in the church and in the culture today.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
      Amen and Amen. Thank you for your working in our lives. Thank you for the way you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are calling the people of this diocese to a renewed life in you. Amen and thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my grace among the poor of the land.
      Pray for my mercy and peace for them.
      Pray that they will know my sheltering arms.
      Pray that my people will treat the alien and the stranger among them as I would.

Friday: 106:19-48; Leviticus 23:1-22; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17; Matthew 7:1-12
Saturday: 23, 27; Leviticus 23:23-44; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18; Matthew 7:13-21

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AezOmQ8vDk&feature=channel

***** Pray for the Diocesan Convention:
      Pray for good weather
      Pray there will be no black flies, mosquitoes, bears, or other unwanted wild life
      Pray for the Lord’s covering of the business meeting
      Pray for the Lord’s covering and anointing on the healing service
      Pray for wisdom and discernment and your word, Lord, for all those who minister at the Diocesan Convention.

Albany Intercessor

Quotable: JC Ryle – How to read the Bible

May 7, 2010

A great set of suggestions to help us grow in reading / applying Scripture:

1) Read the Bible with an earnest desire to understand it.

2) Read the Scriptures with a simple, childlike faith and humility.

3) Read the Word with a spirit of obedience and self-application.

4) Read the Holy Scriptures everyday.

5) Read the whole Bible and read it an orderly way.

6) Read the Word of God fairly and honestly.

7) Read the Bible with Christ constantly in view.

~ J.C. Ryle

Practical Religion, “Bible Reading”, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1998], 131-33.

From here. h/t Trevin Wax, Kingdom People

A Prayer for Evening – Jeremy Taylor

May 7, 2010
Visit, I beseech Thee, O Lord, this habitation with Thy mercy, and me with Thy grace and salvation. Let Thy holy angels pitch their tents round about and dwell here, that no illusion of the night may abuse me, the spirits of darkness may not come near to hurt me, no evil or sad accident oppress me; and let the eternal Spirit of the Father dwell in my soul and body, filling every corner of my heart with light and grace. Let no deed of darkness overtake me; and let Thy blessing, most blessed God, be upon me for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
… Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), Holy Living [1650], in The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. III, London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1847, p. 40 (see the book; see also Isa. 9:2; Eph. 5:11; more at BlessingGraceLightMercyPrayers,SalvationSecurity)
From Eric Swensson’s Awakenings blog

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