Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope, (1 Timothy 1:1)
Jesus, thank you for the apostolic ministry you have raised up in this diocese.
To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Timothy 1:2)
Father, please help us receive your Spirit of adoption and become true sons of yours who abide in your grace, mercy and peace.
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia–remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, (1 Timothy 1:3)
Father. please bless Bishop Bill as he guides the clergy of this diocese so that they teach no other doctrine than the faith that once for all which was given to the saints.
nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. (1 Timothy 1:4)
Jesus, please help us avoid disputes that tear down and do not built up.
Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, (1 Timothy 1:5)
Jesus, please help us live out your commandment of love with a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith.
from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, (1 Timothy 1:6)
Holy Spirit, guide all those who have strayed back into the flock.
desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. (1 Timothy 1:7)
Father, please bless the teaching ministry in this diocese. Let it be begun, continued, and ended in Jesus who is our rock.
But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, (1 Timothy 1:8 )
Jesus, please show us how to live out the teachings of the Torah.
knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, (1 Timothy 1:9)
Holy Spirit, help us recognize where we are lawless and insubordinate so that we can turn to Jesus in repentance.
for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, (1 Timothy 1:10)
Father, please help the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church recognize that those who practice these things will not inherit your kingdom.
according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust. (1 Timothy 1:11)
Jesus, thank you for the glorious gospel which you have committed to our trust.
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, (1 Timothy 1:12)
Jesus, thank you for taking me from the path that I was on as a youth and setting me on this path of the gospel.
although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. (1 Timothy 1:13)
Father, you know the words that come out of my mouth: cleanse my heart, my mind, and my tongue so that I will only utter words of love and truth.
And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 1:14)
Jesus, thank you for yourabundant grace, faith and love.
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15)
Holy Spirit, please help us recognize our daily need for Jesus’ saving help in our lives.
However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on him for everlasting life. (1 Timothy 1:16)
Father, thank you for the pattern of mercy we see in the life of Paul.
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17)
Amen and Amen.
Monday: 9, 15; Proverbs 10:1-12; 1 Timothy 1:1-17; Matthew 12:22-32
Tuesday: 36, 39; Proverbs 15:16-33; 1 Timothy 1:18-2:8; Matthew 12:33-42
Notes from the Front Line
“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f7tx25O9XM
***** David Maryea raps about his experience of pain being his ‘comfort zone’ and how Jesus is bringing him out of that. David was baptized at Christ Church Schenectady Easter eve. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZy5UDLftnc
***** Torre Bissell tells about the impact of the Holy Spirit on his praying and reading the Bible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuHWYuPRbn8