Another parable he put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘” (Matthew 13:24-30)
Lord Jesus, you alone know who are the wheat and who are the tares. Please help us by your Holy Spirit that we will not rush to judgment — that we will leave judgment in your hands. Help us to have discernment of the move and fruit of your Spirit in people’s lives.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, (1 Timothy 4:1-2)
Father, we cry out to you for all those who have departed from the faith that you will find a way to bring them back to Jesus.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
Holy Spirit, please help us train up the children you have given us in our families, our parishes, and our communities, so that they will not depart from the Way when they are older. Please bless with your active presence the ministry to youth and children at the Diocesan Convention.Thank you.
The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish; and the enemies of the Lord, Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away. (Psalm 37:18-20)
Jesus, thank you that we are in your hands. Thank you for giving us a good inheritance with your saints. We pray that we in this diocese will not need to be ashamed when times are evil, because you will guide us day by day with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.
Thursday: 37:19-42; Proverbs 21:30-22:6; 1 Timothy 4:1-16; Matthew 13:24-30
Friday: 35; Proverbs 23:19-21,29-24:2 1 Timothy 5:17-22(23-25) Matthew 13:31-35
Notes from the Front Line
“G.F. Handel: Messiah: Worthy Is The Lamb…. Amen” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eY_4iGel14