1 Thessalonians:10-12 and Isaiah 1:24-31

November 30, 2010

You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians:10-12)
      Holy Father, please help us walk worthy of your grace; help us answer your call into your kingdom. Father, thank you for your apostolic ministers who have been models for us of Jesus’ love and humility. Please help us to be faithful and effective witnesses to your grace. Thank you.

Therefore the Lord says, the Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, “Ah, I will rid myself of my adversaries, and take vengeance on my enemies. I will turn my hand against you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your alloy. I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.” (Isaiah 1:24-26)
      Jesus, please come among us with your justice and mercy and righteousness. Please restore our civic life to the holiness you desire in us and for us.

Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her penitents with righteousness. The destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together, and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed. For they shall be ashamed of the terebinth trees which you have desired; and you shall be embarrassed because of the gardens which you have chosen. For you shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fades, and as a garden that has no water. The strong shall be as tinder, and the work of it as a spark; both will burn together, and no one shall quench them. (Isaiah 1:27-31)
      Holy Spirit, we have become an unwatered garden; come soon and refresh us. Move throughout this diocese and cleanse and renew us. Move our hearts to reach out to the lost and the least. We pray for your little ones that they will find a home and a shelter near your altar. (See Psalm 84:3)

A word received: Pray for my people to hold steady in me.

Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Isaiah 1:21-31; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Luke 20:9-18
Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Isaiah 2:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20; Luke 20:19-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010
From: Forest Rittgers
Subject: Amazing at Seaway Mall in Welland
Here’s another one.
Forest
      Here’s something to start off your Holiday season…..I hope you enjoy this wonderful piece of Handel’s Messiah performed in a food court in Australia! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE

***** Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: correction
I correct my comment: “There is nothing in the mall that you can buy for your soul.” I am wrong! There is one thing in the mall that you can buy for your soul, and that is found in a book shop: “The Bible.”
Be well, God bless you, Fr, Nigel+

Albany Intercessor

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Testimonies from the Internet

November 30, 2010

Testimony of healing of myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.)
Testimony of healing of blind Muslim man in Mozambique through missionary Heidi Baker’s ministry
Testimony of healing of an addiction
Testimony of healing of autism
Testimony of healing of autism
Testimony of healing of schizophrenia


Agents of blessing

November 30, 2010

Our Father in heaven,
Holy Scripture teaches us that if we ask anything according to Your will, You hear us and give us what we ask. Yet, how are we to pray?
A day is like a thousand years to You, and a thousand years is like a day. Your thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are Your ways our ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are Your ways higher than our ways and Your thoughts than our thoughts.
Open our eyes and our ears to receive Your Holy Spirit, so that we may understand what You have freely given us. Teach us to lay aside the natural things and pick up the eternal things of the Spirit. Teach us to ask not in words taught by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, Spirit-taught words grounded on spiritual realities.
You are the King, the Lord of hosts, and we are a people of unclean lips. Wash our tongues and make them clean. Use our words as agents of blessing.
Forgive us for our stinging words–words of cynicism and judgmentalism. Forgive us for our cutting words–words of anger and hate. Forgive us for words that imprison–words that lie and words spoken in ignorance.
Grant us words of forgiveness and charity, of truth and light. Fill our mouth with words that point to Jesus–He is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Amen.
1 John 5:14-15, 2 Peter 3:8, Isaiah 55:8, 1 Corinthians 2:12-13, Isaiah 6:5, 1:16


Wyoming

November 29, 2010

The largest coal mine in the USA is Black Thunder located near Wright, Wyoming.

Father, we pray that Your dunamis power will break loose and flow from Wyoming over the United States of America. Amen.


SHOUT

November 29, 2010

Isaiah 40:9-11 (New Living Translation)
O Zion, messenger of good news,
shout from the mountaintops!
Shout it louder, O Jerusalem.
Shout, and do not be afraid.
Tell the towns of Judah,
“Your God is coming!”
Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power.
He will rule with a powerful arm.
See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.

In an earlier post, I commented on the pattern of high praise followed by God’s governance. This Advent passage follows the same theme, the shouts of God’s coming followed by His appearance in power.

Lord Jesus,
In Your temptation, the devil took You to a very high mountain and showed You all the kingdoms of the earth in their splendor. You proclaimed from that high mountain,”Worship the Lord Your God and serve Him only.”
We join our voices to the angels and say

Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!

We shout it louder,

AMEN!
PRAISE AND GLORY
AND WISDOM AND THANKS AND HONOR
AND POWER AND STRENGTH
BE TO OUR GOD FOR EVER AND EVER.
AMEN!

Come, Lord Jesus. Come to Joseph, Sally, Chris, Lauren, Gaenor, Mark, Samuel, Erin, Isabella, Christy, Nick, Alan, and David. Come in power and bring Your reward to them. Feed them, carry them, and hold them close to Your heart. Amen.
Matthew 4:8-10, Revelation 7:12


Luke 20:1-8

November 29, 2010

One day, as he was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” (Luke 20:1-2)
      Lord Jesus Christ, please help the chief priests and elders of the Episcopal Church to recognize and accept your authority and the authority of your Father who sent you. We ask you to move in the life of the congregations of this diocese and preach and teach the gospel among us. Thank you.

He answered them, “I also will ask you a question; now tell me, Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?” (Luke 20:3-4)
      Holy Spirit, help us hear and respond to your call to repentance. Thank you.

And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us; for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know whence it was. (Luke 20:5-7)
      Father, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to stop their weasel word answers. We ask as Elijah, your prophet asked the people, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.” (1 Kings 18:21)

And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” (Luke 20:8 )
      Jesus, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church hear your warning to the church of the Laodiceans: “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16)

A word received: Bless what I AM doing among you.

Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Isaiah 1:10-20; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Luke 20:1-8
Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Isaiah 1:21-31; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Luke 20:9-18

      Notes from the Front Line

***** For the redemption of their souls is costly, (Psalm 49:8a)
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: soul healing, a shared thought.
“There is nothing in the mall that you can buy for your soul.”
      I am writing a chapter in my new book and that verse just came to me. The chapter is titled “Therapy” The book is titled, “Post Trauma Healing.”
Be well, God bless you, Fr, Nigel+

***** His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful – Carroll Roberson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7nGuo5ti-M
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoPlwPUYWaw
Praise, my soul the King of heaven http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyRIVbdsi4c&feature=channel
Thine is the Glory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK0I9vj2QlI
Hark the herald angels sing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCt1s44cfMM&feature=channel

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
“Hymn For Christmas Day”
Words: Hark How All The Welkin Rings, Charles Wesley (1707-1788 ), Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739
Amended by
George Whitfield (1714-1770), 1753
Martin Madan (1726-1790), 1760
And Others

Music: “Mendelssohn,” Felix Mendelssohn, 1840, as part of a cantata honoring printer Johann Gutenberg titled “Festgesant” (“Festival Song”) [and specifically “Gott ist Licht” (“God is Light”)] Arranged by William Hayman Cummings; first presented Christmas Day, 1855

Lyrics:

1. Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise.
Join the triumph of the skies.
With angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King.”

2. Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ the everlasting lord
Late in time behold him come,
Off-spring of the virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail th’ incarnate deity
Pleased as Man with men to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.
Hark the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born king!”

3. Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace,
Hail, the Son of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His throne on high,
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born king.

4. Come, Desire of nations come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Oh, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born king;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King!”

5. Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the Life, the inner man:
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Alternate Third Verse

3. Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that men no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Risen with healing in his wings,
Light and life to all he brings,
Hail! The Sun of Righteousness!
Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn king.

Alternate Fourth Verses

4. Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conquering Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Now display thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

4. Come, Desire of nations come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the Woman’s conquering Seed,
Bruise in us the Serpent’s head.
Adam’s likeness now efface:
Stamp Thine image in its place;
Second Adam, from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,
Glory to the Newborn King.

4. Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conquering seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface;
Stamp Thy likeness in its place;
Oh, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.

Albany Intercessor


Wyoming

November 28, 2010

The Bighorn River is a tributary of the Yellowstone, approximately 461 miles long, in the western United States in the states of Wyoming and Montana. The upper reaches of the Bighorn, south of the Owl Creek Mountains in Wyoming, are known as the Wind River. The two rivers are sometimes referred to as the Wind/Bighorn. The Wind River officially becomes the Bighorn River at the Wedding of the Waters, on the north side of the Wind River Canyon.

Father, send Your Holy Spirit and Your full authority down the Bighorn valley. Revive this state and make her Your bride. Amen.


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