“For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.” (John 3:34)
Jesus, let the river of your Spirit flow through our parishes and this diocese. Help all whom you have sent to minister in this diocese speak the words of God.
“The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.” (John 3:35)
Father, thank you that we are in your hands.
“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)
Holy Spirit, please help us believe in Jesus with all our heart and mind and soul and strength, to trust his word to us, and to enter into everlasting life with him. Holy Spirit, move the hearts of those who are stuck in unbelief so that God’s wrath will be removed from them.
Praying the Apostles’ Creed
The holy Catholick Church;
Thank you for your church, Jesus; please help it to be a true vessel of your gospel in all places and in all times.
A word received: In all your journeys I am with you.
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Gen. 9:18-29: Heb. 6:1-12: John 3:22-36
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Gen. 11:1-9: Heb. 6:13-20: John 4:1-15
Notes from the Front Line
***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday (Mark 1:14-20. 1 Corinthians 7:17-23; Jeremiah 3:21-4:2; Psalm 130) so that you can receive all that God has for you.
***** Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
Seek joy. If joy has taken a hiatus in your life go look for it again. Be creative in hankering after joy. No one said you have to suck on a lemon to be a Christian! Job 8:21 (even Job!) writes: “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Brilliant!
***** Loving the Lord by John Henry Jowett, 1863-1923
The secret of life is to love the Lord our God, and our neighbours as ourselves. But how are we to love the Lord? We cannot manufacture love. We cannot love to order. We cannot by an act of the will command its appearing. No, not in these ways is love created. Love is not a work, it is a fruit. It grows in suitable soils, and it is our part to prepare the soils. When the conditions are congenial, love appears, just as the crocus and the snowdrop appear in the congenial air of the spring.
What, then, can we do? We can seek the Lord’s society. We can think about Him. We can fill our imaginations with the grace of His life and service. We can be much with Him, talking to Him in prayer, singing to Him in praise, telling Him our yearnings and confessing to Him our defeats. And love will be quietly born. For this is how love is born between heart and heart. Two people are “much together,” and love is born! And when we are much with the Lord, we are with One who already loves us with an everlasting love. We are with One who yearns for our love and who seeks in every way to win it. “We love Him because He first loved us.” And when we truly love God, every other kind of holy love will follow. Given the fountain, the rivers are sure.