January 30, 2012

Bethel is located in the West Bank. El-bethel means God of Bethel.

Genesis 35:6,7,14 (NIV)
Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother. . . . Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it.

Triune Lord, You are the God of Bethel.

US drought

January 30, 2012

A US drought map may be found here.

Proverbs 3:19-20 (NIV)
By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in place;
by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.

Father in heaven,
You are the God of hydrology, meteorology, and ecology, the Creator of heaven and earth. Your knowledge and understanding extends to every dimension and realm, both seen and unseen.
Have mercy on us, for we are arrogant and sinful. Have mercy on us for we do not perceive the unseen. If the drought-stricken land is cursed due to our sinfulness, then we humbly ask You to reveal to the Body of Christ what must be done.
Stir the hearts of the people in the drought-stricken area to read Holy Scripture. No drought of God’s Word!
Teach us how to pray so that our nation can come into a right relationship with You. You are our heart’s desire.
We pray for restoration of faith and hope. We speak love to the drought-stricken land and atmosphere. We declare a double portion of love and blessings to Texas.
We bless the processes of evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation, and collection. We bless the the wind and the clouds, the sun and the moon. We bless the land and every body of water in the drought-stricken areas. We bless the governments, the farmers, the churches, the businesses, the media, the schools, and the arts and entertainment. We bless the families.
Let it rain, Lord. Let it rain. Amen.

John 6:26-29

January 30, 2012

Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.” (John 6:26)
      Holy Spirit, please help us understand our motives in turning to Jesus and desire him with the understanding that only you can give.

“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal on him.” (John 6:27)
      Jesus, please help us labor for what is enduring to everlasting life.

      Father, you set the seal of your Holy Spirit upon Jesus. Seal us with that same Spirit. I know that Jesus received the Holy Spirit without measure and that I cannot because of the sin in my life and my fallen nature, but I ask for as much of your Spirit as I can receive. Thank you.

Then they said to him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he sent.” (John 6:28-29)
      Father, please help us believe in Jesus whom you have sent to us.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Gen. 19:1-17(18-23)24-29: Heb. 11:1-12: John 6:27-40
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Gen. 21:1-21: Heb. 11:13-22: John 6:41-51

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Mark 1:29-39; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; 2 Kings 4:(8-17)18-21(22-31); Psalm 142).

***** Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2012 06:12:37 -0500
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote
      Brethren try to focus on the good in people. Actively look for the positive and kind things about others. Try not to put people down, either to someone’s face or behind their back, even in you mind. Get out of that habit please. If you hear someone putting someone down do not be drawn into the conversation. “No” is a complete sentence! Philippians 4: 8 writes; “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

[Note from Torre on Nigel’s quote: Some years ago a pastor put me onto this verse: For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. (2 Corinthians 10:12) His free translation was that “it is stupid to compare yourself with others. When you do that, someone almost always gets put down, and the person who usually gets put down is yourself.” He said, to me, “You are putting down someone that Jesus died for and that is a sin and you need to repent of that!”]

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2012
From: Ronnie O’Neill
Subject: Fw: Prayer update on “Y”
      Just in from Mark and Liz: Hi all, quick update on “Y” whom many of you have been praying for. As some will have heard in church this morning; “Y” is still in protective care and rehabilitaion, however we’ve heard in the past couple of days that her younger sister who had been sold into the brothel to replace “Y” has been rescued and is now also in protective care – praise the Lord and thank you for your prayers!!! Her mother has alos been found work that provides some income and should reduce the risk of other “Y”‘s other siblings being sold. Thanks to you all once again for your prayers and to God for his mercy, grace and protection. Cheers and God bless, Mark and Liz…

Albany Intercessor

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