February 6, 2012

This is the Hebrew month of Sh’vat. The Hebrew letter TZADIK symbolizes the “righteous one.” The following scripture is the first use of Jehovah Tzidkenu, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, in scripture.

Jeremiah 23:5-8 (NIV)
“The days are coming,” declares the LORD,
“when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called:
The LORD Our Righteous Savior.

“So then, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when people will no longer say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ but they will say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ Then they will live in their own land.”

Thank you for your plan of salvation, dear Lord.

Mark 1:35 and John 7:37-52

February 6, 2012

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, he went out and departed to a solitary place; and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
      A word received: Look at my preparation: time alone with my father in prayer. I want my people to be prepared for service. Time alone with my father in prayer is the preparation I want for them.

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. (John 7:37)
      Jesus, I thirst and I come to you; please help me drink of you.

He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38 )
      Lord, I believe; help my unbelief. Let your rivers of living water flow out of my heart.

But this he spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:39)
      Jesus, glorify yourself by what you do with your Holy Spirit in my heart.

Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” So there was a division among the people because of him. Now some of them wanted to take him, but no one laid hands on him. Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought him?” The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!” (John 7:40-46)
      Jesus, speak to the people of this diocese. Speak as only you can speak in simplicity to our hearts.

Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in him?” (John 7:47-48 )
      Lord, “wisdom is proved right by her deeds.” (Matthew 11:19) You won’t dance to the tune of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church and so they reject you and your ways.

“But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” (John 7:49)
      Father, those who are wise in the wisdom of this age hold your little ones in contempt. I remember Fr. Hio say, “If it takes a Ph. D. to understand your theology, it is almost certainly heretical.”

Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, “Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?” They answered and said to him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee.” (John 7:50-52)
      Holy Spirit, raise up godly men and women who will teach your people as Jesus taught. Thank you.

A word received at Christ Church Schenectady 2/5/12: Look upon Me — see what I did for you — know what I did for you — take it in. How are you going to respond? Ask Me, come to Me, I will show you the way. I have always shown you the way. Trust me.

Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Gen. 25:19-34: Heb. 13:1-16: John 7:37-52
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Gen. 26:1-6,12-33: Heb. 13:17-25: John 7:53-8:11

      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 1:40-45; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 2 Kings 5:1-15b; Psalm 42:1-7).

***** Date: Sun, 05 Feb 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      A broken person suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) formally Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) once told me, in her own startled revelation, “I may have lots of parts but I only have one soul.” It was a good reminder that in the fragmented life some people lead because of trauma, there is single common ground with Christ the healer. The multiplicity that some live with is actually anchored in our Lord. In all their confusion, Jesus is still at the heart of the matter. What a moment of healing that was. Jesus said. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God trust also in me. ” John14:1

Albany Intercessor

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