Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

March 31, 2012

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 31, 2012, 9:25 – 10:305 a.m. Carol Baum, Torre Bissell and Margaret Teetz (Deaconal Intern from St. John’s Johnstown at Christ Church) and Mark Pasko from St. Michael’s Colonie.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+Jason — He asked prayer for his mom Jacqueline who lives on Long Island and has poor health.

+Wally, +Kathy, ++two sons — Wally asked prayer for healing of his knee.

+Bob — He just got out of prison (3 years). He confessed his sins and once again committed his life to Jesus and accepted God’s forgiveness. He asked prayer that he could establish a good relationship with his son.

+Horace — “Forgiveness.”

+Emmanuel (regular who has started coming to Christ Church) — He asked prayer for peace and joy.

Doug — “Love.”

William (regular from next door) — He asked prayers for his wife Iri and Jallah his step-son who will soon be traveling to Georgia.

+Rahla (young man) — “A job.”

Bill (regular) — He was recently in the hospital because of an epileptic seizure. He prayed that he would be protected from further seizures.

Kathy (regular) — We prayed she would know God’s love.

+Richard and +Mary — They came walking up the street shouting and angry with each other. We stopped them as they reached the prayer table and told them they needed prayer. Mary sat down in the chair rather sheepishly but Richard started to walk on. We told him forcefully that he needed prayer as well. We prayed for the two of them and they started to grin. They walked away holding hands.

+Doris — “Life in general.”

+Jim (rushing to work)

Pam and George (rushing by to catch the bus to Watervliet)

+Rizal (young man) — We prayed that he would walk in Jesus’ ways.

+Katrina and young son +Shawn — “Health and strength.”

+Charles (young man) — “For my family.”

+Augustine

+William — “For my mom and for my brother Robert.”

+Calestera (woman) — “Strength.”

Ron (walking by)


Mark 10:46-52

March 31, 2012

Now they came to Jericho. As he went out of jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. (Mark 10:46)
      Lord, we cry out to you for those who are blind — either physically or spiritually — that you will restore their sight. Please provide for all those who have been reduced to begging: move our hearts with compassion for them.

And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47)
      How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? (Romans 10:14-15a) Raise up and send forth many to preach you word so that the blind may receive their sight. Thank you.

Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:48 )
      Father, please hear the cries of your people. Don’t let their cries be stifled by well-meaning people who value decorum over healing and deliverance.

So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, he is calling you.” (Mark 10:49)
      Jesus, thank you for hearing the cries of Bartimaeus and our cries as well. Help us all respond to your bidding to be of good cheer and come to you for your blessing and healing. Come with your full power on the Healing Service at the Diocesan Convention in June.

And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:50)
      Holy Spirit, help us throw off everything that would impede our coming to Jesus.

So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” (Mark 10:51)
      Holy Spirit, bring us all to purity of heart so that we may see Jesus (see Matthew 5:8 ).

Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:52)
      Lord Jesus, as we receive our sight, help us follow you on the road you have chosen. Thank you.

Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 42, 43; Exod. 10:21-11:8: 2 Cor. 4:13-18: Mark 10:46-52
Palm Sunday: 24, 29 * 103; Zech. 9:9-12**: 1 Tim. 6:12-16**; Zech. 12:9-11,13:1,7-9***: Luke 19:41-48***
* For the Invitatory: ** Intended for use in the morning: *** Intended for use in the evening
Palm Sunday Holy Communion:
Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a
Liturgy of the Word: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11      Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72) 15:1-39(40-47)

      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 (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      I am writing in bed it is dark and 5.30am. My dog is dreaming as he leans against me. He is making such cute noises and shaking all over. I wonder what he is dreaming about. Sadly I shall never know. He was born the day before I came out of hospital. He reminds me of “abundant life” as he seems to have such fun and enjoys himself whatever is going on. I need to watch him more…

Albany Intercessor


A Lenten Confession: Forgive our indifference to the treasures of heaven

March 30, 2012

Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn and live.
Ezekiel 18:30-32

Confession

Almighty and most merciful Father, we are thankful that your mercy is higher than the heavens, wider than our wanderings, deeper than all our sin. Forgive our careless attitudes toward your purposes, our refusal to relieve the suffering of others, our envy of those who have more than we have, our obsession with creating a life of constant pleasure, our indifference to the treasures of heaven, our neglect of your wise and gracious law. Help us to change our way of life so that we may desire what is good, love what you love and do what you command, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From the March 26 Lenten Devotional at Christ Church Plano


Mark 10:32-35 and Sunday School Lesson

March 30, 2012

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then he took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to him: (Mark 10:32)
      Lord, so often this is our condition when we try to follow where you lead and we realize the things we might have to go through as we follow you. Set us free from the paralysis of fear.

      Holy Spirit, give us courage to daily fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life to which we are called. Help us with Timothy and all your saints to make the good confession of faith in every circumstance we find ourselves (see 1 Timothy 6:12).

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn him to death and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and scourge him, and spit on him, and kill him. And the third day he will rise again.” (Mark 10:33-34)
      Father you asked Jesus to go through this for our sakes. Thank you. Please help us go through whatever you ask of us for our sakes and the sake of others.

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” (Mark 10:35)
      Holy Spirit, please set us free from self-serving prayer. Thank you.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 25, April 1, 2012
Theme Verse: Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Readings: Mark 11:1-11a; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 45:21-25; Psalm 22:1-21
Memory Verse: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
In two Weeks John 20:19-31; 1 John 5:1-6 or Acts 3:12a,13-15,17-26; Acts 3:12a,13-15,17-26 or Isaiah 26:2-9,19; Psalm 111 or 118:19-24

A word received: I want to build you into the church I want. I AM the foundation and cornerstone. Look to me — let me build you up by my Holy Spirit and my word.

      Gospel: Mark 11:1-11a;
A word received: Join my people in praising me. I want Hosannas* that are from your heart. * Hosanna: oh save!; an exclamation of adoration

      Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11
A word received: Bow your knee at the mention of my name. Give honor (even in the midst of blasphemy) to my name.

      Old Testament: Isaiah 45:21-25
A word received: Ask how I want you to give honor to my name.

      Psalm: Psalm 22:1-21
A word received: Come to me. Come to the foot of my cross. Join my beloved disciple and my mother and the other women there.

Friday: 95* & 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Exod. 9:13-35: 2 Cor. 4:1-12: Mark 10:32-45
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 42, 43; Exod. 10:21-11:8: 2 Cor. 4:13-18: Mark 10:46-52

      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 (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Humility (Humus, earth) “A quality by which a person considering his own defects has a lowly opinion of himself and willingly submits himself to God and to others for God’s sake.” (New Advent Encyclopedia). In the words of St. Paul: “That we may know the things that are given us from God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12). In the words of St. Thomas: “The virtue of humility, consists in keeping oneself within one’s own bounds, not reaching out to things above one, but submitting to one’s superior. Bottom line: “He must become greater; I must become less” John 3:30

Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: We will remember…
      Thank you for being in Greenville, SC this past weekend. I am a Vietnam veteran and while I was not spit upon or verbally assaulted, I was totally ignored when I came back to the USA in 1969. You are the first person who said, “Welcome Home.” I will carry the medallion you placed in my hand to remind me of the healing or at least one of the remaining demons. Pastor George

Albany Intercessor


Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report

March 30, 2012

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 29, 2012, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, Richard Barratiere and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Rich — We prayed for his sister-in-law Flo’s visit. Flo is having marital problems.

Gary — Asked prayer for his son Chris, for Maggie who has pancreatic cancer (for a miracle of healing and deliverance form pain), for Marsha and Joanna his sisters, and for Debbie his wife.

+A man came up and asked for a cross (which he immediately put on) but didn’t want prayer.

+Thomas (young man) — He has newly joined the program at Schenectady City Mission. He asked prayer that he would be steady.

Peter (young man) — We prayed that he and his brothers who are in business together would continue praying together and making their decisions through common prayer.

+Terrence (man 50) — He appears to have had a botched knee replacement. His knee is swollen and red and very painful.

+Debbie (woman) — She asked prayer for her parents who are in the 80s. Her father has heart problems and chest pains and great anxiety about his wife, Debbie’s mother. Debbie’s mother has diabetes and perhaps Alzheimer’s.

+John and his son +Lester (about 10 or 12) — John is a single parent with Lester and ++two other sons. We prayed for wisdom, strength and guidance for him.

+Sharon — She has no money to pay the rent and power bill. Her son is unable to help her.

June — She has re-aggravated her right elbow again while doing some packing in preparation for moving to Delaware. We prayed that her friend there would find a place for them to live.


Lent Quote – Elisabeth Elliot: A poured-out life

March 29, 2012

We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others.
Elisabeth Elliot

(Note: I’ve seen this quote on several blog entries about suffering and brokenness, but none with the exact reference.  I know “ashes” and having “material for sacrifice” – offering up even our pain and longings and suffering to God – are frequent themes in Elisabeth Elliot’s writings, including her books “These Strange Ashes” and “Passion and Purity.”  If any of our readers can provide a more exact reference, I’d be glad to have it. – Karen)

***

Update:  it appears this quote might be from one of Elisabeth Elliot’s “Gateway to Joy” radio broadcasts


A Lent Poem: Barnfloor and Winepress

March 29, 2012

Another of the wonderful daily Lenten poems posted by the Rev. Patrick Comerford, canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, throughout Lent 2012

Barnfloor and Winepress, by Gerard Manley Hopkins

‘And he said, If the Lord do not help thee, whence shall I help thee?
Out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?’
– 2 Kings 6: 27.

Thou that on sin’s wages starvest,
Behold we have the joy in harvest:
For us was gather’d the first-fruits
For us was lifted from the roots,
Sheaved in cruel bands, bruised sore,
Scourged upon the threshing-floor;
Where the upper mill-stone roof’d His head,
At morn we found the heavenly Bread,
And on a thousand Altars laid,
Christ our Sacrifice is made!

Those whose dry plot for moisture gapes,
We shout with them that tread the grapes:
For us the Vine was fenced with thorn,
Five ways the precious branches torn;
Terrible fruit was on the tree
In the acre of Gethsemane;
For us by Calvary’s distress
The wine was rackèd from the press;
Now in our altar-vessels stored
Is the sweet Vintage of our Lord.

In Joseph’s garden they threw by
The riv’n Vine, leafless, lifeless, dry:
On Easter morn the Tree was forth,
In forty days reach’d Heaven from earth;
Soon the whole world is overspread;
Ye weary, come into the shade.

The field where he has planted us
Shall shake her fruit as Libanus,
When He has sheaved us in His sheaf,
When he has made us bear His leaf.—
We scarcely call that banquet food,
But even our Saviour’s and our blood,
We are so grafted on His wood.

Go read the full entry for a reflection on this poem and much interesting background about its writing.


Mark 10:17-27

March 29, 2012

Now as he was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.'” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:17-23)
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize where we have become captive to our possessions. Please help us find the freedom to use them for the building up of the kingdom of God.

And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! (Mark 10:24)
      Help us recognize the folly of trusting in anything but you Jesus. All of our savings and homes and possessions can be swept away in an instant — only you remain solid and unyielding.

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” (Mark 10:25-26)
      Father, please help us think in kingdom terms.

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27)
      Jesus, thank you for doing in me what I am unable to do in myself.

A word received: Hope in me. I AM your strength and your shield.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 140, 142; Exod. 7:25-8:19: 2 Cor. 3:7-18: Mark 10:17-31
Friday: 95* & 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Exod. 9:13-35: 2 Cor. 4:1-12: Mark 10:32-45

      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 (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of      the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      I often find myself quoting Dame Julian of Norwich (ca 8 November 1342 – ca. 1416) an English mystic who said, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” A quote suitable for today written about six hundred and years ago. Three hundred years before the founding of America! Words to ponder.

Albany Intercessor


Lent quotes: Living with a Holy Discontent, Thirsty for Tomorrow’s Wine

March 28, 2012

Hmmm.  I had no intention of posting 3 separate devotional entries this morning.  It just seems that all the blogs I’m browsing have posts on a similar theme – spiritual longing and living in the “not yet.”

Here’s an excerpt from today’s reflection at Godspace:

So therein lies our answer, somewhere between discontent and complacency is a third way, the way Jesus taught, the way which Paul imitated- a place characterized by contentment, but hallmarked by a holy discontent, a longing for the “not yet” that our Life in Christ promises to us. It is a strange tension that we are called to live within: to be content with our daily bread, but to be thirsty for tomorrow’s wine. It is in this indeterminate state that we live and move and breathe, until that final day when we finally share a table with the King of Kings and dine with Him for all eternity.

The full post is here


A prayer for when we crave seeing God’s power and healing

March 28, 2012

Pastor Scotty Smith’s latest prayer at his blog Heavenward, today, fits in very well with what I just posted below by Dean Munday about a longing for our eternal home. Scotty Smith’s prayer acknowledges his longing for perfect wholeness and healing and the challenge of trusting that God’s grace is enough in this life and this broken world.

I think it a very wise, honest and helpful prayer. I’ve been meditating a lot lately on God’s promise to teach and instruct the humble (see Ps 25) and the challenge not to lean on or trust my own understanding. Scotty Smith’s prayer is one of humility, acknowledging how little he understands of God’s ways and purposes, but yet committing himself to trusting in God’s goodness and perfection.

Here’s an excerpt:

Even as I pray with hope and assurance of these things to come, Jesus, I own the fact that I don’t understand the “already and not yet” of your healing ministry. Why, how, and when you choose to bring a foretaste of perfect health into the present state of our brokenness is up to you. I get that. You are the King who does all things well. You don’t need our permission to do anything. I admit the obvious, however, sometimes I wish I could simply pray our glorious future into so many right-now hard stories. But if you get more glory by giving sufficient grace instead of what I really want, I will seek to trust your wisdom and timing.

But, Lord Jesus, keep me free two extremes, with respect to praying for healing: keep me free from faith formulas that treat healing like an on-demand right; and keep me free from a theology that has zero expectation of your kingdom breaking in with power and healing.

As we get closer and closer to celebrating Easter, my heart piques with intense longing for more of your resurrection power to be evident in this day. More so than ever, I crave our eternity of perfect health and wholeness. Maranatha! Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly.

Go read it all.


Dean Munday: Living in this World Longing for Home

March 28, 2012

Dean Robert S. Munday of Nashotah House Seminary has an excellent reflection on his blog, about how we live in this world while longing for our true eternal home. It makes a good Lenten reflection.

Here’s an excerpt:

2. While we are here, we have to create sacred spaces for ourselves and others. We have to create spiritual “homes,” places that have been “prayed in”—where we and all who will join us can experience God in a deep and life-changing way. These are places of Word, Sacrament, prayer, music, liturgy, fellowship, and healing. They must be places of profound welcome and life-changing challenge—places of joy and excitement, and places of rich wholeness and deep peace.

3. In short, until we come to our heavenly home, we must be about the business of bringing our heavenly home to earth—both for ourselves and those who are only just awaking to the stirrings of a homeward call in their lives and are uncertain how to get there.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.

The full entry is here:


Lent Prayers: Grace to crucify every impure desire

March 28, 2012

I found this Methodist prayer (for the 5th Sunday in Lent) at Dale Tedder’s blog.

O Father of mercies, whose beloved Son was, as on this day, crucified for us, the just for the unjust, to bring us to thee: Give grace, we beseech thee, to every member of this family to look in faith upon that cross, and to crucify himself upon it to every impure desire and unchristian temper. May we learn in humble devotion to our Master’s service to deny ourselves daily, for his sake, and for one another’s sake, that we may follow him. Remove from us every corrupt and unfaithful affection. May we never be afraid to do right and never dare to do wrong. And so out of the good treasure of the heart may we ever be bringing forth good things to the praise and glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Book of Worship for Church and Home of The Methodist Church, 1965


2 Corinthians 3:1-6

March 28, 2012

Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; (2 Corinthians 3:1-2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be living letters showing forth your love and power.

clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. (2 Corinthians 3:3)
      Holy Spirit, write your word on the tablets of our hearts.

And we have such trust through Christ toward God. (2 Corinthians 3:4)
      Jesus, let our trust of you lead us to your Father day by day.

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, (2 Corinthians 3:5)
      Father, thank you that the ministry you give us through your Spirit does not depend on our own strength or goodness, but on yours.

who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (2 Corinthians 3:6)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for making all of us (lay people, bishops, priests, and deacons) sufficient to do the work you have set out for us to do. Help us daily minister in your love and power and not in legalism or our own strength. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for the river of my Spirit.

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Exod. 7:8-24: 2 Cor. 2:14-3:6: Mark 10:1-16
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 140, 142; Exod. 7:25-8:19: 2 Cor. 3:7-18: Mark 10:17-31

      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 (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of      the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Sadly, I meet many people who somehow think they are self imprisoned for what ever reason. The sentence; self judgment. It is as if some people are hanging onto the vertical bars of a jail wall. Now, here’s the thing. Look to your left, look to your right, look behind you. No walls! So, let go of the bars and walk away… Now you are free indeed. Jesus came to set the captives free. “Therefore there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. ” Romans 8:1

Albany Intercessor


Lent Quotes: John Piper – My confession of having no merit

March 27, 2012

This old (2009) entry from John Piper, at the Desiring God blog, makes an excellent quote for Lenten reflection.   I long during Lent to boast more of Christ and less of me!

This is my confession:

I was born into a believing family through no merit of my own at all.

I was given a mind to think and a heart to feel through no merit of my own at all.

I was brought into the hearing of the gospel through no merit of my own at all.

My rebellion was subdued, my hardness removed, my blindness overcome, and my deadness awakened through no merit of my own at all.

Thus I became a believer in Christ through no merit of my own at all.

And so I am an heir of God with Christ through no merit of my own at all.

Now when I put forward effort to please the Lord who bought me, this is to me no merit at all, because

…it is not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)

…God is working in me that which is pleasing in his sight. (Hebrews 13:21)

…he fulfills every resolve for good by his power. (2 Thessalonians 1:11)

And therefore there is no ground for boasting in myself, but only in God’s mighty grace.

Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:31)


Lent 2012 Index Updated – 80 Lent entries and counting!

March 27, 2012

Hi All,

I’ve updated the index of all our Lent entries for 2012 by category.  It’s now current through March 26.  We’re up to 80 entries and counting!!  (Not bad given that I originally thought I might manage to post maybe 2 -3 Lent entries per week this year.  I never imagined I’d manage full-throttle daily Lenten blogging, but it has been a joy and a blessing for me to do this for 2012!)

Anyway, here’s the index link.

Lent 2012 – INDEX of ALL Lent Posts by Category

Enjoy!  May the Lord use one or several of these Lenten devotionals and resources to strengthen and encourage each one who browses the index.


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