Praying for Upcoming Episcopal Elections & Consecrations

March 21, 2012

The following dioceses all have Episcopal elections coming up:

W. Louisiana
Pittsburgh (TEC remainder)
Virginia (Suffragan)

Also, the Diocese of Central FL will be consecrating their new bishop.

Fr. Rob Eaton has a nice post with all the details and dates.
Thanks Rob+ for the reminder!


Lent Quote: St. Philip Neri

March 21, 2012

“God in His infinite goodness sometimes sees fit to test our courage and love by depriving us of the things which it seems to us would be advantageous to our souls; and if He finds us earnest in their pursuit, yet humble, tranquil and resigned to do without them if He wishes us to, He will give us more blessings than we should have had in the possession of what we craved. — St. Philip Neri

found in the March 8 Lenten Devotional at Anglican Mainstream


John Piper: Lent or No Lent, Life is War

March 21, 2012

A great blog post at Desiring God from John Piper, who reflects on what it means to take up the cross DAILY – during Lent and EVERY DAY!  This was written early in Lent, but I’m just now getting a chance to post it.

Here are two excerpts from the short reflection:

Lent or no Lent, not doing some things you feel like doing is the daily pattern for the disciples of Jesus. Yes, daily. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

In the resurrection there will be no self-denial because none of our desires will be sinful or foolish. Till then we have sinful and foolish desires daily. Hence, “Let him deny himself and take up his cross daily.”

[…]

This is normal, daily, Christian warfare. Only saints delight in the law of God at their depths. Here is how they talk: “I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind” (Romans 7:21–23).

A war indeed. Daily. “The desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do” (Galatians 5:17).

And make no mistake, sexual desires are not our most deadly desires that need daily denial. Anger, resentment, fear of man, discouragement (yes), self-pity, self-promotion, hardness, envy, moodiness, sulking, indifference to suffering, laziness, boredom, passiveness, lack of praise, lack of joy in Jesus, disinterest in others, etc. These need daily killing (Romans 8:13).

Classic Piper.  Powerful words of truth and exhortation from the Scriptures!

The full Lenten reflection is here.


1 Corinthians 12:4-14

March 21, 2012

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us use the gifts you have given us to build up the Body of Christ.

There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. (1 Corinthians 12:5)
      Jesus, help each of us to know and do the unique ministry you have given us and in real, practical ways make you Lord of our lives.

And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. (1 Corinthians 12:6)
      Father, please help each of us in our several callings accept your work in our lives.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: (1 Corinthians 12:7)
      Holy Trinity, one God, help us show forth the ministry of the Holy Spirit in such a way that the whole body is built up.

for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:8-10)
      Father, help each of us accept and use the gifts your Holy Spirit has given us for the building up of the body of your son Jesus.

But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. (1 Corinthians 12:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us accept the work and gifts that you are manifesting in each of us. Don’t let us be jealous of another’s gifts, but rather recognize and use the gifts you have given us. Thank you.

For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14)
      Father, thank you for making us one — help us to live that out day by day.

A word received: Pray that I will raise up Aarons and Hurs throughout this diocese to lift up the arms of the bishops, priests and deacons who are weary. (See Exodus 17:8-13)

Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Gen. 50:15-26: 1 Cor. 12:1-11: Mark 8:11-26
Thursday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Exod. 1:6-22: 1 Cor. 12:12-26: Mark 8:27-9:1

      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 (John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16).

***** Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Do you ever get a bible verse stuck in you mind for a few days? Rather like a song that just keep playing, as the needle on the LP is stuck and it just keeps playing over and over again. Well this verse is doing that right now, “You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit. ” Job 10:12 How can one say thank you to God? THANK YOU GOD…THANK YOU JESUS, THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT, THANK YOU HOLY TRINITY. Amen.

***** Christ the King News:
      The Community of St. Mary Presents: Paschaltide Retreat: April 13-15, 2012 “Recovering Simplicity in a Complex World”
       A two-day silent retreat with the Rev’d Dr. Steven Peay of Nashotah House Seminary
      “Purity and simplicity are the wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.” –Thomas á Kempis
       For more information and to register click here http://stmaryseast.org/Paschaltide%20Retreat.html

Albany Intercessor


A *glimmer* of good news from Yemen

March 21, 2012

Last night I posted about my sorrow over the murder of an American teacher in Yemen, and how that story was spurring me on to pray for the family of the murdered man, but also for the country of Yemen itself.

Tonight there is a tiny glimmer of good news coming out of Yemen. The Wall Street Journal has this report.

SAN’A Yemen—Hundreds of youth activists and other protesters marched Tuesday through a central Yemeni city demanding justice for an American teacher who was gunned down by unknown assailants this week. […]

Protesters on Tuesday carried photos of Mr. Shrum as they marched through the city’s streets, chanting, “Yemen is not a place for terrorism. We love you Joel!”

Activist Radwan al-Qadri says several lawyers and protesters met with the Taiz police chief to demand an investigation. No one has yet been apprehended for the attack.

A number of residents said they were holding a sit-in outside the police chief’s headquarters until arrests are made in connection with the murder.

“Joel served the city of Taiz and was a good friend who came from the United States,” Mr. Qadri said, adding that the American teacher spoke good Arabic and “was a lovable person who respected humanity and was himself respected.”

God CAN change hearts & lives, and transform even violent men into men who love Him. May this be the beginning of such a transformation in Yemen.


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