And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. (Mark 8:31)
Jesus, you are “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” You were despised and rejected. Even today many of the chief priests and elders of the Episcopal Church reject you and your words and deeds.
He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. (Mark 8:32)
Holy Spirit, none of us like to confront the hard sayings of Jesus. He makes us uncomfortable as we look at the depths of sin in our hearts.
But when he had turned around and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” (Mark 8:33)
Father, please show us how to be good leaders and examples to others. Jesus saw that Peter was a bad example for the other disciples. Correct us and help us recognize it whenever we would lead the other disciples astray. Help us daily be mindful of what you care about rather than what the world cares about. Thank you.
When he had called the people to himself, with his disciples also, he said to them, “Whoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38 )
Jesus, please help us embrace the cost of discipleship daily. Thank you.
And he said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.” (Mark 9:1)
Father, we long to see your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Jesus, come and rule and reign in our hearts day by day. Thank you.
A word received: I AM your strength — keep turning to me.
Thursday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Exod. 1:6-22: 1 Cor. 12:12-26: Mark 8:27-9:1
Friday: 95* & 102 * 107:1-32; Exod. 2:1-22: 1 Cor. 12:27-13:3: Mark 9:2-13
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: Wed, 21 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
Sometimes my mind races with thoughts so often scattered.
There is no apparent theme. Then, in, through, and with prayer there is focus. Perhaps it is like an automatic aperture on a camera, only the automatic bit is manual! Then, like a worked lump of clay, suddenly there is shape. Thank you God, now I see it, now I recognize it. Now I know… The catalyst is prayer, the answer is You Lord. I did not even realize there was a question, but now I know the answer.
***** Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012
From: Welcome Home Initiative Dayton Prayer
Subject: WHI Dayton Prayer Request and Praise Report 2012 03 21
[You can find more information on the Welcome Home Initiative by clicking on http://christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome/]
Jesus said, … Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? (Matthew 9:4-5 NIV)
Lord Jesus, you said and did both with ease. Lord Jesus, forgive our sins and heal us. We believe.
1. Fr. Nigel presented WHI to USMC at Parris Island. Chaplains and resilience caregivers at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling MD, Joint Base Andrews MD, WPAFB OH, Walter Reed Hospital, US Military Academy at WP, and many Christian communities in DC/VA and OH areas are getting to know WHI.
2. Pray that service academy cadets and midshipmen can attend events like WHI; spiritual basic training for tomorrow’s servant leaders.
3. Pray that WHI be hosted at R&R locations. Service members are given several days of R&R during their deployment and are allowed to consume three alcoholic beverages per day. Won’t it be great for their R&R be extended for one or two more days, alcohol free, if they volunteer to take part in WHI before their return to combat duties?
4. Cadet Clyde – improve the quality of his relationship with his dad. Instructor John, a combat vet, and his dad Jim, a Vietnam vet. Jim, now a Christian, is serving 10-year prison sentence and trying to restore broken relationships with ex-wife, children, relatives, and friends.
5. US government civilian employees serving in crime-ridden and war-torn areas. Traumatized, they got sent home, found unfit for service, many got laid off. Caring human resources colleagues cannot reverse many of these terminations and get them the help they need to return to duty.
6. After wounded warriors are discharged from the military, it may take 1 to 2 years in processing paperwork before VA benefits and care are available to them..
7. Many military spouses have lost their jobs / income. With military downsizing, many service members are afraid to seek help fearing they may be discharged.
8. Ch. Scott needs second surgery. Fr. M’s mom passed away. Fr. Mike works long hours caring for silent professionals. Ch. Jack to deploy in May.
9. WHI Washington DC 10-12 Apr is now open to all hands, all ranks.
10. WHI Dayton 17-19 Apr is reaching 40 attendees (30 vets, 10 spouses) and 20+ facilitators; doubling the size of the Aug 2011 retreat. Awareness and fundraising event on 29 March evening. Lots of planning, coordination, and actions.