Exodus 2:23-25 and Sunday School Lesson

March 24, 2012

Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. (Exodus 2:23)
      LORD, so many of your people are in bondage — please hear their cries and come and set them free.

      Holy Spirit, make intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (see Romans 8:26).

So God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. (Exodus 2:24)
      Father, thank you for hearing us when we cry out to you. Thank you for the covenant you established with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Thank you that we have become heirs to your promises to them by our faith in your son Jesus.

And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them. (Exodus 2:25)
      Jesus, in your mercy look upon us and acknowledge us as sheep of your own fold, lambs of your own flock, sinners of your own redeeming. Receive us into your arms of mercy and peace. (From BCP page 499)

A word received at Christ Church Schenectady 3/11/12: Wake up, My people. I AM crying out for you to come to Me — Come confess your sins so that you truly will be a temple where I can dwell — Come to Me — confess that I can make you whole.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 24, March 25, 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: John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16
Memory Verse: Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. (John 12:26)
Next Week: John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16

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.

      Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:31-34

A word received: I want my people toknow me. Look at the lesson in the light of desiring to know me.

      Psalm: Psalm 51 or 51:11-16

A word received: David had to learn to come to me on my terms, not his.

      Gospel: John 12:20-33

A word received: The Greeks came desiring to see me. My desire is that all would be drawn to me. I came to do my Father’s bidding. If you want to know me (rather than just see me), you must accept why I came.

A word received: I AM now applying the Beatitudes to myself. Have the class look at Matthew 5:3-12 and identify the parallels in this passage in John.

Now is the judgment (Greek: Krisis) of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. (John 12:31)

A word received: I AM calling my people to make a decision for me.

      Epistle: Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Exod. 2:23-3:15: 1 Cor. 13:1-13: Mark 9:14-29
Sunday: 118 * 145; Exod. 3:16-4:12: Rom. 12:1-21: John 8:46-59
HC: John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Holiness of life in every Episcopalian March 24 Good Shepherd, Elizabethtown – The Rev’d David Sullivan

***** 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: Fri, 23 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Change the low case “c” of cancer to an upper case “C” for Christ. In no uncertain terms, command, through prayer, with authority, all cancer cells to leave. They are not welcome, get out in the name of Jesus Christ. Command any juvenile cells that are even thinking of misbehaving to cease and desist. We have authority given by Christ Himself to pray in such a fashion. For it is written: “He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully. ” Luke 4:10.

***** Fr. Neal Longe: Thursday. Home with my sick little man : Noah has strep throat. Please pray for a speedy recovery and the health of the rest of the family.

***** Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Parris island visit
      Fr. Nigel spent a day at Parris Island, the East coast training camp for the United States Marine Corps. He met with chaplains, drill instructors, the commanding officer of third battalion, and the commanding officer of the weapons battalion. The subject of conversation, the Welcome home Initiative (WHI) and healing of PTSD. A lot of interest was shown over his new book. He was given the VIP treatment as the US Marine corps and the Royal Marines have very high regard for each other in fact they share the globe on their uniform. The Royal Marines one side the US Marines the other! Col. Greg Kitchens took him around the base. Brigader General William Weise (a WHI attendee and former base second in command) and Gen. Charlie Baldwin former chief of Chaplains were influential in setting up the visit. His objectives were far exceeded. Oooh rah. Semper Fi.
      Photo: Col. Dan Wilson, Commanding officer, weapons battalion and Fr. Nigel Mumford. Taken at the range, Parris Island.

Other pictures of Fr. Nigel Mumford trip to Paris Island can be seen at http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2012/03/3242012-77-1st-quarter-2012.html
Albany Intercessor


From IX Marks: Holy Spirit Led Ministry

March 24, 2012

An absolutely awesome article recently appeared at IX Marks.  I refrained from posting it sooner because of wanting to keep the focus on Lenten Devotionals.  But this is a wonderfully challenging piece which should give us lots of “food for prayer” as to whether our ministries or acts of service are being done in our own power, or truly led by the Holy Spirit:

Excerpt from Is There a Holy Spirit, by Bobby Jamieson

IS THERE A HOLY SPIRIT?

“Is there a Holy Spirit?” I can think of few better questions to ask in order to assess whether our ministry strategies are faithful to Scripture.

You could put it like this: if there were no Holy Spirit, would your ministry work just as well?

What are you trying to accomplish in your ministry? Is that goal something that can be attained without the Holy Spirit?

What means are you using to carry out your ministry? Are they strategies and techniques that sociology, psychology, and common sense can fully explain? Or would your ministry methods prove utterly futile if the Holy Spirit didn’t sovereignly decide to work in and through them?

It’s easy to see, for example, how the promise of wealth will draw a crowd and convert them to your team. Same thing for the promise of better relationships, fewer conflicts, lower stress, or a better self-image. It’s easy to see how consummate presentation, engrossing music, and pleading appeals can generate adherents to whatever cause you’re promoting.

But none of these things need the Holy Spirit to make them work. All those strategies and messages can get along just fine without him.

SPIRIT-DEPENDENT MINISTRY IS WORD-DRIVEN MINISTRY

But let’s put this positively. What does ministry that depends on the Holy Spirit look like?

It looks like preaching to dead people and praying that the Holy Spirit would give life as only he can (Eph. 2:1-3). It looks like shining the light of the gospel as brightly as you can, and praying that the Spirit would give people eyes to see it (2 Cor. 4:6). It looks like aiming for things only the Holy Spirit can give to people: new loves, new hearts, new lives, new selves.

What means does the Holy Spirit use to give new life? God’s Word.

“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17). The Spirit causes us to be born again “through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Pet. 1:23).

Therefore, Spirit-dependent ministry is by definition Word-centered and Word-driven ministry. Ministry that believes in the Holy Spirit trusts the Spirit-inspired Word to do the work God has promised it will do.


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