Then they came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to Him. And they said to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority to do these things?” But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one question; then answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things: The baptism of John–was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me.” And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men'”–they feared the people, for all counted John to have been a prophet indeed. So they answered and said to Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” (Mark 11:27-33)
St. Augustine said, “I believe in order to understand.”
Holy Spirit, move the hearts of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to belief in Jesus so that they may understand what he is doing and saying.
Father, set the clergy and seminaries of the Episcopal Church free from the false scholasticism which analyzes without faith. Raise up faculty in the seminaries who will teach with genuine faith in Jesus.
Jesus, please help each of us to believe and to publicly confess our belief in you and share the good news of what you have done for us.
A word received: Pray for those who are wrongfully persecuted for righteousness sake.
Tuesday: 6, 12 * 94; Lam. 1:17-22: 2 Cor. 1:8-22: Mark 11:27-33
Tuesday in Holy Week Holy Communion: 71:1-12; Isaiah 49:1-6; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:37-38,42-50 or Mark 11:15-19
Wednesday: 55 * 74; Lam. 2:1-9: 2 Cor. 1:23-2:11: Mark 12:1-11
Wednesday in Holy Week Holy Communion: 69:7-15,22-23; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Hebrews 9:11-15,24-28; John 13:21-35 or Matthew 26:1-5,14-25
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 (Easter Day: 118:14-29 or 118:14-17,22-24; Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9; Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43; Mark 16:1-8 ).
***** Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Gosh it is so good to be alive…
Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
Lynn and I have just returned from double header healing missions in Charleston and Greenville South Carolina. We rented a Hertz car with GPS. The voice was calm to start and then SCREAMED at us. “In five hundred feet turn right on “BURBON STREET.” The voice was very calm in giving the directions but then a new voice would SCREAM at us giving the name of the street. “In two miles turn left on MAIN STREET” oh man! The GPS was like it had two personalities. Still we got to where we needed, laughing our heads off whenever it gave directions. I now wish I had taken a wrong turn on purpose just to see what she would do! Smoke and fury? More screaming? I thank God that Jesus does not shout at us.. Jesus prays for us as “Gods positioning system” is clarified in the gift of eternal life through His prayer from the seventeenth chapter of the gospel of John. Please read John seventeen as Jesus prays to the Father, for the disciples and for us, today. Turn right in three hundred yards into CHURCH STRET. Ok already… You have arrived. Phew!
Lynn speaking in Greenville SC
***** From Praying The Nicene Creed
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,
Jesus, thank you for being willing to give up the glory of heaven to come and live with us. Thank you that day by day your Holy Spirit is willing to live in us in the midst of all our sin.
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
Holy Spirit, thank you for Mary’s willingness to receive your over-shadowing and her willingness to risk all to bear Jesus for us.
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
Thank you, Jesus, for what you endured on the cross for us.
he suffered and was buried;
Jesus, thank you for dying for us while we were still sinners. You went to the cross and the grave for us because of your love for your father and for us. Thank you.
and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
Holy Spirit, thank you that you enabled Jesus to rise from the dead. Thank you for his victory over sin and death. Please bring us to new life in him.
and ascended into heaven,
Jesus, thank you for your ascension into heaven to sit at the right hand of your father. Thank you that you ever live to make intercession for us.
and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
Father, thank you for giving Jesus such a place of honor; please help us honor him by our words and deeds and belief.
and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead;
Jesus, you are Lord and you are judge; help us to fall into your hands and not the hands of men.