Keep praying for the FCA/GAFCON leaders meeting in London

April 26, 2012

Just a reminder to please continue to pray for the 200+ Anglican leaders gathered in London for the FCA/GAFCON leaders conference.

You can follow news from the conference here:

News

Resource page (audio, video, photos)

I highly recommend reading or watching Apb. Wabukala of Kenya’s opening address.  It is EXCELLENT and deeply refreshing to hear his vision for the future of the Anglican Communion and his call to heed and obey what God is requiring of us, individually and corporately – “living not for ourselves but for Him who died and rose again.”

Here is a section of his address:

What does the Lord require of you?

This is the greatest question facing us this week.  It demands that we have a clear headed understanding of the situation we face and are willing to let go of comfortable illusions. It also, and most crucially, calls us back to what God has said. Micah affirms that “he has showed you, O man, what is good”. Discovering the will of God, what God requires, is not dependent upon our ingenuity or imagination. He does not play games with us. He speaks through the scriptures. The question is whether or not we will allow the Holy Spirit to apply that word to our hearts and then obey it.

What does the Lord require? First we need to bring a biblical mind to the situation we face. None of us looked for this crisis and we may be tempted to think we can get back to a time when the life of our communion ran along more predictable and familiar lines. But that is an illusion. Faith is not escapism, but facing things as they are in the confidence that God will act. The crisis we face is also an opportunity. Its origin can be traced back many years. The unprecedented challenges to Anglican identity forced upon us by the revisionist scriptural interpretation have in the mercy of God, given us an historic opportunity to rediscover the distinctive reformed catholicity of our Communion as shaped so profoundly by the witness of the sixteenth century Anglican Reformers.

Trusting God’s providence, we can be confident that in God’s own time He is putting right what has been going wrong, but He takes us up into His purposes and if we are to understand the implications of this crisis for the recovery and renewal of Anglican identity, we must first be clear on what sort of crisis it is.

We cannot treat this as simply an institutional crisis….  […]

What does the Lord require? He requires, says Micah: that we act, that we act justly and with mercy, not just write and think about things. We must act out of our God given identity, we must be true to ourselves as we are in Christ crucified, redeemed through the cross where God’s Justice and Mercy meet. This is what it means to act with authenticity. It is not a matter of following our subjective dreams and feelings, but being true to the one who has risen from the dead, so that we might live not for ourselves, but for Him who died and rose again for us.

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Easter Prayers: Make our hearts to burn within us

April 26, 2012

Kendall Harmon posted this prayer last week.

It echoes a prayer I’ve found myself praying recently as I think about Jesus’ interaction with the disciples on the road to Emmaus.  I pray for a heart ignited and stirred up by His Word!

Make our hearts to burn within us, O Christ, as we walk with thee in the way and listen to thy words; that we may go in the strength of thy presence and thy truth all our journey through, and at its end behold thee, in the glory of the eternal Trinity, God for ever and ever.


An Easter Devotional: Don’t let the bright light of Easter dim…

April 26, 2012

Yesterday at Barnstorming, a blog that has quickly become a favorite of mine due to the beautiful photos, great quotes, and profound reflections, Emily posted a beautiful and powerful Easter devotional.  Yesterday I posted her initial quote from Gerard Manley Hopkins.  Below is the full devotional.

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Eastertide–Dayspring to Dimness


“Let Him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east.”
― Gerard Manley Hopkins

Too often, the bright light of Easter morning dims over time as I return to my daily routine. In mere days, the humdrum replaces the extraordinary, tragedy overcomes festivity, darkness overwhelms dawn. The world encourages this, and I don’t muster enough resistance. I climb right back into the tomb of my sin, move the huge stone back in place, and lie there waiting for rot to settle in.

I am not alone. I have plenty of company with me behind the stone. There is no excuse for us to be there still.
The stone is pushed aside, the burden shouldered, the debt completely paid. How can we allow the light to dim?

He is risen. We are eastered.

I need to live that truth, not wait for rot.

The original entry is here.

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Note:  I normally would post only an excerpt but the whole entry is so lovely, I want to make sure I have it saved here should the link ever go bad.  I definitely recommend adding Barnstorming to your bookmarks.  I’ve been SO glad I did! Go browse Emily’s beautiful blog and feast your eyes and your soul. 


Matthew 4:1-4 and Sunday School Lesson

April 26, 2012

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1)
      Holy Spirit, give us hearts that are willing to go where you lead us, even if it means going into the wilderness and confronting the evil one.

And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward he was hungry. (Matthew 4:2)
      Father, we are your creation — bring our lives under your discipline of fasting and prayer.

Now when the tempter came to him, he said, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. “ (Matthew 4:3)
      Jesus, please help us recognize every temptation for what it is. Thank you.

But he answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4)

A word received: Be at peace.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 28, April 29, 2912
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: Ps. 23; Acts 4:23-37; 1 John 3:1-10; John 10:11-18
Memory Verse: “By your fruits you will know them.” (Matthew 7:16)
Next Week: Ps. 66:1-8; Acts 8:26-40; 1 John 3:11-24; John 14:15-21

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.

      First Lesson: Acts 4:23-37

“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak your word” (Acts 4:29)

A word received: I want verse 29 to be your prayer. I want you to pray for the boldness of these disciples who were threatened and did not yield to fear.

A word received: Look at how my people dealt with threats of evil. They prayed for boldness. Protection is good, but it is essentially defensive. Ask for my word and speak my word with boldness that comes from my Holy Spirit.

Concordance on “boldness”: all outspokenness, frankness, bluntness, publicity, by implication — assurance, confidence, freely, openly, plainly.

      Gospel: John 10:11-18

A word received: Pray for a heart like mine — a shepherd’s heart. Pray for a heart like mine of love and compassion for my lambs. I want shepherds who will tend the flock.

      Epistle: 1 John 3:1-10

A word received: You are called to be “fruit inspectors.” You are called to discern good from evil and the true from the false. Read my word and immerse yourself in it. My word is true and I will lead you into truth.

A word received: You are in a war and you must be clear about what is true and what is false.

      Psalm: Ps. 23

A word received: You too can walk through valley of the shadow of death and fear no evil when you have me as your shepherd and guide.

Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Exod. 20:1-21: Col. 1:24-2:7: Matt. 4:1-11
Friday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Exod. 24:1-18: Col 2:8-23: Matt. 4:12-17

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Psalm 23 or 100; Acts 4:(23-31)32-37 or Ezekiel 34:1-10; 1 John 3:1-8 or Acts 4:(23-31)32-37; John 10:11-16).

Albany Intercessor


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