Battle songs

July 29, 2012

Some favorite lines:

Soldiers of Christ, in Truth Arrayed

Soldiers of Christ, in truth arrayed,
A world in ruins needs your aid:
A world by sin destroyed and dead;
A world for which the Savior bled.

Onward, Christian Soldiers

Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

There is plentiful redemption
In the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members
In the sorrows of the Head.

This is my Father’s World

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.


‘Song’ builds defenses for Jerusalem

July 29, 2012

This verse is buried in the geneology of Ephraim’s descendants. It caught my eye because it was unusual for a woman to build cities. I think one interpretation is that praise builds defenses.

1 Chronicles 7:24 (NIV)
His daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth Horon as well as Uzzen Sheerah.

Sheerah–song
Beth-horon–house of caverns, house of hollowness
Uzzen-sheerah–portion of Sheerah, ear of the flesh

Beth Horon [beth HOE run] – twin towns named after Horon, the Canaanite god of the underworld. The two towns, Upper and Lower Beth Horon (Josh. 16:3,5), were separated by only a few miles. The towns were situated at the west end of the Ephraimite mountains on the boundary line between the territories of Benjamin and Ephraim. They were assigned to Ephraim and given to the Kohathites (Josh. 21:20-22).

These twin towns were called Upper and Lower because of the great difference in elevation between them. Upper Beth Horon was approximately 615 meters (2,000 feet) above sea level, while Lower Beth Horon was only 369 meters (1,200 feet) above sea level. The steep descent between them provided the best pass through the mountains from Jerusalem to Joppa (modern Jaffa) and the Mediterranean Sea. For this reason both towns became heavily fortified at various periods in history as a means of defense for Jerusalem.

Father in heaven,
We thank You for the gift of song. May there be continuous music that magnifies Your Holy Name on earth and in realms unseen.
When the wall around Jerusalem was dedicated to God, musicians were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres. The musicians had built villages for themselves around Jerusalem.
Today, may there again be a ring of praise music in the villages around Jerusalem. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Amen.

Nehemiah 12:27-29


Mark 6:45-52

July 29, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012
+Isaiah — He sat down and said, “Right now I am a Muslim.” I asked him if he would like to give his life to Jesus. He said, “Yes.” I led him in a profession of faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted God’s forgiveness.

Saturday, July 28, 2012,
+Shaquin (young man) — I asked him if he had ever given his life to Jesus and he said, “No.” I asked if he had ever thought about doing that and he said, “Yes, but I don’t know what that would be like.” I suggested that he invite Jesus into his heart so that he could find out and he agreed to that. He prayed along with me inviting Jesus in to his heart.

      I would like to comment on two recent experiences of prayer, the first at the Schenectady City Mission prayer table and the Second at the Christ Church Schenectady prayer table. A couple of days ago we got this word: A word received: Keep heeding my promptings.
      In the first case I felt prompted to just go for it and ask Isaiah if he wanted to give his life to Jesus even though he said he was a Muslim. In the second case I had a clear prompting not to do that, but instead to offer Shaquin the opportunity to find out what Jesus could do in his heart.
      In neither case do I know what was going on inside each of these young men. When we pray with people, there comes a point where you have to stand back and let God do whatever he wants to do. We have no control over what he will choose to do. He is sovereign and he is Lord. He is the only one who can truly change Isaiah’s and Shaquin’s hearts.
      There is a mystery here where we have to “let go and let God.” Pastor Litkie (sp?) of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Colonie used to challenge people to “Do and dare for Christ.” Whenever we pray for someone, ultimately we are stepping off the edge and trusting Jesus to hold us up. We are all “Peter’s” who become scared by the wind the waves and have to be pulled up by Jesus. I have really been brought face to face once again with our absolute dependence on Jesus to do whatever HE wants to do. Torre

Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he sent the multitude away. And when he had sent them away, he departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and he was alone on the land. Then he saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. (Mark 6:45-48 )
      Holy Spirit, we pray for all those who are “straining at rowing”, when they have grown weary in the assignment Jesus has given them. Encourage them and fill them up anew. Make them aware of Jesus’ presence near them and in them.

And when they saw him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him and were troubled. But immediately he talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” (Mark 6:49-50)
      Jesus, help us hear your words of encouragement as we strain at the oars.

Then he went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:51-52)
      Father, our hearts are often hardened and we don’t understand what Jesus has done for us. Help us recognize his presence in our lives day by day as we go about the work he has given us to do. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my care. Keep looking to me for help.

Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Joshua 24:1-15: Acts 28:23-31: Mark 2:23-28
HC: 114; 2 Kings 2:1-15; Ephesians 4:1-7,11-16; Mark 6:45-52
Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Joshua 24:16-33: Rom. 16:1-16: Matt. 27:24-31

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Am I really a victim?
      Do I really want to be a victim?
      Am I living a life of victim mentality?
      Can I, with Christ, move from victim to victor?
      Yes, yes, of course you can.
      Because, with Christ all things are possible.
      “Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:12

Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Good reads
      Hi, Checkout my reading list on Goodreads – where you can see what your friends are reading. http://www.goodreads.com/friend/i?i=LTM1OTYzMTMxNjY6NDIw

Albany Intercessor


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