Psalm 20:1-5

August 31, 2013

May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you; (Psalm 20:1)
      Jesus, we look to you to defend us.

May he send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion; (Psalm 20:2)
      Holy Spirit, you are our helper.

May he remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice. (Psalm 20:3)
      Father, we offer our lives to you and all that we possess.

May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose. (Psalm 20:4)
      Jesus, we pray that our heart’s desires will line up with your kingdom purposes.

We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions. (Psalm 20:5)
      Father, we rejoice in all that you are doing for us through your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

A word received: I AM in charge. Keep looking to me for direction.

Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; 1 Kings 7:51-8:21; Acts 28:17-31; Mark 14:43-52
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; 1 Kings 8:22-30(31-40); 1 Tim. 4:7b-16; John 8:47-59
Proper 17 Closest to August 31: 112; Ecclesiasticus 10:(7-11)12-18; Hebrews 13:1-8; Luke 14:1,7-14

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Book Recommendation from a friend [which I concur with, Torre] I just finished an AWESOME book on the persecuted church and the power of prayer. It’s a novel called Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn. I very very highly recommend it!!!

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, August 31, 2013, 9:15 – 10:35 a.m. Louise Popa and Torre Bissell on State St. and David Haig and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

State St.

A car stopped in the street in front of us and the people waved to us and said, “See you tomorrow.”

+Letitia (young woman) — “provision and protection”

+Ellis and Patricia — Ellis stopped and asked for a cross.

+a Stephen (young man) — He gave his life to Jesus when he was baptized in prison. He asked prayer for a job and for his father’s health. We have prayed for Stephen at the Schenectady City Mission several times.

+a Luis (bottle guy) — We prayed for provision for him.

Dave — He asked prayer for his daughter Shelly (17) who has Graves disease. We prayed for correct diagnosis, treatment, and healing.

+ Keith (bottle guy) — He asked prayer that he would find enough bottles to make his rent payment.

+a Tamara (woman) — She “returned to give God thanks”. She asked prayer for an elderly man she is caring for: Michael (73) who has had a brain injury and for his daughter Cheryl.

+a Emmanuel (regular, man) — He was rejoicing because he got a job which starts this coming Tuesday. We prayed he would be a success at it.

Steve (regular) — Still trying to get insurance to start his business.

Richi (a long-time regular) — He asked prayer for his wife Felicia who works in an animal shelter and is trying to save the lives of two kittens that were abandoned by their mother in the park. He also asked prayer for his brothers Vee and Ravi (Ravi’s wife just had a baby)

+199 Kathy (woman) — She is having issues with heart problems. Prayers for restoration of relationship with ex-husband.

a Paula (regular) — Her mom Patsy passed away this summer.

+a Jamal — He received the Lord two weeks ago when we prayed with him. He said that yesterday a man held a gun on him and he was not afraid because he knew that if he died he would go to heaven. Jamal was overflowing with joy.

+a199 Rose (woman who parked across the street and came across the street for prayer) — Her mom, Helen had a mild stroke. We prayed for Helen’s healing and for Rose’s daughter and grandchildren. When she crossed back over the street she showed the man who had driven her the book “199 Promises of God” we had given her.

Ron, The Bus Driver — slowed, honked, and waved to us.

+a199 Elaine (woman) — She asked prayer for good physical health and more of Jesus in her life. She come to NA meetings at Christ Church.

a199 John (Paul’s husband, see above) — We prayed for healing of his shoulder, neck and knees, healing throughout his body.

a Tobias — We continue to pray for steadiness in the Lord for Tobias. He wants to be baptized with water. We prayed that he would also be baptized with the Holy Spirit. He asked prayer and healing for the following people: Pastor Randal, Pastor Sanders, Pastor of Covenant Community, Dianna, Lisa, Ragena, Theresa.

+a199 Chris (man) — He asked prayer for his mom who recently passed away and for his hangover.

+a199 Jerry (man) — He is looking for a place to live for him and his family, provision.

+199 Felicia (woman, see Richi above) — for the kittens who are in need that she is try to save.

Albany St.

+++++++ Richard (for God’s blessing), Desire (for living needs), Said, and Latisha

+LaVaya and Tenera — For a good day, blessing, and protection.

Andrew and Andrew Jr. — “Hit and Run” prayer for God’s blessing.

Manny and Sal — “Hit and Run” prayer for God’s blessing.

++++James, Jason, Casandra, DeQuann, Tamika — for the family, for there to be loving.

++Casar and husband — She asked prayer for her husband’s heart.

Albany Intercessor


Honduras–poverty

August 31, 2013

From Wikipedia: The people of Honduras are among the poorest in Latin America; Gross national income per capita (2007) is $US 1,649; the average for Central America is $US 6,736. Honduras is the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere; only Haiti and Nicaragua are poorer. As with most Latin American countries, Honduras’s economy is closely tied to the United States. The United States is Honduras’s primary trading partner and the source of about two-thirds of the country’s foreign direct investment. United States multinationals Dole Food Company and Chiquita control a large portion of Honduras’s agricultural exports. Hondurans working in the U.S. send more than US$2 billion each year to their families in Honduras; these remittances account for 28.2% of Honduras’s GDP.

“But Lord , ” Gideon asked, “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”
Judges 6:15-16

O Father in heaven,
Your strength is made perfect in our weakness. The Midianite raids at harvest time created a cyclical devouring of Israel’s wealth. It was not Your intent for the seasons of Israel to be devoured, and it is not Your intent for the seasons of the Hondurans to be devoured.
Open the eyes of Your children in Honduras to renounce the spirits of control, sloth, comfort-seeking, and faithlessness in their lives and in their bloodlines. Teach them to recognize and repudiate the deception of the enemy. At every point where Satan cursed them, where You desire to release blessings, let Your will be done. Amen.


Mark 14:35-36 and Psalm 17:5

August 30, 2013

He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Take this cup away from me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:35-36)
      Jesus, help us surrender our wills to the Father’s will as you did.

      Holy Spirit, give strength to endure when the times are hard.

      Father, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth and in our hearts as it is in heaven. Thank you.

Uphold my steps in your paths, that my footsteps may not slip. (Psalm 17:5)
      A word received: Look to me to steady your feet.

Friday: 16, 17 * 22; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7; Acts 28:1-16; Mark 14:27-42
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; 1 Kings 7:51-8:21; Acts 28:17-31; Mark 14:43-52

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, August 29, 2013, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates anointed with Holy Water

Dan — We gave thanks that he had connected with his daughter. We prayed for a young man Kyle.

+Tony — He was having lots of spiritual warfare issues.

Bob — That he would soon get a steady job.

Ted (volunteer) — He again asked prayer for his daughter Camille who has lyme disease and is having difficulty getting treatment.

+a Erica (woman) — She is homelss, going from house to house. She needs a job, also prayer for her daughter Alia.

+a Jamal (young man) — “protection and provision”

Stephen (man) — He talked incessantly but did no listening and wouldn’t receive prayer.

*****       Loving the Lord by John Henry Jowett, 1863-1923
            Luke 10:21-28
      The secret of life is to love the Lord our God, and our neighbours as ourselves. But how are we to love the Lord? We cannot manufacture love. We cannot love to order. We cannot by an act of the will command its appearing. No, not in these ways is love created. Love is not a work, it is a fruit. It grows in suitable soils, and it is our part to prepare the soils. When the conditions are congenial, love appears, just as the crocus and the snowdrop appear in the congenial air of the spring.
      What, then, can we do? We can seek the Lord’s society. We can think about Him. We can fill our imaginations with the grace of His life and service. We can be much with Him, talking to Him in prayer, singing to Him in praise, telling Him our yearnings and confessing to Him our defeats. And love will be quietly born. For this is how love is born between heart and heart. Two people are “much together,” and love is born! And when we are much with the Lord, we are with One who already loves us with an everlasting love. We are with One who yearns for our love and who seeks in every way to win it. “We love Him because He first loved us.” And when we truly love God, every other kind of holy love will follow. Given the fountain, the rivers are sure.

***** Today with a gods help I will listen to The Lord.
May your heart be “strangely warmed” as you read this. May you receive this as a prayer as The Lord pours his peace into you. May you know this day the pure love of The Lord as He heals and restores you. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is with you always. Push out the worry, fear and pain. Give it all to The Lord! Make room for that “knowing.” Listen pal, He loves you, stop fretting, and allow The Lord to fill your heart with His divine presence. Take a moment to know you are being prayed for and fill your heart with that amazing gift. Breath in the very presence of The Lord…
God bless you dear soul.
~Nigel Mumford+

Albany Intercessor


Honduras–children’s rights

August 30, 2013

From Humanium:
–Nearly 50% of Honduran families are single-parent families and do not receive any State allowances.
–The UNICEF estimated that there were more than 150,000 orphans in the country.
–Most orphanages do not accept many street children and those who are accepted often run away when they are suffering from withdrawal symptoms. In fact, over 90% of them resist hunger by inhaling “Resistol” or shoe glue, which though less expensive than food, is highly toxic and many children die before they are 18.
–Street children are mostly found in the two largest Honduran cities: Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. The majority are boys who leave the house at around 12 years. Some children join the “mara” gangs that spread terror and which act as a substitute family for young people
–All forms of sexual exploitation of children for financial gain remain widespread

Malachi 4 (ESV)
The Great Day of the Lord

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.
Lord, have mercy upon the nation of Honduras.
But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.
Christ, have mercy upon the nation of Honduras.
“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.
Father, thank You for helping us understand what love looks like. May Your love flow over Honduras.
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”
Oh, Father, would that the hearts of the fathers turn to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. Raise up father figures like Mordecai for the children without fathers.


(Mark 14:13-15

August 29, 2013

And he sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with my disciples?” ‘ Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.” (Mark 14:13-15)
      Lord Jesus, bless all the house churches and grant that every home in this diocese will be a place where your people can meet together for fellowship and prayer.

A word received: I speak to you — listen.

Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; 1 Kings 3:16-28; Acts 27:27-44; Mark 14:12-26
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7; Acts 28:1-16; Mark 14:27-42

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Warrior Welcome Home Retreat in Australia
From: Rob Sutherland
Sent: Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:49 PM
      We are looking to run our next Warrior Welcome Home Retreat in Sydney from 9 – 12 September in Sydney. Prayers from your wonderful network would be greatly appreciated. Please pray that those who God wants to heal through this ministry will come and pray for the team that God will give us wisdom and strength and guidance as we prepare.
Blessings, Rob
Chaplain Rob Sutherland, 0406 767 757, revrob@ozemail.com.au

***** All Saints Cathedral Prayer Table report 8/29/13, Hot & sunny, Dcn Sue Plaske, Beth Collum, Jana Lingo, Hilda Hardy

Frank- For continual blessings & for funds in need.

Mike – for his son who was in accident

Natasha – Thank God for a lovely day, getting up, and for us.

Several people politely declined prayer, but we prayed for them anyway. One Lady said “Always, but not right now!”

Valerie – for friend Maggie who had surgery in Africa, but hasn’t been in touch since June

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Aug. 26, 20-13, 10-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today. Very warm and cloudy after morning rain.)

a–anointed with Holy Oil.
t — received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

t — RAFAEL — Asked prayer for his family’s safety and good health.

a — ETHEL — Prayed again for healing for her left wrist, which was broken during the winter when she fell while delivering food to friends. It has never really healed.

WOMAN IN BLUE VAN — We prayed for her quickly as she slowed by in her car waiting for the light.

LAWNCARE GUY — He stopped to spray our church lawn for insects. We prayed for his safety.

MAILMAN — We prayed for him for thanksgiving after he was almost hit by an oncoming car.

t–BRIAN — Young man who just moved up here from New York City. He was pleased that we wanted to pray for his safety, good health and preservation.

GAVIN — This pleasant young man on a bike rode past and flashed the wooden cross we gave him at a recent prayer table.

Albany Intercessor


Honduras–clergy

August 29, 2013

From God as a Gardener:

The story begins with Abimelech, King of Gerar and his military commander’s arrival at Abraham’s campsite. The purpose of Abimelech’s visit was to elicit an oath from Abraham that he would not “deal falsely,” but with kindness (friendship) toward Abimelech and his descendents. Willingly, Abraham gave Abimelech his oath. Then Abraham complains to Abimelech about a well that Abraham’s men dug and Abimelech’s servants seized. Abimelech expressed surprise – he did not know his servants had seized the well. Because Abraham wanted the well, he gave Abimelech seven ewe lambs in return for Abimelech’s oath that the well belonged to Abraham. The site became known as Beersheba, “the well of the oath.” After Abimelech returned to Gerar, Abraham planted a tamarisk, or a grove of tamarisk trees, at Beersheba. There Abraham called on El Ôlām, naming God the Eternal (forever, everlasting) God. The Bible recorded that Abraham stayed in the area a “long time” (Genesis 21:34).

Beersheba is the only place that the Bible recorded Abraham planting trees. Today there is still an ancient well located at, or near, this site called Abraham’s well and tamarisk trees grow in the area.

The Tamarisk Tree

Most botanists and Christian scholars are unanimous in their agreement that the trees that Abraham planted were the Tamarix aphylla. It is also called the athel pine, and athel tree. . . . It is evergreen tree and can reach a height of 50 feet. The tree grows needles rather than leaves; Aphylla means “without leaves.” . . . Often needles excrete salt on their surfaces which give the needles a white color. Because the T. aphylla excretes salt, it is sometimes called a “salt cedar.” The tamarisk tree provides shade and a pleasant coolness. At night, moisture increases in the cool air (Hareuveni, 1989). Water vapor adheres to the salt particles excreted on branches and needles and forms droplets. In the morning tiny droplets of water appear on the thin branches. As the morning sun warms the air, the water droplets evaporate and cool the tree and the shade below it. The water droplets are most plentiful after a humid night and generally evaporate before noon.

Genesis 21:33 (New International Version)
Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD, the Eternal God.

El Olam, Eternal God,
We thank You for the faithfulness and obedience of the clergy of Honduras. Grant them a secure well of living water and a refreshing place of repose. Amen.


Mark 14:3-9 and Luke 16:19-21

August 28, 2013

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on his head. But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply. But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but me you do not have always. She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint my body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” (Mark 14:3-9)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily follow the example of this woman and do whatever is in our power to serve Jesus as she did. Thank you for her love for Jesus. Help us repent of criticizing the ministry you have given others. Help each of us do our part.

“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.” Luke 16:19-21
      Jesus, you have told us that we will always have the poor among us. Help us recognize them and give them aid and comfort. Help us repent of hardness of heart such as the rich man had.

Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; 1 Kings 3:1-15; Acts 27:9-26; Mark 14:1-11
Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; 1 Kings 3:16-28; Acts 27:27-44; Mark 14:12-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Sent: Monday, August 26, 2013 11:39 AM
Subject: Prayer Request
      Could I Please ask you all to pray for the marriage of Christian friends which looks like they are about to break up. Pray for all involved as this is an attack of the enemy of their souls.
      Marriage is the first institution set by God and family the second. satan has been interfering in marriage ever since Adam and Eve, he knows that if he can destroy these two great institutions of God’s the third the church will fall.
      I never judge a couple whose marriage is in trouble, I just get so angry with satan, so lets take a minute or two each day to pray for our own and the marriages of those we know and love.
Thank you Ronnie O’Neill

***** Prayer Table Report, Cold Brook Dr. South Colton, NY, Fri. Aug.23,2013, 10 am to 11:30am Overcast, 60’s, Jo Ferris

a dog—my first recipient was a dog, unfamiliar to me. He came over to the table and rested his nose on my knee. He acted lost. I prayed he would find his owners.

a man smoking a pipe as he drove—I prayed for his addition

Arlene–she needed to keep walking –soo –asked for prayers of thanksgiving.

a man talking on the cell phone as he drove

Albany Intercessor


Honduras–Mayan calendar

August 28, 2013

Abbreviated from Wikipedia:

By the Maya mythological tradition, the deity Itzamna is frequently credited with bringing the knowledge of the calendar system to the ancestral Maya. The Maya calendar consists of several cycles or counts of different lengths:
–The 260-day count, the Tzolkin.
–A 365-day vague solar year known as the Haab’
–Cycle of 13 days, the trecena
–Cycle of 20 days, the veintena
–A 584-day Venus cycle was also maintained, which tracked the heliacal risings of Venus as the morning and evening stars. Many events in this cycle were seen as being astrologically inauspicious and baleful, and occasionally warfare was astrologically timed to coincide with stages in this cycle.
–A lunar phase
–An 819-day Count
–Repeating sets of 9 days associated with different groups of deities, animals, and other significant concepts are also known. Each night was ruled by one of the nine lords of the underworld.
–A linear calendar (Long Count) was used to track longer periods of time.

Many rituals were concerned with the completion and re-occurrences of various cycles. As the particular calendric configurations were once again repeated, so too were the “supernatural” influences with which they were associated. Thus it was held that particular calendar configurations had a specific “character” to them, which would influence events on days exhibiting that configuration. Divinations could then be made from the auguries associated with a certain configuration, since events taking place on some future date would be subject to the same influences as its corresponding previous cycle dates. Events and ceremonies would be timed to coincide with auspicious dates, and avoid inauspicious ones.

The completion of significant calendar cycles were often marked by the erection and dedication of specific monuments, accompanied by dedicatory ceremonies.

Amos 9:13 (New King James Version)
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD,

“ When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,
And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;
The mountains shall drip with sweet wine,
And all the hills shall flow with it.

El Olam, Eternal God,

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God. Your throne was established long ago; You are from all eternity.

When Joshua battled the five kings of the Amorites–the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon–You made the sun stand still over Gibeon and the moon in the Valley of Aijalon. You are sovereign. You decree the character of time and space and set its boundaries. You came to the aid of Joshua; the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.

Come to the aid of Honduras! Only say the word, Jesus, and Honduran time will be cleansed of defilement. Only say the word, and Honduran time will be healed of any curses. Creation is Your servant.

Jesus, You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. We trust in You forever, for You are the Rock eternal. Amen.

Psalm 90:1-3, 93:2, Isaiah 26:4, Luke 7:7


Israel

August 28, 2013

By e-mail: In Lebanon on Thursday, al Qaeda-linked Sunni Islamist militants fired four rockets into Israel, evidently in hopes that Israel would respond militarily against the Shi’ite Muslim Hezbollah forces, who have been responsible for such attacks in the past. . . . Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system only brought down one of the four rockets fired at her last week.

Lord God Almighty, You are the refuge and fortress of the nation Israel. We thank You, Lord, that Your faithfulness is a shield and buckler. Cover her with Your pinions and deliver her from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. You make Your messengers winds and Your ministers a flaming fire. Blow all toxic weapons away from Israel, we pray. Amen.
Psalm 91, 104:4


Psalm 5:1-10

August 27, 2013

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I will pray. My voice you shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to you, and I will look up. (Psalm 5:1-3)
      Holy Spirit, help me rise up each morning to hear your word.

For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, nor shall evil dwell with you. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; you hate all workers of iniquity. You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. (Psalm 5:4-6)
      Father, there is much wickedness in our land. Have mercy on us and turn this nation back to you.

But as for me, I will come into your house in the multitude of your mercy; in fear of you I will worship toward your holy temple. Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before my face. (Psalm 5:7-8 )
      Jesus, I trust you to lead me on your path of righteousness. Help me each day to follow where you lead. Thank you.

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is destruction; their throat is an open tomb; they flatter with their tongue. Pronounce them guilty, O God! Let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions, for they have rebelled against you. (Psalm 5:9-10)
      LORD, deal with those who bear false witness about your word and love and judgments. Thank you.

A word received: A loving father disciplines his children. I love you and I guide and correct you.

Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; 1 Kings 1:38-2:4; Acts 26:24-27:8; Mark 13:28-37
Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; 1 Kings 3:1-15; Acts 27:9-26; Mark 14:1-11

      Notes from the Front Line

***** State Street Prayer Table Report, Monday 8/27 12:00 – 1:30 PM, Carol MacNaughton, Terry Volpe, Mary Pasko, Mark Pasko and guitar
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Lot of young children and teenagers!

We had a bag full of slips of paper with scripture on it.. People could pull a scripture. (Terry and Carol have done this elsewhere with great successes. One church does this on New Year’s Day for individuals to have a personal Bible verse for that year).
+Ethan – (elementary school) prayers to do well in school

Ania – (young girl) – blessing

Pursand – ( middle aged man) Help with his job (been to the table several times recently), God sovereignly lifted off his burden; pulled the scripture Psalm 138:8.

Talisa (elementary school girl) do well in school, call on the Lord, be a little evangelist

+Aireonna (girl) – do well in the 8th grade

+ Manson (boy) do well in 5th grade

+Elijah – (boy in 5th grade) prayers for his life, to be the man God created him to be

Sabita! – (woman) (a regular we have not seen for a while) More Jesus! More Jesus in her life; a blessing over her work at a nursing home

++++Audrey – (woman) (the driver in a car that pulled over for prayer) – prayer to stay clean; keep her life together, blessing as she goes back to scholl 9/16, and concern for her children (who the crosses are for)

Terry ran over to the car and prayer for the people who had not gotten out:
Roz – financial breakthrough and peace
Tia – open doors for school and work
Sheila – prayers for others and that her intercession will grown

+++++ Leslie – (woman) so much going on, family, recent loss in the family (crosses for her family)

+Valine – (woman)- everything, good health, relief from stress

+Amira – (young girl) – her name means princess, we prayed for her life as a daughter on the One True King

Tajay (woman) and her child Tajelle – prayers for safety, that Tajay be the best mom she can be

+++++++ Jerry (man) – he has 6 kids, needs housing, he was on his way to a job interview
(Came back later to celebrate that he got the job!!!!)

Lisa (woman) – to do the work to get back on track

+Chantel (young woman) – guidance, stay on the path
Davil – her 1 year old son – blessing on the family

+++ Al – (man) – prayers for his 89 year old mom coming home from physical rehab, prayers for Linda his sister, and all his family in this stressful time of caregiving

++Zyaire (10th grade boy) prayers for his mom Nicole who is in nursing school. He pulled Phillipians 4:19

++++ Janice – crosses to give out to others

Chris – (young man walking down the street playing his guitar) Healing and to spend time with God

Will – (man) guidance for him, to be a wonderful Christian example to his two young sons with him Braylon and William Jr.

+Carol – prayers for getting to NYC on Tuesday for personal business; more of Jesus moving in her heart

Albany Intercessor


Honduras–urban centers

August 27, 2013

The latest population census has shown that, for the first time in Honduran history, more Hondurans now live in cities than in rural areas. This is because the working conditions outside urban areas are much less than ideal.

Genesis 4:16-22 (New International Version)
So Cain went out from the LORD’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden. Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch. . . . Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play the harp and flute. Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.

O Lord,
Have mercy upon us. In the ashes of a broken relationship with You, mankind established cities, agriculture, artistry, and industry. Have mercy, Lord. Have mercy.
Not out from the Lord’s presence, but into the Lord’s presence!
We humbly lift up the cities of Honduras and ask that their government, agriculture, artistry, and industry be established on godly principles. Only with Your help can the Honduran cities be re-established in relationship with You. With God, nothing is impossible. Amen.


Acts 26:6, 18

August 26, 2013

‘And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers.’ (Acts 26:6)
      Holy Spirit, raise up many more men and women and youths, who like Paul, are willing to be judged for their hope in Jesus and the resurrection from the dead.

      Jesus, as you did with Paul, stop all those who persecute your church (Acts 26:12-18 ).

‘to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ (Acts 26:18 )
      Father, open our eyes so that we all may turn from darkness to the light of Jesus and receive forgiveness of our sins and the inheritance of those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus. Thank you.

A word received: I Am your refuge.

Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; 1 Kings 1:5-31; Acts 26:1-23; Mark 13:14-27
Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; 1 Kings 1:38-2:4; Acts 26:24-27:8; Mark 13:28-37

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Schenectady Neighborhood Meal Prayer Table, Sunday, August 25, 2013. Debbie Battiste.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+Steve: Provision and blessings in his life and relationship.

+Debbie: Pray to feel good.

+Kathleen: Pray for her heart and lungs.

+Robert: Pain in his hand.

+++Mary, and her children, Christina and Sean: Pray for her husband in prison.

Man who called himself Ghost: Asked for blessings.

Albany Intercessor


Honduras–glory concealed

August 26, 2013

Luke 4:38-39 (NIV)
Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

Our Father in heaven,
You have placed in Honduras so many cloud forests teeming with life. It is Your glory to conceal a matter, and the glory of kings to search out a matter. What secrets are hidden in the cloud forests? Are there plants for healing?
We thank You for the manifold manifestations of Your glory in the cloud forests. Raise up godly men to search out Your glory, to discover new insights into Your mysteries, to bring new industry to Honduras, and to offer healing to the nations. Amen.
Proverbs 25:2, Revelation 22:2


(Luke 13:22-30

August 25, 2013

And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then one said to him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and he will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.” (Luke 13:22-30)
      Lord Jesus, give us a heart for the lost. Help those who offer a “soft and easy gospel” recognize the great danger they are in and the danger they pose to others. The gate IS narrow and we must be willing to leave much behind to enter it. Jesus, I can imagine no more frightening words of yours than, “I do not know you.”

      Holy Spirit, bring the leaders and teachers of the churches to repentance where they have corrupted the gospel message.

      Holy Father, give many in the church a heart to go out into the harvest fields — they are all around us.

      Then he said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Luke 10:2) Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8 ) Lord, I pray that you will send more laborers out into the harvest fields. Here am I, send me.

A word received: I Am the way, follow me.

A word received: You are in my hands — rest yourself there.

Sunday: 146, 147; 111, 112, 113; 2 Samuel 24:1-2,10-25; Gal. 3:23-4:7; John 8:12-20
Proper 16 Closest to August 24: 46; Isaiah 28:14-22; Hebrews 12:18-19,22-29; Luke 13:22-30
Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; 1 Kings 1:5-31; Acts 26:1-23; Mark 13:14-27

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, August 24, 2013, 9:15 – 10:40 a.m. Louise Popa, David Haig, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton, Terry Volpe, Titi, and Mary Pasko on Albany St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
Bible

State St.

Mary (woman) — Her hand was in a cast — we prayed that she would be able “to cast all her cares on Him who cares for her.”

+Darrin (man) “For my baby that is about to be born.”

++Raymond (man from last week) — Things are settling down. He still needs a steady place to live. We prayed for a place of safety and refuge. He took an extra cross to give away to someone.

+a Benjamin — “A job.”

+a Agnes (older woman) — “For my family.”

aBible Tobias (regular) — He got a job last Monday. We prayed that things would work out for him (he has been out of work one and a half years). He asked prayer for his ex-wife Ragenna. He said he needs to be baptized. He is still trying to understand where God wants him to go to church.

+a José (man) — He asked prayer for “health and work”. We added prayer for sobriety.

Junior (Older man) — “Hit and Run” prayer

+Walter — He was on his way to work.

+a199 Isaiah (man) — He has lots of traffic tickets to clear as well as family issues.

+a199 Tailya (young woman) and +a199 Zaire (young man) — They have both given their lives to Christ. They asked prayer for their mom’s career.

Steve (regular) — We prayed for his business to get started (he is waiting on insurance).

+199 Mirelys (mom) and +199 Nicole (daughter) — Prayed for the Lord’s guidance and blessing.

+a Chris (man in bad shape, on dialysis) — We prayed for healing.

+a Joe (regular, he is a man who a few years ago was lost in bitterness and anger and then found the transforming love of Jesus) — We prayed that he would continue to lead a transformed life.

199 Kay (woman) — “Depression”

+Orleana and +Emily (two sisters) — Lord’s blessing

+a Tony (young man) — We prayed for God’s blessing on him as he goes down to the Bronx tomorrow to help out with BlazeFest there with Youth for Christ.

199 Jason (man) — We prayed that he would make a decision for Jesus.

Albany Street, 8/24 9:50 – 11:30AM, Carol MacNaughton, Mary Pasko, Terry Volpe, Titi

+ Navasian – she is pregnant! We prayed for safety and health for her and the unborn child

Aston and his 2 daughters – thanksgiving on the return of his two daughters from foster care and blessing on the family

+ Pamela – strength, love, and faith, freedom in her spirit like the beautiful butterfly that she is

+ Leonard – thanksgiving for his health and prayer that it may stay good!

+ Joshua – blessing and more of Jesus in his life

++TJ – prayers for his 2 year old daughter Kimonie

+ Jason – his family

Manny – wanted to prayer but not to stop so we simply bless him as he is

+ Daidai – get her life together

Mary – the healing of her hand

Joseph – to make good choices

Terrence – stay on the path

+ James – more of Jesus! remove the beer in the morning, that he may taste the river of the living water of Jesus

+ Alexander (3 year old who wanted a cross) – blessing

A van drove by honked and yelled out with Joy “Prayer! Woo hoo!”

Bus drivers for 2 buses waving first!

+ Earl – Earl came asking for prayer for his recovery from a stroke and the financial issues he was having. Earl was obviously not walking as normal and his left had was curled up. After prayers for the financial issues that came out of the stroke, we started praying about the effects of the stroke. The tension in his left hand changed, he could feel something happening, and he could move and the left arm higher, higher, higher! His curled hand relaxed and he could start to wiggle the fingers. Pray the healing continue!! Also pray for Joan his wife, her medical needs.

+ Andrew (young man in high school) – school

+ CJ (young man in high school) – to be a successful mechanic; top of his class

Jason – on the way back to Colonie, we saw a man curled on the sidewalk by the bank. Terry jumped out while we looked where to park the car. He was marginally conscious, beer on his breath. He’d fallenand his head, bruised his body. Shortly after Terry got to him, two women on the street stopped and one called 911 with her cell phone. We waited for the police and paramedics. We pray for healing and God to take away the taste of beer.

Albany Intercessor


Honduras–Semana Santa

August 25, 2013

Most of the year, the figures depicting Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and other saints are kept safely inside the Catholic churches. But on Good Friday, they are dressed in elaborate and elegant costumes, brought out of their church or cathedral, and paraded on floats around the city or town. The floats are solemnly and slowy carried through the streets by volunteers, while band plays a funerary piece. The parade symbolizes Christ’s funeral.

Traditionally, the streets on the parade’s route are covered with decorative “carpets” made from a thin pre- painted sawdust. The sawdust is painstakingly laid-out to create intricate patterns or images depicting religious scenes and characters from Catholic tradition. These “carpets” are true works of art, made entirely by volunteers and every year there is an undeclared competition between neighbouring cities, to see which can make the most elaborate and beautiful “carpets” for their Good Friday parade. Unfortunatley, the carpets do not last long: any gust of wind or rain will ruin them, and the parade itself destroys them.

John 12:13
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”

Ride in triumph through Honduras, O Jesus! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!
Ride in triumph on highways of holiness, highways of light reflecting Your glory!
Ride in triumph where no lion or ravenous beast may be found.
Ride in triumph as the redeemed and rescued enter into Your presence with singing.
Everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away from Honduras.
Ride, Jesus. Ride!

Isaiah 35:8-10


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