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
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.