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


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