Syria’s chemical weapons

September 14, 2013

From Fox News: Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have reached an agreement on a framework for securing Syria’s chemical weapons on the third day of intense negotiations in Geneva. They say some elements of the deal include a timetable and how Syria must comply — and that if Syria fails, they will seek a Security Council resolution that could authorize military action.

Thank you, Father. Let Syria’s chemical weapons be destroyed.

Philippians 4:4-7

September 14, 2013

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily find our joy in Jesus.

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5)
      Jesus, help us show forth your love by our gentleness.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (Philippians 4:6)
      Thank you, Lord Jesus, for providing for us. Help us walk in your Spirit with thanksgiving and bring our requests to God our Father.

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
      Father, thank you for your peace and the hope that you give us each day and for helping us know your son Jesus and the power of your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

Saturday: 55 * 138,139:1-17(18-23); 1 Kings 18:41-19:8; Phil. 3:17-4:7; Matt. 3:13-17
Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; 1 Kings 19:8-21; Acts 5:34-42; John 11:45-47
Proper 19 Closest to September 14: 51:1-18 or 51:1-11; Exodus 32:1,7-14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10

Albany Intercessor

For Archbishop Ignatius Kattey

September 14, 2013

Archbishop Justin Welby’s prayer for kidnapped Archbishop Ignatius Kattey, from Anglican Communion News:

Heavenly Father, whose love is limitless and grace without measure, you have called us to share in the suffering of those in persecution and great trouble.We pray for the nation of Nigeria, for its leaders and people. Grant them wisdom in the trials they face and bring them again to peace and security.We pray especially for Archbishop Kattey in the Niger Delta. Uphold him in courage and faith. Enable him to know your love, and bring him again to be with his family and friends in joy and freedom.For the sake of your son Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for our liberation and who is our peace. Amen.

The Persecuted Church–India (Re-posted)

September 14, 2013

This coming Sunday, November 10, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. A seven minute video on persecution by Hindus in India is found here.

From IDOP 2013 resources:

Thank You Lord for Your precious church in India.
Please guide them with all wisdom as they face physical attacks by militants as well as legal challenges to sharing Your gospel of truth.
May Your people know You each day as their strong tower, shelter and shield.
Lord, empower Your church by Your Holy Spirit that it may continue to bring good news to the poor, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

The Persecuted Church–North Korea (Re-posted)

September 14, 2013

From World Magazine:

. . .Foley estimates about 100,000 Christians live in North Korea, with about a third of them in concentration camps. Unlike the Chinese underground church, North Korean Christians can’t risk gathering together because spies are everywhere. Instead, they worship in their own household or in the common areas, like while walking down the road out of earshot.
As North Korea fell under Communist rule after World War II, Christians realized they would soon face intense persecution. Some escaped to South Korea, where they could worship freely, but those who stayed chose four foundational pillars of Christianity they could pass on to future generations: theology through the Apostle’s Creed, prayer through the Lord’s Prayer, ethics through the Ten Commandments, and worship through the Lord’s supper. At least one of these elements is present in each of the North Korean underground churches. . . .
With a zero-tolerance policy for Christianity, Christians are careful who they tell about their faith. They don’t reveal their belief to their spouses until years after marriage, and they can’t tell their children until they turn 15, as teachers are trained to extract such information from students. Foley found that children of Christian families don’t even realize they’re sitting in an underground church meeting. One man said every week his grandfather would gather the family together and give them the same 10 pieces of advice. Later he realized his grandfather was passing down the Ten Commandments. . . .

Matthew 5:10-11 (ESV)
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Remember the Christians in North Korea, O Lord, and show Your favor. Amen.

The Persecuted Church–Azerbaijan (Re-posted)

September 14, 2013

From the International Day of Prayer fro the Persecuted Church:
Azerbaijan is still defining itself as a nation after gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Religious liberties are severely restricted, as the Government tries to ward off the influence of foreign religions and Islamic extremism, particularly from neighboring Iran.
The country’s small Christian population, who are largely ethnic Armenian or Russian but who include around 10,000 native Azeri evangelicals, are often treated with suspicion.
All religious groups must be officially registered – a process that can take years. Some, including Christian groups, are routinely denied official status. Any that are unregistered can by raided by the police and some venues have been forcibly closed. However, despite these pressures, the church is growing.

Father God, we thank You for the amazing fruitfulness of Your Word. We thank You for the steady growth of the indigenous Azerbaijan church, now thought to number around 10,000 members.
May they continue to speak Your Word, like the Apostles, with great boldness.
Please continue to nurture, guide and protect each one as they face opposition from Islamic militants, police and government officials. Make Your church to be salt and light in their nation. Amen.


September 14, 2013

The northern Honduras coast usually is washed by a gentle surf of the Caribbean Sea. The coast has four small, shallow lagoons and one large lagoon. Honduras has fisheries for crustaceans and mollusks along its north coast and in the Gulf of Fonseca in the south.

John 21:4-14 (NIV)

4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

“Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.”
Father, send evangelists to the fishermen of Honduras and give them specific instructions for the harvest.
“It is the Lord!”
May the fishermen of Honduras recognize who You are.
“Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”
May the evangelists make disciples. baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
“Come and have breakfast.”
May the fishermen of Honduras devote themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Amen.

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