December 20, 2013

Habakkuk’s name means to “embrace” or “wrestle.” His name has something to do with the message of the book. If God is good, then why is there evil in the world? And if there has to be evil, then why do the evil prosper? What is God doing in the world? Yet in the end of the book, his faith remains intact, and he worships God.
I read it and thought of Syria.

We trust in You, dear Lord. We trust in You.–JW

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:2-4 (NIV)

 1 The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received.

Habakkuk’s Complaint

How long, Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.

The Lord’s Answer

Then the Lord replied:

“Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald may run with it.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come
and will not delay.

“See, the enemy is puffed up;
his desires are not upright—
but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness—

Matthew 25:14-19 and Zechariah 7:8-10

December 20, 2013

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. (Matthew 25:14-15)
      Holy Spirit, please help me use the abilities you have given to me for the building up of the kingdom of heaven.

Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. (Matthew 25:16-17)
      Jesus, help me use whatever you have given me to the best of my ability.

But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. (Matthew 25:18 )
      Father, help me repent of failing to use the abilities you have given me. Guide me so that I do not bury them and make them unfruitful. Keep me from being ashamed of not having the abilities that other have, but instead rejoice in what you have given me to use.

After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. (Matthew 25:19)
      Lord, I know the day will come when I must give an accounting of my stewardship. When that day comes, I pray that you will find me at the work you have given me to do. Thank you.

Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.’ “ (Zechariah 7:8-10)
      LORD, help us hearken to your words: let there be true justice, mercy and compassion for widows, orphans, aliens, and the poor. Help each of us seek the good of our brothers.

Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Zech. 7:8-8:8: Rev. 5:6-14: Matt. 25:14-30
Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Zech. 8:9-17: Rev. 6:1-17: Matt. 25:31-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 19, 2013, 5:15 – 6:10 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
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Dan — He had worked 40 hours in 4 days and was going home to rest. We prayed for refreshment for him.

Ted (volunteer) — His granddaughter Camille has stopped all meds. The doctors want to test her bone marrow to see if there is cancer. Ted also asked prayer for his brother Rob for guidance in making housing decisions.

+ a 199 Chuck (father, 48 ) and Kobe (son, 3) — They are going to New York City to visit family.

+Erlise (man) — He came over to thank God for his family.

Smiley and Gary — They were thanking God and praising him. Gary gave thanks for the good connection he had with his 29 year old son. Gary is also fighting a cold.

Sue [already had a Dennis Adams cross on](woman) — We prayed that she would be strong and steady with God. Her boyfriend needs prayer. We gave her two crosses to pass on to others.

Keith (man) — We prayed for guidance and comfort for him.

Albany Intercessor

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