John 21:19b-22 and 1 John 1:9

December 27, 2013

And when he had spoken this, he said to him, “Follow me.” Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on his breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow me.” (John 21:19b-22)
      Jesus, please help us stop looking over our shoulders to see what others are doing or saying; instead help us follow you at your word of bidding. Thank you.

      Holy Spirit, please give us the strength and courage to follow Jesus wherever he leads.

      Father, help us to be true and obedient sons who follow where Jesus leads.

      “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” (Jim Elliot, Martyr. 10/28/1949 diary entry)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
      Thank you, Jesus, for making me clean.

A word received: Keep on walking with me.

St. John December 27: 92 or 92:1-4,11-14; Exodus 33:18-23; 1 John 1:1-9; John 21:19b-24
Holy Innocents December 28: 124; Jeremiah 31:15-17; Revelation 21:1-7; Matthew 2:13-18

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 26, 2013, 5:10 – 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

+++++ Gary — He asked prayer for an anointing on the message he would be giving to the people coming for dinner. We prayed for the refreshment of the Holy Spirit for him. He also asked prayer for his son Josh that he would find a wife after God’s own heart.

Ted (volunteer) — His granddaughter Camille is off all medications and is waiting to see a specialist. Appointments are being scheduled three months out. We also prayed for healing of Ted’s Basil Cell skin cancer.

Sue (regular) — She asked prayer for her father’s friend, Margaret, who has had to go into hospital. Margaret is not a believer. Sue’s dad has already died.

Smiley — He has boil on his leg which was lanced on Monday. He is limping from the pain. We prayed for speedy healing of the infection.

Albany Intercessor

Middle East

December 27, 2013

Blockquotes from Fox News. Scripture is Luke 2:10.

In Egypt, the Middle Eastern country with the largest Christian population – at least 10 percent of the population – Christians are at great risk.

But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.

An estimated 200,000 Christians have fled Syria.

But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.

In Iraq, Canon Andrew White, who is sometimes called the Vicar of Baghdad, reports that Christians are “frightened even to walk to church because they might come under attack. All the churches are targets… We used to have 1.5 million Christians, now we have probably only 200,000 left.

But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.

Jesus, You are the good news. Abide with the Christians in the Middle East, we pray. Amen.

Church of England

December 27, 2013

My husband once observed that Jesus, in his natural life on earth, submitted to time.

“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.”

He who was “in the beginning,” He who is “the same yesterday and today and forever” submitted to time. He waited.

Our Father in heaven,
We believe that when we’ve been in heaven ten thousand years, we’ve no less days to sing Your praise than when we’ve first begun. Yet, on earth, our days are numbered. One would think that with a finite number of days, we would be even more intentional about filling the time with praise. Yet, the opposite happens.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Teach the Church of England to sing Your praise and bring kairos into chronos. Teach them to redeem the time. Amen.

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