John and 1 John

February 18, 2014

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen him and it is he who is talking with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped him. (John 9:35-38 )
      Lord Jesus, I believe; help my unbelief.

And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” Then some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these words, and said to him, “Are we blind also?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains. (John 9:39-41)
      Jesus, give us eyes to see what you are doing and hearts to respond.

      Holy Spirit, I long to see and respond to what Jesus is doing in my life. Please help me.

      Father, you sent Jesus into the world so that we can know your love for us. Please help us respond to your love.

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. (1 John 2:1-2)
      Jesus, thank you for being my advocate and for paying the price for my sins. Help me share your love with all I meet.

Blessed is the man whom you instruct, O LORD, and teach out of your law, (Psalm 94:12)
      LORD, teach me so that I may enter into your blessing. Thank you.

That you may give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit is dug for the wicked. (Psalm 94:13)
      LORD, please give me your rest from adversity.

For the LORD will not cast off his people, nor will he forsake his inheritance. (Psalm 94:14)
      Father, I am your child by adoption and grace: hold me in your arms. Thank you.

Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Gen. 31:1-24: 1 John 2:1-11: John 9:18-41
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Gen. 31:25-50: 1 John 2:12-17: John 10:1-18

      Notes from the Front Line

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Feb. 17, 2014; 10-10:30 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Very, very cold morning — 8 degrees — so we cut it short because of the extreme cold. One of the coldest prayer table days we have had in the two years we’ve been out on Monday mornings, and there was very little foot or auto traffic today on this national holiday — President’s Day. Only three people came by. Muriel Papura and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

KEVIN — First-time visitor was hesitant to get prayer, but he accepted free non-perishable food and winter clothing we always offer, and we prayed for his general well-being after he took the items he wanted.

“JOTTY” (nickname) — This woman came to the table for the third straight week. She took some food and clothing for others, and confided to us that she has had a gambling problem and she nearly gambled away her house and health insurance two years ago but is recovered and “… doing great now.” We prayed for her to follow God’s plan for her, to be safe and to stay away from the urge to return to gambling.

JOHN — A newcomer to Amsterdam, he obviously has just moved here from a warmer climate. He had no gloves or hat, so he took some winter clothing as well as a big bag he filled with food. He had come to the Masonic Temple across the street which ordinarily serves a hot meal every Monday, but they were closed today for the holiday. Therefore he was glad to be able to get some food for the next few days. He also took one of our wooden crosses made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina. We prayed for him to be warm, safe and protected.

Albany Intercessor

Church of England

February 18, 2014

Exodus 38:8 (AMP)
He made the laver and its base of bronze from the mirrors of the women who ministered at the door of the Tent of Meeting.

Our Father in heaven,
In righteousness, the ministering women of Israel who ministered at the door of the Tent of Meeting sacrificed their mirrors to build the laver for washing.
Your Son Jesus Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Jesus sanctified her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
We call out for the Church of England to be so. It is our hearts’ desire that the church be washed in the water of the word, that day and night Holy Scripture be read aloud across this land, that she lead the nation in biblical literacy and holiness of life. Revive the Church of England, Lord. Revive her, we pray. Amen.
1 Corinthians 5:26-27

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