Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know him. (1 John 3:1)
Father, thank you for making yourself known to me and adopting me as your child. Thank you for giving me your Spirit of adoption whereby I can cry out to you, “Dad, come and help me.”
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when he is revealed, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)
Jesus, I long for that day of revelation when we shall all see our Father in heaven and know the embrace of his loving arms.
And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:3)
Holy Spirit, I long for that final baptism whereby I shall be totally clean, made new in the new creation, and become the son the Father intends for me to be. Thank you.
A word received: I hear the cry of your heart.
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Gen. 32:22-33:17: 1 John 3:1-10: John 10:31-42
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Gen. 35:1-20: 1 John 3:11-18: John 11:1-16
Notes from the Front Line
***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:10 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre 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
NT– indicates received a New Testament
We had 3 men give their lives to Jesus: Ronnie, Lincoln, and Kevin. We led them to two key passages of Scripture: 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. and James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. We explained the role of confessing our sins to receive forgiveness and being accountable to a brother with honesty about our sins to receive healing. We urged them to seek out Pastor Tyrone or one of the other staff at the Schenectady City Mission and become accountable to them on a regular basis. We also said that we were available as well.
+Bill (Older man) — He has severe pain in his upper and lower jaws.
Gary (staff) — We prayed for his marriage and for his ministry. He also told us that Smiley (regular) had probably had a stroke.
++Duane (prayer by Gary’s cell phone) — We prayed that he would know Christ within him and that he would call upon Christ in his times of need. We also prayed for his girlfriend.
Ten (volunteer) — Camille, his granddaughter, is unchanged. She is still undergoing the intravenous injections of antibiotics for Lyme’s disease. We also prayed about Ted’s peripheral neuropathy.
+ 199 NT Ronnie (man) — He has a hearing on Monday to try and get full custody of his daughter Isabel. He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and accepted God’s cleansing of his sins.
+ a 199 NT Lincoln (man) — He had never given his life to Jesus before but felt that his life had been changed by a Christian book he had just read. He confessed his sins and accepted God’s cleansing forgiveness. We urged him to connect with members of the staff of Schenectady City Mission to receive more ministry and become accountable for his behavior.
+ NT Kevin (man) — He walked up to the table and said, “I want to get right with God.” He confessed his sins and accepted God’s forgiveness and cleansing. We urged him to connect with the pastors of the Schenectady City Mission and become accountable to them before God.
Sue (regular) — She asked prayer for her boyfriend Allen of 12 years who is in with a bunch of guys that are leading him into trouble. We urged her to talk with Allen and the pastors of Schenectady City Mission about marriage and getting pre-marital counseling.