Matthew 17 and Philippians 3

March 2, 2014

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear him!” (Matthew 17:1-5)
      Holy Father, please help us day by day find that quiet place where we can hear Jesus. Thank you.

And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. (Matthew 17:6)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to a reverent awe when we hear you speak to us.

But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” (Matthew 17:7)
      Jesus, come and touch me and set me free from fear. Thank you.

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, (Philippians 3:7-10)
      Jesus, help me properly value all things and be set free from covetousness so that I may know you, and be found in you, and be clothed with your righteousness. Thank you

if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:11-14)
      Holy Spirit, please help me daily press on for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Thank you.

A word received: Bring in the lambs who have wandered away.

From intercessor Tom Gibbons: As I was reading Psalm 115 today, I got this word. First it was Lord let me trust in You. It ended up, Lord I trust in You!

Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Ecclus. 48:1-11: 2 Cor. 3:7-18: Luke 9:18-27
Last Sunday after Epiphany: 99; Exodus 24:12(13-14)15-18; Philippians 3:7-14; Matthew 17:1-9
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Prov. 27:1-6, 10-12: Phil. 2:1-13: John 18:15-18,25-27

Albany Intercessor

Lent 2014 – Updated and New Links

March 2, 2014

UPDATE: There is a NEW LIST of links for 2o15, with updated links, and many new entries.


Below are some updated links to great Lent Resources for 2014 from around the web – these include favorite sites I’ve linked before as well as brand new links and resources.

Sites with Daily Readings / Devotionals / Prayers:

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Syria–starvation in Homs

March 2, 2014

From the BBC: They’re eating grass to survive in Homs, which is under siege by the government.

Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name. Your name reveals Your presence. Yours is a name of exceeding riches and infinite splendor.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done in Homs as it is in heaven. May those who are wise shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. We call out for miracles and mighty works in Homs–miracles of healing and multiplication of food. We earnestly beseech You even for the miracle of the resurrection of the dead. We stand in agreement with Your will that many Muslims in Homs turn their hearts to Christ and many blessings come to believers.
Satan has come to steal, kill, and destroy. He is the Father of lies. We rebuke his lies and proclaim Jesus as Lord. Jesus died on the cross for Homs. He is the Lord of Homs, and He is the Lord of life. Amen.
Daniel 12:3

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