Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
Jesus, you are my joy. Help me turn to you with your joy in my heart.
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5)
Holy Spirit, soften my heart: give me the heart of Jesus for the lost and the least, for the wounded and weary.
Thank you Jesus for being at hand to help me through everything.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (Philippians 4:6)
Father, please help daily find the comfort of resting in your arms and laying aside all anxieties. Thank you that I can come to you day by day as your adopted child.
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
Jesus, thank you for giving me your peace in the midst of the battle. Thank you for guarding my heart and my mind.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8 )
Holy Spirit, fill my mind with what is good and virtuous and drive from me all evil thoughts. Help me daily clothe myself in the full armor of God, especially the helmet of salvation. Thank you.
Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)
The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9)
Father, please help me learn and receive and see all that is in your word, and so live in your peace. Thank you.
How easy it is
for me to live with you, Lord.
How easy it is to believe in you
when my mind reels from not understanding,
or when my mind weakens–
when the most intelligent people cannot think
beyond the evening and do not know
what must be done tomorrow.
You convey to me the
lucid assurance that you exist,
that you will see to it that not all paths
toward good will be closed.
At the peak of earthly renown
I look back with amazement at
that road which by no stretch of the imagination
I could have devised–
A remarkable road through despair
which has led me here
where I too have been able
to send mankind
reflections of your rays–
As for what I
won’t have time or ability for–
This means that you have
reserved it for others.
Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth. (John 17:17)
Make us holy by your word of truth.
A word received: Seek me as you read my word.
A word received: Hope in me. Hope in the salvation I offer. Look to me when you are discouraged.
Friday: 95* & 31 * 35; Ezek. 18:1-4,25-32: Phil. 4:1-9: John 17:9-19
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Ezek. 39:21-29: Phil. 4:10-20: John 17:20-26
Notes from the Front Line
***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, March 3, 2014; 10-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. I know I have said this the last three or four weeks, but this morning was one of the most BITTER COLD days in the history of our regular Monday prayer table. It was only 11 degrees at the start! It was so cold the ink in my pen froze and I had to use a pencil. Very little traffic — vehicular AND foot — today in Amsterdam, perhaps because of the extreme cold. But the few who came today took a LOT of food and clothing. The need continues to be great. Deacon Alan Hart at His table today.)
t — received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
c — received free winter clothing items we offer.
f — received free non-perishable food we offer.
MARGARET — Asked for prayer for Christ’s love to spread out all over Amsterdam I told her “Why not aim bigger? How about all over the world!”
f,c, t — DONNA — This needy young woman asked for prayer that her husband and family will be safe and cared for, and that somehow they will be able to keep the house they have been living in. She took a great deal of food because she said “A lot of people live in our house, and we don’t have a lot to eat. Thank you (church) so much for your help.”
f,c — NANCY — Another very needy woman who lives with her sister in our neighborhood. There was a time when she would not come to the table because she is Roman Catholic and was very distrusting of our motives. Now, she says, we help her ” … get by.”
MAILMAN — I asked him (new mailman) if he wanted prayer and he just smiled. But after bringing our mail into our church office, he came back out and handed me a “Hothands” hand warmer bag. He smiled again and said “You need this out here!” (Note: I had intended to give it to someone at the table who needed it, but no one else came today. I will give it out to someone next week.)
TWO ANGRY DRIVERS IN THE STREET (no names) — For the second week in a row we had an incident of “road rage” of something that happened a block or two away carrying over to stopping at the long light in front of our church. They were honking horns and making gestures at each other. I stood up and called to them to stop swearing in front of a house of God. I don’t think they heard me, and then they drove off. I prayed aloud after them that the incident would pass without either man starting a physical fight.
***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 6, 2014, 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
a–indicates anointed with Holy Water
Gary (staff) — He asked prayer for a family that is in trauma.
He asked prayer for his son Josh that he would find a wife after God’s own heart.
He asked prayer for Debbie who lifted a 40 lb. bag 2 months after surgery and strained something.
He reported that Smiley (staff) is recovering from the stroke.
He asked prayer for Kathy who needs deliverance from alcohol.
He asked prayer for guidance about his going on a mission trip.
He asked prayer for the Youth for Christ ministry to the Scotia/Glenville schools.
Dan (staff) — He asked prayer for Dougie who is suffering from depression.
He asked prayer for Vivian (in her 80s) who is still very weak from surgery.
He asked prayer for Debbie who has been moved to a rehab facility to get strengthened for chemo and radiation for Stage 4 cancer.
+ He asked prayer for Woody who has liver cancer and been given 3-6 months to live.
He asked prayer for Diane whose 34 year old husband Zack died. They have two daughters (8 & 4) and Diane is pregnant with a baby diagnosed with Spina Bifida.
+ a Desmond (man) — He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
+ Richard (man) — He forgave people who had hurt him and accepted Jesus’ forgiveness.
Ted (volunteer) — Camille has been off all meds this past week because of a reaction to an antibiotic they were treating her with for Lyme’s disease. She starts a new antibiotic today (Friday).
+ a Keith (man) — He has anger management issues. He forgave those who have hurt him and asked prayer for his anxiety. He needs to give his anxieties to the Lord.