A Compilation of resources related to Stations of the Cross from around the world

March 31, 2014

Christine Sine at Godspace has put together what looks like a really interesting compilation of resources related to the Stations of the Cross from many different countries and cultures.

Very worth checking out.

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Psalm 23, 1 Corinthians 10:32-33, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Psalm 89:24-26

March 31, 2014

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
      Jesus, shepherd me.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23:2)
      Lord, lead me.

He restores my soul; (Psalm 23:3a)
      Holy Spirit, restore my soul.

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3b)
      Jesus, lead me.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
      Father, set me free of fear in the dark times and comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5)
      Holy Spirit, anoint me.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. (Psalm 23:6)
      LORD, let your goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life.

Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. (1 Corinthians 10:32-33)
      Holy Spirit, please help me turn aside from all self-seeking so that I may bring many to know Jesus Christ.

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
      Jesus, please help me walk daily in your ways and imitate you as Paul did. Thank you.

But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him, and in my name his horn shall be exalted. Also I will set his hand over the sea, and his right hand over the rivers. He shall cry to me, “You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.” (Psalm 89:24-26)
      Father, thank you that I can join with David in saying, “You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.” Thank you for your faithfulness and mercy.

A word received: Turn to me and live.

A word received: Turn to me and I will shepherd you.

Romans 8:28 A word received: I can make all things work together for good for those who love me.

Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Gen. 49:1-28: 1 Cor. 10:14-11:1: Mark 7:24-37
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Gen. 49:29-50:14: 1 Cor. 11:17-34: Mark 8:1-10

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 29, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Darlene Chesnut and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Albany St.

a man walked by and pointing to the crosses said he has 3 of those!

+ 199 Janet- peace

Ras- prayed a blessing

+ Pamela- healing in her family

+ Shaquia (young woman)- prayed for the ups and downs in her life that she would know Jesus is there in the down times too, for safety and provision

+ Milan (young man)- for a job

199 Carrie- prayed for the missing plane and people in it, and for the people in the mud slide, and a general prayer for her.

State St.

Steve (man) — He needs roof repairs to his new place of business.

Mark — He is doing two music programs Easter week at an old people’s home.

199 Tobias (regular) — He is behind in his rent. He needs a better paying job and a new location. He also asked prayer for his many friends.

The Bus Driver honked at us.

+ John (man) — “Everything!”

+ 199 Gary (man) — He recommitted his life to Jesus. He confessed his sins and accepted God’s forgiveness.

+ 199 Emmanuel (young man) — He wants to be able to play soccer.

+ 199 Naru (man) — “Health!” He has one arm.

+ 199 Bishop (man) — Health and provision.

+ 199 Zenovia (woman walking be)

+ 199 Danny (man) — His son’s fiancé has stage 1 cancer in her breast, but it has spread to her lung.

+ 199 Eddie (man) — He would like to see some of his goals come to pass and for his family to stay togetyher.

Albany Intercessor


A Personal Reflection on Hebrews 10 in Lent: Christ the Perfect Sacrifice

March 31, 2014

This morning, the Lord directed my attention to Hebrews 10, particularly verses 1-18.  (emphasis added)

The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’”

8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”

17 Then he adds:

Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”

18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

(Hebrews 10:1-18, NIV)

These verses prompt a chorus of Hallelujahs, yes, even in Lent!

Are you tempted to consider and fall into the trap (as I was beginning to) that it is your Lenten sacrifices, YOUR efforts that are somehow making you holy and perfect, (and then DESPAIR because you are falling so far short in following through in your spiritual disciplines)?!  NO!!  It is only Jesus’ sacrifice that justifies and purifies us, and makes us holy and acceptable in the Father’s sight.

Today I am rejoicing in that freedom and grace, even while asking for grace to be more faithful in denying myself certain comforts, dying more to my flesh and its desires…

Heavenly Father, help us this Lent to understand more of Jesus’ perfect once for all sacrifice and never be tempted to think our own “sacrifices” make us righteous or holy.  Somehow they should create is us a more perfect appropriation of all Christ has done.  Oh Lord, help us in our weakness and help us not to trust in our own Lenten sacrifices.  They are nothing.  You are everything, Jesus!  Hallelujah, yes…. even in Lent!

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A good song to accompany this devotional and express my worship is Matt Redman’s Once Again. (lyrics and chords).

Our “sacrifices” repeated once again, over and over each day do not save or sanctify us.  But looking at Jesus once again, again and again, and remembering His cross, His death, His resurrection, HIS sacrifice, that changes us!


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