Holy Ghost movie

August 31, 2014

I haven’t seen this film, but it has been recommended by a friend who has. It is available free online September 6. You need a Bethel.TV account, the basic option of which is also free.–JW


August 31, 2014

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us enter into this life of self-sacrifice.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
      Jesus, please transform our minds and our ways of thinking so that we may give evidence of our Father’s perfect will for us.

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12:6-8 )
      Father, please help us use the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit to build up the whole body of Christ. Thank you.

WORD: Keep looking to me for direction.

Daily Lectionary
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Job 11:1-9,13-20: Rev. 5:1-14: Matt. 5:1-12
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Job 12:1-6,13-25: Acts 11:19-30: John 8:21-32
Holy Communion
26 or 26:1-8; Jeremiah 15:15-21; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:21-27

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** ***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:1) from Union Church of Manila Part 1 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 10, 2014 http://vimeo.com/103041562

***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:2 – Forgiveness) from Union Church of Manila Part 2 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 17, 2014 http://vimeo.com/103623391

***** Sun, Aug 24, 2014, “Healing Our Hearts”, Jesus Heals a Paralytic Part 3 (Luke 5: 17-26) by Pastor Steve Ruetschle: http://vimeo.com/104215103

***** Friends of the Paralytic: Part 4 of Jesus Heals a Paralytic sermon series by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at Union Church of Manila, August 31, 2014. http://vimeo.com/104833410


Albany Intercessor

Gihon Spring

August 31, 2014

From Wikipedia: The major source of fresh water of the ancient city of Jerusalem was the Gihon Spring, on the side of the cliff. It is a rhythmic spring (aka intermittent spring)–the flow of water either varies or starts and stops entirely, over a fairly regular time-scale. The Gihon Spring flows from three to five times daily in winter, twice daily in summer, and only once daily in autumn. This peculiarity is accounted for by the supposition that the outlet from the reservoir is by a passage in the form of a siphon.

Our Father in heaven,
Just as King Hezekiah once dug a tunnel through the rock from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam, we pray that Jesus, the King of kings, will dig a tunnel through the stony hearts of the residents of Jerusalem for the rhythmic flow of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.


August 30, 2014

Psalm 46:8-10 (ESV)
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”

Our Father in heaven,
In the midst of so many tribulations, persecutions, and terrors around the world, I wonder what it all means. Are there wars taking place in unseen realms? I do not know.
This I do know. Blessed are those who take refuge in Your Son. You have made the nations His heritage.
We run to Jesus for refuge. Protect us from terrorism. Whether they be in the natural realm or unseen realms, break the bow and shatter the spear of the evil forces who are plotting terror. Burn their chariots with fire.
Protect the nations of the earth, especially ______. Shield the innocent.
You are exalted among the nations. You are exalted in the earth. You are exalted in ______. Amen.
Psalm 2:8,12

John 8, Acts 11, and Psalm 116

August 30, 2014

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
      Jesus, please help me by your Holy Spirit to follow you day by day so that I may walk in your light. The surrounding darkness presses in on me. I need your light of life. Thank you.

When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.” (Acts 11:18 )
      God, bring me also to that daily repentance that leads to life. Thank you.

I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. (Psalm 116:1)
      Thank you, Father, for hearing me.

Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call upon him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:2)
      Father, because of what you have done and are doing, I call upon your for your help. Thank you.

WORD: Seek out my light to walk in.

Daily Lectionary
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Job 9:1,10:1-9,16-22: Acts 11:1-18: John 8:12-20
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Job 11:1-9,13-20: Rev. 5:1-14: Matt. 5:1-12
Holy Communion
26 or 26:1-8; Jeremiah 15:15-21; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:21-27

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Carol MacNaughton, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
NT– indicates received a New Testament
B–indicates received a Bible

199 Heather (woman) — “I’m drinking and smoking.” She asked prayer for her family. Though she was somewhat drunk, she gave her life to Jesus. She was not in good shape.

199 James (man) — He asked prayer for his wife Dori who has a mass in the left lung and has surgery coming up.

Steve (man) — We prayed that he would get more business.

Eric (Pastor Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.) — We prayed for Holy Spirit power in his congregation.

199 Freda (woman) — “For my family and for my life.”

NT Kristen (woman) — She is about to be evicted and asked prayer for God’s intervention.

Joe (man) — He asked prayer for do well in his work so he can give more!

++ Deborah — She gave thanks for being able to go back to her old job working with children. We prayed that God would provide a safe place to live. She asked prayer for her friend Loraine who is recovering from a stroke.

Devion (man) “Hit and Run” prayer of blessing

Luis (man) — We prayed that he would walk in the strength and peace of the Lord; commented, “I will not live forever.”

NT + Isaiah (young man) — Prayer for success; gave his life to Jesus; BIG SMILE!

NT + Bernita (woman) — Asked prayer to stay healthy and safe; she asked Jesus to be her savior.

B + Gary (man living in a half-way house) — He gave his life to Jesus.

+Chelsea and her mom — That they would learn to walk with Jesus.

++Luken — He has previously given his life to Jesus. He asked for help with his fight for freedom from alcohol.

+Madeline (woman) — “I just need a good prayer, honey.” Blessing, help, provision, safety.

Rose (woman) — Strength to keep going; prayer for her family.

Albany Intercessor


August 30, 2014

Philippians 4:8-9 The Voice
Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy. Keep to the script: whatever you learned and received and heard and saw in me—do it—and the God of peace will walk with you.

O God of peace,
Your peace surpasses our understanding. Our mortal frames do not comprehend the entirety of all that it is.
We pray for the sufferers of autism spectrum disorders, especially _____. Fill their minds with beauty and truth. Teach them to meditate on whatever is honorable, pure, lovely, good, virtuous, and praiseworthy. Inform their thoughts and memories, words and actions, with Holy Scripture and walk with them. Amen.

Ebola virus epidemic

August 30, 2014

Isaiah 32:17-18 (AMP)
And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal and external], and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.
My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting-places.

Dear Father in heaven,
Western Africa is hardly a peaceable habitation. We cry out for these poor people in the midst of an epidemic. Have mercy.
We see through a glass darkly. If there are spiritual conditions that have set the stage for this plague, we humbly ask You to reveal this to the spiritual leaders in these nations and teach them what to do.
Healing of bodies, minds, and spirits, Lord. Healing of the nations. Healing! Healing! Healing! Amen.

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