For the conversion of Joppa, Israel

March 31, 2015

Joppa is an ancient port. It was there that Peter opened the door to resurrection life for Tabitha. In Summit Park, the highest point of Joppa, are the excavated remains of a brick wall from an Egyptian fortress built by Ramses II. Ramses II is the “Pharaoh of the Exodus.” I don’t know if there any iniquitous thrones remaining from that period of history, but I am using the ten plagues of Moses as one model for praying for this city.

Shu-god of air and wind, Nephri-goddess who guarded the grain, Geb-god of earth, Heset-god of plenty, Renenutet-god of nourishment and harvest

Psalm 37:4 (ESV)
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Our Father in heaven,
How many idols we construct for protection!
Father, we declare that You are the refuge and fortress of Joppa, Israel (Psalm 91:2).
How many idols we construct to meet our desires!
Father, we proclaim that Your Son Jesus is the Desire of All Nations (Haggai 2:7).
How many idols we construct out of fear!
Father, we shout out that You are merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6). Help Joppa to love You with all their hearts and with all their understanding and with all their strength, and to love their neighbors as themselves (Mark 12:33), for perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
You revealed the inadequacies of the Egyptian deities’ protection from the locusts. You are the protection of Joppa against devouring. O, that Joppa would delight in You.  Amen.

References: Exodus 10:1-20, Time to Defeat the Devil by Chuck D. Pierce, p. 77-78

For the conversion of Joppa, Israel

March 30, 2015

Joppa is an ancient port. It was there that Peter opened the door to resurrection life for Tabitha. In Summit Park, the highest point of Joppa, are the excavated remains of a brick wall from an Egyptian fortress built by Ramses II. Ramses II is the “Pharaoh of the Exodus.” I don’t know if there any iniquitous thrones remaining from that period of history, but I am using the ten plagues of Moses as one model for praying for this city.

Nut was the Egyptian sky goddess; Isis the nature goddess; and Set the storm god.

Job 38:22-23 (ESV)
“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
for the day of battle and war?

Our Heavenly Father,
We thank You for the manifestation of Your glory in creation. We thank You for protecting us from disaster. We thank You for the abundance of Your provision.
We thank You for the defeat of the false belief that safety comes by serving the forces of nature or seeking guidance from the stars. By Your hailstones You displayed Your pre-eminence over Nut, Isis, and Set.
We acknowledge there remains nature worship today, through the reading of horoscopes, Freemasonry, voodoo, etc. We humbly ask You to pour contempt on any demonic princes of nature worship in Joppa, Israel, and make them wander in trackless wastes. Amen.
Psalm 107:40

Reference: Exodus 9:13-35, Time to Defeat the Devil by Chuck D. Pierce, p. 77

For the conversion of Joppa, Israel

March 29, 2015

Joppa is an ancient port.  It was there that Peter opened the door to resurrection life for Tabitha. In Summit Park, the highest point of Joppa, are the excavated remains of a brick wall from an Egyptian fortress built by Ramses II. Ramses II is the “Pharaoh of the Exodus.”  I don’t know if there any iniquitous thrones remaining from that period of history, but I am using the ten plagues of Moses as one model for praying for this city. 

Many Egyptian deities were associated with healing. In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet was originally the warrior goddess as well as goddess of healing. Sekhmet also is a Solar deity, sometimes called the daughter of the sun god Ra.
Serapis was the god of healing, and Imhotep was the god of medicine and the guardian of the healing sciences. Isis was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic.

Isaiah 61:1-3 (ESV)
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.

Our Father in heaven,
Moses threw soot into the air and the ashes became boils breaking out in sores on man and beast. So many times we have sinned in the by seeking remedies from idols, by not seeking our healing from You, and by not giving You glory when we are healed.
Isaiah gave instructions for a poultice of figs to heal King Hezekiah. We thank You for the natural remedies.
Jesus healed by His word and his touch. We thank You for supernatural healing.
We proclaim good news to the poor of Joppa, Israel . We declare that broken hearts shall be bound and that captives and prisoners shall be freed. This is the year of our Lord’s favor! He shall take vengeance against the false mindsets and demonic strongholds that have wreaked havoc in Joppa. The land of Israel shall be healed, and their people healed, by the Blood of the Lamb. Amen.

Reference: Exodus 9:8-12

John 11, Jeremiah 29, and Psalm 22

March 27, 2015

So, when he heard that he was sick, he stayed two more days in the place where he was. (John 11:6)
      Jesus, please help me accept your timing.

Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. (John 11:21)
      Jesus, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to be with us and comfort us in all our griefs.

But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” (John 11:22)
      Jesus, we ask you to heal us and our families and friends.

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:23-26)
      Holy Spirit, please help me live and die in the hope of the resurrection.

She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” (John 11:27)
      Jesus, thank you for coming into my life.

And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace. (Jeremiah 29:7)
      Help us pray for and seek the peace of our cities, Lord.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
      Father, thank you for the future and the hope you give us.

Then you will call upon me and go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
      Father, help me search for you with all my heart.

I will be found by you, says the LORD, -and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. (Jeremiah 29:14)
      LORD, bring the Episcopal Church out of its “Babylonian Captivity”. Thank you.

For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; nor has he hidden his face from him; but when he cried to him, he heard. (Psalm 22:24)
      Thank you, Jesus, for hearing us in our times of affliction.

What we heard
WORD: I have held you up by my hand. Trust me to lead you the whole distance.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 95* & 22; *; 141, 143:1-11(12); Jer. 29:1,4-13; Rom. 11:13-24; John 11:1-27, or 12:1-10
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; *; 42, 43; Jer. 31:27-34; Rom. 11:25-36; John 11:28-44, or 12:37-50

      From the Front Lines

***** City Mission Prayer Table, March 26, 2015 – Torre Bissell and Chuck Rinaldo
+ – Cross

Ted and Camilla – Strength for Ted to continue to live independently and for God’s peace. Camilla got dizzy while driving home after an injection and totaled her car.

Charlie – He has palsy in his hand; pray for better health and healing.

Tiesha – She is going to a new doctor for her stomach condition; pray this doctor can treat her correctly and for healing. Pray for the fire victims.

+++ Carlos – Pray for God’s blessing with his ministry of World Discipleship Christ Recovery Network Nourishing Your Eternal Soul (WDCRN NYES).

Gary – Lift up the persecuted church.

+ Matt – Praying for a job. The last time he asked for prayer for help to receive benefits (from Social Security or Social Services?) and he got them – PTL!

Dan – God’s leading for his daughters.

Bill – Praying to find a place to live.

LeRoy – God’s protection for him.

Frankie – For God’s protection and provision.

Tobias – Pray for him to follow God’s leading in his life.

Albany Intercessor

Various Scriptures prayed

March 26, 2015

LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me. (Psalm 131:1)
      A day for little things, no doubt, but who wold dare despise it. (Zechariah 4:10a) Father, help me keep my attention on the tasks you have given me, not matter what their size or importance to others.

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. (Psalm 131:2)
      Holy Spirit, help me find my peace in Jesus.

O Israel, hope in the LORD From this time forth and forever. (Psalm 131:3)
      Jesus, you are my hope.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to unity of purpose in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. (John 10:1-4)
      Jesus, I hear your voice calling me. Please help me follow where you lead. Thank you for being my shepherd.

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” (John 10:5)
      Holy Spirit, please give me discernment about any false shepherds so that I don’t follow them.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)
      Jesus, thank you for give your life for me.

      Thank you for the faithful Egyptian Coptic Christian martyrs who gave their lives confessing your name, Jesus.

But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. (John 10:12)
      Father, there are so many hirelings in the church today — have mercy on us and cleanse the church by the fire of your Holy Spirit.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:14-15)
      LORD, send forth many throughout this diocese to preach the gospel of peace.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
      Holy Spirit, please help me hear so that my faith is built up.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments. (Psalm 119:176)
      Shepherd of Israel, seek me out and save me. Thank you.

What we heard
WORD: Pray for the fresh wind of my Holy Spirit.
WORD: I love you. I hold you in my hand to comfort you.
Psalm 31:24 WORD: I AM your hope and your strength.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: 131, 132, [133]; *; 140, 142; Jer. 26:1-16; Rom. 11:1-12; John 10:19-42
Friday: 95* & 22; *; 141, 143:1-11(12); Jer. 29:1,4-13; Rom. 11:13-24; John 11:1-27, or 12:1-10
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; *; 42, 43; Jer. 31:27-34; Rom. 11:25-36; John 11:28-44, or 12:37-50

      From the Front Lines

***** Bishop’s Message – Holy Week and Easter, March 25th, 2015, Feast of the Annunciation
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      The recent martyrdom of Christians in many parts of the world reminds us that the call to follow Jesus is a costly call. It requires our commitment, our will, our time, our treasure and our convictions. The collect for Morning Prayer on Fridays reminds us that the way of the cross is our way of life. Jesus walked the way of the cross so that we might be saved, willingly and obediently suffering death on the cross so that we could inherit eternal life.
      As we continue on toward the height of the Christian year, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, I encourage you to walk the way of the cross with Jesus as His disciples. I encourage you to give up every other activity that may distract you and join in the services of Holy Week and Easter this coming week, so that you can know the saving love of Jesus Christ more fully and more deeply. I encourage you also to invite a friend, family member, or neighbor who does not know Jesus to come with you and experience His saving love and then share with them the hope that we have because of the Cross and the Resurrection. I pray that this Holy Week and Easter will bring each of us closer to the One who is the Savior of the world – Jesus Christ.
      As you continue in your walk with Jesus, I ask your prayers for the persecuted Church throughout the world. I also ask your prayers for all the people of this diocese, clergy and laity, that we may all be courageous and faithful in sharing our faith, strengthening one another as we walk the way of the Cross, filled with the joy that comes from knowing Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Savior.
      Almighty, everlasting God…stir up in us the flame of that love which burned in the heart of your Son as He bore His passion, and let it burn in us to eternal life and to the ages of ages. Amen (Book of Common Prayer, p. 113)
      May you have a blessed Holy Week and a joyous Eastertide.
      Your brother in Christ, +Bill

***** St. John’s Episcopal Church Prayer Table Report
+ = cross given

++Marilyn: for her friend suffering from lung cancer
Peter: for his friend Joe’s recuperation in the hospital
Tracy: for his continued healing and strength


BIANCA — Anointed her with Holy Oil. Bianca says she has occasional demons about her that scare her. She says that when she comes to the table and gets prayers of protection, the demons go away.

DARCY — Asked for prayer to be safe and protected.

MARIA — Sought prayer for her husband BRUCE, who has heart problems.

YOUNG FAMILY (No names) — Husband and wife and four cute children. Gave them a general prayer for provision and safety. They are very special to us. They speak very little English but they understand we want to help them and love them. We help them with food and clothing. Every Monday, Cheri comes out to give them a treat of “Goldfish” for each of the kids.

LUCY — Friend of this young family, walks with them. General prayer for protection and well-being.

DAVID — U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Occasionally asks for prayer, but not this time. He wants to come by and support what we are doing so sometimes he just stops to say hello. This man has directed many, many people to us for prayer. He is kind of a private person, so he never asks for prayer if other people are around to listen.

JOE and two other men (no names) — They came over as a group and when we asked if they wanted prayer for anything, JOE said “Yes, we ALL do!” Prayed for them all together to be safe and healthy.

ALBERT — Very serious, pious young man who comes by now and then. He asked for prayer for healing for cancer victims all over the world. Sought clothing for some members of his family who are soon to mover here from Puerto Rico.

(Important note: Please continue to bring in your non-perishable food items such as soup, mac and cheese, pasta, sauce and tuna. We also are grateful for whatever clean, used clothing items you can give us to give to the needy in our neighborhood. We could use children’s outgrown clothing as well. Your donations are greatly appreciated by your neighbors who receive them! Remember Jesus’ words, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto Me!”))

Albany Intercessor

For the conversion of Joppa, Israel

March 24, 2015

Hathor is an ancient Egyptian goddess who personified the principles of joy, feminine love, and motherhood. Hathor is commonly depicted as a cow goddess with horns in which is set a sun disk with a sacred serpent. In Egyptian mythology, Apis or Hapis is a bull-deity, a god of strength and fertility.

John 1:1-5 (ESV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Our Father in heaven,

We thank You for the Word of God, Christ Jesus, in whom is life and through whom all things were made. We proclaim the name of Christ Jesus over Joppa, Israel.

In Your plague upon the livestock of the Egyptians, You were passing judgment against the fertility gods Hathor and Apis. Triune God, You are the Tree of Life, Breath of Life, Lifeblood, Prime of Life, Light of Life, Path of Life, Wellspring of Life, Way of Life, Fountain of Life, Enjoyment of Life, Covenant of Life, Bread of Life, Author of Life, Spirit of Life, Fragrance of Life, Promise of Life, Gift of Life, Word of Life, Crown of Life, Water of Life, River of Life.

May all of Your holy names be celebrated in this ancient port. Amen.

Reference: Exodus 9:1-7

Israeli leaders

March 24, 2015

Exodus 18:21 (ESV)

Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.

Our Father in heaven,

We humbly implore You to grant supernatural wisdom to Prime Minister Netanyahu as he forms the new government of Israel.  Bring to light any hidden darkness in any of the parties up for inclusion in the government and grant him the discernment and fortitude to eschew such choices.  Amen.

For the conversion of Joppa, Israel

March 23, 2015

2 Kings 1:2 (KJV)
And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.

Baalzebub–lord of the flies

Our Father in heaven,
Israel is a secular nation, a people of loyalties divided between the God of Israel and false gods.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
They place their religious weight on a man-made lattice of ideologies.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
The engineers of this lattice have rejected the chief corner stone. You have laid in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly corner stone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
It is marvelous in our eyes. The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he. O Father, that the citizens of Joppa would not scoff at the Rock of their salvation!
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Just as the Israelites were spared the swarms of flies in the land of Goshen, spare Your children in Joppa. Let their lives be precious in Your sight. Amen.

References: Exodus 8:20-32

A striking graph – visual evidence of God’s answer to prayer re: Ebola

March 23, 2015

I was just browsing a very interesting article at BBC by an epidemiologist, recounting the work of tracing Ebola contacts in Liberia.

The article contains a striking graph, showing the curve of the epidemic in Liberia – the average number of new cases per day from March 2014 to March 2015.



Remember the #praytoendEbola prayer campaign spearheaded by SIM?  SIM’s prayer campaign took place from Sept 29 – October 5.  Several other ministries also called for intensive prayer in the first two weeks of October.  Look at when the rate of new Ebola infections began to decline in Liberia!  It’s pretty striking, and very encouraging!

Of course there was much besides prayer that went into turning around the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.  And the turn around took longer in Guinea and Sierra Leone.  In addition to praising God for His grace, I’m deeply thankful to all the doctors,  nurses, public health workers, epidemiologists, researchers, and community volunteers whose sacrificial work on the ground in West Africa made an essential difference.  As we prayed, God used their love, their hands & feet, their gifts and talents to turn around this disease.

Keep praying for Ebola to be totally ended throughout West Africa… Liberia has had almost no new cases for the past three weeks.  Guinea & Sierra Leone still are reporting siginificant numbers of cases, however.  Prayer is still needed, as are gifts to various NGOs and organizations leading the continued fight to contain Ebola.  You can read the latest update from all three countries here:  Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia.



Grace over Israel

March 23, 2015

Ephesians 3:20 KJV
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
unto Him be glory in the church in Israel, by Christ Jesus.
Lord, teach the Christians how to pray during the formation of a new government.

2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
Let it be. Amen.

Hubble Ultra-Deep Field

March 23, 2015

The Hubble Ultra-Deep Field is an image of a small region of space with a low density of bright stars in the near-field, allowing much better viewing of dimmer, more distant objects. The image contains an estimated 10,000 galaxies.

1 Corinthians 15:41 (AMP)
The sun is glorious in one way, the moon is glorious in another way, and the stars are glorious in their own [distinctive] way; for one star differs from and surpasses another in its beauty and brilliance.

Dear Heavenly Father,
The heavens keep telling the wonders of God, and the skies declare what You have done. The host of heaven cannot be numbered. It is too vast for our understanding. Holy is Your name.
We thank You for the billions of galaxies, each one distinctive. With joyful hearts, we thank You for the superabundance of blessings in the heavens above and the earth below. Holy is Your name.
The heavens declare Your righteousness, and all the peoples see Your glory. Amen.
Jeremiah 33:22, Psalm 19:1,97:6

Forgiving ISIS

March 22, 2015

From Christianity Today: An article about a video interview of a girl forgiving ISIS that has gone viral in the Arab world. The video is included in the link.
Another Christianity Today article on forgiving ISIS can be found here.

Hebrews, Jeremiah, and Psalm 51

March 22, 2015

though he was a Son, yet he learned obedience by the things which he suffered. (Hebrews 5:8 )
      Jesus, thank you for what you suffered for me so that you could learn obedience. Please help me to learn obedience as well.

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33)
      Holy Father, putyour law in my mind and write it on my heart.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

What we heard
WORD: Come to me in humility. Let me purify your heart.
WORD: Pray that you will bear fruit for my kingdom.
Romans 8:34 WORD: I am pleading for you right now.
WORD: You are in my care. Keep looking to me for help.
WORD: Remember to have mercy on the weak and the helpless.
Daily Lectionary
Monday: 31; *; 35; Jer. 24:1-10; Rom. 9:19-23; John 9:1-17
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123; *; 124, 125, 126, [127]; Jer. 25:8-17; Rom. 10:1-13; John 9:18-41
Wednesday: 119:145-176; *; 128, 129, 130; Jer. 25:30-38; Rom. 10:14-21; John 10:1-18

      From the Front Lines

***** Jean and I are making a slow recovery: me from pneumonia and Jean from bronchial spasms. We have appreciated all your prayers. Torre

***** Christ Church Prayer Table, Albany Street, March 21, 2015, Chuck Rinaldo, Michelle Diaz, Keith

+ – Cross
199 Booklet

+ Al – Pray for his recovery from his addiction; for him to have a better relationship with his kids.
+ Tion – Protection on his way to work.
199 Joseph – Pray for him to have the Lord’s strength as he is in recovery and for him to stay clean.
+ Gave a cross to a passing young girl.
Kenny – Pray for God’s presence in the neighborhood and for safety for the children.
Pray for Jean and Torre’s health; for total and complete healing, strength and rest.
+ 199 Jim – His sister Cathy is sick; pray for total healing.
+ Ellie – God’s protection and his provision in her life.

City Mission Prayer Table, March 19, 2015 –Chuck Rinaldo
+ – Cross

Torre Bissell – Pray for total healing of pneumonia and quick recovery.
Ted and Camilla – Strength for Ted to continue to live independently. Enable Camilla to increase her immune system to combat Lyme disease.
PTL – Beth, who we have been praying for in her battle with Leukemia, has been released from the hospital. However, she will continue treatment from home.
+ Greg – His grandmother recently passed away. We prayed for comfort for the family. Prayed also for his mother’s health.
+ Carlos and Mary – Pray for their relationship. Mary is in a program at City Mission; pray for deliverance of substance abuse. Pray for Carlos for his ministry of World Discipleship Christ Recovery Network Nourishing Your Eternal Soul (WDCRN NYES).
++ Pete and Chikea – She is expecting a baby and asked for prayer for a healthy baby. Pray for their relationship to grow in love.
Rich – He went on a retreat last Saturday called “Stepping-up”. Pray for God’s continued leading.
++ Frankie – Pray that God renew his mind and spirit to guide him daily.

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, March 9, 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Chilly but not terribly cold as has been the case the past month. We had a steady crowd come to His table for prayer, free non-perishable food we offer, and clean used clothing we offer. John Banfield, James Bryant and Deacon Alan presiding at His table today. We offered everyone who came one of our red cards with the Holy Week schedule of services on it.)

MAN and WIFE (no names given) and their four adorable children — This family has been coming each of the last few weeks. The children look forward to seeing Cherie Nethaway, who gives them all “Goldfish” in a paper cup!) They got prayer as a group for general provision and safety.

LUCY — Friend of this family, She, too, has been coming regularly. Prayed for her well-being and safety.

ETHEL — She is a wonderful, elderly lady who walks all over Amsterdam giving food to friends and relatives that she picks up at the free meal across the street at the Masonic Temple. She never takes any food or clothing from us but she stops to talk with us. She calls us “The Street Angels.” We prayed for her to “keep going” and to continue to minister to the poor and afflicted in her life.

JOSE (and friend, no name) — This man lives across the street but comes by now and then. We prayed for the safety and good health of both men.

MIKE — Prayed for a family member of his who just had surgery.

REBECCA — Received prayer for safety in the surgery she is having this Friday.

IVA — Prayers sought for God to continue to watch over her.

GEORGIANA — She came to the table with Rebecca. Received prayer for her sciatic nerve pain she has had to endure. (Note: She and Rebecca both came to our Morning Prayer service today before the table started.)

BOB — Another pretty regular visitor. Prayed for his health. (He has a history of heart problems and is doing more walking these days. That is how he found us!)

ED — Always comes for a wooden cross (made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina) and a can or two of soup. He says he has the crosses hanging “all over my house” to protect him from evil.

Note: Please continue to bring in your cans of soup, pasta boxes, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, etc. as well as your clean, used clothing. Do not forget the needy neighbors in our midst. Jesus told us “Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.” Let’s keep doing it!!

***** Prayer Table St. John’s Johnstown March 4, 3 volunteers

Prayed for:
Peter: Friend, Joe, who is hospitalized
John: for guidance and awareness

February 28, 2015 – Chuck Rinaldo, Mark Pasko and Wally Plock
+ -cross
Leola – Pray for her family and for comfort after the loss of her pet dog.
Gary – Pray for God’s protection.
+ Danny – Provision and God’s protection daily.
+ Shawn – Provision and God’s protection daily.
Deno – He was on the way to work, pray for his safety.
Karen – Concerns for her pet dog that has cancer.
Eric – Pray for his family.
Mark – Pray for his wife, Mary Ann, who is having mental and physical issues; for strength and healing.

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Feb. 23, 2015; 10-11 a.m. Because of the second straight week of bitter-cold temperatures — it was minus 12 at 9:30! — we held the Prayer Table indoors in our Parish Hall. But whereas last week only three people followed up on the outdoor sign that we would be setting up inside, today 15 adults and several children came to the table for prayer as well as the free good, used clothing we offer and the free non-perishable food we offer. This is a WONDERFUL sign that our neighbors are not the least bit wary of coming inside our doors. Perhaps many of them, unfortunately, used to regard St. Ann’s as a big, gray stone church with people inside who don’t care about anyone else. Wrong! We at St. Ann’s love our neighbors and it is really starting to show. The people in our neighborhood are really getting the message that we love them and care about them. Want to hear MORE good news? Four people who came early for prayer and free items also joined us for Morning Prayer before the table was set up! Therefore, please continue your intercessory prayers for the success of each Prayer Table and continue to bring in your good, used clothing and non-perishable food items. Today we gave away ALL the food that was stocked and most of the warm clothing and shoes, blankets, etc. John Banfield, James Bryant and Deacon Alan presiding at His table today.)

a — anointed with Holy Oil
t — received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina f — received free, non-perishable food we offer c — received free clean, used clothing and blankets we offer

f,c — GEORGIANA — She has become a regular and joined us for MP. She asked prayers for MaryJo, her friend who is in a nursing facility and is not well.

a,f,c — REBECCA — A longtime regular. (She was the first visitor ever to our prayer table back on July 9, 2012.) She is having surgery on March 13 for her back and is very worried that it might not go well. We prayed that she would be brave and strong, to trust in God and for Him to get her through this hard time.

f,c — “CHIP” — Accepted our offer to join us for MP. He smiled and said “Sure!” Asked for a general prayer for protection and provision. (This man often brings items to share with others at the table.)

f,c — SHERRY — Sought prayers for her upcoming surgery.

JOHN — Asked for prayers for his in-laws,who are not well.

a,f,c — IRENE — This Spanish-speaking woman does not understand English but (with sign language and limited Spanish) understands that we are praying for her. She is very needy and grateful for whatever we give her.

a,f,c — ALBERT — He asked for prayers for his brother (no name) who was just arrested last week and is in jail awaiting trial.

a — WOMAN (no name) — This person is going through a terrible time in her life and we prayed for the Lord to carry her through this. God knows the details.

t,f,c — FAMILY — (Man, woman, children — no names) — We gave the little boy in the carriage a cross and gave him a blessing that he will come to know Christ.

f,c,a — DAVID — This young man has some very serious problems. The Lord knows the details. We prayed at length for this man.

f,c — NANCY — Took many items she needed while we had the lengthy needed prayer sessions with DAVID, but unfortunately left before we could pray for her.

DAVE (no same man as before) — Frequent visitor to the table, he stopped by to say hello. This is a deeply Christian man from another denomination who has directed many of our neighbors to our table.

Albany Intercessor

For the conversion of Joppa, Israel

March 22, 2015

From Wikipedia:

Geb was the Egyptian god of the Earth. . . . Geb could also be regarded as personified fertile earth and barren desert, the latter containing the dead or setting them free from their tombs, metaphorically described as “Geb opening his jaws”, or imprisoning those there not worthy to go to the fertile North-Eastern heavenly Field of Reeds.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (ESV)
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Father in heaven,
We praise the glory of Your grace! God has made us accepted in the Beloved in whom we have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of our sins.
You instructed Moses to strike the earth, and the dust would become stinging gnats which would cover the land. You, not Geb, have overcome the power of death through the resurrection of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus.
Many in Joppa, Israel believe they can earn their way into heaven. Forgive them, Lord.
Release the Word of God into this city! Open their ears to hear that they may know what is the hope of Your calling and what is the exceeding greatness of Your power to those who believe. Amen.

References: Exodus 8:16-19, Time to Defeat the Devil by Chuck D. Pierce, p. 73-74

Promised Land roofs and Gentiles–evangelism prayer

March 21, 2015

The drama of Gentiles entering into God’s covenant starts on a roof in Jericho–Rahab hides the Israeli spies and confesses , ” . . for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” She was incorporated into the nation of Israel and, indeed, is listed in the genealogy of Jesus.
The drama builds over the millennia to a roof in Joppa–Peter receives a vision from God, who thrice says, “What God has made clean, do not call common.”

Joshua 2:6
But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax which she had laid in order there.

Acts 10:9
The next day as they were still on their way and were approaching the town, Peter went up to the roof of the house to pray, about the sixth hour (noon).

Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
You are God in heaven above and on the earth below. We thank You that by going up higher, by going up on a roof, these men of Israel “spied” Your purposes and plans and ushered us Gentiles into Your blessed covenant. Holy is Your name and blessed are the children of Israel.
We thank You that we have been made clean by the sacrifice of Your Son Christ Jesus. Help us Gentiles in the Body of Christ to ascend higher that we, too, may usher others into Your kingdom. Amen.

Correction: Rahab was the first Gentile in the Promised Land to enter God’s covenant. The wives of Joseph and Moses would have come before her.

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