Cheating in Yemen

August 4, 2013

Cheating is rampant in Yemen exam centers.

Proverbs 23:12,26 (ESV)
Apply your heart to instruction
and your ear to words of knowledge.
My son, give me your heart,
and let your eyes observe my ways.

Father, we pray that the students in Yemen would give You their hearts, delight in Your ways, and do their best to present themselves to You as approved, workers who have no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. Amen.
2 Timothy 2:15


Tied up by; Testified to

October 26, 2012

And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. (Acts 20:22-23 ESV)

Holy Spirit, you have bound up Jesus’ witnesses in South Carolina and the Episcopal Church House of Bishops, carrying them captive into situations with guaranteed affliction and unknown outcomes.

We pray that you will testify to them as well, that even in hardship they will know that they are carrying out the Father’s plan, anointed with you for “testifying (to all) of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21 ESV). In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


A Prayer to Know the Riches of the Word of God

July 19, 2012

O Lord,
Your Word is full of promises,
flowers of sweet fragrance,
fruit of refreshing flavor,
when culled by faith.

May I be made rich in its riches,
be strong in its power,
be happy in its joy,
abide in its sweetness,
feast on its preciousness,
draw vigor from its manna.

Lord, increase my faith.

– The Valley of Vision, adapted

via Trevin Wax’s blog, Kingdom People


Praying for South Carolina: “In Your light we see light”

October 13, 2011

Yesterday afternoon, while praying with some colleagues about matters totally unrelated the diocese of South Carolina, I sensed the Lord draw my attention to Ps. 36:9 “In Your light we see light” as something very important to pray for Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina.

I understood that Scripture to mean that it is important for diocesan leaders to be extremely diligent to be “walking in the light” and staying in close fellowship with Christ in these days: through
self-examination, confession, repentance, the Eucharist, submission to
leaders and spiritual directors, sitting under the Word, …. i.e.
everything they can do to “walk in the Light”…. that they will then “SEE light,” that God will make the way ahead clear as they submit themselves to Him and His word.

Here is the full text of Psalm 36:

Ps 36:1-12
1 An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes.
2 For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin.
3 The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good.
4 Even on his bed he plots evil; he commits himself to a sinful course and does not reject what is wrong.
5 Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O LORD, you preserve both man and beast.
7 How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
10 Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 See how the evildoers lie fallen– thrown down, not able to rise! (NIV)

Lord Jesus, may Bishop Mark Lawrence and all the diocesan leaders in South Carolina rejoice in You as their fountain of life today, as the wellspring of truth and joy. May Your light be their light as they stay in close fellowship with You, being quick to throw off any sin that hinders or entangles. You promise that Your Word is a lamp to our feet, a light to our path. Enlighten the eyes, minds, hearts and path of Bishop Lawrence and all in the diocese of South Carolina. As they meditate on Your Word would Your light flood their hearts and guide their steps. In Your light that the darkness can never overcome, may they see light, light that brings clarity and truth in the midst of confusion and obfuscation. Amen.

-Karen


Eight corners

June 15, 2011

There are eight scriptures revealing Christ as the cornerstone. There are eight corners to a cube. This provides a fascinating insight into this verse of St. Patrick’s Breastplate:

Christ ever with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me
Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ to my right side, Christ to my left side
Christ in his breadth, Christ in his length, Christ in depth

Psalm 118:22 (NASB)
The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner stone.

Isaiah 28:16
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD,
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,
A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be disturbed.

Matthew 21:42
Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures,
‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone;
THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD,
AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?

Mark 12:10-11
Have you not even read this Scripture:
‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone; THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?”

Luke 20:17
But Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:
‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone’?

Acts 4:11
He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone.

Ephesians 2:19-20
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,

1 Peter 2:6
For this is contained in Scripture:
“BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone,
AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”

Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.


A prayer before preaching the Gospel

August 2, 2010

Baptist blogger Trevin Wax has an awesome prayer posted in his blog Kingdom People, which he calls a “prayer before preaching the Gospel.”

Here’s what he writes about this prayer: This has been my prayer every morning as I have worked on my upcoming book on the gospel. I’ve tweaked it to make it useful for pastors and church leaders who will be proclaiming the gospel today. May we never forget what an awesome privilege it is to preach the good news!

In addition to praying it for ourselves whenever we have occasion to speak and teach about the Gospel or engage in some kind of ministry or outreach, perhaps we can regularly prayer this prayer for the pastors, preachers and teachers that we know.

Here’s an excerpt:

Be ever gracious to me.
Let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding.
Give me confidence in the power of your gospel.
Grant me clarity in understanding and proclaiming the truths of your Word. Edify your church through this work.

Father Almighty,
empower your people to tell the gospel story,
to recount your wondrous deeds
which shine light on your glorious and holy character.

Lord Jesus Christ,
empower your people to announce the good news
that you have brought to earth the life of heaven,
that you have sacrificed yourself for sinners,
that you have been raised from the dead
and exalted as Lord over all creation.

Holy Spirit,
empower us to live in light of the gospel,
declaring its truth with our words,
and embodying this truth through our actions.
Give us love for you and love for one another.
Amen.

Please go read and pray the whole thing. It is a lovely and deep prayer.


Chemoport

April 22, 2010

I was stirred by Cherie Wetzel’s account of the GSE4 Bible studies and by Bishop Rennis Ponniah’s instruction of his children. I began reflecting on the metaphor of a chemoport.
A chemoport is a small device implanted under the skin beneath the collar bone. A tube runs through a large vein from the port into the heart. The chemotherapeutic drugs for the treatment of cancer are injected through the skin directly into the port.

That [Christ] might sanctify and cleanse [the church] with the washing of water by the word. Ephesians 5:26

When the study of the Bible is the framework for daily living, it resembles the life-saving quality of a chemoport. The chemotherapy cleanses the body of cancer cells, but there is a toll to be paid from the side effects of the medication.
When we allow the Bible to interrogate our lives, it cleanses our spirit-man. We also pay a toll, by making sacrifices, but receive abundant life. Those parts of the Communion that gladly embrace such an infusion will not only survive but flourish.


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