Philadelphia, PA–Benjamin Rush

October 12, 2016

“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.” — Benjamin Rush, signatory to the Declaration of Independence, physician, writer, educator, and humanitarian

Our Father in heaven,
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. We proclaim Your mercy and righteousness over the educational institutions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.

Proverbs 10:11, Psalm 103:13-22 (KJV)


The Declaration of Independence

October 12, 2016

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress signed The Declaration of Independence.

Ephesians 3:8-10 (MSG)
And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!

Our Father in heaven,
You made all peoples of the earth for Your glory, to serve You in freedom and peace. May Your extraordinary plans for the Body of Christ in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, continue to display His inexhaustible riches and generosity.
Deep calls to deep. We call forth living water, rising up out of the fountain of tender mercies; living sound, welling up in passion and praise; and living light, blazing forth from the Son of Man. We call forth courageous Christians in Philadelphia, filled with the Holy Spirit, and walking in the love of Jesus.
O manifold light blazing forth from the Son of God and Son of Man, reflecting manifold wisdom like the gems of Aaron’s “breastpiece of decision”–colors of light separated by ruby, topaz, beryl, turquoise, sapphire, emerald, jacinth, agate, amethyst, chrysolite, onyx, and jasper–shine in the hearts of the Christians in Philadelphia during this election season. Amen.


Philadelphia, PA–Second Continental Congress

October 11, 2016

In preparation for our national elections, I am reviewing our history in Philadelphia, PA.

The British were defeated at Charlestown, Massachusetts, and General Howe had retreated from Boston. Almost a year following the Olive Branch Petition, the Continental Congress resolved that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent. They named a committee to draft it into a formal resolution: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman.

John Adams:

AS the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God; and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety, without which social happiness cannot exist, nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed.

Amen. Almighty God, we thank You for Your protection and blessing of the United States of America.

Benjamin Franklin:

I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men.

Amen. Almighty God, we thank You for governing in the affairs of the United States of America.

Thomas Jefferson:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Amen. Almighty God, we thank You for the gifts of life and freedom and happiness.

Roger Sherman:

Let us live no more to ourselves, but to Him who loved us, and gave Himself to die for us.

Amen. Almighty God, we thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus, and we plead His Blood over Philadelphia, PA.


Philadelphia, PA–Second Continental Congress

October 10, 2016

Leading up to our national elections, I am looking at our nation’s roots in Philadelphia, PA.–JW

Most of the delegates to the second Continental Congress still considered themselves loyal to the crown, if not to Parliament. They adopted the “Olive Branch Petition,” expressing hope that the colonies could end their differences with the mother country.

When the Israelites arrived in the land, they set up the ancient wilderness tent shrine (the Tent of Meeting) in Shiloh. The Tent of Meeting remained there 369 years.
Shiloh means place of rest. The word Shiloh is also generally understood as denoting the Messiah, “the peaceful one.” Today, the community Shiloh is surrounded by farms and vineyards.

Jesus, You are “the peaceful one.” You are our place of rest. In You, we live and move and have our being. May the fruit of Your presence be abundantly manifest in the lives of the Christians in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Shalom over the Christians in this city, Lord. Glory to God in the highest, and in Philadelphia peace among those with whom He is pleased! Amen.


Philadelphia, PA–Second Continental Congress

October 10, 2016

In preparation for the national elections, I am looking at our nation’s roots in Philadelphia, PA.–JW
The second continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia on May 10, 1775, the same day Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen captured Fort Ticonderoga. Recognizing the need for cohesion, the congress named George Washington as general and commander in chief of the colonial army.

George Washington’s prayer for the nation

ALMIGHTY God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in thy holy protection, that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplications, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Aftermath to the First Continental Congress

October 9, 2016

The British commander in Boston, General Thomas Gage, received orders to strike a blow at the rebels. He sent troops to seize the rebels and destroy their supply facility at Concord. That night Paul Revere rode the twenty miles to Lexington to warn the radical leaders and everyone else along the way that the British were coming. The British troops did burn the few supplies the colonists had left, but paid a high price. Total casualties numbered 93 colonists and 273 British soldiers.
Confusion ensued. Massachusetts sent Connecticut officer Benedict Arnold to capture Fort Ticonderoga, and Vermont farmer Ethan Allen and the “Green Mountain Boys” joined him. Then Massachusetts dispatched delegates to the second Continental Congress, hoping to convince its fellow colonies to join the rebellion.

Matthew 16:3b (ESV)
You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.

O Father,
So much tumult in days gone by and so much tumult today! Are we heading toward another revolution?
Search our nation, O God, and know our hearts. Try us and know our thoughts. See us and know our wicked ways, and lead us in the way everlasting. Amen.
Psalm 139:23-24


Philadelphia, PA–First Continental Congress

October 9, 2016

In preparation of the upcoming election, I am looking at our nation’s origins in Philadelphia, PA.–JW

The British Parliament had passed a series of laws that the colonists dubbed “the Intolerable Acts.” In 1774, the Continental Congress declared the Intolerable Acts to be in violation of the colonists’ rights as Englishmen and urged the creation of a revolutionary colonial government. The delegates conceded British rule, but asserted the right to self-government on internal policies and taxation. They accepted royal veto power, but not Parliamentary control.
George III was infuriated at the whole business.

Jeremiah 29:11-14a (NLT)
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord.

Dear Father,
There are yet many godly people in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We bless their upright influence. May the godly inhabitants of Philadelphia exalt the city and make it prosper.
We invite Your favor, Your plans over Philadelphia to give it a future and a hope. Amen.
Proverbs 11:10-11


Philadelphia, PA–First Continental Congress

October 8, 2016

In preparation for the national elections, we are looking at our nation’s roots in Philadelphia, PA.–JW

Its general prominence, together with its central location, led to the selection of Philadelphia as the meeting place of the first Continental Congress in 1774. The congress met in Carpenters’ Hall.

Our Father in heaven,

Do you not inhabit the praises of Your people? We stand in agreement with the praises offered to You through the centuries in Philadelphia. We say to Christ Jesus, the carpenter of Nazareth, Build a door over Philadelphia! Amen.


Philadelphia, PA–learning and culture

October 6, 2016

In preparation for the election, I am looking at our nation’s roots in Philadelphia, PA.

By the 1770s, Philadelphia was a center of learning and culture as well as trade and industry. Benjamin Franklin led the American Philosophical Society. The first subscription library in America was established. William Penn’s secretary, James Logan, had a library of more than 2,000 volumes. Botanist John Bartram corresponded with Linnaeus. Physician John Morgan discovered that pus is the secretion of the blood vessels. Ebenezer Kinnersley investigated electricity, in addition to Franklin. Astronomer David Rittenhouse observed the transit of Venus across the sun. Thomas Godfrey Jr. wrote the first American tragic drama. A literary circle formed around Provost William Smith of the College of Philadelphia.

Proverbs 8:12 (NLT)
I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.
I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.

Our Father in heaven,

You are the First and the Last. There is no other God. You are our Redeemer and Creator. You alone stretched out the heavens.

You are enthroned in heaven in manifold splendor. From Your throne come flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne are burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God.

We thank You for the scientific advances, learning, and arts established in Philadelphia, PA. We stand with the company of heaven and sing over Philadelphia today:

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”

Isaiah 44:6,24


Philadelphia, PA–manufacturing

October 1, 2016

In light of the upcoming national elections, I will be looking at our nation’s roots in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.–JW

As a result of the commerce, Philadelphia manufactories began to develop–shipbuilding yards, flour mills, a paper mill, leather-working establishments, steel furnaces, an anchor forge, carriage and wagon shops, a fire engine factory, and glass works.

Isaiah 48:17
This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.”

O Father, what blessings You bestowed on William Penn’s “Holy Experiment!” We thank You. We join our voices with the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders around Your throne and speak into the heavenlies over Philadelphia:

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!
Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.


Philadelphia, PA–Changing of the guard

September 26, 2016

In preparation for the national election, I am looking at our nation’s origins in Philadelphia, PA.–JW

The Swedes named their settlement New Sweden. They traded for furs with the Indians, planted wheat, rye, and tobacco, and built forts for defense.
However, the Dutch had previously established New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island. Though they had not settled the country, they did not like the prospering Swedish Colony. So they collected a little fleet with an army of about six hundred men and in 1655 set sail for the Delaware River. This was not a very large army, but the Swedes, not being strong enough to fight, gave up to the Dutch without firing a shot or striking a blow. They were left on their farms under the rule of Holland and the colony of New Sweden came to an end.
The English also claimed this region. In 1664 an English fleet appeared before New Amsterdam, took it without firing a gun, and named it New York. Then they sent two ships to the Delaware and took the settlement there also, but not until some Dutch soldiers had been killed and wounded. This was the first bloodshed in all the quarrels of the Europeans in that region.

<em>Numbers 35:33 (ESV)</em>
<strong>You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.</strong>

<em>Deuteronomy 21:1, 6-8 (ESV)</em>
<strong>“If in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess someone is found slain, lying in the open country, and it is not known who killed him . . .
And all the elders of that city nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley, and they shall testify, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it shed. Accept atonement, O Lord, for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, and do not set the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of your people Israel, so that their blood guilt be atoned for.’</strong>

Our Father in heaven,

How much blood has been shed along the Delaware River? As a descendant of European immigrants in America, I cry out for mercy. We have polluted the land of this great nation by spilling blood.

Lord, have mercy. Do not set the guilt of innocent blood in our midst. Help us, we pray.

The Lamb of God, Your Son Jesus Christ, died to atone for our sins in Philadelphia, PA. We cover the blood shed in sin that pollutes this land with His Blood shed in love. We cover the blood shed by European settlers against one another.

Accept atonement, O Lord, for our nation, especially Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, whom you have redeemed. Do not set the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of Philadelphia.

As intercessors of the church, we declare “Love!” over Philadelphia. Amen.
<em>Ephesians 5:25-27</em>
The Swedes named their settlement New Sweden. They traded for furs with the Indians, planted wheat, rye, and tobacco, and built forts for defense.
However, the Dutch had previously established New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island. Though they had not settled the country, they did not like the prospering Swedish Colony. So they collected a little fleet with an army of about six hundred men and in 1655 set sail for the Delaware River. This was not a very large army, but the Swedes, not being strong enough to fight, gave up to the Dutch without firing a shot or striking a blow. They were left on their farms under the rule of Holland and the colony of New Sweden came to an end.
The English also claimed this region. In 1664 an English fleet appeared before New Amsterdam, took it without firing a gun, and named it New York. Then they sent two ships to the Delaware and took the settlement there also, but not until some Dutch soldiers had been killed and wounded. This was the first bloodshed in all the quarrels of the Europeans in that region.

Numbers 35:33 (ESV)
You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.

Deuteronomy 21:1, 6-8 (ESV)
“If in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess someone is found slain, lying in the open country, and it is not known who killed him . . .
And all the elders of that city nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley, and they shall testify, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it shed. Accept atonement, O Lord, for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, and do not set the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of your people Israel, so that their blood guilt be atoned for.’

Our Father in heaven,

How much blood has been shed along the Delaware River? As a descendant of European immigrants in America, I cry out for mercy. We have polluted the land of this great nation by spilling blood.

Lord, have mercy. Do not set the guilt of innocent blood in our midst. Help us, we pray.

The Lamb of God, Your Son Jesus Christ, died to atone for our sins in Philadelphia, PA. We cover the blood shed in sin that pollutes this land with His Blood shed in love. We cover the blood shed by European settlers against one another.

Accept atonement, O Lord, for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, whom you have redeemed. Do not set the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of Philadelphia.

As intercessors of the church, we declare “Love!” over Philadelphia. Amen.
Ephesians 5:25-27


Philadelphia, PA–the Swedes

September 25, 2016

In light of the upcoming national elections, I will be looking at our nation’s roots in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.–JW

The first permanent white settlement in Philadelphia was planted in the 1640s by the Swedes. The oldest church in Pennsylvania is Old Swedes’, formerly a Swedish Lutheran congregation. It is now an Episcopal congregation called Gloria Dei.

Isaiah 48:17-18 (NKJV)
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
Who teaches you to profit,
Who leads you by the way you should go.
Oh, that you had heeded My commandments!

“O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day. (Daniel 9:4-7, adapted)

Then your peace would have been like a river,
And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

“O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. . . .

Are there any of Your laws that we in the church in America, including the Episcopal Church, have not broken? We have followed false gods, made false vows, misused Your name, forsaken the Sabbath, dishonored our parents, murdered, condoned abortion, committed adultery, accepted fornication, broken covenants, stolen, lied, and coveted. We have harbored unforgiveness and hatred in our hearts. We have not tithed. We have held slaves. We have been indifferent to the poor. We have engaged in usury. We have sued our fellow Christians in court. We have changed the covenant of marriage. We have not submitted to the authority of Your Holy Word. Lord, have mercy, for the church in America is an offense.

O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see the desolations of the United States of America; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your children in the US who are called by the name of Your Son, Christ Jesus.”(Daniel 9:8-10,18-19, adapted)

Gloria Dei! To God be the glory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Amen.


From the Lectionary for 2016 02 15

February 15, 2016

Mark 1:1 (NKJV)
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
      Holy Spirit, help me begin each day with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Mark 1:8 (NKJV)
“I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
      Jesus, please baptize me afresh with your Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 1:1 (NKJV)
Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
      Jesus, help us answer your call as Paul did.

1 Corinthians 1:18 (NKJV)
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
      Father, help me embrace the cross of your son Jesus.

Genesis 37:11 (NKJV)
And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
      Holy Spirit, please help me keep in mind as Jacob and Mary did what you have said and done.

Psalm 44:26 (NKJV)
Arise for our help, and redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.
      I look to you for help, redemption and mercy. Thank you.

Word: You are in my care.

A word received (10/8/06): Keep asking for eyes to see.

A word received (10/9/06): I Am calling my church back to me. I Am calling my bride to me. Pray for listening ears. Pray for this day by day.

A word received (11/9/06): Listen, listen my people for my word to you. Listen as you read scripture. Listen, listen to what I Am saying to you.

Albany Intercessor


From the Lectionary for 2016 02 11

February 11, 2016

John 17:9 (NKJV)
I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.
      Jesus, thank you for claiming me as your own.

John 17:17 (NKJV)
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
      Holy Spirit, make me holy by your word of truth.

Philippians 3:12 (NKJV)
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
      Father, help me press on as Paul did.

Habakkuk 3:2 (NKJV)
O LORD, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.
      Revive your people, LORD.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NKJV)
Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls — yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
      Father, help me joy in you no matter what happens.

Psalm 37:24-25 (NKJV)
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.
      Jesus, you have held me and blessed my children.

Psalm 37:40 (NKJV)
And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.
      LORD, I trust in you and your saving work in my life. Thank you.

Word: I AM your blessing and your eternal reward.

Albany Intercessor


From the Lectionary for 2016 02 01

February 1, 2016

John 6:29 (NKJV)
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
      Jesus, help me do the work of God by believing you and believing in you.

John 6:35 (NKJV)
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. “
      Holy Spirit, help me feed on Jesus.

Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
      Father, help me live a life of hope and faith.

Psalm 65:3 (NKJV)
Iniquities prevail against me; As for our transgressions, You will provide atonement for them.
      Jesus, thank you for providing the atonement for my iniquities.

Psalm 65:13 (NKJV)
The pastures are clothed with flocks; The valleys also are covered with grain; They shout for joy, they also sing.
      LORD, clothe our land with your bounty and help us rejoice in your goodness.

Word: Let me be your guide today.

I had a wonderful weekend visit with my brother Bret and his family in New Haven, CT. Our son Brett and his wife Sandra came over from Stamford. It was a great time. The cat was glad to see me back and almost immediately led me to the bag of Kitty Treats.

Albany Intercessor


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