Wednesday, November 25, 2015
2015 11 25
Matthew 19:23-26 (NKJV)
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Lord, help us cease judging by worldly standards and turn to you in humility.
Matthew 19:29-30 (NKJV)
"And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life."
Jesus, thank you for the blessings you have poured out on me.
1 Peter 2:7 (NKJV)
Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,"
Jesus, you are my cornerstone; help me build everything on you.
Psalm 119:147 (NKJV)
I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word.
Lord, to whom else shall I go?
Psalm 119:160 (NKJV)
The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.
Holy Spirit, help me accept the entirety of our word.
Word: Let me have your gifts and talents to build up my kingdom.
Healing Center at CtK, Healing Service Guest Preacher - Mr. John Iseman
The preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, December 1st will be Mr. John Iseman, Diocesan Youth Ministry Director. John grew up in Cambridge, New York at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Shortly before graduating from college, John had a near death experience that re-directed his life and led him to participate in the Youth Ministry Internship program at Christ the King and work at Beaver Cross Camp. He then took over as the Diocesan Youth Ministry Director in September 2014. The Healing Service includes praise and worship, Scripture and teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, anointing, Personal Prayer Ministry and Reconciliation. The service begins at 10 a.m. The service is in the Oratory Chapel for the winter. A light lunch is available for purchase ($11 including tax) in the dining room of the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
2015 11 24
Matthew 19:13-15 (NKJV)
Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.
Jesus, please touch the hearts of those parishes that make having a find music performance more important than having children there (with their noise) with these words.
Matthew 19:20-22 (NKJV)
The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Holy Spirit, give me generosity of spirit
1 Peter 1:22-23 (NKJV)
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
Father, purify my soul by your Holy Spirit and your Word made flesh.
1 Peter 1:24-25 (NKJV)
because "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the LORD endures forever." Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
Jesus, let your word endure in me forever.
Nahum 1:7 (NKJV)
The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.
LORD, you are my stronghold; help me daily put my trust in you.
Psalm 122:6-9 (NKJV)
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces." For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, "Peace be within you." Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.
LORD, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Monday, November 23, 2015
2015 11 23
1 Peter 1:1-2 (NKJV)
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
Father, you knew me before I was born.
Jesus, you have washed me by your blood
Holy Spirit, you have made me holy.
Holy Trinity, One God, thank you for your grace and mercy
1 Peter 1:6-7 (NKJV)
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
Jesus, the trials are grievous and the refining is painful, but don't stop now.
Joel 3:14 (NKJV)
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
Holy Spirit, guide the multitudes in the valley of decision to decide for Jesus.
Word: Come with me into the valley of decision. Make the choice to give over your life to me without reservation.
Friday, November 20, 2015
2015 11 20
Matthew 18:10-11 (NKJV)
"Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost."
Jesus, there is so much contempt in our society for the poor and marginalized: bring us to repentance as a people and as a nation.
Matthew 18:12-14 (NKJV)
"What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish."
Lord Jesus, I was a wandering sheep and you brought me into the sheepfold. Thank you.
Matthew 18:18 (NKJV)
"Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Holy Spirit, please help me loose every resentment and bondage into your care I am holding onto.
Revelation 22:12-13 (NKJV)
"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."
Jesus, my reward is with you; you are my beginning and my end. Thank you that I got to see Jean cross over to you and to victory in you.
Malachi 3:1 (NKJV)
"Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts.
Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon!
Malachi 3:2-3 (NKJV)
"But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like launderer's soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness.
Father, do whatever it takes to refine and purify me.
Malachi 3:5a (NKJV)
And I will come near you for judgment;
Jesus, you are judge and you are Lord.
Malachi 3:5b (NKJV)
I will be a swift witness against sorcerers,
Jesus, deal with those who practice sorcery and the occult.
Malachi 3:5c (NKJV)
Lord, adultery is honored among us and mariage is not; have mercy on us.
Malachi 3:5d (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, let our "Yea" be yea and our "Nay" be nay: let our word be our bond.
Malachi 3:5e (NKJV)
Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans,
Father, bring down those who exploit wage earners, widows and orphans.
Malachi 3:5 (NKJV)
And againstf those who turn away an alien --
Father, let there be just one law for both the native born and the alien in our midst.
Malachi 3:5g (NKJV)
Because they do not fear Me," Says the LORD of hosts.
LORD, bring this nation to a holy fear of you.
Malachi 3:10 (NKJV)
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.
Lord, help us bring our tithes and offerings into the churches so that the poor may be fed.
Psalm 102:1 (NKJV)
A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before the LORD. Hear my prayer, O LORD, And let my cry come to You.
Psalm 102:20 (NKJV)
To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to release those appointed to death,
Jesus, you hear the groaning of the prisoner; release those appointed to death.
Psalm 102:28 (NKJV)
The children of Your servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before You.
Father, establish our children and their descendants before you. Thank you.
Word: Let my word take root in your heart. Let the good soil of your heart produce a wonderful crop for my kingdom.
St. Ann's Church in Amsterdam, NY is having a Healing Eucharist at 4 pm on Saturday, November 21st.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
2015 11 19
Matthew 18:1-5 (NKJV)
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
Thank you, Jesus, that your measuring stick is not the same as ours. Help me see things from your perspective.
Matthew 18:6-7 (NKJV)
"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!"
Holy Spirit, bring to repentance to those who push pornography and drugs on our youth; and where our youth have been ensnared by these, set them free in Jesus.
Matthew 18:9 (NKJV)
"And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire."
Father, please help us get rid of everything that stands in the way of drawing close to you.
Revelation 22:5 (NKJV)
There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
Lord God, help me to see and live by your light.
Malachi 2:10 (NKJV)
Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another by profaning the covenant of the fathers?
Father, help us all live into this relationship with you and your love.
Psalm 105:1 (NKJV)
Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!
Jesus, I call up your name; please help me make your deeds know among the people.
Psalm 105:3 (NKJV)
Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!
LORD, I seek you; help me rejoice in you.
Psalm 105:17-20 (NKJV)
He sent a man before them-- Joseph--who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him. The king sent and released him, the ruler of the people let him go free.
LORD, test and purify me by your word as you did Joseph.
Word: Pray for ears that hear and respond to my word to you. The way to freedom is before you: follow me.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
2015 11 18
Matthew 17:26-27 (NKJV)
Peter said to Him, "From strangers." Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free. Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you."
Thank you, Jesus, for the years (1976, 1977, and 1999) when you sent the fish so that we could pay our taxes.
Ezekiel 47:5 (NKJV)
Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.
Jesus, give me the courage to take my feet off the bottom and flow in the river of your Spirit.
Malachi 1:6 (NKJV)
"A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is My reverence? Says the LORD of hosts to you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, 'In what way have we despised Your name?'
Father, help me honor you by my words and deeds and reverence.
Psalm 109:26-27 (NKJV)
Help me, O LORD my God! Oh, save me according to Your mercy, that they may know that this is Your hand -- that You, LORD, have done it!
Thank you, LORD my God, for all that you have done for me.
Word: I AM at you right hand and I hold you up. Keep looking to me when you are afraid.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
2015 11 17
Matthew 17:14-15 (NKJV)
And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.
Jesus, please help me come to you in humility as this man did for all the needs of my family.
Matthew 17:21 (NKJV)
"However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
Holy Spirit, bring us to a life of prayer and fasting in this diocese.
Revelation 21:2 (NKJV)
Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Lord, I long to be a part of that New Jerusalem.
Revelation 21:4 (NKJV)
"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
Lord Jesus, wipe away our tears.
Revelation 21:6-7 (NKJV)
And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son."
Jesus, I thirst; help me overcome.
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.
Father, revive you work among us!
Habakkuk 3:18 (NKJV)
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
LORD, I choose to joy in you, the God of my salvation.
Psalm 97:10 (NKJV)
You who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
Father, please help me hate every evil you hate in me. Cast out the evil in my soul.
Psalm 98:8 (NKJV)
Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills be joyful together before the LORD,
LORD, I joy in you.
Psalm 99:8 (NKJV)
You answered them, O LORD our God; You were to them God-Who-Forgives, Though You took vengeance on their deeds.
Jesus, thank you for forgiving me.
Psalm 100:5 (NKJV)
For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
LORD, let your goodness, mercy and truth endure in our generation.
Word: I AM with you in your sorrows and in your joys. Keep looking to me in every situation you find yourself in.