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Friday, August 31, 2007

 

8/31/2007, #74, 3rd Quarter 2007

Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of me this night, for it is written: 'I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.' "But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee." (Mark 14:27-28)
      Jesus, thank you for going before us.

Peter said to him, "Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be." Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." (Mark 14:29-30)
      Lord, you know our weakness better than we know it ourselves. Please help us receive your Holy Spirit with power into our lives more and more each day so that your strength will abide in us even when we are weak.

But he spoke more vehemently, "If I have to die with you, I will not deny you!"
And they all said likewise. (Mark 14:31)
      Father, thank you for the faithfulness of Holy Scripture: it shows us clearly our human condition, sin and weakness and your love and faithfulness. Thank you for your grace and mercy.

Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and he said to His disciples, "Sit here while I pray." (Mark 14:32)
      Holy Spirit, please help us enter into Jesus' life of prayer.

And he took Peter, James, and John with him, and he began to be troubled and deeply distressed. Then he said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch." (Mark 14:33-34)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be steady, watch and pray along with Jesus. He ever lives to make intercession for us, help us intercede for others.

He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Take this cup away from me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will." (Mark 14:35-36)
      Dad, please help us enter into your will for us.

Then he came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Mark 14:37-38)
      Jesus, please help us watch with you in prayer.

Again he went away and prayed, and spoke the same words. And when he returned, he found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer him. (Mark 14:39-40)
      Father, have mercy on us for we so often fail you son.

Then he came the third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand." (Mark 14:41-42)
      Lord have mercy on your church, for your betrayers are at hand and many are shepherds of the flock. Bring us to the place where we all can say, "Not my will be done, but yours."

A word received: I AM speaking; who is listening? Pray for listening ears and hearts. Pray that my people will heed my word.

Friday: 16, 17; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7; Acts 28:1-16; Mark 14:27-42
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); 1 Kings 7:51-8:21; Acts 28:17-31; Mark 14:43-52

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***** Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 07:02:03
Subject: The Welcome Home Initiative
From: Nigel Mumford
Dear prayer warriors,
      I ask your continued prayers for "The Welcome Home Initiative"
      We hope to run the first retreat for returning veterans from Iraq in November. The pilot gathering will be for military chaplains. Then, early next year we plan to run the program monthly. We ask for your prayers as we put this program together. My prayer is that this will be a diocese initiative and we will need help from many. The needs will be let known soon.
      Please help us to help those returning from combat...
      If your soul is "quickened" perhaps you might let us know how you might help... please reply to healing@ctkcenter.org
      Thank you for your prayers....
The organizing group:
      The Rt. Rev David Bena (Col.(Rt). Marine/Air force)
      Lt. Col (Rt) Noel Dawes
      Col. K. Love (adviser)
      The Rev. N. Mumford (Rt. Royal Marine)
God bless you
Fr. Nigel+
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The Lay Chaplain’s Program
(open to lay and clergy )
The Rev. Nigel Mumford
The Oratory of Christ the Healer
Wednesday Evening 6pm-9p
Oct 3rd through Nov 14th 2007
Dinner at 6pm; program following.

      The Lay Chaplains program will be a seven week program ending with the presentation of a certificate presented by the Bishop of Albany for those who have attended all seven presentations. The goal is to equip lay and clergy to visit the sick in hospital, hospice, nursing homes and private dwellings. Subjects to be covered will include but not limited to: an overview of chaplaincy, prayer and the laying on of hands, the role of the hospital chaplain, ethics, Hospice visiting, Chaplaincy from a GP’s perspective, protocols, death and dying, clinical hygiene, the ministry of presence, Government rules of patient privacy (HIPA), etc. There will be seven different presenters offering many viewpoints for the support of the sick. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and discussion.
      The seven week program cost is $150 (includes seven dinners)
      Please contact Sandra in the office of the Oratory of Christ the Healer, for further details and to sign up: 518-692-9550 x202, healing@ctkcenter.org
God bless you, Fr. Nigel+

Thursday, August 30, 2007

 

8/30/2007, #73, 3rd Quarter 2007

But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, "Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.' Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me." (Acts 27:21-25)
      A word received: I want my people to turn to me in the midst of their difficulties. Paul did and many were blessed by his choice. Turn to me; yield your lives to me anew.

I will love you, O LORD, my strength. (Psalm 18:1)
      LORD, you are the strength I need; please help me to love you day by day.

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)
      Jesus, you are this to me and more.

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:3)
      Father, I call upon you and praise you. Save me, save your people who worship you.

The pangs of death surrounded me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. (Psalm 18:4)
      Jesus, thank you for overcoming death and the grave. I am surrounded by ungodliness, please help me keep my attention on you.

The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me. (Psalm 18:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help me remember as of first importance that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he was seen by many. (From 1 Corinthians 15:3-8)

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried out to my God; he heard my voice from his temple, and my cry came before him, even to his ears. (Psalm 18:6)
      "I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction, and he answered me. Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the floods surrounded me; all your billows and your waves passed over me. Then I said, 'I have been cast out of your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.' The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; the deep closed around me; weeds were wrapped around my head. I went down to the moorings of the mountains; the earth with its bars closed behind me forever; yet you have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD, my God. When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; and my prayer went up to you, into your holy temple. Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD." (Jonah 2:2-9)

Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, because he was angry. (Psalm 18:7)
      LORD, Psalm 11:3 asks: "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" The answer is given in verse 4: "The LORD is in His holy temple." LORD, the foundations of the Episcopal Church are being shaken, help us to look to you, to keep our eyes on you, to worship you in your holy temple.

He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place; he delivered me because he delighted in me. (Psalm 18:16-19)
      Jesus, you have said to us: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your savior." (Isaiah 43:1-3) Thank you, Jesus.

Thursday: 18:1-20; 1 Kings 3:16-28; Acts 27:27-44; Mark 14:12-26
Friday: 16, 17; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7; Acts 28:1-16; Mark 14:27-42

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***** An intercessor believes he is getting a word to "Declare a Fast" and pray for the Church. Is anyone else getting that word?

***** Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 10:42:30
From: Rev Susan Baker Borjeson
Subject: Miracles in Coxsackie
Here is a testimony from Sunday Aug 26th:
      -Our Jr Warden's displaced hips, shorter left leg, caving rt ankle and bent rt knee were sovereignly evened out/realigned (and we are believing her diabetes was finished healing also), as a result of the prayer of 7 parishioners, Ralph and me over an hour's time. She was walking and even power walking a bit. She is pain free. A blockage in her left ear was removed, and the release of her heart by receipt of the father's blessing continued the inner healing she has been receiving over a year and one half. How wonderful is our God!
      -Additionally: A man for whom we have been praying, asked for prayer for his painful back. Both of these healings were in the context of taking the cue from the gospel and identifying/binding spirits, before working toward the healing. The man got a lot more than he asked, and was dazed, grateful, and his faith raised. He left with no back pain, free from a grudge he'd been holding onto, free of the effects of word curses and other ugliness directed against him over years,

***** Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 06:45:38
From: Debra Gerlach
Subject: Re: Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2007 08 25 near the corner of Craig and Albany Sts
      Praise God for his Awesome Presence as Torre and I sat at the Prayer Table on Albany Street last Saturday! We were simply present to hear the people's petitions and lift them up to God. I came away deeply refreshed in the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Jesus.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

 

8/29/2007, #72, 3rd Quarter 2007

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on his head. (Mark 14:3)
      Jesus, there is such amazing freedom in this verse. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to enter any home you bid us to and help us find the freedom to use even our most valued possessions to bless you.

But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, "Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor." And they criticized her sharply. But Jesus said, "Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for me." (Mark 14:4-6)
      Holy Spirit, cleanse our souls and minds of this "bean counter" mentality. Help us recognize every gift to Jesus for what it is, whether as small as the widow's mite or as large as this costly oil. Help us rejoice whenever giving seeks to honor you.

"For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but me you do not have always." (Mark 14:7)
      Jesus, please help us recognize and seize the opportunities you give us to help the poor. Make our blind eyes see those in front of us who are in need in body, mind, soul, or spirit and do for them as you direct us.

"She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint my body for burial." (Mark 14:8)
      Father, our hearts desire is to do what we can for Jesus: please help us live that out day by day.

"Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her." (Mark 14:9)
       LORD, please help us remember that this unnamed woman prepared you for the cross, burial and resurrection by which we are saved. Thank you for your ministry through her. Help us repent of criticizing the gifts of others.

A word received: Yield this day to me. I AM.

Wednesday: 119:1-24; 1 Kings 3:1-15; Acts 27:9-26; Mark 14:1-11
Thursday: 18:1-20; 1 Kings 3:16-28; Acts 27:27-44; Mark 14:12-26

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Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 08:32:05
From: Rev Susan Baker Borjeson
      Jean Nolting's surgery is Tuesday the 4th. She wanted to be sure the A Team of surgeon and nurses and hospital staff was back in place before having it. She'd heard the worst times to be hospitalized are the weeks of major holidays, because the staff on duty is usually fewer and less experienced.
      Her attitude and spirit are so good. Lots of prayer, and her kids are being great. The prayers of all her friends are opening heaven...she is confident that all will be well. No spread. And even, no sign of a tumor...she would like the surgeon to have a 'startling revelation' of the power of God! Yesterday was colonoscopy day. Ugh. She is very tired from the tests and the stress...most of all because she has been taken off all her diabetes medicine for over a week and another to go. Prayer needed here. But she has believed the Lord was healing her of diabetes, and she goes forward for prayer about that anywhere she can. So this may be the proof of it.

***** A very hot Saturday Morning in front of Christ Church Schenectady brought some for prayer. 3 fire engines went by, several police cars and at least 10 buses. (8/25/07)
Crystal came first thing, she was waiting for us- she is still clean -- prayers that she stay clean!
Tequoia and daughter, Eumantie Stay happy and well.
Donna with her 3 yr. old daughter Crystal she is getting her life back together, now needs a job (she crossed the street to come for prayer
A man came up on a bicycle saying that a woman down the street asked him to ask us to pray for Dave Squires, who is sick
A man late for work
A woman who works at City Mission prayed a wonderful prayer for our church and us
A man walking by
Desdemona for her granddaughter, Bianca, (age 10) who is overweight needs to lose weight and needs an operation for adenoids and has asthma
3 children came up to ask if we wanted a kitten- they need to get rid of them today...
Someone without time for prayer
A man answered "No I'm on alcohol..." He did not seem at all drunk -- Was Indian.
A man walking by answered "No, Mam, thank you."
A blind woman going by with kids and a man
A young boy called out from a car, "Is this a church?"

***** From the Diocesan Update:

As many of you know, Sister Mary Basil passed away on Aug. 15th, the Feast of St. Mary. A Solemn Requiem will be celebrated at the Convent of St. Mary, this Wednesday, August 29th, beginning at 12:00 noon. Clergy planning to vest, are asked to wear a cassock alb and white stole. While all are welcome, if you plan to attend the service, please contact the Convent at (518) 692-3028.
      Please pray that the soul of Sister Mary Basil will rest in peace and that new vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary will be raised up. Thank you for their ministry among us.

The Postulant and Candidates Retreat begins Friday, Sept. 7th at 5 p.m., ending Sunday the 9th, following lunch. All postulants and candidates unless otherwise excused are asked to attend.
      Holy Spirit, please anoint the Postulants and Candidates with your presence throughout the retreat and after.

An Evangelism and Healing Conference entitled "To Know Christ and Make Him Known" will be held on September 14th and 15th at Christ the King SLC. The keynote speaker will be Canon J. John, a world renowned speaker, author and evangelist who has worked closely with TV evangelist Joyce Meyers. To date he has led conferences in 49 countries on six continents. Fr. Nigel Mumford will also be speaking. For more information, please call Lynne at the SLC (518)692-3198. Space is filling up so please call soon. It should be an excellent conference. Limited scholarship assistance is available.
      Jesus, help us know you more and make you known more.

Now, to bring you up to date on the last several weeks, as many of you know, Karen and the kids and I were blessed by going on a two week mission trip to Bolivia as part of a 20 member mission team made up of 10 adults and 10 kids from around the Diocese. To the best of my knowledge this is Albany's first mission trip to Bolivia. The team leader, Fr. Gus Calvo, did an outstanding job. We participated in a couple of building projects as well as outreach ministry in the children's ward at one of the local hospitals, street ministry with the "Shoe shiners" on the streets of La Paz, Bible studies, and prayer and healing ministry with members of the local Anglican Church. More on the trip will be shared in the upcoming issue of the Albany Episcopalian. It was truly a Spirit-filled, life transforming experience for all those who went. Thank you so much to everyone who was holding the team up in prayer. We felt and were very appreciative of all the prayers that were offered on our behalf.
      Father, thank you for all those who heed the call to go forth bearing the seed.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

 

8/28/2007, #71, 3rd Quarter 2007

"Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near--at the doors!" (Mark 13:28-29)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize and interpret the signs of the time in our generation.

"Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away." (Mark 13:30-31)
      Jesus, we pray that your words will be written on our hearts and in our minds and spirits so that your words will never pass away from us. Please help us recognize what has been fulfilled and what is yet to come.

"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. (Mark 13:32-33)
      Thank you, Father, that we do not know the time when all these things that Jesus spoke of will come to pass -- it would have been too great a burden for us to carry. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to take heed, watch and pray.

"one of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray ' " (Luke 11:1)
      Lord, teach us to pray!

A word received: Hear me, listen to me, heed me, come to me. I AM. There is no other.
A word received: Keep crying out to me for my children.

Monday: 1, 2, 3; 1 Kings 1:5-31; Acts 26:1-23; Mark 13:14-27
Tuesday: 5, 6; 1 Kings 1:38-2:4; Acts 26:24-27:8; Mark 13:28-37

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Three of the intercessors receiving these prayers are prisoners in Albion Correctional Facility in Albion, NY: Connie, Julie, and Lilly. Please hold them in prayer that they will find God's freedom in their lives. Thank you.

Monday, August 27, 2007

 

8/27/2007, #70, 3rd Quarter 2007

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; (Psalm 1:1)
      LORD, please surround Bishop Bill and Bishop Dave with godly counsel; keep far from their ears the voice of the scornful and those who promote sin.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:2)
      LORD, shape the thoughts of Bishop Bill and all our clergy and lay leaders with your word in Scripture.

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1:3)
      Holy Spirit, let all the lay leaders and clergy of this diocese daily bathe in rivers of living water; let them bring forth your fruit in its season; don't let your ministry wither among us.

The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. (Psalm 1:4)
      Jesus, don't let any of the wheat be blown away with the chaff. Protect your little ones from the lies of the ungodly.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. (Psalm 1:5)
      Father, there is a day of judgment coming; have mercy on your people and draw them to you with the good news of what your son has done for us.

For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. (Psalm 1:6)
      Jesus, you know all our thoughts, none of them are hidden from you; please keep us in the way of the righteous. Thank you.

Monday: 1, 2, 3; 1 Kings 1:5-31; Acts 26:1-23; Mark 13:14-27
Tuesday: 5, 6; 1 Kings 1:38-2:4; Acts 26:24-27:8; Mark 13:28-37

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***** Article published Aug 25, 2007, http://www.washingtontimes.com
Christians arrested in new crackdown
August 25, 2007
ASSOCIATED PRESS - BEIJING — Authorities have increased arrests of Christians operating outside China's sole official government church as a the result of a crackdown ordered last month, an overseas monitoring group reported yesterday.
      At least 15 leaders in the unofficial church have been detained in recent days across six provinces and regions, according to the China Aid Association, based in Midland, Texas.
      They include seven church leaders arrested during a worship service in Inner Mongolia on Tuesday and six others detained for up to 10 days in the neighboring provinces of Shandong and Jiangsu. In another case, Christian businessman Zhou Heng was arrested while picking up an order of 2 tons of Bibles at a bus station, the association said.
      Those actions follow a crackdown on unauthorized religious activity ordered July 5 as part of a drive against crime and economic chaos at the village level.
      "Strike hard against illegal religious and evil cult activity; eliminate elements that affect the stability of village governance," said the directive.
      The text was derived from remarks issued by Vice Public Security Minister Liu Jinguo during a nationwide teleconference and posted on the ministry's Web site. Other crimes targeted ranged from kidnapping and gang activity to production of fake products and exploitation of the millions of children left behind in villages by parents who migrate to work in cities.
      The association said some of those arrested had been conducting worship services or vacation Bible camps, including Kong Lingrong, who was running a Bible study class for young people on July 14 when it was interrupted by local officials.
      Determined to make her stop, they cut water and electricity to her home, the association said.
      Authorities have demanded Miss Kong guarantee in writing that she would not conduct such classes in future, warning that until she does so, they would also cut power and water to the homes of anyone found meeting with her, the association reported.
      Calls to local governments and police stations in the areas where arrests were reported either rang unanswered or were answered by people who said they had no knowledge of the arrests.
      China allows Christians to worship only in Communist Party-designated churches. Millions of others risk harassment, fines and terms in prison camps by worshipping in underground congregations usually hosted in private homes.
      In an unrelated development, Chinese authorities yesterday barred the wife of an imprisoned human rights activist from leaving the country to accept a humanitarian award on her husband's behalf, a friend of the woman said.
      Yuan Weijing's passport and phone were confiscated as she attempted to pass through security at the Beijing airport to fly to the Philippines, said Hu Jia, an AIDS advocate who himself has been under house arrest for months.
      Mrs. Yuan had planned to fly to the Philippines to accept a Magsaysay Award, Asia's version of the Nobel Prize, for her husband, Chen Guangcheng, a self-trained lawyer who helped farmers with grievances file court cases.
      Mr. Chen, who is blind, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison in 2006 after he documented cases of forced abortions and other abuses by family planning officials in his native Shandong province in eastern China.

***** Copyright The Anglican Planet © 2007, Summer 2007
Conversion of Malaysian Christian denied by top court
      Malaysian Islam not as moderate as government pretends
      (Staff) The case of a Christian convert in Malaysia has proven that the version of Islam practiced in the country is not as moderate as the government would profess. Lina Joy has lost a six-year battle to have the word "Islam" dropped from her identity card after the country's highest civil court rejected the change.
      Joy, 43, was born Azlina Jailani and was raised by Muslim parents but at the age of 26 she converted to Christianity and was baptized under her new name. In 1999, the registration department allowed her to change the name on her identity card to Lina Joy but insisted the entry for her religion remain "Islam."
      "You can't at whim and fancy convert from one religion to another," Federal Court Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim declared in his ruling on May 30. "The issue of apostasy is related to Islamic law, so it's under the sharia court. The civil court cannot intervene."
      Joy wants to marry a fellow Christian but she cannot do so while her identity card declares her to be Muslim. In Malaysia, marriage between Muslims and non-Muslims is forbidden. Non-Muslims must convert to Islam first.
      The appeal bench ruled 2-1 against Joy. The dissenting judge, Richard Malanjum, the only non-Muslim on the bench, said, "In my view, this is tantamount to unequal treatment under the law. She is entitled to an IC [identity card] where the word Islam does not appear."
      In a statement released through her lawyer, Joy said: "I am disappointed that the Federal Court is not able to vindicate a simple but important fundamental right that exists in all persons: Namely, the right to believe in the religion of one's choice. The Federal Court has not only denied me that right but [denied it] to all Malaysians who value fundamental freedoms."
      Outside the courthouse about 200 Muslim demonstrators celebrated the verdict with shouts of "Allah-o-Akbar" ("God is great"), but non-Muslims were dismayed.
      "I think it's a major blow," opposition politician Lim Kit Siang said. "It casts a large shadow on civil liberties and the constitutional rights of Malaysians."
      Malaysia has been under Islamic influence since the 15th century, but large immigration waves of Chinese Buddhists and Indian Hindus and Sikhs over the last 150 years have dramatically changed its racial and religious character. Islam, the official state religion, is followed by some 60 percent of the population, according to the 2000 census. Buddhism is the second largest faith (19 percent), followed by Christianity (9 percent), Hinduism (6 percent) and Confucianism, Taoism and other Chinese religions (2 percent).
      Malaysia's Council of Churches was distressed by the ruling. "We still go by the possibility that the constitution allows any citizen of the country to exercise his or her right to choose a religion and practice it," council secretary Rev. Hermen Shastri said. "I don't think this decision is going to stop an individual from exercising that right for whatever reason."
      Although Malaysia's constitution guarantees freedom of religion, civil courts now routinely refer any cases involving Islamic matters to sharia courts. And the sharia courts almost never grant Muslims the right to leave Islam. Instead they send apostates to counseling and, if they persist in rejecting Islam, fine or jail them. In 2000, an Islamic court sentenced four people to 3-year prison terms for apostasy. Leaders of the opposition Islamic Party (PAS) have said that the penalty for apostasy should be death.
      "If Islam were to grant permission for Muslims to change religion at will, it would imply it has no dignity, no selfesteem," said Wan Azhar Wan Ahmad, senior fellow at Malaysia's Institute of Islamic Understanding. "And people may then question its completeness, truthfulness and perfection."
      Joy has refused to seek the sharia court's permission, saying she is a Christian and should not be bound by Islamic laws. If she continues to practice Christianity, she faces being charged with apostasy, which is punishable by a jail sentence and fine. She also has the option to leave the country. Asked if she will emigrate, Joy said in her statement: "It would be extremely difficult to exercise freedom of conscience in the present environment."
      According to some reports, Joy and her fiancé have gone into hiding after receiving numerous death threats. Joy's lawyer, Benjamin Dawson, told the press that the only chance of the two living together in peace may be for them to leave their country. A Muslim lawyer, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, also faces death threats for defending Joy.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

 

8/26/2007, #69, 3rd Quarter 2007

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 the Episcopal Church walk by your light; it is stumbling in the darkness now.

The Pharisees therefore said to him, "You bear witness of yourself; your witness is not true." (John 8:13)
      Holy Spirit, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to accept Jesus' witness of himself.

Jesus answered and said to them, "Even if I bear witness of myself, my witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one." (John 8:14-15)
      Father, we all struggle with judging by the flesh. We do judge by the outward appearance; you do "not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7) Please help us listen for the witness of your Holy Spirit.

"And yet if I do judge, my judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me. It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. I am one who bears witness of myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness of me." (John 8:16-18)
      Jesus, please help the Episcopal Church to accept the witness of your father about you: "This is my beloved son, listen to him." (Mark 9:7)

Then they said to him, "Where is your father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me nor my father. If you had known me, you would have known my father also." (John 8:19)
      Holy Spirit, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to know Jesus so that they can know his father as well. Thank you.

These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on him, for His hour had not yet come. (John 8:20)
      Jesus, please come and speak in our parishes; and even better, speak in the temples of your Holy Spirit, our bodies, so that we can hear you. Thank you.

Sunday: 146, 147; 2 Samuel 24:1-2,10-25; Gal. 3:23-4:7; John 8:12-20
Monday: 1, 2, 3; 1 Kings 1:5-31; Acts 26:1-23; Mark 13:14-27

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***** From: Charla Brych
To: Bgregbailey@hotmail.com
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007
Prayers please for Ronnie Pressley (Former Hostess at Barry House and cook at SLC) will be having a hernia repair on Tuesday morning, August 21, 2007.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

 

8/25/2007, #68, 3rd Quarter 2007

A word received: I want you to tell my people to keep their attention on me in the midst of their circumstances. I AM light for their path. Keep your attention on me lest you stumble.

Saturday: 137, 144; 2 Samuel 23:1-17,13-17; Acts 25:13-27; Mark 13:1-13
Sunday: 146, 147; 2 Samuel 24:1-2,10-25; Gal. 3:23-4:7; John 8:12-20

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***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2007 08 25

Torre Bissell and Deb Gerlach, 10 am to noon in the SICM parking lot near the corner of Craig and Albany Sts., (+ indicates received a cross)
[I had given Deb and handful of crosses to take with her on the Diocesan mission trip to Bolivia July 14-26. She gave out most of them in the Burn Unit of a pediatric hospital in La Paz, but she also gave out two to indigenous people up by Lake Titicaca in Bolivia.]

Christy -- (we prayed for her 4 weeks ago) stopped by the prayer table in front of Christ Church and called out to me with a big smile, "I'm still clean."

+Leroy -- for his daughter +Ashley, hasn't seen her for two years, his former wife keeps her away from him. We prayed for his control of his thoughts and for his health (he had a heart attack 3 or 4 months ago).
+Maria -- "No food in my house." (Leroy gave her a cigarette.)
+Shawn -- "I've been stressing a lot." He gave a burden to Jesus. We prayed for the Holy Spirit, the Comforter to come into him. (He walked by later wearing his cross with a big smile.)
+John -- "for the world" We prayed for that and for the neighborhood.
+James -- He feels God is calling him to his musical talents but all sorts of barriers keep popping up. We prayed that with God's help he would leap over these walls that were holding him back. (Psalm 18:29)
(Man walking by) -- "Always." (In response to our question, did he need prayer) We prayed that he would know God's joy.
+Dree and +Ray -- (2 teenager boys about age 16 or 17) We prayed for God's strength and the Holy Spirit.
+James and +Tammy -- "Get out of the rut we are in."
+Alfredo -- "For my mom."
+Sam -- "anything" and for +his son
+Shaw --"everything"
+Tom -- "I'm in recovery. We need an apt." We prayed for his wife +Michelle.
+Irving -- "Everything"
(Woman and son walking by on other side of the street in response to us asking if she needed prayer:) -- "Yes!"

***** Subject: Diocesan Update, August 25, 2007
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Many parishes have registered for one of the Crown Ministries Introductions. Many have not yet registered. If you have not, I encourage you to go to the Diocesan website, click on "See all Events" in the bottom right hand corner, scroll down to the date of the Introduction you want to go to, and click on "Register".
We would like every parish to send a group to one of these introductions. Optimally, this would be the rector, both wardens, and the people you have in mind to teach the course in your parish. Additional members of the parish, especially vestry members, are welcome. But please register them so the host parish knows how to set up the room and how much to have on hand for refreshments.
The dates and locations for the Introductions are: Sept 10, Potsdam; Sept 11, Unadilla; Sept 12, Johnstown; Oct 1, Elizabethtown; Oct 2, Coxsackie; and Oct 3, the Cathedral of All Saints', Albany. "Coffee will be served beginning at 6:30 pm. The Introduction will go from 7 pm to 9 pm. John Harper, the Northeast regional director of Crown Ministries, is the presenter.
Teaching Crown Ministries to your people will show them how to get out of debt, manage their finances, and support their church. I hope you will all participate.
Faithfully in Christ, +Bill

 

8/25/2007, #67, 3rd Quarter 2007

A word received: Heed my word. Read my word in Scripture and heed what I AM saying to you. Tell my people to turn to me, to hearken to me. I AM calling them, who will listen?

Then as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!" (Mark 13:1)
Jesus, Teacher, we are so often blinded by externals; please help us see as you see.

And Jesus answered and said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down." (Mark 13:2)
Father, so much that had seemed solid in the Episcopal Church is being cast down before our eyes. Have mercy on us and guide us by your light in this time of darkness in the Episcopal Church.

Now as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?" (Mark 13:3-4)
Holy Spirit, please help us read the signs of the times.

And Jesus, answering them, began to say: "Take heed that no one deceives you. 6For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he,' and will deceive many." (Mark 13:5)
Lord Jesus, many come with their deceptions and lead your people in the flock away. Please help us stay steady in you.

"But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows." (Mark 13:7-8)
Jesus, war is being waged all around us in your church, structures are being cast down, and there is a famine of your word; have mercy on us and help us keep our attention on you.

"But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations." (Mark 13:9-10)
Holy Spirit, please help us take heed to ourselves as the conflicts in the church continue. Bless Bishop Bill and Bishop Dave as they minister to your flock. Bless and guide us and all your people so that we carry the gospel everywhere we go.

"But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit." (Mark 13:11)
Holy Spirit, please give us ears to hear what you are saying to us and hearts to speak it in the hour of your choosing.

"Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved." (Mark 13:12-13)
LORD, help us endure to the end. Thank you for the faithful witness of your servants Bishop Dan, Bishop Dave and Bishop Bill and the encouragement their lives give us.

Three years of Sunday School lessons are posted at http://ChristChurchSundaySchool.blogspot.com/

Saturday: 137, 144; 2 Samuel 23:1-17,13-17; Acts 25:13-27; Mark 13:1-13
Sunday: 146, 147; 2 Samuel 24:1-2,10-25; Gal. 3:23-4:7; John 8:12-20

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***** Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 08:04:28 -0400
From: nidge13601@aol.com
Subject: Emerging Leaders Healing Conference Sept 10-14
Dear Friends,
On behalf of Christian Healing Ministries, it is our privilege to invite you to The Emerging Leaders in Healing Conference September 10-14, 2007. The conference will be held at The Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan.
Our speakers for this very special conference will be Judith MacNutt, The Reverend Nigel Mumford and The Reverend Mike Evans.
Along with a personal experience with the Holy Spirit and prayer for healing from trained CHM prayer ministers, we hope to encourage and train you in understanding Jesus' healing ministry. You will then be equipped to take this valuable information with you and share it in your church and community.
Please visit our website at http://www.christianhealingmin.org or call 904-765-3332 ext. 203 for registration information, conference cost and hotel information along with future conference information.
Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone who may be interested in learning more about the healing ministry.
In Christ's Love, Francis and Judith MacNutt

***** Catholic bishop's whereabouts unknown in China
http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=10776
Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo was arrested by Chinese communist authorities. China continues to persecute Christians not affiliated with churches recognized by the communist government.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo, the underground Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Zheng Ding in Hebei Province, China, was arrested again by the Public Security and Religious Bureau on the morning of August 23, 2007. Reports about the reasons for the arrest by Chinese Communist officials were not clear. Bishop Jia had been released in April 2006 after an extended detention and was under surveillance. Zheng Ding is approximately 155 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of Beijing.
In recent days, there has been a marked increase in the number of security police keeping Bishop Jia under 24-hour surveillance, according to a press release by the Cardinal Kung Foundation. According to the Cardinal Kung Foundation, anyone coming to visit the bishop was summarily arrested. A priest and a layperson were arrested and interrogated for 8 hours before they were released.
Since the release of Pope Benedict XVI's Letter to the Church in China ( http://www.cardinalkungfoundation.org/Vatican2007/BenedictXVI-2007-5-30-Text-English.htm), Bishop Jia was told several times by the religious bureau that he was not allowed to publicly support and promulgate the Pope's China letter.
Joseph Kung, the President of the Cardinal Kung Foundation, said: "It is apparent that the aforementioned actions by the Chinese government is not only contrary to the spirit of the China letter issued by the Pope almost two months ago, but also contrary to the generally accepted principles of human rights and to the spirits of the Olympic games."
Joseph Kung went on to say in his statement, "The freedom-loving and powerful countries of the world should take into greater consideration – consistently, and persistently, and not haphazardly – all human rights violations in China when forming and implementing their political and commercial decisions in relation to China. Does a country consistently violate the most basic human rights deserve to be the host of 2008 Olympic Games?"
Bishop Jia is 73 years old and was ordained a bishop in 1980. He was previously jailed for approximately 20 years and has been under strict surveillance for many years by the Chinese communist authorities. He takes care of approximately 100 handicapped orphans in his house. According to the foundation, he has been arrested eleven times since January 2004.
In addition, another priest, Father Wen Daoxiu, of Beiwangli Village, Qingyuan County, Hebei, was arrested on August 15 by the Public Security Bureau after the priest had celebrated Mass. The Kung Foundation had no information about Father Wen's whereabouts but stated that he is in poor health and suffers from heart disease.

Friday, August 24, 2007

 

8/24/2007, #66, 3rd Quarter 2007

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Words and ideas received August 20 by teachers for Sunday School Lesson 2, September 16, 2008

Lesson theme: "In the beginning the Holy Spirit has always been."
Lesson Scriptures: Genesis 1:1-3, Psalm 139:1-14, Psalm 33:6, Joel 2:25-28, Acts 1:4-8, Mark 1:9-15

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
      A word received: I created them, they are mine.
The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2)
      A word received: Invite me into all the dry places in your life. Invite me to hover over them.
Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)
      A word received: I want my light to flood your souls.
      A word received: I was there in the beginning. I AM here now and I will always be. (John 1:1)

O LORD, you have searched me and known me. (Psalm 139:1)
      A word received: I want you to invite me to search out all the deep and hidden places in your life. I will bring my light.
You know my sitting down and my rising up; you understand my thought afar off. (Psalm 139:2)
      A word received: I know all about you -- nothing is hidden, and I still love you
      A word received: Invite me into your thoughts. Invite my cleansing fire into your thoughts.
You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from your Spirit? or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend into heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from you, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to you. For you formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well. (Psalm 139:3-14)
      An idea received: You knew me before I was aware of my own life.
      A word received: Don't be afraid that I know you better than you know yourself. I made you and I love you. I will show you the way as you follow me. Choose to follow me. Choose to learn from My Spirit. There is no better way to live.

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. (Psalm 33:6)
      A word received: I spoke and they were created.
      An idea received: You are the author and finisher of (the world and) our faith.

"So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, my great army which I sent among you. (Joel 2:25-28)
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and my people shall never be put to shame. (Joel 2:26)
      An idea received: "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." (Isaiah 55:1)
      A word received: My Holy Spirit is withheld from no one who seeks me and desires me. I AM he who gives without measure and without price.
Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the LORD your God and there is no other. my people shall never be put to shame." (Joel 2: 28)
      A word received: I was/am with you when bad things happened, I will repay and restore in my own time by my Spirit. You will be built anew.
      A word received: This can be now -- Are you willing and open to receive my Spirit? He is waiting.

And being assembled together with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," he said, "you have heard from me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." Therefore, when they had come together, they asked him, saying, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" And he said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:4-8)
      A word received: Wait for the Holy Spirit, the father's gift to you. The Holy Spirits gifts you with power to proclaim his truth.
      A word received: This is what I want -- for you to be my witnesses. Receive my Spirit and share My power with others. I will show you the way. (Acts 1:8)

It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, he saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Immediately the Spirit drove him into the wilderness. And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him. Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." (Mark 1:9-15)
      A word received: I want my Spirit to descend on you just like He did on Jesus.

 

8/24/2007, #65, 3rd Quarter 2007

A word received: Keep calling my people to me. Tell them of my love. Tell them I long to have them return to me.

Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. (Mark 12:41)
      Jesus, you see how we make our offerings to you and your church. Bring us by your Holy Spirit to a place of humility as we make our offerings.

Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. (Mark 12:42)
      This is "a day for little things, no doubt, but who would dare to despise it." (Zechariah 4:10) Holy Spirit, please bring us to that poverty of spirit that will enable us, who have so much, to make our offerings in humility and receive the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3)

So he called his disciples to himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood." (Mark 12:43-44)
      Father, please bring us to purity of heart so that we shall see you and the way you see and value what we do. (Matthew 5:8) It is not by our might nor by our power that we shall please you in what we do, but by the freedom we give your Spirit in our lives. (Zechariah 4:6)

      A word received (12/4/2000): I want you to show my love for you: that I have kept you through many trials.

      I said to the LORD: "You are my God; hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD. O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle with the helmet of salvation." (From Psalm 140:6-7) I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the poor. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence. (Psalm 140:12-13) Thank you for what you are doing in our lives, LORD.

Friday: 140, 142; 2 Samuel 19:24-43; Acts 24:24-25:12; Mark 12:35-44
Saturday: 137, 144; 2 Samuel 23:1-17,13-17; Acts 25:13-27; Mark 13:1-13

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I have received a new supply of crosses from Dennis and Joan Adams in North Carolina to hand out at the prayer table tomorrow and elsewhere. Here is what they said about them: [Torre]
      I received some lumber from Pastor Bill Evans in Minnesota: Over 100 years ago lumber mill workers would carry their lumber on boats across the Garden Lake in Minnesota. In winter they would cut the trees and place the logs on the ice and when spring would come they would pull them to the mill. The more porous lumber would get waterlogged and sink to the bottom. So that is the end of the story, right? WRONG.
      It was all part of God's plan you see because recently due to chemical changes in the lumber it became buoyant again and rose from the bottom of the lake. I am told it was a hazard for the boaters because it rose in a vertical position and the boats could run into and get damaged. One man thought he could recover the lumber and sell it. And he did just that, but the lumber was now not usable for commercial applications and here is where Pastor Bill came in. Bill obtained some of the logs and had them dried and wrote to me with the above story. He asked me if I could make some crosses for his Church congregation if he sent me the wood. I agreed and a couple of weeks later the Postman came with a box that had about $20 worth of stamps attached. I quickly started making crosses with the new (old) wood. I called Bill with the news that the crosses were ready. He was so excited and so was I to be able to be part of this.
      Bill has made up and sent me small business cards that explain the story of the "Second Chance Crosses": In the late 1800's and early 1900's Northeastern Minnesota's main industry was lumber. Many of the local lake were used as a way to transport logs to the mills. Some of the logs became water logged and sunk to the bottom of the lakes. After 100 years or more of sitting on the bottom of these lakes, some of the logs floated back to the surface. These logs are known as "Deadheads" because only one end of the log is visible and they are a great hazard to water craft.
      This lumber was lost and now found!
      The wood was useless and now has meaning.
      The wood carries many scars, like the real cross.
      This cross is given to you as a ministry of Dennis and Joan Adams. http://freewoodencrosses.com/

Thursday, August 23, 2007

 

8/23/2007, #64, 3rd Quarter 2007

Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, "Which is the first commandment of all?" (Mark 12:28)
      Holy Spirit, please give to us and all your people that same inner witness that this scribe had. Help us ask those questions that lead to new life in God.

Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:29-31)
      Jesus, please restore your good order to the Episcopal Church -- it has flipped the order of these two commandments and has made loving and getting along with others more important that loving God. Have mercy on us and restore us to your good order.

So the scribe said to him, "Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but he. And to love him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." (Mark 12:32-33)
      Father, please help the church recognize the truth of what Jesus is teaching us and accept it as this scribe did.

Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." (Mark 12:34)
      LORD, please help those who are near your kingdom actually enter it. Thank you.

A word received: I AM. Look to me for help; look to me for your daily bread. I AM. I AM coming; prepare your hearts.

Thursday: 131, 132, 133; 2 Samuel 19:1-23; Acts 24:1-23; Mark 12:28-34
Friday: 140, 142; 2 Samuel 19:24-43; Acts 24:24-25:12; Mark 12:35-44

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Campus Crusade for Christ members on trial in Indonesia for their witness to the gospel have brought some to conversion by the clarity of their witness during the trial which is going on now.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

 

8/22/2007, #63, 3rd Quarter 2007

Then they sent to him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch him in his words. (Mark 12:13)
      Lord, have mercy on your people.

When they had come, they said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are true, and care about no one; for you do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?" (Mark 12:14-15a)
      Christ, have mercy on us and deliver us out of the hands of those who play word games to entrap your people.

But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, "Why do you test me? Bring me a denarius that I may see it." (Mark 12:15b)
      Lord, you know the hypocrisy of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church, have mercy on them and bring them to repentance.

So they brought it. And he said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" They said to him, "Caesar's." And Jesus answered and said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they marveled at him. (Mark 12:16-17)
      Father, we are created in your image and in baptism we were stamped with the image of your son; please help us by your Holy Spirit to give ourselves fully to you. Thank you.

"I indeed baptize you with water but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Matthew 3:11).
      Come, Holy Spirit, come!

A word received: It is not your strength that matters, but my Spirit.

Wednesday: 119:145-176; 2 Samuel 18:19-23; Acts 23:23-35; Mark 12:13-27
Thursday: 131, 132, 133; 2 Samuel 19:1-23; Acts 24:1-23; Mark 12:28-34

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Subject: prayers please
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 05:52:35
From: Fr. Nigel
      I would ask your prayer coverage as we start recording tonight at a recording studio for a 15min a weekly radio show called "The Forgotten Touch" for Christian radio. Thanks so much... The TV show, by the same name is going very well, (5 in the can) but I have a co-host for that... Please pray that I will give the message with love and compassion, authority and grace and that the message that Jesus heals today in love will be portrayed. Thanks so much...
      Thanks for your prayers for the healing mission on forgiveness at Wadams Hall in Ogdensburg, it all went very well... Thanks be to God...
God bless you all, Fr. Nigel+

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

 

8/21/2007, #62, 3rd Quarter 2007

Then they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him. And they said to him, "By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority to do these things?" (Mark 11:27-28)
      Father, even today the chief priests and elders of the Episcopal Church come demanding to know by what authority Jesus said what he said and did what he did. Father, they come in certainty of their authority but won't acknowledge his. Have mercy on your people and raise up leaders of the Episcopal Church who will come to him in humility, acknowledging his authority and yours. Thank you.

But Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one question; then answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things: The baptism of John--was it from heaven or from men? Answer me." (Mark 11:29-30)
      Jesus, John's baptism of repentance was from heaven, and even now your people need such a baptism. Lord, please plunge your people into pools of living water so that their hearts are washed clean of sin and they are filled with the power of your Holy Spirit.

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men'"--they feared the people, for all counted John to have been a prophet indeed. So they answered and said to Jesus, "We do not know." (Mark 11:31-33a)
      Lord, the leaders of the church have not changed much: they are still afraid to commit to you. They refuse to believe what you have said and done. Have mercy on your people: bring back the lost sheep.

And Jesus answered and said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things." (Mark 11:33b)
      Holy Spirit, please help the leaders of the Episcopal Church believe so that they may understand.

      "I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe."~ St. Augustine

      For I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this I believe that unless I believe, I should not understand. ~ St. Anselm of Canterbury

      My God, I pray that I may so know you and love you that I may rejoice in you. And if I may not do so fully in this life let me go steadily on to the day when I come to that fullness ... Let me receive that which you promised through your truth, that my joy may be full. (A Prayer of Anselm)

A word received: Pray for my people. Pray for new life for my church. Pray for hope that does not fade. Pray for my lost and wandering people to return to me.

Tuesday: 120, 121, 122, 123; 2 Samuel 18:9-18; Acts 23:12-24; Mark 11:27-12:12
Wednesday: 119:145-176; 2 Samuel 18:19-23; Acts 23:23-35; Mark 12:13-27

Monday, August 20, 2007

 

8/20/2007, #61, 3rd Quarter 2007

Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 106:1)
      LORD, thank you for your mercy; I praise you for your enduring kindness to us.

Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? Who can declare all his praise? (Psalm 106:2)
      LORD, I cannot name all your mighty deeds among us, but I want to start: thank you for the godly leadership you have raised up among us. Thank you for the move of your Holy Spirit among us. Thank you for making your son known to us. Thank you for showing us your father love.

Blessed are those who keep justice, and he who does righteousness at all times! (Psalm 106:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us measure with honest and unbiased scales.

Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have toward your people. Oh, visit me with your salvation, That I may see the benefit of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance. (Psalm 106:4-5)
      Jesus, with the dying thief on the cross I say, "Remember me." Do not forget me or let me slip out of your sight. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for faith to believe. Pray for my people, for they wander in a dry and weary land. Pray for my people to be restored to faith.

Monday: 106:1-18; 2 Samuel 17:24-18:8; Acts 22:30-23:11; Mark 11:12-26
Tuesday: 120, 121, 122, 123; 2 Samuel 18:9-18; Acts 23:12-24; Mark 11:27-12:12

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I hope you find some encouragement and blessing in this:
http://northernplainsanglicans.blogspot.com/2007/08/ask-god-to-fix-your-prayers.html

Sunday, August 19, 2007

 

8/19/2007, #60, 3rd Quarter 2007

"I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is righteous, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent me." (John 5:30)
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to seek your will rather than our own will.

"If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. There is another who bears witness of me, and I know that the witness which he witnesses of me is true." (John 5:31-32)
      Holy Spirit, you bear witness of Jesus, please help us do the same.

"You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of me." (John 5:39)
      Father, my heart's desire is that your people would know Jesus both by the witness of Scripture and the witness of the Holy Spirit.

But you are not willing to come to me that you may have life. (John 5:40)
      Lord Jesus, I come to you; I lay down my life at your feet once again; please give me a surrendered heart today.

"For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?" (John 5:46-47)
      Holy Spirit, please help us receive and believe the whole witness of Scripture. Thank you.

Sunday: 118; 2 Samuel 17:1-23; Gal. 3:6-14; John 5:30-47
Monday: 106:1-18; 2 Samuel 17:24-18:8; Acts 22:30-23:11; Mark 11:12-26

Saturday, August 18, 2007

 

8/18/2007, #59, 3rd Quarter 2007

Your word is my light, LORD.
A word received: You are in my care. My word gives light to walk by. Look to me today for my word. I will guide with my eye and my word. Look to me in the small things as well as the big. I AM. I AM he who loves you and blesses you.


Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); 2 Samuel 16:1-23; Acts 22:17-29; Mark 11:1-11
Sunday: 118; 2 Samuel 17:1-23; Gal. 3:6-14; John 5:30-47

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Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2007 08 18

Torre Bissell and Jay Loveless, noon to 2 pm in the SICM parking lot near the corner of Craig and Albany Sts., (+ indicates received a cross)
There was a "Jubilee outreach service to children" going on around us until 8 pm.

+Myra -- prayed for a blessing on what she would be saying at the revival service.
+Holly -- for my husband in Florida trying to get his life back together
+Kirel -- he has a "placement hearing" on Tuesday.
+Rev. Harris -- for her leading of the revival service
+Arkea -- for her husband Wayne that he will receive complete healing
(ran out of crosses at this time)
Maria -- "everything", financial problems
Larry -- prayed for hope and for the freedom of the Holy Spirit in his life
Stella -- "surrendering of many, many souls" at the revival
Willie -- wisdom and guidance
Carolyn -- "my sons, Alfonso, Moses, and Luther, incarcerated and by family including me"
Priscilla
Bernetta -- "a lot of things"
Luz -- for son Roman, incarcerated, and for himself, diabetic
Elder Lisa Moses -- for the anointing of the Holy Spirit
Vincent -- health and strength and five kids. He confessed his sins to Jesus and thanked Jesus for forgiving him.
Candace -- for son Noah, in rehab, she has custody of his four year old daughter
John -- "everything"
Nazjaa
Luis -- for daughter Angelita Maria, that she will be well
Chris (boy) prayed for blessing
(man who did not speak English)
Clara and Mary Lee (sisters) -- for family
Tony -- "my parents and my family, me - that I'm OK cause I'm homeless"
Erica
Pepito, Sally, ? (3 young children)
Marissa - my family
William -- "my whole family, safe birthday, shining day", gave life to Jesus again (he'd taken it back several times before)
Mary -- "I'm trying to hold on." strength and guidance "I give my life to Jesus every day."
Nadine -- "for my kids"
Leslie -- "for my family" - she gave a burden she was carrying to the Lord
Donald -- for his car to get started and for getter health
Allan -- "it will go a good day for my family"
Margaret
Sharon -- healing in her body, her knees
Chris -- for his family

 

8/17/2007, #58, 3rd Quarter 2007

      A word received: Wait. Wait on me.

He turns rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; a fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of those who dwell in it. (Psalm 107:33-34)
      LORD, you now the wickedness in the Episcopal Church, nothing is hidden from you. You know our barrenness and how we have become a wilderness without the fruit of your Holy Spirit. Have mercy on us.

He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into watersprings. (Psalm 107:35)
      Father, please restore to the Episcopal Church the refreshing, living water of your Holy Spirit.

There he makes the hungry dwell, that they may establish a city for a dwelling place, and sow fields and plant vineyards, that they may yield a fruitful harvest. (Psalm 107:36-37)
      Jesus, by your mercy, please help us deliver a fruitful harvest into your hands.

He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; and he does not let their cattle decrease. (Psalm 107:38)
      LORD, we are diminished and brought low through oppression, affliction and sorrow. You have poured contempt on the rulers of the Episcopal Church and caused them to wander in the wilderness where there is no water. In your mercy set the poor and lowly on high, far from affliction, and make us a flock of your design. Let the righteous see this and rejoice and stop the mouth of all iniquity. LORD, give us wisdom to observe what you are doing among us, give us your understanding and lovingkindness. Thank you. (From Psalm 107:29-43)

Friday: 102; 2 Samuel 15:19-37; Acts 21:37-22:16; Mark 10:46-52
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); 2 Samuel 16:1-23; Acts 22:17-29; Mark 11:1-11

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***** Please pray for vocation for the Sisters of St. Mary.

***** Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 18:45:03
From: Muriel Dix
I am shocked with the news of St. John's Parish people. Rev. Garno 's son Scott is our Pastor. We pray for the lady who died and for the lady in the hospital, may God be with all at the church. For His Sake, Muriel Dix

***** Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 11:56:12
From: Harvey Huth
Hi Torre and sister-brother intercessors,
      Please pray for Martin Burke. He is the son a dear friends who was hospitalized for over two months back in January for life-threatening respiratory problems. Our prayers and the grace of God pulled him through. He is now back in the hospital with two bed sores resulting from his earlier hospitalization which have never healed and have now become deeply infected. Out of work and out of sick leave, He and his family are understandably discouraged. Please pray for God’s healing for Martin and for strength, hope, and faith for him and his family. Your brother in Christ, Harvey

***** [Note from Torre: Please join in this effort of prayer and fasting and commit to daily prayer for the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams for the next 40 days. Jesus, I pray that he and the leaders of the Episcopal Church will receive their sight. Let me know if you are willing to make this commitment; my email is torre.bissell@verizon.net. Thank you for the many who have responded.]

 
 
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Jean and Torre, 7/21/2007

Friday, August 17, 2007

 

8/17/2007, #58, 3rd Quarter 2007

Now they came to Jericho. As he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. (Mark 10:46)
      Jesus, please come with your disciples into every community in this diocese. We cry out to you for the physically blind and the spiritually blind: have mercy on them and restore their sight.

And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Mark 10:47)
      Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on the blind and on those who are deaf to your word.

Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Mark 10:48)
      Son of David, have mercy on those who are kept in darkness by bad and false teaching.

So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good cheer. Rise, he is calling you." (Mark 10:49)
      Holy Spirit, please help me be among those who point people to Jesus, who speak these words of blessing, "Be of good cheer: he is calling you."

And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:50)
      Father, help us throw aside anything that hinders us from coming to Jesus.

So Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight." (Mark 10:51)
      Jesus, I too want clarity of sight -- help me clearly discern the true from the false.

Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:52)
      Holy Spirit, please help all those who receive their sight to follow Jesus. Thank you.

"Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?' So I answered, 'Who are You, Lord?' And he said to me, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.' "And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of him who spoke to me. So I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord said to me, 'Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.' And since I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus." (Acts 22:6-11)
      Jesus, you revealed the glory of your light to Saul and he now knew his blindness. Please reveal the glory of your light to the leaders of the Episcopal Church so that they may recognize their blindness.

"Then a certain Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good testimony with all the Jews who dwelt there, came to me; and he stood and said to me, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight.' And at that same hour I looked up at him." (Acts 22:12-13)
      Holy Spirit, raise up "Ananiases" throughout the Body of Christ to go to those who are blind to minister sight to them. Thank you.

Friday: 102; 2 Samuel 15:19-37; Acts 21:37-22:16; Mark 10:46-52
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); 2 Samuel 16:1-23; Acts 22:17-29; Mark 11:1-11

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***** [Note from Torre: Please join in this effort of prayer and fasting and commit to daily prayer for the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams for the next 40 days. Jesus, I pray that he and the leaders of the Episcopal Church will receive their sight. Let me know if you are willing to make this commitment; my email is torre.bissell@verizon.net]

Thursday, August 16, 2007

 

8/16/2007, #57, 3rd Quarter 2007

A word received: Speak to my people: the time to turn to me is now. Turn to me; repent of your sin. Come to me; let me cleanse you and make you whole.

Thursday: 105:1-22; 2 Samuel 15:1-18; Acts 21:27-36; Mark 10:32-45
Friday: 102; 2 Samuel 15:19-37; Acts 21:37-22:16; Mark 10:46-52

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***** Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 15:28:14
From: Arlene Monell
Two things. Yes I will pray for Arch Bishop Rowan Williams. He needs our prayers. Secondly an update on Clara Bushey. She has five broken ribs and a collapsed lung. They have upgraded her condition from critical to stable. They now believe she has a chance of surviving. Tell me prayer doesn't work. We see the miracle every day. Thanks for the prayers. For His Sake Arlene

***** Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 12:49:07 -0400
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Healing questions needed for radio show On Monday 20th Aug I will be recording my first weekly radio show. I would like it people to email me questions about the healing ministry... Please email your questions on healing to healing@ctkcenter.org for the radio show, The Forgotten Touch... thanks.... God bless you Fr. Nigel+

***** Subject: Diocesan Update Addendum
      Sister Mary Basil (Gilbert), CSM, 93, died at St. Mary’s Convent, Greenwich, New York on August 15, 2007, after a few weeks of acute illness.
      Born in Barneveld, New York, Sister Mary Basil was graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1936, worked for a short time, and then entered the Community’s novitiate. After her profession in 1941, she served at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children and at St. Mary’s School, Peekskill. She served as Mother Superior of the Eastern Province from 1966 to 1986, leading the Community into a fuller understanding of the monastic tradition in a time of rapid change. Later she became novice mistress and sacristan, gradually relinquishing responsibilities as her powers began to fail. Early in July she was able to take part in a large reunion of former St. Mary’s School students, held in Greenwich. A Solemn Requiem will be celebrated at the Convent. Arrangements have not yet been made. Burial will be in a new cemetery at the Greenwich convent when it is completed next year.
      Almighty God, we remember before you today your faithful servant Mary Basil; and we pray that, having opened to her the gates of larger life, you will receive her more and more into your joyful service, that, with all who have faithfully served you in the past, she may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen (BCP pg 253)
In Christ's Peace, Mother Miriam, CSM

***** Subject: Welcome Home Initiative prayer request
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 20:29:22
DIOCESE PRAYER REQUEST FOR "THE WELCOME HOME INITIATIVE"
      I would ask your prayer coverage as a small team and I put together a program called "The Welcome Home Initiative." This program will be a three day "debrief" retreat during the week at the Oratory of Christ the Healer, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich NY.
      The program will be for all branches of the military, including spouses, returning from war or supporting the war in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere, for example on the home front. I hope to involve the whole diocese somehow; prayer, funding, support etc. The goal is to help those who served in combat in regard to the residual emotional trauma of collateral damage. Returning veterans can be wounded physically and emotionally. We need to pray for healing for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and all the concerns of "welcoming home" those who have served their country.
Please join us in prayer. God bless you, Fr. Nigel+
healing@ctkcenter.org

***** [Note from Torre: Please join in this effort of prayer and fasting and commit to daily prayer for the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams for the next 40 days. Let me know if you are willing to make this commitment; my email is torre.bissell@verizon.net]

 

8/16/2007, #56, 3rd Quarter 2007

"Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn him to death and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and scourge him, and spit on him, and kill him. And the third day he will rise again." (Mark 10:33-34)
Jesus, you are still being betrayed by the leaders of your people; have mercy on us and come and cleanse your church with the fire of your Holy Spirit.

Thursday: 105:1-22; 2 Samuel 15:1-18; Acts 21:27-36; Mark 10:32-45
Friday: 102; 2 Samuel 15:19-37; Acts 21:37-22:16; Mark 10:46-52

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***** Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 07:06:48
From: Arlene Monell
Please pray for St. John's Church, Ogdensburg. We lost a dear member of our church (Mary Towe) last night in a car accident and another beloved member of our church (Clara Bushey) was in the car with her. Clara is still alive, but only has a 1% chance of living. She was injured very badly and was flown to the hospital in Syracuse. We at St. John's are hurting badly but take consolation in the knowledge that God is our strength and is surrounding us with his mercy and love and strength. Please pray also for the families of Mary and Clara. Thanks Torre. For His Sake, Arlene

***** Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 09:08:14
From: Rev Susan Baker Borjeson
Subject: Urgent Prayer for Jean Nolting (an intercessor for the diocese)
Jean Nolting learned at 8:45 this morning that she definitely has an aggressive uterine cancer. Thank you for your prayers and the prayers of all those who have been blessed by Jean's ministry of Christ's healing. In His great love for you, Susan B2+

***** [Note from Torre: Please join in this effort of prayer and fasting and commit to daily prayer for the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams for the next 40 days. Let me know if you are willing to make this commitment; my email is torre.bissell@verizon.net]

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

 

8/15/2007, #55, 3rd Quarter 2007

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" (Mark 10:23)
      Jesus, please help us recognize for what they are those impediments to kingdom living that exist in our lives.

And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!" (Mark 10:24)
      Jesus, please show us where we have place our trust in something other than you. Help us repent of that.

"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." (Mark 10:25)
      Holy Spirit, please help us be steady in Jesus whenever his teaching conflicts with the goals our culture holds dear.

And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, "Who then can be saved?" (Mark 10:26)
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to make Jesus both our savior and our lord. Help us cling to his cross.

But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." (Mark 10:27)
      Jesus, please help us recognize in all areas of our lives that it is not by our works or by our goods that we are saved, but by trusting in you and what you have accomplished for us by your cross and resurrection.

Words Received in preparation for a Sunday School lesson this Fall:
A word received: To walk in my Spirit you need to seek me. To live in my Spirit you must follow me. I want your whole heart, mind, soul, and body. I love you. I will show you the way. Do not be afraid. You will not be doing this alone. Only -- seek me.

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me." (John 14:1)
      A word received: I AM the way to peace of heart. Believe in me so that you may have peace.

"In my father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." (John 14:2)
      A word received: There is room for you.

"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:3)
      A word received: I AM the Good Shepherd. I will lead you to the place I have prepared for you.

"And where I go you know, and the way you know." (John 14:4)
      A word received: You know the way because you know me. I want you to know me better so that you will see the way more clearly.

Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?" (John 14:5)
      A word received: Don't be afraid to ask me questions. My disciples know that they can question me when they don't understand.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
      A word received: I have come so that you can know my father as your father. I AMM the way to him.

Wednesday: 101, 109; 2 Samuel 14:21-33; Acts 21:15-26; Mark 10:17-31
Thursday: 105:1-22; 2 Samuel 15:1-18; Acts 21:27-36; Mark 10:32-45

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[Note from Torre: I was rightly taken to task yesterday by telling only half of a truth. It is true that God hates divorce. It is also true that God does not hate those who are divorced.
      The Episcopal Church has turned a pastoral problem into a crisis of truth. In seeking to be sympathetic to those caught up in divorce and other things that God says, "No!" to, the Episcopal Church has fudged the truth of God's word. It is clear from the story of the woman at the well (John 4:5-42) that Jesus loved her even though she had been through five marriages. Jesus desire for the woman (and all of us) is that we move from sin and disorder in our lives into his forgiveness and order. Jesus' desire for us is that we come to new life in him: "You must be born again." (John 3:7) Divorce is not the unforgivable sin; calling the good work of the Holy Spirit evil and calling evil good place God's people in grave jeopardy. (Mark 3:28-30)
       Many of the people that we pray with at the prayer table on State St. in Schenectady (see http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2007/08/8112007-50-3rd-quarter-2007.html) come for prayer with great disorder and sin in their lives. We seek through prayer to discern where God wants to move in their lives and help these lost sheep find God's love and healing power at work in their lives. We don't need to be made clean before we can come to Jesus; we come to Jesus so that he can make us clean. ]

http://northernplainsanglicans.blogspot.com/2007/08/prayer-and-fasting-for-archbishop-of.html
Monday, August 13, 2007
Prayer and Fasting for the Archbishop of Canterbury
      Northern Plains Anglicans encourages you to pray and fast for Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, especially on the following Wednesdays: August 15, 22, 29; September 5, 12, 19. He will travel to New Orleans to meet with the Episcopal Church (TEC) House of Bishops (HOB), beginning September 21.
      Archbishop Williams, along with other representatives of the Anglican Communion, will make a special visit in one last effort to maintain unity in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The meeting places terrible weight on his shoulders, and he will need God's help.
      If there is no serious HOB response to previous Anglican statements, there is likely to be serious fracture, involving not only TEC but various provinces around the world. Those who define the church by the Good News of Christ crucified, and who accept the authority of the Holy Bible, will likely be divided from those who define the church as a kind of club membership and who take their highest authority from bylaws and bureaucracy. The Archbishop has tried to encourage movement toward a Covenant of core beliefes, but progress is slow and patience is wearing out around the Communion. Many are looking to him for more decisive leadership and discipline. The pressure of his Office is tremendous.
      Fasting can be any degree of abstention from food, drink or anything pleasurable for all or part of a day. Offer the loss or discomfort to God with special intention for the Archbishop.
      Prayer can be during your own devotions, at services with others, from reminders attached to your 'fridge or mirror - anything that places you in God's presence as an intercessor for the Archbishop. Some great prayer resources are being posted at Lent & Beyond.
      This week's Collect from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer is good preparation for a season of prayer: LET thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants; and, that they may obtain their petitions, make them to ask such things as shall please thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

[Note from Torre: Please join in this effort of prayer and fasting and commit to daily prayer for the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams for the next 40 days. Let me know if you are willing to make this commitment; my email is torre.bissell@verizon.net]

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