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Monday, December 31, 2007

 

12/31/2007, #103, 4th Quarter 2007

So Moses said to Aaron, "Take a censer and put fire in it from the altar, put incense on it, and take it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them; for wrath has gone out from the LORD. The plague has begun." Then Aaron took it as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and already the plague had begun among the people. So he put in the incense and made atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped. (Number 16:46-48)
      LORD, incense is the prayers of your saints (Revelation 5:8). Help us with Aaron carry that incense between the living and the dead and stop the plague which is afflicting the Episcopal Church.

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: (Isaiah 65:13a)
      Holy Spirit, help us hearken to what you are saying.

"Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry;" (Isaiah 65:13b)
      LORD, your people wander here and there and are not fed by their shepherds.

"Behold, my servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty;" (Isaiah 65:13c)
      LORD, the shepherds of the Episcopal Church have muddied and made foul the water your people should be drinking. (Ezekiel 34:18)

"Behold, my servants shall rejoice, but you shall be ashamed;" (Isaiah 65:13d)
      LORD, we grieve for your people in the Episcopal Church; come soon and deliver them.

"Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry for sorrow of heart, and wail for grief of spirit." (Isaiah 65:14)
      LORD, we weep for your people in the Episcopal Church; help us in the midst of our sorrow turn to you where true joys are to be found.

"You shall leave your name as a curse to my chosen; for the Lord GOD will slay you, and call his servants by another name;" (Isaiah 65:15)
      Even now, LORD, many of your servants no longer call themselves by the name of the Episcopal Church. There is great confusion among your people, help us walk by the light of the gospel.

"So that he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth;" (Isaiah 65:16a)
      Jesus, you are the way, the truth, and the life; help us seek your blessing day by day and walk in your ways, and find new life in your Spirit.

"And he who swears in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hidden from my eyes." (Isaiah 65:16b)
      LORD, help us return to you so that our former sins may be put away from us as far as the East is from the West and you remember them no more.

"For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind." (Isaiah 65:17)
      Jesus, we long to see your new creation; we long to see the Episcopal Church washed and cleansed, without spot or wrinkle, a bride prepared and ready for you.

"But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy." (Isaiah 65:18)
      Father, please help us keep our attention on you and your ways so that we can rejoice and be glad. There is a joy in your Spirit that does not depend on circumstances; we long to be people of that kind of joy.

"I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people; the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying." (Isaiah 65:19)
      Jesus, we await your victory among your people with hope. Thank you for the joy that comes with hope.

Praying The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God,
      Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thank you for being one and thank you for your love for one another. Please help me, help your people live in the reality of your unity and love. Thank you.
the Father Almighty,
      Father, thank you for being a father to me. Thank you that by your might you have made your son Jesus known to us so that we can become your children.
maker of heaven and earth,
      Thank you, Father, for your creation. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to be better stewards of your creation.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth. (3 John 4)
      A word received: I want my children to walk in the truth -- the whole truth of the gospel. The Gospel contains the whole truth of man's sin and fall and my redeeming love on the cross to make a people acceptable to my father. Present the whole gospel -- all of it.

Dec. 31: 1 Kings 3:5-14; James 4:13-17;5:7-11; John 5:1-15
Eve of Holy Name: 90; Isa. 65:15b-25; Revelation 21:1-6
Holy Name: 148; Isa. 62:1-5, 10-12; Revelation 19:11-16; Matthew 1:18-25

Sunday, December 30, 2007

 

12/30/2007, #102, 4th Quarter 2007

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. (Luke 2:25)
      Father, please help us have the steadiness and endurance of Simeon while we wait for your victory and consolation in the Episcopal Church. Please let your Holy Spirit come upon us as he did upon Simeon.

And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. (Luke 2:26)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the revelation you gave Simeon. Please speak plainly to this generation and point our lives to Jesus as you did with Simeon.

So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, (Luke 2:27)
      Father, please guide us by your Holy Spirit so that we enter fully into the new life you have for us in Jesus.

he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said: (Luke 2:28)
      Jesus, as we receive you into our hands this morning at the Eucharist, please help us bless our God and father as Simeon did.

"Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;" (Luke 2:29)
      Jesus, please help us receive the gospel which was preached by your apostles, by which we are saved: 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. Thank you for giving Simeon a foretaste of the glory that was to come. Help each of us depart this life in peace, according to your word. (From 1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

"For my eyes have seen your salvation" (Luke 2:30)
      Father, when we look at Jesus as Simeon did with eyes of faith, we see the salvation you have prepared for us.

"Which you have prepared before the face of all peoples," (Luke 2:31)
      Father, you have made your son Jesus the way to salvation for all peoples.

"A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel." (Luke 2:32)
      Holy Spirit, please let the light of Jesus be revealed to the Episcopal Church and to your people Israel. Thank you.

A word received 12/29/07: Each day I want you to take a phrase from the Nicene Creed and pray that phrase. My people need to hear what is true and make it their own.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God,
      Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thank you for being one and thank you for your love for one another. Please help me, help your people live in the reality of your unity and love. Thank you.
the Father Almighty,
      Father, thank you for being a father to me. Thank you that by your might you have made your son Jesus known to us so that we can become your children.
      maker of heaven and earth,
      and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
      the only begotten Son of God,
      begotten of his Father before all worlds,
      God of God, Light of Light,
      very God of very God,
      begotten, not made,
      being of one substance with the Father;
      by whom all things were made;
      who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,
      and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
      and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
      he suffered and was buried;
      and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
      and ascended into heaven,
      and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
      and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead;
      whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life,
      who proceedeth from the Father and the Son;
      who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
      who spake by the Prophets.
      And I believe one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church;
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins;
      and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

First Sunday after Christmas: 34; 1 Samuel 1:1-2, 7b-28; Col. 1:9-20; Luke 2:22-40
Dec. 31: 1 Kings 3:5-14; James 4:13-17;5:7-11; John 5:1-15

Notes from the Front Line

Note from Torre: I would like to commend a book to you. Its title is the Roots of Endurance. It is by John Piper, published by Crossway, copyright ©2002. I got it on Amazon. It looks at the lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce and what it was that enabled each of the men to endure through decades of hostility and opposition to win through to victory. The battles we are currently fighting in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion will not be over in just one or two years. There is no quick fix for their problems and issues. We have need of endurance. See what enabled these men to endure.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

 

12/29/2007, #101, 4th Quarter 2007

A word received 12/29/07: Each day I want you to take a phrase from the Nicene Creed and pray that phrase. My people need to hear what is true and make it their own.

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God,
      Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thank you for being one and thank you for your love for one another. Please help me, help your people live in the reality of your unity and love. Thank you.
      the Father Almighty,
      maker of heaven and earth,
      and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
      the only begotten Son of God,
      begotten of his Father before all worlds,
      God of God, Light of Light,
      very God of very God,
      begotten, not made,
      being of one substance with the Father;
      by whom all things were made;
      who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,
      and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
      and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
      he suffered and was buried;
      and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
      and ascended into heaven,
      and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
      and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead;
      whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life,
      who proceedeth from the Father and the Son;
      who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
      who spake by the Prophets.
      And I believe one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church;
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins;
      and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Dec. 29: 18:21-50; 2 Samuel 23:13-17b; 2 John 1-13; John 2:1-11
First Sunday after Christmas: 34; 1 Samuel 1:1-2, 7b-28; Col. 1:9-20; Luke 2:22-40

 

12/29/2007, #100, 4th Quarter 2007

The Elder, to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth, (2 John 1)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for helping each of us know our own personal need for redemption from sin and death. Thank you that in knowing this we can love all the brethren who are also in the same need.

because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: (2 John 2)
      Father, thank you for your abiding truth; your word is truth, help us receive your word into our hearts, minds, and spirits.

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. (2 John 3)
      Jesus, thank you for your grace, mercy, and peace which you have brought us from God our father.

I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father. (2 John 4)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for giving us the joy of knowing brothers and sisters who walk in the truth. Thank you for your servants, Bill, Dan and Dave, who have helped us walk in the truth.

And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another. (2 John 5)
      Jesus, please let our wisdom and love first be pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. (From James 3:17)

This is love, that we walk according to his commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. (2 John 6)
      Father, the hearing of so many in the Episcopal Church has grown deaf; restore our hearing of your commandment so that we may walk in it.

For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (2 John 7)
      Lord, many such deceivers have gone through the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us.

Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. (2 John 8)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us examine ourselves to see if we are losing those things we have worked for; help us receive our full reward.

Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. (2 John 9)
      Jesus, please help us throughout this diocese to abide in correct doctrine about you.

If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; (2 John 10)
      Holy Spirit, guide each parish of this diocese and all of our diocesan institutions so that we receive among ourselves only those who speak and teach the truth about Jesus.

for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. (2 John 11)
      Father, please help those who have brought false teaching among us repent of their evil deeds.

Dec. 29: 18:21-50; 2 Samuel 23:13-17b; 2 John 1-13; John 2:1-11
First Sunday after Christmas: 34; 1 Samuel 1:1-2, 7b-28; Col. 1:9-20; Luke 2:22-40

Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2007 18:56:54
From: Faye VanDermark
Subject: My dear friends an update for you
Dear Friend, Wanted to give you and up date on what's going on with me.. I went for my chemo today. We had two regular chemo and bone treatment. I was given shot's for my red blood count, my white blood count and Folic acid, then I have pills to take everyday. Dr Khan want to know how thing's are going so Monday Dec 31 at 7:30 in the morning, I will have a PET/CT scan. This will give him some ideal where we go from there. I will be seeing him on the 8th of Jan. So please believe with me that the tumors are gone in both of my lungs and in the bones. Dr. Khan said there is a miracle out there with your name on Faye, I knows that. I say Amen to that I believe this will be the year of Blessing and Miracles for his people. Have a wonderful New Years, Faye


Friday, December 28, 2007

 

12/28/2007, #99, 4th Quarter 2007

"No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from me," says the LORD. (Isaiah 54:17)
A word received: Call my people to listen to this word to Isaiah: they are too easily wounded; they need to look to me to protect them in the battle ahead. Look to me, turn to me my people. I can make you prosper when even battle rages around you. Keep your eyes on me -- I will defend you.

Holy Innocents, December 28: 19,126; Isaiah 54:1-13; Mark 10:13-16
Dec. 29: 18:21-50; 2 Samuel 23:13-17b; 2 John 1-13; John 2:1-11


 

12/28/2007, #98, 4th Quarter 2007

Then they brought little children to him, that he might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. (Mark 10:13)
      Jesus, in too many parishes those who bring little children are made to feel unwelcome. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to welcome children into every parish in this diocese.

But when Jesus saw it, he was greatly displeased and said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:14)
      Holy Spirit, please help us have Jesus' priorities as our priorities, and his agenda as our agenda.

"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." (Mark 10:15)
      Father, please help us come to your kingdom as little children and enter it.

And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:16)
      Jesus, I too come as a little child to receive your blessing.

Holy Innocents, December 28: 19,126; Isaiah 54:1-13; Mark 10:13-16
Dec. 29: 18:21-50; 2 Samuel 23:13-17b; 2 John 1-13; John 2:1-11


Thursday, December 27, 2007

 

12/27/2007, #97, 4th Quarter 2007

A word received: Pray for my people -- their hearts are filled with anger towards one another. Pray that they will relent of their anger and know that they are just as much in need of my mercy as those they are angry with. Pray for my people to know my "Amazing Grace". I want this to be heart knowledge, head knowledge, spirit knowledge. I want my people in every part of their lives to know their own personal need for redemption. There is not one -- no not one -- who can be justified by his own righteousness. The Episcopal Church on all sides is awash with self-righteousness that leads to death.

      Lord, reveal to me my own self-righteousness. You know my blindness -- restore my sight.

St. John, December 27: 145; Isaiah 44:1-8; 1 John 5:1-12; John 13:20-35
Holy Innocents, December 28: 19,126; Isaiah 54:1-13; Mark 10:13-16

 

12/27/2007, #96, 4th Quarter 2007

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves him who begot also loves him who is begotten of him. (1 John 5:1)
      Father, our love in the Episcopal Church has grown cold as disbelief and denial have sapped our strength and our love.

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments. (1 John 5:2)
      Father, our love for one another in the Episcopal Church has grown cold -- we no longer keep your commandments.

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us bear the yoke of the Father's commandments so that we can grow in love for him and for one another.



      Jesus, I want to be yoked with you in keeping your father's commandments.

St. John, December 27: 145; Proverbs 8:22-30; Isaiah 44:1-8; 1 John 5:1-12; John 13:20-35
Holy Innocents, December 28: 19,126; Isaiah 54:1-13; Mark 10:13-16


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

 

12/26/2007, #95, 4th Quarter 2007

And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin." And when he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:59-60)
      Lord, we pray for all those who are persecuting your faithful people: "Do not charge them with this sin." Rather, we ask you to bring them to repentance and conversion.

Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. (Acts 8:1)
      Jesus, you ultimately turned Saul into a warrior for your kingdom and into an apostle: please do the same with those who stand by and consent to the persecution of your faithful people in the Episcopal Church.

      Holy Spirit, each week a thousand more people are scattered from the Episcopal Church; please direct their going and lead them into churches of your choosing.

And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. (Acts 8:2)
      Remember my affliction and roaming, the wormwood and the gall. My soul still remembers and sinks within me. This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the LORD'S mercies we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I hope in him!" (Lamentations 3:19-24)

As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. (Acts 8:3)
      Lord Jesus, the Presiding Bishop and her advisors are making havoc of your faithful people. Lord, you are good to those who wait for you, to the soul who seeks you. It is good that we should hope and wait quietly for your salvation. Please help us bear this yoke. (From Lamentations 3:25-27)

Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. (Acts 8:4)
      Holy Spirit, please bless and guide the witness of those who are being scattered to other churches and other parts of the Anglican Communion. Bless Bishop Dave as he ministers to those who have been scattered. Thank you.

St. Stephen, December 26: 118; 2 Chronicles 24:17-22; Wisdom 4:7-15; Acts 6:1-7; Acts 7:59-8:8
St. John, December 27: 145; Proverbs 8:22-30; Isaiah 44:1-8; 1 John 5:1-12; John 13:20-35

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

 

12/25/2007, #94, 4th Quarter 2007

A word received: Come tome, come to me; my people, return to me. I AM waiting for you with open arms. I love you; I gave my son for you; come forward and receive my love. Don't hold back; don't postpone coming to me till another day. Come to me and I will bless you.

Christmas Day: 110:1-1(6-7), 132; Micah 4:1-5, 5:2-4; 1 John 4:7-16; John 3:31-36
St. Stephen, December 26: 118; 2 Chronicles 24:17-22; Wisdom 4:7-15; Acts 6:1-7; Acts 7:59-8:8


 

12/25/2007, #93, 4th Quarter 2007

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7)
      LORD, our love for you will not be measured by how much we know about you, but by how much we know you and how much we choose to love one another.

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:8)
      Father, we are not doing very well at loving one another in the Episcopal Church, please fan the flame of our love for you and one another into open fire. Help us to love those who are doing and saying hateful things.

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent his only begotten son into the world, that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9)
      Jesus, you loved your people so much that you came among them when they were being hateful to one another. Help Bishop Bill and the leaders of this diocese enter the councils of the Episcopal Church with this same love.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
      Holy Spirit, please let this love that redeems us from our sins become our strength when things are dark and dreary.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:11)
      Amen. LORD, let this be so throughout the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

Christmas Day: 110:1-1(6-7), 132; Micah 4:1-5, 5:2-4; 1 John 4:7-16; John 3:31-36
St. Stephen, December 26: 118; 2 Chronicles 24:17-22; Wisdom 4:7-15; Acts 6:1-7; Acts 7:59-8:8

Monday, December 24, 2007

 

12/24/2007, #92, 4th Quarter 2007

Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; (Isaiah 59:15b-16a)

A word received: Justice and intercession go hand in hand. When my people cry out to me for justice and mercy in the land, I hear from heaven and answer them. I want my people to renew their covenant with me to be intercessors -- to stand between me and the evils in the church and society. Come, come to me -- hear my call: be intercessors.

Christmas Eve: 89:1-29; Isa. 59:15b-21; Phil. 2:5-11
Christmas Day: 110:1-1(6-7), 132; Micah 4:1-5, 5:2-4; 1 John 4:7-16; John 3:31-26

 

12/24/2007, #91, 4th Quarter 2007

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:5)
      Father, please help us have the mind of Christ.

who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, (Philippians 2:6)
      Jesus, help us know you in your humility and in your majesty.

but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:7)
      Jesus, thank you for becoming one with us.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:8)
      Holy Spirit, please teach us such obedience.

Therefore God also has highly exalted him and given him the name which is above every name, (Philippians 2:9)
      Jesus, please help us measure things by your name.

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, (Philippians 2:10)
      Jesus, please teach us humility and obedience as we use your name.

and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:11)
      Father, we long for our confession of faith in your son Jesus to bring glory to you. Thank you.

A word received: You are in my care. Keep your eyes on me. Let me be your guide day by day.

Christmas Eve: 89:1-29; Isa. 59:15b-21; Phil. 2:5-11
Christmas Day: 110:1-1(6-7), 132; Micah 4:1-5,5:2-4; 1 John 4:7-16; John 3:31-26


Sunday, December 23, 2007

 

12/23/2007, #90, 4th Quarter 2007

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
      Father, thank you for your love for us. Please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to believe so that they should not perish but have everlasting life.

For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:17)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be faithful witnesses of the Father's love in sending Jesus so that the world around us might be saved.

"He who believes in him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God. (John 3:18)
      Jesus, we cry out to you for all those in the Episcopal Church who have been led astray by lies and no longer believe in you: raise up faithful teachers and shepherds to bring them back to you.

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19)
      Jesus, please let your light shine forth in the Episcopal Church and expose all the deeds of darkness.

For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. (John 3:20)
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to come to your light.

But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." (John 3:21)
      Holy Spirit, please sine your light on all our deeds that they can be seen for what they are; and where repentance is needed, please bring us to that quickly. Thank you.



A word received: I AM walking with you through this time of trial. Don't be afraid.

Sunday: 8, 84; Gen 3:8-15; Revelation 12:1-10; John 3:16-21
Dec. 24: Baruch 4:36-5:9; Galatians 3:23-4:7; Matthew 1:18-25

Saturday, December 22, 2007

 

12/22/2007, #89, 4th Quarter 2007

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory." (Matthew 25:31)
      Jesus, please help us recognize your glory in the humble, in the lost and the least, in those who ask for prayer.

"All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats." (Matthew 25:32)
      Jesus, I am so thankful that you will be doing the dividing and not me.

"And he will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left." (Matthew 25:33)
      Lord Jesus, thank you that you are in charge.

"Then the King will say to those on his right hand, 'Come, you blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:" (Matthew 25:34)
      Thank you, father, for all that you have prepared for us.

"for I was hungry and you gave me food;
I was thirsty and you gave me drink;
I was a stranger and you took me in;
I was naked and you clothed me;
I was sick and you visited me;
I was in prison and you came to me.'" (Matthew 25:35-36)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to do all that and more.

"Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and take you in, or naked and clothe you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?'" (Matthew 25:37-39)
      Holy Spirit, give us true understanding and wisdom so that we will do these things.

"And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'" (Matthew 25:40)
      Jesus, please help us see and respond to the lost and the least who are right in front of us.

"Then he will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:" (Matthew 25:41)
      Jesus, there is a day of final judgment when we shall all be judged; have mercy on us.

"for I was hungry and you gave me no food;
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink;
I was a stranger and you did not take me in,
naked and you did not clothe me,
sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'" (Matthew 25:42-43)
      Lord, we are blind; have mercy on us.

"Then they also will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?'" (Matthew 25:44)
      Lord, that's the problem -- we don't see those who are right in front of us.

"Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.'" (Matthew 25:45)
      Lord, give your people eyes to see the lost and the least right in front of them.

"And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." (Matthew 25:46)
      So be it. Amen.

Saturday: 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Zechariah 8:9-17; Revelation 6:1-17; Matthew 25:31-46
Sunday: 8, 84; Gen 3:18-15; Revelation 12:1-10; John 3:16-21

Notes from the Front Line

Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 13:05:18
From: Tammy & John Boyd
Subject: FW: Prayer request from Dn. Polly and Charlie
Subject: prayers for Leia
Please pray for our daughter Leia who is in the hospital with viral meningitis, this is difficult for her as she has pernicious anemia and celiac disease, her immune system is comprised. She needs IV iron and IV fluids to hydrate her. She is depressed and in constant pain (headache). We ask that you wrap your arms around her as she is dependent on pain meds too. God Bless and Merry Christmas Deacons Polly and Charlie Bailey

Friday, December 21, 2007

 

12/21/2007, #88, 4th Quarter 2007

"For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. "So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' "Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.'" (Matthew 25:14-24)
      Father, this is the picture that so many paint of you; help us to use our talents to give a true picture of your love and produce fruit of your Spirit in abundance.

"And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.'" (Matthew 25:25)
      Father, this not the kind of fear you want. You want us to hold you in love and awe.

"But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.'" (Matthew 25:26)
      Father, your heart's desire is to bring in the full harvest. Help us repent of giving excuses for not doing what we should with your talents.

"'So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.'" (Matthew 25:27)
      Father, you require of us that we use the talents you have given us to build up your kingdom. To do nothing with them is an evil we need to repent of.

"So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 'For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'" (Matthew 25:28-30)
      Father, the servant brought your judgment down on him. Help us repent where we are bringing judgment down on ourselves. Thank you.

A word received 12/19/07: Keep your eyes on me. Times of trouble and conflict are ahead. Keep you eyes on me: I will sustain you.
A word received 12/21/07: You are in my hands. I AM your provider -- don't be afraid.

Friday: 51; Zechariah 7:8-8:8; Revelation 5:6-14; Matthew 25:14-30
Saturday: 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Zechariah 8:9-17; Revelation 6:1-17; Matthew 25:31-46

Notes from the Front Line

[Note from Torre: Wednesday morning I slipped on the front steps and tore my Quad Tendon clean across. Wednesday evening I had surgery to sew the tendon back onto the kneecap. I came home yesterday afternoon. I thank God for the many prayers that have been offered up for me. ]

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

 

12/18/2007, #86, 4th Quarter 2007

Then I raised my eyes and looked, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand. (Zechariah 2:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us raise our eyes so that we may behold what God is doing.

So I said, "Where are you going?" And he said to me, "To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length." (Zechariah 2:2)
      Lord Jesus, help us take the proper measure of things.

And there was the angel who talked with me, going out; and another angel was coming out to meet him, (Zechariah 2:3)
      Father, thank you for your messengers, the angels.



who said to him, "Run, speak to this young man, saying: 'Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it.'" (Zechariah 2:4)
      Lord, there are so many walls built up between your people; help us live without the multitude of man-made walls. You have told us, "With the help of my God I can leap over the wall." (Psalm 18:29) We long to leap over the walls that divide us from one another.

"'For I,' says the LORD, 'will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.'" (Zechariah 2:5)
      Holy Spirit, we long for the glory of your fire among us.



"Up, up! Flee from the land of the north," says the LORD; "for I have spread you abroad like the four winds of heaven," says the LORD." (Zechariah 2:6)
      LORD, the Episcopal Church is being scattered to the four winds: day by day your people are fleeing its apostasy.

"Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon." (Zechariah 2:7)
      Jesus, please show us in this diocese how to escape the false teaching of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

For thus says the LORD of hosts: "He sent me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye." (Zechariah 2:8)
      Father, thank you that we are precious in your sight.

"For surely I will shake my hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me." (Zechariah 2:9)
      Holy Spirit, please move the Episcopal Church to heed Jesus and his words.

"Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst," says the LORD. (Zechariah 2:10)
      Thank you for coming and dwelling with us.

"Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become my people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you." (Zechariah 2:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us see in the multitudes of people who make up your church that Jesus has been sent to us.

"And the LORD will take possession of Judah as his inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem." (Zechariah 2:12)
      LORD, take possession of our hearts, minds and wills.

"Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he is aroused from his holy habitation!" (Zechariah 2:13)
      LORD, help us be still and know that you are God. (From Psalm 46:10)

A word received: Keeping praying my word. When you pray my word you join me at the center of my desire for my people.

Tuesday: 47, 48; Zechariah 2:1-13; Revelation 3:14-22; Matthew 24:32-44
Wednesday: 49, [53]; Zechariah 3:1-10; Revelation 4:1-8; Matthew 24:45-51

Notes from the Front Line

Pray for Deacon Bruce Mason and his family as he prepares to be ordained a priest on Saturday (St. Mary's Lake Luzerne at 11:00 a.m.).

Monday, December 17, 2007

 

12/17/2007, #85, 4th Quarter 2007

We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, the deeds you did in their days, in days of old: (Psalm 44:1)
      LORD, please help us to be a people who remember your deeds so that we may pray with hope and confidence.

You drove out the nations with your hand, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. (Psalm 44:2)
      Father, please do in our day what you did in the past: drive out those who worship other God's from among us.

For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you favored them. (Psalm 44:3)
      Jesus, we cannot cleanse the Episcopal Church by our own strength: come and visit and redeem your faithful people.

You are my king, O God; command victories for Jacob. (Psalm 44:4)
      Jesus, you are our king and we live in the hope of your victory.

Through you we will push down our enemies; through your name we will trample those who rise up against us. (Psalm 44:5)
      LORD, we wait on you.

For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me. (Psalm 44:6)
      Holy Spirit, please keep us from the folly of trusting in our own resources.

But you have saved us from our enemies, and have put to shame those who hated us. (Psalm 44:7)
      Lord Jesus, we put our trust in you.

In God we boast all day long, and praise your name forever. (Psalm 44:8)
      Amen.

Monday: 44; Zechariah 1:7-17; Revelation 3:7-13; Matthew 24:15-31
Tuesday: 47, 48; Zechariah 2:1-13; Revelation 3:14-22; Matthew 24:32-44


Sunday, December 16, 2007

 

12/16/2007, #84, 4th Quarter 2007

Bless the LORD, you his angels, who excel in strength, who do his word, heeding the voice of his word. (Psalm 103:20)
      Jesus, please help us heed your word.

Bless the LORD, all you his hosts, you ministers of his, who do his pleasure. (Psalm 103:21)
      Help us to do your pleasure, LORD.

A word received: I want to establish my people in my word. Pray that my people will heed my word.

Sunday: 103; Amos 9:11-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, 13-17; John 5:30-47
Monday: 44; Zechariah 1:7-17; Revelation 3:7-13; Matthew 24:15-31



[For many years I have been convinced that Mary recited this verse of Psalm 103 to herself while she was pregnant with Jesus. Torre]

A word received: Mary opened her mouth and brought forth My praise in a very uncertain time. She cast all her cares on Me and I was able to care for her. I long for you to cast your care on Me, so I can care for each of you. Look at the joy Mary expressed.

Notes from the Front Line

***** Excerpts from a letter from a friend:
      I wanted to share with you my antidote for aging depressions.
      Some months ago I was struggling with my Widex hearing aids and my inability to decipher conversations around a table. In smaller group situations the aids were very helpful but we couldn’t get them adjusted for larger groups. I was discouraged. During that time the last line of the hymn "Praise, I will praise you, Lord" kept coming to mind. So I created a challenge to change my focus from hearing problems to Jesus. And as I worked on that focus change my depression lifted.
      I needed to get a cane to give me stability in walking- a cane? A visible sign of aging. I focused on my antidote In mid August I had to stop wearing my contacts to prepare for cataract surgery so I was unable to read. That deprivation continued until early December when the doctor fitted me with contacts and told me to buy reading glasses at WalMarts. Now I can read! What a wonderful gift!
      Then the day after Thanksgiving I tripped on an uneven sidewalk, fell, and broke my nose. The nose has been set back in place but it takes time to heal.
      What have I learned through all of this? I was forcibly reminded that it is very important where we focus our thoughts. I want Jesus to be the foundation of my life and thinking. It does take vigilance to keep that focus. I've been reflecting on Immanuel, God-with us-, coming as Jesus whose spirit now lives within us, helping us through aging losses and difficulties along the way. What a marvelous loving gift God has given us! Let us all rejoice as we share the joys of Christmas.

 

12/16/2007, #83, 4th Quarter 2007

"How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?" (John 5:44)
      Father, please help us seek the honor that comes from you.

"Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you--Moses, in whom you trust." (John 5:45)
      Jesus, we stand accused because we so often put our trust in other people, institutions or things instead of you.

"For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me." (John 5:46)
      Holy Spirit, please help us and all in the Episcopal Church believe the witness of Scripture about Jesus.

"But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?" (John 5:47)
      Lord, so many claim to follow you, yet they deny what Scripture says -- it doesn't compute, it doesn't make sense to me, Jesus. Please restore the Episcopal Church to true belief in you. Thank you.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and our God and father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
      Amen. Holy Spirit, please write this benediction on our hearts. Thank you.

      Now may the Lord direct our hearts into the love of God and into the perseverance of Christ. Amen. (From 2 Thessalonians 3:5)

Sunday: 103; Amos 9:11-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, 13-17; John 5:30-47
Monday: 44; Zechariah 1:7-17; Revelation 3:7-13; Matthew 24:15-31


Saturday, December 15, 2007

 

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table 2007 12 15

Torre Bissell, Dn. Alan Hart, 9:30 to 11:00 AM, in front of Christ Church on State St (+ indicates received a cross). We had a large coffee maker full of hot water and served free coffee, tea, or cocoa to those who wanted it.

Wayne -- for a friend
+Dymenm (woman) -- for my son Steven
K (man) -- came up and helped pray for Dymenm and then prayed he prayed for me, that I would keep warm
+Robby -- for his grandchildren: +Destiny, +Felicia, +Maria, +Tarife
+Margarita -- for her children: Angelica, +Jaydan, Angel
+Jose -- who was with Margarita
+Bill -- health
+Janet -- being and staying sober, for good health, for her family
+Harvey -- "Every morning I say, 'Thank you, Jesus.'"
+Alison -- she is having surgery on December 20th for skin cancer on her back
Ellen -- for her grandmother (Ellen came last week for prayer also)
Robby
+Eli -- for health
+Patricia -- for safe travel
+Elijah
+Bill
+Darla (woman)
+Rezal (young man) -- for health
+Ty -- for his family


 

12/15/2007, #82, 4th Quarter 2007

"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, 'These things says he who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead." (Revelation 3:1)
      Have mercy on us, Lord Jesus, and restore the Episcopal Church to life.

"Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God." (Revelation 3:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us be watchful and strengthen the things that remain.

"Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you." (Revelation 3:3)
      "Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?" The watchman said, "The morning comes, and also the night. If you will inquire, inquire; Return! Come back!" (Isaiah 21:11b-12) Father, please help us return to you; help us come back to you.

"You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy." (Revelation 3:4)
      Jesus, so many in your church are defiled by the sins of the world; have mercy on us and restore us; wash and cleanse your bride so that we may appear before you without spot or wrinkle.

"He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before my father and before his angels." (Revelation 3:5)
      Jesus, please help us overcome the world, the flesh and the devil. Thank you.

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." (Revelation 3:6)
      Holy Spirit, please restore our hearing so that we may hear and know what you are saying to the churches. Thank you.

A word received: Do not be afraid of what others fear -- fear only the loss of me and my presence in your life. Look to me, seek me, pursue me -- I will be with you in every circumstance. Don't be afraid -- keep coming to me for comfort and aid; I will bless you.

Saturday: 42, 43; Haggai 2:1-9; Rev. 3:1-6; Matthew 24:1-14
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98; ?; 103; Amos 9:11-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3,13-17; John 5:30-47


Friday, December 14, 2007

 

12/14/2007, #81, 4th Quarter 2007

In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying, "Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying: 'This people says, "The time has not come, the time that the LORD'S house should be built."'" (Haggai 1:1-2)
      LORD, give us a heart to rebuild your church.

Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying, "Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?" (Haggai 1:3-4)
      Jesus, move our hearts so that we give of ourselves for the rebuilding of your church.

Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: "Consider your ways! "You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes." (Haggai 1:5-6)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize our condition for what it is and turn to the Father in repentance.

Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified," says the LORD. (Haggai 1:7-8)
      Father, the physical structures of the Episcopal Church have blinded our eyes to the spiritual poverty of the church; please rebuild us in Spirit and truth.

"You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?" says the LORD of hosts. "Because of my house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. (Haggai 1:9-10)
      Holy Father, have mercy on us. Move our hearts to repentance and bring renewal to the Episcopal Church.

For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands." (Haggai 1:11)
      LORD, you spoke by your servant Amos and said, "'Behold, the days are coming,' says the Lord GOD, 'That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.'" (Amos 8:11) LORD, we are in such a famine in the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us.

A word received: Don't be afraid -- I have overcome the world. Choose to look at me and not the problems that surround you. Look to me to redeem the things that trouble you. I AM. I AM ready to help -- invite me into all of your situations.

Friday: 35; Haggai 1:1-15; Rev. 2:18-29; Matthew 23:27-39
Saturday: 42, 43; Haggai 2:1-9; Rev. 3:1-6; Matthew 24:1-14


Thursday, December 13, 2007

 

12/13/2007, #80, 4th Quarter 2007

"Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are on the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from the face of the earth; yet I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob," Says the LORD." (Amos 9:8)
      LORD, in your mercy do not utterly destroy the Episcopal Church -- save the faithful remnant of your people.

"For surely I will command, And will sift the house of Israel among all nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve; yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground." (Amos 9:9)
      Jesus, the Episcopal Church is being sifted and many are being scattered to other churches; thank you that not even the smallest person shall fall to the ground and be lost by you.

"All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, who say, 'The calamity shall not overtake nor confront us.'" (Amos 9:10)
      Father, calamity is already overtaking the Episcopal Church and many have fled from it; have mercy on us and protect us. Please guide Bishop Bill and all who give him advice. Thank you.

"... men always ought to pray and not lose heart" (Luke 18:1)
      Holy Spirit, help us continue to pray for the Episcopal Church and not lose heart.

A word received: Pray for my people. Pray for my people who are being led astray by lies. Pray that they will return to me.

Thursday: 37:19-42; Amos 9:1-10; Rev. 2:8-17; Matthew 23:13-26
Friday: 35; Haggai 1:1-15; Rev. 2:18-29; Matthew 23:27-39


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

 

12/12/2007, #79, 4th Quarter 2007

"To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, 'These things says he who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:'" (Revelation 2:1)
      Jesus, thank you for walking among us and holding all creation in your hands. We look to you for guidance and protection.

"I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;" (Revelation 2:2)
      Jesus, thank you for the works, labor and patience of your faithful people. Please keep us steady in resisting those who do evil and claim to be sent by you but are liars.

"and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary." (Revelation 2:3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for surrounding us with so great a cloud of witnesses to cheer us on. Please help us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and help us run with patience and endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus to vindicate and complete our faith. (From Hebrews 12:1-2)

"Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love." (Revelation 2:4)
      Father, in your mercy please lead us back into our first love for Jesus.

"Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place--unless you repent." (Revelation 2:5)
      Father, please help us hearken to Jesus' call to return to him with our first love and do the works befitting repentance.

"But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate." (Revelation 2:6)
      Jesus, help us hate the deeds of those who do evil, but love those people and bring them the good news of your victory over sin and death.

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God." (Revelation 2:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear what you are saying to the churches; we long to eat of the tree of life and enter the Paradise of God. Thank you for being with us day by day. Amen.

A word received for Sunday School lesson 14, December 16, 2007, posted on http://ChristChurchSundaySchool.blogspot.com/: Ask for a heart like Mary's.

Wednesday: 119:25-48; Amos 8:1-14; Rev. 1:17-2:7; Matthew 23:1-12
Thursday: 37:19-42; Amos 9:1-10; Rev. 2:8-17; Matthew 23:13-26

Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 10:54:28 -0500
From: "Diocese of Albany"
Subject: Question after Missions Conf
Dear Friends,
      There were some items misplaced after the Missions Conference, and this note to you hopes to see if anyone might have taken them for safe keeping and can let us know.
      These were items from the Bolivia mission trip and belong to one of the team members. If you know where they might now be, and could let us know we would greatly appreciate it.
      There is a wool blanket/table-cloth with dark red, green & blue with tan pictures, another smaller tablecloth navy with stripes, 2 striped pillow cases and one Flag of 7 diagonal lines.
      If you have any information, you can reply to this email or call Maggie Hasslacher at (518) 692-9550 ext 107.
Thank you and have a blessed Advent. Maggie


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

 

12/11/2007, #78, 4th Quarter 2007

But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22:34-40)
      Jesus, please restore these two commandments to the life of the Episcopal Church and let them be restored in their proper order.

A word received: Pray for my truth to prevail.

Tuesday: 36, 39; Amos 7:10-17; Rev. 1:9-16; Matthew 22:34-46
Wednesday: 119:25-48; Amos 8:1-14; Rev. 1:17-2:7; Matthew 23:1-12


Monday, December 10, 2007

 

12/10/2007, #77, 4th Quarter 2007

The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him, saying: "Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were with us seven brothers. The first died after he had married, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother. Likewise the second also, and the third, even to the seventh. Last of all the woman died also. Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her." Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God." (Matthew 22:23-29)
      Jesus, so many of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church are equally mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. In your mercy please bring them to such knowledge.

For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven. But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." (Matthew 22:30-32)
      Holy Spirit, please help all your faithful people who are suffer for the sake of the gospel to know in their hearts and minds what Jesus is teaching here.

And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at his teaching. (Matthew 22:33)
      Father, it is still true today that many of your people have not heard of the hope of the resurrection. Please send faithful and effective preachers and teachers throughout the Episcopal Church to proclaim the good news of Jesus' victory his resurrection over sin, death, and the grave by. Thank you.

A word received for Sunday School lesson 13 http://ChristChurchSundaySchool.blogspot.com/: I want all of the men and women to take both Joseph and Mary as models for their life and marriages.

Monday: 9, 15; Amos 7:1-9; Rev. 1:1-8; Matthew 22:23-33
Tuesday: 36, 39; Amos 7:10-17; Rev. 1:9-16; Matthew 22:34-46

Albany Intercessor


Sunday, December 09, 2007

 

Joseph and Mary walk to Bethlehem (by a Liberian student, S. K. Weah)


 

12/9/2007, #76, 4th Quarter 2007

Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people, (Luke 1:68)
      Jesus, thank you for doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, (Luke 1:69)
      Father, your kindness is so great: please carry us through to your victory in the church.

As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who have been since the world began, (Luke 1:70)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the many witnesses you have raised up for your people. Thank you for the steady witness of your prophets speaking through the Bible.

That we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, (Luke 1:71)
      Jesus, please save and deliver us from the hand of all who reject your word. Guide Bishop Bill as he leads us in this time of turmoil in the church. Pour out your blessing on St. Andrews Syracuse, St. Andrews Vestal, and the Diocese of San Joaquin. Bless and guide the ministry of Bishop Dave in CANA.

To perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, (Luke 1:72)
      Father, thank you for the covenant which you have established through your son Jesus which includes us who are Gentiles.

The oath which he swore to our father Abraham: (Luke 1:73)
      Jesus, I pray for all the children of Abraham, for all the children of promise: please bring the children is Israel and of Ishmael to a saving knowledge of you.

To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, (Luke 1:74)
      Holy Spirit, please help us walk in the love of Jesus, for his love is perfect and casts out fear.

In holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life. (Luke 1:75)
      Holy Spirit, please move through this diocese and help us all heed the call to the devout and holy life. Thank you for the witness of the Daughters of the King and the Sisters of St. Mary. Please raise up vocations for them.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways, (Luke 1:76)
      Thank you for the witness of John and his call to repent of our sins. Holy Spirit, please help us heed that call this Advent season.

To give knowledge of salvation to his people by the remission of their sins, (Luke 1:77)
      Jesus, please bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to a saving knowledge of you for the remission of their sins.

Through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high £has visited us; (Luke 1:78)
      Father, thank you for your tender mercy toward us in sending Jesus to be the light to direct our footsteps into the kingdom of heaven.

To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:79)
      Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this day, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

      Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

A word received: Be still, be still before me and know that I AM God. Be still, calm your hearts; put away your fears. I AM God. Look to me; turn your heart to me; I AM your provider.

Sunday: 114, 115; Amos 6:1-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-12; Luke 1:57-68
Monday: 9, 15; Amos 7:1-9; Rev. 1:1-8; Matthew 22:23-33

Notes from the Front Line

***** From: Charla Brych
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2007 21:41:10
Subject: Ordination of Deacon Wm Wheeler
Dick Drumm requests we spread the word and pray for Deacon William Wheeler who will be ordained a priest by Bishop William Love on Sunday, December 23rd at 2 PM. The ordination will take place at Grace Episcopal Church, 7 E. Main Street, Mohawk. Deacon Wheeler has been past lay director of Cursillo in Central NY. He has been at Grace Episcopal Church for about 3 years.


Saturday, December 08, 2007

 

12/8/2007, #75, 4th Quarter 2007

But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. (Jude 17)
      Holy Spirit, please help us remember the apostolic witness you have given us in Scripture.

They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires." (Jude 18)
      Father, there are such ungodly scoffers of your word in our day who walk according to their lusts and say that is your will. Please bring them to repentance and protect your little ones from being led astray by their lies.

These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. (Jude 19)
      Lord, have mercy on them and lead them into your way.

But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 20-21)
      Holy Spirit, please help us pray as you would pray. Please keep us in the love of God and the mercy of Jesus Christ so that we will be brought to eternal life with him.

Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear--hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. (Jude 22-23)
      Father, in the name and power of Jesus, please help us pull back from the fires of hell those who are rushing to destruction.

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy--to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (Jude 24-25)
      Jesus, you are able: come soon and rescue your bride, the church.

Saturday: 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Amos 5:18-27; Jude 17-25; Matthew 22:15-22
Sunday: 114, 115; Amos 6:1-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-12; Luke 1:57-68

Notes from the Front Line

***** Please for the Cathedral Lock-In and the youth of the diocese who will be coming to it Friday evening through Saturday morning.

***** Please pray for those who will be coming to the Prayer Table this morning and pray that we will pray according to the mind of the Spirit.


Friday, December 07, 2007

 

12/7/2007, #74, 4th Quarter 2007

Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: (Jude 1)
      Father, thank you for calling us, and thank you for preserving us in Jesus Christ.

Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. (Jude 2)
      Jesus, please let your mercy, peace and love be multiplied in us throughout this diocese.

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. (Jude 3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us throughout the Episcopal Church to heed your exhortation to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 4)
      Jesus, they crept in unnoticed at first and now they are a flood, and many are being swept away by their deceptions; have mercy on us.

But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. (Jude 5)
      A word received: Pray for the day of my threshing. Pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Pray for my little ones who are being led astray by lies. Pray for my will to be done.

      A word received: You are in my care. Look to me, not circumstances, to provide for those you love. I AM. I AM in charge of your lives. You have given them to me, they are mine.

Friday: 22; Amos 5:1-17; Jude 1-16; Matthew 22:1-14
Saturday: 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Amos 5:18-27; Jude 17-25; Matthew 22:15-22


Thursday, December 06, 2007

 

12/6/2007, #73, 4th Quarter 2007

For you will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:28)
      Jesus, you are the one true light, please help us walk by your light in this present time of darkness.

For by you I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall. (Psalm 18:29)
      Holy Spirit, please help us go against the forces of the enemy and by your help leap over every wall that the enemy establishes.

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; he is a shield to all who trust in him. (Psalm 18:30)
      Father, your ways are perfect and your word is proven and established day by day among your people; please help us place our trust in you and shield us from the harm of people who are disposed to do evil. Thank you.

Thursday: 18:21-50; Amos 4:6-13; 2 Peter 3:11-18; Matthew 21:33-46
Friday: 22; Amos 5:1-17; Jude 1-16; Matthew 22:1-14


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

 

12/5/2007, #72, 4th Quarter 2007



Now when he came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?" (Matthew 21:23)
      Jesus, as in your day, so in our day: the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church recognize no authority but their own. Please help them know that you are Lord and God.

But Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things: The baptism of John--where was it from? From heaven or from men?" (Matthew 21:24-25a)
      Holy Spirit, please help us in our day commit ourselves to what Jesus is doing and saying so that we may learn more from him.

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet." So they answered Jesus and said, "We do not know." (Matthew 21:25b-27a)
      Father, reason by itself, unaided by Scripture and tradition, is a very weak leg to stand on. Please restore Scripture, tradition and reason to their rightful order in the Episcopal Church.

And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. (Matthew 21:27b)
      Jesus, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have become the blind leading the blind, for they have refused to commit themselves to accepting or rejecting you and your authority. As Elijah said to the people, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, follow him." And the people answered him not a word. (1 Kings 18:21) LORD, have mercy on us and help us return to you and your ways. Thank you.

A word received about Sunday School lesson 13: Let my Spirit speak to your heart as he spoke to Joseph. Pray for a heart to listen and respond as Joseph did.
      Sunday School lesson 13 has been posted on http://ChristChurchSundaySchool.blogspot.com/)

Words received for Lesson 15, The Wisemen Directed, January 6, 2008:
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting." (Micah 5:2)
      A word received: I spoke to Bethlehem when it was small and unimportant, I will speak to you even when you feel small and unimportant. You don't need to be important in the eyes of the world to hear me speak to you.

The kings of Tarshish and of the isles will bring presents; the kings of Sheba and Seba will offer gifts. Yes, all kings shall fall down before him; all nations shall serve him. (Psalm 72:10-11)
      A word received: No matter how important someone is, they still have to bow down before my son.

The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:3)
      A word received: I want you to walk in my light. Those who are outsiders can walk by my light. Even kings can come to my light.

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. (Matthew 2:3)
      A word received: Many were troubled by my coming among them. Their troubling doesn't equal repentance. I want people to turn to me, high or low, it doesn't matter, I want them to turn to me.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshiped him. (Matthew 2:10-11)
      A word received: Look at the difference between their wisdom and the knowledge of the chief priests and scribes. Their knowledge (Matthew 2:5-6) did not lead them to seek me. The Wisemen's wisdom led them to seek for me.

Wednesday: 12, 13, 14; Amos 3:12-4:5; 2 Peter 3:1-10; Matthew 21:23-32
Thursday: 18:21-50; Amos 4:6-13; 2 Peter 3:11-18; Matthew 21:33-46
Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2007 08:57:20
From: Faye VanDermark
Subject: some up date
Dear Friends,
      I went for the 3 rounds of chemo last week, and I felt wonderful until Wed afternoon. Then the pain and fatigue came, by Sunday the fever and chills. I went to the Doctor and her told me that I have pneumonia. He has given me antibiotic, if thing's don't change by Thurs, he will put me in the hospital.... So PRAY the antibiotic work a miracle. my pray is to be strong by the 15 of Dec for Jim Shevlin ordination. thanks for your kindness, love prays you have given me and my family. that is the greatest Christmas gift one could give. God bless deacon Faye

***** Date Tuesday, December 4, 2007
From: Torre Bissell
Subject: Albany Intercessor Carrol Schlett in Missouri
      Please pray for healing and reconstruction of her back. She has been in great pain for several years. She and her husband, Pastor Paul, ministered at the Hamilton Hill Fellowship on Albany Street in Schenectady for many years serving the lost and the least.

***** Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2007 10:35:03
From: Dianne Roosa
Subject: Urgent Prayer
      I just received a call that Mother Mary Chilton's mother Margaret fell and broke her hip. They are at the hospital with her in the emergency room. Margaret is 94 years old and has had difficulty mentally of late.
      Lord Jesus our great healer and physician we ask that you would hold Margaret in your hands. Keep her from pain and give her your peace and understanding at this time of confusion in her life. We ask that you would give Hunter and Mary your peace and health as well. We ask that you would guide the doctors and give them wisdom in deciding how to take care of her. We pray that this break would not be bad and we ask that your love would surround them. In the Holy Name of Jesus we ask these things. Amen Dianne Roosa

***** Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2007 07:32:31
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: praise report
      THANK YOU for your prayers. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
      You may remember that Georgina's grandfather, cat and bantam hen all died last week. On top of that the dog ate 13 aspirin. Mr Darcy, my niece Georgina's dog in the UK ate 13 aspirin. His toxic level for his weight is 300. He level after eating 13 aspirin was 2,500. The vet said that there was not a chance of life. I just received this email from Georgina. At last some good news from the Sheldon household:
Dear Uncle Nigel,
      THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS!
      Mr Darcy had his last blood test this morning and they were completely normal! PRAISE THE LORD. It really is a miracle and thank you and all your church and friends for praying. We are so happy and relieved for him and know it was through people's prayer that he is here today. Lots and lots of love, Georgie xxxxxxxxxxxx
      I DO THANK YOU ALL for your prayers for the Sheldon's.
      It is so wonderful to see answered prayer....
      God bless you all and keep praying... with expectation this Advent tide. I would ask now that you pray for Georgina's healing, indeed cure of the assault of the enemy of disease. In the awe of God Nigel+


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

 

12/4/2007, #71, 4th Quarter 2007


Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And he said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'" (Matthew 21:12-13)
      Jesus, please overturn the tables of the moneychangers in the church in our generation. Please restore a life of prayer to your church.

A word received: I AM. Pray for repentance, pray for hearts that are cleansed by my Holy Spirit.

Then the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. (Matthew 21:14)
      Father, please let every parish in this diocese be a temple where your son Jesus heals the blind and the lame.

Tuesday: 10, 11; Amos 3:1-11; 2 Peter 1:12-21; Matthew 21:12-22
Wednesday: 12, 13, 14; Amos 3:12-4:5; 2 Peter 3:1-10; Matthew 21:23-32

Notes from the Front Line
Sunday School lesson 13 has been posted on http://ChristChurchSundaySchool.blogspot.com/)

***** Thinking strategically about mission:
      Campus Crusade for Christ was founded in 1951 with the mission to reach every college student in the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The mission remains critical to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
      History of missions teaches us many things, but one of the key lessons is that to sway a nation with the Gospel, you must sway the influencers with the Gospel. Our responsibility isn’t just to the poor or the unlikely leader. We must also see Jesus transform those who are destined to occupy the halls of power in governments and economies around the world.
      About one percent of the world’s population goes to a college or university, but the vast majority of influencers have received their diploma from an institution of higher learning. This means that there are highly concentrated cores of future leaders on the campuses around our homes. And these students increasingly represent the best and the brightest from countries in which we long to see the Gospel makes inroads.
      And while statistics tell us the majority of people who know Jesus met him before they graduated from high school, social researcher Michael Lindsay has discovered that, “…an unusual number of “public leaders” who profess Christian faith did not grow up in churchgoing homes and came to faith after adolescence…” (Andy Crouch, CT, Nov 2007).
      What’s the bottom line: The Kingdom of God has always advanced with a warfare mentality. If our strategy isn’t sound, our work to establish the Kingdom in our cities, nation, and the world, will be hindered. One thing we must do, along with ministering to the poor and destitute, is have tools in place to make disciples among the leaders of tomorrow. That is, we must have ministries that create disciples on the college campus.
      This, in financial terms, is an investment that won’t have a big payoff for years, perhaps decades. But we must make the investment now, or face a poverty of leaders tomorrow.
      David and Megan Sheehan and a team from Campus Crusade for Christ are involved in a strategic mission territory among us: reaching out to our universities and colleges. They attend Christ Church Schenectady. If you would like to support them you can send donations to Campus Crusade for Christ International, PO Box 628222, Orlando FL 32862-8222 with a note saying it is for account 0530380 David and Megan Sheehan. Their recent newsletter follows.

***** Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2007 12:02:40
From: Evans, Scott C
Subject: Holy Spirit Weekend
Hi,
      Got a nice note regarding our Holy Spirit Weekend at the Oratory two weeks ago - see below. To God alone the Glory of course, but many thanks to the entire team including Alpha Advisor Noel Dawes, the SLC Staff, Bishop Love, Bruce Newman from Grace Chapel, Gary and Dianne Roosa for leading worship, and all the intercessors who covered us so effectively in prayer: 27 participants from 4 different churches!
      I was thinking we might share this email Tuesday as a testimony. We have an Alpha Training day scheduled for Saturday, 1/12/2008 at the Oratory, and a combined Holy Spirit Weekend at the CTK Chapel and Kings Inn scheduled for March 7-8, 2008. With prompt action a team could tap into these events and get a program running shortly after the new year!
      The vision is to provide these common events for training and the alpha weekend retreat at the SLC to make it easy for groups or individuals to run Alpha in their churches, homes, work places, pubs - wherever they would choose to preach the kingdom and heal the sick through the awesome Alpha process. A brochure with dates that will work with the combined events this winter/spring is attached.
      Any continued help you could provide to get this process for revival furthur off the ground would be much appreciated. Please refer folks to Noel or me with any questions.Thanks and blessings, -Scott


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