Wednesday, October 02, 2013
10/2/2013, #2, 4th Quarter 2013
Jesus, all around me are "broad ways" that lead to destruction. Help me daily choose your narrow gate.
Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:14)
Father, I see so many who have stopped short on that narrow way: they know Jesus as Savior, but not as Lord. Help me by your Holy Spirit to go the whole distance.
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15)
Holy Spirit, help me choose the true teaching from the false. Help me recognize the wolves for what they are.
Jesus, protect your flock from the wolves that would ravage us.
[Bishop Dan Herzog has said that we are not to be judges, but we should be fruit inspectors.]
You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? (Matthew 7:16)
LORD, you have told us that judgment is yours alone, but that we are to test the fruit of what others say and do. Without judging others, give us discernment of the good and bad fruit.
Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. (Matthew 7:17-18 )
Holy Spirit, please help us recognize the good and bad trees for what they are, and choose the fruit of the good.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (Matthew 7:19-20)
"Even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." (Matthew 3:10) Jesus, help us daily bear good fruit for the kingdom of heaven.
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)
Father, please help us daily do your will. Thank you.
A word received: Keep your eyes on me, not the circumstances.
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; 2 Kings 18:9-25; 1 Cor. 8:1-13; Matt. 7:13-21
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; 2 Kings 18:28-37; 1 Cor. 9:1-15; Matt. 7:22-29
Notes from the Front Line
Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up missionary minded Deacons October 2 Thanksgiving for God’s mercy and love
***** The people of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Colonie are happy to welcome you to a Restoring the Foundations Introductory Healing and Deliverance Seminar, conducted by Chester and Betsy Kylstra (founders of the worldwide RTF ministries), November 1st and 2nd, at St. Michael’s.
Restoring the Foundations is a Christ-centered prayer ministry. Together, through prayer, we cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He reveals the origins and characteristics of those areas in our life that have worked together to hinder our relationships, and our growth in Christ.
Four Ministry Areas:
* Sins of the Fathers & Resulting Curses
* Ungodly Beliefs
* Soul/Spirit Hurts
* Demonic Oppression
RECEIVE THESE KEYS AT THE SEMINAR:
* Understand how pain enters your life and hinders your destiny
* Learn about the four problem areas all of us have
* Discover the Biblical basis for healing in each of the problem areas
* Observe a live demonstration as the Integrated Approach as applied to one issue in ministry
* Receive a fresh touch of God’s healing through group ministry
* See the significance of the RTF Integrated Approach to ministry and its effectiveness
The seminar will include teaching, demonstration, and group ministry. Come prepared to enter fully into the group ministry times, which often result in a significant ‘touch’ from God.
Registration by October 13, please. Call 869-6417. Cost is $60 per person, or $90 per couple. Meals will be provided (dinner on Friday the 1st, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday the 2nd) for $25 per person. For more information about RTF, go to their website http://rtfi.org.
***** Subject: Mudge Mission Prayer Mail for 2 October 2013
Dear partners in prayer,
This is our weekly public prayer mail. We thank everyone for their prayers, and also we thank everyone who has been contributing financially. Both aspects are very important ministries for us, and we are being blessed daily in the way God is moving. The combination of these ministries is your participation with us, as part of our travels and as part of our online teaching.
This week's selective overview:
1) Coursework development continues, including an attempt at translation work in Swahili.
2) This week, a few people suddenly realized that they could take our 24/7 courses at any time. This is great!
3) I went to the travel doctor. It is amazing what travel doctors can do on the computer. Also, I have been inoculated against typhoid and two strains of flu. The CDC says that I do not need anti-malaria medicine for the specific destinations where I am going in October and again in January, in Belize. I can live with that; or rather, Praise God!
4) I have begun putting North American photos on my Facebook page, in addition to Belizean and Tanzanian photos, for the benefit of people in Africa, Belize, and elsewhere, so that they can see what the USA is like. Some of my captions, therefore, may appear in Spanish and as an attempt at Swahili.
1) There are several kinds of prayers, that I pray daily. They are as important now as they were on day 1. They will continually be important. Please join me in these (it is almost a litany):
For the students whom God wants in the program.
For the financing that God wants for the program.
For the parish visits he would like us to make.
For the course development work that God wants for the program, and for the appropriate faculty to teach the courses.
For the online campuses in Belize and Tanzania.
To be open to what God wants us to do.
2) Continue to pray for the October and January visits to Belize. Your prayers are making a difference in the preparation work.
3) Pray for our family members who are on the threshold of making important decisions, trying to implement plans, or facing challenges.
In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+
***** From Bishop Mike and Linda Chapman in Peru
From: Ginnie Grupinski
Sent: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Subject: travel prayers
new from Linda Today we are heading out on mission. First we will be traveling to Huancavelica and then to Ayacucho and then to Ica and then back to Huancayo. So for this next week we could really use the prayer coverage. Anointing for ministry and safe travel and health. We have a team of two with us from England, Phil and Margaret. Please pray for them also. The Lord often will do wonderful things when we go out on mission like this! We praise Him ahead of time for the things He has planned for this time!
thank you all for your love and prayers for the Chapmans. we appreciate you so much! May you be blessed beyond all you can ask or imagine from the Father who loves you so much! Peace, Ginnie