Friday, March 31, 2017
2017 03 30-31
No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:44 (NKJV)
Father, draw me to Jesus day by day.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world." John 6:51 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me daily receive the living bread from Jesus.
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:13 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me put to death the deeds of the flesh.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." Romans 8:15 (NKJV)
Father, thank you for adopting me as your child.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me have this perspective on my present pain.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me pray.
Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD! Psalm 27:14 (NKJV)
Father, hide me in the day of trouble. Set me high on the rock who is Jesus.
A word received: Come to me day by day for my living water and my bread which satisfies.
Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, March 30, 2017, 4:30 - 6:10 p.m.. Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady and Torre Bissell from St. Ann's Amsterdam and Bellevue Reformed Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
+ Dabid (volunteer) -- for guidance and provision for the future.
Chuck (volunteer) -- for his left ear
Dan (Staff) -- Jordan has bone marrow transplant surgery today.
Gary (Staff) -- Jordan has bone marrow transplant surgery today.
+Dave (man) -- He has addiction problems and wants a better relationship with his son.
Tony (volunteer) -- He fell from a seizure.
Matt (man) -- for his brother, sister, and self
Stephen (young man) -- He came to give thanks for getting a job.
Leroy (Older man) -- His daughter-in-law has turned against him.
Glenn (man) -- Jordan has bone marrow transplant surgery today.
Bruce (volunteer) -- for the Scotia/Glenville youths who do volunteer work.
Prayer Table ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM -- (Monday, March 27, 2017, 9:45-10:45 a.m. on the front porch entrance to our church on Division Street) -- We set up on the porch under a roof because of the threat of rain, although thankfully it never did start raining. Just cool and damp after early morning rain. James Bryant, Rebecca Lohmeyer and Deacon Alan presiding at His table today.
SCENES -- I am always telling you how every prayer table session is different. In the five-plus years we've been holding Prayer Table at our church on Monday mornings, every session has been different. Today was no exception. Whereas last week all those dozen or so people lined up for anointing and prayer, this time only a handful came for prayer. But one reason for that is because one particular person, a woman named NANCY who has been coming to the table ever since we started in July of 2012, needed special time today. She never has had much to say, but today she engaged us in conversation with questions like "Our Apostles Creed in the Roman Catholic church says that Jesus went down to Hell after He was crucified and before he was raised. Do YOU believe that, and if you do, why do you think he did that?" and "Does Hell really last forever? I want to believe that God is too merciful to want people to suffer that long." One question after another for about 20 minutes. And the beauty of it all was that the other dozen or so people waiting at the table for food to come out and be distributed were all listening carefully for the replies we gave. This from a woman who is very hard of hearing and had hardly ever conversed with us before. Something made her "open up" after all this time. Most of the answers we offered to her (and also for those listening) we explained that there are just many mysteries of this life and the next we will not really get the answers to until we are on "the other side." But wow ... what an opportunity to witness to others the love and power of Christ to all of us! When these little opportunities come up, we must be true disciples and show His love to others who are seeking Him. And you don't have to be someone wearing a collar to do that! You just need to believe in Jesus and not be afraid to talk about Him. ... Many people took clothing for all seasons, and a special thank you to the Santiago family and to Gloria Ray for their recent generous donation so of clean, used clothing.
PRAYER CONCERNS -- Please hold an older woman named LYDIA in prayer. She has serious health issues. The Lord knows the details. ... DARCY, who is caring for the sons of her brother JOSE while he is ill, needs our continued prayers. She has a big load to bear taking care of these boys, who are older teens. JOSE is in a rehabilitation center called Pathways in Schenectady where Deacon MaryCarol celebrates a service twice each month. ... Please pray for our mailman JOHN, who has been a big supporter of our Prayer Table for a few years now. He has just been assigned to a different route and won't be visiting us anymore but wants us to remember him in prayer.
2017 03 31
The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?" Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. John 6:52-53 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me come with humility to the banquet table to receive Jesus.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me daily be a part of that "working together."
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32 (NKJV)
Father, you are my provider.
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Romans 8:34 (NKJV)
Jesus, intercede for me today.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, do that work of persuasion in my heart as well.
"Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!" says the LORD. Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: "You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings," says the LORD. "But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking," says the LORD. Jeremiah 23:1-4 (NKJV)
Jesus, raise up faithful shepherds in our generation to restore the flock and guard it from all evil.
But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:3 (NKJV)
Father, help me praise you day by day.
A word received: Wait on me, for my timing is perfect.