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Thursday, July 20, 2017

 

2017 07 20

Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain. And the Pharisees said to Him, "Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?" But He said to them, "Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him: how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat, except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?" And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath." Mark 2:23-28 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help us move beyond condemning others to rejoicing in your work in their lives. Jesus, you are Lord of the Sabbath; be Lord of my life.

And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man who had the withered hand, "Step forward." Then He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they kept silent. And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him. Mark 3:1-6 (NKJV)
     Jesus, we grieve you with our hardened hearts. Have mercy on us and help us repent of this.

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. Acts 13:2-3 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us recognize those you have set apart for ministry and lay hands on them and send them forth.

Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. Psalm 16:1 (NKJV)
     I trust in you LORD to preserve me.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. Psalm 16:9 (NKJV)
     Jesus, keep me steady in you.

A word received: Look to me for help in the storm.

Albany Intercessor

PT Report/Jail Report from St. Ann's Amsterdam
     From Deacon Alan -- This is another informal, encouraging note to inform you all that the ministries of the weekly Monday morning prayer table on the lawn in front of our church and the evening reserved sacrament services for the inmates at Montgomery County Correctional Facility went extremely well for the second straight week this past Monday, July 17. Approximately 30 persons came to the prayer table for the anointing and prayers we offer as well as for the free food and clothing. Thank you for the donations that were brought in by parishioners. James Bryant was very busy carefully making sure all of our visiting neighbors received a fair share of the food. We also had quite a few people come for prayer, including JOHN (recent operation on his brain) who came for prayers of thanksgiving for the healing he has gone through and for courage for another upcoming surgery on one of his knees. Please also join us in praying for ALBERT AND TINA, a young couple asking for the Lord to bless and strengthen their relationship. I also noticed a definite recurring "theme" of prayer needs in our midst, which I feel I should mention to you. Many middle-aged and older women (no names) came for anointing with Holy Oil and prayer for protection and safety. There seems to be a high number of women who do not feel safe, and they are afraid of dangers around them. Please pray for these women that the Lord will take their fears and anxieties and replace that with the love, hope and faith which comes only from Him.      Also, I am equally if not more elated to tell you that the services at the jail were well-attended and enthusiastically received. This time, Deacon MaryCarol and lay volunteer Gayle Campbell and myself did the Service From the Reserved Sacrament at three men's pods and the one women's pod. Altogether, we had 13 men and two women hear the Word of the Lord and all received communion. This was the first time in three visits that we were blessed to have any women attend, so we were most pleased that these two ladies came this time.      I ask your prayers for the continued success of these two very vital ministries. We must continue to try to help those around us who are ill, hungry, thirsty, lonely or in prison. It is what Christ has asked us to do in His name. Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:40, "And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' " (By the way, this does not mean I think any of our neighbors or inmates we minister to are at all "the least." Far from it. Certainly many of the people I've mentioned may get into heaven ahead of Me! God bless you all and please continue to pray for these Monday ministries. God is blessing US all just as He is blessing the people we minister to.)

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