Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Mark 10:46-48 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help us repent of so loving order that we quench you.
So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you." Mark 10:49 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for hearing the cry of those who call out to you.
And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. Mark 10:50 (NKJV)
Father, help us throw aside everything that hinders us from going to Jesus.
So Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" The blind man said to Him, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight." Mark 10:51 (NKJV)
Lord Jesus, please help us see you as well.
Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. Mark 10:52 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please give us faith to see what Jesus is doing.
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and therefore speak, 2 Corinthians 4:13 (NKJV)
Lord, give us this faith so that we may speak.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please continue to renew me.
A Word Received: Come to me; I Am waiting for you.
PT/MC Jail Report, St. Ann's Amsterdam, Wed 3/21/2018
DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- We are so blessed and pleased once again to tell you that the Prayer Table ministry and the Services from the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility which occurred yesterday (Monday, March 19) were both very fruitful and a stark and vivid reminder that God is indeed in our midst and that His kingdom is growing. Please continue your intercessory prayers for these ministries to our neighbors in Amsterdam and all of Montgomery County.
Prayer Table -- James Bryant and I (Alan) were surprised and pleased to discover that we were given a generous donation of supplies such as women's clothing, cosmetics, handbags and even small kids' toys from Dollar General. Boxes of these items were dropped off sometime during the week and we do not know how the store found out we could use them, but we have an idea that is was simply "word of mouth" from some of the people in our neighborhood who shop there. In any case, we were grateful for the donation and the items were gratefully taken by the 20 or 30 people who came this week. We also distributed food and clothing for women, men and young people, and five people came to be anointed with Holy Oil and be prayed for. Please join us in praying for LYDIA, CORDELIA, MARIA, VIRGINIA and PAIGE. The Lord knows the details.
Montgomery County Correctional Facility -- This ministry which lasts about three hours each Monday night continues to amaze and recharge both of us deacons and whoever volunteers with us, in this case Anne DeGroff. This week we had 24 men attend but no women. (This is partly because there are not very many women incarcerated there at the moment. We know of two who were released late last week.)
Some happy reports. One of the men became a father on March 16. He is very pleased and proud. We sometimes also see the inmates display a real sense of humor. For example, before one of the services we were having small talk and discussing the current NCAA men's basketball tournament, and we found that many of the men are rooting for Syracuse University to win it all. We asked why that should be, and one of the men said "Well, we're kind of partial to orange in here," referring to the orange and white uniforms they all wear. One other man laughed and said, "Speak for yourself." On a more serious topic, we continue to be impressed with how the inmates are so hungry for the Word and want to learn more and more about Jesus. It is so obvious that they are reading their bibles (which our church donated!) and discussing what they read with each other. When we conducted our weekly discussion after the four readings of the week (something we started doing a few months ago instead of giving short sermons), one man piped up and said he was really struck by Jesus' talk with His disciples at the Last Supper in the Gospel of John. He said in lingo which obviously was familiar to his fellow inmates, "It is so cool how Jesus really took the disciples to Front Street about what was going to happen, both to him and to them. And I love how Jesus told them all one of them was about to betray him and they all thought he had sent Judas Iscariot out on a dummy errand."
Front Street? Dummy errand? We kind of knew what this man meant but had never heard those expressions. It is so wonderful, though, that they all are seeking to know Him better and get the second chance they so desperately seek. Want more? Another man correctly pointed out in the earlier reading that Melchizidek is kind of an Old Testament foreshadowing or preview of Jesus, giving the Abram family travelers wine and bread, and that this story was the beginning of titheing. It is a blessing to see the inmates seeking -- and finding -- Jesus.
These people all signed the document "For Healing and for Special Needs," so please pray for them and their respective family members and friends: Eric (and family, and the Fort Johnson Fire Comopany), Bob (two daughters, no names), Edwin, Harry (Samantha and Marybeth), Daniel (for all of God's children), Boyd (and Alexia and new baby girl Elle), Bruce (and for continued miracles and truth), Wrath, Mike, Jonathan, Danny (and Elizabeth), Corey (and Terry), John (and Skyla, Daniel, Amy, the Heflin family), Bernardo, Anthony, Larry (and Diane, James, the Flores family.)