Thursday, June 21, 2018

2018 06 21

Please pray for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary, the Daughters of the King, the healing ministry, and the Franciscan Community of the Holy Cross.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:1-3 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please help me become as one of your children and convert me more and more.

Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help me humble myself before you and enter the kingdomof heaven.

Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. Matthew 18:5 (NKJV)
     Father, please help us receive all of the children you send us.

If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire. Matthew 18:8-9 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help me cast away all that is harmful to me.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; Romans 1:28 (NKJV)
     Lord, I pray for those who have given themselves over to a debased mind: renew them please.

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tabernacle. Then the LORD came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again. But two men had remained in the camp: the name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them. Now they were among those listed, but who had not gone out to the tabernacle; yet they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, and said, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp." So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, "Moses my lord, forbid them!" Then Moses said to him, "Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the LORD'S people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!" Numbers 11:24-29 (NKJV)
     LORD, set us free from compulsive "decency and order"; help us accept the ministry of all whom you have called.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help me walk in your ways and be fruitful for you.

A Word Received: Listen to me each day; listen for I Am speaking to you.

Albany Intercessor

Prayer Table/Montgomery County Correctional Facility Jail Reports, St. Ann's Church Amsterdam, June 18, 2018
     DCN ALAN HART and DCN MARYCAROL HART -- Some good news -- again! -- to tell you about both the Prayer Table in front of our church on Monday (June 18) and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility later that evening. God is obviously very busy at work in our neighborhood!
     Prayer Table: Very hot and humid morning out on the front lawn, and we counted 29 people who came by for the prayer and anointing, free food and free used, clean clothing. LYDIA, CONSUELA and MARIA all received prayers for continued healing. Please pray for a woman (name withheld) who came for prayer. She is very depressed and sad; she says she has a hard time making friends and an even harder time keeping them. We prayed for inner peace for this woman. Volunteers James Bryant and Mike Davis were kept very busy passing out food and clothing. Thank you for your contributions.
     MCCF: Just as is the case with the weekly prayer table, every visit to the MCCF facility is different. This time we had 18 men and four women attend the three services. Once again, one of the men's pods yielded no takers. We are puzzled over this, because this has happened three weeks in a row now. One of the jail officers thinks it might be because there has been a big turnover in inmates there recently; many have been released or sent to a state facility and many new faces have come in. One of the men's pods was extraordinarily enthusiastic about the readings of the day, and we had about 45 minutes of conversation, discussion and questions about the scriptures. We actually shortened the usual service because the men were so engaged in the talk, but we made sure we had communion and prayer at the conclusion. One thing which has evolved over the past year there, and this is a GOOD thing, is that the inmates are not afraid to share their opinions on what Jesus is trying to teach us. It used to be that they would look to US for all the answers, but now they are thinking and praying on their own. It shows! We can tell that during the week they are all reading the bibles and discussing with each other what the word is telling them.
     The following people asked for your intercessory prayers: Bob (and daughters and girlfriend), Tyshawn (and Alexis and family), Jose (Maria), Joe (and Sara and Ayllah), Boyd (and Alexia and Ellie), Jeremy (and Mason, Sidney, and Lisa), Sam, David, Mike, Daniel (and Lidorius and Yesnardo), Anthony, Carlos (and Rhonda), Carol.

A statement urging support for immigrant families by the Reformed Church of America

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Caring for the most vulnerable is not optional; it is a calling from Christ. We believe this calling means that we have a responsibility to speak out about the U.S. policy of forced family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Although we're encouraged that President Trump signed an executive order to end the policy this afternoon, many challenges and questions still remain about how families will be able to stay together and under what conditions. Furthermore, we believe this issue is too important for our denomination to remain silent. Thus, on behalf of the denomination, we have released a statement condemning the separation of children from their parents and calling for a more biblical, humane approach.

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