Thursday, August 09, 2018

2018 08 09

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." And Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." John 1:45-46 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help us share how we have found Jesus. Help us invite people to come and meet Jesus as Philip did.

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!" Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." John 1:47-48 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for knowing us and still loving us.

Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" John 1:49 (NKJV)
     Father, please fill us with wonder as we encounter Jesus.

Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these." And He said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man." John 1:50-51 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you, for the hope of seeing you in your glory.

Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. Acts 4:1-2 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of those who would deny Jesus' resurrection from the dead.

And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand. Acts 4:3-4 (NKJV)
     Lord, I thank you that though they can confine our bodies, they can't confine the gospel or our spirits.

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. Acts 4:8-10 (NKJV)
     Jesus, I too want to be judged by being faithful to your name.

This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.' Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:11-12 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, there is no other name than the name of Jesus by which we can be saved.

So it was, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel again played the harlot with the Baals, and made Baal-Berith their god. Thus the children of Israel did not remember the LORD their God, who had delivered them from the hands of all their enemies on every side; nor did they show kindness to the house of Jerubbaal (Gideon) in accordance with the good he had done for Israel. Judges 8:33-35 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us show kindness to those who have led us and done good for us.

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD; Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. Psalm 130:1-2 (NKJV)
     LORD, I cry out to you for my famly. Hear my voice and minister to us.

A Word Received: Look to me for help in the storm.

Albany Intercessor

Prayer Table/Montgomery County Correctional Facility Jail Reports, St. Ann's Episcopal Church Amsterdam, August 6, 2018

     DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Just reporting in to all you faithful prayer warriors out there that this past Monday (August 6) we had another successful morning/evening with the ministries of the Prayer Table on the lawn in front of our church and our evening Services From the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. We like to keep you informed because we so value the support you have given these vital neighborhood ministries, of which we are ALL part. Please keep the intercessory prayers coming!
     Prayer Table -- This was a hot, steamy morning and therefore, in truth, not as many neighbors came by as usual. We had maybe 18 or 20 people, and they took most of the free, used and clean clothing we offered. (What was left over I brought down to the clothing container in the parking lot of the Community Crossroads Church. That way, someone somewhere in Amsterdam will benefit from it. This is something we've done lately to keep our stock of clothing moving and put out fresh clothing every Monday.) Meanwhile, James Bryant and Mike Davis were kept busy handing out the free, non=perishable food and paper goods we offer. Three people came up for anointing with Holy Oil and prayer, which remains the main focus of why we are out there every Monday morning. CORDELIA and LYDIA both came for prayer for continued good health and for safety from harm, injury and illness. LUCY asked for a prayer of thanks for the recent successful operation on her left leg. She is able to walk without a cane now.
     Montgomery County Correctional Facility -- We had 29 inmates come to the four pod services -- 5 women and 24 men. It was a long evening but very exciting and rewarding, as always, to see our Lord at work in this building. So many of the people incarcerated here have been all but abandoned by their families, and so the only one they can fall back on and look to for forgiveness and a fresh start is Jesus! And Jesus in turn shows them that they are not forgotten by Him. They are all hungry each Monday for the word and then to discuss His word afterward. The readings opened up a lot of conversation and questions in all four pods. Another new twist we have taken lately at these services is to encourage inmates to do the non-Gospel readings. In one pod, CHARLES read the Exodus text and ANTHONY led us in the psalm reading. Some questions and opinions which came up were: "Who was Pontius Pilate, anyway?" Another asked, "What did Jesus mean when he said He is the bread of life?" (This question in turn started 15 minutes of what people thought it meant. Truthfully, this is a theme of our John's gospel readings that will continue for a couple more weeks. Stay tuned!) Another man offered, "I sometimes think I am a lot like the complaining Israelites in Exodus. I realize God has given me so much in my life, but instead of being thankful like I should be, there's always something else I think I need or want and I expect Him to give it to me. I get angry when I don't get it, and then afterwards I feel bad about it." Another man, one of the older inmates there, said of the Epistle from Paul, "When Paul says we must no longer be children, tossed to and fro, he is right. We need to grow up and be accountable as adults for our thoughts and actions."
     Deacon Alan anointed almost every male inmate we saw and volunteer Jeff Newell prayed for each man. Deacon MaryCarol anointed and prayed for the five women who attended.

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