This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12 (NKJV)
Jesus, please help us love one another with your love for us.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. John 15:13 (NKJV)
Thank you, Jesus, for laying your life down for us.
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. John 15:14 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me by your Holy Spirit to be your friend.
No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:15 (NKJV)
Father, thank you for making yourself known to us through Jesus.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. John 15:16 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us bring forth the fruit Jesus expects from us.
These things I command you, that you love one another. John 15:17 (NKJV)
Holy Trinity, One God, help us love one another, just as you love each other.
"If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. John 15:18 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us endure the world’s hatred.
A Word Received: There is hope in my cross. Embrace that hope; it will lead you to new life.
How easy it is
for me to live with you, Lord.
How easy it is to believe in you
when my mind reels from not understanding,
or when my mind weakens--
when the most intelligent people cannot think
beyond the evening and do not know
what must be done tomorrow.
You convey to me the
lucid assurance that you exist,
that you will see to it that not all paths
toward good will be closed.
At the peak of earthly renown
I look back with amazement at
that road which by no stretch of the imagination
I could have devised--
A remarkable road through despair
which has led me here
where I too have been able
to send mankind
reflections of your rays--
As for what I
won't have time or ability for--
This means that you have
reserved it for others.
PT/MC Jail Report, St. Ann's Amsterdam, April 22, 2019
DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Good morning, all you faithful prayer warriors for whom we are so grateful for supporting these neighborhood ministries in Amsterdam. Here is our weekly report on the Monday (April 22) Prayer Table and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility. You have no idea how much we deacons and volunteers (Anne DeGroff and Jeff Newell) and the neighbors on our streets and the inmates at the jail appreciate your love and concern for those many persons in our midst in need of prayer and God's word.
Prayer Table -- For the first time in many weeks, the Prayer Table was set up outside on the front lawn in balmy weather and sunshine. Ten people came by for the free clean, used (sometimes new!) clothing we offer each week. A few people also took some free non-perishable food items and paper goods, and two persons asked for prayer for healing and/or thanksgiving for prayers answered. LUCY gave thanks in celebrating her healing on the eight-month anniversary of her operation on her right leg. BEN asked for prayers for healing for an illness. The Lord knows the details.
MCCF -- Attendance was down this week, but that is not necessarily a bad thing because many inmates had court dates last week and were released. (Reminds us of Lisa and Charlene's praise song words, "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom ...") We celebrated Easter there a day late, and the four services were intense. We had 12 men and 6 women attend.
When we discussed the Easter readings, the conversations were deep. When we talked about the reading from Acts of the Apostles, someone pointed out that the verse stating " ... those of us who ate and drank with Him after he rose from the dead.." -- that proves that our resurrected bodies will be real and perfect! It's not like we will be ghosts, because ghosts don't eat and drink like Jesus could!" Excellent. A first-time male inmate attendee was struck by the eighth verse of Psalm 18 which said, "The Lord has punished me sorely, but he did not hand me over to death." The inmate said, "If this psalm was written by King David, and it probably was, we know that he committed some serious sins in his life -- like his adulterous union with Bathsheba and his having her husband Uriah killed so he could be with Bathsheba. If God forgave the bitterly sorry and repentant David for those things, it is proof that he will forgive us our sins as well, doesn't it?" Wow, Lord -- you are really touching people in this building in a mighty and lasting way! Hallelujah!!
Please pray for these inmates who requested prayer for themselves and indicated loved ones: Timothy (and Betty), Jesse, Austin, Justin, Richard, Man (no name given; and his family back home), Eli, Adrian, Jamie (and mom and children and for upcoming court date this week), Gina (and kids and mother.)
Again, thank you for your prayers and support. God bless you all!