Wednesday, May 01, 2019

2019 05 01

I recommend the book TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom.

"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; John 17:20 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for those who were witnesses to us.

I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake. I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one. 1 John 2:12-14 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, write you love letters on the tablets of our hearts.

you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5 (NKJV)
     Father, please help me offer sacrifices that are acceptable to you.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for choosing us; help us respond.

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 1 Peter 2:11 (NKJV)
     Lord, help us in this war.

who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me die to sin.

Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! Psalm 119:2 (NKJV)
     Father, help me keep your testimonies and seek after you with my whole heart.

How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. Psalm 119:9 (NKJV)
     Holy Father, help me take heed according toyour word.

A Word Received: I have you in my hand. Be content to remain there.

Albany Intercessor

PT/MC Jail Reports, St. Ann's Amsterdam, April 29, 2019
     DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- We had successful ventures yesterday (Monday, April 29) in our weekly ministries of Prayer Table at our church and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. As always, we wanted to fill you wonderful prayer warriors in on what took place. Please keep your intercessory prayers for these ministries ascending. We feel your faith alongside us rising to the Lord as we seek to work in growing His kingdom.
     Prayer Table -- It was certainly a nice enough morning, compared to some recent windy, chilly days. But about a dozen neighbors had come inside to the comfort of the Parish Hall during Morning Prayer, so James Bryant helped set up the free clothing and food offerings indoors. Sixteen came in all, and nearly all the wintry clothing we gave away to those who came. The rest I bagged up and took down the street to the clothing bin at Community Crossroads church. Next Monday we will begin handing out spring and summer clothing, which hopefully someday soon we will need! James distributed food to the people requesting it. Thanks to generous donations from parishioners, we have not had to spend as much money from the discretionary fund on food this year as we were in the habit of doing in 2018.
     MCCF -- Seventeen men and six women attended our four services at the facility this week, which is five more people than last week. We still had some regulars who have been coming in recent weeks and months, but we also noticed a lot of new faces coming to hear the word of God and that is always good to see. What seems to be happening is that an inmate who has been there awhile will tell a new inmate, "Hey, come to the church service with me. You'll be glad you did!"
     Discussions on the various scriptures once again were lively and spirited. One male inmate noted how Jesus, in His resurrected body, was able to appear to the disciples in the Upper Room even though the doors had been locked for fear of the Jews. Jesus' resurrected body (the same kind he promises WE will have) was able last week in readings to eat and drink. This time he can go through walls and doors! Someone else pointed out that "Doubting Thomas" was no different from the other 10 who didn't believe Mary Magdalene, at first, that she had seen the risen Lord. In Matthew, she gets to the empty tomb first and encountered Jesus and runs to tell the disciples. But they do not believe her story until they found out for themselves.
     Two very heartening things happened near the end of the evening. A woman inmate (name withheld) told us and the entire group that she is struggling to regain her faith. But when it was pointed out that she has a strong support group right there in the other inmates around her, she wept and told her friends she thanks them for their help. Finally, on our way out of the facility, we talked with a young mother who was there to visit an inmate, and she had her tiny baby daughter with her. We asked if we could pray for her to eventually come to see Jesus' lighted path and learn to walk in his ways. The mother gratefully allowed us to pray for her child. Her name is "Tommi." It was just the elation we needed at the end of a long day/evening of ministry.

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