And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, "Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Mark 6:2 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please give me the wisdom that will allow me to do your work.
Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?" And they were offended at Him. Mark 6:3 (NKJV)
Jesus, set me free from the familiarity that blinds me to whom you are.
But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house." Mark 6:4 (NKJV)
Father, please help us know your son and his word to us.
Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. Mark 6:5-6 (NKJV)
Lord, break up the fallow ground of our hearts so that through faith you can do mighty works among us.
And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits. He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff--no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts -- but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics. Mark 6:7-9 (NKJV)
Lord, please help me trust in you and your provision for me.
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? Psalm 56:3-4 (NKJV)
God, I put my trust in you. I leave fear behind and choose your love and peace.
A Word Received: Let my hand lead you. I Am the way, the truth, and the life.
PT/MC Jail Reports, St. Ann's Amsterdam, July 22, 2019
DEACON ALAN and DEACON MARYCAROL -- The Prayer Table on the church lawn and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility this past Monday (July 22) both were successful, so we wanted you faithful Prayer Warriors to know that the Lord continues to grow His kingdom in our neighborhood.
Prayer Table --- Luck was kind of against us this week. Nine people came very early for not only the free non-perishable food and the clean, used (sometimes new) clothing and anointing and prayer, but also to be among the first for MaryCarol's "Sock it to Me" giveaway of socks for all ages and both genders. She is passing out these socks in the next few weeks to those wanting them in even distribution so that everyone is served and no one is hoarding them. However, no sooner did we get the tables out for the handouts when it began to rain ... and pretty hard. So we moved everything up to the front entrance for cover for everything, but almost all the people scattered for home or across the street to the free meal at the Masonic Temple. We'll try again next Monday. We still are welcoming your Sunday contributions of socks to give out through August 18th.
MCCF --- We had 18 men come to the three men's pod services. Once again we had a conflict with our women's pod visit, so we were not able to have a service there. We hope to get this conflict cleared up so we can go there this coming Monday, the 29th.
One inmate just finished reading St. Augustine's book "The City of God" (written in the 5th century!) and he shared with us his feelings on how he agrees with the author that our resurrection with Christ on the Last Day is when we become fully aware of what is asked of us. As it says in Psalm 46 -- "Be still, then, and know that I am God." Pretty fascinating.
Another man pointed out of the Luke gospel (Martha vs. Mary) that we are all much like Martha. We get too distracted with things around us that aren't really important instead of paying attention to our Lord. Sadly true. Still another man was drawn to Paul's letter to Colossians. "You know, Paul -- when he was Saul -- did a lot of evil things himself, like having Christians killed. But he became God's servant and worked at building His early church. God really picks some odd characters to build His church, doesn't He?"
We deacons and volunteer Jeff Newell prayed at length individually for a young man in one of the pods who has just endured a great family tragedy. His name is Lamont. Please pray for him. The Lord knows the details.
These inmates asked for your intercessory prayers for themselves and noted loved ones: James, Ricardo, Isaiah, Edward, Timothy (and Edward and Philip), Jeremie, Charles, Adrian (and family and lady friends), Lamont, Ray, Chris.