Wednesday, August 21, 2019

2019 08 21

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; Psalm 1:1 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, direct my steps.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2 (NKJV)
     Father, help me delight in your word.

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 1:3 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help me flourish like a well-watered tree.

The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Psalm 1:4 (NKJV)
     Father, let the fresh wind of your Holy Spirit blow away the chaff in our hearts.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. Psalm 1:5 (NKJV)
     Jesus you are a righteous judge. Deal with those who lead your people astray.

For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1:6 (NKJV)
     LORD, let me walk in the way of the righteous.

Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, "Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us." Psalm 2:1-3 (NKJV)
     LORD, the nations rage against one another and against your anointed.

He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: "Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion." Psalm 2:4-6 (NKJV)
     Father, establish your kingdom in our hearts.

I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to Me, 'You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel.'" " Psalm 2:7-9 (NKJV)
     Father, let us enter into the inheritance of the righteous.

Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. Psalm 2:10-12 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help us put our trust in you and accept your authority over us.

PT/MC Jail Reports, St. Ann's Amsterdam, August 19,2019
     DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Reporting in on the ministries of Monday, August 19, in our neighborhood of Prayer Table on the front lawn of our church on Division Street and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. What a privilege to see the Lord working again in our very midst!
     Prayer Table -- People started arriving just after 9 a.m. while Morning Prayer was just getting started. Seven people asked for anointing with Holy Oil and prayer, including a cute little girl of 8 or so (JULIE) who came by with her mother and grandma. CONSUELA, who has made a remarkable recovery from a serious illness in the past two years, got prayer for continued and eventual complete healing. Two older ladies who are regulars (no names) came right inside the Parish Hall for private prayers before we even had the tables set up. PAT is a woman who asked for prayer for the Lord to intervene in her heated troubles with her landlord. Two older men (no names given) also received prayer. Five people took wooden crosses made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina. We also passed out food to some folks who needed it, and we gave out many, many items of clothing that have recently been donated. Deacon MaryCarol continued to distribute sox from her "Sock it to Me Sundays" venture which has been such a great event for people of all ages in our neighborhood. She will continue to hand out the remaining pairs of sox until they are gone.
     MCCF -- Only 14 persons (9 men, 5 women) attended the services tonight, but we cannot pay too much attention to attendance as a barometer for what God is doing here -- any more than in a normal mass anywhere. The inmates paid rapt attention and participated in the readings and the discussions afterward. One man made us all chuckle when he remarked of Luke's account of Jesus saying "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you know it will rain" and "When you see the south wind blowing, there will be scorching heat." The wag remarked, "Here in Amsterdam, we have been getting both lately -- rain AND heat!" Much discussion ensued after the Hebrews ending saying "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses ..." and whether we believe that indeed people who have gone before us watch over us and take note of what we do and don't do. The overwhelming sentiment was ... YES! Inmates gave examples of times in their lives when they felt the presence of ancestors interceding in their behalf. Another man, who just this weekend came to the MCCF, said he used to be heavily involved with witchcraft but no longer wants to be associated with it and has turned to Christ for help. He noted of the Jeremiah reading, "I'm seeking Christ to be the 'hammer that breaks a rock into pieces' for me. I want Him to do that to the devil for me, because I can't do it without His help."
     The following inmates asked for your intercessory prayers for themselves and noted loved ones: Timothy (Norma, Philip), Austin (and family), Justin (and justice in court date next week), Dave (Ashley), Gino, Edward (son Nick), Keandra (for God's presence in court hearing coming up), Kylie (and son), Cara., Gina (and Emily), Tiffany (and Orion, Brian.) God bless you all. Keep the intercessory prayers coming! We feel its power working.

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