Thursday, October 03, 2019
2019 10 03
Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'" Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJV)
Jesus, please help me to be known by you.
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. "Matthew 7:24-25 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us build on the solid rock of the gospel.
But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." Matthew 7:26-27 (NKJV)
Lord Jesus, so much in the Church has been built on sand and the storm is upon us. Have mercy on us.
And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Matthew 7:28-29 (NKJV)
Father, please help us all accept the authority of Jesus to teach and guide us. Thank you.
I love the LORD, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2 (NKJV)
LORD, I love you and call upon your name.
A Word Received: Turn to me in your hour of need. My hand is not empty.
MC Jail & PT report, St Ann's Amsterdam, September 30, 2019
DEACON ALAN and DEACON MARYCAROL -- Reporting in to all you faithful prayer warriors out there that yesterday's (Monday, Sept. 30) neighborhood ministries of Prayer Table on the lawn in front of our church and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility both went well -- although both were sparsely attended. (We do not fret over low attendance. We prefer to have a lot of people on hand, but you know what Christ said ... "Where two or three are gathered ....")
Prayer Table -- Only 10 people came by -- all women this time. Some arrived early and there was one big wave around 10 a.m., then it got very quiet and we folded up the operation rather early. MaryCarol was there to help with everything, intending to pass out more socks from our "Sock it to Me" summer collection, but she decided to save them for another table because most of the same people had already taken ample socks the previous week, and she wants to make sure more neighbors get a chance to get some. We also gave out a generous amount of clothing and shoes, which are always very popular. We also distributed more of the free, non-perishable food that you have all donated. Thank you for your donations!
MCCF -- We had 16 men and 2 women attend our four pod services. There have been many inmates released to freedom and others to state facilities in recent weeks, so there are not as many people incarcerated at this time for us to minister to. Although attendance was down, the discussions on the readings of the evening were very lively this week. One male inmate said of the Luke gospel reading about the dead rich man pleading to Father Abraham for help from Lazarus, "This story of the great chasm between Heaven and Hell is really how I envision Hell: being separated from God and my loved ones because of a bad earthly life lived. What a horrible thing! That is why I am vowing to change and follow the Lord from now on." Another man in a different pod was drawn to Paul's epistle which said "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains." This man said, "This is like the story of my life so far. I have a wife and children, but up to this point I have worried too much about making a lot of money for a good life for them, but I have not paid enough attention to spending quality time with them, being content with the simple but important things in life. I'm just not going to live like that any more. I am going to pay more attention to the things I HAVE and not be worrying about what I DON'T have." One woman inmate said she wants to get out and start a new life. MaryCarol told her that a "new life starts within you, and that's where Jesus comes in. You don't have to wait: do it right now."
These inmates asked for your prayers for themselves and indicated loved ones: Kiandra (for family and health), Valerie (and children and starting over), Timothy (and Norma, Philip and Burt), Derek (and Penelope, Robert and Jackie), Reynaldo, Peter (and Ariel), Martin (and Joyce, Mia), Nicholas (and Tischara and Natasha), Nelson (and family) and the Hook family and the Dunham family. )
Thank you all for your support of these neighborhood ministries. God bless you all.