Wednesday, March 11, 2020

2020 03 11

"Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." And He said to them, "
     Jesus, I pray that some of the seed I sow will land on good soil and produce a rich harvest.

And He said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. Mark 4:13-14 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help me sow the Word.

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NKJV)
     Father, help us realize how offensive such sin is in your eyes.

And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11 (NKJV)
     “And such were some of you.” Holy Spirit, thank you for the transforming power of the gospel.

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 (NKJV)
     LORD, set your people free from fear. Give us all a right understanding of your promises.

Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD! Psalm 27:14 (NKJV)
     LORD, we wait on you to set us free from the affliction of this virus/

A Word Received: Set your heart on things above. Do not be dismayed by evil reports.

Albany Intercessor

Prayer Table/MCCF Report, St. Ann's Amsterdam, March 10, 2020

     Deacon Alan and Deacon MaryCarol and volunteer Jeff Newell -- On what was unquestionably the nicest weather day/evening of the year so far, we were pleased to have two intense and successful neighborhood ministries at the Prayer Table on the lawn in front of our church and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on Monday, March 9. Here's our recap of the events:

     Prayer Table -- It was 47 degrees at the start of the Prayer Table session and it was 57 by the time we left for home. Twelve persons came by and took just about the last of the free, clean winter clothing we offer and the bags of non-perishable food we offer. (We have been filling plastic bags with 7 or 8 items of food and distributing one each to people who come by. This has been our policy of the past three weeks, and we are doing it so that everyone who comes by gets a chance at the same amount of food and no one takes more than they need.) One woman asked for anointing and prayer for her sister. The Lord knows the details.)

     MCCF -- This week we had 14 inmates attend the four pod services -- 13 men and one female, the same one who attended last week. A first-time inmate asked us a question before we even began the service in his pod. He told us his mother recently died, and late in life she had married a Wiccan man. She had been a Roman Catholic all her life. This inmate asked if God would hold it against her that she had married a Wiccan and not allow her to enter Heaven. Our answer was that there are many questions about this earthly life and the afterlife that we will not receive the answers to until the time comes, but we reminded him that Jesus did promise that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (A few minutes later we read that very promise in the gospel reading from John as Jesus has that wonderful conversation with Nicodemus.) A very astute young man in another pod liked the section of that same gospel where Jesus tells Nicodemus that the Son of Man must be lifted up to save believers, just as Moses lifted up the brass serpent on a stick to save the complaining Israelites in the desert from snakes that were biting them and killing them. "We can't point a finger at those people. We do the same thing today a few thousand years later," the inmate said. "I do it myself right here in jail. I complain to God that the cell is cold, we don't get enough to eat, we don't have any choice about what we eat. But then I catch myself and remember I am lucky to be alive and I thank him for each day I live; I thank Him for the second chance He is giving me." Another inmate loved the reading of Psalm 121. "The Lord … it is He who will keep me safe. Even here in jail."

     Please pray for these inmates and their families who asked for prayer: the Peterson family, the Williams family, Jovan.

     Thank you for the support you all give these ministries of the Lord.

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