Today is Sunday, September 3, 2017. Day 21,724. One day until Labor Day!
Quote of the Day
“When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.” ~ Norm Crosby
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Word of the Day
Vociferous ~ “marked by or given to vehement insistent outcry”
Today is Pet Rock Day. Is that even still a thing?
I had no trouble at all getting groceries, yesterday. The shelves were full, and the store was not crowded any more than usual on a Saturday afternoon. If anything, it was less crowded. I saw our Kroger manager while I was in there, though, and he said, “Pray for me,” as he is working today. I guess they are expecting large crowds today, in preparation for tomorrow’s holiday. Our Kroger manager is our pastor’s step-father, by the way.
I also filled up with gas at the same Kroger store, and the only wait time was the time it took to drive around the pumps and pick a car to wait behind. There were no lines, but there was a car at each pump. By the time I had picked a car, the one in front of it left, so I didn’t even have to wait there. The price was $2.59, but with Kroger fuel points, I paid $2.39.
The Rangers and Red Sox both lost. So the Sox are back to a 4.5 lead over the Yankees in the AL East, with their last regular season contest happening tonight. The Rangers are 15 out, back in fourth place, and four games out of the second wild card spot. The Cleveland Indians have quietly won ten games in a row! The Dodgers have lost two in a row. It’s like they have totally relaxed, or something.
We are getting ready for our worship gathering, this morning. We worship at The Exchange Church, which meets at the Northpark YMCA, at 9100 N. Beach Street in Fort Worth, TX.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
(From The Divine Hours)
Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
that they may know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.
But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
“Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your Name. May your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in my heart the love of your Name; increase in me true religion; nourish me with all goodness; and bring forth in me the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Prayer Appointed for the Week
(From Daily Guideposts 2017)
praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints
Melody Bonette Swang writes of a time when she texted her daughter, Misty, “asking her to pray for a friend at a job interview.”
What she received back surprised her. Instead of the normal “Sure!” she got this back: “‘Lord God, I lift him up to you this morning. You are the God of our past, present and future. If it is Your will, make this job happen. But, ultimately, I pray that Your will be done. Cover him with confidence and peace as we pray with abundant expectation. Amen.”
She sent back a thanks, as well as expressing her pleasant surprise at the response. Mary explained that she tried to pray immediately and send people the pray whenever they asked for prayer.
This is a good habit to get into. We have a prayer team at our church, of which I am the leader. We use a text-based app called “GroupMe” to send prayer requests back and forth, and many times, most of us will just respond with “Praying!” or something like that. What if we all immediately dropped what we were doing, no matter how “important” it might be, and prayed.
Melody includes a quote that she once read: “‘You can write and read about prayer, but sooner or later you need to pray.'”
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
pray without ceasing,
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Father, may I take this lesson to heart today. First, help me, by your Spirit to do a better job of praying without ceasing. And then, whenever someone asks for prayer, instead of promising to pray at a future time (many times forgetting later), prompt me to pray NOW. I have read a lot about prayer, and written a bit about prayer in this daily blog. Help me to do better at actually praying.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Grace and peace, friends.
PS. If you read this and need prayer, please let me know in the comments. Not only will I pray, I will pass it along to our team of faithful prayer partners.