Posted by: celticanglican | June 22, 2018

Prayer Requests 6/21

Christ, in your mercy, hear our prayers for:

Inmate Herbert J. at Nashville Prison has black lung from working in the coal mines. They recently went to him and told him to sign a no resuscitate order. Then they would not issue an oxygen concentrator to help him when someone else in the prison has one. They told him it was because they are not going to  put a outlet in his room to recharge the oxygen concentrator. Please pray that he receive the care he needs which is guaranteed by the State of NC.

Harry Hewett at Nashville Prison, NC  is having problems with his health in that his hip is swelling along with his wrists, he has other issues and has not been able to see a doctor for several weeks. Please pray that he receives the care he needs which is guaranteed by the State of NC.

Please pray for Beth Carol who is in the hospital with a brain aneurism

Responses may be relayed through Frankie, she always welcomes them

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Posted by: celticanglican | June 5, 2018

Prayer Requests 6/4/2018

Christ, in your mercy, hear our prayers for:

Wallace, who has mitochondrial myopathy

The Good Shepherd Church, in the city of Afrin in north Syria, has been under attack and has requested prayer for an end to the attacks in the city. Christians and other citizens have fled the city, so please pray that God would lead those who have fled to other believers along their journey.

Teresa, as she recovers from surgery that went very well and also requests prayer for orphans sponsored through World Mission Evangelism

Sharon, who has dire family and financial issues

Harriett, Vince and Jamie, healing from various ailments

For Jennifer’s husband, preparing for release. Pray he can connect with counseling and support to help him recover from emotional trauma he experienced while in prison.

For Robert (prisoner) to be released from solitary confinement so that he can communicate with his fiance Charlotte again.

For Edward, a gang leader who has been in and out of jails since he was 14. He wants to break free from this life and earn a degree. Pray for resources and strong conviction for a new life for Edward, and for other youth like him who turn to gangs because they lack access to education and feel they have no options in life.

A woman named L who is having a difficult time

Posted by: celticanglican | May 24, 2018

Prayer Requests

Sorry for the huge number, but I’ve had a bit of a backlog. More to come…

Christ, in your mercy, hear our prayers for:

Aaron, who wants to turn back to God & get on the right track

Christopher & Jerry, feelings of hopelessness and no love

Derrick, who feels discouraged

Lisa, for restored sight in her right eye and physical/emotional/financial healing for the whole family

Bill’s continued recovery so he can have successful chemo

Malati, that she may continue to encourage others

Melanie’s pain relief following a procedure

Scott’s relief from undiagnosed abdominal pain

AJtheIrishLass’ successful recovery from upcoming oral surgery

Srity’s mom, sister who can’t walk due to spinal issues, and family’s finances

Brianna, hurt in a recent car accident

Pastor Andrew, imprisoned for his faith, also wife Norinne and children

Marriages and relationships of all prisoners, for strengthening with compassion, respect and Godly wisdom

Heather and Christine, whose spouses are imprisoned and are seeking emotional and financial provision

Ines, who is dying

Erin, who needs guidance, direction and protection

Tommie Sue, who has had a stroke and awaiting further tests

Teresa, who is most thankful her brain tumor was benign

Christian and other religious communities facing persecution

Stephen, who needs a good job offer

Renee, to be free of skin cancer and be able to afford airfareto her follow-up

Scott, to be located safe and sound

Tia’s friend in prison, who would like to become a substance abuse counselor

Meriah and Shania, incarcerated sisters who struggle with addiction. They are both eager to learn about the Lord and start fresh

Keith, hoping for good skin biopsy results

Dale’s mom, advanced cancer and for Dale’s mom’s harmony with her children

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Despite using a bit of partial phrasing from the Bible (Ecclesiastes 3:7), this is more of a rambling/social commentary than a Scriptural commentary. It concerns a trend that I think has become too common and probably needs to stop: people dishing out unsolicited advice that’s not at all helpful when the other person probably just needs someone to listen.

Just some recent examples I’ve heard or witnessed online:

“Maybe it’s time to move out of [area]” over a complaint about something that’s temporary and/or beyond the person’s reasonable ability to control- Um, hello, moving long-distance isn’t that easy and that decision needs to be made with a lot of factors in mind. Advising long-distance moves that aren’t feasible over a temporary issue probably isn’t a good idea in general.

“Give it over to God” or “Take it to the Lord in prayer” – Honestly, I think this is poor advice without knowing the other person’s religious beliefs or lack thereof. Also, bear in mind that not every person going through a faith crisis is going to advertise that fact, and probably doesn’t want a mini-sermon disguised as advice.

“Maybe you should just move out of the country” over political discontent – People maybe ought to stop handing out advice they wouldn’t take themselves if the situation were reversed. It’s also an intolerant comment that implies nothing the other person says matters.

“Why aren’t you doing [this] instead of [that]” over a job – Sometimes a person’s job choices are motivated by things like schedule flexibility or balancing caregiving responsibilities. What it boils down to is that it’s THEIR choice to make, not yours.

Here are just some observations I’ve made about how you can really be helpful:

  • Determine whether they’re just venting or actively looking for advice before offering any commentary
  • Leave the religious preaching to those who perform that function as part of their vocation
  • Be an active listener when someone is indicating they’re looking for advice
  • If responding to an email or something on social media, read and re-read your response several times before sending/posting
  • Don’t trivialize someone else’s struggles, as what may seem like a minor issue to you might be major in someone else’s circumstances
  • Avoid giving out advice that might be beyond the person’s financial or personal means

Overall, listen more and talk/type a little less – that might be just what the OP needs.

Posted by: celticanglican | April 3, 2018

No, These Weren’t Yours to Begin With

This is a reprint from my now-archived Liturgical Christianity Portal blog
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One of the more interesting exchanges I had on this blog started off innocently enough with me stating why I didn’t believe God sanctioned polygamy for Christians. Online discussions being what they are, it soon devolved into my being accused of being “no student of Scripture” for not agreeing with one commentator about their assertion that Christians were to follow the Levitical law.

In short, I had pointed out that polygamy was something that the Bible did not specifically condemn because of the cultural context, but was not sanctioned as an example to follow either, and pointed out a couple of examples of other practices that are no longer accepted within Christianity. The commentator took exception to this, asserting that Christians were still to follow the Law.

I think it’s easy for some to get caught up on Jesus’ statement that he did not intend the abolish the Law (Matthew 5:17-20), without considering his fulfillment and what it meant. What does that really mean for us?

  • Jesus did not invalidate the Law during his earthly ministry, however, he did institute a covenant of grace (Romans 6:13-14)
  • Jewish teachers in both Biblical times and today never saw the Law as being for Gentiles. In fact, many believe that only the laws given to Noah are applicable for non-Jews. (Gen. 9:8-17)
  • Early Christians leaders did not impose the Law on Christians (Acts 15)

We are under the law of grace – thanks be to God!

Posted by: celticanglican | April 1, 2018

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Posted by: celticanglican | March 24, 2018

Prayer Requests: Eve of Palm Sunday

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first, he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers for:

All who continue to mourn in the wake of the Parkland shooting and Austin bombings

Marty, who was able to return to her nursing facility instead of hospice

Doris, COPD and back/knee problems

Iris, whose husband is drinking again after earlier problems

Teresa, who is recovering from surgery

Bev, feeling under the weather recently

Maurice, legal troubles

Arlene, recent troubles following heart surgery

Michael, a prisoner in a state of estrangement from his wife and daughter

Aaron and family, he has an uncle who constantly mocks everyone’s faith, causing difficulty

Marie-Helene, good results from upcoming mammogram

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Posted by: celticanglican | March 12, 2018

Prayer Requests: Fourth Sunday in Lent

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came downv from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers for:

Pastor Terry’s healing from a back injury leaving him disabled

Debbie, still having frustrating blackouts

Teresa as she continues to undergo treatment

Kenny, who is seeking wisdom, truth and a deeper understanding of God’s words to him

Iris, struggling with her husband’s drinking

Posted by: celticanglican | March 4, 2018

Prayer Requests: Third Sunday of Lent

Christ, in your mercy, hear our prayers:

For the Church:

All persecuted Christians, especially Asia Bibi

For an increase in faith, hope and love on the part of all Christians

For all in authority:

For American lawmakers as their decisions impact those of their communities and the world

For the world:

For all who live with oppression, violence, poverty and sickness

For local communities:

For the people of all communities coping with the aftermath of mass shootings

For those in any need or trouble:

For Martha‘s continued healing from her struggles with asthma

For Samuel, recently released and in need of some place for he and his wife to live.

For Judy and Bill, searching for a place for their son to live after his release. He is a habitual offender and they cannot have him again due to his behavior. Pray for provision, peace between them, and that their adult son will take responsibility for his life.

For Dale’s continued successful radiation and chemo treatments

Ken’s wife’s relative who recently had prostate cancer surgery

Debbie, who has a nagging case of the flu

For the truth to be known in Marlene’s case

For Mark, a prisoner who has been out for 20 years but still struggles with anxiety and depression

For Kirsten and her husband as he has an upcoming prison release, for a good reintegration and blessings in their marriage

The departed:

For the soul of the Rev. Billy Graham and for his legacy to inspire many

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Posted by: celticanglican | March 1, 2018

Interesting TNR Take

via How Universities and Prisons Help Cats

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