Sunday, February 28, 2010

Second Sunday in LENT...

Almighty GOD,
Who seest
that we have no power of 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.

Amen.

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from the Book of Common Prayer, p. 127, The Collect.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The HELP ME's...

 


LORD JESUS CHRIST, Eternal SON+ of GOD The FATHER,
please be merciful to me,
a sinner.
.
LORD JESUS CHRIST My KING+,
help me not to sin.
.
LORD JESUS CHRIST my Life,
help me to deny myself and take up the Cross daily and follow THEE+,
O LAMB+ of GOD,
in the straight and narrow way that leadeth unto Life;
which THOU+ hast marked out for us
with Thine own feet.
.
LORD JESUS CHRIST my Light,
help me to partake of Thy Divine Nature,
and to be conformed to Thy Image and Likeness.
.
LORD JESUS CHRIST my Master,
help me to love like THOU+ lovest,
to keep Thy Words,
to abide in Thy love
as THOU+ hast kept Thy FATHER'S Words
and abidest in HIS love.
.
LORD JESUS CHRIST my Light,
help me to be Thy disciple
with every fiber of my being,
with every moment of time allotted to me,
and to follow THEE+,
O LAMB+ of GOD,
wherever THOU+ goest,
both now and forever,
to endless Eternal Ages.
Amen.
.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

WORTHY IS THE LAMB...

...that was slain




to receive power and riches

and wisdom and strength and honor

and glory and blessing !

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During this season of the preparation for the GREAT PASSOVER of The LAMB+ of GOD, all serious-minded Christians clean house. We search our hearts for the leaven of the world that has crept in unawares. We search our hearts for the leaven of Self-will that has insidiously re-established itself in our lives. In doing this, we honor The LORD JESUS CHRIST, for HE+ was GOD of the Old Testament as well as GOD of the new, The LIVING WORD+ made flesh Who+ dwells among us.

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In the Old Testament, The LORD instructed the Israelites to carry a paddle with them in the wilderness. It was to bury their waste products, so that it would be "clean" when HE walked among them (Dt. 23:13-14). In addition, HE instructed them to rid their dwellings of leaven during the Passover season. They assiduously did this because... NOT TO DO IT MEANT THAT THEY WOULD BE CUT OFF FROM THE PROMISES GIVEN TO ISRAEL (Ex. 12:15).

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Likewise, we must do the same today.

We must make our camp during our earthly sojourn clean,

both from "waste" products ~ what comes out of us ~

and

from what is taken inside of us, what we "eat."

Some like to reinforce both the purging and the consumption

by a strict or restricted form of eating, disciplining the flesh.

It is quite fruitful and very Scriptural to bring the flesh

under submission to the HOLY SPIRIT in this manner.

SOME have found this to be so VERY fruitful

that they have made this a Way of Life.

It draws them closer to The LORD.

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So, where do we want to go ... closer or farther from The LORD?

If we want to come closer to HIM+ [and we are not currently being persecuted and tortured for knowing HIM+] , we must practice a disciplining of our flesh in order to accomplish the goal to draw closer to CHRIST JESUS Our LORD.

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During this season, we refrain from saying "glory" and "HalleluJAH" or "AlleluJAH." We substitute instead: "Worthy, Worthy is The LAMB+ that was slain! " We substitute, "Blessed be GOD: FATHER, SON+, and HOLY SPIRIT, and Blessed be HIS+ Kingdom, both now and forever, Amen" for the Gloria Patri. To replace the HalleluJAHs, we say instead: "Bless GOD!" These are little disciplines which serve to remind us of the great sacrifice of Our SAVIOR+ for the sins of the whole world... specifically, ours.

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Let us pray:

O LORD our GOD, we say we want to walk with THEE+... but we shy away from Self-denial. Help us to value TRUTH so much that we will embrace the discipline, the cross, in order to come closer to HIM+ Who+ is all Truth, Thy Beloved SON+ JESUS CHRIST, The ONE+ Who+ denied HIMSELF+ even HIS+ life's blood in order to give us Life Eternal. Help us to deny our Selves and show us the right way to do it. In the Holy name of Our LORD JESUS we pray. Amen.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

ALL THEY THAT SEE ME+...






...laugh ME+ to scorn...

~ In Preparation for the Great Passover ~

Lenton Season Meditations

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Turn ye even to ME+, saith The LORD, with all your heart, and with fasting; and with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto The LORD your GOD... Joel 2:12

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from the Book of Common Prayer, Old Version, p. 125 ~

O LORD, Who+ for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to The SPIRIT, we may ever obey Thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to Thy honour and glory, Who+ livest and reignest with the FATHER and the HOLY SPIRIT, One GOD, world without end. Amen

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I am a Worm...

Meditations for the Preparation
of the Great Passover
.
Psalm 22

But I+ am a worm and no man;
a reproach of men,
and
despised
of the people.
.
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.
Are we also worms
for His Sake ?
.
Are we also reproached of men
for His Glory ?
.
Are we also despised of the people
for His Truth...
as was Our LORD?
.
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If not, why not?
.
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In the name of The FATHER,
Who created thee;
and
His Beloved Son+,
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST,
Who+ saves thee;
and
The Blessed HOLY SPIRIT,
Who sanctifies thee.
.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

LORD, have Mercy...

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O LORD, help me not to take advantage of THEE...
nor of Thy+ mercy.
.
Lower my Self-esteem; I'm not always right.
.
Grant me enough humility
.
To see my weakness,
.
and
.
My own fallibility.
.
I don't always know
.
and seldom do I see the whole picture.
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Help me be still
.
and quiet before THEE+.
.
Help me to wait
.
Upon Thy+ Movement.
.
Always Thy+ Grace
.
is sufficient for me.
.
.
For, when I am weak,
.
THOU+ art strong.

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In the Name of The FATHER,
Who begot thee,
And His Beloved, Only-begotten SON+,
Who+ saves thee,
And the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT,
Who sanctifies thee.
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