"It was not you who chose me, it was I who chose you to go forth and bear fruit." ~~John 15:16~~

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Scripture

Sunday Scripture
Good Shepherd, 19th century, by German Artist
Bernard Plockhorst. [PD-US]

Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 
So to them he addressed this parable.
“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them
would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home,
he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous people
who have no need of repentance.

“Or what woman having ten coins and losing one
would not light a lamp and sweep the house,
searching carefully until she finds it?
And when she does find it,
she calls together her friends and neighbors
and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.’
In just the same way, I tell you,
there will be rejoicing among the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.”
Luke 15:1-10

If you have any prayer needs, please mention them in the comments section so the Cross My Heart Prayer Team can add their prayers to yours. You do not have to include specific names or situations of a private nature, just say that you have a prayer request. The Lord knows your heart and the needs you have. It is a privilege and honor to pray with you and for you.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Decatur Book Festival

Join me at the Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sunday Scripture

Stefan Lochner, Last Judgment, c. 1435, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne,
Germany. [PD-US]

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. 
Someone asked him,
"Lord, will only a few people be saved?" 
He answered them,
"Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough. 
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
'Lord, open the door for us.'
He will say to you in reply,
'I do not know where you are from.
And you will say,
'We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.'
Then he will say to you,
'I do not know where you are from. 
Depart from me, all you evildoers!'
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. 
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last."
Luke 13:22-30

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday Scripture

Christus Pantocrator, Cathedral of Cefal├╣, c. 1130.
[GNU Free Documentation License]

Jesus said to his disciples:
"I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing! 
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! 
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? 
No, I tell you, but rather division. 
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."
Luke 12:49-53

If you have any prayer needs, please mention them in the comments section so I can join you in prayer. You do not need to include specific names or situations of a private nature, just say that you have a prayer request. The Lord knows your heart and the needs you have. It is a privilege and honor to pray with you and for you.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015!

Jesus said to his disciples: "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you."
John 16:12-15
Sacred Art: Icon of Holy Liturgy, Michael Damaskenos, 16th C. [PD]

Today, I'm praying for all those with chronic illnesses who seek God's healing.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015!




Jesus said to his disciples: "But now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me; righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned."
John 16:5-11


Sacred Art: The Holy Trinity fresco, ceiling entrance Vatopedi Monastery (pictured below), 10th C, Athos, Greece. [PD-US]

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015!

Jesus said to his disciples; "When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
"I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you."
John 15:26-16:4a
Sacred Art: Saint Joseph's Church window, Zabrze, Poland. [CC-GNU Free Document]

Today, I'm praying for Katy, a young woman with a two-week old infant. Katy was just diagnosed with leukemia and needs prayers!