Scripture Reading:  Jeremiah 17:5 – 8

Few days from today we shall be commemorating the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ at Christmas.  May the Holy Spirit open the eyes of our mind to the benefit of closeness and friendship with the Lord.  The Word of God says that whoever is a friend to Jesus Christ is like this:“He will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream, and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green.  And he will not be anxious in a year of drought, nor cease to yield fruit.” (Jer. 17:8)  The second group of persons that the Holy Spirit speaks to us about in this concluding part is the one who is near, but not on the great stream in the desert.  He is like a man standing with one leg on a dry and scorched desert and the other on the bank of a flowing river.  You are that man who trusts the Lord when 

things are good and turns to self-help and other media of aid when things turn sour.  Such behaviours are not intentional, but it happens that such persons are double-minded as St. James says. (James 1:22 —25)  The irony of such persons is that they struggle to trust in the Lord, but from time to time recourse to themselves, relations, friends or fetish priests for assistance.  It is anxiety and lack of faith and understanding of the person of the Lord that causes men to seek solace outside of the King of Glory.  Beloved, if you occupy this kind of position in your relationship with the Lord, then take painstaking steps today to retrace your steps and send forth your roots more fully into the Lord Jesus Christ.  The best way to realise this is by making efforts daily to study the scriptures.  This habit will aid you to re-establish your understanding and faith in Christ.  As you feed from His Word daily, your spiritual root will be extending deeper and deeper into the Lord.  For the Psalmist says, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night . . . .” (Psa. 1 —4) It means that such a man shall be like a tree that is planted by streams of water.  As the Psalmist says, such a man delights in the laws of the Lord.

Beloved in Christ, during these three days, the Holy Spirit admonishes us to have absolute and unswerving confidence in the Lord.  He says, sink or deep your roots into Christ, through the study of His Word and practice of charity.  Jesus is the one who provides the living water that is capable of generating peace, joy and hope to the lives of those who trust in Him.  What then are your life challenges?  Dear friend, bring them to Christ in prayer.  Do not be anxious, but bring all your needs in prayer to the Lord (Phil. 4:6).  St. Augustine of Hippo concludes these three days reflections thus: “There is no love without hope, no hope without love, and neither hope nor love without faith.”
MASS: VIOLET

Mal 3: 1-4. 23-24; Ps 25: 4-5ab. 8-9. 10 and 14 (R. Lk 21:28); Lk 1: 57-66 

ADVENT WEEKDAY  ST. JOHN OF KANTY, P
Prayer Points:

1. Take a worship song as you are led.

2. Bring before the Lord today ALL users of Daily Strength Devotional facing life challenges of health, marriages, failed business, household wickedness and witchcraft attacks.

3. Take the following prayers in section A seriously:

Prayer for Healing

Prayer for those seeking life partners

Prayer against miscarriages 

Prayer for financial breakthrough

Prayer for children/wards (remember especially our sister and her difficult children)

4. Pray for safe trip for all travelling for the Christmas celebration.

5. Pray for a successful 21 days Fasting and Prayers programme starting Friday 6th January, 2017.

6. Thank God for prayers answered.
Exercise:  Pray for all our children involved in drugs and different forms of addiction
Memory Verse:  Phil 4:6a

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Scripture Reading:  Jeremiah 17:5 – 8
Few days from today we shall be commemorating the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ at Christmas.  May the Holy Spirit open the eyes of our mind to the benefit of closeness and friendship with the Lord.  The Word of God says that whoever is a friend to Jesus Christ is like this:“He will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream, and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green.  And he will not be anxious in a year of drought, nor cease to yield fruit.” (Jer. 17:8)  The second group of persons that the Holy Spirit speaks to us about in this concluding part is the one who is near, but not on the great stream in the desert.  He is like a man standing with one leg on a dry and scorched desert and the other on the bank of a flowing river.  You are that man who trusts the Lord when 

things are good and turns to self-help and other media of aid when things turn sour.  Such behaviours are not intentional, but it happens that such persons are double-minded as St. James says. (James 1:22 —25)  The irony of such persons is that they struggle to trust in the Lord, but from time to time recourse to themselves, relations, friends or fetish priests for assistance.  It is anxiety and lack of faith and understanding of the person of the Lord that causes men to seek solace outside of the King of Glory.  Beloved, if you occupy this kind of position in your relationship with the Lord, then take painstaking steps today to retrace your steps and send forth your roots more fully into the Lord Jesus Christ.  The best way to realise this is by making efforts daily to study the scriptures.  This habit will aid you to re-establish your understanding and faith in Christ.  As you feed from His Word daily, your spiritual root will be extending deeper and deeper into the Lord.  For the Psalmist says, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night . . . .” (Psa. 1 —4) It means that such a man shall be like a tree that is planted by streams of water.  As the Psalmist says, such a man delights in the laws of the Lord.

Beloved in Christ, during these three days, the Holy Spirit admonishes us to have absolute and unswerving confidence in the Lord.  He says, sink or deep your roots into Christ, through the study of His Word and practice of charity.  Jesus is the one who provides the living water that is capable of generating peace, joy and hope to the lives of those who trust in Him.  What then are your life challenges?  Dear friend, bring them to Christ in prayer.  Do not be anxious, but bring all your needs in prayer to the Lord (Phil. 4:6).  St. Augustine of Hippo concludes these three days reflections thus: “There is no love without hope, no hope without love, and neither hope nor love without faith.”
MASS: VIOLET

Mal 3: 1-4. 23-24; Ps 25: 4-5ab. 8-9. 10 and 14 (R. Lk 21:28); Lk 1: 57-66 

ADVENT WEEKDAY  ST. JOHN OF KANTY, P
Prayer Points:

1. Take a worship song as you are led.

2. Bring before the Lord today ALL users of Daily Strength Devotional facing life challenges of health, marriages, failed business, household wickedness and witchcraft attacks.

3. Take the following prayers in section A seriously:

Prayer for Healing

Prayer for those seeking life partners

Prayer against miscarriages 

Prayer for financial breakthrough

Prayer for children/wards (remember especially our sister and her difficult children)

4. Pray for safe trip for all travelling for the Christmas celebration.

5. Pray for a successful 21 days Fasting and Prayers programme starting Friday 6th January, 2017.

6. Thank God for prayers answered.
Exercise:  Pray for all our children involved in drugs and different forms of addiction
Memory Verse:  Phil 4:6a