This Week's Prayer Theme:

15th. July 2018

Children’s' lives should be happy and carefree, but this is not always the case.

Please pray;

- thanking God, for families where children are safe and well cared for.

- for children to be kept safe from abuse, crime, trafficking, bad influences and all kinds of harm.

- for sound moral teaching and loving care, to give children a good direction in life.

Jesus said; " Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these".

Mark 10; 14b.

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This Week's Readings:

Ephesians  1:3-14 (NIV) 

Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
5heb predestined us for adoption to sonshipc through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will
6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,
9hed made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,
10to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11In him we were also chosen,e having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
12in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Mark 6:14-29 (NIV)
 
John the Baptist Beheaded

14King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying,b “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”
15Others said, “He is Elijah.” And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.”
16But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!”
17For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married.
18For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
19So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to,
20because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzledc ; yet he liked to listen to him.
21Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee.
22When the daughter ofd Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.”
23And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”
24She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?”
“The head of John the Baptist,” she answered.
25At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”
26The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her.
27So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison,
28and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother.
29On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

Prayers & Prayer Requests:

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