Prayer Requests 1-18-22

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Psalm 149

Praise the Lord.

   Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
    let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing
    and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people;
    he crowns the humble with victory.
Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor
    and sing for joy on their beds.

May the praise of God be in their mouths
    and a double-edged sword in their hands,
to inflict vengeance on the nations
    and punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings with fetters,
    their nobles with shackles of iron,
to carry out the sentence written against them—
    this is the glory of all his faithful people.

   Praise the Lord.

Prayer Requests 1-11-22

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Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
   in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief.
Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me,
    he crushes me to the ground;
   he makes me dwell in the darkness
    like those long dead.
So my spirit grows faint within me;
    my heart within me is dismayed.
I remember the days of long ago;
    I meditate on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land.

Answer me quickly, Lord;
    my spirit fails.
   Do not hide your face from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
   Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
   may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
    in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
    destroy all my foes,
    for I am your servant.

Prayer Requests 1-4-22

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Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
    when we remembered Zion.
There on the poplars
    we hung our harps,
for there our captors asked us for songs,
    our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
    they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How can we sing the songs of the Lord
    while in a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
    may my right hand forget its skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
    if I do not remember you,
   if I do not consider Jerusalem
    my highest joy.

Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did
    on the day Jerusalem fell.
   “Tear it down,” they cried,
    “tear it down to its foundations!”
Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
    happy is the one who repays you
    according to what you have done to us.
Happy is the one who seizes your infants
    and dashes them against the rocks.

Prayer Requests 12-28-21

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Psalm 132

A song of ascents.

Lord, remember David
    and all his self-denial.

He swore an oath to the Lord,
    he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
“I will not enter my house
    or go to my bed,
I will allow no sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
till I find a place for the Lord,
    a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

We heard it in Ephrathah,
    we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:
“Let us go to his dwelling place,
    let us worship at his footstool, saying,
‘Arise, Lord, and come to your resting place,
    you and the ark of your might.
May your priests be clothed with your righteousness;
    may your faithful people sing for joy.’”

10 For the sake of your servant David,
    do not reject your anointed one.

11 The Lord swore an oath to David,
    a sure oath he will not revoke:
   “One of your own descendants
    I will place on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant
    and the statutes I teach them,
   then their sons will sit
    on your throne for ever and ever.”

13 For the Lord has chosen Zion,
    he has desired it for his dwelling, saying,
14 “This is my resting place for ever and ever;
    here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.
15 I will bless her with abundant provisions;
    her poor I will satisfy with food.
16 I will clothe her priests with salvation,
    and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.

17 “Here I will make a horn grow for David
    and set up a lamp for my anointed one.
18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,
    but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”

Prayer Requests 12-21-21

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Luke 1:39-56

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said:

   “My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
   From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

Prayer Requests 12-14-21

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Psalm 126

A song of ascents.

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
    we were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
   Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, Lord,
    like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
    carrying seed to sow,
   will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with them.

Prayer Requests 12-7-21

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Psalm 120

A song of ascents.

I call on the Lord in my distress,
    and he answers me.
Save me, Lord,
    from lying lips
    and from deceitful tongues.

What will he do to you,
    and what more besides,
    you deceitful tongue?
He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows,
    with burning coals of the broom bush.

Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek,
    that I live among the tents of Kedar!
Too long have I lived
    among those who hate peace.
I am for peace;
    but when I speak, they are for war.

Peter’s Pack of Pickled Pigskin Picks 2021 Week 14

It’s the week a lot of teams hope to play, but don’t get to. It’s Conference Championship weekend. It all starts Friday evening when the Conference USA gets it going. Pick your teams and see how well you do. I included the records for all the teams, overall and conference. But don’t let the numbers fool you. In college football anything can happen. (Rankings are the College Football Playoff rankings, not the AP rankings.)

So here they are, complete with a few editorial comments. Feel free to agree or disagree, just make sure to pick and post by 7:00 EST, Friday, December 3.

  1  Conference USA: Western Kentucky (8-4, 7-1) @ Texas – San Antonio (11-1, 7-1)

  2 PAC-12: #10 Oregon (10-2, 7-2) vs #17 Utah (9-3, 8-1)

  3 Big 12: #9 Baylor (10-2, 7-2) vs #5 Oklahoma State (11-1, 8-1) (should be ranked  higher than Alabama)

  4 MAC: Kent State (7-5, 6-2) vs Northern Illinois (8-4, 6-2)

  5 Mountain West: Utah State (9-3, 6-2) @ #19 San Diego State (11-1, 7-1)

  6 Sun Belt: Appalachian State (10-2, 7-1) @ #24 Louisiana (11-1, 8-0)

  7 American Athletic: #21 Houston (11-1, 8-0) @ #4 Cincinnati (12-0, 8-0) (should be ranked higher than Alabama)

  8 B1G 10: #2 Michigan (11-1, 8-1) vs #13 Iowa (10-2, 7-2)

  9 Atlantic Coast: #15 Pittsburgh vs #16 Wake Forest (both 10-2, 7-1)

10 Tiebreaker: Pick winner & final score: SEC: #1 Georgia (12-0) vs #3 Alabama (11-1) (should be #6 or #7 after almost losing to Auburn)

Prayer Requests 11-30-21

Let’s keep 6 Arrows and her family in prayer as they grieve the loss of her mother in law.

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Psalm 114

When Israel came out of Egypt,
    Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
Judah became God’s sanctuary,
    Israel his dominion.

The sea looked and fled,
    the Jordan turned back;
the mountains leaped like rams,
    the hills like lambs.

Why was it, sea, that you fled?
    Why, Jordan, did you turn back?
Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,
    you hills, like lambs?

Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,
    at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turned the rock into a pool,
    the hard rock into springs of water.

Peter’s Pack of Pickled Pigskin Picks 2021 Week 13

Hello Pigskin Pickers. I hope your Thanksgiving goes/is going/went well. It’s Week 13, the last week of the regular season for most teams. This is “Rivalry Week”, so most of these games are for in-state bragging rights.

Next week is the conference championships, but a couple of those could be considered as done this week. Kevin won it last week and picked the B1G 10 de facto “Championship” between Ohio State and Michigan.

Get your picks in early, before 7PM EST Friday, November 26, when the first game starts.

  1 North Carolina @ #20 NC State

  2 Florida State @ Florida

  3 Kentucky @ Louisville    

  4 #2 Alabama @ Auburn

  5 Northwestern @ Illinois

  6 Indiana @ Purdue

  7 Virginia Tech @ Virginia

  8 #13 Oklahoma State @ #9 Oklahoma

  9 Clemson @ South Carolina

10 Tiebreaker pick winner and final score: #4 Ohio State @ #6 Michigan