Welcome to Mount Carmel Ministries!
God is blessing us as we are listening to His Word here at Mount Carmel!
One of our participants commented on the significance of Ephesians 3:16 – “I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit.”
She talked about “your inner being” as maybe being a part of what we today refer to as our “mental health.” We have so many thoughts and feelings inside of us – and Paul is praying for us that our inner being would be strengthened. We have the possibility of having the power of the Holy Spirit working in our inner being – bringing us health and strength. And God is using the riches of his glory to do this. It is his glory that brings us healing and strength.
May you hear these words prayed over you: “According to the riches of his glory, may he grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit.”
Last week we had an Adult Camp at Mount Carmel with a wonderful Bible study on the book of Philippians. This week we have nothing scheduled, so we are back to our new normal rhythm of a daily Bible study from 9 to 10 AM.
This week we are studying the book of Ephesians.
I am encouraging the participants to memorize and meditate on Ephesians 3:14-21 during the week – and especially on verses 20 and 21:
“To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of: to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever! Amen.”
I think those words are a wonderful encouragement for our individual lives – God can do something in us more than we can ever ask for or even imagine! But the passage is also so God-focused. To God be the glory! In the church! And in Christ Jesus! For all time! Forever and ever! Amen!!!
We read through the first chapter of Ephesians. There is so much in the chapter about God’s purposes and plans – as in verse 4 – “Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him.” Or verse 5 –
“God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his sons – this was his pleasure and purpose.”
One of the participants commented – “Imagine that God thought about me before the world was made – thought about me sitting here and enjoying the beauty of His Creation!”
Before we start our Bible study each day, we are reading from The Daily Texts – a long Mount Carmel tradition that is a part of the much longer tradition of the Moravian Church. Yesterday, the Old Testament text talked about Gideon refusing to be a ruler, so we sang the third verse of Joy to the World, celebrating God’s rule – “He rules the world with truth and grace!”
Today the New Testament passage was Philippians 4:4 – “Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I say, Rejoice!” So we sang the first verse of the song – “Joy to the world! The Lord has come! Let earth receive its King! Let every heart prepare him room! And Heaven and nature sing!”
Christmas in August at Mount Carmel!
And then we looked at Mark Chapter 2. What speaks to me most is the words of Jesus to the paralyzed man – “My son, your sins are forgiven!” The people who carried the man to Jesus didn’t give up. The crowd was in the way, so they carried him up on the roof and dug a hole through the roof and then let the man down right in front of Jesus! They wanted Jesus to heal him, but Jesus gave him something better – Your sins are forgiven!
What do we need from Jesus? Maybe what I really need is to be forgiven. And what wonderful news it is – “My son, your sins are forgiven!”
Today was the beginning! We held our first Bible study for the Lakeside Bible Initiative at Mount Carmel!
Our intent is to establish a daily rhythm of Bible study and prayer at Mount Carmel. Throughout the year, except when special events are scheduled, we are intending to have morning prayer at 9:00 AM, daily Bible study from 9:15 to 10:00 AM, and evening prayer at 8:00 PM.
We invite you to come and join us!
Our goal is to hear God’s Word speaking to us each day. Today we listened to the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark. We heard who Jesus was – “This is the beginning of the Good News about Jesus, the Son of God.”
We heard a summary of his preaching – “The right time has come and the Kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins and believe the Good News!”
We heard about the power of Jesus’ authority – giving commands to the evil spirit, healing the sick, inviting the disciples to follow him.
We heard the confident faith of the man with leprosy as he begged for help from Jesus – “If you want, you can make me clean!”
And we heard Jesus respond as he reached out and touched the man – “I do want to! Be clean!”
Let us join the man with leprosy in his prayer – and join him in hearing Jesus say to us – “I do want to! Be clean!”