Archive for June, 2008

June 29, 2008

Weekly Announcements (June 29-July 5)

Weekly Announcements

Monday, June 30
Isaiah 58 Flyer Handout
(5:30 p.m.) Come meet our neighbors and tell them not only about our ministry, but how the Lord has worked in our lives!
Christian Counseling Class (6:30 p.m.) Sis. Helen continues teaching counseling from a Biblical perspective. The topic this week is effective parenting.
Happy Birthday to Mrs. Goodpaster!

Tuesday, July 1
Men’s Morning Meditations
(6:30-8:30 a.m.) All men are invited for a devotion and coffee at your pastor’s home. Come at your convenience! [Sidenote: Wayne, I will be making the chocolate chip coffee cake this week!]
Isaiah 58 Picnic & Yard-Free (6:30 p.m.) Get to know our neighbors by giving them food and stuff. We need servers, sorters, cooks, cleaners, and [most importantly] talkers!

Wednesday, July 2
7:00 p.m.- Evening Service. Evangelism series continues.
-Kids Class (2 Chronicles 34:1-33~God speaks to us through the Bible) [This is one of my absolute favorite stories!]

Thursday, July 3
Happy Birthday
to Bro. Paul!

Friday, July 4
Happy Independence Day!
Take time to thank the Lord for those who have died to make us free temporarily. Take time to thank the Lord for the One Who died to make us free eternally.
Listen to the best 4th of July song here and be refreshed by the excellent lyrics, some of which I didn’t know existed!
Happy Birthday to Travis! The whole nation honors this kids birthday…he gets fireworks every year! How cool is that?!

Sunday, July 5
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School (Jeremiah 16:1-17:27; 2 Kings 25:22-30)
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 3)
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus)
*Devotion: Harry (next week: hmmm…let me guess…nobody!)
*Ushers: Harry & Jason (alternates: Paul & Roger)
❀ Honduras Love Offering
Saturday, July 19
Church Picnic at Macedonia Christian Park
Let Brooke know what you’re bringing!

Missionary of the Month
John and Alta Hatcher

Memory Check!!!!
How far along are you in Psalm 119?!
ESV KJV NKJV

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SUMMING UP SUNDAY
1 Peter 3:8-10

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit…”

What an excellent reminder the Sunday morning message was for all of us. It is so important for us to be of one mind, lining up with God’s Word, in order for Him to accomplish great things through us for His Kingdom. The message once again not only stepped on my toes, but squished them, reminding me of how important it is to be in God’s Word daily. I spent 4 whole days last month at the conference being reminded of that. Granted, my quiet times have become more regular, but I can always do more. Philippians 2:5~We have the mind of Christ when His Word becomes part of us. This part tied in excellent with the passage from Sunday School (and the New Attitude Conference). [Read Jeremiah 15:16; Listen to Josh Harris’ message on responses to God’s Word; Read Spurgeon’s sermon on this verse].
Oh, and should we even mention the tongue thing. How often is my speech uplifting? Ouch! Not enough…I can tell you that much!

So then, last night…I really appreciated Bro. Roger’s heart-to-heart. It was encouraging to hear how the Lord has used his church family in his life. It was also another reminder of how much we have to be thankful for. Personally, Bro. Roger and his family have been a blessing to me. They are all so genuine, which I am thankful for. Their sweet dispositions display God’s glory and I can see Him at work in all of their lives.

Finally, I want to let each one of you know that you have been a blessing in my life. It would take me forever to list how and why, but the Lord has used each of you in a very special way. I am so grateful that He strategically scattered me at New Life!

June 27, 2008

Prayer Requests (June 25)

Prayer Requests (from Wednesday, June 25)

  • Kevin & Saprina- house situation after flood
  • John W. (Leslie)- chest pain
  • Kenny P. (Leslie)- Bell’s Palsy; ear infections
  • Carl- not feeling well
  • John- pray God would draw him back with cords of love
  • Kim (Brenda’s daughter)- heart; houses
  • Dorcie- on Markey Cancer Center list
  • Cheryl and Danny’s family after the death of his paternal grandmother (Funeral Friday)
  • Shane H. (Steve G.)- irregular heartbeat; infection after surgery
  • Barbara- unspoken
  • Denise- cousin from Okinawa with 2 kids traveling in for wedding!
  • Laura- depression
  • Susan (Laura)- witness; salvation
  • Daniel- pray that others will learn a lesson from his experience with carrot cake
  • Harry- diabetes test continuing
  • Kristin- traveling to Michigan this weekend
  • James (Kristin)- shoulder; pneumonia
  • Ella (Wayne)- drugs; continue to turn life back to the Lord
  • Stephanie
  • Mike N. (Lou)- divorce (especially pray for his daughter)
  • Stella- doing well/Lou traveling July 10!
  • Pray about the extra space!
  • Saturday Morning: “Lexington Pride” Parade- pray that God would intervene in this situation
  • John & Alta H.
  • Anita S. & Sheridan
June 25, 2008

Another Great Update from Sis. Stanton!

Dear Friends and Family,We returned from TN yesterday afternoon after having a wonderful weekend with family. The anniversary celebration was beautiful. Sheridan’s younger sister, Nancy, had done a great job decorating and preparing for it. She was blessed to have many friends help her also. The evening was a nice tribute and honor to his parents for 60 years of marriage.

On Sunday, after church, we all met at a nearby community center and celebrated Mrs. Stanton’s 80th birthday. It was a relaxed picnic style lunch with good fellowship. After finishing there, the family went back to the Stanton’s house and just “hung out”. Our nephew and his wife from FL were BRAVE to make the drive with an 3 year old and a set of 6 month twins. All are girls, and we had not seen Sarah, the oldest since she was a baby, and of course it was the first time to meet the twins. We had such a fun time with them all.

Our niece Emily lives close by and it was good to have time with her, (when she could tear herself away from the new boyfriend!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ No, we did have quality time with her too. Her sister, Bethany was also there with her husband and 5 year old son Brison. Brison entertained us as any 5 year old will! Bethany just found out today that the baby she is expecting in November is a boy.

It was great to see Sheridan’s older brother, Ralph, his wife Sheila, their daughter Holly, son-in-law Gene and grandson Bradley. We had not seen them in a long time. Bradley is proving to be a great guitarist and shared with us. Also with them was their son Jon, his wife Michaela and their precious little boy Ty. It was a real treat to see all this family.

Sheridan’s older sister Linda, and her husband Tony were there Friday and Saturday with us, but had to leave to return to FL for doctor appointments scheduled for Tuesday. The time we did have was great.

Leah, John and Jack were able to drive to Lexington and then make the rest of the trip with us. Jack kept us laughing and did great for a 17 month old in the car. Of course, it was good to spend the time with them also. I must brag a bit as a Mom. Saturday night Leah sang a solo for her Grandparents and did a FANTASTIC job. She has a beautiful voice and I had not heard her sing in a long time. It was a good thing that I heard her rehearsing Saturday morning because I got my cry out then! She really touched a lot of hearts with her song. Once again, “good job, Leah!”

I had my fifth chemo today. Only ONE to go!!!!!! As usual, I am doing okay now. The worse of the effects usually set in about the third day after treatment. So, you can pray, but pray harder starting Thursday! πŸ™‚ We are hoping that the diverticulitis was what took my appetite the entire time after the fourth chemo. I am still on the antibiotics until this coming Sunday, but the side effects of them are much improved. The pain has subsided so we know they are working.

I am praying that the depression will not be as bad this time around. These drugs are powerful, working on every part of the body from the brain to the toes. I will take all the advise of the oncology dietian this time and do my best to keep the protein and calcium levels up so not as to provoke more fatigue. At least, I am aware that all these effects are the drugs and praise the Lord, the treatments will soon be over and the drugs can begin to be cleared from my entire body. All reports are encouraging.

I will have a genetic study done on Monday, June 30. We are praying for that in the sense that it will not show need to do the hormone therapy which requires infusions once a week for a year. I REALLY would like to think I was going home after the first of the year. I still know and firmly believe God is in control of the entire situation and my body, and He will let me go home when He deems is time. Until then, I have to learn to be content with you guys!!! πŸ™‚

Well, I probably won’t be back on the computer for a few days, just wanted to let you know that all is as well as possible. I have my wonderful, faithful “nurse” at my side who is always looking out for me. How blessed I am!

Thank you for praying for him also. I know it is hard on him but he never complains, just keeps looking for ways to cheer me us and make life easier. Thanks too for all your prayers, cards, emails and other gestures of love to us both.

We are truly blessed with wonderful friends and family.

Love,
Anita

June 23, 2008

Lots of Things to Think About!

Have you ever had a day when it seems like everything you read ends up being something you want to share with everybody you know? Well, today is one of those days and rather than depriving you of such rich, wonderful quotes and stories, I decided to share them with you to click at your convenience! :o)

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It Is Well With My Soul
A glimpse into the life of Horatio Spafford who wrote the famous hymn. His granddaughter-in-law just passed away in Jerusalem and her obituary is rich with history.
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C.S. Lewis Quote (that sums up the theme of Piper’s life) from Reflections on the Psalms

The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”. But we shall know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him. (p. 97)

And I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed. (p. 95)

If it were possible for a created soul fully (I mean, up to the full measure conceivable in a finite being) to “appreciate,” that is to love and delight in, the worthiest object of all, and simultaneously at every moment to give this delight perfect expression, then that soul would be in supreme beatitude. (p. 96)

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J.I. Packer Quote from Knowing God

God’s love is stern, for it expresses holiness in the lover and seeks holiness for the beloved. Scripture does not allow us to suppose that because God is love we may look to him to confer happiness on people who will not seek holiness, or to shield his loved ones from trouble when he knows that they need trouble to further their sanctification.

God is love” is the complete truth about God so far as the Christian is concerned… Every single thing that happens to us expresses God’s love to us, and comes to us for the furthering of God’s purpose for us. Thus, so far as we are concerned, God is love to usβ€”holy, omnipotent loveβ€”at every moment and in every event of every day’s life. Even when we cannot see the why and the wherefore of God’s dealings, we know that there is love in and behind them, and so we can rejoice always, even when, humanly speaking, things are going wrong. We know that the true story of our life, when known, will prove to be, as the hymn says, β€œmercy from first to last”—and we are content.

God’s love is an exercise of his goodness toward individual sinners whereby, having identified himself with their welfare, he has given his Son to be their Savior, and now brings them to know and enjoy him in a covenant relation.

J. I. Packer, Knowing God, 122-123

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C.J. Mahaney Quote from The Cross Centered Life
β€œTo grow in your passion for what Jesus has done, increase your understanding of what He has done.

Never be content with your grasp of the gospel. The gospel is life-permeating, world-altering, universe-changing truth. It has more facets than any diamond. Its depths man will never exhaust.”
– C.J. Mahaney, The Cross Centered Life (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2002), 67.
[from “Of First Importance“]

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Jonathan Edwards Quote
“A spiritual application of the Word of God consists in applying it to the heart, in spiritually enlightening, sanctifying influences. A spiritual application of an invitation or offer of the gospel consists in giving the soul a spiritual sense or relish of the holy and divine blessings offered, and the sweet and wonderful grace of the Offerer in making so gracious an offer, and of his holy excellency and faithfulness to fulfill what he offers, and his glorious sufficiency for it, so leading and drawing forth the heart to embrace the offer and thus giving the man evidence of his title to the thing offered.”

Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections, page 153.
[from “Christ is Deeper Still“]
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Cuteness
This is a cute video of John Piper’s little grandson acting like his grandpa!

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Highlights from Yesterday
From Dad’s Morning Sermon on 1 Peter 3:7
*Be an exemplary witness. *Be a shining light in a dark world. *There’s always room for improvement. *Make your home a godly home. *Assign value to your wife (8 cow wife!). *Encourage your wife to use her strengths to glorify God. *Live in a way of understanding your wife.
From Dad’s Evening Sermon on Exodus 19
*We need to prepare ourselves to meet God just as Israel did here. *Spiritual Preparation: Recognize the awesomeness of God; Right relationship with God; Chew on “God Chose Me!” *Mental Preparation: Must be ready to listen and hear the Word; Obey by hearing; Are you willing to obey God? *Physical Preparation: Rest; Give your best to the Master *Remember Who your Audience is!

June 22, 2008

Weekly Announcements (June 22-29)

Weekly Announcements

All Week Long
7:00 p.m.-VBS at Thompson Road Baptist Church.
Tuesday, June 24
>6:30-8:30 a.m.- Men’s Morning Meditations. All men are invited for a devotion and coffee at your pastor’s home. Come at your convenience!
>*Please note that Isaiah 58 has been moved to next week: Tuesday, July 1.
>Happy Birthday to Becky D.!
Wednesday, June 25
7:00 p.m.- Evening Service. Evangelism series continues.
-Kids Class (Isaiah 6:1-8~God is Holy)

Sunday, June 29
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School (Jeremiah 13:1-15-21; 2 Kings 25:1-21)
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 3)
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship~Bro. Roger H. will be speaking!
*Devotion: ?
*Ushers: Tom and Steve D. (alternates: Harry & Jason)
Monday, June 30
6:30 p.m.- Christian Counseling Class taught by Sis. Helen. Topic: Effective Parenting.
Tuesday, July 1
6:30 p.m.-Isaiah 58 Picnic/Yard-Free
Saturday, July 19
Church Picnic at Macedonia Christian Park
Missionary of the Month
John and Alta Hatcher
Memory Check!!!!
How far along are you in Psalm 119?!
ESV KJV NKJV

June 21, 2008

Pray for the Allen Family

On Monday, Laura’s friend Amy gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named River who had his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. He was born not breathing and was transferred to a hospital that specializes in stuff like that. They’re saying he is brain damaged and won’t be able to walk, crawl, talk, etc and he’s also suffering from heart and liver damage. They are a Christian family and are trusting that God’s will is best, whether He heals River, calls him home, or lets him live a long life with all these limitations. Thank you for joining us in our prayers for this precious family.

Second Update:

Thank you for your prayers. After taking him off the cooling table and running tests today, the doctors have said that River has no gag/suck/swallow reflex, no muscle tone, no reflexes to light in the eyes, to pain, etc… and that if they send him home he will be in a vegetative state. He cannot breathe without a machine as that natural reflex doesn’t work either. His parents are dealing with the decision of taking him off life support, and his mother is struggling with letting him go vs. doing everything she can to keep him. Please pray for them. I can’t imagine what they are going through.

Last Update:

Amy and her family said goodbye to River yesterday, and are now grieving for their little one. Thank you for your continued prayers as they deal with this loss. This is their blog, if you’d like to read. There are some sensitive pictures, though.Please pray that the Lord will continue give the Allen family a peace that passes all understanding, in their own words, “Peace Like a River.”

Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,

The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.

June 18, 2008

Prayer Requests (June 18)

Prayer Requests from Wednesday, June 18

  • Kim & Shawn (Brenda’s daughter/s-i-l)- auctioning house Saturday at 11 a.m.Β 
  • Mary (Brenda’s sister)- cancer; still doing well!Β 
  • Erika & Elijah (Steve D.’s twins)- spiritual
  • Elijah- lymph nodes swelled; goes to the doctor on Friday
  • Joe, Winkie, & Family (Cheryl)- traveling to Pawley’s Island
  • Danny & Harvey (Cheryl)- sell house
  • Nannie (Cheryl)
  • Kristin C. (Cheryl)- will have the baby in Minnesota; still on bedrest (see last week’s prayer requests)
  • Daphne (Jason’s sister)- job
  • Tina K. (Nikki)- brain cancer
  • Andy B. (Roger’s cousin)- took trip to South America; got really sick (possibly malaria); is recovering in Virginia where he lives
  • Tom- job
  • Nick- traveling until Tuesday
  • Daniel- job; herniated discs
  • Andrea’s counselor at YMCA- sick
  • Donny & Wayne- traveling to Somerset
  • Sherry’s friend Sherry- brain cancer is in remission!Β  (which hardly ever happens!!!!)
  • Lou, Stella, & Baby Eric
  • A&O Home- 6 kids; renovating home
  • Anita S.- wonderful news! (read her letter); traveling this weekend
  • M.O.M.- John & Alta H.Β 
  • Anchor Baptist Church
  • Laura’s out-of-state friends Amy, River, and family: Two days ago Amy gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named River who had his ambilical cord wrapped around his neck.Β  He was born not breathing and was transferred to a hospital that specializes in stuff like that.Β  They’re saying he is brain damaged and won’t be able to walk, crawl, talk, etc and he’s also suffering from heart and liver damage.Β  They are a Christian family and are trusting that God’s will is best, whether He heals River, calls him home, or lets him live a long life with all these limitations.Β  Thank you for joining us in our prayers for this precious family.Β 
  • Pray every day for the Lord to send someone your way who needs to hear the Gospel!Β 
June 18, 2008

Simplify your life!

So there’s this little application has changed my life over the past few months.Β  I am a huge google fan anyway, but this is just over the top amazing!Β  :o)Β  I just had to share it with you all so you could benefit, too!Β  GoogleReader compiles all the updates from your favorite blogs into one little place!Β  You can subscribe to like 100 blogs and rather than clicking on each one to see if it’s updated, you only click on it when you KNOW it’s updated!Β  It’s great!Β 

To explain this whole thing to you, John Piper’s son, Abraham, has written a tutorial.Β  It will take you no more than 5 minutes to do!Β  And when you do it, be sure to add this blog to your list!Β  :o)Β 

I will be more than happy to personally help anyone who wants it!Β  (And if you don’t have an iGoogle homepage, that’s pretty nifty, too…you can even add the google reader to your igoogle page to simplify your life even more)!Β Β 
Picture of my iGoogle page (my google reader is in the center):

Learn how here.Β 

I apologize if I’m using jibberish that’s over your head!Β  Let me know if I am!Β 

June 18, 2008

God Answers the Prayers of His People!

Dear Friends and Family,

I had the CT and Bone Scan done yesterday.Β  All went well, and I also saw the oncology dietitian because I have not been able to regain any appetite after the fourth chemo.Β  I have been more fatigued this time.Β  She wants me to consume more protein and calories.Β  It’s hard because I just have no desire to eat, but I am making a huge effort to do so.Β  I see the doctor again on Friday and then have my fifth chemo next Tuesday, June 24.

This morning the oncology clinical coordinator called to give me the results of yesterday’s testing.Β  All was excellent.Β  Cancer was not found in any other parts of the body.Β  I had been have abdominal pain this week, but the CT showed that I have diverticulitis and the doctor is ordering the meds necessary for that.Β  I have not had a case of that for more than 10 years and with the results of the testing, I think that is little to worry about!!!Β  I am rejoicing in the good report and thank God for His goodness and faithfulness to us.

The report also stated that the tumors are more than 50% smaller than when scanned in March.Β 

Just wanted to share the good news with you.Β  We will be traveling to TN this weekend to celebrate the 60th Wedding AnniversaryΒ  of Sheridan’s parents.Β  It will be a good weekend for me since the days just before chemo are my strongest.Β  It will be nice to spend time with all the family and see everyone again.Β  Mrs. Stanton is celebrating her 80th birthday this weekend also.

Thanks for your prayers and the many expressions of love and support.Β  We love you!

Love,
Anita

June 16, 2008

Spurgeon on Jeremiah 3

I wanted to share with you all something I found the other day while I was studying my Sunday School lesson.Β  After I had read the text several times, I decided to see if Mr. Spurgeon had anything to say about Jeremiah 3.Β  Of course, he did!Β  You can read his sermon on Jeremiah 3:14 here.Β 

The interesting thing is that an illustration he used in this sermon is one that C.J. Mahaney quoted in his second message at New Attitude.Β  It is an excellent reminder of what God has done for us!Β  It goes hand in hand with not only the Sunday School lesson yesterday, but the two sermons as well!Β  (a. You can’t have beauty in God’s sight to begin with if you have not experienced His love [1 Peter 3:1-6] and b. it fits with Exodus 34:6-7, too!)Β 

Now, it is impossible for you to love God without the strong conclusive evidence that God loves you. I once knew a good woman who was the subject of many doubts, and when I got to the bottom of her doubt, it was this: she knew she loved Christ, but she was afraid He did not love her. β€œOh!” I said, β€œthat is a doubt that will never trouble me; never, by any possibility, because I am sure of this, that the heart is so naturally corrupt, that love to God could never get there without God first putting it there.” You may rest quite certain, that if you love God, it is a fruit, and not a root. It is the fruit of God’s love to you, and did not get there by the force of any goodness in you. You may conclude, with absolute certainty, that God loves you if you love God. There never was any difficulty on his part. It always was on your part, and now that the difficulty is gone from you there is no more difficulty left. O let our hearts rejoice and be filled with great delight, because the Savior has loved us and given himself for us. So let us realize the truth of the text, β€œI am your husband.”

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Isn’t it wonderful to know that “He put it there!”Β  Β 

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