Scripture @ Sunrise 10.31.08

“A fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.” -Zechariah 13:1

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day;
And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away.
Washed all my sins away, washed all my sins away;
And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away.

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.
Be saved, to sin no more, be saved, to sin no more;
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.

E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.
And shall be till I die, and shall be till I die;
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.

Then in a nobler, sweeter song, I’ll sing Thy power to save,
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave.
Lies silent in the grave, lies silent in the grave;
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave.

Lord, I believe Thou hast prepared, unworthy though I be,
For me a blood bought free reward, a golden harp for me!
’Tis strung and tuned for endless years, and formed by power divine,
To sound in God the Father’s ears no other name but Thine.

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This is one of the first hymns Cow­per wrote af­ter his first at­tack of tem­po­ra­ry mad­ness. Cow­per had been prom­ised a post as Clerk of the Jour­nal to the House of Lords, but was dis­mayed up­on learn­ing he would have to un­der­go a pub­lic ex­am­in­a­tion in the House be­fore be­gin­ning his du­ties. The fol­low­ing ar­ti­cle from the North Amer­i­can Re­view, Jan­u­a­ry, 1834, de­scribes his di­lem­ma, and how God pre­vent­ed him from de­stroy­ing him­self:

As the time drew nigh, his agony became more and more in­tense; he hoped and be­lieved that mad­ness would come to relieve him; he attempted also to make up his mind to commit su­i­cide, though his conscience bore stern testimony against it; he could not by any argument per­suade himself that it was right, but this des­per­a­tion pre­vailed, and he pro­cured from an apothecary the means of self-destruction. On the day before his public appearance was to be made, he happened to notice a letter in the newspaper, which to his dis­or­dered mind seemed like a ma­lig­nant li­bel on himself. He im­med­i­ate­ly threw down the pa­per and rushed into the fields, de­ter­mined to die in a ditch, but the thought struck him that he might es­cape from the count­ry. With the same vi­o­lence he pro­ceed­ed to make hasty prep­ar­a­tions for his flight; but while he was en­gaged in pack­ing his port­man­teau his mind changed, and he threw him­self into a coach, or­der­ing the man to drive to the Tower wharf, in­tend­ing to throw him­self in­to the ri­ver, and not re­flect­ing that it would be im­poss­i­ble to ac­comp­lish his pur­pose in that pub­lic spot. On ap­proach­ing the wa­ter, he found a por­ter seated upon some goods: he then re­turned to the coach and was con­veyed to his lodg­ings at the Temple. On the way he at­tempt­ed to drink the laud­a­num, but as oft­en as he raised it, a con­vuls­ive agi­ta­tion of his frame pre­vent­ed it from reach­ing his lips; and thus, re­gret­ting the loss of the op­por­tun­i­ty, but un­a­ble to avail him­self of it, he ar­rived, half dead with an­guish, at his apart­ment. He then shut the doors and threw him­self upon the bed with the laud­a­num near him, try­ing to lash himself up to the deed; but a voice within seemed con­stant­ly to for­bid it, and as of­ten as he ex­tend­ed his hand to the poi­son, his fing­ers were con­tract­ed and held back by spasms.

At this time one of the in­mates of the place came in, but he con­cealed his ag­i­ta­tion, and as soon as he was left alone, a change came over him, and so de­test­a­ble did the deed ap­pear, that he threw away the laud­a­num and dashed the vial to pieces. The rest of the day was spent in heavy insensibility, and at night he slept as usual; but on waking at three in the morning, he took his penknife and lay with his weight upon it, the point toward his heart. It was brok­en and would not pen­e­trate. At day break he arose, and pas­sing a strong gar­ter around his neck, fast­ened it to the frame of his bed: this gave way with his weight, but on securing it to the door, he was more successful, and remained suspended till he had lost all consciousness of existence. After a time the garter broke and he fell to the floor, so that his life was saved.; but the conflict had been greater than his reason could endure. He felt for himself a contempt not to be expressed or imagined; whenever he went into the street, it seemed as if every eye flashed upon him with indignation and scorn; he felt as if he had offended God so deep­ly that his guilt could ne­ver be for­giv­en, and his whole heart was filled with tu­mult­u­ous pangs of despair. Mad­ness was not far off, or rather mad­ness was al­ready come.

Af­ter re­cov­er­ing, Cow­per came to real­ize how God can erase the stain of any sin.
-from Cyberhymnal.org.

Your Wedding Headquarters!

Consider this post as your wedding headquarters! It includes all the information you need to make it to Charlie and Denise’s wedding this weekend.

The Bride: Denise
The Groom: Charlie
The Date:
Saturday, November 1
The Time:
4:30 p.m.
The Place: Drakes Creek Baptist Church in Crab Orchard, Kentucky.
What Time to Leave Your House: Probably at least by 3:00 p.m.
Where to read the announcement: click here
Where to buy them a present:Target, Walmart or Bed, Bath & Beyond. (Click on these links to view their registries)!
How to get there: It’s real easy and I’ve even included pictures so you know exactly what to look for!  The happy couple highly recommends carpooling for several reasons a)to make sure there’s enough places for people to park at the church b)to save gas c)to fellowship with one another on the way up!

Directions from Lexington:

  • Take US 27 (Nicholasville Road) South about 30 miles from the intersection of Nicholasville Road and Man O’War. You will pass through the city of Lancaster.
  • Turn Left onto Hwy 39 South (at the Country Diner). You are on the right road if you pass Moss Wholesale Flowers immediately after turning. Drakes Creek Baptist Church is 7.3 miles from this turn, on your right, about 1 mile after entering Lincoln County.
  • Mapquest, Yahoo Maps, etc. show the wrong location for the church.
  • P.S.: Watch out for the Amish! Drakes Creek is in the heart of Amish territory, so be on the lookout for buggies and pedestrians.
  • A printed map is on the front table at church, but I guess it’s a little bit late for that now!

Scripture @ Sunrise 10.30.08

This is what our kids went over last night in their class, but I think it has an excellent message for everyone!

The Short Adult Version: “Being a Christian is like is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then he cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc., and then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”

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This is a longer version:
(Based on Liz Curtis Higgs’ book – for those that do not have the book. The book is so much fun to read though; I recommend getting a copy. Liz has such a special way of writing, and there is such a rhythm to the story. She has also added a Scripture on every page!)
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Today I want to tell you a story. It’s a special story called a ‘parable’. A parable is an earthly story that has a heavenly meaning. In the Bible there are many parables that Jesus told so we could understand His teachings better.

This is a story about a farmer and a pumpkin.

The Farmer lives wa-a-a-a-ay out in the country. On his farm He has a pumpkin patch.

Pumpkins are really special. They start out as small oval seeds that grow into big, orange pumpkins. The farmer plants the seeds, waters, and cares for the pumpkin vines and patiently waits as they grow.

Finally by October there are big, orange pumpkins in his pumpkin patch! Some are tall and lean, some are short and round, and some have bumps and lumps. But they are all pumpkins and all were planted and cared for by the Farmer.

One day the Farmer chose a pumpkin for a special project. [Sarah’s edit: add Ephesians 1:4 and discuss how God chose us!=doctrine of election!] He brings it in from the field and washes it off. You have to be careful with pumpkins; they’re tough on the outside, but if you drop them, they break into pieces!

The Farmer takes a large knife and cuts a hole in the top of the pumpkin. Inside there is yucky, slimy pulp waiting for Him. That has to go! He cleans it all out and throws it away – never to be seen again.

After that He gives the pumpkin a new face! He cuts two triangles for eyes, a square for a nose, and a big, wide smile!

Then He does something really special. He puts a small white candle down inside the pumpkin and lights the wick.

How that pumpkin glows! As people pass by, they see the smiling pumpkin and smile back. They know that once again the Farmer has taken a simple pumpkin and changed it into a glorious sight!

The Meaning of the Parable:

Just like us, all the pumpkins were different. But there was something the same about every one of them – that yucky, slimy pulp on the inside!

The yucky, slimy pulp is like the sin that’s in us. Romans 3:23 says: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” That’s every single one of us.

God has made a way that all our sin can be forgiven and washed away. God even says He’ll cast them as far as the East is from the West. Romans 5:8 says: “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

John 3:16 goes on to say: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

After cleaning out that pumpkin, the Farmer gave the pumpkin a new face! The Bible says God can make us a new creation too.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Then came the really special part. The light was placed inside that pumpkin and it glowed for all to see!

2 Corinthians 4:6 says: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

And Matthew 5:16 says: “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” So we can become like that pumpkin – a glorious sight for others to see the love of Jesus!

A 2004-ish rendition of carved pumpkins from our annual chili supper which is no longer really annual.
A 2004-ish rendition of carved pumpkins from our annual chili supper which is no longer really annual.
A lonely uncarved pumpkin outside the cottage at Henry Clay's home.

A lonely uncarved pumpkin outside the cottage at Henry Clay’s home.

Scripture @ Sunrise 10.29.08

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  -Philippians 4:13

“Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.”
-Corrie ten Boom

Scripture @ Sunrise 10.28.08

“All Your waves and breakers have swept over me.”  -Psalm 42:7

They are HIS waves, whether they break over us,
Hiding His face in smothering spray and foam;
Or smooth and sparkling, spread a path before us,
And to our haven bear us safely home.

They are HIS waves, whether for our sure comfort
He walks across them, stilling all our fear;
Or to our cry there comes no aid nor answer,
And in the lonely silence none is near.

They are HIS waves, whether we are hard-striving
Through tempest-driven waves that never cease,
While deep to deep with turmoil loud is calling;
Or at His word they hush themselves in peace.

They are HIS waves, whether He separates them,
Making us walk dry ground where seas had flowed;
Or lets tumultuous breakers surge about us,
Rushing unchecked across our only road.

They are HIS waves, and He directs us through them;
So He has promised, so His love will do.
Keeping and leading, guiding and upholding,
To His sure harbor, He will bring us through.

Annie Johnson Flint

Stand firmly in the place where your dear Lord has put you, and do your best there.  God sends us trials or tests, and places life before us as a face-to-face opponent.  It is through the pounding of a serious conflict that He expects us to grow strong.  The tree planted where the fierce winds twist its branches and bend its turn, often nearly to the point of breaking, is commonly more firmly rooted than a tree growing in a secluded valley where storms never bring any stress or strain.

The same is true of human life.  The strongest and greatest character is grown through hardship.

Weekly Announcements (October 26-November 2)

LAST UPDATED SUNDAY, October 26

Monday, October 27
Review your notes from yesterday’s messages!

Tuesday, October 28
Men’s Morning Meditations- Men, warm up your chilly fall mornings with God’s Word, fellowship and a cup of coffee at your Pastor’s home from 6:30-8:30 a.m. Come at your convenience!

Wednesday, October 29
7:00 p.m.– We will continue our series on evangelism and the kids will continue studying the book of Mark!

Thursday, October 30
Have you hidden God’s Word in your heart this week?

Friday, October 31
How about that Sunday School Lesson?!?!
Hallow Him!

Saturday, November 1
Have you prepared your heart for worship?

Sunday, November 2
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (John 8)
Devotion: nobody is signed up until January 3, 2010 (Bro. Paul!) Claim it by e-mailing or calling me if you want this Sunday! Thanks!
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (2 Peter 1:19-21)
Ushers: Daniel & Steve G. (alternates: Paul & Roger)
6:00 p.m.
– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 22)
-Finance Committee & Trustees Meeting

Da-Da–Da-Dum
Save the Date! THIS Saturday November 1, come to Denise & Charlie’s wedding! 4:30 p.m. at Drakes Creek Baptist Church in Crab Orchard.  (About an hour away).  Click here for more details. They are registered at Target, Walmart and Bed, Bath & Beyond. (Click on these links to view their registries)!  Watch for a feature post this week!  :o)

...are getting married!!!!
...are getting married!!!!

Missionary of the Month:
Nathan, Carrie & McKenna Radford
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Scripture @ Sunrise 10.27.08

“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”  -2 Peter 1:16

MORNING NOTES

2 Peter 1:16-18
vs. 3-15 – Peter reminds us to diligently add to our faith.

>Look for His Coming because He is coming again (2 Thessalonians; Revelation; Acts 1:10-11)

vs. 1/ch. 3:3-4– Why do people make fun of us looking for Christ’s coming?  They don’t want to be held accountable.

vs. 16– Peter becomes an “apologist.”

-He is not defending the faith on a changed life, subjective experience or inner feeling.

-What is the most sure defense of the Gospel?  Witnesses (vs. 16-18– the apostles / vs. 19-21– prophets of the Old Testament)

Matthew 16:21-17:13 – Alluding to the Second Coming
Think of all the events Peter could have used to defend the faith (walk on water, healings, etc.)
The biggest event to him was The Transfiguration (vs. 17-18)  [Matthew 17:1-13 / Luke 9:28-36]  vs. 4- Peter puts Elijah (represents the prophets) and Moses (represents the law) as equals with Christ.   Vs. 5- God rebukes Peter: It’s not about the law and prophets, it’s about Christ only!  He’s the focal point.
-Our salvation experience is not complete yet.  We have yet to see His full majesty.  (ex.: pregnancy>birth [after joy of birth: don’t focus on pains of labor]

*Do you live your life in such a way that people can tell you’re looking for the coming of Christ?
Acts 13:38- We have much to look forward to!

EVENING NOTES

Exodus 22:1-15
Greed has gripped people.

–         The Word of God deals with the loss of property (that was their wealth).

–         Restitution is required.

Vs. 1-4– Theft …8th Commandment (the civil law is based on the moral law)

-ox= beast of burden; took longer to train than other animals; greater value

vs. 2-3– when thief is caught

vs. 5-6– Negligence: make full restitution (Key: Accountability)

vs. 7-9– Borrowing and Lending

vs 10-13– Borrower is fully responsible.
How to right what’s wrong: double compensation

If they cannot pay back, they are to become their slave (vs. 3)
-God respects life and therefore He respects the life of the thief by demanding restitution.

*How we can live this out:
Luke 19:1-10– Zacchaeus wanted to right his wrongs.
Ephesians 4:28– Give instead of taking.

Main problems of a thief:

-They don’t believe God will provide.

-Greed

-It’s all a problem of the heart.

It takes a heart change.  (Perfect example: The thief who died next to Jesus).

Acts 20:35
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