Scripture @ Sunrise 1.29.09

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”  -Psalm 19:14

This is the verse of the day that popped into my Reader today and just happens to be my all-time favorite verse.  May my words and thoughts always be acceptable in the sight of my Savior.  (Philippians 4:8)

Scripture @ Sunrise 1.28.09

Snow & Ice…has Isaiah 1:18 entered your mind? 
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.”  -Isaiah 1:18

Before all this messy weather came through (but isn’t it pretty?!), I was sitting in my car Sunday night before my flute lesson as snow was quickly falling.  I couldn’t help but think of that verse and how my nasty, dirty sins were washed as WHITE as the snow that was falling!  Oh, I was excited!  Do you ever have one of those moments?!  And to top it all off, I was listening to There is a Fountain from my T4G CD.  Wow…it was heavenly! 

Then, comes Tuesday.  My phone rang at 5:55 a.m. with a recorded message telling me I had to go to class at 11 a.m.  Thanks, people.  So I slid to class.  Not once.  Twice.  Of course, the only classes that were mandantory yesterday were the times that I had class.  But, to be honest, I really kind of had fun out there sliding around, pretending to be Kristi Yamaguchi doing triple axels outside the Journalism Building. 

So, my dear siblings in Christ, I leave you with a slideshow of Wainrights’ Icecapades 2009: Day 1. 

I realize many of you are without power.  Oh my goodness, how I wish you were at my house right now.  I want to show you hospitality.  I don’t know if it would be worth risking life and limb to get here, but just remember you’re always welcome.  :o)

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Scripture @ Sunrise 1.27.09

“A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.”  -I Corinthians 11:28-29

A Prayer for the Lord’s Supper from the Valley of Vision
God of all good,
I bless thee for the means of grace;
teach me to see in them thy loving purposes
and the joy and strength of my soul.

Thou hast prepared for me a feast;
and though I am unworthy to sit down as guest,
I wholly rest on the merits of Jesus,
and hide myself beneath his righteousness;
When I hear his tender invitation
and see his wondrous grace,
I cannot hesitate, but must come to thee in love.

By thy spirit enliven my faith rightly to discern
and spiritually to apprehend the Saviour.
While I gaze upon the emblems of my Saviour’s death,
may I ponder why he died, and hear him say,
‘I gave my life to purchase yours,
presented myself an offering to expiate your sin,
shed my blood to blot out your guilt,
opened my side to make you clean,
endured your curses to set you free,
bore your condemnation to satisfy divine justice.’

Oh may I rightly grasp the breadth and length of this design,
draw near, obey, extend the hand,
take the bread, receive the cup,
eat and drink, testify before all men
that I do for myself, gladly, in faith,
reverence and love, receive my Lord,
to be my life, strength, nourishment, joy, delight.

In the supper I remember his eternal love,
boundless grace, infinite compassion,
agony, cross, redemption,
and receive assurance of pardon, adoption, life, glory.
As the outward elements nourish my body,
so may thy indwelling Spirit invigorate my soul,
until that day when I hunger and thirst no more,
and sit with Jesus at his heavenly feast.
[via: Tim Challies]

Scripture @ Sunrise 1.26.09

Wow, what a day!  Where do I even start?!  I was once again humbled by the mercies of God, which is always good!  I guess I’ll just give you a little morsel of what I learned today from each message I heard.  Ok, so you know it was a really good day when even have to include the devotion!  :o) 

DEVOTION by Roger Harden on Romans 1
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.  For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.”  -Romans 1:18-19
His devotion reminded me of some of my newest favorite song lyrics: Before the Throne of God Above.

SUNDAY SCHOOL by Steve Dawson
But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.” -John 17:13
Don’t ask me how I picked one verse out of this chapter.  I don’t know.  What stuck out to me in this verse is part of our joy comes from thinking about all the promises of John 17!

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE by Bro. Harold Bratcher, missionary to Brazil
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…” -Philippians 2:7 (be sure to read the rest!)
This passage is always breathtaking to me and there is just too much to write about. 

SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE by Wayne Sparks
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”  -Hebrews 10:24-25  (Read all the passages Wayne read.)
What an encouragement Bro. Wayne was to me tonight.  He definitely practiced what he preached.  A few of those questions to ask yourself:
*Have you provoked someone? 
*Have you considered someone?  (remember considerate is opposite of inconsiderate)
*Have you considered everyone? 
*Have you exhorted anyone?
*Have you urged anyone in their walk with the Lord?
*Have you forsaken anyone? 

What a great way to start the week, people!  :o)

Weekly Announcements (January 25-February 1)

LAST UPDATED SUNDAY, January 25

Monday, January 26
Review your notes from yesterday’s messages!
Happy Birthday to Helen! 

Tuesday, January 27
6:45-8:00 a.m.
-Men’s Morning Meditations: Where God’s Word and coffee perk you up!  Men, warm up your chilly winter mornings with God’s Word, fellowship and a cup of coffee at your Pastor’s home.
Have you examined yourself to partake of the Lord’s Supper tomorrow night? 

Wednesday, January 28
7:00 p.m.
– Continuing our “What We Believe” series, we will be studying “The Lord’s Supper” this week.  The kids will also learn about the Lord’s Supper from the book of Mark before coming out to watch. 
*We will be observing the Lord’s Supper.*

Thursday, January 29
-Have you hidden God’s Word in your heart this week?

Friday, January 30
How about that Sunday School Lesson?!?!
-Have you collected any recycling items (newspapers, cardboard, office paper, ink cartridges, cell phones, etc.) to donate to the Lexington Rescue Mission (to provide medical needs)?

Saturday, January 31
-Have you prepared your heart for worship?

Sunday, February 1
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (John 18)
Devotion: Steve Dawson
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (Colossians)
Ushers: Norris Ritchey & Jason Estes (alternates: Tom Riley & Roger Harden)
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 27)

Missionary of the Month:

BFM General Fund
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Links of the Week:

Prayer Requests (from Wednesday, Jan. 21)

  • John- out, woman in Mt. Sterling
  • Bakers
  • Kim (Brenda’s daughter)- tests yesterday; still not well
  • Gene (Steve D.’s dad)- went home yesterday
  • Donnie- filling in at mission, but hours cut back
  • Daphne (Jason’s sister)- PrAiSe!  Subbing in schools
  • Matt C.’s cousin’s family (Jason’s friend)- 16 year-old cousin died on a church ski trip unexpectedly (had leukemia and did not know it, as a result, his spleen swelled and burst)
  • Alicia B. (Barb’s daughter Sara’s friend)- problems
  • Barb’s lawyer thinking about coming to church!
  • Barb’s uncle passed away (pray for her dad and cousin)
  • Helen- cold
  • Louise- flu
  • Caleb- tests
  • Debbie- recovering [call Pam if you want to provide a meal]
  • Johnny T. (Pam’s uncle)- dying of lung cancer; is a Christian
  • Beth (Pam and Randy’s daughter)- dr. Thursday; wisdom
  • Harry- dr. appt. on 29th, awaiting test results
  • Mrs. Young
  • Jimmy (Kim’s brother)- not much hope
  • Bruce Q. (Denise)- in ICU; pelvis hurt
  • Job situations
  • Have you prayed for one another spiritually this week?  See Colossians 1.