Archive for January, 2009

January 31, 2009

Your Icecapade Pictures

Did you snap a picture during the icecapades of ’09?  Why don’t you share some with us!  We’d love to see pictures to remind us how the Lord blessed us through this beautiful, messy weather! 
E-mail it to your church secretary at nlbclex [at] gmail.com.

January 29, 2009

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)

January 28, 2009

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)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Icecapades 2009: Day 1“, posted with vodpod
January 26, 2009

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]

January 26, 2009

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)

January 25, 2009

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:

January 22, 2009

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. 
January 22, 2009

Scripture @ Sunrise 1.22.09

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”  -Matthew 13:45
“The redeemed have all their objective good in God. God himself is the great good which they are brought to the possession and enjoyment of by redemption. He is the highest good, and the sum of all that good which Christ purchased. God is the inheritance of the saints; he is the portion of their souls. God is their wealth and treasure, their food, their Life, their dwelling- place, their ornament and diadem, and their everlasting honour and glory. They have none in heaven but God; he is the great good which the redeemed are received to at death, and which they are to rise to at the end of the world. The Lord God is the light of the heavenly Jerusalem; and is the “river of the water of life ” that runs, and “the tree of life that grows, in the midst of the paradise of God.” The glorious excellencies and beauty of God will be what will for ever entertain the minds of the saints, and the love of God will be their everlasting feast. The redeemed will indeed enjoy other things; they will enjoy the angels, and will enjoy one another; but that which they shall enjoy in the angels, or each other, or in any thing else whatsoever that will yield them delight and happiness, will be what shall be seen of God in them.”

-Jonathan Edwards, God Glorified in Man’s Dependence

January 21, 2009

Scripture @ Sunrise 1.21.09

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” -Isaiah 6:3

“God’s love is his holiness reaching out to sinners; grace is but the price that his love pays to his holiness; the cross is but its victory over sin and death; and faith is but the way in which we bring our worship to him who is holy.”
– David F. Wells, The Courage to be Protestant (Grand Rapids, Mi.: Eerdmans, 2008), 130.

[HT: Of First Importance]

January 20, 2009

Mohler’s Prayer for our new President

A Prayer for President Obama

Our Father, Lord of all creation, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:  We pray today with a sense of special urgency and responsibility.  We come before you to pray for our new President, Barack Obama, and for all those in this new administration who now assume roles of such high responsibility.

We know that you and you alone are sovereign; that you rule over all, and that you alone are able to keep and defend us.  We know that our times are in your hands, and that “the king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord” [Proverbs 21:1].  Our confidence is in you and in you alone.  We come before you as a people who acknowledge our constant need for your provision, wisdom, and protection.

Father, we pray today for Barack Obama as he takes office as President of the United States.  We pray that you will show the glory of your name in our times and in these days, confounding the wisdom of the wise, thwarting the plans of the arrogant, and vindicating those who do justice and practice righteousness.

Father, we pray with thanksgiving for the gift of government and the grace of civic order.  Thank you for giving us rulers and for knowing our need for laws and ordered life together.  Thank you for this nation and the blessings we know as its citizens.  Thank you for freedoms unprecedented in human history.  We understand that these freedoms come with unprecedented opportunities.

Lord, we pray with thanksgiving for the joy and celebration reflected on millions of faces who never expected to look to the President of the United States and see a person who looks like themselves.  Father, thank you for preserving this nation to the moment when an African-American citizen will take the oath of office and become our President.  Thank you for the hope this has given to so many, the pride emerging in hearts that had known no such hope, and the pride that comes to a people who have experienced such pain at the hands of fellow citizens, simply because of the color of their skin.  Father, we rejoice in every elderly face that reflects such long-sought satisfaction and in every young face that expresses such unrestrained joy.  May this become an open door for a vision of race and human dignity that reflects your glory in our differences, and not our corruption of your gift.

Father, protect this president, we pray.  We pray that you will surround this president and his family, along with all our leaders, with your protection and sustenance.  May he be protected from evil acts and evil intentions, and may his family be protected from all evil and harm.

We pray that the Obama family will be drawn together as they move into the White House, and that they will know great joy in their family life.  We are thankful for the example Barack and Michelle Obama have set as parents.  Father, protect those precious girls in every way — including the protection of their hearts as they see their father often criticized and as he is away from them on business of state.  May their years in the White House bring them all even closer together.

Father, we pray for the safety and security of this nation, even as our new president settles into his role as Commander in Chief.  We know that you and you alone can be our defense.  We do not place our trust in horses or chariots, and we pray that you will give this president wisdom as he fulfills this vital responsibility.

Father, grant him wisdom in every dimension of his vast responsibility.  Grant him wisdom to deal with a global financial crisis and with the swirling complex of vexing problems and challenges at home and abroad.  May he inspire this nation to a higher vision for our common life together, to a higher standard of justice, righteousness, unity, and the tasks of citizenship.

Father, we pray that you will change this president’s heart and mind on issues of urgent concern.  We are so thankful for his gifts and talents, for his intellect and power of influence.  Father, bend his heart to see the dignity and sanctity of every single human life, from the moment of conception until natural death.  Father, lead him to see abortion, not as a matter of misconstrued rights, but as a murderous violation of the right to life.  May he come to see every aborted life as a violation of human dignity and every abortion as an abhorrent blight upon this nation’s moral witness.  May he pledge himself to protect every human life at every stage of development.  He has declared himself as an energetic defender of abortion rights, and we fear that his election will lead directly to the deaths of countless unborn human beings.  Protect us from this unspeakable evil, we pray.   Most urgently, we pray that you will bring the reign of abortion to an end, even as you are the defender of the defenseless.

Father, may this new president see that human dignity is undermined when human embryos are destroyed in the name of medical progress, and may he see marriage as an institution that is vital to the very survival of civilization.  May he protect all that is right and good.  Father, change his heart where it must be changed, and give him resolve where his heart is right before you.

Father, when we face hard days ahead — when we find ourselves required by conscience to oppose this president within the bounds of our roles as citizens — may we be granted your guidance to do so with a proper spirit, with a proper demeanor, and with persuasive arguments.  May we learn anew how to confront without demonizing, and to oppose without abandoning hope.

Father, we are aware that our future is in your hands, and we are fully aware that you and you alone will judge the nations.  Much responsibility is now invested in President Barack Obama, and much will be required.  May we, as Christian citizens, also fulfill what you would require of us.  Even as we pray for you to protect this president and change his heart, we also pray that your church will be protected and that you will conform our hearts to your perfect will.

Father, we pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, the ever-reigning once and future King, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  He and he alone can save, and his kingdom is forever.  Above all, may your great name be praised.  Amen.

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Christians are, first of all, citizens of a heavenly kingdom.  The followers of Christ know no allegiance of ultimate rank to any government or earthly authority.  Yet, the Bible clearly teaches that God has given us the gifts of law, government, and ruling authorities for our good.  We are instructed to pray for “rulers and all who have authority” and to be faithful in praying “so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God” [1 Timothy 2:2].

As Barack Obama prepares to take the oath of office and become the 44th President of the United States, Christians should be thinking about how to pray for the new President.  I offer this prayer as a place to start, as we observe the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States together. 

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