Scripture at Sunrise 2.27.09

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”  -Lamentations 3:22

In honor of our 12th anniversary this coming Monday, I thought this song was very fitting because it is so true! 
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Great is Thy Faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
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Story Behind the Song
Thomas Obadiah Chisolm (1866-1960) had a difficult early adult life. His health was so fragile that there were periods of time when he was confined to bed, unable to work. Between bouts of illness he would have to push himself to put in extra hours at various jobs in order to make ends meet.

After coming to Christ at age 27, Thomas found great comfort in the Scriptures, and in the fact that God was faithful to be his strength in time of illness and weakness, and to provide his needs. Lamentations 3:22-23 was one of his favorite scriptures: “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”

While away from home on a missions trip, Thomas often wrote to one of his good friends, William Runyan, a relatively unknown musician. Several poems were exchanged in these letters. Runyan found one of Williams’ poems so moving that he decided to compose a musical score to accompany the lyrics. Great is Thy Faithfulness was published in 1923.

For several years ,the hymn got very little recognition, until it was discovered by a Moody Bible Institute professor who loved it so much and requested it sung so often at chapel services, that the song became the unofficial theme song of the college.

It was not until 1945 when George Beverly Shea began to sing Great is Thy Faithfulness at the Billy Graham evangelistic crusades, that the hymn was heard around the world.

Thomas Chisolm died in 1960 at age 94. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 1,200 poems and hymns including O To Be Like Thee and Living for Jesus. 

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 89:1)
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One of my new favorite groups: Selah.

Scripture at Sunrise 2.26.09

I found this nifty new site called “Fighter Verses: Wielding God’s Word All Week.”  I hope you check it out and even implement some of the suggestions they are giving.  Here is one of their posts from earlier this week. 

Why memorize Scripture? Most of us aren’t getting our Bible’s stolen or confiscated (yet). In fact, this day in age, with the internet and iPhones, Scripture is more accessible than ever!

Well, I can still think of at least five reasons why it’s best to have the Bible in your head (and not just your pocket):

1) You can meditate on Scripture at any time, whether you’re behind the steering wheel, waiting on the bus, turning the treadmill, or cooking dinner. You always have something profitable to think over, rather than just leaving your mind open to entertain less worthy thoughts.

2) You’re always ready to share godly wisdom, whether you’re chatting online, talking on the phone, writing a letter, or conversing over coffee. Sure, you can flip open your Bible and scan for a verse, but how much more would God’s word be on our tongues if it was already on our hearts and minds!

3) You can pray for yourself and others with the Word of God. You don’t have to fumble around your head trying to think of something to say, but you can recall God’s promises and apply them directly to the situation at hand. In my experience, praying Scripture adds much power, confidence and comfort to prayer.

4) You are better prepared for evangelism. I think most of us are scared to share our faith because we’re never sure about what to say. We don’t want to misrepresent the gospel, nor do we want to come across as pushers of our own opinions. But if we have Scripture in our mouths we can appeal to its message and its authority, rather than our own. We can let God’s word do the talking and the persuading, while we simply remain His messengers.

5) Your Bible study is richly enhanced. Scripture has expressions and themes that connect all over the place, and you will notice these better in your reading if you remember what has been said elsewhere. For example: last night in small group we noticed while discussing Proverbs 3:11-12 that the word “despise” occurred just two weeks ago in our 1 Timothy 4:12 fighterverse. Is there a relationship between “do not despise the Lord’s discipline” and “let no one despise you for your youth”? Questions like this, which help us gain a better understanding of Scripture, are the fruit of memorization.

Can you think of other ways to use a FighterVerse?

Prayer Requests 2.25.09

Prayer Requests from 2.25.09

  • Dorcie Cole
  • Scott (Steve Dawson’s brother)- stage 3B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; starts chemo Monday
  • Donnie Depew- sick; out of church a lot lately due to work and travel
  • Nikki’s mom- gallbladder tests tomorrow; salvation of whole family
  • James Florence
  • Crystal Grimes- possible strep throat; dr. today
  • Roger Harden- preaching Sunday night; pray for him as he prepares
  • Paul & Barb- praises!  Their circumstances are the same, but God is faithful and is changing their attitudes; Paul talking to his boss about the Lord more
  • Vanover Family (Randy Thomas’  sister-in-law’s sister; Becky Ritchey’s friend)- lost son and daughter within a week of one another
  • Harry- praise!  they think they got all the cancer; the stomach meds helped, too and he is having no trouble eating! 
  • Sherry- possible job andvancement opportunity
  • Wayne’s family
  • Kristin- a lot of hard decisions; had to find another place to live
  • Hannah- praise!  growing in the Lord; the Lord is helping her with problems; cold
  • Randy’s cousin Bernard (Baptist Pastor in McKee)- open heart surgery today in London
  • Pam Kidd- realtor Cindy works with who lost her mom unexpectedly today; Pam is 36 and is expecting her first baby
  • Risha Copland (Cindy’s niece)- marital problems
  • Bonnie Kaye (Lydia’s cousin)- broken shoulder; quick recovery
  • Judy Naylor (former member)- hernia surgery yesterday; spiritual
  • June- quintuple bypass surgery

Scripture at Sunrise 2.25.09

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  -Romans 12:2

“The doctrines of the gospel are meant to mould us so that our lives begin to ’set’ in the likeness of Christ. We have made little or no impression upon the world, for the very reason that the gospel doctrine has made a correspondingly slight impression upon us. It cannot be overemphasized that men and women who have accomplished anything in God’s strength have always done so on the basis of their grasp of truth.”

– Sincalir Ferguson, The Christian Life (Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth Trust, 1981), 8-9.
[via Of First Importance]

Scripture at Sunrise 2.24.09

Truly Living the Christian Life

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”  -Colossians 3:17

The sign over the church door where I attended as a boy read, “The Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silent.” I mistakenly took that to mean that I had just entered the holy temple and had better start acting religious.

We are the temple of God, not a building made of brick and mortar. Wherever we go, whatever we do, we are to be doing all in the name of Jesus.

The secular is to be sanctified so that Jesus will be glorified in everything. Because He lives in you, every day is a holy day, not just Sundays. The spiritual life is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all eternity.

Have you ever had a home appraised? Get a trusted friend or loved one to give you an appraisal of the home where the Holy Spirit dwells — you! Are there areas that need repair, restoration, or removal?

[by Adrian Rogers of Love Worth Finding]