Archive for April, 2009

April 29, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 4.30.09

“But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.)  By no means! For then how could God judge the world?” -Romans 3:5-6

“Only when we understand God’s wrath toward sin can we realize that we need to be saved from it.  Only when we hear the very bad news that we’re deserving of judgment can we appreciate the very good news that God has provided salvation through His Son.” 

[The Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney, pg. 14-15]

April 29, 2009

Prayer Requests 4.29.09

  • Kim & Shawn (Brenda’s daughter)- financial
  • Dorcie- colon tumor; colonoscopy Tuesday
  • Steve D.- recovering
  • Donnie- spiritual
  • Cheryl
  • Nikki- good days and bad days
  • Jason- praise>Bro. Overbey’s books are now being read on the web: MyBibleIQ.com (site created by Jason!)
  • James- spiritual
  • Barbara- broke 2 fingers
  • Paul- witnessed to Mr. Huff
  • Charles (Paul’s brother)- pray he will visit church
  • Sara N. (Barb’s daughter)- the Lord is working in her life
  • Barb & Sara- traveling to Barb’s dad’s this weekend
  • Ron and Helen- vehicle repair expenses
  • Daniel, Laura & Family- really sick
  • Norris- 2 doctors appointments tomorrow (10:30 & 12/1)
  • Hannah- praise>answered pray for good sleep; discipline to follow dr’s orders
  • Joshua- doctor tomorrow
  • Sherry- pray for her as she goes back to work full-time in a couple of weeks and deals with childcare decisions
  • Randy- uncle passed away; speaking tomorrow at service
  • Kim
  • Lou & Stella
  • John Mark Hatcher & Judy- May 17 will be at NLBC
  • Bratchers
  • Hensleys
April 28, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 4.29.09

“But now, O Lord, You are our Father;
we are the clay, and You are our potter;
we are all the work of Your hand.”  -Isaiah 64:8

The clay pot said, “I feel so useless.”
The Potter said, “I made you for My special purpose.”
The clay pot said, “I am so common looking.”
The Potter said, “It is what you are in My hands that makes you beautiful.”
The clay pot said, “How can I be used, for I have a crack?”
The Potter said, “Cracks may come, but My skillful hands will restore you,
and I will keep you from ever being shattered.”
The clay pot said, “I have nothing to offer!”
The Potter said, “It is what I put within you that will make all the difference.”

[by Roy Lessin of DaySpring]

****Pray for Bro. Norris today.  It is his birthday!  Be sure to give him a call or send  him a card!

April 28, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 4.28.09

It Becomes Mutual

 

I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (2 Corinthians 6:16)

Here is a mutual interest. Each belongs to each. God is the portion of His people, and the chosen people are the portion of their God. The saints find in God their chief possession, and He reckons them to be His peculiar treasure. What a mine of comfort lies in this fact for each believer!

This happy condition of mutual interest leads to mutual consideration. God will always think of His own people, and they will always think of Him. This day my God will perform all things for me; what can I do for Him? My thoughts ought to run toward Him, for He thinketh upon me. Let me make sure that it is so and not be content with merely admitting that so it ought to be.

This, again, leads to mutual fellowship. God dwells in us, and we dwell in Him; He walks with us, and we walk with God….

Oh, for grace to treat the Lord as my God: to trust Him and to serve Him, as His Godhead deserves! Oh, that I could love, worship, adore, and obey Jehovah in spirit and in truth! This is my heart’s desire. When I shall attain to it, I shall have found my heaven. Lord, help me! Be my God in helping me to know Thee as my God, for Jesus’ sake.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

April 26, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 4.27.09

Sunday School | Steve Dawson
Nehemiah 9-13
“And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered to live in Jerusalem.” -Nehemiah 11:2
Are you willing to make any sacrifice for the glory of God? 

Sunday Morning | Steve Wainright
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
-Colossians 3:1-4
*We think the world revolves around us, but it doesn’t—it revolves around the SON. 
*Everything makes sense only when you look at things in light of your relationship with Christ. 
*We are no longer the center of our life…Christ is! 
*The more heavenly minded you are, the more you will have an impact on the world and the people around you.  Only when our minds are focused on Him can we make a difference. 

Sunday Evening | A.J. Hensley
“I will be with you…Be strong and courageous…” -Joshua 1:1-9
Listening to A.J. reminded me a little bit of the life of Nehemiah like we have been studying in Sunday School.  Nehemiah was an ordinary guy who did extraordinary things with God’s hand upon him.  A.J. was an ordinary firefighter whom the Lord is using to do great things to further the kingdom of God in Caraguatatuba, Brazil!

April 26, 2009

Weekly Announcements (April 26-May 3)

LAST UPDATED SUNDAY, April 26
Monday, April 27
-Review your notes from yesterday’s messages!

Tuesday, April 28
6:45-8:00 a.m.
– Men’s Morning Meditations: Where God’s Word and coffee perk you up at your Pastor’s home! 

Wednesday, April 29
7:00 p.m.– We will continue our “What We Believe Series.”  The kids will continue studying the book of Mark. 
-Wishing a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Norris Ritchey today!  Be sure to give him a call or send him a card!

Thursday, April 30
-Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.

Friday, May 1
-Pray specifically for Alfred Joseph, the Jew Wayne had the chance to witness to at the Veteran’s Center Sunday.

Saturday, May 2
-Pray for the services tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship. 

Sunday, May 3
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (Esther)
Devotion: Steve Dawson
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (Colossians 3)
Ushers: Tom Riley & Jason Estes
5:30 p.m.– Little Lifers Kids’ Choir
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 32)

Sunday, May 17
John Mark and Judy Hatcher will join us during our evening service! 

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April 24, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 4.24.09

“You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot…Through Him you have confidence in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”  -1 Peter 1:18-21

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infite mercy,
His child, and forever, I am.

Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
Redeemed, redeemed,
His child, and forever, I am. 
Redeemed and so happy in Jesus,
No language my rapture can tell;
I know that the light of His presence
With me doth continually dwell.

 

I think of my blessed Redeemer,
I think of Him all the day long;
I sing, for I cannot be silent;
His love is the theme of my song.

I know I shall see in His beauty
The King in whose law I delight;
Who lovingly guardeth my footsteps,
And giveth me songs in the night
-Fanny Jane Crosby (1820-1915)

Fanny Crosby didn’t start writing hymns until she was forty, but she made up for lost time.  Only a rare few have matched the number of Christian songs she’s written.  Blinded in infancy because of a doctor’s error, Crosby demonstrates no bitterness in her songs.  We find nothing but joy and longing for the Lord.  “Redeemed and so happy in Jesus” is not just a line that sounds good in a hymn, it’s the story of Crosby’s life.  Blinded to the light of this world, Fanny Crosby had a light shining in her soul. 

Love is another major topic in Crosby’s work.  She regularly marvels at God’s love.  “His love is the theme of my song.”  Only as we come face to face with the overwhelming love of God can we begin to love others fully.  As John says, “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).  And Jesus said that the world would recognize His disciples by the love they had for each other. 

(from The One Year Book of Hymns published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.: April 25 entry)

April 23, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 4.23.09

“Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.”  -Romans 5:9

“Our deliverance from the law is a rescue from its curse and its bondage, and so relates to the two particular functions of justification and sanctification. In both areas we are under grace, not law. For justification we look to the cross, no the law, and for sanctification to the Spirit, not the law. It is only by the Spirit that the law can be fulfilled in us.”

—John Stott, The Message of Romans (Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press,  1994)

April 21, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 4.22.09

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Romans 15:5-6

God has made all things for His glory.  How do we know when we are aiming for God’s glory? 
-When we prefer God’s glory above all things.
-When we are content, God will and should get glory any time, any place- even if it crosses our purpose. 
-When we give a frank confession to sin. 
-When we are fruitful.

[Brief summary of Pastor Richard Westfall’s message from the BFM Spring Conference]

April 20, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 4.21.09

“Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, ‘Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”  -Matthew 13:30

[This is a brief recap of the convicting message John Mark Hatcher, missionary to France, delivered at the 2009 BFM Spring Missions Conference]

Chill out!
Stop judging.  We are not the judges, we are the rescuers.  God did not call us to make everybody stop smoking, drinking, etc., He called us to spread the Good News! 
Drop in!
Jesus dropped us into the dirt.  We are the seeds He has scattered!  How many friends do you have outside of your church?  Drop in the soil.  You never know who God is going to save.  It will be miserable for you in the soil. 
Sprout up and bloom!
Seek to live a life that adorns the Gospel…that attracts people and makes them want what you have.  Be careful not to be tempted while in the soil.  Strengthen your walk with Christ. 
Harvest!
The Lord will gather in those He has redeemed!

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