Scripture @ Sunrise 12.9.08

“Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”  -2 Corinthians 4:17

The question is often asked, “Why is human life drenched in so much blood and soaked with so many tears?”  The answer is found in the word “achieving,” for these “momentary troubles are achieving for us” something very precious.  They are teaching us not only the way to victory but, better still, the law of victory—there is a reward for every sorrow, and the sorrow itself produces the reward.  It is the very truth expressed in this dear old hymn, written by Sarah Adams in 1840:

Nearer my God to Thee, nearer to Thee,
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me.

Joy sometimes needs pain to give it birth.  Fanny Crosby was a wonderful American hymn writer who lived from 1820 to 1915 and who wrote more than two thousand hymns.  Yet she could never have written the beautiful words “I shall see Him face to face” if not for the fact that she had never gazed upon green fields, evening sunsets, nor even the twinkle in her mother’s eye.  It was the loss of her own vision that helped her to gain her remarkable spiritual discernment and insight.

It is comforting to know that sorrow stays only for the night and then takes its leave in the morning.  And a thunderstorm is very brief when compared to a long summer day.  Remember, “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).  from Songs in the Night

There is a peace that springs soon after sorrow,
Of hope surrendered, not of hope fulfilled;
A peace that does not look upon tomorrow,
But calmly on the storm that it has stilled.

A peace that lives not now in joy’s excesses,
Nor in the happy life of love secure;
But in the unerring strength the heart possesses,
Of conflicts won while learning to endure.

A peace there is, in sacrifice secluded,
A life subdued, from will and passion free;
It’s not the peace that over Eden brooded,
But that which triumphed in Gethsemane.

(from Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman)

Weekly Announcements (December 7-14)

LAST UPDATED FRIDAY, December 12

Monday, December 8
Review your notes from yesterday’s messages!

Tuesday, December 9
6:30-8:30 a.m.
-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.
Isaiah 58– cancelled

Wednesday, December 10
7:00 p.m.– We will start a new series on “What We Believe.” The kids will continue studying the book of Mark!

Thursday, December 11
-Have you hidden God’s Word in your heart this week?

Friday, December 12
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, December 14
-Have you prepared your heart for worship?

Sunday, December 15
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (John 14)
Devotion: Steve D.
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (2 Peter 3)
Ushers: Harry & Donnie (alternates: Paul & Roger)
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 24)
*Trustees & Finance Committee Meeting after service.

Sunday, December 21
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship
*Special Christmas Fellowship Lunch immediately following service.
*Christmas Service following lunch.
*Evening Service Cancelled

Missionary of the Month:
BFM General Fund

QUESTIONS for You!
-Have you signed up to sing a special for our Christmas service yet? !
-Have you signed up for the Christmas lunch? 
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Links of the Week:

Missionary Update: The Stantons

Dear Friends,

Anita had her last radiation treatment on Tuesday, 5 of December!  She is now healing from the blistering and recuperating from the constant fatigue.  We see the doctors at the end of this month for some final blood work and hopefully dismissal.  We have purchased our tickets to return to Peru for the middle of February.  We are both very anxious to return home.  Please continue to pray for Anita as it will take months in order for her to recuperate her full strength.  Some weekends she is able to travel with me but they usually leave her exhausted and needing to recuperate the following week.  We take things day by day and moment by moment.  Your prayers are still very much appreciated and needed.

During the month of November I had the opportunity to visit churches in Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.  A few of these trips Anita was able to travel with me.  Each church gave us a warm reception and showed great hospitality.  It is always good to see old friends and enjoy the fellowship of our supporting churches.  The Thanksgiving Conference hosted by New Hope Baptist Church of Dearborn Heights, Michigan was a tremendous blessing.  Being able to sit and hear good preaching is such a blessing.  On the mission field I usually preach wherever I go and when in the States I am usually traveling and giving a report each Sunday of the work in Peru.  Conferences are a great opportunity for missionaries to recharge their batteries.  Anita and I are looking forward to two more conferences in Florida during the month of January.   May God bless you for your love and concern for the lost souls of Peru.   Until next month.

In HIM by HIS grace,

Sheridan and Anita Stanton

Scripture @ Sunrise 12.5.08

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!” -Luke 2:13-14

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Charles Wesley, the brother of John Wesley who wrote over 600 songs, wrote “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” in the 1700s. His words were put to the music of Felix Mendelssohn, a Jew, by organist Dr. William Cummings in the nineteenth century. George Whitefield took the liberty to revise some of Wesley’s words. Some of the most beautiful verses filled with precious doctrine written by Wesley have been removed from the versions we sing. Here is Wesley’s original version:

Hark, how all the welkin rings,
“Glory to the King of kings;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”

Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
Universal nature say,
“Christ the Lord is born to-day!”

Christ, by highest Heaven ador’d,
Christ, the everlasting Lord:
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb!

Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see,
Hail the incarnate deity!
Pleased as man with men to appear,
Jesus! Our Immanuel here!

Hail, the heavenly Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings.

Mild He lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth;
Born to give them second birth.

Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conquering seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.

Now display Thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine.

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface;
Stamp Thy image in its place.
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.

Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the life, the inner Man:
O! to all Thyself impart,
Form’d in each believing heart.
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-View all the traditional lyrics.
-Read an article by Mary Dawson that goes even deeper into the story of the meshing of the lyrics and melody.
-Read about George Whitefield changing the words.
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*Another “twist” on Luke 2:13-14. Sovereign Grace has produced a CD of fresh, new Christmas songs (“New Christmas songs? What?! I’ll stick with my old ones.”) Uh-huh…that’s what I said, too…until I bought this CD that has deepened my love for my Savior. Check out “Glory to God in the Highest” on the Savior CD.
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Pray for the Fulfers

The Fulfers, our missionaries to the Philippines who run the Subic Bay Children’s Home, lost their 39-year-old son in a tragic car accident in Pensacola, Fl., last week. Tony Fulfer was the father of three children, the oldest of which has special needs. Read the full article and please keep them in your prayers.

For the Glory of God

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