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.

Scripture @ Sunrise 12.2.08

“…perfect through suffering.”  -Hebrews 2:10

Steel is the product of iron plus fire.  Soil is rock plus heat and the crushing of glaciers.  Linen is flax plus the water that cleans it, the comb that separates it, the flail that pounds it, and the shuttle that weaves it.  In the same way, the development of human character requires a plus attached to it, for great character is made not through luxurious living but through suffering.  And the world does not forget people of great character.

I once heard the story of a mother who brought a crippled boy with a hunched back into her home as a companion for her own son.  She warned her son to be very careful not to refer to the other boy’s deformity as this was a sensitive matter to him.  And she encouraged him to play with his new friend as if he were a normal child.  But after listening to her son play with him for a few minutes, she heard him ask his companion, “Do you know what that is on your back?”  The crippled boy was embarrassed, hesitated a moment, but before he could respond, his friend answered the question for him by saying, “It is the bos that holds your wings, and someday God is going to break it open, and you will fly away to be an angel.”

Someday God is going to reveal this fact to every Christian: the very things they now rebel against are the instruments He has used to perfect their character and to mold them into perfection, so they may later be used as polished stones in His heaven yet to come.  –Cortland Myers

Suffering is a wonderful fertilizer for the roots of character.  The great objective of this life is character, for it is the only thing we can carry with us into eternity.  And gaining as much of the highest character possible is the purpose of our trials.  –Austin Phelps

The mountain of vision is won by no other road than the one covered with thorns.

(from Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman: December 2 entry)

Scripture @ Sunrise 12.1.08

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith.”  -Romans 3:23-25b

I wish I could convey how compelling last night’s message was through my notes, but it is nearly impossible.  I hope it was recorded because it was very refreshing, encouraging and stimulated a renewed sense of gratitude in my heart for the blood of Christ.

Notes from Exodus 24:1-8
-God belongs to His people and His people belong to Him.
-This is the confirmation of the covenant.
vs. 1-2– Standards put in place.  Moses is the mediator between God and man & ran up and down the mountain many times.  We must approach God on His terms and by His standards.  (1 Timothy 2:5)
*Whole purpose of Him calling them out of Egypt: Worship (that is the purpose of our redemption as well).
vs. 3– words=laws (Exodus 21/Book of the Covenant)
vs. 4– first recording of God’s words
vs. 7– read it twice (We must have the Word to worship)
vs. 3– automatic response: “We’ll do it.”
vs. 7– Do it and obey/vow to do it
*There should be a desire to do what God says.  (ex: David made mistakes, but he had the desire to serve the Lord)
vs. 4-6– Covenant sealed with blood (quickly)
Covenant=had to be cutting
The Blood: because of it, sins were forgiven
The Altar: symbolizes God
The Sprinkling of Blood: propitiation/satisfaction/appeasement
Romans 3:24-26
vs. 8
– God made the covenant (He initiated it, showing His sovereignty)
*God has redeemed us by His blood.  (>Call to worship; justifies, reconciles, cleanses) Ephesians 1:7
Revelation 1:5
loves=linear; ongoing | washed=punctiliar; once for all
Hebrews 9:12-28– purged our conscience from dead works!
Matthew 26
Hebrews 13:20
– blood of the everlasting covenant (=Father, Son, & Holy Spirit figured it out for us)
*He is our hope!

Weekly Announcements (November 30-December 7)


Monday, December 1
Review your notes from yesterday’s messages!
Happy Birthday to Crystal!

Tuesday, December 2
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.

Wednesday, December 3
7:00 p.m.– We will continue our series on evangelism.  The kids will continue studying the book of Mark!
Happy Birthday to Danny!

Thursday, December 4
-Have you hidden God’s Word in your heart this week?

Friday, December 5
How about that Sunday School Lesson?!?!
-Have you collected any recycling items (cardboard, office paper, ink cartridges, cell phones, etc.) to donate to the Lexington Rescue Mission (to provide medical needs)?

Saturday, December 6
-Have you prepared your heart for worship?

Sunday, December 7
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (John 13)
Devotion: Steve D.
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (2 Peter 3)
Ushers: Steve G. & Chandler (alternates: Harry & Donnie)
*Isaiah 58 Love Offering
2:00 p.m.– Veteran’s Center in Wilmore (note: today is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor)
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 24)
*Isaiah 58 Meeting after evening service.

Tuesday, December 9
6:30 p.m.– Isaiah 58 Ministry

Missionary of the Month:
BFM Thanksgiving Offering

Do you know anybody in their late teens or twenties? Invite them to our College and Careers Sunday School Class or tell Steve Dawson!
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