Scripture @ Sunrise 10.14.08

“The Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises up to show you compassion.”  -Isaiah 30:18

The greenest grass is found wherever the most rain falls.  SO I suppose it is the fog and mist of Ireland that makes it “the Emerald Isle.”  And wherever you find the widespread fog of trouble and the mist of sorrow, you always find emerald green hearts that are full of the beautiful foliage of the comfort and love of God.

Dear Christian, do not say, “Where are all the swallows?  They are all gone—they are dead.”  No, they are not dead.  They have simply skimmed across the deep, blue sea, flying to a faraway land; but they will be back again soon.

Child of God, do not say, “All the flowers are dead—the winter has killed them, so they are gone.”  No!  Although the winter has covered them with a white coat of snow, they will push up their heads again and will be alive very soon.

O believer, do not say that the sun has burned out, just because a cloud has hidden it.  No, it is still there, planning a summer for you; for when it shines again, it will have caused those clouds to have dropped their April showers, each of them a mother to a sweet mayflower.

Above all, remember—when God hides His face from you, do not say that He has forgotten you.  He is simply waiting for a little while to make you love Him more.  And once He comes, you will rejoice with the inexpressible “joy of the Lord” (Nehemiah 8:10).  Waiting on Him exercises your gift of grace and tests your faith.  Therefore continue to wait in hope, for although the promise may linger it, it will never come too late.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

Oh, every year has its winter,
And every year has its rain—
But a day is always coming
When the birds go north again.

When new leaves sprout in the forest,
And grass springs green on the plain,
And tulips boast their blossoms—
And the birds go north again.

Oh, every heart has its sorrow,
And every heart has its pain—
But a day is always coming
When the birds go north again.

It’s the sweetest thing to remember,
If your courage starts to wane,
When the cold, dark days are over—
That the birds go north again.

(from Streams in the Desert by Mrs. L.B. Cowman, October 9 entry)

Scripture @ Sunrise 10.13.08

Summing Up Sunday!

“Therefore, brothers,be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” -2 Peter 1:10-11

Today was another glorious day in the Lord!  The devotion this morning was kind of “up for grabs.”  Wayne and my dad both grabbed it and even had the same thoughts!  (That’s not odd, that’s God!)  It is so true that we often let our possessions possess us…at least I know I do.  I have included a picture of my notes (yes, notes) from this devotion!

The Sunday School lesson today covered a lot of stuff, but I think what I got most out of it was this…Many people question why Jesus did not heal all the people at the pool, but really He did not even have to choose to heal the one man He did.  This ties hand-in-hand with my salvation.  Why in the world did He choose to love me?!

This morning’s message was a great reminder to be diligent in making my calling and election sure.  It’s easy to doubt your salvation when you start wandering off and are not walking as close to the Lord as you should be.

I had a great time with Hannah and my dad on the way to this afternoon’s service in Wilmore at the Veteran’s Center.  Wayne brought an excellent message on Joseph and the providence of God.  (I really wish I had remembered to take my notebook in, but I did not.  Grrr.)  There were 50 people there total.

After a flute lesson and a splendid car ride with my dear Sis. Jennie, I arrived back at church.  What a wonderful surprise to see the Bratchers!  They are sooooo sweet and I admire them so much!  :o)  What a great example of faithfulness to follow: 50 years in Brazil next July!  The sermon tonight focused on being a servant.  Personally, I thought the ear thing was the most interesting because I never realized it is such an important body part of a servant (listen>obey…).  Interesting!

I hope these notes are legible enough to be beneficial!

I love you all bunches!  :o)

Weekly Announcements (October 13-19)

LAST UPDATED SUNDAY, October 12

Monday, October 13
Sunday School Devotion Recommendation: John 6:1-14
Review your notes from yesterday’s messages!

Tuesday, October 14
Sunday School Devotion Recommendation: John 6:15-21
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 from 6:30-8:30 a.m. Come at your convenience!

Wednesday, October 15
Sunday School Devotion Recommendation: John 6:22-31
7:00 p.m.– We will continue our series on evangelism and the kids will continue studying the book of Mark!

Thursday, October 16
Sunday School Devotion Recommendation: John 6:52-65
Have you hidden God’s Word in your heart this week?

Friday, October 17
Sunday School Devotion Recommendation: John 6:66-71

Saturday, October 18
Sunday School Devotion Recommendation: Deuteronomy 8:3
6:00 p.m.- Nursing Home Ministry in Nicholasville (see Bro. Harry?!)
Have you prepared your heart for worship?

Sunday, October 19
Sunday School Devotion Recommendation: 1 Timothy 1:15
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (John 6)
Devotion: nobody is signed up until January 3, 2010 (Bro. Paul!)  Claim it by e-mailing or calling me if you want this Sunday!  Thanks!
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (2 Peter 1:12-?)
Ushers: Jason & Chandler (alternates: Harry & Tom)
6:00 p.m.
– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 21:12-?)

Da-Da-Da-Dum
Save the Date! November 1, you are each cordially invited to Denise & Charlie’s wedding! 4:30 p.m. Click here for more details. Keep in mind that it is in Crab Orchard! They are registered at Target, Walmart and Bed, Bath & Beyond. (Click on these links to view their registries)!

...are getting married!!!!
...are getting married!!!!

Missionary of the Month:
Nathan, Carrie & McKenna Radford
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Links of the Week
None so far.  Let me know if you have one you’d like to share!

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Scripture at Sunrise 10.10.08

“He leadeth me beside still waters, He restoreth my soul.”
Psalm 23:1-3

Our kids learned this song on Wednesday night in their class. With such wonderful words, I had to share it with you! I think of Sugrim every time I hear this song because he was singing it to the top of his lungs one morning while we were there when I was really little. It was actually written by the song of a New Hampshire governor. (Read more about him and the story behind the song below).

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He leadeth me, O blessèd thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
By waters still, over troubled sea,
Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.

Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since ’tis my God that leadeth me.

And when my task on earth is done,
When by Thy grace the vict’ry’s won,
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.
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As a young man who re­cent­ly had been grad­u­at­ed from Brown Un­i­ver­si­ty and New­ton The­o­lo­gic­al In­sti­tu­tion, I was sup­ply­ing for a cou­ple of Sun­days the pul­pit of the First Bap­tist Church in Phil­a­del­phia [Penn­syl­van­ia]. At the mid-week ser­vice, on the 26th of March, 1862, I set out to give the peo­ple an ex­po­si­tion of the Twen­ty-third Psalm, which I had giv­en be­fore on three or four oc­ca­sions, but this time I did not get fur­ther than the words “He Lead­eth Me.” Those words took hold of me as they had ne­ver done be­fore, and I saw them in a sig­ni­fi­cance and won­drous beau­ty of which I had ne­ver dreamed.

It was the dark­est hour of the Ci­vil War. I did not re­fer to that fact-that is, I don’t think I did-but it may sub­con­sciou­sly have led me to real­ize that God’s lead­er­ship is the one sig­nif­i­cant fact in hu­man ex­per­i­ence, that it makes no dif­fer­ence how we are led, or whi­ther we are led, so long as we are sure God is lead­ing us.

At the close of the meet­ing a few of us in the par­lor of my host, good Dea­con Watt­son, kept on talk­ing about the thought which I had em­pha­sized; and then and there, on a blank page of the brief from which I had in­tend­ed to speak, I pen­ciled the hymn, talk­ing and writ­ing at the same time, then hand­ed it to my wife and thought no more about it. She sent it to The Watch­man and Re­flect­or, a pa­per pub­lished in Bos­ton, where it was first print­ed. I did not know un­til 1865 that my hymn had been set to mu­sic by Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry. I went to Ro­ches­ter [New York] to preach as a can­di­date be­fore the Se­cond Bap­tist Church. Go­ing in­to their cha­pel on ar­riv­al in the ci­ty, I picked up a hymn­al to see what they were sing­ing, and opened it at my own hymn, “He Lead­eth Me.”

-Joseph H. Gilmore, author of “He Leadeth Me”

Read more about this hymn and its author at CyberHymnal.

Missionary Update: The Stantons


Dear Friends,
What a blessing it is to be chosen to serve our Lord in such a beautiful country as Peru, South America! Anita and I miss being in the work there and we are very anxious to be able to return home soon. But first we must be sure the Lord has used the doctors to do all they can do to help cure her of the breast cancer that she is being treated for. As you all know she first went through months of chemo therapy, then she had the operation and now she is being prepared for the radiation treatments. We have had a two week setback on the radiation treatments due to a small spot where the incision has not healed as quickly as it normally would have. Thankfully, the place has healed up and now she is to return to the radiologist on Friday the 10th to prepare her for the treatments that will probably begin on Monday the 13th (her birthday!!). But Anita takes it all in stride and continues to maintain a strong faith in the Lord, knowing that HE is in control.

I have been able to travel some this past month and share with a few churches about the work in Peru. Calvary Baptist church of Richmond, Kentucky; Grace Baptist Church of Milford, Ohio; Chapel Hill Baptist Church of Nicholasville, Kentucky were all very gracious hosts and we thank them for giving us the opportunity to share with them about the work in Peru. I was also blessed to be able to participate in two mission’s conferences recently: The First Baptist Church of Science Hill, Kentucky invited me to speak on the 30th and then I spoke five times at the annual mission conference sponsored jointly by the Lake Road Baptist Church of Clio, Michigan and Grace Baptist Church of Holly, Michigan. I had a wonderful time with them all.

Anita and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Sister Elizabeth Crain. When we heard the news a lot of memories flooded back in our minds of how the Crains helped us when we first arrived in Peru twenty-six yeas ago. They taught us some very valuable lessons about how to survive in Peru during those early years. Sister Crain will be missed by many brothers and sisters in Christ, both here and in Peru.

We thank the Lord for each of you, for your prayers during these difficult months and for your faithful support. We hope to be able to see a many of you as possible before returning to Peru. The way things look now we hope to be able to leave around the end of January or some time in February. We need your prayers.

In HIM by HIS grace,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton

sestantonperu [at] hotmail.com
arstantonperu [at] hotmail.com

Scripture at Sunrise 10.9.08

Resolutions by Sinclair Ferguson

(focusing on the book of James)

James 1:5 To ask God for wisdom to speak and with a single mind

James 1:9-10 To boast only in exaltation in Christ, & humiliation in world

James 1:13 To set a watch over my mouth

James 1:19 To be constantly quick to hear, slow to speak

James 2:1-4 To learn the gospel way of speaking to poor and the rich

James 2:12 To speak always in the consciousness of the final judgment

James 2:16 To never stand on anyone’s face with my words

James 3:14 To never claim as reality something I do not experience

James 4:1 To resist quarrelsome words in order to mortify a quarrelsome heart

James 4:11 To never speak evil of another

James 4:13 To never boast in what I will accomplish

James 4:15 To always speak as one subject to the providences of God

James 5:9 To never grumble, knowing that the Judge is at the door

James 5:12 To never allow anything but total integrity in my speech

James 5:13 To speak to God in prayer whenever I suffer

James 5:14 To sing praises to God whenever I am cheerful

James 5:14 To ask for the prayers of others when I am sick

James 5:15 To confess it freely whenever I have failed

James 5:15 To pray with and for one another when I am together with others

James 5:19 To speak words of restoration when I see another wander

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