Scripture at Sunrise

So this isn’t exactly at sunrise, but give me your suggestions for a title for daily devotions!

What’s It All About?

It’s about the painting, not the frame; it’s about the treasure, not the vessel; it’s about His truth, not our opinions; it’s about His glory, not our looks; it’s about His love, not our niceness; it’s about His purpose, not our plans; it’s about His kingdom, not our agenda; it’s about His reign, not our rights; it’s about His life, not our efforts. It’s about Jesus!

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, 2 Corinthians 4:6-7

By Roy Lessin [from his 10.04.2008 blogpost]

Weekly Announcements (October 5-12)

LAST UPDATED SUNDAY, October 5

Monday, October 6
Sunday School Devotion Recommendation: John 5:1-16
Review your notes from yesterday’s messages!

Tuesday, October 7
Sunday School Devotion Recommendation: John 5:25-29
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 8
Sunday School Devotion Recommendation: John 5:41-47
7:00 p.m.– We will continue our series on evangelism and the kids will finally begin a new series after three weeks of review!9

Thursday, October 9
Sunday School Devotion Recommendation: Revelation 21:22-23
Have you hidden God’s Word in your heart this week?

Friday, October 10
Sunday School Devotion Recommendation: 2 Timothy 4:1

Saturday, October 11
Sunday School Devotion Recommendation: 1 John 5:11-13
Have you prepared your heart for worship?

Sunday, October 12
Sunday School Devotion Recommendation: Isaiah 42:5-8
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (John 5)
Devotion: John (next week: nobody…please sign up!)
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (2 Peter 1:5-?)
Ushers: Donnie & John (alternates: Jason & Chandler)
6:00 p.m.
– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 20:22-26?)
-Meeting after evening service for those involved with Isaiah 58.
****Love offering for mission in Nancy, Kentucky.****

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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Summing Up Sunday
Watch for a new post that I am doing this week that will have pictures of my notes. I tried typing them out and I just couldn’t convey the message like I wanted to.

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Links of the Week: (more to come!)

  • Last fall, I interviewed Holley Gerth, a lady who writes greeting cards for Dayspring. I just recently discovered her blog, Heart to Heart with Holley. She had a very touching post on there the other day that I am sure will give you chills!
  • Updates on William (Laura’s Prayer Requests) can now be followed here.
  • Go here to try to win a new ESV Study Bible! And try here next if you are really trying hard to get a free one. As for me, I pre-ordered mine way back in June from Crossway and I can’t wait until next week!!!!

Scripture at Sunrise 10.5.08

So this isn’t exactly at sunrise, but give me your suggestions for a title for daily devotions!

What’s It All About?

It’s about the painting, not the frame; it’s about the treasure, not the vessel; it’s about His truth, not our opinions; it’s about His glory, not our looks; it’s about His love, not our niceness; it’s about His purpose, not our plans; it’s about His kingdom, not our agenda; it’s about His reign, not our rights; it’s about His life, not our efforts. It’s about Jesus!

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, 2 Corinthians 4:6-7

By Roy Lessin [from his 10.04.2008 blogpost]

Update on Willie (Laura’s Prayer Request)

This is what his father, my friend, just posted on our message board. I cannot thank you guys enough for unselfishly adding him to prayer chains or just praying yourself. Means the world to me, and to K. Lee (the dad).

Hello all,
Things are looking up a little. I like to say things are always looking up.
The good news? He has fought through his most dangerous phase, and for now should survive.
The unknown? Willie could exist for the rest of his days on a spectrum between a vegetative state to only slightly diminished over his previous beautiful self. He will have lost some eyesight, from left of center to his left peripheral vision due to a stroke in the right rear occiput of his brain. The good news is there is little danger of further stroke or damage to the surrounding area. We would love to have our old Willie back with a little vision problem.
We will not know for some time what Willie’s longterm quality of life will be b cause the extent of permanent brain damage is unknown. And there is still the possibilty he will be unable to survive without mechanical means. We will cross that bridge if we come to it. The next hurdle for him is control over his esophagus — involuntary things like swallowing, clearing of fluid, etc. If he can’t do that, he will need a respirator to stay alive.
Thank you for all the prayers, kind thoughts and positive energy.
I do believe it is helping.

So thank you. Keep the prayers coming. This looks a lot brighter than it did yesterday when they were talking worst-case scenario.

It’s Official!

Denise and Charlie are getting married…it’s official because it’s been posted in Lincoln County’s newspaper!  Check out the announcement here

Something I kept meaning to post but never did:

Directions from Lexington:

  • Take US 27 (Nicholasville Road) South about 30 miles from the intersection of Nicholasville Road and Man O’War. You will pass through the city of Lancaster.
  • Turn Left onto Hwy 39 South (at the Country Diner). You are on the right road if you pass Moss Wholesale Flowers immediately after turning. Drakes Creek Baptist Church is 7.3 miles from this turn, on your right, about 1 mile after entering Lincoln County.
  • Mapquest, Yahoo Maps, etc. show the wrong location for the church.
  • P.S.: Watch out for the Amish! Drakes Creek is in the heart of Amish territory, so be on the lookout for buggies and pedestrians.
  • A printed map is on the front table at church.

The wedding will be at 4:30 on Saturday, November 1 at Drakes Creek Baptist Church. 

Yay!  We love you!  :o)  ❤

Prayer Requests (from October 1)

Prayer Requests (from Wed., Oct. 1)

  • Mary (Brenda’s sister)- not expected to live through the weekend.  Pray for Mrs. Goodpaster and Brenda, especially.
  • Donnie- vehicle situation (he’s a pro-hitchhiker now!)
  • Laura, Daniel, & Kids- sick
  • Jim C. (Ryan & Sarah’s grandpa)- heart surgery; doing better than expected
  • Sherry- traveling to dad’s this weekend (traveling mercies); congested
  • Roger- traveling to Indiana Thursday
  • Nick- revival at Waddy Baptist Church Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Steve D.- permanent position at hospital on night shift; has to decide whether he wants or not by next week
  • Kathrine C. (Cheryl’s niece in Philippines)- under observation for kidney infection
  • Julie S.’s mom and mother-in-law- both in hospital
  • Tommy- making baby steps!
  • Robert (Barb’s brother)- head shaking
  • Kenny- Doctor Appointment Thursday for weight loss surgery
  • Paul & Barb!  :o)
  • Kim- church in Frankfort helping Eric quit using alcohol; Madison- court date Thursday
  • Helen- health; job changes
  • Ron- ankle
  • Please also be sure to read the update I posted earlier about William
  • Seeds planted at Isaiah 58

Prayer Request Update

This is an update on William, the little boy Laura requested prayer for on Monday. She doesn’t think anyone in his immediate family or circle of friends is a Christian. Please continue to pray for William and his family. Thanks!

First Update: from Wednesday Morning
The 5-year-old son suffered a severe head injury in a 25-foot fall Sunday afternoon/evening. He is in critical condition, and the next 24 hours are the riskiest. Following is an e-mail he sent to the staff on Sept.30.

“Everyone, William, 5, is still in the pediatric ICU at CCMC. The next 36 hours are the most grave. He has a 1 in 3 chance of survival at this point. It is much too early to make any guesses as to long-term quality of life, but there have been positive signs in recent hours. He is in a stage 6 coma, up from a 5 yesterday. 3 is the worst, 15 the best. He has massive brain trauma, and a portion of his skull was removed to leave room for swelling and relieve pressure. The removed bone was implanted near his stomach so it can be removed and replaced as still-living tissue should he make it that far.

The nature of his injuries have actually served to help him survive this long. The multiple fractures to his cranium allowed his brain to swell without the kind of pressure that would have killed him. Remarkably, there are no other injuries of note and he is able to move all his extremities. We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern, well-wishes and offers of support. We may need more later, but for now, my mother, my wife’s father and my sister are here and trying to keep our 6-year-old son on a routine.”

I went and visited William today. His head is severely swollen, but his numbers apparently were good. He had no other injuries aside from one broken vertebra. It’s a miracle he’s alive, but we’re hoping for at least one more miracle.

Please, any prayers, positive thoughts, well wishes etc. that you could afford to this beautiful child and his family would be appreciated by them and me.

Second Update: from Wednesday afternoon
I have a terrible update. Looking at the latest CAT scan, they think Willie had a stroke. They’re now preparing for the worst-case scenario, which is a persistent vegetative state.

I’m still hoping for a miracle.

*I apologize for not posting this sooner.

For the Glory of God

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