Weekly Announcements (November 9-16)

LAST UPDATED SUNDAY, November 9

Monday, November 10
Review your notes from yesterday’s messages!

Tuesday, November 11
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, November 12
7:00 p.m.– We will continue our series on evangelism and the kids will continue studying the book of Mark!

Thursday, November 13
Have you hidden God’s Word in your heart this week?

Friday, November 14
How about that Sunday School Lesson?!?!

Saturday, November 15
Have you prepared your heart for worship?

Sunday, November 16
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (John 10)
Devotion: Paul J.
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (2 Peter 2)
Ushers: Donnie & Harry (alternates: Jason & Chandler)
2:00 p.m.UK Band Spectacular at Singletary Center for the Arts …You are welcome to come hear what Sarah and Sarah have been up to four days a week for the past three months. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids/students/seniors.
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 23)

Missionary of the Month:
BFM Thanksgiving Offering
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Links of the Week

Scripture @ Sunrise 11.10.08

Summing Up Sunday: November 9, 2008

“And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.”  -2 Peter 2:2

Remember, Mondays on the blog are a time to reflect on what you heard Sunday.

The point that really stuck with me from yesterday morning was that you identify error best by getting a grasp on the truth.  But…there was so much more.  So I leave you with my notes.  I hope they’re somewhat legible and a nice reminder of what you heard yesterday.

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Missionary Update: The Stantons

November 6, 2008

Dear Friends,
October went by rather quickly for Anita and me. I started the month off preaching in a Missions Conference in Michigan. I spoke five times during the twenty-third annual mission’s conference hosted jointly by the Lake Road Baptist Church of Clio and the Grace Baptist Church of Holly. Chapel Hill Baptist Church of Nicholasville, Kentucky invited me for their services on the Sunday the 12th. The 26th Anita was able to go with me to Ohio and visit the Grace Baptist Church of Fairborn and the Morning Star Baptist Church of Westchester. We thank all of these churches for their gracious hospitality manifested to us.

Anita had another birthday on the 13th and then started her radiation treatments on the 20th. She now has a radiation treatment every Monday through Friday for six weeks. As I write this letter she has completed two and half weeks and has three and half more to go. She seems to be coping with these treatments very well. Her sense of humor has not diminished! The main side effects of the radiation are fatigue and skin irritation in the radiated area. The Lord willing we should be done with the radiation around the end of November. We thank all of you for your continued prayers, letters and cards.

Most of the workers from Peru keep in touch each month and each of them has given a good report. We are still trying to help the new work in Oxapampa with funds to purchase some property where they can build a permanent meeting house. Of the $9000.00 needed we have received $1500.00, leaving us a balance of $7500.00 still to fund. Brother Carlos Gonzales is the pastor of this new work and is doing an outstanding job. If any of you would like to help with this project please mark your donations as Stanton-Oxapampa project. 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 11.07.08

:For You are my rock and my fortress; and for Your Name’s sake You lead me and guide me.”  -Psalm 31:3

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

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A CD of all the music from the T4G conference in April will be released in December.  This is the sample song they have already released.  Chills!  :o)  Do you hear any of our men in that group?!?!
LISTEN (and get goosebumps)!

Missionary Update: The Radfords

Dear praying friends,              November 3, 2008

Another month has come and passed so quickly, and we thank the Lord so much for His faithfulness to us here in Kenya. Please continue to pray for us, that the Lord would give us the grace, strength, and direction we need for each day in the ministry.

We are now in the process of many cultural adjustments, but we are taking one day at a time and doing our best to adjust to living in Kenya, as it is much different from America. Cultural change is one of the hardest aspects of being a missionary, and we would appreciate your prayers. We know the Lord will help us in this area. Psalm 121:1-2 says “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.” Please pray for us, in the ministry here in Kenya, and also for our cultural adjustments.  Please also continue to pray for the health of McKenna, as she is only around 6 months old and still will need additional immunizations, etc. We will keep you updated on the ministries here each month.

As Thanksgiving is approaching, I recently had an experience that truly made me thankful and to dwell on the blessings of the Lord. Psalm 103:2 says “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.”  This past month, I was able to visit Kibera, a world famous slum area in Nairobi. Many famous people have visited the slum, including former President Carter and Bill Gates. A visit to this area would make anyone more grateful for what the Lord has given and provided. Here is some general information about this area.

Kibera is considered one of the biggest slums in the world. (around 1 million people) I have been told it is the second largest slum on the continent of Africa.  10% of people are shack owners and many of these people own many other shacks and sub-let them.  The average size of shack in this area is 12ft x 12ft built with mud walls, screened with concrete, a corrugated tin roof, dirt or concrete floor. The cost for rent is about Ksh 700 per Month. (around 10 US dollars) These shacks often house up to 8 or more, with many sleeping on the floor. Only about 20% of Kibera has electricity. There are over 50,000 orphans in Kibera.

I  have attached a photo that I took of Kibera this past month. I left Kibera with a greater awareness of God’s goodness to me and His provision. Psalm 68:19a says ” Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loadeth us with benefits…” May we ever be mindful of how much the Lord has blessed us, and how much we have to be thankful for. As we enter this month of the holiday of Thanksgiving, may we truly remember to thank the Lord for all He has done for us.

Please pray for us, as the elections in the United States are tomorrow. We know the Lord is in control of all things, and we trust Him to keep us safe. Please pray for the other missionaries and their safety as well, as the outcome is very near. God bless you all and have a great upcoming holiday with your families.

In Kenya,

Nathan and Carrie Radford
naterad [at] yahoo.com
kibera-slum

Scripture @ Sunrise 11.06.08

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.”  -Psalm 28:7

“Ready for some good news? . . .

Jesus Christ is stronger!

Stronger than my fears about the future or my shame over a past that cannot be altered though I wish so much I could do some things differently.

Stronger than my tired prayers with well-worn phrases and weary pleas.

Stronger than my need to know now, and have the trial terminated.

Stronger than the enemy of my soul who would discourage me with my own failings and disillusion me with the faults of others.

Such a simple truth—Jesus Christ is Stronger.Stronger than what,’ you ask? Stronger than whatever would cause you doubt or discouragement today.”

—James McDonald, “Jesus Christ is Stronger”

(HT: Tim Challies)

Prayer Requests 11.05.08

Prayer Requests

  • Sally R. (relative of Mrs. Young [Harry’s landlady])- broke her hip; in hospital; basically tired of living (in her 90s)
  • Tom- witness to Mormon girl at work
  • Johnny- guy Paul witnessed to and works around a lot
  • Eric, Kim & Madison- going for appeal soon
  • Sara N. (Barb’s daughter)- laid off work Friday
  • Chandler- sick with stomach bug
  • John F.’s mom (Donnie)- hit by car Monday; broke ribs and arms
  • Caleb- sick
  • Tommy- issues at school
  • Jenna- Doctor’s appointment Thursday
  • Ron- sore throat
  • John- jail; pray the Lord will continue shaping him into His image
  • The Feck Family- son Kyle died in a car accident Saturday (graduated with Sarah); read about it here
  • Kim (Brenda’s daughter)- job situation; sell something
  • Shawn (Brenda’s son-in-law)- stomach problems today
  • Leona (Brenda’s neighbor)- in hospital with e-coli
  • Jerry P. (Brenda’s brother-in-law)- Mary’s husband; very sad
  • Leslie- work; unspokens
  • David C. (Kenny)- back to Iraq around March; 16 year old son ran away from home
  • Our Country and its leaders

For the Glory of God

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