Simplify your life!

So there’s this little application has changed my life over the past few months.  I am a huge google fan anyway, but this is just over the top amazing!  :o)  I just had to share it with you all so you could benefit, too!  GoogleReader compiles all the updates from your favorite blogs into one little place!  You can subscribe to like 100 blogs and rather than clicking on each one to see if it’s updated, you only click on it when you KNOW it’s updated!  It’s great! 

To explain this whole thing to you, John Piper’s son, Abraham, has written a tutorial.  It will take you no more than 5 minutes to do!  And when you do it, be sure to add this blog to your list!  :o) 

I will be more than happy to personally help anyone who wants it!  (And if you don’t have an iGoogle homepage, that’s pretty nifty, too…you can even add the google reader to your igoogle page to simplify your life even more)!  
Picture of my iGoogle page (my google reader is in the center):

Learn how here

I apologize if I’m using jibberish that’s over your head!  Let me know if I am! 

God Answers the Prayers of His People!

Dear Friends and Family,

I had the CT and Bone Scan done yesterday.  All went well, and I also saw the oncology dietitian because I have not been able to regain any appetite after the fourth chemo.  I have been more fatigued this time.  She wants me to consume more protein and calories.  It’s hard because I just have no desire to eat, but I am making a huge effort to do so.  I see the doctor again on Friday and then have my fifth chemo next Tuesday, June 24.

This morning the oncology clinical coordinator called to give me the results of yesterday’s testing.  All was excellent.  Cancer was not found in any other parts of the body.  I had been have abdominal pain this week, but the CT showed that I have diverticulitis and the doctor is ordering the meds necessary for that.  I have not had a case of that for more than 10 years and with the results of the testing, I think that is little to worry about!!!  I am rejoicing in the good report and thank God for His goodness and faithfulness to us.

The report also stated that the tumors are more than 50% smaller than when scanned in March. 

Just wanted to share the good news with you.  We will be traveling to TN this weekend to celebrate the 60th Wedding Anniversary  of Sheridan’s parents.  It will be a good weekend for me since the days just before chemo are my strongest.  It will be nice to spend time with all the family and see everyone again.  Mrs. Stanton is celebrating her 80th birthday this weekend also.

Thanks for your prayers and the many expressions of love and support.  We love you!

Love,
Anita

Spurgeon on Jeremiah 3

I wanted to share with you all something I found the other day while I was studying my Sunday School lesson.  After I had read the text several times, I decided to see if Mr. Spurgeon had anything to say about Jeremiah 3.  Of course, he did!  You can read his sermon on Jeremiah 3:14 here

The interesting thing is that an illustration he used in this sermon is one that C.J. Mahaney quoted in his second message at New Attitude.  It is an excellent reminder of what God has done for us!  It goes hand in hand with not only the Sunday School lesson yesterday, but the two sermons as well!  (a. You can’t have beauty in God’s sight to begin with if you have not experienced His love [1 Peter 3:1-6] and b. it fits with Exodus 34:6-7, too!) 

Now, it is impossible for you to love God without the strong conclusive evidence that God loves you. I once knew a good woman who was the subject of many doubts, and when I got to the bottom of her doubt, it was this: she knew she loved Christ, but she was afraid He did not love her. “Oh!” I said, “that is a doubt that will never trouble me; never, by any possibility, because I am sure of this, that the heart is so naturally corrupt, that love to God could never get there without God first putting it there.” You may rest quite certain, that if you love God, it is a fruit, and not a root. It is the fruit of God’s love to you, and did not get there by the force of any goodness in you. You may conclude, with absolute certainty, that God loves you if you love God. There never was any difficulty on his part. It always was on your part, and now that the difficulty is gone from you there is no more difficulty left. O let our hearts rejoice and be filled with great delight, because the Savior has loved us and given himself for us. So let us realize the truth of the text, “I am your husband.”

 

Isn’t it wonderful to know that “He put it there!”   

 

Weekly Announcements (June 16-22)

Weekly Announcements

Monday, June 16
6:30 p.m.- Christian Counseling Class with Sis. Helen continues.  The topic: Personality Disorders. 
*Pray for Sis. Anita Stanton as she goes to the doctor today for some more scans. 
Tuesday, June 17
6:30-8:30 a.m.- Men’s Morning Meditations.  All men are invited for a devotion and coffee at your pastor’s home.  Come at your convenience! 
Wednesday, June 18
7:00 p.m.- Evening Service.  Evangelism series continues. 
-Kids Class (Jonah 3:10-4:11~Jonah Complains About God’s Compassion)

Saturday, June 21
6:00 p.m.- Nursing Home Ministry: Rose Terrace Lodge in Nicholasville (see Bro. Nick for details)
Sunday, June 22
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School (Jeremiah 7:1-12:17; 2 Kings 24:17-20)
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Peter 3)
2:00 p.m.- Nursing Home Ministry: Thomas Hood Veteran’s Center in Wilmore (see Bro. Wayne for details)
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 19)
*Devotion: ?
*Ushers: Daniel and Steve G. (alternates: Tom and Steve D.)
Sunday, June 29
Bro. Roger will be speaking during the evening service. 
Saturday, June 19
Church Picnic at Macedonia Christian Park
Missionary of the Month
John and Alta Hatcher
Memory Check!!!!
How far along are you in Psalm 119?! 
ESV    KJV    NKJV

I hope you all had a delightful Father’s Day!  Weren’t the services today wonderful.  Hearing three sermons in one day can get to be a little overwhelming!  Thank you, Jason for diligently studying God’s Word that I might see a bigger picture of how God worked in the book of Exodus and how He is working in my life today.  Thank you, Steve D. for diligently studying God’s Word that I might come to love the book of Jeremiah and see the seriousness of sin and holiness, steadfast love, and judgment of God more clearly.  Thank you, Dad, well…for being the greatest dad ever, and for being so many other things, too.  Thank you for being a diligent student of the Word of God, hard-working, optimistic, full of joy, compassionate, a caring pastor, a caring dad, a people-person, and an excellent listener.  Thanks for exuding God’s love, for increasing my desire to glorify God, and for always setting a godly example.  I love you bunches!  :o) 

Keep an eye out this week for a Spurgeon quote that goes hand in hand with all the messages today, monthly manna the pastor’s family table [for real!], prayer requests, missionary updates, videos, and hopefully more!  :o) 

I love you all!  Jeremiah 3:14

A faithful man finds an excellent wife…by God’s great grace!

An excellent wife who can find?  She is far more precious than jewels. 
(Proverbs 31:10)

Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?
(Proverbs 20:6)

Two of the above have found one another by God’s grace.  Congratulations on your engagement, Charlie and Denise!  Let us be faithful in praying for them as they prepare to be united to one another in marriage.  Pray that during this time their love for God will grow as well as their love for one another. 

We love you!  :o) 

Am I a Soldier of the Cross? (or am I just a sojourner on the earth?)

I sat down a few minutes ago to play through a few songs on the piano.  I enjoy just sitting down and playing through old hymnals.  The last song I played was one that John Piper quoted in his T4G message this year.  The second verse will still not get out of my head…it is a very haunting thought. 
Well, I came to check my e-mail and my GoogleReader, only to find a blogpost that fits very well with those words I’ve been pondering. 

Ray Ortlund just posted this today:

“Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:3

Timothy was Paul’s son in the Lord. Paul called him “my child” (2 Timothy 2:1). How did this spiritual father raise his fine young son? Not for ease, but for hardship. And Timothy was ready to face the future, come what may.

Paul looked his beloved child right in the eyes and said, “This world is mobilized in total war against the Lord Jesus. Look around you. You see the brutality everywhere. This is why. But our Savior is committed to an all-out campaign of liberation, and we are in his army now. He will deploy you in battle. You will suffer. Don’t run from it. Accept it. When this war is finally over and we all go home, we will live on with no regrets. We will live forever with the satisfaction of having fought in the greatest conflict in the universe, and we didn’t turn tail and run. We followed orders and pleased our Commander (2 Timothy 2:4). He will be so pleased to pin those medals on your chest. He will be so pleased to toast you at his victory banquet. Think about it, son.”

On this Father’s Day, may all Christian fathers say to their sons and daughters the things that must be said, to raise up the next generation of steady, rugged, joyful soldiers for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Here is the song I played.  

 

Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His Name?

Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?

Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord.
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.

Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.

When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of victory through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.

(You can hear the song here). 

Prayer Requests (June 11)

Prayer Requests from Wednesday, June 11

  • Kevin, Saprina, & Alexis- flood damage; insurance will cover
  • Dorcie- cancer
  • Tommy and Jed G. (Cheryl’s friends)- visiting and sick in Philippines
  • Nannie (Cheryl)- not doing well
  • Kristin C. (Cheryl)- on bedrest
  • Jason- preaching Sunday night
  • Jennie- poison ivy
  • Sarah C.- eye infection…pray antibiotics will work
  • Tom- work situation
  • Daniel- MRI Friday…possible herniated disc; job
  • Harry- skin cancer removed July 25
  • Sherry’s mom- trailer damaged from storm; no electricity; pray insurance will cover and that her eyes would be opened to the Lord
  • Randy’s brothers, especially Rodley in North Carolina
  • Pam’s dad- memory worse
  • Amanda M. (Lydia’s niece)- cochlear implant Friday
  • The Stantons
  • The Andersons- gas=$7/gallon; food 2x or 3x ^
  • Pray for the seeds that have been planted and watered this week in people’s lives.  Pray more seeds would be planted and watered this week. 

For the Glory of God

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