Scripture @ Sunrise 11.25.08

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  -Psalm 27:14

(from Dayspring Writer Holley Gerth’s blog)

Waiting…

It’s early Monday morning and I’m waiting in the airport to catch a flight to Texas. I tried taking a picture to post here but all I got was an odd-looking fake tree and a few haggard travelers. Mark and I are sharing a large cup of Starbuck’s coffee. I just got lipstick on the rim, which drives him nuts. I had to get up at 5am so I’m feeling grouchy. We’ll be fine by 10.

Another reason I’m feeling grouchy is that waiting seems to bring out that side of me. Are you like that too? I have waited for several “flights” in my life–getting married, finding a job, having kids (still in the airport on that one). I once wrote about that and here’s part of what I said…

Imagine expecting to arrive in Hong Kong and stepping off your plane to discover you’re in Australia instead. That’s exactly what happened to one woman who boarded the wrong plane at the Los Angeles airport. Due to a computer error, no one knew she took another flight. She got on board, found a seat, and didn’t realize her travel plans had drastically changed until the plane landed in a different country.

All of us experience situations in life like the one described above. You think you’re taking the nonstop flight to your dreams, and next thing you know you’re stranded in a strange land you never intended to visit.  You’re not quite sure how you got there, when you’ll be leaving, or what in the world to do in the meantime.

While you may not be where you want to be, you don’t have to be there alone. And whether or not you chose your detour, you can choose to make it a time of healing and growth that changes the rest of your journey…

Has anyone else ever feel like they unexpectedly hopped on that flight to Australia? I have!! While waiting may not be my favorite thing to do, I’ve discovered there can be unexpected blessings in those times. That doesn’t make it easier…but it does help to know God is working to make sure I won’t be boarding the plane empty-handed when the time comes.

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14 NIV

Scripture @ Sunrise 11.24.08

“Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land.” -Exodus 23:30
Isn’t it good to know that God works everything out for my good and His glory in His time.  His ways are so much higher than our ways.

What is it that’s keeping you from TOTAL obedience in your life?
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*Due to a request, I will be posting pictures of my notes from last week’s sermons sometime this week.

Weekly Announcements (November 23-30)

LAST UPDATED TUESDAY, November 25

Monday, November 24
Review your notes from yesterday’s messages!
Happy Birthday to Steve G.!
~Pastor Steve, Ron, Helen, Pastor Parks and the Bratchers leave for BFM Thanksgiving Conference in Michigan.

Tuesday, November 25
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. CANCELLED

Wednesday, November 26
7:00 p.m.– Bro. Wayne will be speaking in our Pastor’s absence.  The kids will continue studying the book of Mark!
~Pastor Steve, Ron, Helen, Pastor Parks and the Bratchers return from BFM Thanksgiving Conference in Michigan.

Thursday, November 27
-Have you hidden God’s Word in your heart this week?
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Friday, November 28
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, November 29
-Do you have your items for the Lexington Rescue Mission ready to bring tomorrow?
-Have you prepared your heart for worship?

Sunday, November 30
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (John 12)
Devotion: Wayne
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (2 Peter 2)
Ushers: Tom & Chandler (alternates: Harry & Donnie)
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 23)

Sunday, December 7
Isaiah 58 Love Offering
Isaiah 58 Meeting after evening service

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

Missionary of the Month:
BFM Thanksgiving Offering


QUESTION for YoU!
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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Links of the Week:

  • Lexington Rescue Mission Fall Newsletter
  • Carolyn McCulley from Radical Womanhood reviews an article printed in the Washington Post about a pro-choice medical student who wanted to become an abortion doctor and changed her mind after researching the field.
  • A much needed prayer in my own life from the Valley of Vision as posted by Tim Challies.
  • Spurgeon on fashion.
  • A news article on the persecution of Iraqi Christians.
  • Last week, CJ Mahaney did a mini-series on his blog about procrastination (note: this link contains other links to his previous posts about procrastination).

Scripture @ Sunrise 11.21.08

“[Christ] is far greater than any king in all the earth. All priase to Him who always loves us and who set us free from our sins by pouring out His lifeblood for us. He has gathered us into His Kingdom and made us priests of God His Father. Give to Him everlasting glory! He rules forever! Amen!” -Revelation 1:5-6

Let Us Love, and Sing, and Wonder
Let us love and sing and wonder,
Let us praise the Savior’s Name!
He has hushed the law’s loud thunder,
He has quenched Mount Sinai’s flame.
He has washed us with His blood,
He has brought us nigh to God.

Let us love the Lord Who bought us,
Pitied us when enemies,
Called us by His grace, and taught us,
Gave us ears and gave us eyes:
He has washed us with His blood,
He presents our souls to God.

Let us sing, though fierce temptation
Threaten hard to bear us down!
For the Lord, our strong Salvation,
Holds in view the conqueror’s crown:
He Who washed us with His blood
Soon will bring us home to God.

Let us wonder; grace and justice
Join and point to mercy’s store;
When through grace in Christ our trust is,
Justice smiles and asks no more:
He Who washed us with His blood
Has secured our way to God.

Let us praise, and join the chorus
Of the saints enthroned on high;
Here they trusted Him before us,
Now their praises fill the sky:
“Thou hast washed us with Your blood;
Thou art worthy, Lamb of God!”

Hark! the Name of Jesus, sounded
Loud, from golden harps above!
Lord, we blush, and are confounded,
Faint our praises, cold our love!
Wash our souls and songs with blood,
For by Thee we come to God.
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Much has been made of John Newton’s move from the slave trade to the church. It was a turnaround that rivaled that of the apostle Paul, and Newton always recognized the depths of sin from which he had come. The “wretch like me” in “Amazing Grace” was no exaggeration. Newton knew that he had sinned greatly; he also knew the greatness of God’s redeeming grace.

This hymn, however, comes from later years, when Newton was a renowned preacher. It is rich with theology and biblical images. Christ has “hushed the Law’s loud thunder,” says Newton, evoking images of Mount Sinai. For centuries the Law stood strong and unkeepable. “You’re not good enough!” it rumbled. But Christ has silenced that rumble with the sweet promise of His own righteousness.

Grace and justice join in Christ, says Newton. Normally these two words don’t belong in the same sentence, but when our trust is in Christ’s righteousness, both are satisfied—“justice smiles and asks no more.”

[from the April 28 entry of “The One Year Book of Hymns“]

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Listen to full traditional version.
Listen to a snippet of Jars of Clay’s version.

Scripture @ Sunrise 11.20.08

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  -2 Corinthians 5:17

Jesus is in the transformation business. He is transforming people like me, like you. Someone wisely said, “Nature forms us, sin deforms us, education informs us, penitentiaries reform us, but Jesus transforms us.”

I think of how Jesus transformed Simon Peter from a blustering, big-mouthed, burly, smelly fisherman into the flaming apostle of Pentecost. I think of how He transformed Mary, who was a demon-possessed harlot, to herald in the resurrection.

One afternoon I got on my knees with a grown man in his forties, put my arms around him, and prayed as he gave his heart to Jesus Christ. He got down on his knees a sinner, got up a saved man on his way to heaven. Why? Because Jesus is in the transformation business. The One that turned water into wine is the One that can change radically, dramatically, and eternally any heart that will come to Him.

from Adrian Rogers’ Daily Treasures: November 3, 2008

For the Glory of God

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