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

Kids Worship Summary (October 8, 2008)

Kids Worship Summary
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Mark 1:14-20
Jesus Chooses Followers

We learned:

  • —Jesus chose two sets of brothers to follow him: Simon & Andrew and James & John.
  • —They were hard-working fishermen and were not rich or educated, but that did not matter because Jesus cared about what was in their heart.
  • —The fact that the men left everything to follow Jesus shows their great faith.
  • —When a person accepts Christ, they must leave all of their sinful ways and follow Jesus.

We sang:

♪      Work – Ephesians 6:7
♪      He Leadeth Me

♪      Treasures – Matthew 6:20-21
♪      Trust in the Lord – Proverbs 3:5-6
♪      I Will Make You Fishers of Men

Other things to talk and think about:

  • Review the passage.  See how much your child can recall.
    -Where did Jesus go when He began preaching?  Galilee
    -Who were the first two men Jesus called?  Andrew and Simon
    -Who were the next two men Jesus called? James and John
    -What did these men do when Jesus called them?  They left their nets and boats and followed Him.
    -Why did Jesus choose fishermen to follow Him?  He was looking at their hearts and knew they had a lot of faith.
  • Talk to your kids about how Jesus called you as I disciple and how you have followed Him.
  • Emphasize that Christ chose His disciples (1 John 4:19).
  • Key Verse: And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”  (Mark 1:17)

Scripture at Sunrise 10.7.08

“He has given us His very great and precious promises.”

2 Peter 1:4

When a shipbuilder erects a boat, does he do so only to keep it on the scaffolding? No, he builds it to sail the seas and to weather the storms. In fact, if he does not think of strong winds and hurricanes as he builds it, he is a poor shipbuilder.

In the same way, when God made you a believer He meant to test you. And when He gave you promises and asked you to trust them, He made His promises suitable for times of storms and high seas. Do you believe that some of His promises are counterfeit, similar to a life vest that looks good in the store but is of no use in the sea?

We have all seen swords that are beautiful but are useless in war, or shoes made for decoration but not for walking. Yet God’s shoes are made of iron and brass, and we can walk all the way to Heaven in them, without ever wearing them out. And we could swim the Atlantic a thousand times in His life vest, with no fear of ever sinking. His Word of promise is meant to be tried and tested.

There is nothing Christ dislikes more than for His people to publicly profess Him and then not use Him. He loves for us to make use of Him, for His covenant blessings are not simply meant to be looked at but should be appropriated. Our Lord Jesus has been given to us for our present use. Are you making use of Him as you should?

O beloved, I plead with you not to treat God’s promises as something to be displayed in a museum but to use them as everyday sources of comfort. And whenever you have a time of need, trust the Lord. Charles H. Spurgeon

Go to the depths of God’s promise,
And claim whatsoever you will;
The blessing of God will not fail you,
His Word He will surely fulfill.

How can God say no to something He has promised?

[From the August 12 entry of Streams in the Desert by Mrs. L.B. Cowman]

Summing Up Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008

Here are pictures of my notes from yesterday.  I tried typing out the main points and such, but I couldn’t get it to look like what I wanted it to.  So, if for some reason you don’t have any notes from yesterday’s messages to review, I give you these.  But, please do not use these as an excuse not to take notes.  :o)  I can’t imagine not taking notes, but I guess that’s just my personal preference!!!!

Let me know if these are beneficial to you or start some discussion about what the Lord opened your eyes to in the comments below!  Thanks!

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!!!!

For the Glory of God

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