Scripture @ Sunrise 12.1.08

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith.”  -Romans 3:23-25b

I wish I could convey how compelling last night’s message was through my notes, but it is nearly impossible.  I hope it was recorded because it was very refreshing, encouraging and stimulated a renewed sense of gratitude in my heart for the blood of Christ.

Notes from Exodus 24:1-8
-God belongs to His people and His people belong to Him.
-This is the confirmation of the covenant.
vs. 1-2– Standards put in place.  Moses is the mediator between God and man & ran up and down the mountain many times.  We must approach God on His terms and by His standards.  (1 Timothy 2:5)
*Whole purpose of Him calling them out of Egypt: Worship (that is the purpose of our redemption as well).
vs. 3– words=laws (Exodus 21/Book of the Covenant)
vs. 4– first recording of God’s words
vs. 7– read it twice (We must have the Word to worship)
vs. 3– automatic response: “We’ll do it.”
vs. 7– Do it and obey/vow to do it
*There should be a desire to do what God says.  (ex: David made mistakes, but he had the desire to serve the Lord)
vs. 4-6– Covenant sealed with blood (quickly)
Covenant=had to be cutting
The Blood: because of it, sins were forgiven
The Altar: symbolizes God
The Sprinkling of Blood: propitiation/satisfaction/appeasement
Romans 3:24-26
vs. 8
– God made the covenant (He initiated it, showing His sovereignty)
*God has redeemed us by His blood.  (>Call to worship; justifies, reconciles, cleanses) Ephesians 1:7
Revelation 1:5
loves=linear; ongoing | washed=punctiliar; once for all
Hebrews 9:12-28– purged our conscience from dead works!
Matthew 26
Hebrews 13:20
– blood of the everlasting covenant (=Father, Son, & Holy Spirit figured it out for us)
*He is our hope!

Weekly Announcements (November 30-December 7)


Monday, December 1
Review your notes from yesterday’s messages!
Happy Birthday to Crystal!

Tuesday, December 2
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, December 3
7:00 p.m.– We will continue our series on evangelism.  The kids will continue studying the book of Mark!
Happy Birthday to Danny!

Thursday, December 4
-Have you hidden God’s Word in your heart this week?

Friday, December 5
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, December 6
-Have you prepared your heart for worship?

Sunday, December 7
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (John 13)
Devotion: Steve D.
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (2 Peter 3)
Ushers: Steve G. & Chandler (alternates: Harry & Donnie)
*Isaiah 58 Love Offering
2:00 p.m.– Veteran’s Center in Wilmore (note: today is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor)
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 24)
*Isaiah 58 Meeting after evening service.

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

Missionary of the Month:
BFM Thanksgiving Offering

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:

Thanksgiving Links

I have come across a cornucopia of interesting links in celebration of Thanksgiving.  I just have to share them with you all!

Scripture @ Sunrise 11.26.08

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”  -Matthew 5:6

“If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation for the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.”  -John Piper (A Hunger for God, p. 23)

A Challenge for Women

Nicki from Titus2Talk posted this yesterday and it was a very encouraging, convicting, necessary and important list of 16 challenges for women compiled John Piper.  I pray you will take this list to heart…print it out…ask each other about it…encourage one another with it…see how you can implement some of these principles in your life.

A friend reminded me by email this morning of something I read a while ago – John Piper’s Challenge to Women. Read it, better still, print it off and stick it in a place where you’ll continually be able to revisit and be challenged by it. Here are Piper’s 16 challenges:

  1. That all of your life—in whatever calling—be devoted to the glory of God.
  2. That the promises of Christ be trusted so fully that peace and joy and strength fill your soul to overflowing.
  3. That this fullness of God overflow in daily acts of love so that people might see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in heaven.
  4. That you be women of the Book, who love and study and obey the Bible in every area of its teaching. That meditation on Biblical truth be the source of hope and faith. And that you continue to grow in understanding through all the chapters of your life, never thinking that study and growth are only for others.
  5. That you be women of prayer, so that the Word of God would open to you; and the power of faith and holiness would descend upon you; and your spiritual influence would increase at home and at church and in the world.
  6. That you be women who have a deep grasp of the sovereign grace of God undergirding all these spiritual processes, that you be deep thinkers about the doctrines of grace, and even deeper lovers and believers of these things.
  7. That you be totally committed to ministry, whatever your specific role, that you not fritter your time away on soaps or ladies magazines or aimless hobbies, any more than men should fritter theirs away on excessive sports or aimless diddling in the garage. That you redeem the time for Christ and his Kingdom.
  8. That, if you are single, you exploit your singleness to the full in devotion to Christ and not be paralyzed by the desire to be married.
  9. That, if you are married, you creatively and intelligently and sincerely support the leadership of your husband as deeply as obedience to Christ will allow; that you encourage him in his God-appointed role as head; that you influence him spiritually primarily through your fearless tranquility and holiness and prayer.
  10. That, if you have children, you accept responsibility with your husband (or alone if necessary) to raise up children who hope in the triumph of God, sharing with him the teaching and discipline of the children, and giving to the children that special nurturing touch and care that you are uniquely fitted to give.
  11. That you not assume that secular employment is a greater challenge or a better use of your life than the countless opportunities of service and witness in the home the neighborhood, the community, the church, and the world. That you not only pose the question: Career vs. full time mom? But that you ask as seriously: Full time career vs. freedom for ministry? That you ask: Which would be greater for the Kingdom— to be in the employ of someone telling you what to do to make his business prosper, or to be God’s free agent dreaming your own dream about how your time and your home and your creativity could make God’s business prosper? And that in all this you make your choices not on the basis of secular trends or yuppie lifestyle expectations, but on the basis of what will strengthen the family and advance the cause of Christ.
  12. That you step back and (with your husband, if you are married) plan the various forms of your life’s ministry in chapters. Chapters are divided by various things—age, strength, singleness, marriage, employment choices, children at home, children in college, grandchildren, retirement, etc. No chapter has all the joys. Finite life is a series of tradeoffs. Finding God’s will, and living for the glory of Christ to the full in every chapter is what makes it a success, not whether it reads like somebody else’s chapter or whether it has in it what chapter five will have.
  13. That you develop a wartime mentality and lifestyle; that you never forget that life is short, that billions of people hang in the balance of heaven and hell every day, that the love of money is spiritual suicide, that the goals of upward mobility (nicer clothes, cars, houses, vacations, food, hobbies) are a poor and dangerous substitute for the goals of living for Christ with all your might, and maximizing your joy in ministry to people’s needs.
  14. That in all your relationships with men you seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in applying the Biblical vision of manhood and womanhood; that you develop a style and demeanor that does justice to the unique role God has given to man to feel responsible for gracious leadership in relation to women—a leadership which involves elements of protection and care and initiative. That you think creatively and with cultural sensitivity (just as he must do) in shaping the style and setting the tone of your interaction with men.
  15. That you see Biblical guidelines for what is appropriate and inappropriate for men and women in relation to each other not as arbitrary constraints on freedom but as wise and gracious prescriptions for how to discover the true freedom of God’s ideal of complementarity. That you not measure your potential by the few roles withheld but by the countless roles offered. That you turn off the TV and Radio and think about…
  • The awesome significance of motherhood
  • Complementing a man’s life as his wife
  • Ministries to the handicapped
    • hearing impaired
    • blind
    • lame
    • retarded
  • Ministries to the sick:
    • nursing
    • physician
    • hospice care—cancer, AIDS, etc.
    • community health
  • Ministries to the socially estranged:
    • emotionally impaired
    • recovering alcoholics
    • recovering drug users
    • escaping prostitutes
    • abused children, women
    • runaways, problem children
    • orphans
  • Prison ministries:
    • women’s prisons!
    • families of prisoners
    • rehabilitation to society
  • Ministries to youth:
    • teaching
    • sponsoring
    • open houses and recreation
    • outings and trips
    • counseling
    • academic assistance
  • Sports ministries:
    • neighborhood teams
    • church teams
  • Therapeutic counseling:
    • independent
    • church based
    • institutional
  • Audio visual ministries:
    • composition
    • design
    • production
    • distribution
  • Writing ministries:
    • free lance
    • curriculum development
    • fiction
    • non-fiction
    • editing
    • institutional communications
    • journalistic skills for publications
  • Teaching ministries:
    • Sunday school: children, youth, students, women
    • grade school
    • high school
    • college
  • Music ministries:
    • composition
    • training
    • performance
    • voice
    • choir
    • instrumentalist
  • Evangelistic ministries:
    • personal witnessing
    • Inter Varsity
    • Campus Crusade
    • Navigators
    • Home Bible Studies
    • outreach to children
    • Visitation teams
    • Counseling at meetings
    • Billy Graham phone bank
  • Radio and TV ministries:
    • technical assistance
    • writing
    • announcing
    • producing
  • Theater and drama ministries:
    • acting
    • directing
    • writing
    • scheduling
  • Social ministries:
    • literacy
    • pro-life
    • pro-decency
    • housing
    • safety
    • beautification
  • Pastoral care assistance:
    • visitation
    • newcomer welcoming and assistance
    • hospitality
    • food and clothing and transportation
  • Prayer ministries:
    • praying!!!
    • mobilizing for major Concerts of Prayer
    • helping with small groups of prayer
    • coordinating prayer chains
    • promoting prayer days and weeks and vigils
  • Missions:
    • all of the above across cultures
  • Support ministries:
    • countless jobs that undergird major ministries

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)


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?





*Due to a request, I will be posting pictures of my notes from last week’s sermons sometime this week.

For the Glory of God

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