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Scripture at Sunrise 01.03.2022

“Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.” -1 Peter 1:10-12

“Our salvation is so much bigger and better than what we see of it.” -Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Morning Sermon from 1 Peter 1:10-12)

Scripture at Sunrise 8.25.09

“I will feed My flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.”  -Ezekiel 34:15

Under the divine shepherdry saints are fed to the full. Theirs is not a windy, unsatisfying mess of mere human “thought,” but the Lord feeds them upon the solid, substantial truth of divine revelation. There is real nutriment for the soul in Scripture brought home to the heart by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself is the true life-sustaining Food of believers. Here our Great Shepherd promises that such sacred nourishment shall be given us by His own self. If, on the Lord’s Day, our earthly shepherd is empty-handed, the Lord is not.

When filled with holy truth the mind rests. Those whom Jehovah feeds are at peace. No dog shall worry them, no wolf shall devour them, no restless propensities shall disturb them. They shall lie down and digest the food which they have enjoyed. The doctrines of grace are not only sustaining but consoling: in them we have the means for building up and lying down. If preachers do not give us rest, let us look to the Lord for it.

This day may the Lord cause us to feed in the pastures of the Word and make us to lie down in them. May no folly and no worry but meditation and peace mark this day.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, August 25 entry]

Scripture at Sunrise 6.15.09

 Sunday School | 1 Peter 1:13-25 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“…so that your faith and hope are in God.”  –1 Peter 1:21
hope= a Christian attitude toward the future, trusting in what God will do tomorrow
faith= believing fully that He has done all things He promised in the past
>Read Romans 4:13-25 in connection with this passage!

Sunday Morning Worship | Colossians 3:16 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  –Colossians 3:16
-Worship should be in every aspect of your life, not just on Sunday morning. 
-Saturate yourself in the Word of Christ. 
-If we present our bodies as an act of worship (Romans 12:1), the Word of Christ MUST dwell in us richly. 
-Ephesians 5:18-20- Emphasis in worship is the Spirit of God, to be filled of the Spirit and empty of self.  Be filled with the Spirit and with the Word!
-The biggest problem in worship is self.  Worship is focused on Jesus Christ.  It all revolves around HIM! 
-God’s Word gives a different outlook on life. 
-Don’t just know it, but let it dwell in you richly.  Christ is a part of you.  He dwells in you richly. 
*Get in the Word.  Get the Word in you.  Get to know Him through His Word. 
-It’s how often the Word has been through you, not how many times have you been through the Word!
-wisdom=having knowledge and being able to put it into practice (applying knowledge)
-As you do all this, teach, admonish, sing. 
-Truth to a tune sticks. 
-Express the Word with your singing. 
When you’re mumbly, grumbly, depressed…SING!  Give Thanks!  You can’t stay that way! 
-If you can’t give thanks or sing, you’re not letting the Word dwell in you richly. 
*Do you read, study, memorize your Bible?  If not, you are being disobedient and bringing shame to Christ’s Name. 
*Worship in every aspect of your life. 

Sunday Evening Worship | Exodus 33:12-23 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  -John 1:14
-God lets us in on His conversation with Moses in the Tent of Meeting. 
-Moses pleads his case with God’s promises.  Base your prayers on the promises of God…you will be sure to line up with God’s will. 
Moses wanted to know the WAY of God, not just His WORKS.  (Psalm 103:7)
-We can know the ways of God through the Word of God.  (Colossians 3:16, John 17:3, Philippians 3:8)
-Typeology: Moses as mediator (Christ is our mediator); vs. 17- God answers Moses’ request based on His love for Moses…the same is true in our life. 
-Moses wanted to see God’s glory. 
-To know Christ is to know God.  (John 14:8)
-Do you desire to know Him more? 
-He reveals Himself through His Word as you desire that.  (Colossians 3:16)
-The more you learn of Him, the more you love Him.

Scripture at Sunrise 3.16.09

Another wonderful day in the Lord at NLBC!  I tried to summarize my notes, but it was really hard because I’m on spring break and my brain is definitely not in summarize mode. 

Sunday School by Randy Thomas (Ezra 7-8)
 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of our fathers, who put such a thing as this into the heart of the king, to beautify the house of the Lord that is in Jerusalem, and who extended to me his steadfast love before the king and his counselors, and before all the king’s mighty officers. I took courage, for the hand of the Lord my God was on me, and I gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me.”  -Ezra 7:27-28

  • Ezra, a man of God, student of God’s Word and scribe, recognizes the hand of God upon his life and realizes it was all of the grace of God. 
  • He only knew of the homeland through the Word of God. 
  • The hand of the Lord gives him credit (seen throughout Ezra 7-8).
  • Ezra’s Lineage: Priestly (one of the neatest things to note here is that one of his ancestors was Hilkiah, the priest who found the books of the Lord during Josiah’s reign…2 Kings 22:8)
  • Pray for a heart to study and a desire to obey.  (Ezra 7:10)
  • Ezra was on a long, dangerous journey, traveling 800-900 miles to Jerusalem in 4 months with $31-million worth of jewels and 7 tons of gold and silver. 
  • Ezra was a humble man of prayer who relied on his faith and knew his blessings came from God. 
  • Do what you can with what you’ve got where you are and God will bless that. 

Sunday Morning Pastor Steve Wainright (Colossians 2:1-5)
“…to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge…”  -Colossians 2:2b-3

  • conflict=struggle=agon (same word as in Colossians 1:29), like an athlete training
  • Do we struggle for others in our church? 
  • Passion for people never met…spiritual bond; weighted down=compassion=burdened.  (vs. 1)
  • Struggling and agonizing in PRAYER.  (as seen in Colossians 4:12, laboring fervently=agonizomai)
  • Paul lived and breathed prayerfully and was constantly in prayer for these believers. 
  • How would your life change if you were constantly in prayer? 
  • A great heart opens their heart to others, which presents a greater possibility to get hurt, but an even greater possibility to experience great joy. 
  • vs. 2-3: What Paul is praying for the believers. 
  • The key to a fruit-filled, Christ-honoring, bubbling-over-with-joy life is to grow in the knowledge of Christ. 
  • Focus on Christ. 
  • Don’t isolate yourselves: fellowship is needed. 
  • parakaleo=others come alongside; share burden; encouraged; KNIT TOGETHER=not caught by false doctrine
  • “in love”- experiential knowledge
  • We share the love of Christ when we minister to one another and pray for one another. 
  • understanding=putting together all the facts in such a way that assuring truths can  drawn: begins with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
  • If you lack assurance, meditate on the Gospel. 
  • In whom or what are you trusting?  Is there proof in your life that you are saved?  (Read 1 John)
  • When you experience salvation, you grow in knowledge of Him and become satisfied in Him. 
  • vs. 3: fullness of satisfaction=in Christ  (Is it well with your soul?) 
  • vs. 4: reason for Paul writing this: so they won’t be drawn away with enticing words
  • Follow hard after Christ! 

Sunday Evening Pastor Steve Wainright (Exodus 29:22-46)
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.  So glorify God in your body.”  -1 Corinthians 6:19-20

  • God provided for His priest through His people. 
  • vs. 35-37: Priest killed a bull every day.  Why?  Because of sin.  Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin. 
  • The Jews have no altar today because the Temple was destroyed.  That means they have no sacrifice and therefore no atonement. 
  • vs. 38-42: Priestly Duties: offer a lamb in the morning; offer a lamb at night
  • Ephesians 5:2- Christ=fragrant offering; sacrifice
  • vs. 43-46: Detail because God had to consecrate where He was going to dwell with His people because He wanted to reveal His glory. 
  • All this points to Christ.
  • Exodus 6>Exodus 29
  • 1 Corinthians 3:16-17- I am a temple. 
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20- purchased, cleansed, Holy Spirit dwells…Why?  To show forth His glory.  (The very same reason seen in Exodus 29). 
  • If it’s questionable, don’t do it.  (Romans 12:1-2)

Missionary Update: The Radfords in Kenya

Dear praying friends,              January 6, 2009

We hope this update finds you each doing well and busy in service for our Lord. It is hard to believe that 2008 has come and gone. May we truly make the best use of the time that God gives us, and be good stewards of the ministry opportunities that God provides. This update will share current ministry opportunities as well as prayer requests.

This past month, we did a lot of praying in regards to the ministries in Kenya. We truly believe that God will lead and guide His people when they seek His direction. Psalm 48:14 says “For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death.”

We thank the Lord that we now have another ministry opportunity in Kitale Main Prison. There is a section of the prison called Annex prison, which currently has around 90 prisoners, but has a capacity for 150. I have previously desired to have a ministry in this section of the prison, but have been waiting on the Lord to show me if this is an avenue to pursue. Psalm 62:5 states “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.” There is currently an opportunity to extend the ministry to this area of the prison where I have previously had no ministry. Please pray for me this month, as this ministry begins. I will be sure to update you often on the progress and needs of this ministry.  Also, I have recently opened an extension of the prison ministry to those prisoners who were in the
training but were released before finishing. Many of the prisoners have asked me to consider an outside prison ministry for those who have been released, and we have now been doing this ministry for a few weeks.  Those who have been attending are faithful in the churches and have a real desire to continue to learn and serve the Lord. Also, the pastor of the church where this ministry is held is very supportive and feels that many of these men have potential for further ministry opportunities as the Lord leads them.

Attached is a photo of myself and a former prisoner whose name I cannot mention for confidentiality reasons. He assisted me in the ministry since 2002 and was recently released. Please pray for each of the prisoners, for the Annex prison opportunity, and the outside prison ministry. Please also pray for them to be encouraged and continue to grow in the Lord.

nathan-radford-prison-ministry

Finally, the Lord has opened more opportunities for me to be involved in the churches here in Kitale. I have been able to go on church visitation, attend pastoral leadership meetings, and also attend the Bible Institute within the church. I am very thankful for these opportunities within the churches and am asking the Lord for even further opportunities. In closing, please be in prayer for our family and our health. Malaria and other diseases are concerns, but we know the Lord will protect us and keep us safe. God bless you and thank you so much for your interest in the
ministries in Kitale, Kenya.

In Kenya,
Nathan, Carrie, and McKenna Radford  

Contact Information
P.O. Box 4150
Kitale, Kenya              
East Africa 30200             
email:naterad [at] yahoo.com