Below is our archive of public news and announcements:
God Is Faithful
Our faithfulness is vital, but it is not the foundation of salvation. That foundation is the faithfulness of God. It is His faithfulness that gives our faith traction. Because He is faithful, we can respond to Him with faithful and confident living even in the most difficult times. Join us in the month of June while our emphasis is on the Faithfulness of God.
A Jealous God
What comes to mind when you here that our God is a jealous God (Deut 4:24)? While this is a troubling statement to some, to others it is very reassuring.
God’s jealousy means that God's love for us is passionate and that our love for Him is something He values. If God didn't care if you devoted yourself to other god's, then it would mean He didn't really love you or take you seriously. Imagine a husband who doesn't care if his wife sleeps with other men! We rightly renounce such a man as having no real regard for his wife or his marriage. We would say that he doesn't understand what it means to be married.
But God understands what it means to be our God. His love for us burns jealously and His desire is for us to be devoted to Him with our whole selves. The good news is that His jealousy doesn't come from a sense of His inadequacy, but from His perfect confidence that He, and He alone can truly satisfy us and make us eternally happy.
God Is Peace
Our them for April is: "God is Peace"
Christians who seek God in prayer are promised that peace will replace their anxiety (Phil 4:7).
Our God dwells in peace and gives peace to His people. The peace He gives us is beyond the grasp of the unbelieving mind. Such a mind cannot think higher than itself and has no assurance rooted in the absolute strenght and goodness of God.
Do you know the peace of God?
Elder Panel Discussion on the Home
Three of our Shepherds will be responding to questions about the home and family this Sunday night (March 29th).
Come here them discuss such questions and topics as:
“What would you identify as the most significant threats facing the family today?”
“What have been the most common issues you have seen in marriages that are struggling?”
“What biblical teaching regarding the home do you think is often overlooked?”
“What is the relationship between the church and the home, and how can they best harmonize and support each other?”
“How has God sustained your family when you have encountered trials?”
“How has God used your wife and children to shape your life as a Christian?”
This panel will include Paul Cook, Don Dew, Ken Marshall and Scott Gary. Nick Dew will moderate the discussion.
Daylight Savings Time Begins This Weekend
Remember to set your clocks forward one hour this Saturday night--March 7. Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 8 and you don't want to be late for classes!
God Is Light
Do you want to know God’s will for your life, but everything seems murky and hidden? Do you feel like you are walking through a dark forest at midnight, groping your way along? Would you like to know where the light switch is at? God tells us in 1John 1:5-10.
The light switch is found in first confessing our sin to God. Second, asking His forgiveness. Third, walking in obedience to what He is telling you to do, and above all else He is telling you to love your brothers and sisters.
Are you hiding your sin? Then you walk in darkness.
Are you hating others and wanting them to be punished? Then you walk in darkness.
The darkness gives way to the light, only when you confess your sin to God and forgive others of their sins against you, then you will be in the light as He is in the Light and your way forward will be made clear.
Gospel Meeting With Zack Lee
Make plans to come here Zack Lee address some of the great challenges christians face.
Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8
Friday 7 p.m. Challenge of the Cross—What the cross teaches and demands
Saturday 7 p.m. Challenge of Why—Looking at the Life of Job
Sunday 9 a.m. Challenge of Ninevah—Life of Jonah Relating to Character of God,
10 a.m. Challenge of Worship—Seeing the Worship of God as a Must
5 p.m. Challenge of Doubt—Story of Jairus’ Daughter
New Sunday Night Sermon Series
A highly practical sermon series begins this Sunday night at Lost River. Below is a list of the topics, speakers and dates:
Sunday PM Jan. 18 - Five foolish things people do in their relationships - Josh Lankford
Sunday PM Jan. 25 - Five foolish things people do in their finances - Brian Goff
Sunday PM Feb. 22 - Five foolish things people do with their time - Caleb Dunn
Sunday Pm Feb. 28 - Five foolish things people do with their souls – Randy Scarboro
God is...the Source Means and end of all Things
Our theme verse for January is Romans 11:36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen. Paul is declaring that God is the source, the means and the end of all things.
This means that nothing existed before God. There was no pre-existing material or energy that turned into God. Furthermore, everything that now exists, does so through Him. There are no beings or forces that operate independently of Him. There are no persons, places or things that can continue apart from Him. We are mistaken if we think that God got the universe going, but now it sort of rolls along by itself. For He is before all things and in Him all things hold together (Col 1:17). If the God who spoke creation into existence, were to fall silent, all creation would vanish like the morning mist, for He upholds all things by the power of His word (Heb 1:3).
Special Meeting Time Wednesday January 31st
We will be meeitng at 6:00pm this wednesday night (Dec. 31st) for our transition service. The theme will be "Looking Back, Looking Ahead, Looking Up."
We will see you there!
Members of One Another
Be At Peace With One Another
Peace is hard to come by. There is always a war going on in some part of the world. There is often resentment in the workplace and strife at home. There is an explanation for all of this. We are not at peace in our hearts and therefore cannot be at peace with other people. The reason we are not at peace in our hearts is that we are locked in conflict with our God.
The Bible tells us that, the carnal mind is enmity against God (Romans 8:7). When we are in competition with God for control, we see Him as our enemy, we think of His law as an infringement on my desire for self-determination. The only way for this hostility toward God to be resolved, is to come to the cross of Christ and be overwhelmed by His great love. The cross reveals the horror of my sin and the willingness of Christ to bear it's burden.
One of the benefits that comes from having peace with God through the cross of Christ, is that I learn to be at peace with other people. When the anger and frustration we have toward God is removed, we find a power to tolerate, forgive and live in peace with other people. If you don’t know the peace of God that surpasses all human understanding, why not contact us today and let us introduce you to Jesus - the Prince of Peace?
A Week of Study & Worship
Please plan to attend our gosple meeting with Jim Jonas from Centreville Virginia October 26-30. Evening Services will be on the theme of The Cross.
- Sunday 10:00 AM - And They Crucified Him
- Sunday 5:00 PM - The Message of the Cross is Foolishness
- Monday 7:00 PM - By This We Know Love
- Tuesday 7:00 PM - Father, Forgive Them
- Wednesday 7:00 PM - Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead?
- Thursday 7:00 PM - Take Up Your Cross
We will also have lessons each weekday at 11:45-12:30
A Weekend of Bible Study and Worship With Scott Sandusky
Scott Sandusky of Concord N.C. will be with us this weekend. Scott has a wonderful gift of helping us see life's experiences through the lense of God's word.
Everyone is Welcome!!!
8/22 - 7:00 PM Worship in Song
8/23 - 7:00 PM All In (Total Commitment to the Cause of Christ)
8/24 - 10:00 AM Love Your Life (Godliness with Contentment)
8/24 - 5:00 PM Can't Go It Alone (A Personal Story of Accident and Injury and the Power of the Family Bond We Have in Christ)
Honor One Another
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another (From Rom 12:9-10).
The Bible teaches that we were made to bear glory, to seek glory and to give glory.
God created mankind for the specific purpose of bearing His image. Therefore, we possess a very real dignity, honor and glory. When we sin, we deface that glory and fall into guilt. By seeking the redemption offered to us in Christ we are, in part, seeking to restore the honor we were made for. This is what Paul has in mind when he says, “To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life” (Rom 2:7). It is good and right that we pursue the glory and honor that comes with doing what is pleasing in the sight of God.
We were also created to give glory. First, we glorify God through praise. In John’s vision he saw an innumerable host gathered around the heavenly throne and they were saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" (Rev 5:13). This practice seems strange to those who do not know God. But those who take the time to ponder the unparalleled greatness of His being and the wonder of His salvation, find that giving Him praise and glory is an exquisite pleasure. It’s as if we were made for it!
But we also are made to give glory to our fellow creatures. We are to honor our father and our mother, those in positions of authority over us, and all of our brother’s and sisters in Christ (Rom 12:10). This means we are to foster within ourselves feelings of respect towards others. We are to find words of appreciation for the character and deeds of others. It means that we are to take advantage of opportunities to bestow special honor in recognition of particular achievement. This includes everything from graduation ceremonies, to fiftieth wedding anniversaries, to meddles of honor. Such acknowledgments are appropriate, and when rightly given and rightly received do not foster pride, but strengthen the bonds of affection and loyalty between giver and receiver.
The application to take away from this is that we should make every effort this week to give glory, first to God and then to others for who they are and what they do. Do the people in your life know that you honor and respect them? How? Are you sure? Why not go out of your way this week to make it clear to them?