Below is our archive of public news and announcements:
God Is Merciful & Compassionate
In Lamentations 3:22-23 the prophet Jeremiah says, "Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning..."
These well known words are found in one of the most neglected books of the Bible. Surpassing even Job, for it’s darkness, Jeremiah’s lament describes the devastation of Jerusalem following the Babylonian invasion in (586 BC).
You might expect such a book to be a rambling wail, or disorderd stream of consciousness. Yet, from a literary standpoint, Lamenatations is one of the most highly structured books in the Bible, which raises a question. Why would the saddest book of the Bible also be the most rigorously structured? Perhaps it is God showing us that even when our pain seems purposeless, that He has a purpose, that He is channeling it in such a way as to make it beautiful in His time.
Visit us during the month of September, while we pay special attention to the Mercy and Compassion of our God.
Welcome "Back to School" Weekend Meeting
You are invited to hear The Next Steps -- Honoring God Through Life's Steps presented by Jordan Shouse of Chattanooga, Tennessee on Friday, August 21; Saturday, August 22; and Sunday, August 23.
Friday 7 p.m. The Next Steps--Steps to Spiritual Growth
Saturday 7 p.m. The Next Steps of a College Student--Steps to Honoring God in Your Youth
Sunday 10 a.m. The Next Steps into Marriage--Steps Preparing for a God Honoring Marriage
Sunday 5 p.m. The Next Steps in the Church--Steps to Finding My Place in God's Place
We hope to see you during the meeting!
God Is Powerful
There is no power like God's power. All other powers are limited by outside factors. Only God has the power to do whatsoever He pleases. Let this truth increase your reverence for God. Let this truth sustain you when you are tempted to fear some lesser power. Let this truth comfort you when you have reached the end of your own power.
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?