Music Monday

Here is a favorite song that my mom used to sing when we were coming home each Friday night from my grandparents.

In His Time

In His time, in His time
He makes all things beautiful in His time
Lord, please show me every day,
As your teaching me Your way,
That you do just what you say, in Your time

In Your time, in Your time,
You make all things beautiful in Your time.
Lord my life to You I bring,
May each song I have to sing,
Be to You a lovely thing, in Your time.

Maranatha Music
Words & Music by Dana Ball

Sermon Notes

My notes from the late Dr. Wayne Fulton an exceptional scholar who exemplified meekness and humility.

Date: 6/16/96
Title: Jesus Knew

1. Jesus knew His Father’s Presence (John 8.16; 16.38 )
2. Jesus knew His Father’s Profound Love (John 3.35; 5.20; 10.17; 15.9,10; 17.23,24)
3. Jesus knew His Father’s Priorities (John 4.34; 5.17, 30; 6.38; 8.29; 9:4; 10.18; 12.49; 14.31; 17.4; 18.11)
4. Jesus knew His Father’s Provisions (John 20.17; Matthew 26.53)

Music Mondays

In The Cross of Christ I Glory by John Bowring (1792-1872)

In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time
All the light of sacred story Gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o’er-take me, Hopes deceive and fears annoy
Never shall the cross forsake me: Lo! it glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming Light and love upon my way,
From the cross the radiance streaming Adds more luster to the day.

Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, By the cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure, Joys that thru all time abide.

Getting the Best View

This morning the artic winds were blowing into NC bringing low temperatures (13 degrees currently) to the Triad. I was in a rush to get to work and begin some reading. I hesitated, saying today would be a good day to walk simply to enjoy this cold weather. For a couple minutes I wrestled back in forth, rush to school in my car or take a leisurely 15 minute walk in roughly 10 degree weather and use it for prayer. Fortunately, I chose to walk and enjoy the brisk cool morning all the while spending time talking with God. A friend on the way to work, via a car, noticed me and stopped to offer a ride. I declined so I could enjoy this beautiful bristly chilly morning. Soon after a ride was offered, God gave me a glimpse of one of the most beautiful sunrise spectaculars ever. The angle of the sun was reflecting off the clouds creating a gorgeous purple color. At that moment, I think God was saying sometimes when you choose a slower more difficult (very cold) route you can get a better view. It would have been much simpler to hop in my warm car, be at work in two minutes tops, and in my office studying. Had I chosen that route you would not be reading this right now and I would not have been reminded that God works in peculiar ways to give us an incredible view. I hope you take time to slow down endure the challenging route and look for God to speak. By the way this doesn’t mean that God can’t get your attention on the less difficult route.

Not a Sprint, But a Marathon

Hales' Family

Hales' Family

My older sister, Joy Hales,  wrote a small article for FORSYTH COUNTY LOCAL INTERAGENCY COORDINATING COUNCIL QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER.

My daughter, Corban, was born at 31 weeks gestation with multiple congenital anomalies.  I was young, it was our first pregnancy and there was no expectation of a complication; so her early birth and numerous health problems were quite a shock.  We were thrown into a world we had no idea existed.  She stayed in Brenner’s for more than three months where we dealt with a whirlwind of doctors, nurses, insurance issues, surgeries, and medicines.

When we came home, there was a smooth transition from the social worker at the hospital to a wonderful case manager from what was then called the “BABIES” program.  She was so dedicated to scheduling therapies; PT, OT, and speech; and finding appropriate toys Corban could benefit from.  She truly made my life easier by contacting each therapist, having appointments scheduled conveniently, finding a PT who would come to my home, and preparing all of them for dealing with a tiny child connected to a huge ventilator.  At the time, I did not know who or where to call for any of that or how to have it approved by my insurance.  My case manager took that burden from me and I could concentrate on my daughter’s care and getting her to her appointments; which at the time averaged six a week.

When Corban was four years old, she was finally diagnosed as missing the tip of her tenth chromosome.  It’s extremely rare so it doesn’t have a name, just an identifying location, 10q25.2 deletion.  Corban is now nine years old and some things have gotten easier.  Her health is still quite fragile when viewed by the general public, but she’s come a long way from the tracheotomy, oxygen, and home ventilator.

Those early days are just a blur now, but I do remember feeling well supported by the systems we have in place here in Forsyth County.  I want to encourage those of you who work for the agencies involved in LICC to continue working hard for families!  There are so many needs out there.  And whether or not a family can truly appreciate your intervention at the time, one day they will recall it and recognize the mark you made in their life.  I know that the focus of LICC is on children birth to five years old, but please realize that families continue to need support as their children get older.  The acute issues may have passed, but the reality of raising a child that doesn’t fit neatly into society, begins to set in.

Dealing with the condition, whatever it may be, is no longer a sprint, but a marathon.

Sermon Notes

Dr. Wayne Fulton

Dr. Wayne Fulton

Just in case you missed my previous posts I have been posting sermon notes from my former pastor the late Dr. Wayne Fulton. I was a teenager when I took these notes so I have been amused by the things I thought important enough to jot down.

8/6/95

Title: Imparting of Abraham’s Faith
Hebrews & Genesis

  1. Powerful Truth
    1. Prepared to die
    2. Purchased burial plots
  2. Personal Testimony (Gen 24:7; Gen 48:3)
  3. Prospective Target (Gen 50:24)
    1. Hope
    2. Goal

Music Monday

Words and music by Greg Tulenko
As recorded on Savior: Celebrating the Mystery of God Become Man

Come let us worship, come let us adore
Jesus, Messiah, our Savior is born
Carol His glory and sing His sweet Name
Offer a life of thanksgiving and praise

Join with the angels proclaiming to earth
Join with the shepherds in awe of His birth
Join all creation rejoicing this morn
The glory of God-become-man has been born

Come, let us adore Him
Jesus, the hope of the world
Come, worship before Him
Christ, the Messiah has come
Salvation is born

Prophets foretold Him, the Promise of God
The hope of Salvation and light of the world
Born in a stable and born as a man
Born to fulfill God’s redeeming plan

© 2005 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP).

Quotes About The Cross

Taken from chapter 5 of CJ Mahaney’s book Humility True Greatness.

“Fill your affections with the cross of Christ that there may be no room for sin.” John Owen

“There is only one thing I know of that crushes me to the ground and humiliates me to the dust, and that is to look at the Son of God, and especially contemplate the cross. Nothing else can do it. When I see that I am a sinner…that nothing but the Son of God on the cross can save me, I’m humbled to the dust…Nothing but the cross can give us this spirit of humility.” Martyn LLoyd-Jones

“Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to be saying to us, ‘I am here because of you. It is your sin I am bearing, your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.’ Nothing in history or in the universe cuts us down to size like the cross. All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousness, until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.” John Stott

“How can anyone be arrogant when he stands beside the cross?” Carl Henry

“Far from offering us flattery, the cross undermines our self-righteousness, and we can stand before it only with a bowed head and a broken spirit.” John Stott

Sermon Notes

Notes from my early teens from the late Dr. Wayne Fulton. This message was offered directly after the sermon listed in the previous post.

7/29/95
Scripture: Lamentations 3

1. Invited Jeremiah to examine the impossibilities of God’s promises
2. Invited Jeremiah to examine the instigator (God)
3. Invited Jeremiah to examine the inscription of God’s promise
– I Cor 10.13 – Faithful to give you an escape from temptation
– I Peter 4.19 – Faithful creator
– I John 1.9 – Faithful to give us forgiveness of sins
– Hebrews 10.23 – He is faithful that promised
– I Thessalonians 5.24 – Faithful is the one who calls you
– I Cor 1.8,9 – Faithful to give you eternal life
faithful = loyal love for you!
4. Invited Jeremiah to examine the end

*Every chapter of Lamentation is a fulfillment  to Deuteronomy 28.
**Everytime in the NT that it says ‘God is faithful’ there is an oblique backdrop.