Praise To The Lord_ by csgirla


									                                                                                                     February 2009

                                         A WORD FROM
                                         THE PASTOR . . .
                     Most of you know that the liturgical calendar with its specified times of the church year and its associ-
                     ated colors and meanings are relatively new to me. Growing up in the Southern Baptist tradition did-
                     n’ lend itself to looking at the church year in terms of cycles or lectionaries or specific colors. But I
                     have grown quite fond of the “seasons of the church” over the past few years. They have become an
                     integral part of my understanding about who God is to me and how the seasons help me to have a
                     fuller understanding of God’ magnificence. At first I became engrossed with the really “special”
                     times of the year – Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost, but now I am totally taken with
                     what we call Ordinary Time. Previously this particular time of the year was the time when I thought
                     we would never see anything but the color green again, but something has changed for me. It has fi-
                     nally dawned on me in a new way of the importance of Ordinary Time – the time when we as Chris-
                     tians focus on how God uses ordinary people, places and things to do extraordinary things in our

                     Most of us really don’ like to think about our-
                     selves as ordinary. We are taught from a young
                     age how important it is to be “extraordinary.”
                     We are told to strive for the best grades, be the
                                                                                Praise To
                     best speller, catch on to the most difficult mathe-
                     matics quickly, go to the best colleges, get the
                     best jobs and really shine in our careers. We are
                                                                                The Lord!
                     told to be anything other than ordinary. But in
                     the grand scheme of things, especially on those                Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
                     dark nights of the soul we find ourselves not                        the King of creation!
                     really caring about grades or education or career,              O my soul, praise Him, for He is
                     but about how little a difference we are really                    Thy health and salvation!
                     making in our world – actually God’ world; the
                                                            s                All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
                     kingdom of God. Those are the times that we                       Join me in glad adoration!
                     find ourselves being “just ordinary.” And per-
                     haps that is why Ordinary Time is the longest           Jesus! Jesus is Lord! Who can compare to
                     part of the church year; because we need to be          Him? What power, what majesty! Authority
                     reminded for that long a time about how God             above all that was, is or ever will be. He that
                     uses the “ordinary” to accomplish the extraordi-        has made all things, He that has fashioned us in
                     nary. In the world that we find ourselves plod-         such intricate design. He that shaped the rolling
                     ding through, we spend a lot of our time differ-        hills of the upstate and the mighty sea that
                     entiating between the secular and the sacred.           forms the beach where we thrill to vacation. All
                     This is a part of “my secular world” and this is        that He has spoken into existence is His
                     the part of “my sacred space.” God did not cre-         Kingdom and He is its Royal Monarch. I must
                     ate two worlds, but one, and the one world that         praise Him for I am “fearfully and wondrously
                     was created is all sacred. Maybe what we need           made.” He lifts me up, gives me breath and
                     to be looking at is how God can use us – yes, the       awakens me to each new day where I am
                     ordinary – to be changing what others define as         amazed at His working. Though He can squash
                     secular into the sacred. Maybe that’ what Ordi-
                                                           s                 me like a bug in my sin and ignorance, on the
                     nary Time is all about – giving us quite the op-        contrary, I am His. I hear His voice calling,
                     portunity to change the secular to the sacred.          beseeching me to rest in His arms, to listen to
                     Our scripture passages from the lectionary dur-         His soothing words and to learn – yes, to learn
                     ing Ordinary Time give example after example                                t
                                                                             of His love. Won’ you come with me? Kneel
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A Word From The Pastor
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of how God uses regular everyday folks like you and me to deliver messages of prophecy, to lead folks who are not easily led
and to spread the word of God’ love, mercy, compassion and grace to a secular world that is lacking the sacred touch.

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Kermit the Frog’ famous song, “It Ain’ Easy Being Green,” gives us some pretty good thoughts to ponder over the long season
of Ordinary Time. It’ not easy being ordinary in a world that expects extraordinary. But you and I have a leg up on this task
because we were given the Holy Spirit as our guide and our comforter. The Holy Spirit is always in place to help us hear the
voice of God calling us to extraordinary things through divine power. Don’ discount the small things that we are called to do
that are extraordinary in God’ eyes. Remember what Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty
and you gave me a drink of water; I was naked and you gave me something to wear; I was lonely and you came and visited me.”
These are things that make us “extraordinary” in God’ realm. Simple things. So the next time you are asking yourself, “When
are we going to see something besides green in this church,” think about how God is calling you to be extraordinary in the most
simple of ways. And if you grow tired of hearing my sermons about God using ordinary folks to do extraordinary things, don’   t
worry the paraments will one day be purple or red again. Don’ let this old world define us as ordinary when God defines us as
anything but!

Blessings and Peace,

Your (happily ordinary) Pastor Steve

                                  New Day ICCC
                 1st Quarter - 2009 Mission Project
                            The Greer Soup Kitchen
                               Meals On Wheels
           Due to the poor economy, many ministries do not have the
      resources needed to provide their normal services. The Greer Soup
     Kitchen and our local Meals On Wheels chapters are among the many.

            During the months of January, February and March we will be
              collecting non-perishable items for these vital ministries.
                 Please bring all items to the church for distribution.
             Any contribution - no matter the size - is appreciated by all.

                                           The need is great!
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                                   Changing Lives
A couple of weeks ago I was reading an article about people never changing; those who can’ change their way of life. It used
the saying “Once a cheater always a cheater.” Then it went on to tell about how people in prisons often accept Jesus and then
they seem to think that because they have changed they should be offered freedom. After I was done reading the article I felt
sorry for the writer. I started thinking about people who are ill and call upon God for healing or they will call someone they
know to pray for them. I know people who have been into porn and have accepted Jesus into their hearts and lives and they have
changed. I am not saying that people who commit crimes shouldn’ pay the price for what they have done, but by accepting
Jesus I believe that they can change by the power of God.

I know this doesn’ fit all of our lives so to be honest it would be very hard for us to say it can or can not happen, unless you’ ve
seen it in someone else’ life. I know that there is a lot of evil in our world and that there are a lot of evil people. When I think
of evil people I think of people who rape, abuse and murder, but that’ not true. How about the people who steal, lie and cheat?
The only difference is not all of them end up in jail but each one has consequences on family and friends. What’ really sad is
when any of these evils are committed by family members, or someone close to us, or even by us.

It makes me think of people around me and others over the years that have changed because they accepted Jesus and are walking
the Christian life. What about our own life? When I was 6 years old I accepted Jesusm but to be honest, what changes in a 6
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year old’ life? I wasn’ personally walking a Christian life at 6 years old; I was walking the Christian life through my parents -
learning what was right and wrong and going to church. My Christian walk started in 1984 and I rededicated myself when I was
pregnant. There was a time when I stopped following Jesus in late 1992 and then I came back to Him in 1997 and I have never
stopped. A friend of mine took me to Christ Chapel of the Valley where my new walk started. I was baptized there and it was
like being born all over again. I believe that Christ Chapel was my stepping stone to changing my life. I felt like I met God
again. I became involved in the church and God was number one in my life. I was excited to be a Christian. I have a friend
named Ben who I knew at church and also saw his life outside of church. I look back at our friendship and can see how much he
has changed and can honestly say he is a true believer. Then I became a Southerner and found New Day Christian Community
Church by mistake; old phone book, different church name but a good phone number. Anyone who knows me will say God is
first and my church is second. Everything else just falls into place with God’ will. I love my church and the people there. I
love to see the change in people and their hearts. I seem to rely more on God now than myself, and little things in life don’   t
seem to bother me anymore because I have learned God doesn’ only fix the big issues but that He also fixes the small ones. I
am not sure where God will lead me next or what He has planned for my life, He might just keep me a Southerner and use New
Day to keep me growing and changing for God.

People can change. It doesn’ matter what the situation is or when you accepted Jesus into your life. Look back at your own life
and see where you were and where you are now. If you don’ see any changes something is wrong. No one can tell you if you
have changed, that is between you and God. I know that my life has changed and I will never leave God or the church again.
God has an open door for all no matter what you have done or where you are at. Only God can make the changes for you.
                                                                                                                   Debby Mann

                              NDCCC’  s
                          Valentine’ Dinner
                       Saturday, February 14th, 7:00 pm
                                  On The Menu:
                            Lasagna, Fun and Fellowship
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                         Becoming A Disciple
                   Andrew, the Brother of Simon
John 1:40 “Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.”
Andrew heard about Jesus through his friend John the Baptist and decided to follow Jesus. When Andrew recognized that Jesus
was the Messiah, the first thing he did was to find his brother Peter and share the good news. Most of the time when Andrew is
mentioned in the New Testament, he is listed as “Andrew, the brother of Simon.” Andrew was the one who introduced his
brother to Jesus, so it would seem that Peter should be listed as “Peter, the brother of Andrew.” However, Andrew was not
caught up in how he was referred to; only that he was referred to as a follower of Christ. Andrew did not dwell on the fact that
he may be perceived as “second” to his brother Peter. Andrew simply followed Christ.

Sometimes we are fixated on being the center of everything, the one at the top, the person at the head table or the one who
captivates everyone’ attention. When we focus on these things, we put ourselves in the place Jesus should occupy. Our lives
become all about us instead of all about Christ. We are taught in scripture that we should die to ourselves to be made alive in
Christ. If we are able to “take a back seat” as Andrew so willingly did, we may also be able to bring the next Simon Peter to

Andrew spent time with Jesus in Bethany while Jesus was baptizing followers. (John 3:22) Andrew may have even been a
participant in the baptisms. (John 4:2) Andrew was excited to be with Jesus and eager to do whatever Jesus was doing. We
have all seen the WWJD stickers, t-shirts or posters which ask, “What Would Jesus Do?” When we see WWJD, we usually
think of a specific circumstance we are in and what Jesus would do in that situation. But what if we read WWJD in the context
as Andrew might have and DO what Jesus would do? Andrew followed Christ and decided that he would do whatever Jesus
was doing. As a Christian, we should be passionate and eager to follow Jesus and to do whatever He does.

Andrew was called to be a “fisher of men,” not even knowing at the time what the phrase meant. (Matthew 4:18-20) All he
knew was that Jesus was going to teach him and train him so he could be a fisher of men. He didn’ know how or why, as yet he
didn’ even know what Jesus was planning to do; Andrew again, simply followed Christ. God will always provide us with the
teaching, training and resources necessary to carry out the
ministry to which He has called us to. We must be willing, as
Andrew was… to follow, to do, to go and to be what God has
                                                                    Recipe Of the Month
                                                                           Super Easy
When Jesus fed the five thousand in John 6, Andrew was the
one who found the small boy with the loaves and the fishes.
Andrew wasn’ sure how this small meal was going to be of

                                                                          Cherry Desert
any significance, but he still brought the boy with the small
meal to Jesus. Andrew was able to see a great miracle as Jesus
multiplied the small meal and fed all the people. Many times
we may feel we are in-significant or have very little to offer to
the kingdom of God. But, if we can give to God what we have,
                                                                              2 cans         Cherry Pie Filling
even in spite of our doubts and uncertainty, God will take our
                                                                              2 boxes        Jiffy Yellow Cake Mix
gifts, talents and skills and put them to work in His kingdom.
                                                                              1 sm pkg       Chopped Walnuts
                                                                              1 1/2 sticks   Butter
Even though Andrew was often listed as “the brother of Simon
Peter,” he played a very important role in the ministry of Jesus.
Andrew was constantly portrayed as one who followed                 Pour the Cherry Pie Filling in the bottom of a 9” x 13” pan.
Christ… un-conditionally and without reservation. He wasn’      t   Evenly spread the dry cake mix over the pie filling - gently
always sure of what to do or how to do it, but he knew that         patting it down. Spread the chopped walnuts over the cake
following Jesus would show him the way. If we truly seek            mix. Melt the butter and drizzle it over the cake mix. Make
God, we can be just like Andrew and simply follow Christ…           sure the entire top of the mix is moist. Bake in a 375° oven
wholeheartedly and without fear.                                    for approximately 40 minutes watching the top of the cake
                                                    Teresa Hrab     for a good golden brown.
                                                                                                      Submitted by: Mike Ritchie

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                                                                   Those that deny His existence accomplish His will for you.
Praise To The Lord!                                                Be still. “Think about His love, think about His goodness,
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                                                                   think about His grace that’ bro’ us through. For as high as
(Continued from page 1)                                            the heavens above, so great is the measure of our Father’        s
                                                                   love. GREAT is the measure of our Father’ love.” Is there
with me here, just for a moment or two. Let us mingle our          any friend that is closer than Jesus? It is the love of Jesus that
tears and our joy, our sorrow and our wonder as we bow at          gives these blessings. It is the goodness of His heart alone.
His throne. It is but a moment, a precious moment where He         Why such favor? Our hearts are no different than Pharaoh’       s.
is the focus of our worship and the source of our gladness.        It is only the cross of Calvary, the blood of Jesus that covers
                                                                   our multitude of sins. It is His love.
            Praise to the Lord, who o’ all things
                    so wondrously reigneth,                            Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore Him!
              Shelters thee under His wings, yea,                             All that hath life and breath, come now
                     so gently sustaineth!                                            With praises before Him!
       Hast thou not seen how thy desires all have been                   Let the “amen” sound from His people again;
               Granted in what He ordaineth?                                         Gladly forever adore Him!

All praise to Jesus! He is Ruler of all! He reigns over you,       I cannot refrain, I must praise my Jesus! Every fiber of my
over me, over the birds and the bears, the trees and the fields,   being cries out His wonders. My soul is not silent, it sings of
the vermin and the briars. All must submit to His desires.         His majesty. All creation glorifies its maker. His praise goes
His reign? It is in strength and affection. He does not burden     on, the rocks and the hills tell of His splendor, the flowers of
the weary nor afflict the wounded. In power He reigns, yet in      the field shine forth His beauty. Let your voices mingle with
meekness He gathers His creation. His might is unspoken yet        theirs, you that have the breath of life, the gift of thought, the
unquestioned. He does not waver, His word is sure. His will        power of choice. Choose you this day and anoint your Lord
is accomplished, His promises true. Within the walls of His        with praise. Magnify the Lord, speak of His might, stand
fortress we are in no danger. The twinkling stars are His          amazed in His forgiveness and fall prostrate before His
emblems of peace adorning the shield of His heavens                holiness. How majestic is our God! Amen! Amen! Amen!
covering our heads. We are but chicks nestled against the          Jesus is totally trustworthy, His word is absolutely true. His
breast of our Mother. We peak out from under Her wings, we         word is final and He is the final word. Jesus is the foundation
venture forth, and again we return. We return with new             of all life. Jesus created all things and it is Jesus that has
wonders and more questions and even a scratch or two. We           redeemed them unto Himself. In Jesus this world has its
return with needs met and dreams accomplished. We                  being and without Him nothing can exist. Jesus is the Rock
discover that the Father’ will is realized in His offspring.       of Ages. He cannot be shaken and neither can those that are
We are given new dreams, new desires; desires that spring          standing on that Rock. With joy give Him praise! Our
from the heart of God, and we step out once again, and once        worship and honor and adoration and wonder and awe are to
again we are awed as He guides our feet and enacts the             be His and His alone. Praise Him! Praise Jesus! Never let
impossible.                                                        our praises cease. He is forever Lord and He is forever to be
                                                                   praised! Alleluia, Amen!
         Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work                                                                 Tim Dommer
                        and defend thee;                                                        Praise To The Lord, The Almighty
             Surely His goodness and mercy here
                        daily attend thee.
            Ponder anew what the Almighty can do
               If with His love He befriend thee.

Lift high the name of Jesus! Praise Him all you people! Are
                                                                      Weekly at
you surprised at the treasures that are bestowed upon you?
The riches beyond measure? Do you question the beauty that
lines your path? Is that not Balaam we hear? Can it be? His
                                                                    New Day CCC
curses are mute! Yet from the mouth of a darkened soul come
forth blessings straight from the throne of God. Blessings
that speak of peace and prosperity and a love beyond
                                                                       Sunday School - 9:30 am
measure. Did not your master give you authority over his
household? Does not the keeper of the prison place you in
                                                                      Sunday Worship - 10:30 am
high standing? Is that not Pharaoh granting you the rule of all
Egypt? Is that not all that you call dear residing in Goshen,                Intercessory Prayer -
ever close to your side? How is it that sinful unregenerate
man holds you in high esteem? How mighty is our God!                          Thursday - 6:30 pm
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  Daily Bible Reading Schedule – February 2009
           “The teachings of the Lord are perfect; they give new strength. The rules of the Lord can be trusted;
                they make plain people wise. The orders of the Lord are right; they make people happy.
                               The commands of the Lord are pure; they light up the way.”
                                                      Psalm 19:7-8

             1 ____ Genesis 33             ____ Mark 4             ____ Esther 9 - 10      ____ Romans 4
             2 ____ Genesis 34             ____ Mark 5             ____ Job 1              ____ Romans 5
             3 ____ Genesis 35 - 36        ____ Mark 6             ____ Job 2              ____ Romans 6
             4 ____ Genesis 37             ____ Mark 7             ____ Job 3              ____ Romans 7
             5 ____ Genesis 38             ____ Mark 8             ____ Job 4              ____ Romans 8
             6 ____ Genesis 39             ____ Mark 9             ____ Job 5              ____ Romans 9
             7 ____ Genesis 40             ____ Mark 10            ____ Job 6              ____ Romans 10
             8 ____ Genesis 41             ____ Mark 11            ____ Job 7              ____ Romans 11
             9 ____ Genesis 42             ____ Mark 12            ____ Job 8              ____ Romans 12
             10 ____ Genesis 43            ____ Mark 13            ____ Job 9              ____ Romans 13
             11 ____ Genesis 44            ____ Mark 14            ____ Job 10             ____ Romans 14
             12 ____ Genesis 45            ____ Mark 15            ____ Job 11             ____ Romans 15
             13 ____ Genesis 46            ____ Mark 16            ____ Job 12             ____ Romans 16
             14 ____ Genesis 47            ____ Luke 1:1-38        ____ Job 13             ____ I Corinthians 1
             15 ____ Genesis 48            ____ Luke 1:39-80       ____ Job 14             ____ I Corinthians 2
             16 ____ Genesis 49            ____ Luke 2             ____ Job 15             ____ I Corinthians 3
             17 ____ Genesis 50            ____ Luke 3             ____ Job 16 - 17        ____ I Corinthians 4
             18 ____ Exodus 1              ____ Luke 4             ____ Job 18             ____ I Corinthians 5
             19 ____ Exodus 2              ____ Luke 5             ____ Job 19             ____ I Corinthians 6
             20 ____ Exodus 3              ____ Luke 6             ____ Job 20             ____ I Corinthians 7
             21 ____ Exodus 4              ____ Luke 7             ____ Job 21             ____ I Corinthians 8
             22 ____ Exodus 5              ____ Luke 8             ____ Job 22             ____ I Corinthians 9
             23 ____ Exodus 6              ____ Luke 9             ____ Job 23             ____ I Corinthians 10
             24 ____ Exodus 7              ____ Luke 10            ____ Job 24             ____ I Corinthians 11
             25 ____ Exodus 8              ____ Luke 11            ____ Job 25-26          ____ I Corinthians 12
             26 ____ Exodus 9              ____ Luke 12            ____ Job 27             ____ I Corinthians 13
             27 ____ Exodus10              ____ Luke 13            ____ Job 28             ____ I Corinthians 14
             28 ____ Exodus11 - 12:21      ____ Luke 14            ____ Job 29             ____ I Corinthians 15

                                                               4th Sunday        Feb 1,      Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Revised Common                                                 After
                                                                                 2009        Psalm 111
                                                                                             I Corinthians 8:1-13
                                                                                             Mark 1:21-28

   Lectionary                                                  5th Sunday
                                                                                 Feb 8,
                                                                                             Isaiah 40:21-31
                                                                                             Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
                                                               Epiphany                      I Corinthians 9:16-23

Year B - Feb 2009                                              6th Sunday        Feb 15,
                                                                                             Mark 1:29-39
                                                                                             II Kings 5:1-14
                                                               After              2009       Psalm 30
The Revised Common Lectionary is a three year                  Epiphany                      I Corinthians 9:24-27
                                                                                             Mark 1:40-45
series of scripture readings that provides focus
each Sunday of the Church Year. If you read                    Last Sunday       Feb 22,     II Kings 2:1-12
                                                               After              2009       Psalm 50:1-6
each week’ selections for the full three years,                Epiphany                      II Corinthians 4:3-6
                                                                                             Mark 9:2-9
you will end up reading the majority of the Bible.
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                     “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be
                lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.”
                     “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever
                believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His
                Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.
                Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands
                condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’ one ands
                only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved
                darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil
                hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be
                exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be
                seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”       John 3:14 - 21

                    “It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom
                God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘ stone
                you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no
                one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must
                be saved.” Acts 4:10b - 12

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