Scripture at Sunrise 9.1.09

Abiding in Obedience, in Love

“If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love.”  -John 15:10

These things cannot be parted — abiding in obedience and abiding in the love of Jesus. A life under the rule of Christ can alone prove that we are the objects of our Lord’s delight. We must keep our Lord’s command if we would bask in His love. If we live in sin we cannot live in the love of Christ. Without the holiness which pleases God we cannot please Jesus. He who cares nothing for holiness knows nothing of the love of Jesus.

Conscious enjoyment of our Lord’s love is a delicate thing. It is far more sensitive to sin and holiness than mercury is to cold and heat. When we are tender of heart and careful in thought, lip, and life to honor our Lord Jesus, then we receive tokens of His love without number. If we desire to perpetuate such bliss we must perpetuate holiness. The Lord Jesus will not hide His face from us unless we hide our face from Him. Sin makes the cloud which darkens our Sun: if we will be watchfully obedient and completely consecrated we may walk in the light, as God is in the light, and have as sure an abiding in the love of Jesus as Jesus has in the love of the Father. Here is a sweet promise with a solemn “if,” Lord, let me have this “if” in my hand; for as a key it opens this casket.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon; September 1 entry]

Scripture at Sunrise 8.31.09

Sunday School | 2 Peter 3:1-18 | Bro. Roger Harden
“This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder…”  -2 Peter 3:1
vs. 1-4– Scoffers say nothing has changed.  “The Lord hasn’t returned yet, so is He really coming?” 
vs. 5– Scoffers overlook the flood.  Noah built the ark and warned people of God’s judgment for hundreds of years.  Imagine children walking around with their parents and passing Noah.  “Don’t pay attention to him.  He’s been saying that since your grandpa was born.” 
vs. 2– Go back and look at the prophecies.  We know that the Word they were proclaiming is true! 
vs. 8-10– Are we desiring our Lord to come back or are we enjoying this world too much?  This is a good measure of your spiritual life. 
vs. 11-13– Prepare for His coming
vs. 14-18– Be watchful.
*Living for Christ Until He Returns
vs. 18– To grow, you have to know how to grow.
>Praise Time: Praise Him every day when you get up!  Get into the joy of the Lord and praise Him with singing, etc.
>Prayer Time: If you don’t find time for prayer, you’ll pay the price.  Prayer is not about informing God about our needs, prayer changes us.
>Stay in the Word of God.  Study it.  It is a hedge for sin.  If you don’t study it, you will not grow in knowledge and temptation will creep in. 
*Have wonderful Christian fellowship.  This provides strength and encouragement!

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in Him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by Whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”  -1 Corinthians 1:4-9
>What advantage do you have as a saint of God?  If you’re not a saint, what advantage could you have? 
>Who is a saint?  A child of God, one who has called upon the Name of Christ and has been sanctified, set apart.  (vs. 2)
*You are holy, be holy.  Your life is hid with Christ on high.  (Colossians 3:5)  What God calls you to do, He will enable you to do.  You can’t do it on your own.  (John 8)  If you are in Christ, be conformed to His life.  “Just as He Who has called you is holy, so be holy in all that you do.” 
vs. 1-9– Who You Are // vs. 10-…– How You Should Act

What it means to be a saint:
1)Grace has been given=salvation (past)
2)Gifts have been given to glorify God (present)
3)Glory will be revealed in us (future)

Breaking it down:
1)The Grace that has been given
vs. 4– Paul gives thanks for grace in others’ lives.  He had gratitude for the grace of God.
Grace is a free gift.  It’s undeserved and cannot be earned.  As God has shown grace towards us, we want to exercise grace to others so they can see Christ in us.  Grace removes guilt!  Grace overrules sin!  If there was no sin in your life, grace could not have operated.  (Grace vs. Law) 
Romans 3:25– My sin demanded justice: the wrath of God and His condemnation. 
Your works will never make you a saint.  Only by His grace can you become a saint!
(vs. 4 shows God’s work by grace.  vs. 6 shows human acts by faith.) 
vs. 6– The Gospel becomes established and settles in you and you become a saint.
Therefore, live your life being holy.

2)Rich in Christ
vs. 5, 7; ch. 4:8; 2 Peter 1:3 – I’m rich in Christ!  I have all I need! 
vs. 5utterance=logos=word; We have the complete Word of God.  We have all been given the gift to be a witness to the grace and glory of the Lord.  // knowledge– You know all you need to know for the job you have to do.  You have everything you need for the task at hand.  (Colossians 2:10– Complete in Christ!)

3)What’s Coming to Us: Hope! 
vs. 7– We anticipate the coming of Christ. 
2 Peter 3:12– When He comes, that means Heaven for us. 
vs. 8– He will confirm us to the end.  We are blameless and faultless before Him!  This is an absolute guarantee! 
vs. 9– God is faithful: What He’s promised, He’ll do!  (Philippians 1:6)

He has called me by His grace. 
He is keeping me by His grace.
I will stand before Him by His grace.

Evening Worship | Exodus 39:1-31 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”  -Hebrews 4:14-15
-The same Aaron who led the Israelites into idol worship has been forgiven and restored to the ministry.  He was called to be the high priest.  He had fallen, but God forgave him!  (Exodus 40:12)
vs. 1– Aaron has a new outfit!  God was dressing him up fine.  The clothing was made from material that was identical to the material used to make the tabernacle.  God was identifying Aaron with the tabernacle. 

Aaron put on four articles of clothing:  
1)vs. 2-5– Ephod: a sleeveless vest with two gold straps.  vs. 6-7– There were stones over straps representing the tibes of Israel, showing he’s bearing their burdens. 
2)vs. 8-14– Breastplate: a square item that had 12 stones with names engraved on them, showing that the 12 tribes of Israel were close to his heart.  [Exodus 28:30– Urim and thummim also on the breastplate to discern God’s will.]
3)vs. 22-26– Robe: a blue robe with pomegranates and bells around the hem.  Pomegranates represented fruitfulness and the bells were there so the people would know the high priest had not been struck dead in the Holy of Holies. 
4)vs. 27-31– Turban: An elaborate headpice with a gold plate that said, “Holy unto the Lord.”  (Exodus 28:2)
The High Priest was a man just like us.  His clothes did not change him or make him perfect. 

OUR HIGH PRIEST: Jesus Christ! 
Hebrews 4:14-15– Our High Priest is perfect.  He’s touched by our weaknesses and our feelings. 
Hebrews 10:21– He presents us to God.  He intercedes on our behalf.  He carries our burdens!
*Christ sacrificed Himself for us.  The high priest had to make a sacrifice for himself.  (Hebrews 9:24– He entered into Heaven for me.  Take it personally!  Hebrews 7:26– We have the perfect High Priest!)
*When you have a burden you can’t share with another person or even express, we can rest assured that Jesus knows and cares because He knows exactly what we’re going through.  (Hebrews 7:23)
*He has made us priests!  (Revelation 1:5)  Therefore, we have access to the very throneroom of God.  (Hebrews 4:16
>Priests offer sacrifices, so what kind of sacrifices do we bring? 
Romans 12:1– Ourselves.  Our life. 
Hebrews 13:15– Continual praise and thanks. 
*Be holy…at work, at home, in your speech, in your thought life.  Be thankful. 
Zechariah 3:1-10– Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne!!!!

Weekly Announcements (August 31-September 6)

LAST UPDATED Sunday, August 30
Monday, August 31
-What did you learn yesterday?  Have you applied anything yet?  Review your notes!

Tuesday, September 1
6:45-8:00 a.m.– Men’s Morning Meditations: Where God’s Word and coffee perk you up at your Pastor’s home!
Happy Anniversary to Debbie & Cecil Stone

Wednesday, September 2
6:45 a.m.– Bro. Kevoy’s flight leaves for Jamaica.  Pray the Lord will bless him with traveling mercies.
7:00 p.m.
– We will continue our “What We Believe Series.”  The kids will begin will be in Acts 2!  

Thursday, September 3
-Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.

Friday, September 4
-Pray especially for Sis. Becky R. today!
Happy Anniversary to Tom & Janna Riley today!

Saturday, September 5
-Pray for the services and your pastor tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship. 
UK v. Miami of Ohio

Sunday, September 6
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (1 John)
Devotion: Jason Estes
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship
Ushers: Chandler Dawson & Roger Harden
5:30 p.m.– Little Lifers Kids’ Choir
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 39)

Friday, September 25
Cookout at St. Martin Villa (a great witnessing opportunity)!  See Bro. Wayne Sparks if you can be there!

Tuesday, April 13-Thursday, April 15, 2010
Together for the Gospel Conference
in Louisville, Ky. (Register)

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Scripture at Sunrise 8.28.09

“I will give you one heart and a new spirit; I will take from you your hearts of stone and give you tender hearts of love for God, so that you can obey My laws and be My people, and I will be your God.”  -Ezekiel 11:19-20

O For a  Heart to Praise My God
O for a heart to praise my God,
a heart from sin set free,
a heart that always feels thy blood
so freely shed for me.

A heart resigned, submissive, meek,
my great Redeemer’s throne,
where only Christ is heard to speak,
where Jesus reigns alone.

A humble, lowly, contrite heart,
believing, true, and clean,
which neither life nor death can part
from Christ who dwells within.

A heart in every thought renewed
and full of love divine,
perfect and right and pure and good,
a copy, Lord, of Thine.

Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart;
come quickly from above;
write thy new name upon my heart,
Thy new, best name of Love.
[by Charles Wesley 1707-1788]

Story Behind the Song
It is not surprising that John and Charles Wesley should be concerned about the human heart.  After all, they had gone through the motions of a heartless Christianity fr years.  It was not enough, they discovered, for a person to be religious, moral, and orthodox.  They had been all that—as ordained clergymen, they knew the gospel well.  But their hearts still had to be changed by an encounter with God’s Word.  As John Wesley read Luther’s commentary of Galatians and then read about “the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20), the personal pronouns struck him.  Suddenly he saw the necessity of a personal faith that would change the heart.

This hymn, written by Charles Wesley less than four years after his conversion, is based on Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a pure heart, O God.”  He knew as well as anybody that that was the only way he could truly be what God wanted him to be.
[from The One Year Book of Hymns, August 26 entry]

Scripture at Sunrise 8.27.09

“If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.”  -Psalm 139:9-10

“…For David (and for every born-again believer) the all-seeing eye of God is more like a baby video monitor than a convenience store camera.”

Read the rest of this thought-provoking post at Fighter Verses!

Isaiah 58 Recap

I wasn’t able to be there (thanks, band), but I’ve heard that there were some exciting things happening at the Isaiah 58 Ministry cookout for the neighborhood tonight.

Starting at 6:30, Bro. Wayne presented the Gospel to the adults and Sis. Lydia did a lesson for the children.  They both had to leave right after they spoke, which meant only 8 “servers” remained.

I’ve heard it was busy, busy, busy!  Jason and Nikki had done a lot of prep work buying the food and pitched in to serve at the actual cookout, too!  Kenny and Denise worked the grill.  Leslie ran all over the place to get whatever was needed.  Donnie and Pastor Steve helped serve the food and, as usual, Harry served the drinks.  There were so many people (nearly 100), Sis. Lydia had to bring some extra hot dog buns.

A lot of the attendees were very receptive and had questions about NLBC and the service times.

Pray that all the seeds planted tonight would take root in the precious hearts of these people and grow.  We hope to see a lot of these guests on Sunday!