Scripture at Sunrise 10.30.09

“I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in.” -Revelation 3:20

Since Jesus Came Into My Heart
What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought
Since Jesus came into my heart!
I have light in my soul for which long I had sought,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

Since Jesus came into my heart,
Since Jesus came into my heart,
Floods of joy o’er my soul
Like the sea billows roll,
Since Jesus came into my heart.

I have ceased from my wandering and going astray,
Since Jesus came into my heart!
And my sins, which were many, are all washed away,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

I’m possessed of a hope that is steadfast and sure,
Since Jesus came into my heart!
And no dark clouds of doubt now my pathway obscure,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

There’s a light in the valley of death now for me,
Since Jesus came into my heart!
And the gates of the City beyond I can see,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

I shall go there to dwell in that City, I know,
Since Jesus came into my heart!
And I’m happy, so happy, as onward I go,
Since Jesus came into my heart!

[Words by // Ru­fus H. Mc­Dan­i­el, 1914 / Music by // Charles H. Gabriel, 1914]

McDaniel, an Ohio native, wrote these words after the death of his son.  Gabriel was a well-known composer who also wrote hymns such as I Stand Amazed in the Presence and Send the Light.

Here’s a beautiful rendition I found on YouTube.

Scripture at Sunrise 10.29.09

“The trees of the Lord are full of sap.”  -Psalm 104:16

Without sap the tree cannot flourish or even exist. Vitality is essential to a Christian. There must be life—a vital principle infused into us by God the Holy Spirit—or we cannot be trees of the Lord. What a secret thing the sap is! The roots go searching through the soil, but we cannot see them transform the mineral into the vegetable. This work is done down in the dark. Our root is Christ Jesus, and our life is hid in Him. This is the secret of the Lord. In the Christian, the divine life is always full of energy.
-C.H. Spurgeon

Scripture at Sunrise 10.28.09

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live…'”  -John 11:25

“There laid they Jesus, and rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.” Ending of Thomas Jefferson’s “Bible.” No hope.

[via Albert Mohler‘s Twitter]

Scripture at Sunrise 10.27.09

Because of Us

“For the elect’s sake those days be shortened.”  -Matthew 24:22

For the sake of His elect the Lord withholds many judgments and shortens others. In great tribulations the fire would devour all were it not that Out of regard to His elect the Lord damps the flame. Thus, while He saves His elect for the sake of Jesus, He also preserves the race for the sake of His chosen.

What an honor is thus put upon saints! How diligently they ought to use their influence with their Lord! He will hear their prayers for sinners and bless their efforts for their salvation. He blesses believers that they may be a blessing to those who are in unbelief. Many a sinner lives because of the prayers of a mother, or wife, or daughter to whom the Lord has respect.

Have we used aright the singular power with which the Lord entrusts us? Do we pray for our country, for other lands, and for the age? Do we, in times of war, famine, pestilence, stand out as intercessors, pleading that the days may be shortened? Do we lament before God the outbursts of infidelity, error, and licentiousness? Do we beseech our Lord Jesus to shorten the reign of sin by hastening His own glorious appearing? Let us get to our knees and never rest till Christ appeareth.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 10.26.09

Sunday School | 1 John 5:1-12 | Bro. Roger Harden
“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”  -1 John 5:12
We have full assurance when we realize that our salvation has nothing to do with what we have done, but everything to do with what He has done for us!

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 3:10-18 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.”  -1 Corinthians 3:10
The only foundation that will last is Jesus Christ!  Once He is our foundation, it’s our responsibility to build on it with the rich resources He has given us.  We will be judged for our actions and motives.  If you have wrong actions, motives or attitudes (wood, hay, stubble), they will be consumed.  But, you will be rewarded for what remains standing  (vs. 14).  The rewards we receive will be cast at the Savior’s feet because He alone deserves the glory and is worthy of it!  (Revelation 4)
*How are you building on the foundation that has been laid?

Evening Worship | Leviticus 5:14-6:7 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross.”  -Colossians 2:13-14

We have a great sin-debt.  God has made provision for our sins through His Son.  Our debt has been paid in full by Christ!

We are thrilled about what the Lord is doing in John and Jennifer’s lives.  It’s so exciting to see Him at work in such a powerful way!  Today, we welcomed John back along with Jennifer!  :o)  And…there was a very sweet proposal that happened right after the invitation!  We love you all and are praying for you!

John and Jennifer

Weekly Announcements (Oct. 26-Nov. 1)

LAST UPDATED Sunday, October 25
Monday, October 26
-What did you learn yesterday?  Have you applied anything yet?  Review your notes!
-Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.

Tuesday, October 27
6:45-8:00 a.m.– Men’s Morning Meditations: Where God’s Word and coffee perk you up at your Pastor’s home!
Pray for our country, government and leaders.

Wednesday, October 28
7:00 p.m.
– We will continue our “What We Believe Series,” studying “Heaven.”  The kids will be in Acts 9, studying about Dorcas.
-Pray for the children of NLBC today, that they will come to know Christ as their Savior and treasure Him above all things.

Thursday, October 29
-Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.

Friday, October 30
6:00 p.m. – FeLlOwShIp! You’re invited to Jason & Nikki’s for food and fellowship!  They will be grilling hamburgers, chicken and hot dogs.  They’ll also have MaRsHmAlLoWs on an open fire!  It would be great if each family could bring a side item or dessert.  There’s no need to sign up…that way what we’ll be eating will be a surprise!
-Pray for those at NLBC who are taking care of elderly parents at this time: strength to care for them, patience with them and grace for the trying moments.

Saturday, October 31
-Pray for the services and your pastor tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, November 1
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (1 John 5)
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (1 Corinthians 3)
Ushers: Tom Riley & Jason Estes
5:30 p.m.– Little Lifers Kids’ Choir
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Leviticus 6)

Tuesday, April 13-Thursday, April 15, 2010
Together for the Gospel Conference
in Louisville, Ky.  [Please let Pastor Steve know ASAP if you can go.  There is a group rate available!]

Missionary of the Month:
BFM General Fund

Coming Next Month: BFM Thanksgiving Offering!  Our goal: $2000!
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