Scripture at Sunrise 12.1.09

God Is in the Front Line

“The Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”  -Deuteronomy 31:8

In the presence of a great work or a great warfare, here is a text which should help us to buckle on our harness. If Jehovah Himself goes before us, it must be safe to follow. Who can obstruct our progress if the Lord Himself is in the van? Come, brother soldiers, let us make a prompt advance! Why do we hesitate to pass on to victory?

Nor is the Lord before us only; He is with us. Above, beneath, around, within is the omnipotent, omnipresent One. In all time, even to eternity, He will be with us even as He has been. How this should nerve our arm! Dash at it boldly, ye soldiers of the cross, for the Lord of hosts is with us!

Being before us and with us, He will never withdraw His help. He cannot fail in Himself, and He will not fail toward us. He will continue to help us according to our need, even to the end. As He cannot fail us, so He will not forsake us. He will always be both able and willing to grant us strength and succor till fighting days are gone.

Let us not fear nor be dismayed; for the Lord of hosts will go down to the battle with us, will bear the brunt of the fight, and give us the victory.

Scripture at Sunrise 11.30.09

Sunday School | Jude 1:17-25 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.  But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.”  -Jude 1:19-21
The apostles were concerned about people coming in the church and giving all the fulfillments of the world, but not giving any spiritual substance, causing the hearers to gain the whole world, but lose their soul.

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 5:1-5 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  -Romans 12:2
In chapters 1-4, Paul addressed the first problem of the church at Corinth: division caused by pride.  Now, he addresses sexual immorality.  Their sin was so bad that even unbelievers were appalled at it.  The members of the church at Corinth had become apathetic about the sins.  God never takes sin lightly.  (Revelation 2)

Evening Worship | “The Word of God” | Pastor Steve Wainright
“But the word of God increased and multiplied.”  -Acts 12:24
The Word of God was preeminent in Jerusalem.  (Acts 6)
The Word of God was predominant right outside of Judea.  (Acts 12)
The Word of God prevailed in Ephesus and the regions beyond.  (Acts 19)
These all fulfill Acts 1:8.

Weekly Announcements (Nov. 30-Dec. 6)

LAST UPDATED Sunday, November 29

Monday, November 30
-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.
*Christmas Cantata Practice #3 at the Wainrights’ home.  Come at 6:00 p.m. for soup and salad and we will practice at 6:30. Open to middle-schoolers and older!

Tuesday, December 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!
Next Conference registration opens!!!!
Pray for our country, government and leaders.
Happy Birthday to Crystal Grimes!

Wednesday, December 2
7:00 p.m.
– We will continue our “What We Believe Series.”  The kids will be in Acts.
-Pray for the children of NLBC today, that they will come to know Christ as their Savior and treasure Him above all things.

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

Friday, December 4
-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, December 5
-Pray for the services and your pastor tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, December 6
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School
Devotion: Paul Johnson
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (1 Corinthians 5)
Ushers: Roger Harden and Paul Johnson
5:30 p.m.– Little Lifers Kids’ Choir
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Leviticus 9)

Tuesday, April 13-Thursday, April 15, 2010
Together for the Gospel Conference
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Friday, May 28-Monday, May 31, 2010
Next Conference in Baltimore!  Registration opens this Tuesday!!!!

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BFM Thanksgiving Offering – Our goal: $2000!
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Links of the Week:

  • Why we say marriage is like Christ and the church
  • Recipe: Eggs in a basket
  • Need help with online self-control?  Haven’t tried this, but heard it’s great!
  • Better News the Gospel Brings

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m grateful that America has a day set aside for Thanksgiving, but I believe it should last every moment of every day — at least for the believer.  Really, I guess unbelievers can never be truly thankful because in and of ourselves, we cannot muster up any thankfulness.

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  -Romans 1:21

They know of God, but do not experientially know His redeeming grace.  They may shallowly be grateful for some material things, but do not attribute their Source.  They are thankful only for the gifts, but not the Giver.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  -James 1:17

Once you have experienced God’s love and redeeming grace through the sacrifice of His Son, there is absolutely no way you cannot be thankful.  That is the greatest gift He has ever given us.

Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith…abounding in thanksgiving.  -Colossians 2:7

How could God spare His own perfect Son to be my propitiation and die on the cross innocently for my wretched, filthy, wicked soul, consuming the wrath of God that should have been dumped on me for all eternity?  BUT GOD (being rich in mercy!) used His Son to reconcile us to Himself, not by anything we have done, but based only on everything He has done and His righteousness!

Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free.  For God, the Just, is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me.   -Before the Throne of God Above

Do you have an ungrateful heart?  Bathe your heart thoroughly in the Gospel.  Read Ephesians 1-2 and just see if the Holy Spirit won’t make you ooze with thanksgiving!

Write it out!  Talk about what He’s done for you.  When you do really come to appreciate it, you’ll love to tell the story and want to heart it over and over again.

Thank you, Lord, for saving me to the praise of Your glorious grace!

Every day should be a Happy Thanksgiving Day in the life of one whose heart has been transformed by the Gospel!

Sarah Wainright

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A cornucopia of Thanksgiving links for you:

Thanksgiving Story

In the mid-1800s, Sarah Josepha Hale wrote an editorial column in Godey’s Lady’s Book to persuade her fellow citizens to get Thanksgiving accepted as an American national holiday. 

(From Sarah Josepha Hale, “Editor’s Table,” Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1858)

OUR NATIONAL THANKSGIVING
“All the blessings of the fields,
All the stores the garden yields,
All the plenty summer pours,
Autumn’s rich, o’erflowing stores,
Peace, prosperity and health,
Private bliss and public wealth,
Knowledge with its gladdening streams,
Pure religion’s holier beams —
Lord, for these our souls shall raise
Grateful vows and solemn praise.”

We are most happy to agree with the large majority of the governors of the different States — as shown in their unanimity of action for several past years, and which, we hope, will this year be adopted by all — that the LAST THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER shall be the DAY Of NATIONAL THANKSGIVING for the American people. Let this day, from this time forth, as long as our Banner of Stars floats on the breeze, be the grand THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY of our nation, when the noise and tumult of wordliness may be exchanged for the laugh of happy children, the glad greetings of family reunion, and the humble gratitude of the Christian heart. This truly American Festival falls, this year on the twenty fifth day of this month.

Let us consecrate the day to benevolence of action, by sending good gifts to the poor, and doing those deeds of charity that will, for one day, make every American home the place of plenty and of rejoicing. These seasons of refreshing are of inestimable advantage to the popular heart; and if rightly managed, will greatly aid and strengthen public harmony of feeling. Let the people of all the States and Territories sit down together to the “feast of fat things,” and drink, in the sweet draught of joy and gratitude to the Divine giver of all our blessings, the pledge of renewed love to the Union, and to each other; and of peace and good-will to all men. Then the last Thursday in November will soon become the day of AMERICAN THANKSGIVING throughout the world.

[from About.com]

Scripture at Sunrise 11.25.09

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  -Ephesians 5:20

Sometimes we get in an automobile accident and come out alive and we say, “Thank you God for sparing my life.” But do you ever just thank God when you go home and you don’t have an accident? Isn’t that even better?

There was a family in a church who had heard that a fellow church member had given a significant love offering in memory of their son who died on the battlefield. On the way home, the wife said to her husband, “Why don’t we give an offering of an equal amount for our son?” He said, “Why? Our son wasn’t killed.” She said, “Don’t you think that’s a good reason to give an offering?”

What should you do? Give thanks always for all things.

[from Adrian Rogers’ Daily Treasures]

Scripture at Sunrise 11.24.09

Pardon and Forgiveness

“He will not always chide: neither will He keep his anger for ever.” -Psalm 103:9

He will chide sometimes, or He would not be a wise Father for such poor, erring children as we are. His chiding is very painful to those who are true, because they feel how sadly they deserve it and how wrong it is on their part to grieve Him. We know what this chiding means, and we bow before the Lord, mourning that we should cause Him to be angry with us.

But what a comfort we find in these lines! “Not always” will He chide. If we repent and turn to Him with hearts broken for sin and broken from sin, He will smile upon us at once. It is no pleasure to Him to turn a frowning face toward those whom He loves with all His heart: it is His joy that our joy should be full.

Come, let us seek His face. There is no reason for despair, nor even for despondency. Let us love a chiding God, and before long we shall sing, “Thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortest me.” Be gone, ye dark forebodings, ye ravens of the soul! Come in, ye humble hopes and grateful memories, ye doves of the heart! He who pardoned us long ago as a judge will again forgive us as a father, and we shall rejoice in His sweet, unchanging love.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, November 24 entry]