Archive for December, 2009

December 31, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 12.31.09

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  -Ephesians 2:8-9

“Faith is receiving, it’s not doing. Faith receives the gift of God’s grace in Jesus.”

[John Piper via @PiperTravel]

December 30, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 12.30.09

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree'”  -Galatians 3:13

“Why can we have the tree of life? Because Jesus Christ climbed the cross, the tree of death. And because Jesus climbed the tree of death you can have the tree of life.”   -Tim Keller

[via Of First Importance]

December 28, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 12.29.09

“He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  -Hebrews 13:5

Several times in the Scriptures the LORD hath said this. He has often repeated it to make our assurance doubly sure. Let us never harbor a doubt about it. In itself the promise is specially emphatic. In the Greek it has five negatives, each one definitely shutting out the possibility of the LORD’s ever leaving one of His people so that he can justly feel forsaken of his God. This priceless Scripture does not promise us exemption from trouble, but it does secure us against desertion. We may be called to traverse strange ways, but we shall always have our LORD’s company, assistance, and provision. We need not covet money, for we shall always have our God, and God is better than gold; His favor is better than fortune. We ought surely to be content with such things as we have, for he who has God has more than all the world besides. What can we have beyond the Infinite? What more can we desire than almighty Goodness. Come, my heart; if God says He will never leave thee nor forsake thee, be thou much in prayer for grace that thou mayest never leave thy LORD, nor even for a moment forsake His ways.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, December 28 entry]

December 24, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 12.24.09

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  -Matthew 1:21

That baby was born so that “he who had no sin” would become “sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” The baby’s destiny from the moment of his conception was hell—hell in the place of sinners. When I look into the manger, I come away shaken as I realize again that he was born to pay the unbearable penalty for my sins.

That’s the message of Christmas: God reconciled the world to himself through Christ, man’s sin has alienated him from God, and man’s reconciliation with God is possible only through faith in Christ…Christmas is disturbing.

[William H. Smith, as quoted by CJ Mahaney in “Disturbing Christmas“]

December 22, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 12.23.09

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”  -Romans 8:32

“During this time of year, it may be easy to forget that the bigger purpose behind Bethlehem was Calvary. But the purpose of the manger was realized in the horrors of the cross. The purpose of his birth was his death.
Or to put it more personally: Christmas is necessary because I am a sinner. The incarnation reminds us of our desperate condition before a holy God.”

[From “Disturbing Christmas,” a must-read article by CJ Mahaney.]

December 22, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 12.22.09

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  -Psalm 46:1

A help that is not present when we need it is of small value. The anchor which is left at home is of no use to the seaman in the hour of storm; the money which he used to have is of no worth to the debtor when a writ is out against him. Very few earthly helps could be called “very present”: they are usually far in the seeking, far in the using, and farther still when once used. But as for the Lord our God, He is present when we seek Him, present when we need Him, and present when we have already enjoyed His aid.

He is more than “present,” He is very present. More present than the nearest friend can be, for He is in us in our trouble; more present than we are to ourselves, for sometimes we lack presence of mind. He is always present, effectually present, sympathetically present, altogether present. He is present now if this is a gloomy season. Let us rest ourselves upon Him. He is our refuge, let us hide in Him; He is our strength, let us array ourselves with Him; He is our help, let us lean upon Him; He is our very present help, let us repose in Him now. We need not have a moment’s care or an instant’s fear. “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”

December 22, 2009

Links of the Week

I didn’t get these up in a very timely manner, but there are some real gems in here and I didn’t want you to miss anything!  So without further adieu…

Links of the Week:

A Few Top 2009 Book Lists:

December 21, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 12.21.09

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”  -1 Corinthians 6:11

[read in context to understand the first part!]

Wow!  Think about that!

December 21, 2009

Weekly Announcements (Dec. 21-27)

LAST UPDATED Monday, December 21

Monday, December 21
-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, December 22
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, December 23
7:00 p.m.
– We will be studying the book of Revelation.   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 24
-Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.

Friday, December 25
-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.
-Merry Christmas!!!!

Saturday, December 26
-Pray for the services and your pastor tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, December 27
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (1 Corinthians 6)
Ushers: Harry Sparks and Steve Gee
5:30 p.m.– Little Lifers Kids’ Choir
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Leviticus 11)

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

Friday, May 28-Monday, May 31, 2010
Next Conference in Baltimore!  Registration is open!
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Links of the Week:

Coming Soon!!!!

December 18, 2009

Scripture at Sunrise 12.18.09

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  -Romans 5:8

God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy.

{Download a free mp3 of this song by Jars of Clay at!}

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