Archive for February, 2010

February 28, 2010

Scripture at Sunrise 3.1.2010

Sunday School | Matthew 26:6-13 | Bro. Roger Harden

“…’Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to Me.  For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have Me…'”  -Matthew 26:10-11
vs. 6-7: Jesus was not concerned with public opinion.  He was in the leper’s house.  We are spiritual lepers.
vs. 8-9: Disciples thought this was wasteful.  They were with Him all the time and perhaps took His presence for granted.
vs. 10-13: Jesus addressed the bickering and talking behind the woman’s back.  He made sure the disciples had their priorities straight.  If you’re helping the poor, tell them WHY you are giving them $10, because you have been given much.

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 | Pastor Steve Wainright

“For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.”  -1 Corinthians 9:19
Paul was free in Christ, but made himself a bond-servant because of his great love for Christ, sacrificing all he had to win others to the Lord.  Paul adapted his life to reach others and met them right where they were, earning the right to share the Gospel with them.  He also subjected his body to his mind.  If he didn’t practice what he preached, he’d be disqualified from the ministry.

Evening Worship | Leviticus 23:1-3 | Pastor Steve Wainright

“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from His.”  -Hebrews 4:9-10
*The Lord appointed the Sabbath as a day of rest and rejoicing to constantly remind the Israelites Who their covenant was with (their Creator and Redeemer…Exodus 12/20:8, Genesis 2:1-3).
*Christ is our rest.  We don’t have to work to get to Heaven.  It’s not what we do that pleases God.  It’s what Christ has done that gives us peace with God, and therefore gives us rest.  (Hebrews 4:9-10; Matthew 11:28-30)
*Gathering together encourages.  Your obedience to the Word of God shows forth your profession.  If you love Christ, you will keep His commandments.  (Hebrews 10:24-25; John)  The love of Christ motivates us to come worship Him with others He has shown love to.  Examine yourself.  (2 Corinthians 13:5)

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February 28, 2010

Weekly Announcements (March 1-7)

LAST UPDATED Sunday, February 28

Monday, March 1
-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, March 2
-Pray for our new members today as they battle worldly influences and temptations.  Call them, write them a letter, invite them over for dinner, do something to get to know them better!
-NLBC celebrates its 13th anniversary!

Wednesday, March 3
7:00 p.m.- We will continue our study in 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, March 4
-Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.

Friday, March 5
-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, March 6
-Pray for the services along with those preaching and teaching tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship.
-Happy Birthday to Shawn Grimes!

Sunday, March 7
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
Devotion:
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Corinthians 10)
Ushers: Jason Estes & Chandler
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Leviticus 23)

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!
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Links of the Week:

  • Weightless
  • Matt Chandler, a young pastor from Texas who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, will (Lord-willing) be speaking at Together for the Gospel in April.  Read more about his story and how you can pray for him and his family.
  • What the sculpture doesn’t know…
  • The True Feast
  • What Kind of Righteousness Exceeds Pharisees?
February 25, 2010

Wednesday Night Recap [Feb. 17 and 24]

ch. 1:19- The second coming brings blessings for believers.  The future should motivate.
ch. 1:20-2:1 – Stars=messengers; give light, the glorious Gospel shines (in right hand=authority)
– Lampstands=churches make known Christ

Letter to Church at Ephesus (ch. 2:1-7)
– vs. 2- works (activities); toil (hardship of work); patient endurance (steadfast); rejects false doctrine
– vs. 3-4- Their problem was that they were sound in doctrine, but short in love.
– vs. 5- These things are motivated by love
– vs. 6- Pure love hates what God hates.
– vs. 7- Promised blessings motivate. (ch. 1:19)

Letter to Church at Smyrna (ch. 2:8-11)
– vs. 8- Smyrna (comes from Greek word for myrrh, which is bitter, but very fragrant when crushed)
– Suffering may be disciplinary, preventative, to learn obedience, or to provide a better testimony.
– vs. 10- Don’t fear about what you are going to suffer.  Be faithful unto death.
– vs. 11- Future rewards to motivate. (ch. 1:19)

February 25, 2010

Scripture at Sunrise 2.25.10

And the Lord said to Paul l one night in a vision,  “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent,  for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.  -Acts 18:9-11

Election fuels evangelism.

[from “The Blazing Center”]

February 25, 2010

Boundless’ Plug for Next

Reading Boundless’ plug for Next this morning made we want to hop to Baltimore in the snow right now.  I can’t wait!

February 23, 2010

Scripture at Sunrise 2.24.10

“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”  -John 1:12

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”  -C.S. Lewis

[via Of First Importance]

February 22, 2010

Scripture at Sunrise 2.23.10

Past Deliverance Begets Faith

“David said moreover, ‘The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.'”  -1 Samuel 17:37

This is not a promise if we consider only the words, but it is truly so as to its sense; for David spoke a word which the Lord endorsed by making it true. He argued from past deliverances that he should receive help in a new danger. In Jesus all the promises are “Yea” and “Amen” to the glory of God by us, and so the Lord’s former dealings with His believing people will be repeated.

Come, then, let us recall the Lord’s former lovingkindness. We could not have hoped to be delivered aforetime by our own strength; yet the Lord delivered us. Will He not again save us? We are sure He will. As David ran to meet his foe, so will we. The Lord has been with us, He is with us, and He has said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” Why do we tremble? Was the past a dream? Think of the dead bear and lion. Who is this Philistine? True, he is not quite the same, and is neither bear nor lion; but then God is the same, and His honor is as much concerned in the one case as in the other. He did not save us from the beasts of the forest to let a giant kill us. Let us be of good courage.

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

February 21, 2010

Scripture at Sunrise 2.22.10

“But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”  -1 Corinthians 8:9

The right Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians 9 was his right to receive ministerial support.  Paul’s desire was to see people saved and following Christ, growing in grace and knowledge.  The Gospel always goes forth without a charge and he did not want to be a hindrance to the Gospel; therefore, he relinquished his freedom in Christ for the benefit of others.

Does your freedom in Christ cause others to stumble?  Do you use your freedoms to edify others or tear them down?

February 21, 2010

Weekly Announcements (Feb. 22-Feb. 28)

LAST UPDATED Sunday, February 21

Monday, February 22
-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, February 23
-Pray for our new members today as they battle worldly influences and temptations.  Call them, write them a letter, invite them over for dinner, do something to get to know them better!
Happy Birthday to Rachel Gee!

Wednesday, February 24
7:00 p.m.- We will continue our study in 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.
Happy Birthday to Gina Harden!

Thursday, February 25
-Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.

Friday, February 26
-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, February 27
-Pray for the services along with those speaking tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, February 28
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
Devotion: Wayne Sparks [?]
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Corinthians)
Ushers: Steve Gee and Jason Estes
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Leviticus 23)

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!
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Links of the Week:

February 19, 2010

Scripture at Sunrise 2.19.10

“For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe…” -Romans 3:20-22

“The cross is the place of exhausted penalty and magnified law. That which covers the sinner entirely and shields him from wrath was finished there. That covering, that propitiatory covering, whose power and virtue are unchangeable throughout all ages, and underneath which we are secure from wrath, was wrought out there. The propitiation of the cross is the substance of the glad tidings which we bring.”

—Horatius Bonar, “The Cross of the Lord Jesus”

(“Story Behind the Song” will hopefully return next Friday.  This quote was too good not to share today!)
[HT: Of First Importance]

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