Scripture at Sunrise 4.29.2010

“For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”  -Jude 1:4

Grace does not ignore the requirements of God’s holiness; it obeys them.  (via Steve Camp’s Twitter)

Scripture at Sunrise 4.28.2010

 “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

“God frees us from our bankruptcy only by paying our debts on Christ’s cross.  More than that.  He has not only cancelled the debt, but also destroyed the document on which it was recorded.”

John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ (Downers Grove, 1986), page 234.  [via Ray Ortlund]

Scripture at Sunrise 4.27.2010

“The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.”  -Psalm 138:8

God Finished His Work
He who has begun will carry on the work which is being wrought within my soul. The Lord is concerned about everything that concerns me. All that is now good, but not perfect, the Lord will watch over, preserve, and carry out to completion. This is a great comfort. I could not perfect the work of grace myself. Of that I am quite sure, for I fail every day and have only held on so long as I have because the Lord has helped me. If the Lord were to leave me, all my past experience would go for nothing, and I should perish from the way. But the Lord will continue to bless me. He will perfect my faith, my love, my character, my lifework. He will do this because He has begun a work in me. He gave me the concern I feel, and, in a measure, He has fulfilled my gracious aspirations, He never leaves a work unfinished; this would not be for His glory, nor would it be like Him. He knows how to accomplish His gracious design, and though my own evil nature and the world and the devil all conspire to hinder Him, I do not doubt His promise. He will perfect that which concerneth me, and I will praise Him forever. Lord, let Thy gracious work make some advance this day!

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

Scripture at Sunrise 4.26.2010

Sunday School | Luke 14:15-24 | Bro. Roger Harden
“…‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’”  -Luke 14:20b
vs. 18-20- On making excuses: As a Christian, are you rejecting Christ’s invitation to spend time with Him and fellowship with Him in His Word?  Do you enjoy spending time with Him?  He will make time for you to make time to spend time with Him.  He is jealous for our affections. 
vs. 21- We are spirtually poor, crippled, blind and lame.  That’s who we are before God without Christ.  (Luke 18) We must get a right view of God’s holiness and justice. 
vs. 24- GO out and share the Gospel. 

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 11:17-22 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.”  -1 Corinthians 11:22
The Lord’s Supper is one of two ordinances given to believers (the other being baptism).  It’s a law to keep, a command, not an option. 
vs. 17- Paul comes down hard on the Corinthians, reminding them to practice the Lord’s Supper when they are assembled. 
vs. 18- Their division is a social issue.  Some didn’t associate with others.  Solution: Live the truth that the ground is level at the cross.  (Ephesians 2:14-18)  The Corinthians were building the wall back up that Christ had broken down.  Believers help believers because they have all things in common (Acts 2:44).
vs. 19- There must be differences of opinion among you.  Why?  To accomplish God’s purpose. 

Why are there problems in churches?  It’s a necessity.  It manifests the good.  Only through the difficult times do you see the good shine through.  Are there squabbles?  You get to find out who the peacemakers are.  You would never know the love of God if there was no sin in the world.  (Isaiah 53:10)

God tests our hearts. (1 Thessalonians 2:4, James 1:12)  Divisions are for a purification process.  (Titus 3:10, Luke 17:1-2)
vs. 20-22- The Lord’s Supper is invalid when this happens and brings shame to the name of the Lord.  You might as well go home if you’re going to cause dissension. 
Do you despise the church of God?  Your actions will tell. 

Evening Worship | Numbers 1:1-54 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“So all those listed of the people of Israel, by their fathers’ houses, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go to war in Israel— all those listed were 603,550.”  -Numbers 1:45-46
One big family (Israel) is counting who can be counted on to go to war.  Members of churches should be able to be counted on, even when the going gets tough.  This shows their committment.  If you are committed to the Lord, you will be committed to one another.  Membership is committment.  It’s being involved.  It’s a privilege to belong. 

We don’t need 603,550 men to stand and fight for us.  We have One who ever lives and pleads for us.  He committed His life for us so that we could be free.  Is your life committed to Him?  Is your life, therefore, committed to one another?

Weekly Announcements (April 26-May 2)

LAST UPDATED Sunday, April 25
Monday, April 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, April 27
-Pray for our ALL members today as they battle worldly influences and temptations.  Call them, write them a letter, invite them over for dinner. Plan to do something to get to know our new members better!
Remember to pray especially for Travis and Paul today.

Wednesday, April 28

7:00- We will continue our study in the book of Revelation.  Sis. Nikki will be teaching the kids from the book of 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, April 29
Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.

Friday, April 30
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, May 1
Pray for the services along with those preaching and teaching tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, May 2
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Corinthians 11)
Ushers: Chandler Dawson & Roger Cruz
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (The Lord’s Supper)

Friday, May 28-Monday, May 31, 2010
Next Conference in Baltimore!  [Love offering for travel expenses on May 16.]
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Scripture at Sunrise 4.23.2010

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  -Lamentations 3:22-23

Mercies Anew
Every morning that breaks,
There are mercies anew.
Every breath that I take
Is your faithfulness proved.
And at the end of each day,
When my labors are through,
I will sing of Your mercies anew.

When I’ve fallen and strayed
There were mercies anew.
For you sought me in love
And my heart you pursued.
In the face of my sin
Lord, You never withdrew,
So I sing of Your mercies anew.

And Your mercies, they will never end
For ten thousand years they’ll remain.
And when this world’s beauty has passed away
Your mercies will be unchanged.

And when the storms swirl and rage
There are mercies anew.
In affliction and pain
You will carry me through.
And at the end of my days,
When Your throne fills my view,
I will sing of Your mercies anew.
I will sing of Your mercies anew.

[by Bob Kauflin and Mark Altrogge of Sovereign Grace Music; as recorded on “Upward: The Hymns Project”]