Archive for May, 2010

May 28, 2010

How to make the most of Next…even if you’re not there!

Even if you didn’t get to go to Baltimore this year, you can make the most of the Next Conference from right where you are!

1. Check out the website at www.thisisNEXT.org.  Follow all the action on Twitter and Facebook
2. Pray for those going by name: Steve, Becky, Nikki, Sarah (and those meeting us there in Baltimore: Greg, Margaret, Stefanie and Mrs. Lewis)
3. Listen to the messages after the conference as they’re posted online and discuss them with someone who went when they return.  (While you wait for the new ones, maybe listen to the old ones!)
4. Text someone who is there!

Some specific things to pray for:

  • Traveling mercies…mercy, mercy, mercy! 
  • Their hearts to be refreshed.
  • The cross to be lifted high.
  • The Lord to be glorified.
  • New friendships created.
  • Old friendships strengthened.
  • Hearts to be pierced by the Word.
  • Clear minds of speakers and listeners. 
  • God to be glorified in our speech, the way we eat, in every little thing we do.
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May 27, 2010

Scripture at Sunrise 5.27.2010

“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”  -Acts 20:24
“Our greatest fear should not be failure, but succeeding at things in life that dont matter.” -Tim Kizziar  (via Mike Donehey‘s Twitter)

May 26, 2010

Isaiah 58: First Cookout of the Year!

We kicked off our 2010 Isaiah 58 Ministry last night and more than 100 of our neighbors showed up to hear the Gospel, grab a burger, and fellowship with us.  Pastor Steve preached a 5-minute sermon from the book of Hebrews about the grace of God.  Bro. Roger Cruz translated the message into Spanish for all our Latino friends who came out!  After Bro. Randy led us in prayer, our neighbors lined up to grab some grub. 

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Kenny worked the grill along with Denise (Charlie supervised!).  Ethan, Landon, and Joseph made the lemonade with Nikki.  Cheryl, Brenda, Leslie, Mollie, Helen, Ron, Wayne, Jason, Micheal, and Olivia all worked the serving line at one point.  Harry did a lot of the grocery shopping and was serving in every way as usually does.  Roger and Gina served the drinks (la limonada!).  Randy had trash patrol (he could squeeze more trash into one bag than anyone I’ve ever seen)! 

Everyone worked together very well and enjoyed getting to know our neighbors.  Pray that the Lord will water the seeds that were planted and give us courage and boldness to plant even more next time. 

View a clip of some of our members serving our precious neighbors!

May 26, 2010

Scripture at Sunrise 5.26.2010

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  -Jeremiah 29:11
God’s will–as Elisabeth Elliot reminds us, “is always different from what [we] expect, always bigger, and, ultimately, infinitely, more glorious than [our] wildest imaginings.”

[Snippet from a post called “I Give Up” by the Mahaney Ladies over at GirlTalk]

May 25, 2010

Scripture at Sunrise 5.25.2010

“One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you”  -Joshua 23:10

Why count heads? One man with God is a majority though there be a thousand on the other side. Sometimes our helpers may be too many for God to work with them, as was the case with Gideon, who could do nothing till he had increased his forces by thinning out their numbers. But the Lord’s hosts are never too few. When God would found a nation, He called Abram alone and blessed him. When He would vanquish proud Pharaoh, He used no armies, but only Moses and Aaron. The “one-man ministry,” as certain wise men call it, has been far more used of the Lord than trained bands with their officers. Did all the Israelites together slay so many as Samson alone? Saul and his hosts slew their thousands but David his ten thousands.

The Lord can give the enemy long odds and yet vanquish him. If we have faith, we have God with us, and what are multitudes of men? One shepherd’s dog can drive before him a flock of sheep. If the Lord sent thee, O my brother, His strength will accomplish His divine purpose. Wherefore, rely on the promise, and be very courageous.

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

May 24, 2010

Isaiah 58 Flyer Handout

Join us today at 6:00 as we venture into Woodhill to meet our neighbors.  We are inviting them to Isaiah 58 while simultaneously looking for opportunities to share the Gospel with them.  Pray that doors will be opened and hearts will be softened.  Also pray that we will be bold enough to proclaim the Good News that Jesus Christ came to make rebels God’s adopted children.

May 23, 2010

Scripture at Sunrise 5.24.2010

Sunday School | Philemon 1:1-25 | Bro. Steve Dawson
In everyday life, the paths of Paul, Philemon, and Onesimus probably never would have crossed, but God is sovereign and He had a plan!  Don’t take it for granted when God puts someone in front of you. 
1)A Changed Life (vs. 8-11)  Onesimus was a thief and didn’t love his master Philemon.  He ran away.  He ran into Paul, trusted Christ, and now was repentant and submissive.  (In God’s eyes, masters and slaves are equal.  Ephesians 6:1-9)
2)Paul’s Appeal (vs. 12-16) Paul Expected Philemon to be accepting of Onesimus and to treat him like a brother rather than a disobedient slave. 
Paul, Philemon, and Onesimus were all submissive to Christ and did everything for His glory!  (Colossians 3:23, Ephesians 6:6)

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 | Pastor Steve Wainright
>Some gifts were temporary and some were permanent.  They were all given by the Spirit to serve other people, not exalt yourself. 
>The temporary gifts of healing, miracles, tongues and interpretation were God’s stamp of approval on the Gospel message that was being heard for the first time.  They were given to authenticate the Word that was spoken.  (vs. 9-10)
>vs. 8-Word of wisdom=being able to understand God’s Word and apply it to life.  (Preaching, counseling, explaining the Gospel in a simple way!)
            -Word of knowledge=interpret what God’s Word is saying and teach it to others
>vs. 9-Faith (saving faith=Ephesians 2:8-9), also given proportionately (people who believe God is going to do big things; ex: George Mueller thanked God for what  He was going to do); Hebrews 11; Matthew 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 13:2
vs. 9-Healing: Man cannot heal.  God is the only One who heals and He deserves all the glory.  Given to authenticate the Word that was spoken.  
         -Miracles (only explained by divine intervention); Purpose=John 20:30-31, So that people may have faith in Christ; Acts 2:22 (authenticated the Gospel and its messengers)
vs. 10- Prophecy (proclaim God’s Word); Purpose=to encourage and build u pin faith (ch. 14:3); =the testimony of Jesus (Revelation 19:10)
         -The gift of tongues was given to authenticate the Gospel. 
*The Holy Spirit gifts each child of God.  God gives of His own will.  
*We’re all “idiots” meaning we’re all unique and individually gifted by God as He chooses!

May 23, 2010

Weekly Announcements (May 24-30)

LAST UPDATED Sunday, May 23

Monday, May 24
-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.
6:00 p.m.– Get to know our neighbors at the Isaiah 58 Flyer Handout!  Pray for our neighbors’ hearts to be softened to the Gospel and pray that our hearts will be softened to share it! 

Tuesday, May 25
-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 your brothers and sisters better!
6:30– We will begin serving food at our Isaiah 58 Ministry!  (Come early to help set up!)

Wednesday, May 26

7:00- We will continue our study in the book of Revelation.  The kids will continue their study in 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.
Isn’t it great that God has been answering this prayer in big ways lately?!  Keep praying!!!!

Thursday, May 27
Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.

Friday, May 28
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.
*Pray also for those traveling to the Next Conference in Baltimore today: Steve D, Becky, Nikki, and Sarah!  Pray that Jesus will become bigger in their eyes! 
Next Conference in Baltimore! 

Saturday, May 29
Pray for the services along with those preaching and teaching tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship.
Next Conference in Baltimore! 

Sunday, May 30

10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Corinthians 12)
Ushers: Paul Johnson & Roger Cruz
5:30 p.m.- Little Lifers Kids Choir
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Numbers 4)
Next Conference in Baltimore! 

Monday, May 31
Next Conference in Baltimore! 

Tuesday, June 1
7:00 p.m.
– Lexington Legends Baseball Game ~ Tickets $8 ~ Proceeds go to the Bob Brown House ~ See Sarah to buy tickets or purchase them online.  (*It’s also quarter hot dog night!)

Sunday, June 6
10:00 a.m.-
Our Women’s Sunday School Class taught by Sis. Helen Morgan begins in our other building! 
2:00 p.m.- Baptism at Thompson Road Baptist Church for Olivia, Micheal, Michelle, and Will!

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Links of the Week:

  • Don’t Waste the Sound of Sirens
  • Why Memorize Scripture?
  • Humble Orthodoxy
  • O Great God and Slideshow of T4G- This is a slideshow from the Together for the Gospel Conference that features a gorgeous Valley of Vision prayer in the background (one piano, 7000 voices!!!!).  Hopefully we will learn this song soon! 
  • Daily Cross
May 21, 2010

Scripture at Sunrise 5.21.2010

“But God, Who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which He loved us even when we were dead  through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  -Ephesians 2:4-7

Wonderful Grace of Jesus
Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden,
Setting my spirit free;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for even me.
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame,
O magnify the precious Name of Jesus.
Praise His Name!

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching to all the lost,
By it I have been pardoned,
Saved to the uttermost,
Chains have been torn asunder,
Giving me liberty;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power,
Making him God’s dear child,
Purchasing peace and heaven,
For all eternity;
And the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

Story Behind the Song
In 1917, young pastor Haldor Lillenas and his wife were settlinginto a ministry at the Nazarene church of Auburn, Illinois.  After buing a house in nearby Olivet, they had little money left to furnish it.  Though they were both hymnwriters, they had no money for a piano.  Then Haldor found a “wheezy little organ” in the home of a neighbor and paid five dollars for it.  Lillenas wrote a number of songs on that instrument, including this one. 

This song, with its rolling melody and climbing chorus, became very popular at evangelistic meetings.  Lillenas used it in his own evangelistic crusades, and others, such as the famous songleader Charles Alexander, used it often. 

The message of Scripture comes through clearly here—you cannot outsin God’s grace.  No matter how great your guilt, God’s forgiveness is greater.  Praise His Name! 

[from The One Year Book of Hymns, April 22 entry]

May 19, 2010

Kids Class Update 5.19.2010

So I just wanted to share how thankful I am for the kids at NLBC.  In my class tonight, we talked about how Paul had beautiful feet because he shared the Good News with others!  (Isaiah 52:7)  I don’t know who had the more precious quote about sharing the Gospel with their friends: Ethan, Michael, or Olivia.

Ethan went through the Gospel and how he’s going to share it with his friend tomorrow, even if they put him in jail like Paul, and he’ll “just keep on praisin’ Him!”  🙂

Michael was thankful God had washed away our sins, especially his own sins because he had a lot of them. 

Olivia has beautiful feet (Isaiah 52:7) because she runs to tell her friends at recess good news.  Sometimes she shares a Bible story or reminds them God is holy and sent His Son to die for us. 

How precious is that?!  Oh, that’s nothing…they also melted my heart when their sweet little voices sang, “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” and “The Gospel Song” a cappella.

Pray they will continue to be bright shining lights for our King and that the hearts of those who don’t know Him as their Savior yet will be quickened very soon.

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