“We exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, Who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.” -1 Thessalonians 2:12
It’s not at all that living the life of the kingdom brings us into the kingdom. It’s that once we have been brought into the kingdom through faith in the King, we find ourselves with a new Master, a new law, a new charter, a new life— and therefore we begin to want to live the life of the kingdom.
[Greg Gilbert, What Is the Gospel?, page 97)
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” -Jeremiah 33:3
God encourages us to pray. They tell us that prayer is a pious exercise which has no influence except upon the mind engaged in it. We know better. Our experience gives the lie a thousand times over to this infidel assertion. Here Jehovah, the living God, distinctly promises to answer the prayer of His servant. Let us call upon Him again and admit no doubt upon the question of His hearing us and answering us. He that made the ear, shall He not hear? He that gave parents a love to their children, will He not listen to the cries of His own sons and daughters!
God will answer His pleading people in their anguish. He has wonders in store for them. What they have never seen, heard of, or dreamed of, He will do for them. He will invent new blessings if needful. He will ransack sea and land to feed them: He will send every angel out of heaven to succor them if their distress requires it. He will astound us with His grace and make us feel that it was never before done in this fashion. All He asks of us is that we will call upon Him. He cannot ask less of us. Let us cheerfully render Him our prayers at once.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, June 29 entry]
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Monday, June 28
-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, June 29
-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!
Wednesday, June 30
7:00- We will continue our study in the book of Revelation. The kids will continue their study of the letters in the New Testament (this week: Galatians).
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 Mrs. Goodpaster!
Thursday, July 1
Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.
Friday, July 2
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, July 3
Pray for the services along with those preaching and teaching tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship.
Happy Birthday to Paul Johnson!
Sunday, July 4
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Corinthians 13)
Ushers: Jason Estes & Chandler Dawson
5:30 p.m.- Little Lifers Kids Choir
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Numbers 8)
After evening service: Graduation Party for Travis Grayson conjoined with Ice Cream Social at the Wainrights’ Home! Bring a card for Travis and dig out your churn and bring your favorite ice cream to celebrate his graduation, his birthday, the birth of our nation, and Sarah’s half-birthday!!!!
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“It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” -1 Corinthians 13:6-7
>Love does not do wrong or delight in iniquity, rather it is saddened at disobedience to God (ex: Acts 17:16)
>The love of God in you makes you rejoice in the truth of God’s Word. (ex: 2 John 4- it’s encouraging to see others walking in the truth)
>Love bears all things (=cover up or protect, like the blood on the mercy seat to atone=cover up for sins and protect from the wrath of God). It bears one anothers burdens, just as Christ bore our sins upon the tree.
>Love believes all things. Always believe that the grace of God is still at work.
>Love always hopes the best, knowing that God is working. Do we believe the best or worst in people? Do we keep hoping or do we give up?
>Love endures all things. It keeps on pursuing even in the greatest opposition because God’s love never fails and because He is at work!
*This is the kind of love that God has shown toward us. He bears, believes, hopes and endures. He pursues us with His love in spite of what we have done and are going to do…and He pursues us forever because His love endures!
Have you surrendered to that kind of love? Do you show that kind of love?
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” -1 John 1:7
Jesus, Thank You
Words and Music by Pat Sczebel
The mystery of the cross I cannot comprehend
The agonies of Calvary
You the perfect Holy One, crushed Your Son
Who drank the bitter cup reserved for me
Your blood has washed away my sin
Jesus, thank You
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied
Jesus, thank You
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table
Jesus, thank You
By Your perfect sacrifice I’ve been brought near
Your enemy You’ve made Your friend
Pouring out the riches of Your glorious grace
Your mercy and Your kindness know no end
Lover of my soul
I want to live for You
© 2003 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (ASCAP)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP).
Read more about the history and making of this song on Bob Kauflin’s blog!
“And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that He has given me, but raise it up on the last day.” -John 6:39
Eternal predestination guarantees eternal preservation! (cp, John 6:38-40) -Steve Camp via his Twitter
“…but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant…” -Philippians 2:7
Fundamentally, you understand the substitution of Jesus. On top of that understanding of what Jesus did and how he did it—then you understand how his life can be an example for us as we are called to imitate him in giving our lives in loving service for others, in being willing to suffer and even to die for doing good. –Mark Dever at Next 2010
In other words, until we fully appreciate the work of the Savior we cannot follow the example of the Savior. -CJ Mahaney blogging about Mark Dever’s message at Next 2010