Scripture at Sunrise 7.30.2010

He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side . . . —Mark 6:45

We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not. The question of whether or not we arrive at a particular goal is of little importance, and reaching it becomes merely an episode along the way. What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself.

What is my vision of God’s purpose for me? Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me. God is not working toward a particular finish— His purpose is the process itself. What He desires for me is that I see “Him walking on the sea” with no shore, no success, nor goal in sight, but simply having the absolute certainty that everything is all right because I see “Him walking on the sea” ( Mark 6:49 ). It is the process, not the outcome, that is glorifying to God.

God’s training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very minute, not for sometime in the future. We have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself.

God’s purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now. If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.

[from “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers, July 28 entry]

Scripture at Sunrise 7.29.2010

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”  -2 Corinthians 5:17

“God’s salvation does not come in response to a changed life. A changed life comes in response to the salvation.” -Tim Keller

Scripture at Sunrise 7.28.2010

“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  -1 Corinthians 15:56-57

“Christ was killed for us. His death has washed out our sins & disabled death itself. That is what has to be believed.”

– C.S. Lewis, Daily Quote on Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 7.27.2010

“And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali; for I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.”  -Hosea 2:16-17

That day has come. We view our God no more as Baal, our tyrant lord and mighty master, for we are not under law but under grace. We now think of Jehovah, our God, as our Ishi, our beloved husband, our lord in love, our next-of-kin in bonds of sacred relationship. We do not serve Him less obediently, but we serve Him for a higher and more endearing reason. We no longer tremble under His lash but rejoice in His love. The slave is changed into a child and the task into a pleasure.

Is it so with thee, dear reader? Has grace cast out slavish fear and implanted filial love? How happy are we in such an experience! Now we call the Lord’s day a delight, and worship is never a weariness. Prayer is now a privilege, and praise is a holiday. To obey is heaven; to give to the cause of God is a banquet. Thus have all things become new. Our mouth is filled with singing and our heart with music. Blessed be our heavenly Ishi forever and ever.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, July 26 entry]

Scripture at Sunrise 7.26.2010

“But all things should be done decently and in order.”  -1 Corinthians 14:40

The Word of God must be preeminent.  Everything you do should be done decently and in order.  Everything we do must be edifying, building each other up.  The solution to the Corinthians’ problems was to make Christ preeminent and wholeheartedly submit to God’s Word.

Weekly Announcements (July 26-August 1)

LAST UPDATED Sunday, July 25

Monday, July 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, July 27
-Pray for our ALL members today as they battle worldly influences and temptations.
Happy Anniversary to Paul & Barbara Johnson!

Wednesday, July 28

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: Colossians).
Pray for the children of NLBC today, that they will come to know Christ as their Savior and treasure Him above all things.

Thursday, July 29
Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.

Friday, July 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.
Happy Anniversary to Roger & Gina Harden!

Saturday, July 31
Pray for the services along with those preaching and teaching tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, August 1

10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship (1 Corinthians 15)
Ushers: Roger Cruz & Paul Johnson
5:30 p.m.- Little Lifers Kids Choir
6:00 p.m.- Sunday Evening Worship (Numbers)

Isaiah 58 Ministry
(originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 25; postponed until further notice)

Saturday, September 11
Church Picnic

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