Scripture at Sunrise 8.31.2010

“Sing, O barren.”  –Isaiah 54:1

Though we have brought forth some fruit unto Christ, and have a joyful hope that we are “plants of his own right hand planting,” yet there are times when we feel very barren. Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and droops. We are like flowers in the hot sun, requiring the refreshing shower. In such a condition what are we to do? The text is addressed to us in just such a state. “Sing, O barren, break forth and cry aloud.” But what can I sing about? I cannot talk about the present, and even the past looks full of barrenness. Ah! I can sing of Jesus Christ. I can talk of visits which the Redeemer has aforetimes paid to me; or if not of these, I can magnify the great love wherewith he loved his people when he came from the heights of heaven for their redemption. I will go to the cross again. Come, my soul, heavy laden thou wast once, and thou didst lose thy burden there. Go to Calvary again. Perhaps that very cross which gave thee life may give thee fruitfulness. What is my barrenness? It is the platform for his fruit-creating power. What is my desolation? It is the black setting for the sapphire of his everlasting love. I will go in poverty, I will go in helplessness, I will go in all my shame and backsliding, I will tell him that I am still his child, and in confidence in his faithful heart, even I, the barren one, will sing and cry aloud.

Sing, believer, for it will cheer thine own heart, and the hearts of other desolate ones. Sing on, for now that thou art really ashamed of being barren, thou wilt be fruitful soon; now that God makes thee loath to be without fruit he will soon cover thee with clusters. The experience of our barrenness is painful, but the Lord’s visitations are delightful. A sense of our own poverty drives us to Christ, and that is where we need to be, for in him is our fruit found.

[from Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening, August 28 evening entry]

Weekly Announcements (August 30-September 5)

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Monday, August 30
-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, August 31
-Pray for our ALL members today as they battle worldly influences and temptations.

Wednesday, September 1

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: Titus).
Pray for the children of NLBC today, that they will come to know Christ as their Savior and treasure Him above all things.
Happy Anniversary to Debbie & Cecil Stone!

Thursday, September 2
Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.

Friday, September 3
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, September 4
Pray for the services along with those preaching and teaching tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship.
Happy Anniversary to Tom & Janna Riley!

Sunday, September 5
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 15)

Saturday, September 11
6:00 p.m.- Church Picnic at Macedonia Christian Park

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Scripture at Sunrise 8.27.2010

“The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.” -Psalm 33:11

What is this?!  A post on a Friday?  Since when?!  Yes, this song has been in my head all week long.  We sang it at the Next Conference this year and it really fits what I've been thinking about all week: "From generation to generation, You never fail us, O God."  He is FAITHFUL!

How Great is Your Faithfulness

Now unto the king who reigns over all,
and never changes or turns
Unfailing justice, unfading grace,
Whose promises remain,
Yes, Your promises remain.

The heavens ring, the saints all sing,
Great is Your faithfulness
From age to age we will proclaim
Great is Your faithfulness,
How great is your faithfulness.

Everything changes, but You stay the same;
Your word and kingdom endure
We lean on the promise of all that You are,
and trust forevermore
we will trust forevermore.

From generation to generation
You never fail us, O God
Yesterday and today and tommorow
until the day You return

The heavens ring, the saints all sing,
Great is Your faithfulness
From age to age we will proclaim
Great is Your faithfulness,
How great is your faithfulness.

[by Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman; read a post about the album this comes from at Worship Matters]

Scripture at Sunrise 8.26.2010

“As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!”  -Psalm 40:11

A change in my circumstances doesn’t mean a change in my God. But it could lead to a change in my heart.  -Bob Kauflin (via his Twitter)

Scripture at Sunrise 8.24.2010

For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  -1 Corinthians 1:19

This verse is a threatening so far as the worldly wise are concerned, but to the simple believer it is a promise. The professedly learned are forever trying to bring to nothing the faith of the humble believer, but they fail in their attempts. Their arguments break down, their theories fall under their own weight, their deep-laid plots discover themselves before their purpose is accomplished. The old gospel is not extinct yet, nor will it be while the Lord liveth. If it could have been exterminated, it would have perished from off the earth long ago.

We cannot destroy the wisdom of the wise, nor need we attempt it, for the work is in far better hands. The Lord Himself says, “I will,” and He never resolves in vain. Twice does He in this verse declare His purpose, and we may rest assured that He will not turn aside from it.

What clean work the Lord makes of philosophy and “modern thought” when He puts His hand to it! He brings the fine appearance down to nothing; He utterly destroys the wood, hay, and stubble. It is written that so it shall be, and so shall it be. Lord, make short work of it. Amen, and amen.

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