“He that believeth shall not make haste.” -Isaiah 28:16
He shall make haste to keep the Lord’s commandments; but he shall not make haste in any impatient or improper sense.
He shall not haste to run away, for he shall not be overcome with the fear which causes panic. When others are flying hither and thither as if their wits had failed them, the believer shall be quiet, calm, and deliberate, and so shall be able to act wisely in the hour of trial.
He shall not haste in his expectations, craving his good things at once and on the spot, but he will wait God’s time. Some are in a desperate hurry to have the bird in the hand, for they regard the Lord’s promise as a bird in the bush, not likely to be theirs. Believers know how to wait..
He shall not haste by plunging into wrong or questionable action. Unbelief must be doing something, and thus it works its own undoing; but faith makes no more haste than good speed, and thus it is not forced to go back sorrowfully by the way which it followed heedlessly.
How is it with me? Am I believing, and am I therefore keeping to the believer’s pace, which is walking with God? Peace, fluttering spirit! Oh, rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him! Heart, see that thou do this at once!
[From Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” -2 Corinthians 1:3-4
God comforts us so that we can comfort others. Suffering often makes you think inward, but God is working in the suffering in our life that we might be a blessing to others. Someone who has “been there…done that” can comfort better than others.
Monday, November 29
Review your messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.
Christmas Cantata Practice (Adults) at the Wainrights’ Home. Dinner (lasagna) will be served at 6:00 p.m. We will practice from 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 30
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
Wednesday, December 1
7:00 p.m.- We will continue our study in the book of Revelation.
Children’s Christmas Musical Practice in the annex at 7:00 p.m. Remember to bring your black binder!
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 Crystal Grimes!
Thursday, December 2
Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.
Friday, December 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, December 4
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow. Prepare your heart for worship.
Sunday, December 5
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School
11:00 a.m. – Morning Worship (2 Corinthians 1)
6:00 p.m. – Evening Worship (Numbers 22)
Ushers: Chandler Dawson and Anthony Vance
Happy Birthday to Anthony Taylor!
Sunday, December 19
Christmas Cantata at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 22
Kids’ Christmas Musical at 7:00 p.m.
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Links of the Week:
We are super thankful today for all the work Bro. Jason Estes has put into getting our sermons online. Maybe you were sick one Sunday and missed hearing the sermon. Maybe you want to share a message with a friend. Maybe you want to re-listen to one to get even more out of it. Whatever the reason, may this valuable resource be used for the glory of God.
You can find them at audio.nlbclex.com.
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” -2 Corinthians 1:1-2
1 Corinthians is all about how believers deal with other believers. 2 Corinthians is all about how believers deal with the world.
Paul was an apostle, not by his own choosing, but by the will of God. Paul was against the Lord (Acts 26:9-11). God chose him to be a minister (Acts 26:16). It is God who works in you (Philippians 2:13). Your free will is in bondage to sin until it is changed by God. Is it within your power to obtain God’s grace? That changes the definition of grace. It is God who changes our will…we are saved by grace. (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14, 1 Peter 1:2-3)
Grace is not at your mercy. We’re at the mercy of God’s grace.
“And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in Your rules.” -Psalm 119:43
Whatever keeps me from my Bible is my enemy. -A.W. Tozer (via Louie Giglio’s Twitter)
“It was to show His righteousness at the present time, so that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” -Romans 3:26
The Cross shows God to be just, in that He punishes all sin. And the Cross shows God to be the gracious “justifier” of all who have faith in Jesus (Romans 3:26).
Josh Harris in Dug Down Deep, page 138