God always answers your prayers with wisdom and grace, but he is not willing to blindly sign the bottom of your personal wish list. -Paul Tripp, via his Twitter
In His deity, Jesus is able to endure God’s wrath due sin. In His humanity, Jesus is able to extend God’s mercy to sinners. -David Platt, via his Twitter
Several times in the Scriptures the Lord hath said this. He has often repeated it to make our assurance doubly sure. Let us never harbor a doubt about it. In itself the promise is specially emphatic. In the Greek it has five negatives, each one definitely shutting out the possibility of the Lord’s ever leaving one of His people so that he can justly feel forsaken of his God. This priceless Scripture does not promise us exemption from trouble, but it does secure us against desertion. We may be called to traverse strange ways, but we shall always have our Lord’s company, assistance, and provision. We need not covet money, for we shall always have our God, and God is better than gold; His favor is better than fortune.
We ought surely to be content with such things as we have, for he who has God has more than all the world besides. What can we have beyond the Infinite? What more can we desire than almighty Goodness.
Come, my heart; if God says He will never leave thee nor forsake thee, be thou much in prayer for grace that thou mayest never leave thy Lord, nor even for a moment forsake His ways.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Tuesday, December 28
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
Wednesday, December 29
7:00 p.m.- Bible Study: Bro. Anthony Vance will be speaking. The kids will start a new series called, “Big Truths for Young Hearts.”
Pray for the children of NLBC today, that they will come to know Christ as their Savior and treasure Him above all things.
Thursday, December 30
Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.
Friday, December 31
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 Birthday to Jennie Estes!
Saturday, January 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow. Prepare your heart for worship.
Happy Birthday to Barbara Johnson!
Sunday, January 2
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School
11:00 a.m. – Morning Worship (2 Corinthians 3)
6:00 p.m. – Evening Worship (Numbers 26)
Ushers: Chandler Dawson and Roger Cruz
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Links of the Week:
- A nifty Bible-reading plan.
- One Pastor’s Top 15 books of 2010
- Cotton Ball Snowmen and Weak Coffee– an excellent read
I hope you will be blessed by some of these Christmas-related posts I ran across this week:
- Disturbing Christmas – If you don’t read any other link here, read this one.
- Christmas Mystery – A fabulous Gospel-centered poem by Emily Sunshine
- Fear Not – The same message applies to those of us who are in Christ Jesus!
- Immanuel – The sweetness of hearing the phrase “God with Us”
- Rejoice! – Another reflection by Spurgeon
- A Christmas Prayer – Last, but most certainly not least
And finally, I’ll leave you with a collection of thought-provoking tweets.
- In awe of Christ’s deity…Jesus gave breath to His mom before she gave birth to Him. (Col.1:16-17) -David Platt
- In His deity, Jesus is able to endure God’s wrath due sin. In His humanity, Jesus is able to extend God’s mercy to sinners. -David Platt
- Christmas is salvation by substitution: The perfect Son has come to pay the price for sin… -David Platt
- At Christmas God moved into a very bad neighborhood and began rehabilitating it. -Tim Keller, as tweeted by Tullian Tchividjian
- He became what we are that He might make us what He is. -Athanasius, as tweeted by David Platt
- Christmas is revelation by humiliation: The sovereign Creator has become a slave of creation… -David Platt
- The fact that salvation cannot be earned is demonstrated by who were chosen to hear the announcement of the Savior’s birth and who weren’t. -Paul Tripp
“You don’t understand the Christmas story unless you look into that manger and see a Lamb.” -Paul Tripp, via his Twitter
Come see our kids present the Christmas Musical they have been working on so hard tonight at 7:00. Fellowship to follow!