Scripture at Sunrise 2.28.2011

8 Keys to Power in Your Witness as learned from the life of Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:7-15

1. Humble yourself. (vs. 7)- Paul humbled himself under God’s mighty hand (James 4:10), admitting he was nothing, but there was a treasure inside of him.

2. God must be your rock and foundation. (vs. 8-9)- He had great hope because he knew God was in control no matter what was going on in his life.

3. Must be willing to give your life for converts and new Christians. (vs. 10-12)- Paul gave his life and was willing to suffer that others might grow spiritually. He consistently poured out his life so that others might be saved. (Acts 16:23-34; 20:23-24; 21:30-31)

4. If you really believe, you will speak. (vs. 13)- Paul was bold in his witness because of his belief. He had to share the truth because of the way it had impacted his life. He was faithful to the message that had been given to him. (2 Timothy 4:3; Psalm 116- Both the psalmist and Paul had deep-rooted conviction.)

5. Realize that the worst man can do to you is kill you, which just ushers you into the presence of the Lord. (vs. 14a; Romans 8:11)

6. Know you will be raised up and presented before God Himself, faultless before His throne! (vs. 14b; Jude 24)

7. Paul did everything he did in order for others to be saved. (vs. 15a)

8. Know that the more people are saved, the more thanksgiving goes to God, and more people give God the glory. It’s like a crescendo. (vs. 15b)

If you’ve believed, you need to speak that the thanksgiving of many might abound to the glory of God.

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Weekly Announcements (February 28-March 6)

Monday, February 28
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.
Audio of the Morning Sermon
Happy Birthday to Beath Sparks!

Tuesday, March 1
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.

Wednesday, March 2
7:00 p.m.- Bible Study: Systematic Theology.  The kids will continue their 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.
Happy 14th Anniversary!  🙂
Happy Birthday
to Moses Miltigo!

Thursday, March 3
Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.
Happy Birthday to Gina Harden!

Friday, March 4
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, March 5
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow.  Prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, March 6
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School
11:00 a.m. – Morning Worship (Guest Speaker: Jim Scott Orrick)
Pot-“Blessing” after the morning service to celebrate our 14th anniversary! (The church will provide the meat; let Helen know what you’re bringing.)
6:00 p.m. – Evening Worship (Guest Speaker: Jim Scott Orrick)
Ushers: Harry Sparks & Roger Cruz

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Links of the Week:

A Song for Your Friday

I had the privilege of going to an Andrew Peterson concert last night on UK’s campus. I fell in love with Peterson’s music back in the fall and could listen to his music all day long; however, there’s something really special about seeing him sing live because you get to hear the stories behind his songs and see his emotion as he sings them. It was certainly a blessing.

I have a lot of favorites. I’ve never disliked one of his songs. This one I’m going to share with you today has such beautiful words. You will see that Peterson is careful with his words and uses each to the fullest. He’s a brilliant storyteller.

“Hosanna” means “save us now.” It was a Hebrew word that became a shout of praise. How beautiful that when you cry for help, it also becomes a shout of praise because you’re acknowledging your own sinfulness and realizing that Christ is the only one who can help.

“Hosanna” – Matthew 21:9, John 2:19, Genesis 3:15, Matthew 27:51
Words and Music by Andrew Peterson, Ben Shive, and Andy Gullahorn as heard on Resurrection Letters, Volume II (2008)

I am tangled up in contradiction.
I am strangled by my own two hands.
I am hunted by the hounds of addiction.

I have lied to everyone who trusts me.
I have tried to fall when I could stand.
I have only loved the ones who loves me.

O Hosanna!
See the long awaited king come to set his people free.
We cry O Hosanna! Come and tear the temple down.
Raise it up on holy ground. Hosanna!

I have struggled to remove this raiment,
tried to hide every shimmering strand.
I contend with these ghosts and these hosts of bright angels.

I have cursed the man that you have made me,
as I have nursed the beast that bays for my blood.
Oh, I have run from the one who would save me.
Save me, Hosanna!

O Hosanna!
See the long awaited king, come to set his people free.
We cry O Hosanna! Come and tear the temple down.
Raise it up on holy ground. Hosanna!

You have crushed beneath your heel the vile serpent.
You have carried to the grave the black stain.
You have torn apart the temple’s holy curtain.
You have beaten Death at Death’s own game.

O Hosanna!
Hail the long awaited king, come to set his people free.
We cry O Hosanna! Won’t you tear this temple down,
raise it up on holy ground.
O Hosanna! I will lift my voice and sing:
You have come and washed me clean. Hosanna.

Scripture at Sunrise 2.24.2011

“Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” -Romans 5:9

Jesus drank the cup of God’s wrath so that we could drink the cup of God’s forgiveness. -Tullian Tchividjian via his Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 2.23.2011

“By this we know love, that he laid down His life for us…” -1 John 3:16

This is the Gospel.  The just and loving Creator of the universe has looked upon hopelessly sinful people and sent His Son, God in the flesh, to bear His wrath against sin on the cross and to show His power over sin in the Resurrection so that all who trust in Him will be reconciled to God forever.  -David Platt in Radical

Scripture at Sunrise 2.22.2011

David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. -1 Samuel 17:37

This is not a promise if we consider only the words, but it is truly so as to its sense; for David spoke a word which the Lord endorsed by making it true. He argued from past deliverance’s that he should receive help in a new danger. In Jesus all the promises are “Yea” and “Amen” to the glory of God by us, and so the Lord’s former dealings with His believing people will be repeated.

Come, then, let us recall the Lord’s former lovingkindness. We could not have hoped to be delivered aforetime by our own strength; yet the Lord delivered us. Will He not again save us? We are sure He will. As David ran to meet his foe, so will we. The Lord has been with us, He is with us, and He has said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” Why do we tremble? Was the past a dream? Think of the dead bear and lion. Who is this Philistine? True, he is not quite the same, and is neither bear nor lion; but then God is the same, and His honor is as much concerned in the one case as in the other. He did not save us from the beasts of the forest to let a giant kill us. Let us be of good courage.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, February 22 entry]

Memory Verses (Week of February 20)

All Kids (Sarah) for Wednesday, February 23
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”  -Deuteronomy 6:4

Preschool (Sherry & Cheryl) for Sunday, February 27
“Resist the devil…”  -James 4:7

Older Kids (Gina & Nikki) for Sunday, February 27
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  -Matthew 5:16