Scripture at Sunrise 4.28.2011

“For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh…” -Romans 8:3

Born by our birth
Here on the earth
Our flesh to wear
Our death to bear

-Wendell Berry, via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 4.27.2011

“Christ became a servant … in order that the nations might glorify God for His mercy” Romans 15:8-9

“Christ did not die to make much of us, but to free us to enjoy, and participate in, God’s making much of God forever.” -John Piper, via Mike Donehey’s Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 4.26.2011

And the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest. -Deuteronomy 15:18

An Israelitish master was to give his bondservant liberty in due time, and when he left his service he was to start him in life with a liberal portion, This was to be done heartily and cheerfully, and then the Lord promised to bless the generous act. The spirit of this precept, and, indeed, the whole law of Christ, binds us to treat people well. We ought to remember how the Lord has dealt with us, and that this renders it absolutely needful that we should deal graciously with others, It becomes those to be generous who are the children of a gracious God. How can we expect our great Master to bless us in our business if we oppress those who serve us?

What a benediction is here set before the liberal mind! To be blessed in all that we do is to be blessed indeed. The Lord will send us this partly in prosperity, partly in content of mind, and partly in a sense of His favor, which is the best of all blessings. He can make us feel that we are under His special care and are surrounded by His peculiar love. This makes this earthly life a joyous prelude to the life to come. God’s blessing is more than a fortune. It maketh rich and addeth no sorrow therewith.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 4.25.2011

Morning Sermon | 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 | Pastor Steve Wainright

We are workers together with Christ! We have the privilege of working together with the Creator of the universe! (2 Corinthians 6:1; Mark 16:20; 1 Corinthians 3:9)

Not only that, we are ambassadors for Him. He’s working in us and through us to bring a message of hope to a lost and dying world. It’s a message of reconciliation: moving from being an enemy of God to being at peace with Him. Christ became sin for us. The only way to be accepted by God is to be wearing the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

“in vain” seen in vs. 1 = with no purpose
Colossians 4:5- Take advantage of the opportunities God gives you to bring Him glory. Let your life count to the glory of God. Live for Him. (2 Corinthians 5:15)

vs. 2- see Isaiah 49: Israel failed, so God put in a Substitute!
Christ’s only failure was our failure. Our only success is His success.

Isaiah 49:8- Jesus Christ is our covenant. He embodies God’s pledge to you and me.

Right NOW is the time that’s acceptable to God. It’s a time of blessing. Cherish the Gospel. Redeem the time. Now is the day of salvation.

Evening Sermon | Deuteronomy 4:1-14 | Pastor Steve WainrightGod is giving statues and laws to guide the second generation into the Promised Land.

vs. 1-4- Once you’ve trusted, continue to obey. Disobedience brought death. Obedience brought life. This second generation had seen the first generation die. Moses was both warning them and encouraging them at the same time.

vs. 5-8- Live with the realization that there are people watching you.
vs. 6- Israel was surrounded pagan nations that would notice that Israel was different. Show forth God’s goodness! Let your light shine so others will see how good God is. Make Him famous by talking about Him.

vs. 9-14- He told them to remember what all had happened and to tell it to their children and children’s children. They had seen some amazing things on their journey through the wilderness. Pass on what God has done!
vs. 12- Only a voice…the emphasis is on the Word of God. Pagan nations had many gods, but they had no words from their gods.

If you love Him, you will keep His commandments. Slipping into sin shows lack of love for Him.

Weekly Announcements (April 25-May 1)

Monday, April 25
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.
[Audio of Morning Sermon]

Tuesday, April 26
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.

Wednesday, April 27
Pray for the children of NLBC today, that they will come to know Christ as their Savior and treasure Him above all things.
7:00 p.m.- Bible Study | The adults will continue their study of “Systematic Theology.” The kids will continue their series, “Big Truths for Young Hearts.”
Nursery Duty: Nikki Estes will help with babies/Chandler Dawson will help in the Little Lifers Class if needed.

Thursday, April 28
Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.

Friday, April 29
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, April 30
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow.  Prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, May 1
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School
11:00 a.m. – Morning Worship (2 Corinthians 6)
6:00 p.m. – Evening Worship (Deuteronomy 4)
Ushers: Harry Sparks & Chandler Dawson
Nursery Duty: AM- Sherry & Hannah Sparks / PM- Becky Vance

Sunday, May 15
The Radfords
, missionaries to Kenya, will be with us during the morning service on May 15!

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Links of the Week:

Scripture at Sunrise 4.21.2011

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” -1 Peter 2:9-10

“Christians are never more than poor beggars telling other poor beggars were to buy bread.” -D.A. Carson at TGC2011, via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 4.20.2011

“Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.” -John 18:18

If Holy Week is icy, and snows your flowers enfold, // Remember, His last night was brutal, bitter, cold. -John Piper, via Twitter