The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time. -Carl F.H. Henry via Nations Be Glad’s Twitter
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
Evil works on borrowed time & power. It can affect your circumstance but perspective is up to you. Fight for joy. -Lecrae via Twitter
It may be that my soul sits in darkness; and if this be of a spiritual kind, no human power can bring me light. Blessed be God! He can enlighten my darkness and at once light my candle. Even though I may be surrounded by a “darkness which might be felt,” yet He can break the gloom and immediately make it bright around me.
The mercy is that if He lights the candle none can blow it out, neither will it go out for lack of substance, nor burn out of itself through the lapse of hours. The lights which the Lord kindled in the beginning are shining still. The Lord’s lamps may need trimming, but He does not put them out.
Let me, then, lite the nightingale sing in the dark. Expectation shall furnish me with music, and hope shall pitch the tune. Soon I shall rejoice in a candle of God’s lighting. I am dull and dreary just now. Perhaps it is the weather, or bodily weakness, or the surprise of a sudden trouble; but whatever has made the darkness, it is God alone who will bring the light. My eyes are unto Him alone. I shall soon have the candles of the Lord shining about me; and, further on in His own good time, I shall be where they need no candle, neither light of the sun. Hallelujah!
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Monday, September 26
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.
Tuesday, September 27
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
Happy Birthday to Sara Taylor!
Wednesday, September 28
7:00 p.m.- Bible Study | We will continue our study of “Systematic Theology.”
Children’s Christmas Musical Practice | Drop your kids off at the annex at 7:00 p.m. for practice and pick them up after the service. Ages 3-High School will practice from 7-7:30. The middle/high-schoolers will join Bro. Wayne Gabbard for a devotional from 7:30-8:00, while the little ones will stay with Mrs. Lydia.
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 Jason & Nikki Estes!
Thursday, September 29
Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.
Happy Birthday to Andrew Duff! Happy Anniversary to Andrew & Barbie Duff!
Friday, September 30
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 Micheal Drury!
Saturday, October 1
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow. Prepare your heart for worship.
Sunday, October 2
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School
11:00 a.m. – Morning Worship (2 Corinthians 13)
5:00 p.m.- Christmas Cantata Practice (adults)
6:00 p.m. – Evening Worship (Deuteronomy)
Ushers: Anthony Vance & Wayne Gabbard
Nursery: AM-Becky Dawson / PM-Brenda Bradshaw
Monday, October 3
Ladies’ Fellowship at the Wainright Home. 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served and Sis. Lydia will be speaking about hospitality. Please let Lydia know if you can come!
Saturday, October 8
4:30 p.m.– Church Picnic at Steve & Becky Dawson’s House! (Bro. Chick will be driving the van out there…meeting at church and leaving at 4:00.)
Teddy & Ligaya Fulfer of the Subic Bay Children’s Home in the Philippines
Links of the Week:
In the pruning of the branches, the vinedresser is closest, breath warm upon the leaves -Ann Voskamp via Twitter
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” -Zephaniah 3:17
What a word is this! Jehovah God in the center of His people in all the majesty of His power! This presence alone suffices to inspire us with peace and hope. Treasures of boundless might are stored in our Jehovah, and He dwells in His church; therefore may His people shout for joy.
We not only have His presence, but He is engaged upon His choice work of salvation. “He will save.” He is always saving: He takes His name of Jesus from it. Let us not fear any danger, for He is mighty to save.
Nor is this all. He abides evermore the same, He saves, He finds rest in loving, He will not cease to love. His love gives Him joy. He even finds a theme for song in His beloved. This is exceedingly wonderful. When God wrought creation He did not sing but simply said, “It is very good”; but when He came to redemption, then the sacred Trinity felt a joy to be expressed in song, Think of it, and be astonished! Jehovah Jesus sings a marriage song over His chosen bride. She is to Him His love, His joy, His rest, His song. O Lord Jesus, by Thine immeasurable love to us teach us to love Thee, to rejoice in Thee, and to sing unto Thee our life-psalm.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, September 19 entry]