Scripture at Sunrise 11.30.2011

“But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” -Galatians 6:14

“There is no other object of knowledge in the universe that exposes proud, man-exalting thinking like the cross does. Only humble, Christ-exalting thinking can survive in the presence of the cross. The effect of the cross on our thinking is not to cut off thinking about God, but to confound boasting in the presence of God. The cross does not nullify thinking; it purifies thinking.”

— John Piper, via Of First Importance
Thinking. Loving. Doing., ed. John Piper & David Mathis
(Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2011), 132

Scripture at Sunrise 11.29.2011

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, November 29 entry]

Scripture at Sunrise 11.28.2011

“…whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” -Luke 1:78-79

We sit without hope in the darkness of our sin until the Son rises in our hearts. The Son lights up a brand new day! (2 Peter 1:19) Has the DayStar risen in your heart? Has the Son of Righteousness dawned in your heart?

Listen to full morning sermon audio.

Weekly Announcements (November 28-December 4)

Monday, November 28
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.
Happy Anniversary to Ron & Helen Morgan!

Tuesday, November 29
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
6:30 p.m.- Adult Cantata Practice at the Wainrights’ Home (Dinner provided: Spaghetti!)
Happy Birthday to Judy Arnold & Smyrna Ghalley!

Wednesday, November 30
7:00 p.m.- Bible Study | We will continue our study of “Systematic Theology.”  This week’s topic: “The Atonement.”
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.

Thursday, December 1
Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.
Happy Birthday to Crystal Grimes!

Friday, December 2
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 3
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow.  Prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, December 4
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School
11:00 a.m. – Morning Worship (Bro. Anthony Vance will be preaching)
5:00 p.m. – Choir Practice
6:00 p.m. – Special Time of Thanksgiving followed by a Soup & Sandwich Fellowship!
Ushers: Anthony Vance & Wayne Gabbard
Nursery: AM-  Nikki Estes  / PM- ?

BGBS Scholarship Fund

Over the past few months, we have been contributing to a scholarship fund for our members attending Blue Grass Baptist School. If you would like to contribute to their Christian education, please write “BGBS Scholarship” on your offering envelope. (You can choose either to designate to the general scholarship fund or to a specific student.)
Missionary of the Month
Nathan & Carrie Radford in Kenya
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Scripture at Sunrise 11.22.2011

“In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.” -Jeremiah 50:20

A glorious word indeed! What a perfect pardon is here promised to the sinful nations of Israel and Judah! Sin is to be so removed that it shall not be found, so blotted out that there shall be none. Glory be unto the God of pardons!

Satan seeks out sins wherewith to accuse us, our enemies seek them that they may lay them to our charge, and our own conscience seeks them even with a morbid eagerness. But when the Lord applies the precious blood of Jesus, we fear no form of search, for “there shall be none”; “they shall not be found.” The Lord hath caused the sins of His people to cease to be: He hath finished transgression and made an end of sin. The sacrifice of Jesus has cast our sins into the depths of the sea. This makes us dance for joy.

The reason for the obliteration of sin lies in the fact that Jehovah Himself pardons His chosen ones. His word of grace is not only royal but divine. He speaks absolution, and we are absolved. He applies the atonement, and from that hour His people are beyond all fear of condemnation. Blessed be the name of the sin-annihilating God!

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 11.21.2011

“Living a Life of Thanksgiving” | Bro. J. Anthony Vance | Colossians 3:15-17

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” -Colossians 3:15-17

For the Christian, Thanksgiving isn’t a once-a-year event, but a lifestyle.

1) The Christian’s Activity (vs. 17)
Do ALL in the name of the Lord Jesus. His Name speaks of His character. Live every day with the awareness of who Jesus is.
– Your Mediator and Great High Priest (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
– Your King. You only have authorization/permission to do or say that which pleases Him.
– Your Example.
– Your God. (John 20:28)
– Your Helper. Anything eternally rewarding must be done by His strength and power. (John 15:5, Philippians 4:13)

2) The Christian’s Attitude (vs. 17) “Giving thanks to God the Father by Him.”
– When His peace is in your heart (vs. 15), and His Word is richly dwelling in your heart (vs. 16), you will have a thankful spirit.
– Whenever we are not thankful, we are not living in His Name.
Enemies of Thanksgiving:
Disobedience: sends away the peace of God
Neglecting the Word: self-pity, bitterness, unforgiveness, and ungratefulness creep in. We lose a thankful heart through routine.

Three Steps to Live Thankfully:
>>Meditation (Think on truths in God’s Word  and think about what He’s done for you.)
>>Proclamation (When you think about it, it’s going to spill out!)
>>Praise (vs. 16) Singing with grace and thanks.

3) The Christian’s Ambition
Why should I live a thankful life?
1. Because of what He’s done. Because of the price that the Lord Jesus Christ paid for you. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 7:23) How can you think of that and not be thankful?
2. Because of Who He is. Because of the preeminence of His Person. He’s worthy. He’s worth ALL of your life…every moment.
Colossians 3:4- He IS your very LIFE. You don’t schedule Him in your life, He must BE your life.