“You can’t truly rest until every area in your life rests in God.” -A.W. Tozer
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” -Hebrews 4:15
“So the truth of the Incarnation is not just good theology; it is practical comfort and assurance. Jesus identifies with us in our humanity, and now we know that God is for us in Christ. He can be trusted. He went through torture too. When we see Jesus on the cross we can come to trust God with an unutterable trust that never for a moment considers He will not stand by us in our sufferings.” -Os Guinness
I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; and forgettest the lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and host feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor? (Isaiah 51:12-13)
Let the text itself be taken as the portion for today. There is no need to enlarge upon it. Trembling one, read it, believe it, feed on it, and plead it before the Lord. He whom you fear is only a man after all; while He who promises to comfort you is God, your Maker, and the creator of heaven and earth. Infinite comfort more than covers a very limited danger.
“Where is the fury of the oppressor?” It is in the Lord’s hand. It is only the fury of a dying creature; fury which will end as soon as the breath is gone from the nostril. Why, then, should we stand in awe of one who is as frail as ourselves? Let us not dishonor our God by making a god of puny man. We can make an idol of a man by rendering to him excessive fear as well as by paying him inordinate love. Let us treat men as men, and God as God; and then we shall go calmly on in the path of duty, fearing the Lord and fearing nobody else.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” -Hebrews 4:15
When a weak chord is struck in the instrument of our human flesh, that weakness sympathetically resonates with our High Priest. He feels our infirmities. He has unequaled sympathy. He cares.
Monday, December 19
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.
Happy Birthday to Wayne Sparks!
Tuesday, December 20
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
Happy Birthday to Matthew Sparks!
Wednesday, December 21
7:00 p.m.- We will continue our study of Systematic Theology. Our kids will resume their normal Wednesday night classes.
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 22
Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.
Happy Birthday to Stacie Taylor!
Friday, December 23
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 Barbara Duff!
Saturday, December 24
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow. Prepare your heart for worship.
5:00 p.m.- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 25
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School
11:00 a.m. – Morning Worship (Bro. Anthony Vance will be speaking.)
NO EVENING SERVICE.
Ushers: Anthony Vance & Wayne Gabbard
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.)
John & Alta Hatcher in Brazil
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“He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy…” -Titus 3:5
The gospel is Christ’s application of blood, sweat, and tears for us, not our application of blood, sweat, and tears for Him. -Tullian Tchividjian, via Twitter