Scripture at Sunrise 1.31.2012

“My God will hear me.” -Micah 7:7

Friends may be unfaithful, but the Lord will not turn away from the gracious soul; on the contrary, He will hear all its desires. The prophet says, “Keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. A man’s enemies are the men of his own house.” This is a wretched state of affairs; but even in such a case the Best Friend remains true, and we may tell Him all our grief.

Our wisdom is to look unto the Lord and not to quarrel with men or women. If our loving appeals are disregarded by our relatives, let us wait upon the God of our salvation, for He will hear us- He will hear us all the more because of the unkindness and oppression of others, and we shall soon have reason to cry, “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy!”

Because God is the living God, He can hear; because He is a loving God, He will hear; because He is our covenant God, He has bound Himself to hear us. If we can each one speak of Him as “My God,” we may with absolute certainty say, “My God will hear me.” Come, then, O bleeding heart, and let thy sorrows tell themselves out to the Lord thy God! I will bow the knee in secret and inwardly whisper, “My God will hear me.”

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

A Visit from Babji & Rebecca Vejendla [Missionaries to India]

We were so blessed to have Babji and Rebecca Vejendla with us on Sunday morning. We so much enjoyed getting to know them and hearing about the burden the Lord has given them for the people of India. (And Sis. Rebecca, we thoroughly enjoyed your lovely song as well.)

The Vejendlas will be leaving for a two-week trip to India on February 9 and then will return to the States for a little over a year to raise support and make preparations to move there in April 2013. Once they move to India, they hope to plant a church and establish a Christian school in Andhra Pradesh, a village where Babji’s grandmother lives. Please be in prayer for them as they travel and as they minister to all they come into contact with.

One refreshing trait I recognized in the Vejendlas is that they realize that everyone who comes into their path is placed there by God. They make the most of every opportunity and seek to build relationships with people to gain their trust to share the Gospel with them.

Bro. Babji challenged us by reading Matthew 28:18-20…

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

He encouraged us to be ready to reach, preach, and teach. “Build friendships and let others see Christ in you,” he said. “Keep on planting seeds and the Holy Spirit will take care of it.”

In short, be burdened with the Gospel and share!

Babji and Rebecca after sharing the Gospel with our friends from Nepal

Thank you for visiting us, Vejendlas! You encouraged and challenged us in the faith. You are in our prayers and we hope to see you again very soon!


The Vejendlas with The Wainrights

Weekly Announcements (January 30-February 5)

Monday, January 30
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.
Take some time to pray for Babji and Rebecca Vejendla, missionaries to India, who were such a blessing to us yesterday!
Listen to the sermon audio from Wednesday Night’s service here!

Tuesday, January 31
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.

Wednesday, February 1
7:00 p.m.- Adults continue “Systematic Theology” Series.
– Our kids will continue learning about the Fruits of the Spirit. (Memory verse to be said tonight = Psalm 27:14)
Youth continue their new “Creation” series in the annex!
Pray for the children of NLBC today, that they will come to know Christ as their Savior and treasure Him above all things.

Thursday, February 2
Pray for your Pastor and your Sunday School teachers as they study to prepare for this weekend.

Friday, February 3
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.
7:00 p.m.- Baby Shower for Stacie Taylor at the Wainright Home!

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

Sunday, February 5
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Morning Worship
2:00 p.m.- Baptism (Gloria) at Thompson Road Baptist Church
6:00 p.m.- AJ and Barbara Hensley (missionaries to Brazil) will be with us!
Ushers: Chandler Dawson & Tom Riley

Sunday, February 12
Business Meeting
 following the evening service.

Saturday, March 10
Our youth group will be going to WinterJam at Rupp Arena!

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
Sheridan and Anita Stanton in Peru
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Links of the Week:

Scripture at Sunrise 1.26.2012

“My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith.” -Philippians 1:23-25

“If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full.” -John Piper via Desiring God’s Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 1.25.2012

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” -Philippians 3:8

I pray that we will be a people who refuse to gorge our spiritual stomachs on the entertaining pleasures of this world, because we have chosen to find our satisfaction in the eternal treasure of His Word. -David Platt in Radical

Scripture at Sunrise 1.24.2012

He will keep the feet of His saints. -1 Samuel 2:9

The way is slippery and our feet are feeble, but the Lord will keep our feet. If we give ourselves up by obedient faith to be His holy ones, He will Himself be our guardian. Not only will He charge His angels to keep us, but He Himself will preserve our goings.

He will keep our feet from falling so that we do not defile our garments, wound our souls, and cause the enemy to blaspheme.

He will keep our feet from wandering so that we do not go into paths of error, or ways of folly, or courses of the world’s custom.

He will keep our feet from swelling through weariness, or blistering because of the roughness and length of the way.

He will keep our feet from wounding: our shoes shall be iron and brass so that even though we tread on the edge of the sword, or on deadly serpents, we shall not bleed or be poisoned.

He will also pluck our feet out of the net. We shall not be entangled by the deceit of our malicious and crafty foes.

With such a promise as this, let us run without weariness and walk without fear. He who keeps our feet will do it effectually.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 1.23.2012

Luke 3:1-4 | Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | AUDIO

The voice of John the Baptist was crying out in the wilderness…a message of forgiveness. To understand your need for forgiveness, you must see how sinful you are.

God is willing to forgive, but repentance is a requirement. Repentance is not a work that you do to receive salvation. It is not a work of the flesh. It is a work of the Spirit.

Repentance and faith always go hand-in-hand. They’re inseparable graces. Repent = turn from old sin/Faith = turn to God [1 Thessalonians 1:9; Acts 5:31] It is God who gives repentance. The Spirit works in us to give us. [2 Timothy 2:24-25]

You can be sorry and stop doing certain things, but it is fleeting if it is in the flesh. But with godly sorrow, our hearts our turned towards God and you don’t want to sin. You have a zeal for the glory of God and a zeal to hate the things He hates. [2 Corinthians 7:9-11]