True prayer comes from humble people who express absolute dependence on God. It is the highest activity of the soul.
[Colossians 4:2; Ephesians 6:18; John 14:13-14]
Prayer honors God and humbles self. It begins and ends not with the needs of man, but with the glory of God.
[John 14:13; Jonah 2:7-9; Daniel 9:4-5; Jeremiah 32:17-23; Matthew 6:9-13]
The Model Prayer [Matthew 6] / High Priestly Prayer [John 17]
-These words aren’t magical. They are a model.
-Note the reverence towards God’s Name, especially compared to how people talk about God today.
-Note the preeminence of His Name. Self and all needs must be given second place. His glory is the end of all things.
[Romans 11:36– Respect, reverence, glory, and worship.]
[Psalm 29:2; 34:3; 66:2; 72:17; 96:8; 99:6; 105:1; 111:9; 148:13; 20:7]
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” -Lamentations 3:22-24
Purpose never to “get over” or “used to” the gospel of God’s grace. It’s new every morning, afternoon and evening. -Scotty Ward Smith via Twitter
“Exalt the Lord our God; worship at His footstool! Holy is He!” -Psalm 99:6
“We are a bunch of nobodies trying to exalt Somebody”. – Jim Elliot (1927-1956, missionary martyr in Ecuador)
Let my heart be sound in thy statues: that I be not ashamed. -Psalm 119:80
We may regard this inspired prayer as containing within itself the assurance that those who keep close to the Word of God shall never have cause to be ashamed of doing so.
See, the prayer is for soundness of heart. A sound creed is good, a sound judgment concerning it is better, but a sound heart toward the truth is best of all. We must love the truth, feel the truth, and obey the truth, otherwise we are not truly sound in God’s statutes. Are there many in these evil days who are sound? Oh, that the writer and the reader may be two of this sort!
Many will be ashamed in the last great day, when all disputes will be decided. Then they will see the folly of their inventions and be filled with remorse because of their proud infidelity and willful defiance of the Lord; but he who believed what the Lord taught and did what the Lord commanded will stand forth justified in what he did. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun. Men much slandered and abused shall find their shame turned into glory in that day.
Let us pray the prayer of our text, and we may be sure that its promise will be fulfilled to us. If the Lord makes us sound, He will keep us safe.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday Morning |Bro. Anthony Vance | Acts 11:26 | Listen
“And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.” -Acts 11:26
What does it mean to be a Christian?
1) You are saved (from depravity, death, & doom).
2) You are spiritual (full of the Scriptures and full of the Spirit of God).
3) You have been separated (from Satan, from sin, from the world, and to God).
4) You are satisfied in Christ.
Sunday Evening | Bro. Dannie Wainright | Exodus 30:1, 7-8 | Listen
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” -James 5:16
The altar of incense represents our prayers that go up before God’s throne of grace. He delights to answer our prayers! Prayer lifts up our souls and draws us closer to Him. The priest could put sticks on the alter, but the aroma would not go up if there was no fire. We must have the fire of the Holy Spirit in us, kindled by love for Jesus, the One who has saved and redeemed us. We must fervently pray. It should be the center of our life.
Monday, June 18
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.
Morning Audio | Evening Audio
Happy Birthday to William Preston!
Tuesday, June 19
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
6:30-8:30- Ladies’ Supper & Scripture at the Wainrights’ Home.
Happy Birthday to Nicholas Grimes!
Wednesday, June 20
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.- “Systematic Theology” series continues in the sanctuary. (Kids and Youth classes will meet with them as well…their classes are through for the summer.)
Thursday, June 21
Pray for your Pastor and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.
Friday, June 22
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 Shawn Grimes, Jr!
Saturday, June 23
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow. Prepare your heart for worship.
Sunday, June 24
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Morning Worship (Bro. Anthony Vance)
6:00 p.m.- Evening Service (Bro. Dannie Wainright)
Ushers: Harry Sparks & Anthony Vance
BFM Founder’s Month! (We are encouraging Giving Friends to give $70 to BFM in the month of June to honor the 70 years our missionaries have been faithfully preaching the Gospel.)
Missionary of the Month
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Links of the Week:
“He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will he not also with Him graciously give us all things?” -Romans 8:32
If God can bring life out of His own Son’s death, than what is so terrible in our lives that He could not redeem it? -Mike Donehey via Twitter