Scripture at Sunrise 7.31.2012

And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me. -Psalm 50:15

This is a promise indeed!

Here is an urgent occasion — “the day of trouble.” It is dark at noon on such a day, and every hour seems blacker than the one which came before it. Then is this promise in season: it is written for the cloudy day.

Here is condescending advice, “Call upon me.” We ought not to need the exhortation: it should be our constant habit all the day and every day. What a mercy to have liberty to call upon God! What wisdom to make good use of it! How foolish to go running about to men! The Lord invites us to lay our case before Him, and surely we will not hesitate to do so.

Here is reassuring encouragement: “I will deliver thee.” Whatever the trouble may be, the Lord makes no exceptions but promises full, sure, happy deliverance. He will Himself work out our deliverance by His own hand. We believe it, and the Lord honors faith.

Here is an ultimate result: “Thou shalt glorify me.” Ah, that we will do most abundantly. When He has delivered us we will loudly praise Him; and as He is sure to do it, let us begin to glorify Him at once.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 7.30.2012

Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | Joshua 16-17 | Listen
“Now when the people of Israel grew strong, they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but did not utterly drive them out.” -Joshua 17:13

God had given the Israelites specific instructions to drive the Canaanites out so they wouldn’t be influenced by their ungodliness. They disobeyed. Rather than driving them out, they sought to please their flesh and made them servants instead. Their #1 problem was their lack of faith in God. A little tolerance from them went a long way. Likewise, when we are not faithful in the little things, we’ll end up in captivity.

Weekly Announcements (July 30-August 5)


Monday, July 30
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.
Morning Audio | Evening Audio

Tuesday, July 31
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. This week’s topic is “The Treasure of Keeping the Gospel & the Glory of God Central in All that We Do.” (Some Scriptures to get you started–Mark 16:15-16; Romans 15:19-20; 1 Corinthians 9:16; Ephesians 6:19; Matthew 24:14; Revelation 14:6; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 4:6; John 1:14; 1 Corinthians 11:7; Psalm 50:23; John 15:8; 1 Peter 4:11-16)

Wednesday, August 1
Pray for the children of NLBC today, that they will come to know Christ as their Savior and treasure Him above all things.
6:00 p.m.- Dinner…Join us before service as we support Chick-Fil-A for standing up for biblical principles on what has been deemed Chick-Fil-A Day! Special thanks to the Estes Family who will be providing New Life’s favorite chicken for everyone.

[*Please forgive the “sandwhich” typo above. I think the cows typed it.]

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, August 2
Pray for your Pastor and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.

Friday, August 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.
Happy Birthday to Abigail Norris!

Saturday, August 4
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow.  Prepare your heart for worship.
11:00 a.m.
– Visitation. Come share the love of Christ with our neighbors.
Happy Birthday to Sammy Stone!

Sunday, August 5
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Morning Worship
6:00 p.m.- Evening Service
Ushers: Harry Sparks & Anthony Vance

Saturday, August 11
8:00 a.m.- Monthly Men’s Breakfast & Fellowship at the annex. Sis. Linda has graciously offered to provide breakfast and coffee.

Missionary of the Month
Odali & Kathy Barros

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Links of the Week

Scripture at Sunrise 7.26.2012

And he (Gideon) said to Him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the LORD said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” -Judges 6:15-16

“Ordinary” is often the disguise of the divine. Lessons from Gideon. So keep your eyes open today. -Priscilla Shirer via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 7.25.2012

“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” -Hebrews 12:2

The Puritans knew that the traveller through the Bible landscape misses his way as soon as he loses sight of the hill called Calvary. -J.I. Packer

Scripture at Sunrise 7.24.2012

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment.” -Revelation 3:5

Warrior of the cross, fight on! Never rest till thy victory is complete, for thine eternal reward will prove worthy of a life of warfare.

See, here is perfect purity for thee! A few in Sardis kept their garments undefiled, and their recompense is to be spotless. Perfect holiness is the prize of our high calling; let us not miss it.

See, here is joy! Thou shalt wear holiday robes, such as men put on at wedding feasts; thou shalt be clothed with gladness and be made bright with rejoicing. Painful struggles shall end in peace of conscience and joy in the Lord.

See, here is victory! Thou shalt have thy triumph. Palm, and crown, and white robe shall be thy guerdon; thou shalt be treated as a conqueror and owned as such by the Lord Himself.

See, here is priestly array! Thou shalt stand before the Lord in such raiment as the sons of Aaron wore; thou shalt offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving and draw near unto the Lord with the incense of praise.

Who would not fight for a Lord who gives such large honors to the very least of His faithful servants? Who would not be clothed in a fool’s coat for Christ’s sake, seeing He will robe us with glory?

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

Scripture at Sunrise 7.16.2012

Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | Luke 6:27-35 | Listen
But I say to you who hear, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you…” -Luke 6:27-28

Jesus sets a standard here that no one can meet by themselves. It’s not a suggestion, but a command: Do good to those who wrong you. Actively pursue doing good to them, which involves denying yourself.

The love mentioned here is the most extreme love anyone can experience. It’s a God-type love. Agape love. An active love that reaches out. When someone does you wrong, you’re to reach out with a God-type love. This is the mindset of a redeemed person: God loved you when you were unlovable. Blessing those who curse you takes the love of God working in you.

Always confront what is wrong with what is right. Sometimes we care about our clothes (etc.) more than the person who needs them. Seek what’s best for others. Treat others how you would want to be treated.

When the love of God is poured into our hearts (Romans 5:5), we are enabled to love this way. God was kind to you. He could’ve left you dead in your sins, but He sent His Son to die for you. Show that same love to others, actively pursuing good towards them.

[This is not a “pacifist” view of promoting peace at all costs. We are to also use discretion when it comes to giving (2 Thessalonians 3:10). ]