“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28
“Love to God disposes men to see His hand in everything.” -Jonathan Edwards
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. -Ezekiel 36:25
What an exceeding joy is this! He who has purified us with the blood of Jesus will also cleanse us by the water of the Holy Spirit. God hath said it, and so it must be, “Ye shall be clean.” Lord, we feel and mourn our uncleanness, and it is cheering to be assured by Thine own mouth that we shall be clean. Oh, that Thou wouldst make a speedy work of it!
He will deliver us from our worst sins. The uprisings of unbelief and the deceitful lusts which war against the soul, the vile thoughts of pride, and the suggestions of Satan to blaspheme the sacred name-all these shall be so purged away as never to return.
He will also cleanse us from all our idols, whether of gold or of clay: our impure loves and our excessive love of that which in itself is pure. That which we have idolized shall either be broken from us or we shall be broken off from it.
It is God who speaks of what He Himself will do. Therefore is this word established and sure, and we may boldly look for that which it guarantees to us. Cleansing is a covenant blessing, and the covenant is ordered in all things and sure.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“After him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who killed 600 of the Philistines with an oxgoad, and he also saved Israel.” –Judges 3:31
Have you ever felt insignificant? God uses insignificant people to accomplish His purposes for His glory. Shamgar fought the good fight of faith with what he had–an oxgoad. Use what God has given you and be faithful right where you are. As you serve and give, God will give you more opportunities to serve and give. Leave the results in His hands.
If God can use Shamgar the ox farmer, He can use you as well.
Tuesday, October 30
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
6:30-8:30 p.m.– Ladies’ “Soup & Scripture” at the home of Lydia Wainright. We will eat and fellowship from 6:30-7:00 and have Bible Study from 7:00-8:30. “Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed: A Study of the Life of David” (through November 27). We will be going over the homework for Week 4 and will watch the video for Week 5.
Wednesday, October 31
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.– “Isaiah” series continues in the sanctuary. Our new and improved Kids Class will also begin (Preschool through 6th grade).
Happy Birthday to Dorothy Thomas!
Thursday, November 1
Pray for your Pastor and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.
Happy Anniversary to Charlie & Denise Young!
Friday, November 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, November 3
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow. Prepare your heart for worship.
Chili Cook-off & Fall Fellowship at the Estes Family Farm! 2:00-5:00 recreation/5:00 eat.
Sunday, November 4
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Morning Worship
6:00 p.m.- Evening Service
Ushers: Roger Cruz & Chandler Dawson
Missionary of the Month
Mike & Beverly Creiglow in Brazil
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Links of the Week
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” –Mark 16:15
If there be anything about which we cannot tolerate lukewarmness, it is in the matter of sending the gospel to a dying world. -Charles H. Spurgeon via TGC_IO’s Twitter
“Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” -Romans 5:20-21
“The gospel is the good news that God is the all-satisfying end of all our longings, and that even though He does not need us, and is in fact estranged from us because of our God-belittling sins, He has, in the great love with which He loved us, made a way for sinners to drink at the river of His delights through Jesus Christ.” -John Piper in “The Pleasures of God”
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. -Psalm 97:11
Righteousness is often costly to the man who keeps to it at all hazards, but in the end it will bear its own expenses and return an infinite profit. A holy life is like sowing seed: much is going out, and apparently it is buried in the soil, never to be gathered up again. We are mistaken when we look for an immediate harvest; but the error is very natural, for it seems impossible to bury light. Yet light is “sown,” says the text. It lies latent: none can see it; it is sown. We are quite sure that it must one day manifest itself.
Full sure are we that the Lord has set a harvest for the sower of light, and they shall reap it, each man for himself. Then shall come their gladness. Sheaves of joy for seeds of light. Their heart was upright before the Lord, though men gave them no credit for it, but even censured them: they were righteous, though those about them denounced them as censorious. They had to wait, as husbandmen wait for the precious fruits of the earth: but the light was sown for them, and gladness was being prepared on their behalf by the Lord of the harvest.
Courage, brothers! We need not be in a hurry. Let us in patience possess our souls, for soon shall our souls possess light and gladness.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]