Archive for November, 2012

November 29, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 11.29.2012

“You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men.” -1 Corinthians 7:23

“You were bought with a price you couldn’t pay and you’re kept by grace day after day after day.” -Paul Tripp’s Twitter

November 28, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 11.28.2012

“You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” –Psalm 16:11

Teach me that if I do not live a life that satisfies Thee, I shall not have a life that satisfies myself. -Unknown in The Valley of Vision

November 27, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 11.27.2012

And He said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. -Exodus 33:14

Precious promise! Lord, enable me to appropriate it as all my own.

We must go at certain times from our abode, for here we have no continuing city. It often happens that when we feel most at home in a place, we are suddenly called away from it. Here is the antidote for this ill. The Lord Himself will keep us company. His presence, which includes His favor, His fellowship, His care, and His power, shall be ever with us in every one of our marchings. This means far more than it says; for, in fact, it means all things. If we have God present with us, we have possession of heaven and earth. Go with me, Lord, and then command me where Thou wilt!

But we hope to find a place of rest. The text promises it. We are to have rest of God’s own giving, making, and preserving. His presence will cause us to rest even when we are on the march, yea, even in the midst of battle. Rest! Thrice blessed word. Can it ever be enjoyed by mortals? Yes, there is the promise, and by faith we plead it. Rest comes from the Comforter, from the Prince of Peace, and from the glorious Father who rested on the seventh day from all His works. To be with God is to rest in the most emphatic sense.

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

November 26, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 11.26.2012

Sunday, November 25 | Pastor Steve Wainright
Morning Audio: Who do you say Jesus is? | Evening Audio: Gideon’s Shrinking Army

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. –2 Corinthians 12:9

The way the Lord prepares His army is different from the way we would prepare ours. He actually strengthens His army by subtracting from it. He whittled down Gideon’s army to 300 people to fight against an army of 135,000. Why does He do that? So no flesh could glory in His presence. Everyone would be able to see that God was the One giving the victory.

November 25, 2012

Weekly Announcements (November 26-December 2)

Monday, November 26
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.
Morning Audio: Who do you say Jesus is? | Evening Audio: Gideon’s Shrinking Army

Tuesday, November 27
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” concludes 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.” Bring a finger food to share.

Wednesday, November 28
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. Kids Class also continues (Preschool through 6th grade).

Thursday, November 29
Pray for your Pastor and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.
Happy Anniversary to Ron & Helen Morgan!
Happy Birthday to Smyrna Ghalley! 

Friday, November 30
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, December 1
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow.  Prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, December 2
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Morning Worship (Luke)
6:00 p.m.- Evening Service (Judges)
Ushers: Roger Cruz & Chandler Dawson

Saturday, December 8
9:00 a.m.- Men’s Breakfast
at the annex. We will eat, fellowship, and begin going through John MacArthur’s “Twelve Unlikely Heroes.”

Sunday, December 9
2:00 p.m.- Veteran’s Center Service at Thomson-Hood Veteran’s Center in Wilmore

Missionary of the Month
Nathan & Carrie Radford in Kenya

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Link of the Week
The One Holiday that God Demands is All of Our Days

November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m grateful that America has a day set aside for Thanksgiving, but I believe it should last every moment of every day — at least for the believer.  Really, I guess unbelievers can never be truly thankful because in and of ourselves, we cannot muster up any thankfulness.

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  -Romans 1:21

They know of God, but do not experientially know His redeeming grace.  They may shallowly be grateful for some material things, but do not attribute their Source.  They are thankful only for the gifts, but not the Giver.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  -James 1:17

Once you have experienced God’s love and redeeming grace through the sacrifice of His Son, there is absolutely no way you cannot be thankful.  That is the greatest gift He has ever given us.

Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith…abounding in thanksgiving.  -Colossians 2:7

How could God spare His own perfect Son to be my propitiation and die on the cross innocently for my wretched, filthy, wicked soul, consuming the wrath of God that should have been dumped on me for all eternity?  BUT GOD (being rich in mercy!) used His Son to reconcile us to Himself, not by anything we have done, but based only on everything He has done and His righteousness!

Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free.  For God, the Just, is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me.   -Before the Throne of God Above

Do you have an ungrateful heart?  Bathe your heart thoroughly in the Gospel.  Read Ephesians 1-2 and just see if the Holy Spirit won’t make you ooze with thanksgiving!

Write it out!  Talk about what He’s done for you.  When you do really come to appreciate it, you’ll love to tell the story and want to heart it over and over again.

Thank you, Lord, for saving me to the praise of Your glorious grace!

Every day should be a Happy Thanksgiving Day in the life of one whose heart has been transformed by the Gospel!

Sarah Wainright (originally posted in 2009)

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A cornucopia of Thanksgiving links for you:

November 18, 2012

Weekly Announcements (November 19-25)

Monday, November 19
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.
Morning Audio: Jesus Feeds the Multitude | Evening Audio: Gladitude & Gratitude

Tuesday, November 20
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.

Wednesday, November 21
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. Kids Class also continues (Preschool through 6th grade).

Thursday, November 22
Pray for your Pastor and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.
Happy Thanksgiving! 

Friday, November 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.

Saturday, November 24
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow.  Prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, November 25
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Morning Worship (Luke)
6:00 p.m.- Evening Service (Judges)
Ushers: Roger Cruz & Chandler Dawson

Tuesday, November 27
6:30-8:30 p.m.
– Ladies’ “Soup & Scripture” 
concludes 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.” Bring a finger food to share.

[Notes: There will be no Men’s Breakfast this month. Next one will be Saturday, December 8. Next Veteran’s Center Service will be Sunday, December 9.]

Missionary of the Month
Nathan & Carrie Radford in Kenya

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Link of the Week
A little history of Thanksgiving we originally posted in 2008

November 15, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 11.15.2012

“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—” -1 Peter 2:2

“We own more Bibles than we’ll ever use, but we’re slowly starving to death because we’ve lost our appetite for Scripture.” -Krish Kandiah via  a retweet by TGC_IO on Twitter

November 14, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 11.14.2012

“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” –Philippians 2:13 

“There is no way to follow Jesus without Him interfering with your life.”

-Kyle Idleman in Not a Fan, page 30

November 13, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 11.13.2012

 

Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. -Psalm 121:4

Jehovah is “the Keeper of Israel.” No form of unconsciousness ever steals over Him, neither the deeper slumber nor the slighter sleep. He never fails to watch the house and the heart of His people. This is a sufficient reason for our resting in perfect peace. Alexander said that he slept because his friend Parmenio watched; much more may we sleep because our God is our guard.

“Behold” is here set up to call our attention to the cheering truth. Israel, when he had a stone for his pillow, fell asleep; but His God was awake and came in vision to His servant. When we lie defenseless, Jehovah Himself will cover our head.

The Lord keeps His people as a rich man keeps his treasure, as a captain keeps a city with a garrison, as a sentry keeps watch over his sovereign. None can harm those who are in such keeping. Let me put my soul into His dear hands. He never forgets us, never ceases actively to care for us, never finds Himself unable to preserve us.

O my Lord, keep me, lest I wander and fall and perish. Keep me, that I may keep Thy commandments. By Thine unslumbering care prevent my sleeping like the sluggard and perishing like those who sleep the sleep of death.

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

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