Archive for December, 2012

December 31, 2012

Weekly Announcements (December 31-January 6)

Monday, December 31
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.
Happy Birthday to Jennie Estes!
[Those looking for the sermon audio, please note that both sermons from Sunday were recorded, but we were unable to post them online.]

Tuesday, January 1
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
Happy Birthday to Barbara Johnson, Luke Sword, Harka & Juna Ghalley! 

Wednesday, January 2
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-6th grade). Their topic this week is “God is Glorious.” 

Thursday, January 3
Pray for your Pastor and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.
Happy Birthday to Becky Vance! 

Friday, January 4
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 Sarah Wainright!

Saturday, January 5
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow.  Prepare your heart for worship.
Happy Birthday to Jason Estes!

Sunday, January 6
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Morning Worship (Luke)
6:00 p.m.- Evening Service (Judges)

Missionary of the Month
John & Alta Hatcher in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Link of the Week

December 31, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 12.31.2012

“You shall not go out with haste, . . . for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.”  -Isaiah 52:12

Security from Yesterday. “. . . God requires an account of what is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15). At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present.

Security for Tomorrow. “. . . the Lord will go before you . . . .” This is a gracious revelation— that God will send His forces out where we have failed to do so. He will keep watch so that we will not be tripped up again by the same failures, as would undoubtedly happen if He were not our “rear guard.” And God’s hand reaches back to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience.

Security for Today. “You shall not go out with haste . . . .” As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness. But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.

Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.

[from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers]

December 27, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 12.27.2012

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich. -2 Corinthians 8:9

The Bible is not a record of the best people making it up to God; it’s a record of God making it down to the worst people. -Tullian Tchividjian via Twitter

December 26, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 12.26.2012

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. -2 Corinthians 4:6

Take it all down, Christmas is over
But do not despair, but rather be glad
We had a good year, now let’s have another
Remembering all the good times that we had

Oh no more lights glistening
No more carols to sing
But Christmas, it makes way for spring

The hearts of man are bitter and weathered
As cold as the snow that falls from above
But just for one day we all came together
We showed the whole world that we know how to love

Oh no more lights glistening
No more carols to sing
But Christmas, it makes way for spring

-Relient K’s Boxing Day

December 25, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 12.25.2012

“This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.” -Acts 1:11

Many are celebrating our Lord’s first coming this day; let us turn our thoughts to the promise of His second coming. This is as sure as the first advent and derives a great measure of its certainty from it. He who came as a lowly man to serve will assuredly come to take the reward of His service. He who came to suffer will not be slow in coming to reign.

This is our glorious hope, for we shall share His joy. Today we are in our concealment and humiliation, even as He was while here below; but when He cometh it will be our manifestation, even as it will be His revelation. Dead saints shall live at His appearing. The slandered and despised shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Then shall the saints appear as kings and priests, and the days of their mourning shall be ended. The long rest and inconceivable splendor of the millennial reign will be an abundant recompense for the ages of witnessing and warring.

Oh, that the Lord would come! He is coming! He is on the road and traveling quickly. The sound of His approach should be as music to our hearts! Ring out, ye bells of hope!

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

December 24, 2012

Weekly Announcements (December 24-30)

Monday, December 24
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.

Tuesday, December 25
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
Merry Christmas!Take the time to adore Him.

Wednesday, December 26
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, December 27
Pray for your Pastor and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.

Friday, December 28
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 29
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow.  Prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, December 30
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Morning Worship (Luke)
6:00 p.m.- Evening Service (Judges)

Missionary of the Month
John & Alta Hatcher in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Link of the Week

December 24, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 12.24.2012

ChristmasTree

We wish you and yours a very merry Christmas!
In the busy-ness of the holidays, take time to be still and know that He is God.
Adore Him–for He alone is worthy. 

“For your sakes He became poor.” -2 Corinthians 8:9

The Lord Jesus Christ was eternally rich, glorious, and exalted; but “though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor.” As the rich saint cannot be true in his communion with his poor brethren unless of his substance he ministers to their necessities, so (the same rule holding with the head as between the members), it is impossible that our Divine Lord could have had fellowship with us unless He had imparted to us of his own abounding wealth, and had become poor to make us rich. Had He remained upon his throne of glory, and had we continued in the ruins of the fall without receiving His salvation, communion would have been impossible on both sides. Our position by the fall, apart from the covenant of grace, made it as impossible for fallen man to communicate with God as it is for Belial to be in concord with Christ. In order, therefore, that communion might be compassed, it was necessary that the rich kinsman should bestow His estate upon His poor relatives, that the righteous Saviour should give to His sinning brethren of His own perfection, and that we, the poor and guilty, should receive of His fulness grace for grace; that thus in giving and receiving, the One might descend from the heights, and the other ascend from the depths, and so be able to embrace each other in true and hearty fellowship. Poverty must be enriched by Him in Whom are infinite treasures before it can venture to commune; and guilt must lose itself in imputed and imparted righteousness ere the soul can walk in fellowship with purity. Jesus must clothe His people in His own garments, or He cannot admit them into His palace of glory; and He must wash them in His own blood, or else they will be too defiled for the embrace of His fellowship.

O believer, herein is love! For your sake the Lord Jesus “became poor” that He might lift you up into communion with Himself.

[from Morning & Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon, December 24 morning reading]

With the new year coming, why don’t you take the opportunity to invest in a new devotional book? Morning & Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon is one of our favorites. It can be purchased here…and no, I’m not getting paid to write this. 😉

December 20, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 12.20.2012

“Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” -1 Peter 5:7

“Faith’s way of walking is to cast all care upon the Lord, and then to anticipate good results from the worst calamities.” -Charles Spurgeon via CJ Mahaney’s Twitter

December 19, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 12.19.2012

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” —Ephesians 2:4-5

“The thing that awakens the deepest well of gratitude in a human being is that God has forgiven sin.” -Oswald Chambers

December 18, 2012

Scripture at Sunrise 12.18.2012

As birds flying, so will the lord of hosts defend Jerusalem. -Isaiah 31:5

With hurrying wing the mother bird hastens up to the protection of her young. She wastes no time upon the road when coming to supply them with food or guard them from danger. Thus as on eagle’s wings will the Lord come for the defense of His chosen; yea, He will ride upon the wings of the wind.

With outspread wing the mother covers her little ones in the nest. She hides them away by interposing her own body. The hen yields her own warmth to her chicks and makes her wings a house, in which they dwell at home. Thus doth Jehovah Himself become the protection of His elect. He Himself is their refuge, their abode, their all.

As birds flying and birds covering (for the word means both), so will the Lord be unto us: and this He will be repeatedly and successfully. We shall be defended and preserved from all evil: the Lord who likens Himself to birds will not be like them in their feebleness, for He is Jehovah of hosts. Let this be our comfort, that almighty love will be swift to succor and sure to cover. The wing of God is more quick and more tender than the wing of a bird, and we will put our trust under its shadow henceforth and forever.

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

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