“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”” -Galatians 5:14
“There may be no better way to love your neighbor . . . Than to simply do your work. But only skillful, competent work will do.” – Tim Keller via Barnabas Piper’s Twitter
Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” -Luke 9:62
We are all going to botch it somedays. We all sometimes get the notes wrong. But the song only goes wrong when we keep thinking back to the wrong notes.
When a piece starts to fall apart — fall forward. Fall forward into the next bar. Moving forward is what makes music.
[from Ann Voskamp’s Sanity Manifesto]
“Observe and hear all these words, which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the Lord thy God.” -Deuteronomy 12:28
Though salvation is not by the works of the law, yet the blessings which are promised to obedience are not denied to the faithful servants of God. The curses our Lord took away when He was made a curse for us, but no clause of blessing has been abrogated.
We are to note and listen to the revealed will of the Lord, giving our attention not to portions of it but to “all these words.” There must be no picking and choosing but an impartial respect to all that God has commanded. This is the road of blessedness for the Father and for His children. The Lord’s blessing is upon His chosen to the third and fourth generation. If they walk uprightly before Him, He will make all men know that they are a seed which the Lord has blessed. No blessing can come to us or ours through dishonesty or double dealing. The ways of worldly conformity and unholiness cannot bring good to us or ours. It will go well with us when we go well before God. If integrity does not make us prosper, knavery will not. That which gives pleasure to God will bring pleasure to us.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” –Luke 9:62
To plow straight, you must look straight ahead. The call of God on your life must be preeminent. You must be looking to Jesus and stop living in the past. Go forward.
Morning Audio| Costly Commitment | Luke 9:51-62 | Steve Wainright
Evening Audio | A Parent’s Plea & Faith | Judges 13:1-25 | Steve Wainright
Sermon Audio from Sunday is available! (Several recordings from weeks past have also been posted.)
Morning Sermon | Evening Sermon
Monday, January 28
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.
Tuesday, January 29
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
Wednesday, January 30
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). They will be reviewing the past few weeks (letters G-I).
Thursday, January 31
Pray for your Pastor and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.
Friday, February 1
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, February 2
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow. Prepare your heart for worship.
Sunday, February 3
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Morning Worship (Luke)
6:00 p.m.- Evening Service (Judges)
Missionary of the Month
Sheridan & Anita Stanton in Peru
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Link of the Week
- A Life Plan When You’re Overwhelmed—“We are all going to botch it somedays. We all sometimes get the notes wrong. But the song only goes wrong when we keep thinking back to the wrong notes. When a piece starts to fall apart…” [read more]
- Get Ready to Gather–Five suggestions for preparing to encounter God through the preaching of the Bible as you gather with your church each Sunday.
- Are We Alone Together?–A discussion on how technology has changed relationships.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” -Hebrews 12:1-2
“I want to stay in the habit of ‘glancing’ at my problems and ‘gazing’ at my Lord.” ~Joni Eareckson Tada via Carolyn Mahaney’s Twitter
“…so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” -Colossians 1:10
If you are idle in Christ’s work, you are active in the devil’s work. —C.H. Spurgeon