Scripture at Sunrise 7.31.2013

“He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things?” -Romans 8:32

Our heavenly Father never takes anything from His children unless He means to give them something better. —George Müller

Scripture at Sunrise 7.30.2013

l will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice. -John 16:22

Surely He will come a second time, and then, when He sees us and we see Him, there will be rejoicings indeed. Oh, for that joyous return! But this promise is being dainty fulfilled in another sense. Our gracious Lord has many “agains” in His dealings with us. He gave us pardon, and He sees us again and repeats the absolving word as fresh sins cause us grief. He has revealed to us our acceptance before God, and when our faith in that blessing grows a little dim, He comes to us again and again and says, “Peace be unto you,” and our hearts are glad.

Beloved, all our past mercies are tokens of future mercies. If Jesus has been with us, He will see us again. Look upon no former favor as a dead and buried thing, to be mourned over; but regard it as a seed sown, which will grow, and push its head up from the dust, and cry, “I will see you again.” Are the times dark because Jesus is not with us as He used to be? Let us pluck up courage; for He will not be long away. His feet are as those of a roe or young hart, and they will soon bring Him to us. Wherefore let us begin to be joyous, since He saith to us even now, “I will see you again.”

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

Scripture at Sunrise 7.29.2013

And He told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’” -Luke 13:6-9

Has the world gotten so tight around you that your roots aren’t going deeper? Christ the Gardner will dig in your heart and aerate it. Sometimes it hurts, but it’s for your good. He strikes at your lusts, pleasures, securities, and comforts. He digs at that to make you faithful and fruitful. The Father is looking for fruit.

[from 7.28.2013 Sunday Morning Sermon by Pastor Steve Wainright on Luke 13:6-9]

-Weekly Announcements (July 29-August 4)

Monday, July 29
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned.

Tuesday, July 30
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
Happy Birthday to Simone Bellmer!

Wednesday, July 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.- Evening Bible Study- Bro. Anthony Vance will be preaching

Thursday, August 1
Pray for your Pastor and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.

Friday, August 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, August 3
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow.  Prepare your heart for worship.
Happy Birthday to Erica Ghalley & Abigail Norris! 

Sunday, August 4
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Morning Worship (Luke)
6:00 p.m.- Evening Service (1 Samuel)

SummerFest at Janna’s House
For the Ladies: Feasting on the Word, Fellowship, & Food
Tuesday, August 6 @ 6:30 p.m.

Missionary of the Month
Odali & Kathy Barros in Brazil

**The July 2013 edition of “The New Life Insider”, our monthly newsletter, is now available. Click here to view.**

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Scripture at Sunrise 7.25.2013

“All the nations You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord; and shall glorify Your Name.” -Psalm 86:9

“God is pursuing all the nations. And sooner or later He will have them.” –John Piper via CrossCon’s Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 7.24.2013

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

He need not have done anything about our sins except punish us as we deserved. But He loved us; so He redeemed us, forgave us. -J.I. Packer

Scripture at Sunrise 7.23.2013

“And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” -Hebrews 10:17

According to this gracious covenant the Lord treats His people as if they had never sinned. Practically, He forgets all their trespasses. Sins of all kinds He treats as if they had never been, as if they were quite erased from His memory. O miracle of grace! God here doth that which in certain aspects is impossible to Him. His mercy worketh miracles which far transcend all other miracles.

Our God ignores our sin now that the sacrifice of Jesus has ratified the covenant. We may rejoice in Him without fear that He will be provoked to anger against us because of our iniquities. See! He puts us among the children; He accepts us as righteous; He takes delight in us as if we were perfectly holy. He even puts us into places of trust; makes us guardians of His honor, trustees of the crown jewels, stewards of the gospel. He counts us worthy and gives us a ministry; this is the highest and most special proof that He does not remember our sins. Even when we forgive an enemy, we are very slow to trust him; we judge it to be imprudent so to do. But the Lord forgets our sins and treats us as if we had never erred. O my soul, what a promise is this! Believe it and be happy.

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