“For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” -Romans 9:3
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.” -John 13:1
This fact is essentially a promise; for what our Lord was He is, and what He was to those with whom He lived on earth, He will be to all His beloved so long as the moon endureth.
“Having loved”: here was the wonder! That He should ever have loved men at all is the marvel. What was there in His poor disciples that He should love them? What is there in me?
But when He has once begun to love, it is His nature to continue to do so. Love made the saints “His own”–what a choice title! He purchased them with blood, and they became His treasure. Being His own, He will not lose them. Being His beloved, He will not cease to love them. My soul, He will not cease to love thee!
The text is well as it stands: “to the end.” Even till His death the ruling passion of love to His own reigned in His sacred bosom. It means also to the uttermost. He could not love them more: He gave Himself for them. Some read it, to perfection. Truly He lavished upon them a perfect love, in which there was no flaw nor failure, no unwisdom, no unfaithfulness.
Such is the love of Jesus to each one of His people. Let us sing to our Well-beloved a song.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
The law shows our inability in the flesh to please God. The law demands perfection and we are all cursed. No one is justified by the law, but by FAITH.
Monday, December 29
Review the messages from yesterday and start applying some of the things you learned. Pray for the Lord to reveal truths you need to apply.
Sermon Audio: “Redeemed” | Galatians 3:10-14 | Sunday Morning | Listen
Tuesday, December 30
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
Wednesday, December 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 – We will continue our study in the book of Jeremiah!
Thursday, January 1
Pray for your Pastor and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.
Happy Birthday to Rupish Ghalley & Barbara Johnson!
Friday, January 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, January 3
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow. Prepare your heart for worship.
Happy Birthday to Becky Vance!
Sunday, January 4
10:00 a.m.- Sunday School
11:00 a.m.- Morning Worship (Galatians)
2:00 p.m.-Baptism of Simone Bellmer at Thompson Road Baptist Church
6:00 p.m.- Evening Worship (2 Samuel)
Happy Birthday to Sarah Wainright!
Missionary of the Month
Jud & Raquel Hatcher in Brazil ~ You can read their latest letter on the BFM FaithWorks Blog.
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“For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” -Colossians 1:16-17
In awe of Christ’s deity…Jesus gave breath to His mom before she gave birth to Him. (Colossians 1:16-17) -David Platt via Twitter
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” -1 Timothy 1:15
“You don’t understand the Christmas story unless you look into that manger and see a Lamb.” -Paul Tripp, via Twitter
We would love to have you join us this evening for a special Christmas Eve service at 7:00 pm!
And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the lord be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath. -Deuteronomy 33:13
We may be rich in such things as Joseph obtained, and we may have them in a higher sense. Oh, for “the precious things of heaven”! Power with God and the manifestation of power from God are most precious. We would enjoy the peace of God, the joy of the Lord, the glory of our God. The benediction of the three divine Persons in love, and grace, and fellowship we prize beyond the most fine gold. The things of earth are as nothing in preciousness compared with the things in heaven.
“The dew.” How precious is this! How we pray and praise when we have the dew! What refreshing, what growth, what perfume, what life there is in us when the dew is about’ Above all things else, as plants of the Lord’s own right hand planting, we need the dew of His Holy Spirit.
“The deep that coucheth beneath.” Surely this refers to that unseen ocean underground which supplies all the fresh springs which make glad the earth. Oh, to tap the eternal fountains! This is an unspeakable boon; let no believer rest till he possesses it. The all-sufficiency of Jehovah is ours forever. Let us resort to it now.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]