Archive for December, 2015

December 31, 2015

A Prayer for the New Year

From all the guilt of former sin
May mercy set us free;
And let the year we now begin,
Begin and end with Thee.

John Newton

December 30, 2015

Scripture at Sunrise 12.30.2015

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by Your Name, O LORD, God of hosts.” -Jeremiah 15:16

“Open the Bible every day, and don’t let go of it until God shows up to make it precious to you.” -John Piper

December 29, 2015

Scripture at Sunrise 12.29.2015

“…even to your old age I am He, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.” -Isaiah 46:4

The year is very old, and here is a promise for our aged friends; yes, and for us all, as age creeps over us. Let us live long enough, and we shall all have hoar hairs; therefore we may as well enjoy this promise by the foresight of faith.

When we grow old our God will still be the I AM, abiding evermore the same. Hoar hairs tell of our decay, but He decayeth not. When we cannot carry a burden and can hardly carry ourselves, the Lord will carry us. Even as in our young days He carried us like lambs in His bosom, so will He in our years of infirmity.

He made us, and He will care for us. When we become a burden to our friends and a burden to ourselves, the Lord will not shake us off, but the rather He will take us up and carry and deliver us more fully than ever. In many cases the Lord give His servants a long and calm evening. They worked hard all day and wore themselves out in their Master’s service, and so He said to them, “Now rest in anticipation of that eternal Sabbath which I have prepared for you.” Let us not dread old age. Let us grow old graciously since the Lord Himself is with us in fullness of grace.

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

December 28, 2015

Scripture at Sunrise 12.28.2015

Sunday Morning| Pastor Steve Wainright | The Sweet Fellowship of the Saints | Philippians 4:21-23
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” -Philippians 4:23

You need unmerited favor every day. We need the grace of God and we need to extend that grace to others. They don’t deserve it, but neither did I. 

Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: The Sweet Fellowship of the Saints | Philippians 4:21-23
Sunday Evening Sermon Audio:  The Blindness of the Lost | John 1:10-11

December 28, 2015

Weekly Announcements (December 28-January 3)

Monday, December 28
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.
Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: The Sweet Fellowship of the Saints | Philippians 4:21-23
Sunday Evening Sermon Audio:  The Blindness of the Lost | John 1:10-11

Tuesday, December 29
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.

Wednesday, December 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. – Evening Worship – We will continue our study in the book of Jeremiah!

Thursday, December 31
Pray for your Pastor and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.

Friday, January 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.
Happy Birthday to Barb J. and Rupesh! 

Saturday, January 2
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow.  Prepare your heart for worship. 

Sunday, January 3
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School
11:00 a.m. – Morning Worship
3:00 p.m. – Service at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore
6:00 p.m. – Evening Worship
Happy Birthday to Becky V.!

Missionaries of the Month
Bobby & Charlene Wacaser ~ You can read their latest letter on the BFM FaithWorks Blog

Links of the Week

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

“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

December 24, 2015

Scripture at Sunrise 12.24.2015

“For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.” -Colossians 1:19-20 

In His deity, Jesus is able to endure God’s wrath due sin. In His humanity, Jesus is able to extend God’s mercy to sinners. -David Platt via Twitter

December 23, 2015

Scripture at Sunrise 12.23.2015

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…” -Ephesians 2:8

The fact that salvation cannot be earned is demonstrated by who were chosen to hear the announcement of the Savior’s birth and who weren’t.  -Paul Tripp

December 22, 2015

Scripture at Sunrise 12.22.2015

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” -Psalm 46:1

A help that is not present when we need it is of small value. The anchor which is left at home is of no use to the seaman in the hour of storm; the money which he used to have is of no worth to the debtor when a writ is out against him. Very few earthly helps could be called “very present”: they are usually far in the seeking, far in the using, and farther still when once used. But as for the Lord our God, He is present when we seek Him, present when we need Him, and present when we have already enjoyed His aid.

He is more than “present,” He is very present. More present than the nearest friend can be, for He is in us in our trouble; more present than we are to ourselves, for sometimes we lack presence of mind. He is always present, effectually present, sympathetically present, altogether present. He is present now if this is a gloomy season. Let us rest ourselves upon Him. He is our refuge, let us hide in Him; He is our strength, let us array ourselves with Him; He is our help, let us lean upon Him; He is our very present help, let us repose in Him now. We need not have a moment’s care or an instant’s fear. “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”

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

December 21, 2015

Scripture at Sunrise 12.21.2015

Sunday Morning| Pastor Anthony Vance | The Prince of Peace | Isaiah 9:6
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His Name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6

The peace Jesus brings is a peace that changes us, not just a cease-fire. It is a peace of reconciliation. It is also a peace of companionship–His very presence brings peace. There is also peace found through His Word. This peace has been given to us that we might share it with others as ministers of reconciliation.

Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: The Prince of Peace | Isaiah 9:6
Last Wednesday’s Sermon Audio: Jeremiah’s International Ministry | Jeremiah 46-47

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