Scripture at Sunrise 12.20.2016

“I, I am He who comforts you;  who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass,
and have forgotten the LORD, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, and you fear continually all the day because of the wrath of the oppressor, when he sets himself to destroy? And where is the wrath of the oppressor?” -Isaiah 51:12-13

Let the text itself be taken as the portion for today. There is no need to enlarge upon it. Trembling one, read it, believe it, feed on it, and plead it before the Lord. He whom you fear is only a man after all; while He who promises to comfort you is God, your Maker, and the creator of heaven and earth. Infinite comfort more than covers a very limited danger.

“Where is the fury of the oppressor?” It is in the Lord’s hand. It is only the fury of a dying creature; fury which will end as soon as the breath is gone from the nostril. Why, then, should we stand in awe of one who is as frail as ourselves? Let us not dishonor our God by making a god of puny man. We can make an idol of a man by rendering to him excessive fear as well as by paying him inordinate love. Let us treat men as men, and God as God; and then we shall go calmly on in the path of duty, fearing the Lord and fearing nobody else.

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

Scripture after Sunset 12.19.2016

Sunday Morning Sermon: Abraham’s FaithRomans 4:17-25 | Steve Wainright
No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in Him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. –Romans 4:20-25

Abraham was not justified by his works. He was made right with God through faith in His promise. We need that same faith as Abraham.
Looking at the objects around us instead of God creates a weak faith. It’s the object of Abraham’s faith that counted. He did not look at the circumstances around him, but at God.
When human impossibility faces the possibility of God breaking His Word, God always fulfills His promise.

-excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Morning Sermon

Weekly Announcements (December 19-25)

Monday, December 19
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 from Sunday Morning can be found here. (Romans 4:17-25 “Abraham’s Faith”)
Happy Birthday to Wayne S!

Tuesday, December 20
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
Happy Birthday to Matthew S!

Wednesday, December 21
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 Service – Candlelight Service
Happy Birthday to Michael B!

Thursday, December 22
Pray for your Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.
Happy Birthday to Matt B!

Friday, December 23
Pray that God would be merciful to our nation.
Happy Birthday to Barbara D!

Saturday, December 24
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow. Prepare your heart for worship.

Sunday, December 25

11:00 a.m. – Morning Worship
(We will not be having Sunday School or Evening Service.)
Happy Birthday to Matt W!

Missionaries of the Month
Odali & Kathy Barros in Brazil ~ You can read their latest letters on the BFM FaithWorks Blog