Do you ever feel inadequate when witnessing? “Speak to these bones.” Ezekiel knew he was inadequate. He knew it would have to be of God if they lived. Share the Gospel and leave the results up to God. Trust God to do the work. –excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Wednesday Evening Sermon on Ezekiel 37
“Their soul shall be as a watered garden.” -Jeremiah 31:12
Oh, to have one’s soul under heavenly cultivation; no longer a wilderness but a garden of the Lord! Enclosed from the waste, walled around by grace, planted by instruction, visited by love, weeded by heavenly discipline, and guarded by divine power, one’s favored soul is prepared to yield fruit unto the Lord.
But a garden may become parched for want of water, and then all its herbs decline and are ready to die. O my soul, how soon would this be the case were the Lord to leave thee! In the East, a garden without water soon ceases to be a garden at all: nothing can come to perfection, grow, or even live. When irrigation is kept up, the result is charming. Oh, to have one’s soul watered by the Holy Spirit uniformly — every part of the garden having its own stream; plentifully — a sufficient refreshment coming to every tree and herb, however thirsty by nature it may be; continually — each hour bringing not only its heat, but its refreshment; wisely — each plant receiving just what it needs. In a garden you can see by the verdure where the water flows, and you can soon perceive when the Spirit of God comes.
O Lord, water me this day and cause me to yield Thee a full reward for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Monday, August 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.
Happy Birthday to Dana A & Dorcie C!
Tuesday, August 29
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
Wednesday, August 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. – Bible Study & Prayer Meeting
Thursday, August 31
Pray for your Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.
Friday, September 1
Pray that God would be merciful to our nation.
Happy Anniversary to Debbie & Cecil S!
Saturday, September 2
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow. Prepare your heart for worship.
Pray for our building committee.
Sunday, September 3
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School
11:00 a.m. – Morning Worship (Romans)
3:00 p.m. – Service at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in the Eisenhower Unit
5:00 p.m. – Choir
6:00 p.m. – Evening Worship (John)
Happy Birthday to Cecil S!
Sunday, September 10
The Pietrowski Family, missionaries to England, will be with us in the morning service
“And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” -Exodus 14:13-14
At times, we have so many problems because we fight our own battles. It’s the Lord who fights our battles–it’s our job to trust Him. When we start fighting our own battles, that’s usually when we compound our problems. –excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Wednesday Evening Sermon on Ezekiel 37:1