“If you do not believe Christ is the Messiah, you will die in your sins. We must believe that Jesus Christ is the Great I Am.” -excerpt from Steve Wainright’s 12/3 evening sermon
He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. -Isaiah 33:16
The man to whom God has given grace to be of blameless life dwells in perfect security.
He dwells on high, above the world, Out of gunshot of the enemy, and near to heaven. He has high aims and motives, and he finds high comforts and company. He rejoices in the mountains of eternal love, wherein he has his abode.
He is defended by munitions of stupendous rock. The firmest things in the universe are the promises and purposes of the unchanging God, and these are the safeguard of the obedient believer.
He is provided for by this great promise: “Bread shall be given him.” As the enemy cannot climb the fort, nor break down the rampart, so the fortress cannot be captured by siege and famine. The Lord, who rained manna in the wilderness, will keep His people in good store even when they are surrounded by those who would starve them.
But what if water should fail? That cannot be. “His waters shall be sure.” There is a never-failing well within the impregnable fortress. The Lord sees that nothing is wanting. None can touch the citizen of the true Zion. However fierce the enemy, the Lord will preserve His chosen.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
You must be sure you have the righteousness God requires to get to Heaven. You can’t make yourself good enough for God. You’re a sinner in need of the righteousness of Christ. –excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Morning Sermon
Sunday Morning 12/3 – Romans 10:1-4
Is Your Righteousness Perfect?
Sunday Evening 12/3 – John 8:21-30
Knowing & Trusting in the Great I Am
Wednesday Evening 11/29 – 2 Kings 8:7-15
Monday, December 4
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.
Tuesday, December 5
Pray for marriages in our church family, that the Lord would protect them and be glorified through them.
Wednesday, December 6
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, December 7
Pray for your Pastor and your Sunday School teachers as they study for this weekend.
Happy Birthday to Carl B!
Friday, December 8
Pray that God would be merciful to our nation.
Saturday, December 9
Pray for the services along with those who are preaching and teaching tomorrow. Prepare your heart for worship.
Pray for our building & finance committees.
Happy Birthday to Anthony V!
Sunday, December 10
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School
11:00 a.m. – Morning Worship (Romans)
3:00 p.m. – Service at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center Alzheimer’s & Dementia Unit
5:00 p.m. – Choir
6:00 p.m. – Evening Worship (John)
Sunday, December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service @ 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 31
New Year’s Eve Celebration @ 5:00 pm – Finger Foods, Service, & Fellowship
Missionaries of the Month
Judson & Raquel Hatcher ~ Brazil ~ You can read their latest letters on the BFM FaithWorks Blog
“There is only one way to know the Father and that is through the Son.” -excerpt from Steve Wainright’s 11/26 evening sermon from John 8:12-20
“The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto.” -Deuteronomy 28:8
If we obey the Lord our God He will bless that which He gives us. Riches are no curse when blessed of the Lord. When men have more than they require for their immediate need and begin to lay up in storehouses, the dry rot of covetousness or the blight of hard-heartedness is apt to follow the accumulation; but with God’s blessing it is not so. Prudence arranges the saving, liberality directs the spending, gratitude maintains consecration, and praise sweetens enjoyment. It is a great mercy to have God’s blessing in one’s iron safe and on one’s banking account.
What a favor is made ours by the last clause! “The Lord shall bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand unto.” We would not put our hand to anything upon which we dare not ask God’s blessing, neither would we go about it without prayer and faith. But what a privilege to be able to look for the Lord’s help in every enterprise! Some talk of a lucky man: the blessing of the Lord is better than luck. The patronage of the great is nothing to the favor of God. Self-reliance is all very well; but the Lord’s blessing is infinitely more than all the fruit of talent, genius, or tact.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]