“Remember the wondrous works that He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He uttered,” -Psalm 105:5
Rather than starting the new year, beating yourself up for what you failed to do, start by building yourself up by remembering what God has done for you. Honest confession comes easier when you’re basking in God’s unrelenting grace. -Paul Tripp via Twitter
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.” -Isaiah 49:15
“He who counts the stars and calls them by name is in no danger of forgetting His children.” -Spurgeon
“Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.” -Ezekiel 16:60
Notwithstanding our sins, the Lord is still faithful in His love to us. He looks back. See how He remembers those early days of ours when He took us into covenant with Himself, and we gave ourselves over to Him. Happy days those! The Lord does not twit us with them and charge us with being insincere. No, He looks rather to His covenant with us than to our covenant with Him. There was no hypocrisy in that sacred compact, on His part, at any rate. How gracious is the Lord thus to look back in love!
He looks forward also. He is resolved that the covenant shall not fail. If we do not stand to it, He does. He solemnly declares, “I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.” He has no mind to draw back from His promises. Blessed be His name, He sees the sacred seal, “the blood of the everlasting covenant,” and He remembers our Surety, in whom He ratified that covenant, even His own dear Son; and therefore He rests in His covenant engagements. “He abideth faithful; he cannot deny himself.”
O Lord, lay this precious word upon my heart and help me to feed upon it all this day!
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“And you shall rejoice in all the good that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house…” – Deuteronomy 26:11
When you count your blessings, you forget your misery. Need a cure for your bad attitude? Think about the mercy God has shown to you. -Pastor Steve Wainright during evening sermon from Deuteronomy 26
Morning Service | 2 Corinthians 12:11-21
“I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?” -2 Corinthians 12:15
Paul’s purpose was to build up the believers in their walk with Christ. He gladly resolved to spend all he had and exhaust himself for their sake. He didn’t take. He constantly gave. The more he loved, the less he was loved, but he kept on loving and giving.
Evening Service | Deuteronomy 16:1-17
“and you shall remember…and you shall rejoice…and you shall rejoice…”
1)Passover: Never forget what the Lord has done for you. Remember what He has delivered you from.
2)Feast of Firstfruits: By giving of your firstfruits, you are living by faith, showing you are trusting God to bless you with more. It shows there is a greater harvest coming.
3)Feast of Booths: A feast of celebration and rejoicing at the end of the civil year calendar. Joy comes through obedience. Fight for your joy. (Deuteronomy 28:47-48)
Don’t gripe. Don’t complain. Look at how God has blessed you and at the promises He has given you.
Fourteen years ago today, it had been raining for days on end and Lexington was flooding, but there were also showers of blessing and our hearts were being flooded with joy. New Life Baptist Church was organized on March 2, 1997, out of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church of Richmond. The Lord has been so gracious to us and has always proved Himself faithful. We are grateful for each and every one that has passed through New Life Baptist Church over the years. May the Lord continue to bring glory to Himself in and through NLBC.
“Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” (read all of Joshua 4)
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“O Lord, Thou art my God; I will exalt Thee, I will praise Thy Name; for Thou hast done wonderful things; Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” –Isaiah 25:1
“For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.” -Psalm 56:13
To overcome distresses of today, remember God’s deliverances of yesterday. -Charles H. Spurgeon
Jesus Feeds Another Crowd
>Jesus wanted to care for the people’s needs.
>The disciples seemed to forget what Jesus could do.
>Feeding this crowd showed Jesus’ love for the Gentiles. (The Decapolis was a Gentile region. The feeding of the 5,000 took place in a Jewish region).
>It is important to remember the good things God does.
>The Israelites remembered what God had done for them in the wilderness by setting up rocks. (Joshua 4)
>KEY: Remember to remember! Some rocks we can set up: journal, prayer journal, sermon notes, pictures, videos, etc.
>The most important thing for us to remember is that God sent His Son to die for our sins so we might have eternal life.
We sang with Mrs. Janna!
What to review:
1. Where did this miracle take place? Decapolis (which stands for the Ten Towns), a Gentile region.
2. How long had the crowd been with Jesus? Three days.
3. How many people were in the crowd that day? Around 4,000.
4. How many loaves of bread and fish did the disciples have? Seven loaves of bread and three small fish.
5. How much food was left over? Seven large baskets full.Key verse:
“Remember His miracles and all His wonders.” -Psalm 105:5
A Note from Sarah:
These lessons may be intended for little kids, but the Lord sure uses them in my own life! This week, I have been humored at how much I am like the forgetful disciples. They just saw Jesus feed 5,000 people on the shore of the Sea of Galilee with 5 loaves and 2 fish. Now, they’re in the Decapolis with 4,000 people, 7 loaves and 3 fish. They have more stuff and less people (not to mention the omnipotent Son of God) and they can’t figure out how all these people are going to eat. *Psh…hello! Look at the previous chapter!* But that’s easy for me to say…I am just like them and I’m sure you are, too. “How will I ever get through this storm?” you ask. Look at the last one He carried you through. He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able, I know my Lord is able to carry me through! Oh what a blessing your children are in my life! :o)
Oodles of Love in the omnipotent Savior, remembering the great things He has done, Sarah (Psalm 19:14)
*Please note that the Little Lifers Kids Choir Sunday will begin at 5:30 p.m.