February 21, 2010
Sundays 7:00 am Channel 27 WKYT
It is requested that all children under the age of five stay in our nursery
so there will be no distractions during the preaching of the Gospel.
‘Tis not that I did choose Thee
For, Lord that could not be
This heart would still refuse Thee
Hadst Thou not chosen me
Thou from the sin that stained me
Hast cleansed and set me free
Of old Thou hast ordained me
That I should live to Thee.
Your love had no beginning
No cause in me was found
That You should choose to save me
A sinner strongly bound
But grace not earned or sought for
Was purposed for my soul
For me, salvation wrought; for
Christ paid the dreadful toll.
‘Twas sovereign mercy called me
And taught my op’ning mind
The world had else enthralled me
To heav’nly glories blind
My heart owns none before Thee
For Thy rich grace I thirst
This knowing if I loved Thee
Thou must have loved me first.
(Tune: “The Church’s One foundation” p. 186)
21st – Tim Daniel 22nd – Zachary Byrd 22nd – Evonne Kincer
24th – Nick Verenich 26th – Donna Meek
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
- Proverb 15:1
GRACE IN ACTION
God’s grace saves. That means more than deliverance from hell - although
that is a great blessing. There are many things grace does. Among those things
are how it affects our view of ourselves and how it affects our view of others.
Grace humbles us in our view of self. When you believe grace you really believe
you are the chief of sinners. And grace makes us esteem others as better then
ourselves, and grace causes us to forgive others. If we are around each other
for any time at all, we are going to need each other’s forgiveness. “Be
ye kind, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s
sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32). When a man cannot truly forgive
from his heart, he has never experienced the grace of God.
HAVE MERCY ON ME
Here is a prayer that God never says no to! “Have mercy upon me.”
Whenever someone asks for mercy, they are acknowledging their guilt before God,
they are acknowledging His sovereign right to give it or withhold it as He sees
fit, and they are pleading their need of mercy. Everybody who truly pleads for
mercy will have it. If you say, “I asked the Lord for mercy and He did
not give it to me,” then you really never asked for mercy. You may have
used the word “mercy”, but that is not what you meant. Because if
you meant what the Bible means by mercy, you would have it! The Lord did say,
“Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out.” If you are
not received in mercy by Him, it is because you never came to Him for mercy
in the first place! Remember, “He delighteth in mercy.”
I have observed many who professed to know Christ and believe the Gospel of
grace, and yet they are unhappy and, generally speaking, miserable people. How
can this be? I believe I know why. These people walk around with a dark cloud
over their head because they are so taken up with the things of this world.
They are always in a strait between Christ and the world, and feel bad because
they fear they are not giving Christ their first priority. That is the problem.
If Christ is merely your first priority, you have missed Him altogether. He
is all to those who know Him, not merely “first priority”. I once
heard someone say, “Most people have just enough religion to make them
miserable.” That is the problem! Most people have religion but they do
not have Christ.
SHOULD I MAKE MY CHILDREN GO TO CHURCH?
In response to that let me ask, “Should you make your children go to school?”
Of course you should! Because it is important to their future happiness for
them to get an education. We do not let them miss school without a good reason.
We don’t allow them to stay home for fear that forcing them to go to school
will make them hate knowledge when they are grown. We do not allow such things
as sporting activities, sleep-over’s, jobs, or laziness to cause them
to miss school regularly. Why? We count their attendance important for the good
it will do them.
How important to you is it that they learn the way of eternal life? Is it as
important as them learning the ABC’s? Is their eternal happiness as important
to you as their “this-life” happiness? I know it is. Then act like
it is and lovingly bring your children to church regularly so that they may
hear of Christ. – Pastor Joe Terrell
Don’t worry about originality, brethren; our REDEEMER never claimed it.
He said, “The words that I speak are not mine, but His that sent me.”
The HOLY SPIRIT did not claim originality; for it is written, “He shall
not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak.”
In fact, the only original thinker in the Bible is SATAN, of whom it is written,
“When he speaketh a life, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar and
the father of it” (John 8:44). – Charles Spurgeon
There was never anything of false doctrine brought into the church, or anything
of false worship imposed upon the church, but either it was by neglecting the
Scripture or by introducing something above the Scripture. – Copied