March 7, 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.
HYMN OF THE DAY
Head of Thy church and Lord of all
Hear from Thy throne our earnest call
We come Thy promised grace to seek
We come, O Lord, to hear Thee speak.
Without Thy presence, King of saints
Our purpose fails, our spirits faint
Thou must our wavering faith renew
Were we can yield Thee worship true.
“Lo, I am with you” – that sweet word
Lord Jesus, grant it to be heard
Give exercise to faith and love
And send Thy blessings from above.
Lord, send a message from Thy word
That will great joy and peace afford
May Thy blest Spirit now impart
Thy grace and love in every heart.
(Tune: “Sun Of My Soul” p. 77)
WE WILL OBSERVE THE LORD’S TABLE THIS EVENING.
8th – Clare Charron 10th – Sean Bigelow 11th – Bill Dent
12th – Chance Borders 13th – Renee Brice
13th – Nicholas Creamer 13th – Isaac Hands
“The kings heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.” - Proverbs 21:1
UNDERSTANDING GOD’S WLL
“Be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17). Is that possible? It most certainly is. We understand that God’s will is always done. “He worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.” (Eph. 1:11) We understand that whatever is going on is His will. “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thess. 5:18) That is why even in trials, we can thank Him for them and understand they are God’s will for us. We trust Him, that He is using them for His glory and our good. It is always God’s will for you to do what is right. “This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” (I Thess. 4:3) And he goes on to tell us to abstain from fornication, possess our vessel in honour, and to defraud no one. In understanding God’s will, we know that God’s will is done, God’s will is being done, and God’s will is to be done.
“Believe ye that I am able to do this?” (Matthew 9:28) This was a question the Lord asked two blind men regarding His ability to give them sight. Their answer was, “Yea, Lord.” Here we are given an illustration of what faith really is.
Faith is not believing you are saved, or believing that God loves you and Christ died for you, or believing all of your sins are forgiven, or believing you are perfect in God’s sight. These things belong to the realm of assurance. Faith is neither more nor less than believing that He is able to save you. Paul said in II Timothy 1:12, “I am persuaded that He is able….” Assurance that you are saved and all of your sins are forgiven will come out of that, but the actual act of faith is believing He is able. If you lack assurance, perhaps you have never really believed that “He is able.” Believing He is able will lead to the assurance of these things, because you are relying upon His ability, and not your own.
There are really only two religions in the world. One of Cain and the other of Abel. One is Ishmael and the other is Isaac. One of Esau and the other of Jacob. One of law and the other of promise. One of Mount Sinai and the other of Mount Calvary. One condemns, the other finds no fault. One leads to bondage, the other to freedom. One tendeth to death, the other to life. One of weakness, the other of power. One of merit, the other of mercy. One of the weakness of the letter, the other of the power of the Spirit. – Pastor Tom Harding
DEAD TO THE WORLD
A young student asked his Bible teacher this question, “How is it that the believer is dead to the world when he lives in the world, works a regular job, raises a family, and owns property in the world?” The teacher sent him out to the gravesite of a friend with instructions to criticize the dead friend, harass him and find fault, and then praise him with glowing terms and brag on him to excess. Upon his return, the teacher asked, “What did your friend say when you criticized him?” “Nothing.” “How did he react when you praised him?” “It made no difference to him; he is dead!” “That is what is means to be dead to this world,” said the teacher. Its APPLAUSE means nothing and its HATRED means nothing. We neither ADMIRE the people of this world nor do we FEAR them. The riches of this world are but the fancy of fools, and the honors of this world mean little or nothing; for to be a child of God is the highest calling. The religious traditions and ceremonies of the world have no attraction nor meaning when CHRIST IS ALL! That which was once important to us we now consider loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ, our Lord. This spiritual life in Christ cannot be explained; it must be experienced.
– Pastor Henry Mahan
I often fear much for those who hear the Gospel regularly. I fear lest you become so familiar with the sound of its doctrine, that insensibly you become dead to its power. I fear lest your religion should sink down into vague talk about your own weakness and corruption, and a few sentimental expressions about Christ, while real, practical fighting on Christ’s side is altogether neglected. Oh! Beware of this state of mind.
- J. C. Ryle
Noah went into the ark BEFORE ONE DROP OF WATER FELL! If he had waited until the rain commenced, he would have been joined by thousands of false converts. True faith believes the promises of God and the warnings of God BEFORE they come to pass. A refuge built or entered during the storm is usually forsaken when the sun shines again. Be wary of those who seek the Lord when their flesh is pained.
- Pastor Henry Mahan