March 14, 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
Complete in Thee! No work of mine
May take, dear Lord, the place of Thine
Thy blood has pardon bought for me
And I am now complete in Thee.
Complete in Thee, No more shall sin
Thy grace has conquered, rule within
The voice doth bid the tempter flee
And I shall stand complete in Thee.
Complete in Thee! Each want supplied
And no good thing to me denied
Since Thou my portion, Lord, will be
I ask no more – complete in Thee.
Dear Saviour! When before Thy bar
All tribes and tongues assembled are
Among the chosen may I be
At Thy right hand – complete in Thee.
14th – Aaron Greenleaf 16th – Jacob Davis
17th – Gene Rutledge 19th – Rachel Daniel
I recently heard a man speak of the shallowness of modern evangelism. The thought occurred to me, if it is shallow, it is not evangelism at all. It is men playing religious games, but it is not evangelism. There is never anything shallow about true evangelism, because true evangelism begins with “Thus saith the Lord.”
“Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” - Proverbs 16:19
Paul said to Philemon, “The bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee.” What a blessing Philemon had been to many. But that did not stop Paul from saying, “refresh my bowels in the Lord.” He was asking Philemon to willingly receive Onesimus, the run away slave. Evidently he had done Philemon wrong, and ran away. Onesimus crossed paths with Paul while in Rome, and the Lord saved him. Paul is now sending him back. Paul asks Philemon to receive Onesimus the same way he would receive Paul. And he wanted him to do it willingly, not because he felt forced, or manipulated. He desired that Philemon would forgive him and receive him as a brother beloved. Then Paul said, “I know that you will do more than what I say.” Indeed that kind of conduct is refreshing. Seeing the power of the Gospel in the lives of men and women is such a refreshment. May we refresh each other.
“Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath
dealt bountifully with thee.” - Psalm 116:7
The day-to-day life of believers is much like that of unbelievers. Believers are not immune from the pressures of this life and it is very easy to lose sight of our place when we are rushing about with our lives.
How blessed it is to gather like this each Sunday and be reminded of Him Who is our rest. We do not gather to fight battles, but to rejoice in Him Who already WON the battle. We do not gather in order to perform some act of righteousness hoping to improve our eternal blessedness, but to praise Him Who IS our righteousness. We do not gather to make atonement, but to be reminded of Him Who ALREADY made atonement for us by the offering up of Himself, once for all.
Let us return to our rest, calling to mind how bountifully the Lord has dealt with us. Do you lack any good thing today? God has dealt bountifully with us in all things needful for this life and the life to come – praise His name. In Christ and through the knowledge of Him we have everything we need. Moreover, God’s bounty to us is revealed in what He withholds from us: There is therefore, now NO CONDEMNATION…That is exactly how much condemnation I want – none! And that is exactly how much God has given me. So, return unto thy rest, O my soul! - Pastor Joe Terrell
True faith is built upon the strongest evidence possible - the WORD OF GOD! True faith is total dependence upon THE LORD JESUS CHRIST for all our needs; such as forgiveness, sanctification, peace, and eternal life. The true believer renounces all confidence in the flesh, rejoices only in Christ Jesus, and worships God in the Spirit. He feeds upon Christ as the bread of life, embraces Christ as his wedding garment, derives all strength and comfort from Christ, and trusts himself to the care of Christ as his shepherd, teacher, priest and king. This is the life of faith. – Pastor Henry Mahan
There are two great truths which from this platform I have proclaimed for many years. The first is, that salvation if free to every man who will have it; the second is, that God gives salvation to a people whom He has chosen; and these truths are not in conflict with each other in the least degree. – C. H. Spurgeon
“For by grace are ye saved”
We are saved by grace – free grace, rich grace, sovereign grace, distinguishing grace – without one atom of works, without one grain of creature merit, without anything of the flesh. Oh! Sweet grace, blessed grace! Oh! What a help - what a strength – what a rest for a poor, toiling striving, laboring soul – to find that grace has done all the work – to find that nothing is required, nothing is needed, nothing is to be done!
- J. C. Philpot (1802-1869)
Ever since I heard the good news, I’ve never heard bad news.
- Pastor Scott Richardson