March 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.
HYMN OF THE DAY
Come ye saints, admire and wonder
Jesus’ matchless love adore
Sing for Sinai’s awful thunder
Shall upon thee burst no more.
Sing in spite of Satan’s lying
Sing, though sins are black and large
Sing, for Jesus, by His dying
Set you free from every charge.
Sing, though sense and carnal reason
Fain would stop the joyful song
Sing, and count it highest treason
For a saint to hold his tongue.
Sing aloud, whose holy calling
Your election surely shows
Sing, nor fear a final falling
Jesus’ love no changes knows.
Sing, for you shall heaven inherit
Sing, and ne’er the songs be done
Sing, for He alone is worth it
He our sins did all atone.
Sing aloud among God’s people
In your heart when all alone
Sing, to Father, Son, and Spirit
One in three, and three in One.
(Tune: “Come Thou Fount” p. 17)
21st – Doris Daniel 21st – Frank Singleton 22nd – Jean Bradford
27th – Jessica Clark 27th – Amy Daugherty
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly.” - Proverbs
We have all heard of putting the cart before the horse. That summarizes man’s
religion. It inverts the divine order. It makes forgiveness the end rather than
the beginning of salvation. Man’s religion says you must believe before
you can have life, rather than you believe because you live. It says God will
if you will, rather than God will and you shall. It makes man the deciding factor
rather than God. Anything that has man as the deciding factor is doomed for
failure. Thank God, “Salvation is of the Lord.”
“His commandments are not grievous.” It is more profitable and enjoyable
to love than to hate, to forgive than to hold a grudge, to smile than to quarrel,
to behave kindly than to act ugly. The way of the transgressor is hard, not
the way of the believer. The life of faith and love is a good life. –
Pastor Henry Mahan
If ever it could come to pass
That sheep of Christ might fall away,
My fickle, feeble soul, alas!
Would fall a thousand times a day;
I on thy promises depend,
That Thou will love me to the end.
- Joseph Hart
SOME THINGS NOT WORTH IT
There are many ways to waste precious time other than by evil living.
There are……books not worth reading… television not worth watching…
thoughts not worth thinking… places not worth going… games not worth
playing… buildings not worth building…wars not worth fighting…
victories not worth winning… friends not worth making… songs not
worth singing… appointments not worth keeping… pain not worth causing…
enemies not worth hating… prayers not worth praying… sermons not
worth preaching… lessons not worth learning. Thank God for eternity! -
Pastor Scott Richardson
“Enter ye in at the strait gait…Straight is the gate and narrow
is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” “Strive
to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter
in, and shall not be able.” (Matthew 7:13, 14; Luke 13:24)
The words above were spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ. And He said in another
place, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Since,
then, HE is the “straight gate,” the “narrow way,” and
“the life;” and since HE/LIFE is received through simple faith and
trust (Acts 10:43; 16:30,31; Rom. 10:1-17; John 3:14-16,36) WHY is the entrance
and way of life described as being so strait, so narrow, so compressed, so difficult?
Is it because men are so sinful and their sins so numerous that, with such a
load, they cannot squeeze into the kingdom of God? No, that is not the difficulty.
The wickedest and vilest sinner who ever lived may enter the “strait gate”
with ease, and walk comfortably in the “narrow way” all the way
to glory. Why, then is the entrance into life set forth as a “strait gate,”
so compressed and difficult for sinners to enter?
It is not because men cannot enter with their SINS, but because they cannot
enter with SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS that will bar his entrance into the kingdom of
God. While the “gate” of salvation opens wide to the unrighteous,
it is closed to the self-righteous. Christ “came not to call the righteous,
but sinners to repentance” (Matthew 10:10-13). Once cannot squeeze through
the gate of life with a single fig leaf of self-worth or self-work, but the
vile, empty, bankrupt, self-confessing sinner will find that free grace not
only opens wide the gate to him, but takes him by the hand and leads him in.
– Pastor Maurice Montgomery