April 25, 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
Thou dear Redeemer, risen Lamb
We love to hear of Thee
No music’s like Thy charming name
Nor half so sweet can be.
O let us ever hear Thy voice
In mercy to us speak
In our High Priest we will rejoice
The Lord our righteousness.
By His own blood Christ satisfied
The law’s exact demands
God’s love provided in His own Son
Salvation in His hands.
Christ and Him crucified our theme
While in this world we stay
We’ll cling to Christ’s own finished work
When all things else decay.
(Tune: “O For A Thousand Tongues” p. 46)
There will be a Bible Conference at the Central Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, Virginia this Friday thru Sunday. Speakers are Greg Elmquist, Marvin Stalnaker, and Joe Terrell. Paul Mahan is Pastor.
28th – Jim Murphy 30th – Linda Rutledge
30th – Carole Pruitt 1st – Bob Pruitt
“It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search out their own glory is not glory.” - Proverbs 25:27
“Charity….. beareth all things”
I Corinthians 13:7
The word “beareth” means literally to put a roof over. It means “to cover with silence.” If I love somebody, there are negative things I could say about them that would be true. But I would not be loving them in doing that. If you love somebody you seek to cover their sins, faults, and weaknesses. Not expose them! How grateful we are for the love of Christ, who covers our sins with His blood and His silence. Oh, for grace to never again say one negative thing about those we love! Love covers with silence!
All ministers of Christ and all believers in the Lord Jesus are under the strongest and most compelling constraint to do what they do and live as they live. They are motivated by “THE LOVE OF CHRIST” – His love for them and their love for Him! It is not the fear of hell, nor a desire for special rewards, nor to establish a righteousness that they engage in worship, works of faith, and labors of love. It is Christ’s eternal love, which led Him to redeem them by His life and death, and the love of God for Christ and His church and kingdom which is shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Spirit. “All the law is fulfilled in one word – LOVE GOD AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER” (Galatians 5:14). It is unreasonable to suggest than an unworthy sinner, loved with an everlasting love, chosen in Christ, redeemed by His blood, and called with a holy , heavenly calling, would disregard the commandments of His Lord and live a selfish, self-centered, and worldly life! “For the love of Christ constraineth us.... that they which live should not heneceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them and rose again.”
- Pastor Henry Mahan
WHY IS THE GOSPEL A MYSTERY TO MOST?
Why is the Truth such a mystery to most? Why is the Gospel so clear to the believer, yet the world does not see it that way at all? Because Christ said, “It is not given to them but to you it is given.” The Gospel is a revelation, a gift, a very personal one at that. Just as you and I give gifts to whomever we will, so it is with the unspeakable gift of a revelation of the Truth. He reveals it to whomsoever He will. And when He reveals the Truth, it is, “all plain to him that understandeth and right to them that find knowledge.” (Proverbs 8:9) - Pastor Paul Mahan
“So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” (Neh. 8:8)
The word “distinctly” has several meanings – to separate, to disperse, to wound. Those whom God has separated unto Himself, He teaches them the true sense of the law – that it is not a rule of life, a moral guide, or a path to a holier life…but it is an enemy, a sentence of death, a way of wrath – “because the law worketh wrath” (Romans 4:15). The harder you work at trying to keep the law, the more you draw out the wrath of God against you.
Believers know this, for God has been their teacher, and has “caused them to understand the reading.” We now know that “the letter (the law, and my attempt at keeping it) killeth, but the spirit (faith in Christ who kept the law for me) giveth life.” (II Corinthians 3:6)
May God continue to teach us that we “are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14). – Brian DuFour
Faith, dear reader, is neither encouraged nor discouraged by anything we find in ourselves. It is neither encouraged by our graces, nor discouraged by our sinfulness. Faith looks out of self and unto another, to the Lord Jesus Christ and the perfect merits of His blood and righteousness! Nothing will afford such encouragement to believing prayer as a sight of the Lamb on His mediatorial throne (Rev. 5:6). No matter how desperate may be our case, how often we have failed and fallen, how low we are sunk, it is ALWAYS the believer’s privilege to turn unto his Redeemer and say, “Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as Thou usest to do unto those that love Thy name” (Psalm 119:132). - Copied