May 2, 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, Christ, the great Jehovah art
The Fount of holiness
And, God with us, Thou art become
The Lord our Righteousness.

Oh, wash us with Thy blood and clothe
With Thy pure spotless dress
Oh, hide us in Thyself, and be
The Lord our Righteousness.

Make us by grace to be indeed
What we in word profess
Oh, make us like unto Thyself
The Lord our righteousness.

Pour on us showers of Thy grace
Increase our fruitfulness
That we may yield Thine own to Thee
The Lord our Righteousness.

So, in Thy glorious image rais’d
May we Thy mercy bless
And sing forever praise to Thee
The Lord our Righteousness.

(Tune: “Come Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove” p. 58)

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Andy Davis will bring the message this evening.


Birthdays
2nd – Geraldine Bigelow 2nd – Mitch Bryan 2nd – Gretta Daniel
4th – Jeffrey Imes 7th – Ryan Hardman
7th – Kyle Willis 8th – Kim DuFour

“Mercy and truth preserve the King: and his throne
is upholden by mercy.” – Proverbs 20:28
“With the merciful, Thou wilt show thyself merciful” – Psalm 18:25
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” – Matthew 5:7


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DUTY
“And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all of Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem”. II Samuel 11:1
Duty is what we ought to do. Whether we willingly do our duty, or whether we do not feel like doing our duty, we still ought to do our duty. We are obligated to do our duty. David’s duty was to lead Israel in battle. Perhaps he was weary of constant conflict, so he sent Joab to do what he should have done. And David’s omission of duty set up a chain of events that would trouble him for the rest of his life. While he was taking time off from his duty, he saw Bath-sheba. Following that was adultery and pre-meditated murder. Because of this, the Lord told David the sword would never depart from his house and indeed it did not! All of this began by David simply not doing his duty.
Duty is a Scriptural concept. There are things we ought to do. When we fail to do them, we open the floodgate to trouble! Lord, enable me to do my duty.

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“LOVE….SEEKETH NOT HER OWN”
“Love…..seeketh not her own” (I Cor. 13:5). Paul also said in I Corinthians 10:24, “Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.” It is natural to fallen humanity to be selfish. Self-righteousness, self-centeredness, self-promoting, self-preserving, in a word, selfish. We naturally “seek our own.” But this is contrary to love. Love does not seek its own best interests, but the best interests of the object of its love. When you love somebody you will deny yourself for the sake of the person you love. Where there is no self-denial, there is no love. Self-love causes us to expect others to deny themselves for us. But this is contrary to the grace of charity. “Love seeketh not her own.”


“NOT MINE” and “NOT LOVED”
Romans 9:25
“As he says in Hosea, I will call them my people, who are not my people; and I will call her my loved one, who is not my loved one”
–Romans 9:25

It is written in the book of Hosea that Hosea’s wife, Gomer, bore him a son. Afterward, it is written that Gomer bore two more children. These two children were evidently not Hosea’s, so they were named, “Not mine” and “Not loved.” Life for these children must have been difficult. Every time they were called on, they were reminded of their illegitimacy and the fact that they had no right to live in Hosea’s house. Their only hope of a happy life and an inheritance was Hosea’s grace. They could not obligate Hosea to show them any good. But, if Hosea wanted to do them good, he could: He could sovereignly call them “Mine”, and sovereignly chose to love those who had no claim on his love. What a beautiful picture of God’s sovereign grace! By nature we are “Not mine” and “Not loved.” Rather than children of God, we are children of wrath. We have no claim on God or His love. We have no home or inheritance. But in sovereign love and mercy, God has called us “Mine” and “Beloved.”
I imagine that those children had a special love for Hosea as he took them as his own. And you can imagine how loved they felt, when in public, someone would call them by their old names, and Hosea would step forward and say, “No, let me introduce you to ‘Mine’ and ‘Loved’.” And how blessed it is for us when law, conscience and Satan step up to call us by our old names only to hear God say through the Gospel, “No these are ‘Mine’ and ‘Loved.’” In the very next verse Paul quotes, “And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.” Freewillers and legalists can have their “gospels”. I rejoice in free and sovereign grace!
- Pastor Joe Terrell