August 1, 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
Command Thy blessings from above
O God, on all assembled here!
Behold us with a Father’s love
While we look up with reverent fear.
Command Thy blessings, sovereign Lord
May we Thy true disciples be
Speak to each heart Thy mighty word
Say to the weakest, “Follow me!”
Command Thy blessings in this hour
Spirit of truth, and fill this place
With humbling and exalting pow’r
With quickening and confirming grace.
With Thee, O Lord, forever bound
May all who here in praise unite
With psalms and songs Thy throne surround
Rest in Thy love and reign in light.
There will be a Bible Conference at the Hurricane Road Grace Church, in Ashland, KY this Friday thru Sunday.
We are revamping the Sunday School classes to better group the children’s ages. When they change classes next week the new plan will be as follow:
Three year old – 1st grade (Teacher: Carla Bryan)
2nd – 5th grades (Teacher: Donna Daniel)
6th – 8th grades (Teacher: Brian DuFour)
9th – 12th grades (Teacher: Clare Charron)
“Hatred stirreth up strifes; but love covereth all sins.” – Proverbs 10:12
3rd – Tracy Coffey 6th – Shawn Benton 6th – Kristen Hands
7th – Leti Anguiano 7th – Lee Anne Walmsley 7th – Aaron Wilson
LOVING CHRIST AND NOT LOVING CHRIST
“If a man love Me, he will keep My words.” (John 14:23)
“He that loveth Me not, keepeth not my sayings.” (John 14:24)
“Words” in verse 23 and “sayings” in verse 24 are the same word in the original. To keep means to guard over. One of the evidences of a genuine love for Christ is seen in the attitude toward His words. You hang all of your hope on what He has said in His word, and you cannot bear for there to be any change, addition, or subtraction from what He has said. When one has no genuine love for His Person, there is not this watchful attitude toward His word. False doctrine can be either believed or tolerated. But the one who does not guard His words in reality has no love for His Person. That one who loves Him says, “Thou hast the words of eternal life, and we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (John 7:68-69)
HEREIN IS LOVE
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but the He loved us.” I realize the natural man finds nothing remarkable in this because he believes God to be obligated to love everybody. But to the believer, this is astounding: “He loved us.” The love of God is not His pity or compassion toward the miserable. Even we posses that! The love God has to every believer is the same love He has toward His Son! The Lord Jesus said in John 17:23, “Thou has loved them as Thou hast loved Me.” How can that be? It is because the union between Christ and His people is so vital, so real, that the love He has toward His Son, He has toward all of those in His Son! When John wanted to define love, he said that our love is not even worth mentioning! “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.”
HE DELIGHTS IN MERCY
Every sinner that comes to God asking for mercy has already been shown mercy before he even asks for it, for they would not have even asked for mercy had the Lord not given them life to do so. A dead sinner can do nothing, not even ask for mercy, unless the Lord has given him a new life, a new heart, and created a new man that is a mercy beggar. Saving grace and saving mercy have already been given to the chosen sinner before he even asks for them. This gives all the glory of the salvation of the sinner’s soul to the Lord, for I cannot even take any credit in the asking for mercy, for even the asking is a gift and a mercy of my Father… “Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger forever, because He delighteth in mercy.” (Micah 7:18)
Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, and each and every sinner that comes to Him for mercy will be shown mercy without fail - “…and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37) Simply ask – don’t bargain, don’t promise, don’t offer conditions, don’t give your heart – don’t do, just “ask, and it shall be given you.” (Matthew 7:7). May God give us grace to be as the publican and to simply ask God for mercy… “God be merciful to me a sinner.” (Luke 18:13) - Brian DuFour
WHAT WORK MUST BE DONE IN ORDER TO BE SAVED?
Have I then no work to work in this great matter of my pardon? None. What work canst thou work? What work of thine can buy forgiveness or make thee fit for the Divine favor? What work has God bidden thee work in order to obtain salvation? None. His Word is very plain and easy to be understood, “To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5). There is but one work by which a man can be saved. That work is not thine, but the work of the Son of God. That work is finished. – Horatius Bonar