August 22, 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
Gracious Spirit, Dove divine
Let Thy light within me shine
All my guilty fears remove
With atoning blood and love.

Speak Thy pardoning grace to me
Set thy burdened sinner free
Lead me to the Lamb of God
Wash me in His precious blood

Life and peace to me impart
Seal salvation on my heart
Breathe Thyself into my breast
Earnest of immortal rest.

Guard me round on every side
Save me from self-righteous pride
Me with Jesus’ mind inspire
Melt me with celestial fire.

Thou my dross and tin consume
Let Thy inward kingdom come
All my prayer and praise suggest
Dwell and reign within my breast.

(Tune: “Depth of Mercy” p. 233)

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Lance Hellar, Missionary to New Guinea, and his wife Robin are with us today. He will bring the message tonight.


Birthdays
23rd – Rych Byrd 24th – John Greenleaf
24th – Don Willis 25th – Elisabeth Marsh


“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” - Proverbs 16:9


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Before I had actually experienced clinical depression, I could not really sympathize with people who were going through it. But when I experienced it, I could truly sympathize and empathize with those who were experiencing this affliction…I knew what they felt! I used to wonder how Christ could really be touched with the feeling of our infirmities when He had never sinned. But though He never sinned, when He was made sin, He felt much more acutely then you or I the shame and guilt of sin! So when I feel crushed under the weight of my sin, when I feel captive to it, disabled before it, when I feel that I am the greatest contradiction and the biggest hypocrite in the world, He is sympathetic with me. He knows what it is to feel all of that even though He never sinned. I do not understand that, but I believe it. And this is what encourages us to “come boldly unto the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” It is because “we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities: but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15-16)

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“I want to be happy.” Who has not desired this phantom? But we much understand that the quickest route to unhappiness is to make happiness that which we seek. What we are to seek is obedience to Christ. We will find happiness and contentment in doing what we are commanded to do. When we obey the command of the Gospel, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ”, what joy we have. When we do what we know we should do, what contentment there is, even if the circumstances remain difficult. The Lord said to His disciples in John 13:17, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if you do them.” Don’t seek happiness, seek obedience! True happiness will arise from that.


“Salvation is of the Lord,” cried Jonah from the belly of the fish: and indeed it is. It is the Father who chose us, who set His love upon us from all eternity. It is the Son who redeemed us – THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS – who by His life and death both sanctified and justified us in God’s sight. It is the Holy Spirit who quickened the dead and made us to live. But all saving acts must be performed by the man himself. Faith is the gift of God, but the Holy Spirit never believes for anybody; it is not his office to believe but to woo, draw, and teach us to believe. THE SINNER MUST BELIEVE! Repentance is the work of the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit never repented. What has He to repent of? THE SINNER MUST REPENT! There must be in every person who comes to Christ a personal repentance and a personal faith; and though these are wrought in him by the Holy Spirit, yet they are his own acts. They cannot be the acts of anyone else or the person has not repented and has not believed and there is no spiritual life in him. For instance, the Holy Spirit helps us tor pray; He helps our infirmities. BUT WE PRAY! True desires after God must be your own desires. The desire is wrought in you, but still it is YOURS! - Pastor Henry Mahan



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“We are of God. He that knoweth God heareth us.” - John 4:6
John gives us several ways by which we may prove that we are of God: matters of both faith and practice. How can we know if others are of God? The answer is simple: those that know God are willing to hear us. They hear us with understanding, acknowledgement, and faith. It is not as thou we are the standard. Rather, God’s truth is the standard. But, if we are of God, it is certain we will tell the truth of God. Since we tell the truth of God, all others who are of God will rejoice in the Gospel we preach. We do not need to examine the lives of others, nor delve deeply into their theology. We need only plainly proclaim what God has taught us. If He has taught them also (and all God’s people are taught of God) they will agree. If God has not taught them, they will not agree. – Pastor Joe Terrell