August 29, 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.
Compared with Christ, in all beside
No beauty can I see
The one thing needful, dearest Lord
Is to be one with Thee.
The sense of thy redeeming love
Into my soul convey
Thyself bestow, for Thee alone
My All-in-all, I pray.
Less then Thyself will not suffice
My comfort to restore
More than Thyself I can not crave
And Thou cans’t give no more.
Loved of my God, for Him again
With love intense I’d burn
Chosen of Thee ere time began
I’d choose Thee in return.
(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)
The Danville Bible Conference will be this Friday – Sunday.
30th – Abigail Holthaus 1st – Wanda Frye 1st – Loretta Shearer
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life: and he that winneth souls is wise.” - Proverbs 11:30
THE KEY TO KNOWING THE TRUTH
“If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (John 7:17). Many believe error. Few believe the truth. What is the key to knowing and believing the truth? First, we have to hear the truth. You cannot believe what you have never heard. But equally important is a desire to do God’s will. If that is our desire, the Lord will not let us be deceived. When error is believed and received, there is a sinful reason behind it. It is to protect something that we shouldn’t or enable us to justify our sin in some way. False doctrine is not an intellectual problem, but a sin problem. Whenever false doctrine is believed and received, there is an unwillingness to do His will.
“I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Contentment is satisfaction with whatever God does. It is not envious at the blessings others have. It does not fret over circumstances. It does not covet what it does not have. It is humble, being content with anything because it knows it deserves nothing. It is not ambitious for greater recognition. It believes all of God’s providence is good. Contentment arises from trust. God is too wise to err, too kind to be cruel, and too powerful to not be the first cause of all things. A content person is a happy person. A discontent person is a dissatisfied, envious, covetous, proud, ambitious, mistrusting, unhappy person.
“My grace is sufficient for you.” This is the promise of Christ to every believer! For some reason, it is easier for me to believe that it is sufficient for somebody else than it is for me. But all that is, is unbelief! If salvation is all by grace, then His grace is sufficient for me to have full assurance of salvation. When I lack this, I am not really believing that His grace is sufficient for me. Unbelief is failure to believe the truth. Oh my soul, believe His grace is sufficient for thee.
HOW TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE SIN VENOM
Any Israelite bitten by the fiery serpent, if they would look upon the brazen serpent on the pole, they would live. Thy were to simply look, not run to get close to it, not run to get a doctor, etc…. What happens when you run for help after being bitten by a venomous snake?....your increased heart rate pumps the venom even that much faster through your blood, and you die even quicker.
The same goes for anyone bitten with the sin venom. Try running to religion, start working hard at turning over a new leaf, or giving maximum effort at living a moral life, and all you are doing is spreading the sin venom even faster, bringing on certain death. God says to look and live, not do and live. God had Moses put that brazen serpent high upon a pole, so no matter how far away you were when bitten, you did not have to move, you simply turned and looked and lived.
Our natural instinct is to cut open the wound and draw out the venom, to apply a tourniquet, or to inject anti-venom. May God give us the spiritual instinct to simply look to Christ, relying on Him alone to cure this disease of sin – “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” (Matthew 9:12) - Brian DuFour
IS MY HOPE A GOOD HOPE?
1. My hope is a good hope if my hope is based on the Word of God alone!
2. My hope is a good hope if my hope rests entirely on Jesus Christ living for me and in me! (Colossians 1:27)
3. My hope is a good hope which gives me joy, peace, and rest in trusting and leaning on Christ. (Romans 15:13)
4. My hope is a good hope which rests in faith and confidence regardless of circumstances. (Romans 4:16-18)
5. My hope is a good hope which continues in faith and perseveres to the end of this life. (Hebrews 3:6)
- Pastor Henry Mahan