September 5, 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.
O Thou God of my salvation
My Redeemer from all sin
Moved by Thy Divine compassion
Thou hast died my soul to win.
Though unseen I love the Saviour
He has brought salvation near
We, because of His great favor
Shall His glorious image bear.
From the highest throne in glory
To the cross of deepest woe
Jesus came to ransom sinners
Flow, my praise, forever flow.
While the angel choirs are crying
“Glory to the great I AM!”
I, with them, will join in saying
“Glory! Glory! To the Lamb!”
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
Don Fortner will bring the message this Wednesday evening. I will be in Little
Rock, Arkansas this week.
5th – Luke Coffey 5th – Shari Greenleaf 8th – Jimmie Ray Bailey
8th – Ernest Tucker 8th – Kyle Virgin 9th – Todd Nibert
“Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.”
- Proverbs 24:1
The Living God is a jealous God. In the commandment forbidding graven images,
He gives as the reason, “For I the Lord Thy God am a jealous God.”
He said in Exodus 34:14, “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the
Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” He is called in Deut.
4:24, “A consuming fire, even a jealous God.” He is not jealous
of other gods. There are no other gods to be jealous of. He only is God, but
He is intolerant of rivalry for our affection. When we make an idol of anything,
whether it be some false concept of Him, something to do with self, some other
person or some other pursuit, He is provoked to jealousy. He deserves and demands
all of our affection. In I Cor. 10:14 we are exhorted to “flee from idolatry.”
And it is described as, “Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?” (I
Cor. 10:22). John ends his epistle, “Little children, keep yourselves
from idols” (I John 5:21). Idolatry provokes our Lord to a holy Jealousy.
Surely, He is worthy of a love the lets nothing rival Him.
“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.” - Philippians 3:1
“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” - Philippians
How many times have we thought that if the Lord would give me this, or if He
would cause my circumstances to change so that they would be thus and thus,
I would be happy. So we ask the Lord to give us these things or do these things
for us. When it appears that our prayers are not being answered, we become disillusioned
and disgruntled. Could it be that they are not answered to teach us to rejoice
in the Lord. If we cannot be happy without these things we are saying we cannot
be happy with Him only. We are to rejoice in the Lord. We are not to rejoice
because we have this or that. We are to rejoice in the Lord. Could it be that
if we truly rejoiced in Him, either what we desire would be given to us, or
it would loose its importance to us? What abundant reason we have to rejoice
in Him! In Him we have acceptance, forgiveness, grace, the promise that He will
never leave us, and eternal inheritance. “Rejoice in the Lord alway; and
again I say, Rejoice.”
Prosperity is a greater and more severe test of character and faith than adversity.
It is sad to consider than when God is more liberal in remembering us, we become
more ungrateful in forgetting Him. -Copied
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” –
This is perhaps the most oft-quoted, and least understood verse in the Bible.
This verse is used by many to teach that God loves all men the same, has provided
salvation for all men the same, and it is up to man to do something with it.
This verse teaches no such thing! The emphasis in this verse is not the quantity
of God’s love, but the quality! Whether the whosoever refers to one man,
or one billion men, it has no bearing on the meaning. If only one person was
saved by this Gospel, it would not be any less glorious than if one billion
people were saved by it. The point of wonder is “God so loved the world…..that
He gave…..His only Begotten Son…..that whosoever…..believeth
in Him…..should not perish.” - Pastor Henry Mahan
SAVED BY FAITH
When we say that we are saved by faith, we mean accurately, through faith. It
is God that saves. It is Christ’s life, Christ’s blood, Christ’s
sacrifice, Christ’s intercession that saves. Faith is simply the channel
through which there flows over into my emptiness the Divine Fullness. It is
not faith that saves us; it is Christ that saves us, and saves us THROUGH FAITH.
– Alexander Maclaren
Every declaration of God to the sinner is on the principle of grace and gift,
not an offer, which implies there is some capability in man to make use of the
benefit offered. The offer of salvation is a denial of man’s total depravity
as born in Adam’s fall, and “dead in trespasses and sins”;
it ignores the Gospel truth of the new birth and puts in its place man’s
acceptance of the offer as the condition of the divine life.
- John Hazelton (1909)