September 12, 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.
The birds without barn or storehouse are fed
From them let us learn to trust for our bread
His saints, what is needful, shall not be denied
So long as it’s written, “The Lord will provide.”
We all may, like ships, by tempest be tossed
On perilous seas, but will not be lost
Though Satan enraged the wind and the tide
Yet Scriptures engages, “The Lord will provide.”
No strength of our own, nor goodness we claim
Our trust is all thrown on Jesus’ dear name
In this our strong tower for safety we hide
The Lord is our power, “The Lord will provide.”
When life sinks apace, and death is in view
The Word of His grace shall see us safe through
No fearing nor doubting with Christ on our side
We hope to die shouting, “The Lord will provide.”
(Tune: “O Worship The King” p. 1)
16th – Lyn Tindall 18th – Heather Ham
“He that covereth a transgression seeketh love, but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” - Proverbs 17:9
The Scriptures speak of weak faith, little faith, and strong faith. Since there are varying degrees of faith, we should all recognize that and cry with the apostles, “Increase our faith.” (Luke 17:15)
While repentance and faith are not the same thing, they cannot be separated. Where you have the one you always have the other. And the evidence of having the one is having the other. The message for now is no different than it was in the Lord’s day, “Repent ye, and believe the Gospel.” Change your mind concerning God, self, sin, and salvation and believe the Gospel!
WHY ARE THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE?
“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed” (Luke 2:1). The ramifications of this tax were far-reaching, throughout the world of the Roman Empire. Everybody was affected in some way. Who moved Caesar to do this? God did. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.” (Proverbs 21:1) While this affected everyone, God had one primary purpose. Christ was to be born in Bethlehem - it was prophesied in Micah 5:2. Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth, but through this taxation, Joseph and Mary had to return to Bethlehem, the place of Joseph’s birth, in order to pay their taxes. While there, the Christ was born in Bethlehem as God said. God does things that affect the entire world so that His purpose will be accomplished. With regard to everything that happens politically, socially, and economically…..God is the first cause behind it, controls it, and uses it for the glory of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
David complained in II Samuel 3:39, “I am weak, though anointed king.” David’s God was as strong as ever, but he was weak in the flesh. And that, my brethren, is the only weakness a believer can know. We are never weak in God; we are always weak in ourselves. In the midst of trial or difficulty, you sit down and say, ‘I cannot do this.” Well, whoever though that YOU could? You ought to have known that without Him, we can do nothing! “Oh, but I am so weak.” Of course you are, and the weaker the better. But our Lord is not weak. Actually, the more we realize our inability and weakness, the more we will look to Him, lean upon Him, and walk by faith instead of by sight. Then our weakness becomes strength, for “when I am weak, then am I strong.”
- C. H. Spurgeon
WHAT IS YOUR REASON?
If a minister compromises the message of grace and the Gospel of our Lord Jesus, we begin to search for reason. If a prominent church member becomes entangled in the world, business, or any number of interests which takes him away from the fellowship or causes him to neglect things spiritual, we begin to search for reasons. One might produce a variety of reasons for this departure from Christ and strong attraction to the flesh, but there is ONE CHIEF REASON – THIS PERSON HAS NEVER SEEN CHRIST JESUS, OUR LORD! He has never beheld, in his heart, the great glory, beauty, and sufficiency of Christ. The Lord Jesus has never become to him, “My beloved!” As Solomon said, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” (Song of Solomon 6:3). John said, “He that seeth the Son and believeth on Him hath eternal life” (John 6:40). To see Christ as He is, is to lost interest in all others! To see Christ as the ultimate joy, peace, rest, and glory is to cease from all other works and pursuits and enter His rest. To see Christ as God’s only anointed Redeemer, complete Saviour, and effectual atonement is to trust Him and Him alone to save and keep us. To see even the reproach of Christ to be greater riches than all the treasures of this world is to walk away from them with no regrets and never look back! To even look back is to perish with Lot’s wife. But he that seeth the Son knows that nothing back there is worth comparing to Him! - Pastor Henry Mahan
THE PLAN TODAY
The plan today is to make sure the church is as much like the world as possible, so that unregenerate people will not feel uncomfortable and will be attracted to its ministry! Turn the church into a theater; worship into a musical display; ministers into actors and clowns to amuse and entertain; sermons into political, patriotic or philosophical essays; and the living God into a good buddy whose attributes are adjustable to any culture or creed. This will attract the flesh and successfully quench the Spirit. – Pastor Scott Richardson