October 3, 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.
Lord, enlarge our feeble thoughts
To know the wonders Thou hast wrought
Unloose our stamm’ring tongues to tell
Thy love immense, unsearchable.
How can it be, O heavn’ly King
That Thou should us to glory bring
Make slaves the partners of Thy throne
Blessed with a never-fading crown.
God of salvation, we adore
Thy saving love, Thy saving pow’r
Perish each thought of human pride
Let God alone be magnified.
All praise to God the Father be
All praise, eternal Son to Thee
Whom with Thy Spirit we adore
Eternal King forevermore!
The Pig Roast will be Saturday, October 16th. Plan now to attend and bring a dish. We will eat around noon.
The College Grove Grace Church in Franklin, TN will have a Bible Conference Oct. 22-24. Chris Cunningham is the pastor.
3rd – Alison Farhat 3rd – Paul Harries 4th – Alex DuFour
4th – Don Williams 5th – Susan Sligh 9th – Bonnie Squires
“Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.” - Proverbs 27:2
Until what we believe is put into practice, it is abstract and theoretical at best, and in reality of no value. It is one thing to believe God is sovereign. It is another thing to willingly bow to Him as the first cause of all things. It is one thing to believe He can save me. It is another thing to actually trust Him to save me. It is one thing to believe in the doctrine of total depravity. It is another thing to believe I am totally depraved. It is one thing to believe that God is gracious and merciful. It is another thing to be gracious and merciful. It is one thing to know what repentance and faith is. It is another thing to repent and believe. It is one thing to believe that God is love. It is another thing to rely on His love. It is one thing to know we should love. It is another thing to love. We do not really believe any more than we put into practice. James said, “Shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” (James 2:18)
PLEASURE AND DUTY
“For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.” – Romans 15:26-27
We do not generally consider doing something that we find to be pleasurable a duty. How can something so pleasurable be duty? Nor do we find our duty, or the payment of a debt, a thing of pleasure. But when Paul speaks of the giving of the saints in these verses, twice he calls it a pleasure, and once a debt and a duty. Giving or any other act of obedience to Christ, is both a pleasure and a debt and duty! We find such pleasure and happiness in doing what is right. But we are also indebted to Christ and His grace, and it is our positive duty to do what is right. In walking with Christ, our pleasures are our duties, and our duties are our pleasures! Do you find obedience to Christ both a pleasure and a duty?
“For if any man think himself to be something,
when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” - Galatians 6:3
If we can learn that we are NOTHING, then we have learned something. But if we think we are something, then we have learned nothing. Scripture says so. Scripture says if we think ourselves to be “something when (we) are nothing” we are deceived. In other words, we are not special, unique, invaluable nor irreplaceable (in spite of what our mothers may think.) Each of us is just one sinful human being among billions of others just like us. We are born sinful, rebellious, ignorant and totally dependent upon the grace and mercy of God to teach us, change us, and give us any value or worth I this life. Apart form God’s revealing, teaching grace we know nothing. Apart from God’s constraining grace we can do nothing. Apart from God’s keeping grace we will amount to nothing.
Matthew Henry once said, “Since god made everything out of nothing, if he is going to use us, we are going to have to be nothing” God made everything from nothing, that way he gets all the glory. There were no natural materials to work with, no means to use which could share in His creative glory. He simply spoke everything into existence. So it is in salvation. God finds nothing in the sinner to work with. No faith, no knowledge, no mind or heart to seek Him, so He simply must speak (by His Word) our salvation into existence. He must simply (yet powerfully) command us to hear, see, repent, come ….LIVE! God gets all the glory! There was nothing to work with and no one helped Him in the work of our salvation. If any think they “made a decision”…. “let God into their heart” … “made Jesus lord” …”accepted him as savior”, that person DECEIVETH HIMSELF. One more time, “For by GRACE ARE YE SAVED through faith; and that NOT OF YOURSELVES: IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD.” (Ephesians 2:8) - Pastor Paul Mahan
Noah went into the ark BEFORE ONE DROP OF WATER FELL! If he had waited until the rain commenced, he would have been joined by thousands of false converts. True faith believes the promises of God and warnings of God BEFORE they come to pass. A refuge built or entered during the storm is usually forsaken when the sun shines again. Be wary of those who seek the Lord when their flesh is pained.
- Pastor Henry Mahan