October 24, 2010
Sundays 7:30 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
Prepare me gracious Lord
To stand before Thy face!
The Spirit must the work perform
For it is all of grace.
In Christ’s obedience clothe
And wash me in His blood
So shall I lift my head with joy
Among the sons of God.
Do Thou my sins subdue
Thy sovereign love make known
The spirit of my mind renew
And save me in Thy Son.
Let me confess Thy power
Let me Thy goodness prove
Till my full soul can hold mo more
Of everlasting love.
(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom Lord” p. 188)
24th – Carla Bryan 25th – Norman Frye 27th – Mark Mohr
27th – Aaron Warta 28th – Drew Charron 28th – Emma Steeves
“Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself: and discover not a secret to another.” - Proverbs 25:9
I do not recall meeting anyone who believed themselves to abound in this grace of patience, but it is something we desire to abound in. God is called “the God of patience” and we read of “The Kingdom and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The good ground hearer is said to “bring forth fruit with patience.” The Lord said, “In your patience, possess ye your souls.” Patience is the fruit of hope. If we hope for that which we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Patience is the fruit of love. We are patient toward those we love. We love Him, whatever He does is right, and we are patience. He is in control! Patience comes from trials. “Tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience.” So “Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.”
I suppose that the most difficult thing any believer has to learn is that “Without Him we can do nothing.” This is our creed but not our experience! We will never be effectually used for God’s true glory until it becomes our experience. God will never use men that are proud enough to think themselves necessary or capable. He will throw away the vessel which begins to boast in itself or allows others to boat in it. Whatever is our strength in the flesh is sure to become our weakness in the spirit – whether it be our intelligence, our morality, our length of service, our doctrine, our courage or whatever. Gideon feared the Midianites because of the small number of his soldiers, but the Lord said, “Your soldiers are yet too many for me.” I wonder if we will ever become weak enough, empty enough, and ignorant enough for God to use us for His glory! The logic of the Lord is strange to the natural mind. “For when I am weak, then am I strong (II Corinthian 12:10). “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (II Corinthians 12:9). The Lord must go back to the seashore and raise up some fishermen – we’ve all become masters and doctors, wise men in theology and great counselors. I disqualify myself for God’s use when I become qualified. My fine talents and lofty credentials become hindrances rather than helps. I thought to prepare myself for great things, only to learn that it was the rough voice in the wilderness He planned to use, not the polished preacher; it was the weak, impulsive shepherd with the sling He planned to use, not the mighty warrior with his armor of wit and arsenal of facts, doctrines, and learning. It may not be too late for some, but most are too proud to become expendable. If we don’t pour contempt on ourselves – God will!
- Pastor Henry Mahan
“LOVE….SEEKETH NOT HER OWN”
“Love…..seeketh not her own” (I Cor. 13:5). Paul also said in I Corinthians 10:24, “Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.” It is natural to fallen humanity to be selfish…self-righteousness, self-centeredness, self-promoting, self-preserving, in a word…selfish. We naturally “seek our own”. But this is contrary to love. Love does not seek its own best interests, but the best interests of the object of its love. When you love somebody, you will deny yourself for the sake of the person you love. Where there is no self-denial, there is no love. Self-love causes us to expect others to deny themselves for us. But this is contrary to the grace of charity. “Love seeketh not her own.”
The only hope that any Christian has for the forgiveness of his iniquity lies in the sacrifice presented on Calvary by the Lamb of God. If any shall ask us whether we trust that our sins are forgiven us because of our repentance or because of a long life of active service, we shall reply that we are thankful if God has given these things, but our sole reliance is in our dear Lord and Master, who was once fastened to the cross but who now sitteth in power in the highest heavens. Our trust for the pardon of sin in every degree and every respect lies in Christ the Son of God and there only. Thus we can say with Job, “Thou He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” - C. H. Spurgeon
The most humbling and challenging thing that I face – the great concern of my heart – is that my generation experience a return to the preaching of the Gospel of God’s grace. This generation is plagued with a gospel of works and are strangers to the Gospel of redemption. I want a return to the message used of God in other days to awaken men to their need and to reveal the grace and glory of the Lord Jesus. Rolfe Barnard used to say, “The two-fold message of grace is: (1) All flesh is grass and (2) Behold your God!” This is the message that takes away all of the glory and dignity of the flesh and proclaims the redemptive glory of Christ. The results of this message will be a sense of the awesome holiness of God, the inability and sinfulness of the flesh, and the total sufficiency of the Person and work of Christ. Perhaps once again we will hear men and women cry, “Depths of mercy, can there be, mercy still reserved for me? Can my God his wrath forbear and me, the chief of sinners, spare?” - Pastor Henry Mahan