December 26, 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
Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty art my glorious dress
Midst flaming worlds in these arrayed
With joy shall I lift up my head.
This spotless robe the same appears
When ruined nature sinks in years
No age can change its glorious hue
The robe of Christ is ever new.
When from the dust of death I rise
To join the ransomed in the skies
E’en then shall this be all my plea
That Christ has lived and died for me.
O let the dead now hear Thy voice
Now bid Thy people to rejoice
Our beauty this, our glorious dress
JESUS, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
(Tune: “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” p. 217)
There will be no evening service tonight. Our Wednesday evening service will be changed to Friday on New Years Eve at 7:00.
26th- Sherry Borders 26th – Jacob Murphy 26th – Paul Walmsley
29th- Amanda Frye 30th – Will Hands 31st – Donna Wooten
“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” - Proverbs 14:23
David said in Psalm 73:3 that he was envious of the prosperity of the wicked. Who has not had those envious thoughts? Concerning these men, he said, “They are not in trouble as other men…..they have more than heart could wish…..they speak loftily…..they prosper in the world: they increase in riches.” Then David thought of all the trials and heartache he had to endure. He felt resentful. These feelings of envy and resentment continued, “until I went into the sanctuary of God: then understood I their end. Surely Thou didst set them in slippery places. Thou castedst them down into destruction.”
Prosperity in this world is the American dream. And what if your dream is realized? It could be the judgment of God against you! Believer, do not be envious of an unbeliever! Do not be envious of a believer either! Thank God for what you have, and thank God for what you do not have. How happy we are in finding prosperity in being in the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, the unsearchable riches we have in Him.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT CHRISTIANITY?
For some reason, I have never felt totally comfortable with the term “Christianity”. It seems to be a title of “one of the great world religions”. Christianity is not one of the great world religions. It is a religion that excludes and condemns all other religions as nothing more than a lie. But allow me to use the term anyway. What is unique about Christianity?
The answer is Christ Himself! None can compare with the Lord Jesus Christ! Here is a Scripture that will illustrate that. In Revelation 14:1, God’s people are described as having God the Father’s name written in their foreheads. But in Revelation 22:4 the name of the Son is said to be in their foreheads. Does that mean they have two different names written on their foreheads? No! The name is the same. This shows the infinite greatness of Christ. He is the second Person of the Trinity, distinct from the Father, yet co-equal to the extent that His name is interchangeable with the name of the Father! I tremble as I write this, but Isaiah 9:6 declares, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Truly, Christ Himself is what is unique about Christianity!
TO DIE IS GAIN
Paul said, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21) What assurance Paul had that would cause him to look upon his own death as gain! Question. Is there any reason why any believer should not speak with this same confidence? Since we are all saved the same way Paul was, by the righteousness, shed blood, and sovereign grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have no reason to have any less confidence then he did! Did Paul look to Christ alone? “Of course he did,” you say. Do you? If you do, you can say with Paul… “to die is gain.” Remember, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”
AMBASSADORS OF CHRIST
Every believer is an ambassador of Christ. That is our purpose in life! Our purpose in life is not to gratify ourselves, reach our goals, or to have a good time. Our purpose is to glorify God as ambassadors of Christ! At all times; wherever we go and whatever we do, we are representatives of the Lord Jesus here on earth by our words and conduct. May God give us grace to be His ambassadors in such a way as to bring glory to His name!
When a person believes and receives our Lord Jesus Christ, he is at that moment (in God’s sight) as if he had never sinned at all. I will go a step further than this! When we receive our Lord, we are in a much better position then if we had never sinned at all. For if we had never sinned, we would trust our own righteousness and we would be subject to fall as Adam did (who had never sinned). But now thru faith in Christ we have His perfect righteousness, which cannot ever fail, nor fall!
When the fig leaves of self are gone – we have the robe of His perfect obedience forever! “For He hath clothed me with the garment of salvation – He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:10) - Pastor Henry Mahan