January 2, 2011
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
‘Tis not that I did choose Thee
For, Lord, that could not be
This heart would still refuse Thee
Hadst Thou not chosen me.
Thou from the sin that stained me
Hast cleansed and set me free
Of old Thou hast ordained me
That I should live to Thee.
Your love had no beginning
No cause in me was found
That you should choose to save me
A sinner strongly bound.
But grace not earned or sought for
Was purposed for my soul
For me, salvation wrought; for
Christ paid the dreadful toll.
‘Twas sovereign mercy called me
And taught my op’ning mind
The world had else enthralled me
To heav’nly glories blind.
My heart owns none before Thee
For Thy rich grace I thirst
This knowing if I loved Thee
Thou must have loved me first.
(Tune: “The Church’s One Foundation” p. 186)
We will have a church dinner on January 30th following the morning service. There will be no service that evening.
Congratulations to Shirley Rozeboom on the birth of her granddaughter and to Paul and Lee Anne Walmsley on the birth of their granddaughter.
3rd – Rachel Sullivan 5th – Mike Mohr 6th – Nathaniel Sligh
7th – Henry Lynn 8th – Nancy Benton
8th – Rachel Harries 8th- Thom Schuuyler
“Order my steps in Thy word and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” - Psalm 119:133
GRACE BEFORE GRACE
“Let Thy tender mercies speedily prevent us.” -Psalm 79:18 The word prevent means to precede. It is even translated “go before.” God’s grace is not His response to our need or our sin. It precedes all of that. It is His preceding determination to be gracious. It is grace before grace. His grace preceded my sin! The word also means to prevent, to hinder, to obstruct. David said, “Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments.” (Psalm 119:35) ….And how is that done? He prevents us from not going in the way of His commandments. If God’s grace does not precede me, if God’s grace does not prevent me, it will do me no good! Thank God for grace before grace. All the grace we have was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began (II Timothy 1:9).
The promises of the Gospel do not deal with feelings, but reality. By the Gospel we ARE accepted in the Beloved, even if we do not FEEL accepted. We ARE forgiven in Christ, even when we do not FEEL so. Many a struggling believer has doubted his struggles by polling his feelings for proof of grace. But we live by faith, not by sight; that is, we live by believing even when there is no discernable proof of the things we believe.
We are prone to think our faith most strong when we most “feel” it, but faith is best proven when it has no supports. He who can trust Christ and cling to Christ when he has no emotional testimony to verify his faith is truly the one who has that faith which is the gift of God. The faith generated by the flesh must be continually supported by the flesh. But that faith which needs no support but lives on the bare promises is that faith which comes from God. – Pastor Joe Terrell
God, deliver me from just reciting factual information about Christ and His word. Give me the message in my heart that I may preach Christ and not just about Him. – Pastor Chris Cunningham
PLEASING TO GOD
“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (I John 3:22). Have you ever felt you’ve done anything that God could be pleased with? A believer’s answer to this question is always ‘No’, and with good reason. Because everything you do outwardly is performed by the old man, deeming it unpleasing and unacceptable to God…the apostle Paul put it plainly when he said, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing.” (Romans 7:18)
Yet, a believer can do those things that are pleasing in God’s sight, for God’s eyes look on the heart…and a believer has a new heart, a holy heart, which can do those things pleasing to God, as stated in the next verse, “And this is His commandment, that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment.” (I John 3:23). Every believer believes, trusts, and relies on Christ alone as their only hope of salvation…and every believer loves his brothers and sisters in Christ…therefore every believer does those things that are pleasing in His sight. By the grace of God, believers are God-pleasers. – Brian DuFour
Although sinners will never come to Christ until they see their need of Him, yet this I will ever preach, that all under pain of damnation ARE OBLIGED TO COME TO HIM AND THAT THEY SHALL BE WELCOME ON THEIR COMING, BE THEIR CASE WHAT IT WILL; that such as are willing to come ought not to stop on a defect of their sensibleness, but come to Him, that they may get a true sense of sin unto repentance; for He is “Exalted a prince and a Saviour to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins” (Acts 5:31). He is to come, not stand and wait, till “folly bring repentance with it.” - Thomas Boston
He who is blind to the glory of Christ may hold fast to the doctrine of the Gospel yet be enamored of the glory of the world, pursue its fame and fortune, and court its favor. But he who has seen the glory of Christ is dead to the glory of the world, for the world’s glory has been made inglorious by the surpassing glory of Christ. – Pastor Joe Terrell