January 9, 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

Prepare me, gracious God
To stand before Thy face!
Thy 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 sin subdue
Thy sovereign love make known
The Spirit of my mind renew
And save me in Thy Son.

Let me attest Thy power
Let me Thy goodness prove
Till my full soul can hold no more
Of everlasting love.

(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom” p. 188)

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We will have a church dinner on January 30th following the morning service. There will be no service that evening.

Brian DuFour will bring the message Wednesday evening. I will be in Arkansas, and will return on Friday.

Congratulations to Andy and Megan Davis on the birth of their son, Wyatt Andrew.

Birthdays
9th – Emily Bryan 9th – Renee Culver 10th – Cali Warta
12th – Aaron Sligh 13th – Keith Bailey
13th- Wilma Warta 15th – Mike Rigsby

“The discretion of a man deferreth his anger: and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” - Proverbs 19:11


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WHAT FAITH ASKS FOR
God spoke to David through Nathan the Prophet. God made some promises to David concerning what He would do for David. Here is David’s response, “And now O Lord God, the word that Thou hast spoken concerning Thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it forever, and do as Thou hast said.” (II Samuel 7:25)
Faith is an asking grace. All who have faith ask God for things. The only thing we can ask with confidence that we will be given, is when we ask Him to do what He has already said He would do in His Word. God told David what He would do for him and his house. David responded, “Do as Thou hast said.” Faith finds out what God has said in His Word, and asks Him to do what He said He would. He said in His Word, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Faith says….I am a sinner. You said you came to save sinners, save me! It is not presumption to expect God to do what He said He would do. Find out what He has said in His Word, and make this plea, “Do as Thou hast said.” He had done and will do everything He said He would all the time!

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UNEARNED FAVOR
I recently heard of someone who claimed to believe the grace of God in salvation, yet they were having trouble with the doctrine of election. The problem they are really having is with true grace. You see, grace in the true meaning of the word can only mean one thing….UNEARNED FAVOR.
Most people think God looked down through time to see who would believe on Him and elected them accordingly. By that means that person earned salvation by believing, and God had to choose that person because of what they did. But NO! GRACE IS UNEARNED FAVOR, and since no one has earned, or merited God’s salvation and favor, then it stands to reason that God must choose, or elect, whomever HE decides.
- Pastor Paul Mahan

SATISFACTION
“I am not satisfied with my faith,” says one. NO, of course you aren’t, nor will you ever be, at least I hope not! The Bible does not say, “Therefore being satisfied with our faith we have peace with God”; it says, “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God.” “I am not satisfied with my repentance.” That is wonderful! What would you do with your repentance if you were satisfied with it? Would you bring it to God instead of the blood? Oh, what pride and self-righteousness must be in any person who is satisfied with his repentance and faith! That person could never find true peace, for such a refuge of lies must fall. “I am not satisfied with my love.” What? Did you expect, on this earth, to be satisfied with any grace found in you? Was it your love for Christ or His love for you that gave you peace at first? Now then, there is but one thing with which Almighty God is satisfied – entirely satisfied – and that is THE PERSON AND WORK OF HIS SON! It is with Christ that we must be satisfied, not with ourselves, nor anything about us! When we cease from ALL our labors, and ALL our righteousness, and ENTER INTO HIS REST, pardon and peace will come without delay. – Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)


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We see so little true commitment, so much indifference, and so few dedicated people in today’s religious world that we may be prone to accept this attitude as normal. But it is not so! David wrote in Psalm 147:18, “He sendeth out His word and MELTETH THEM.” Paul wrote in Romans 8:6, “To be carnally minded is death; but to be SPIRITUALLY MINDED is life and peace.” If God is pleased to move in love and grace upon a person, the very life of Christ is formed in him and UNBELIEF is drive out by God-given faith. INDIFFERENCE departs at the revelation of God’s glory in the face of Christ. IGNORANCE vanishes as Christ is revealed in His word of redemption as Just and Justifier. SELF-PRIDE disappears before His grace and mercy. SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS has not the slightest claim in the light of His perfect obedience. SELF-LOVE takes an awful beating in the light of His love for us. No! It would be IMPOSSIBLE for a true child of His great, invincible grace to be indifferent or uncommitted after the melting of His Word and the revelation of His love.
– Pastor Henry Mahan