January 16, 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

The Saviour died, and by His blood
Brought rebel sinners near to God
He died to set the captive free
And why, my soul why not for thee?
Then sing of grace so rich and free
And say, my soul, why not for thee? (Repeat)

The blood of Christ, how sweet it sounds
Love and free grace therein abounds!
The streams thereof are full and free
And why, my soul, why not for thee?
Then sing of grace so rich and free
And say, my soul, why not for thee? (Repeat)

Our Saviour came, the poor to bless
To clothe them with His righteousness
That robe is spotless, pure and free
And if by grace, why not for me?
Then sing of grace so rich and free
And say, my soul, why not for thee? (Repeat)

(Tune: “The Solid Rock” p. 272)


We will have a church dinner on January 30th following the morning service (no service that evening). There is a sign-up sheet.

Congratulations to Mark and Donna Daniel on the birth of their granddaughter. Paul and Doris Daniel are the great-grandparents.

16th – Kelli Harries 17th – Bernita Singleton
18th – Kristina Verenich 19th – Amanda DuFour

“Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure and whether his work be right.” - Proverbs 20:11

“If ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?” (Matt. 5:47) We see from this that the believer should do more than others. He should not do the minimum requirements, or see what is the least he can get by with without impropriety. He should not take the path of least resistance or simply say is there anything wrong with what I am doing. We are called upon to turn the other cheek, when asked for our coat give our cloak also. We are to go the second mile, give to the one that asks of us, and love our enemies. Having the grace of God, being made a new creation, we should do more than others!

Justification is not exemption from the responsibility to keep or the punishment for not keeping the law. Justification is not diplomatic immunity. Justification is not being treated as though I am not guilty, although I really am. Justification is standing before God’s law perfect and complete. If I am justified I have never done what I am forbidden to do, and have always done what I am commanded to. Justification is never having done anything wrong and always having done that which is right. The justified person has nothing to feel guilty about and nothing to fear. While through unbelief and the weakness of the flesh we may not always enter into the joy of this, we are always in the reality of it! “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God” (Romans 5:1). We may not always have the subjective feeling of peace, but we always have the objective fact of the peace He made with God on our behalf.

Our Lord Jesus has given us freedom to come into the presence of God! Freedom as Priests of God to offer sacrifices of praise, thanksgiving, and worship. Freedom from fear of judgment or death. Do not allow anyone to entangle you with a system of works, duties, or deed in order to obtain favor with God.
1. God will not accept us because we do anything! “We are accepted in the beloved.”
2. You are not complete or incomplete by what you do! “We are complete in Christ.”
3. Our righteousness before God is neither depleted nor enhanced by our obedience to laws and duties. “By the obedience of Christ shall many be made righteous.”
4. We do love God’s law and there is not one commandment that we have liberty to ignore. The life we love and live is because we love God and one another. – Pastor Henry Mahan

We are apt to think, how much more full our faith and belief in Christ would have been had we lived during His time and seen His face, been present during His teaching and preaching in the temple and witnessed the miracles He performed, or stood by watching while He was crucified. Would these things be so? Could my faith and belief in Him as God and Savior be stronger having beheld the Lord Jesus, the Christ, Son of the Living God in His days upon the earth?
I think not. “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief: we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.” (Isaiah 53:3) Our estate is a sad state of being. We would not have seen Him as anything or anyone differently than those of His day. He was mocked, doubted, and eventually murdered. The apostles weren’t even at His tomb on the third day until they had heard He was already risen. They were the apostles! They had seen, touched, and witnessed His Lordship first hand. Many are searching for greater faith and a stronger belief, and these are good thing to seek, but often we are looking in the wrong place. We must make sure that we are not judging our salvation in Christ based upon the reflection of our faith or the strength of our belief. We can’t even stop from committing one sin, one time. Even if we do so outwardly, our heart condemns us. How could we then expect to produce a saving faith or belief in the truth that we would feel secure in? We are saved through…His faith, His work, and His righteous person. He is the Lord. I have complete faith in Him. I’ll gladly put aside pining over the small candle that is my faith to obtain the faith of Him who’s brightness is greater than the sun. We must rest in His ability to do for us and in us what we by nature cannot do or provide for ourselves. “Wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). – Andy Davis