January 30, 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

HYMN OF THE DAY
Am I a soldier of the cross?
A foll’wer of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause
Or blush to speak His name?

Must I be carried to the skies
On flow’ry beds of ease
While others fought to win the prize
And sailed thru blood seas?

Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace
To help me onto God?

Sure I must fight if I would reign
Increase my courage, Lord!
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain
Supported by Thy Word.

(Tune: “Am I a Soldier of the Cross?”


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Everyone is invited to the church dinner following the morning service today. There will be no service this evening.


Birthdays
3rd – James Carver 4th – Jessica Cunningham 4th – Stan Warta


“My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of His correction: For whom the Lord loveth He correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” - Proverbs 3:11-12


SOME THOUGHTS ON PERSECUTION
1. “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” - II Timothy 3:12 This implies that if I am not suffering persecution, I am not living godly.
2. Suffering persecution for righteousness sake is a part of the state of blessedness in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:10-12). It is a part of Christian character. Unwillingness to suffer persecution is the mark of the stony ground hearer. (Matthew 13:21-21)
3. Removing the offence from the cross and mixing works and grace has one motive… avoiding persecution. (Galatians 5:11; 6:12)
4. Persecution is to be esteemed as a blessing of grace. (Acts 5:41; Philippians 1:26)
5. Persecution is a means through which the Gospel is spread. (Acts 8:3-6)
6. Paul said to timid Timothy, “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me his prisoner, but be thou a partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel according to the power of God.” (II Timothy 1:8)


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If two people hold two different views as to how God saves sinners, but those views do not exclude the salvation of the differing view, there will be no conflict. I’m o.k. You’re o.k. But if the way I hold excludes other ways, this is where the trouble begins. “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6)….He is not a way but the way, the way that excludes all other ways.


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To receive Christ as our Lord is to bow to HIS WILL. To walk with Christ is to walk with Him, “Who worketh all things after the counsel of HIS OWN WILL.” To plan my day is to say, “If the Lord WILL, we shall do this.” To pray is to ask anything according to HIS WILL. – Pastor Henry Mahan


When the Apostle Paul was at Athens he found an audience desirous “to tell, or to hear some new thing.” They were very open-minded to a new god or another god, so long as they were permitted to keep the ones they already had, and they had many gods. They had a god of life, a god of health, a god of the sun, a god of the moon, a god of fertility, a god of weather, a god of harvest, etc., but when the Apostle Paul preached unto them the GOD which they did not know – “the unknown God” – they were compelled (if they believed his message) to give up every god they had ever believed in and worshipped; and they weren’t so open-minded about that!
I find that men and women are still very much the same today. They are very friendly and open-minded to new doctrines, new practices, and even new gods; but when it comes to giving up their old traditional doctrines, practices, and gods, they are no longer so friendly and open-minded! Nevertheless, the truth remains the same: to own the one, true, living GOD as our God, is to lay aside every other god, whether it be doctrine, tradition, a job, a parent, a child, or just old willful self. ALL must go, until Christ is ALL and IN ALL!!! (Matthew 10:32-40)
- Pastor Maurice Montgomery

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“…to know nothing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”
This should be the resolution of every minister of the Gospel. This is his business – not to be a politician, not to engage in strife and controversies of men, not to be a good farmer or scholar, not to be a man of taste and philosophy, but to make Christ crucified the grand object of his attention and to seek always and everywhere to make Him known. In this he is to glory. Though the world may ridicule, though the intellectuals may sneer, though the rich and foolish may deride it, yet this is to be the grand object of interest to that one called of God to preach; and at no time is he to be ashamed of the Gospel. The preaching of Christ is the only kind of preaching God will bless. – Albert Barnes

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If God saved you in light of His consideration of something in you, no matter how small, it could not be grace! No amount of immorality can hinder God in His work of grace, and no amount of morality can commend one’s self to God. If one sin or one thousand of them can hinder a soul in the reception of grace, it ceases to be grace. If any amount of morality can commend one to God, it ceases to be grace.
- A. D. Muse