February 13, 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
Compared with Christ, in all beside
No comeliness I see
The one thing needful, dearest Lord
Is to be one with Thee.
The sense of Thy expiring love
Into my soul convey
Thyself bestow; for Thee alone
I absolutely pray.
Less than Thyself will not suffice
My comfort to restore
More than Thyself I cannot crave
And Thou canst give no more.
Loved of my God, for Him again
With love intense I burn
Chosen of Thee e’re time began
I choose Thee in return.
Whate’re consists not with Thy love
Oh teach me to resign
I’m rich to all the intents of bliss
If Thou, O God, art mine.
(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)
13th – Mark Benton 14th – Tom Wooten
15th – Amber DuFour 16th – Andrea Vincent
18th – Kevin Bailey 19th – Brooklyn Bigelow
“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope for a fool than of him.” - Proverbs 26:12
DOING WHAT YOU CAN
“For she hath done what she could” (Mark 14:8). Thus the Lord commended this woman for the good work she wrought on Him, while others criticized her for it. Is it possible that we focus on what we cannot do in such a way that we overlook what we can do? We have a mouth to praise Him and confess Him before men. We have hands to serve Him and His people. We have feet to carry us into His house to hear His Word preached. We all have the means to give. It matters not how much we give. The widow’s two mites tell us the generosity of the gift is not seen in how much we give, but how much we keep! This special woman did what she could when she broke the alabaster box of ointment and poured it upon His head. It is true, “Without Me, ye can do nothing,” but it is equally true, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” May this be said of you and me, “She hath done what she could.”
PRAYER AND FORGIVENESS
“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” - Mark 1:25-26
You cannot truly pray and have an unforgiving spirit. You are simply going through an empty and meaningless ritual which God does not hear and ensures that your sin will not be forgiven. Be quick to forgive, not simply when someone asks for your forgiveness, but when you remember that they did you wrong! In doing this, God will quickly forgive your trespasses, even before we are aware of our need for forgiveness. Shakespeare was not an inspired writer, but what he said was true… “To err is human. To forgive is divine.”
WHAT IS MEANT BY SOVEREIGN GRACE?
Sovereign grace is God’s grace. And God’s grace is Sovereign grace. If it is not Sovereign grace, it is not saving grace. Sovereign grace is the truth. Sovereign grace is the message that declares the electing love of the Father, the redeeming love of the Son, and the invincible love of the Holy Spirit. Sovereign grace is the Gospel! Any message that does not declare the Sovereign grace of God in Christ Jesus is “another gospel”! Sovereign grace is saving grace!
Even those who are supposed to know something about salvation by grace have to remind themselves again and again that salvation is not by the works of the flesh, not at all, in any way! Salvation is not by reformation; salvation does not come by decision; salvation does not come through church ordinances; salvation is not ours by church membership; SALVATION IS IN CHRIST THE LORD. That’s where salvation is – not in man’s purpose, not in man’s plan – it is in a person. It is not in a proposition, it is not in walking an aisle, it is not in a church ordinance. IT IS IN CHRIST! It is not in a law; it is not in the deeds of the flesh; SALVATION IS IN CHRIST! A man does not have salvation until he comes by the power of God’s Spirit through faith to a living, personal, vital, intimate union with Christ as the Lord. A man is not a Christian until he has a vital union with Christ. A man is not a Christian until he is inseparably joined – personally joined to Jesus Christ. A man is not a Christian until Christ becomes his life…. CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY. – Pastor Henry Mahan
“And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42). All the doctrines of grace and teachings of Scripture are wonderful, and all have their appointed place and use – but we can become consumed and overwhelmed in the pursuit of them and miss Christ altogether. May God give us grace to see one thing – that Christ is everything! - Brian DuFour
The Bible was not given to teach me history, but to teach me grace; not to teach me worldly wisdom, but the wisdom of God! Therefore, salvation and the way to God is to be found in the Scriptures and in the Scriptures only. He who does not always preach and teach the Scriptures ought not to be called a minister of God. – C. H. Spurgeon
We believe, that the work of regeneration, conversion, sanctification and faith, is not an act of man’s free will and power, but of the mighty, efficacious and irresistible grace of God. – C. H. Spurgeon