February 20, 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
Thy works, not mine, O Christ
Speak gladness to the heart
They tell me all the work is done
They bid my fears depart.

Thy wounds, not mine, O Christ
Can heal my sinful soul
Thy stripes, not mine, O Lord, contain
The balm that makes us whole.

Thy death, not mine, O Christ
Hath borne the awful load
Of sins that no one else could bear
But our incarnate God.

Thy righteousness, O Christ
Alone can cover me
No other righteouness avails
Save that which is of Thee!

(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom” p. 188)

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I will be preaching this Friday through Sunday for the Grace Gospel Church in Apopka, Florida where Greg Elmquist is Pastor. In my absence, Mark Daniel will teach the Bible Study, Bob Coffey will bring the message Sunday morning and Paul Daniel Sunday evening.


Birthdays
20th – Megan Harries 21st – Tim Daniel 22nd – Zachary Byrd
22nd – Evonne Kincer 24th – Nick Verenich 26th – Donna Meek


“For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.” - Proverbs 24:6


NO REPUTATION
He who, “Thought it not robbery to be equal with God…. made Himself of no reputation.” He emptied Himself. The same word is translated empty, void, of non-effect, and vain. He never ceased being who He was - equal with God, being God, and the Perfect Man. Yet, He emptied Himself of all of that. He lost the sense of the love of His Father. He lost the sense of peace and joy and security. He emptied Himself of the joy of a clear conscience and the favour of God. When He was made sin, He emptied Himself of all of these things. He emptied Himself all the way to being obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. He became least in the Kingdom of Heaven. The first became last. Surely this is why the last shall be first. This is why His Father has, “Given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth: and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”



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“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” - I Thessalonians 5:22
I know that many interpret this as suggesting that we avoid any conduct, behavior, and actions that, while they may not be wrong for us, yet they give the appearance of wrong doing. This is good advice, but not what the apostle is talking about. He is speaking, as in the preceding verse, of doctrinal evil! For example, when there is preaching, teaching, and interpretation of Scripture which, when tried by the Word, does not appear to be false or wrong, but there is an unhappy suspicion in the mind, a doubt or fear entertained, a concern that there is poison somewhere, then avoid it! The truth of God is clear and gives glory to His name! - Pastor Henry Mahan

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To believe God is no small thing! It is the evidence of a heart reconciled unto God; it is the proof of our being weaned from our own works and deeds; it is a clear sign of the true conviction of sin; it is honoring to Christ, our only Redeemer; it is the essence of true worship; and it is the root of sincere obedience. – Pastor Henry Mahan
“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us: he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” - I John 4:6
The word translated ‘hear’ means more than merely having the sound of words register in the ear. It means to hear with understanding, agreement, and obedience. It means to listen, as when we say to a disobedient child, “You didn’t listen to me.”
When Christ speaks, whether by Scripture or preaching, those who belong to Him listen. They agree in their hearts to what is said and demonstrate this agreement by what they do: they continue to listen and believe and rejoice in the Gospel. But they will not listen to the voice of another. They do not agree with false christs and false prophets and they demonstrate their disagreement by what they do: they no longer listen to them for they are repulsed by what they hear, and they do not follow in their ways. Often, a person’s faith is proved (or disapproved) not so much by what he says, but by what he listens to! Talk is cheap. What a man listens to is what he believes. What do you listen to?
- Pastor Joe Terrell


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On true doctrine rests the worship of the true and living God. From error in doctrine springs the worship of a false god. There is a tendency among many religious people to undervalue true doctrine, to exalt morality at the expense of the character of God and the teaching of our Lord, and to deny the importance of a sound creed. I do not doubt that a sound creed has often covered an unsound life. But when I hear it said, “Such and such do not believe the doctrines of grace and substitution, but they love the Lord and are saved”, I wonder and ask, “What then was the Bible written for? Is it no infallible expression of the mind of God? Is it no standard of truth? Are we to believe what appeals to us and deny the rest? God forbid?” God’s Word declares the oneness of truth and condemns EVERY DEPARTURE FROM THE TRUTH AS A DIRECT ATTACK ON GOD HIMSELF! Do not tell me that a man’s heart is right with God when his head contains a creed of error and denies the Person and work of the Redeemer. – Horatius Bonar