March 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
Though troubles assail, and dangers affright
Thou friends should all fail, and foes all unite
‘Tis one thing secures us whatever betide
His promise assures us, THE LORD WILL PROVIDE!
The bird without barn or storehouse are fed
From them let us learn to trust for our bread
His saints what is needed shall ne’er be denied
So long as ‘tis written, THE LORD WILL PROVIDE!
His call we obey like Abram of old
We know not the way, but faith makes us bold
For though we are strangers, we have a sure guide
And know in all dangers, THE LORD WILL PROVIDE!
No strength of our own, nor goodness we claim
Out trust is all cast on His precious name
In this our strong refuge for safety we hide
The Lord is our refuge, THE LORD WILL PROVIDE!
When life is most o’er and death is in view
The word of His grace will see us safe through
Not fearing nor doubting, with Christ on our side
We hope to die shouting, THE LORD WILL PROVIDE!
(Tune: “How Firm a foundation” p. 268)
Lynn and I will be leaving on a trip to Malta tomorrow afternoon and will return on Friday the 25th.
13th – Renee Brice 13th – Nicholas Creamer 13th – Isaac Hands
14th – Aaron Greenleaf 16th – Jacob Davis
17th – Gene Rugledge 19th – Rachel Daniel
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” - Proverbs 15:1
“God loveth a cheerful giver” - II Corinthians 9:7
Who is this cheerful giver? Cheerful is an adjective “that signifies that readiness of mind, that joyousness which is prompt to do anything” (Vines Greek dictionary). The cheerful giver gives, not merely because he knows he should, or because he fears blessings that will be withheld if he fails to give. The cheerful giver finds joy and blessedness in giving. The cheerful giver has experienced, “It is more blessed to give then to receive” (Acts 20:35). The cheerful giver sees his giving as a gain rather then a loss. What is behind this cheerful giving? Love. You love to give to those you love. What is behind cheerful giving? Faith. You believe God is your provider, and you are not worried about needing what you give. What is behind cheerful giving? Grace. It is the grace of God that gives this love and faith. God loves and is well pleased with the cheerful giver.
SHOULD I MAKE MY CHILDREN GO TO CHURCH?
In response to that let me ask, “Should you make your children go to school?” Of course you should! Because it is important to their future happiness for them to get an education. We do not let them miss school without a good reason. We don’t allow them to stay home for fear that forcing them to go to school will make them hate knowledge when they are grown. We do not allow such things as sporting activities, sleep-overs, jobs, or laziness cause them to miss school regularly. Why?
We count their attendance important for the good it will do them. How important to you is it that they learn the way of eternal life? Is it as important as them learning the ABC’s? Is their eternal happiness as important to you as their “this-life” happiness? I know it is. Then act like it is and lovingly bring your children to church regularly so that they may hear of Christ. – Pastor Joe Terrell
“LOVE…..HOPETH ALL THINGS”
“Charity hopeth all things.” Hope is a confident expectation regarding the future. If we love somebody we hope for that which we do not presently see. We do not give up on them. We do not wash our hands of them. What we cannot see, we hope for, because “Love hopeth all things.”
LAW AND GOSPEL
The law says this do and thou shalt live…
But the Gospel says LIVE and thou shalt do.
The law says pay me that thou owest...
But the Gospel says I frankly forgive thee all.
The law says thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart…
But the Gospel says, herein is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and send His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
The law says cursed is every one who continues not in all things written in the book of the law to do them…
But the Gospel says blessed is the man whose iniquities are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
The law says the wages of sin is death…
But the Gospel says the gift of God is eternal life.
The law says IF….
But the Gospel says THEREFORE.
The law makes blessings the result of obedience…
While the Gospel makes obedience the result of blessings.
The law places rest at the end of the week’s work…
While the Gospel places rest at the beginning.
The law restrains the old man…
While under the Gospel salvation is a free gift.
The law says DO…
And the Gospel says DONE.
The law demands holiness…
And the Gospel gives holiness.
The law commands the service of an unwilling bondsman…
And the Gospel wins the loving service of a Son and Freeman.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” – Gal. 5:1
- Pastor Bruce Crabtree