March 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
Begin my tongue, some heavn’ly theme
And speak some boundless thing
The mighty works and mightier name
Of our eternal King.
Tell of His wondrous faithfulness
And sound His name abroad
Sing the sweet promise of His grace
And our redeeming Lord.
Proclaim salvation from the Lord
For sinful, dying men
His hand has writ the Holy Word
With an immortal pen.
Oh might I hear Thy heavn’ly tongue
But whisper, “Thou art mine!”
Those precious words would raise my song
To notes almost divine!
(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word p. 192)
In my absence today, Mark Daniel will bring the message this morning and Andy Davis will speak this evening. Don Fortner will preach here on Wednesday evening.
21st – Doris Daniel 21st – Frank Singleton 22nd- Jean Bradford
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” - Proverbs 29:25
THE WIDENESS OF GOD’S MERCY
There is a limit to God’s mercy. He does not have mercy on all men without exception. He said, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.” That fact prevents us from presuming upon His mercy. But there is a wideness to God’s mercy. The wideness of His mercy is measured by the word “whosoever”. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.:” Whosoever is better then if it said our own personal name. There could be another person intended who happened to have my same name. But I am a whosoever! Here is the wideness of God’s mercy… “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” None who call upon His name shall be denied mercy. That is wide!
The royal bath of mercy, where in black souls are washed white as the snow, was filled from the veins of our Lord Jesus Christ. No blood of martyrs mingled with that stream. No blood of noble confessors and heroes of the cross entered into the river of atonement. The banquet of mercy is served by one host, the Lord Jesus Christ, who prepared the feast, invited the guests, makes them willing to come, and gives them their robes of spotless righteousness – the wedding garment. - Copied
His Strength Made Perfect in Our Weakness
We must serve our Lord in His way and in His strength, or He will never use us for His glory. That which we do unaided by divine leadership and strength will prove to be worthless. There must be a consciousness of ignorance and weakness before there will be any victories. - Pastor Henry Mahan
C. H. Spurgeon reckoned as the highest compliment ever paid him the words of an open enemy who said, “Here is a preacher who has NOT moved an inch forward in all his ministry. Here at the close of the Nineteenth Century, this man is still teaching the theology of the First Century and is proclaiming the doctrine of Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Jerusalem, which was current eighteen hundred years ago!”
“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (I Peter 4:10). Because every believer has received, has been freely given the gift of salvation in Christ, and the accompanying fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) we are to use these gifts in serving one another.
A good steward reveals the grace of God that is in him through serving one another in love. Notice the verse says, “The manifold grace of God.” It does not say the meditating grace of God, in which we think about serving one another in love. It does not say the audible grace of God, in which we talk about serving one another in love. It says the manifold grace of God, in which we reveal through our actions our love for one another.
“In this was manifested (revealed) the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (I John 4:9). True love reveals itself through its actions. May God give us manifold grace to reveal our love for each other through our actions, thereby making us good stewards of the manifold grace of God. – Brian DuFour