May 29, 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.
Glory to God on high!
Let earth and skies reply
Praise ye His name
His love and grace adore
Who all our sorrows bore
Singing evermore, worthy the Lamb!
Jesus, our Lord and God
Bore sin’s tremendous load
Praise ye His name!
In Him we will rejoice
And make a joyful noise
Singing with heart and voice, worthy the Lamb!
Then let the host above
In realms of endless love
Praise His dear name!
To Him ascribed be
Honor and majesty
Through all eternity – worthy the Lamb!
(Tune: “Come Thou Almighty King” p. 6)
Our sympathy is extended to Don and Mary Williams on the death of Mary’s mother, Freeda White.
We will honor our graduating High School Seniors, Erik Charron, Clark Grubb, and Cali Warta after the evening service next Sunday. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
Congratulations to our college graduates Michelle Grubb, Lindsay Moody, and Zack Robinette! May the Lord bless each of you.
1st – Rebekah Vincent 2nd – Audrey Grace Hacker
2nd – Jacob Rigsby 2nd – John Walmsley
“It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.” - Proverbs 20:3
DENYING THE FAITH
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own household, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
- I Timothy 5:8
We usually think that denying the faith involves embracing heretical doctrine, or denying the true. Someone that does this certainly does deny the faith, but there are many other ways to deny the faith. Paul tells us that to fail to provide for your family is a denial of the faith, and you are worse than an infidel. We deny the faith when our lives, character, and conduct are contrary to the faith. In like manner, not only do we confess Him by our words and doctrine, but by our lives! While I find the statement, “I would rather see a sermon than hear one” ridiculous; yet it is true that our lives prove what we really believe. However, you cannot be saved by observing the good life of someone else. You must hear the Gospel. “Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18). Oh for grace to confess Christ, and not deny Him, not only by my words but by my works!
He is the only founder of a religion, in the history of this world, which is totally unconnected with civil government, and therefore totally unconducive to any worldly purpose. All others blended their religious institutions with their civil, and by them exercised dominion over the people. But Christ neither aimed at, nor would accept any such power. He rejected every object, which all others seek, and received those which other religions refuse. He refused power, riches, honors, and pleasure; and actively sought poverty, dishonor, tortures, and death. There have been many imposters who have tried to impose on this world pretended revelations; and some of them have gone so far as to lay down their lives rather than back down. But I defy history to show one who ever made his own sufferings and death a necessary part of his original plan, and essential to his mission. This is what Christ did; He foretold, declared their necessity, and voluntarily endured them.
– Soame Jenyns 1704-1787
DO YOU ASK AMISS?
‘Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3). So, is it wrong to bring every little thing you want or every little problem you have to the Lord in prayer, and be guilty of asking amiss? No, for in the very next epistle of Peter we are told that we should be “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (I Peter 5:7). Therefore, what we ask for is not the problem, but the motive and attitude behind everything we ask for is…because in the context of James’ epistle, he addresses the proper attitude of heart in the same chapter, that being, “For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that” (James 4:15). That is what asking amiss refers to, that we ask wanting and expecting things according to our will and our timetable, and not humbly asking that the Lord’s will be done concerning whatever we are asking for, knowing that no matter the answer, it is best, it is right, and it is for our good.
May God give us grace to not ask amiss according to our will, but to ask aright according to our Lord’s will. – Brian DuFour
AN HARD SAYING
“Many therefore of His disciples, when they had heard [this], said, this is an hard saying; who can hear it?” – John 6:60
The word here does not mean hard to understand. It means harsh, offensive, intolerable. This is still the way sinful man, without grace, finds the Gospel. Not difficult to understand, but difficult to swallow. Not confusing, but infuriating. You can’t get mad about something you don’t understand. The indictment upon mankind in Romans chapter one is not that they do not understand God’s claims, but that they will not bow to them (Romans 1:21). This is the issue and always has been. Will you bow? Faith is a submission. it is a renouncing of self and a commitment of self to One Who heretofore ahs been our despised enemy. It is God breaking us of our “wild ass’s colt” rebellion, and reconciling us to Himself, by Jesus Christ.
- Pastor Chris Cunningham