July 3, 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.

Approach, my soul, the mercy-seat
Where Jesus answers prayer
There humbly fall before His feet
For none can perish there.

Thy promise is my only plea
With this I venture nigh
Thou callest burdened souls to Thee
And such, O Lord, am I.

Be thou my shield and hiding place!
That sheltered in Thy side
I may my fierce accusers face
And tell them Thou hast died.

O wondrous love! To bleed and die
To bear my cross of shame
That guilty sinners, such as I
May plead Thy gracious name.

(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)

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Everyone is invited to stay for lunch today following the morning service. There will be NO SERVICE THIS EVENING.

Bible School is this Tuesday through Thursday 10:30am – 1:00pm. You will need to make arrangements for your child’s transportation if they are going to Champs on Thursday. Sign-up info for Champs will be available on Tuesday. Lunch will be provided daily.

Birthdays
3rd – Kristina Carroll 3rd – Aubrey Nibert 5th – Jackson Elliott
8th – Japser Clark 8th – Rob Elliott 9th – Michael Cunningham


“Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.” - Proverbs 24:1


SOME THOUGHTS ON THE HEBREW BONDSLAVE
Exodus 21:1-6
When you saw a Hebrew slave with a hole in his ear, you knew two things about him. He was a slave because he wanted to be a slave. He said, “I will not go out free.” And you knew the reason he did not want this freedom is that he had a very good master! “I love my master.” He willingly subjected himself to having his master bore a hole in his ear with an awl, and by that he said, “I love my master, and I will willingly be his servant forever.” This is the believer’s attitude toward his Master. We love Him and willingly serve Him. While there has never been a worse servant, there has never been a better Master. He is worthy of complete and undying devotion, and no sacrifice is too great to make for His sake. Our greatest freedom is being His willing bond slave.

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LOVE IS NOT EASILY PROVOKED
“Charity…is not easily provoked.” If is not touchy, irritable, and easily roused to anger toward the object of its affection. When someone is touchy and easily offended, it is because of the absence of love. Love is what love does, and love is not easily provoked.

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Any man or woman who claims continual, uninterrupted joy, rest, and peace in this world is either not telling the truth or has no connection with reality! True joy, rest, and peace are things we enjoy in Christ IN THE MIDST of troubles, afflictions, and infirmities. Paul’s exhortation was “rejoice in the Lord.” When I am conscious of my weakness, failures, and sins, I rejoice in Christ, my righteousness. When I am concerned about food, clothing, and shelter, I rejoice in Christ my provider. When I am sick, Christ is my healer. When I am grieved, Christ is my comfort. When I am faced with death, Christ is my life! So it is not necessary to put on a false face and deceive others. We are still human; but our peace, rest, and joy is Christ. – Pastor Henry Mahan

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Christ on the cross guarantees peace of conscience, while Christ on the Throne gives peace of heart. His death cancels our condemnation, and His life guarantees our access to the very presence of God.
- W. G. Thomas


BLESSED PREACHING
Blessed is the preacher who can shut men up to free and sovereign grace and yet lovingly, sincerely invite all men to look to Christ and be saved. Blessed is the preacher who knows that “salvation is of the Lord”, who has the patience to wait upon the Lord to regenerate, awaken, and call his hearers; yet he prays for their deliverance, urges them to close with Christ, and beseeches them to “be reconciled to God.” Blessed is the preacher who can preach with equal force and confidence both the preservation and the perseverance of believers. He will not “turn away from us and we will not depart from Him.” Blessed is the preacher who can rejoice in imputed righteousness; “with His holy garments on, I am as spotless as His dear Son”; and yet, along with his congregation, hunger and thirst for spiritual growth and personal godliness. Blessed is the preacher who can find and preach both justification and sanctification at Calvary. We do not go to Calvary for justification and then to Sinai for sanctification; we are “complete in Him.” Blessed is the preacher who can preach prophetical truth in such a way that his hearers are looking for the returning Christ and not only the return of Christ. Blessed is the preacher who administers believers’ baptism, presides at the Lord’s Table, and oversees the business of the Lord’s church not according to the “way we do it in our circles and according to our custom and tradition,” but according to the Word of God. It may be that if preachers and people return to the Scriptures, someone will ask, “What kind of church is this?” And we can answer, “It is the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, which He loved and purchased with His own blood and of which He is the sole Head.”
- Pastor Henry Mahan


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