August 14, 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
No more, my God I boast no more
Of all the duties I have done
I drop the hopes I held before
To trust the merits of the Son.

Now for the love I bear His name
What was my gain I count but loss
My former pride I call my shame
And glory only in the cross.

Lord, I must and will esteem
All things but loss for Jesus’ sake
O may my soul be found in Him
And of His righteousness partake.

The best obedience of my hands
Dares not appear before Thy throne
But faith can answer Thy demands
By pleading what my Lord has done.

(Tune: “Doxology”)

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Pastor Donnie Bell will preach for us Wednesday.


Our sympathies our extended to Alan Kincer and his family on the death of his father.


Birthdays
9th – Isaac Williams 15th – Jan Carver 15th – Delphus Grubb
15th – Anna Grace Meek 18th – Molly Mohr 18th - Adam Peters
19th – Nora Imes 19th – Allison Vincent 19th – Sharon Vincent

“Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.” - Proverbs 27:2

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PATIENCE
“For ye have need of patience” – Hebrews 10:36
Patience is the fruit of faith and hope. The word means “to abide under.” Patience willingly abides under the mighty hand of God, believing that God controls everything, and has a hope, a confident expectation regarding the future. Patience does not worry and fret. Patience does not wilt under the pressure of circumstance. Patience does not become hysterical. You cannot have faith or hope without also having patience. Whenever we are impatient, at that time we are not exercising faith and hope. The sinful old man, unbelief, is rearing its ugly head. And how ashamed we are of ourselves, and what trouble we bring unto our lives when patience lies dormant.
The writer to the Hebrews said, “Ye have need of patience.” Indeed we do need patience to “run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1-2). What do we do about our needs? We bring the need to Him and ask Him to give us what we need. But understand this – it is through trials that we learn patience. “Tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience” (Romans 5:3). While we do not ask for or desire trials, the Bible says, “Count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations: knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience” (James 1:3-4).


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When the Gospel is preached, there are two things always taking place (even though most are unaware of it). Some are being prepared for glory, others are being hardened. Some are being brought to light, some are left sitting in darkness. Some see Christ and His glory, others see no beauty about Him. Some who hear the Gospel have their hearts made tender towards sin, others have their hearts hardened in sin. No wonder we say, “Who is sufficient for these things?” The question we should all be asking is, “How is the preaching of the Gospel affecting me?”
- Pastor Donnie Bell


TRUE CONVICTION OF SIN
“And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst” (John 8:9). Most religious people act just like these Pharisees, temporarily experiencing the conviction of a guilty conscience, and leave Christ until they can work through it, overcome the sin, and be good enough to return to Christ. For a time they felt this deep guilt, but once they’ve straightened up enough to be worthy of accepting Christ, they leave their conviction of sin behind and move progressively upward onto a higher plane of holiness, living above sin and living the Christian life.
The apostle Paul must not be a Christian according to their line of thinking, for I read in Romans 7 of a man that can’t stop sinning, so that late in his life he declared himself to be the chief of sinners (I Tim. 1:15), being convicted and convinced daily “that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not” (Romans 7:18). Paul is speaking of the two separate natures that exist in him, and in every believer….the old man of the flesh that can do nothing but sin, and the new man of the Spirit that can do nothing but holiness. Religion speaks of a changed man, a reformed man…once convicted of sin, but gradually working to overcome that, to live a life above sin, until one magical day he’s finally good enough to enter heaven. Grace speaks of a new man, Christ in you….daily convicted of sin in the flesh, but also daily convicted of perfect holiness in the new man, a man that “cannot sin, because he is born of God” (I John 3:9). May God deliver us from religion’s temporary conviction of conscience, and daily convict and convince us of our sin, driving us to Christ, where we find a perfect righteousness and complete atonement…for while in this flesh, we will never grow beyond being a sinner saved by grace. True conviction of sin leads to a true conviction that salvation must be by grace alone. – Brian DuFour

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