September 4, 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
We have Thy promise, gracious Lord
O Then fulfill Thy precious Word
Thou wilt be where Thy people meet
To make our joyfulness complete.
We ask Thy gracious presence here
From worldly thoughts, O keep us clear
And set our hearts on things above
With sweet enjoyment of Thy love.
We ask from our great living Head
Give us Thy Holy Spirit’s aid
While we engage in prayer and praise
To be supplied with every grace.
‘Tis Thine alone, Almighty Lord
To speak the soul-reviving Word
‘Tis Thine to give the hearing ear
‘Tis Thine to drive away all fear.
5th – Luke Coffey 5th – Shari Greenleaf 8th – Earnest Tucker
8th – Kyle Virgin 9th – Todd Nibert
“Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness; but a faithful man
who can find?” - Proverbs 20:6
“By works was faith made perfect” – James 2:22
Abraham believed God when God promised Abraham a seed as numerous as the stars
of the sky. Abraham as yet had no children. He had no evidence but the promise
of God. That was enough! When God called upon him to offer up Isaac, Abraham
could have thought, “If I do that, then God’s promise will not come
to pass because Isaac will be dead. I must keep him alive so God’s promise
can be fulfilled.” If he refused to offer up Isaac so God could keep His
promise, he would have proved he did not really believe God’s word exactly
as He stated it. He would believe “so shall thy seed be” would not
come to pass if he killed Isaac, and God’s word would fall to the ground.
He proved he really believed God when he held up the knife to slay his son,
“Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead.”
If I kill my son, God will raise him because God promised, “In Isaac shall
thy seed be called.” It was Abraham’s works that proved the reality
of the simplicity of his faith…He believed God. His works proved it!
“Neither said any of them that ought of the things he possessed was his
own.” When we see that all we have belongs to the Lord, we no longer need
to worry about it. He will take care of that which belongs to Him. When we see
it all belongs to Him, it is much easier to not seek to hold on to it. When
we see that all we have belongs to Him, it is much easier to give liberally.
We only give back a portion of that which is His anyway. There is a liberty
and freedom in having no possessions, and understanding that it all belongs
Worldliness is not easily observed. It is not measured by our style of our clothes,
the means of innocent relaxation and entertainment, or the place of our residence.
Worldliness is the love of the world, the atmosphere of greed, the spirit of
ambition, and the passion for pleasure and self-gratification which consumes
the hearts, lives, thoughts, and deeds of the lost souls. – Pastor Don
“What is thy beloved more than another beloved, Oh thou fairest among
women?” (Song of Solomon 5:9) A good question - one which deserves an
answer by the church of the living God. We ought to be able to speak freely
and spontaneously regarding the greatness and redemptive work of our Lord Jesus
Christ to any and all who ask. Those men “who had been with Jesus”,
even the ignorant and unlearned ones (such as us) should be ready to answer
such questions with the heart and emotion of one who is in love with their groom.
Away with the cold, calculation rhetoric which actually just shows our foolishness
and tiny minds; give me the right answer, yet may it be full of warmth and tenderness
and compassion like the prodigal son, who when it was all said and done was
face to face with his father being overwhelmed by ‘much kissing’!
Tell me the old, old story and while telling it, tell me what YOU know and how
you came to know it…with feeling and the full understanding of what it
takes to call out dead dog sinners unto newness of life in Christ. – Pastor
“It shall be well with the righteous” - Isaiah 3:10
In spiritual things all your temptation, all your darkness, all your wanderings
God will overrule. It shall be well with you. There shall never be a night,
but that morning shall come; there shall never be a day of trouble, but a day
of prosperity shall follow; there shall never be an emptying, but there shall
be a filling; there shall never be a bringing down, but that He will raise you
up again. Let it be either darkness or light, sorrow or grief, night or day,
life or death, time or eternity, “It shall be well with the righteous.”
- Pastor Scott Richardson
Salvation by the grace of God gives a person a full pardon of all sin, but does
not lead him to presumption; it gives him rest but does not make him lazy, slothful,
or indifferent. – Pastor Charles Pennington