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.

(Tune: “Doxology”)


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Birthdays
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!


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POSSESSIONS
“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 to Him.


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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 Fortner


“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 Drew Dietz



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“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



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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