September 11, 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
Come, humble sinner, in whose breast
A thousand thoughts revolve
Come, with your guilt and fear oppressed
And make this last resolve.
I’ll go to Jesus, though my sin
Hath like a mountain rose
I know His courts I’ll enter in
Whatever may oppose.
Prostrate, I’ll lie before His Throne
And there my guilt confess
I’ll tell Him I’m a wretch undone
Without His sovereign grace.
I can but perish if I go
I am resolved to try
For if I stay away I know
I must forever die.
(Tune: “Am I a Soldier of the Cross?” p. 414)
We will have a time of fellowship after the service this evening for Todd’s
birthday. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
16th – Lyn Covert
“A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their
contentions are like the bars of a castle.” - Proverbs 18:19
The following article was written ten years ago during the week of 9/11/01 and
still rings true….
“Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?”
(Amos 3:6) What comfort this verse gives me during this present crisis. What
evil has taken place in New York City and Washington, D.C.! There is no justification
for the activity that has been committed against our nation and how our hearts
grieve for those who suffer. All that being said, it is still the Lord who allowed
it to happen! Somebody who does not believe that does not believe in the God
of the Bible. Do we understand why He allowed this to take place? No. But we
know this: God is too powerful for His will to ever be thwarted; He is too wise
to ever err; He is too kind to ever be cruel. And we also know this…God
brings good out of evil. Like Joseph said to his brothers who had wickedly betrayed
him, “You thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring
to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” The most wicked
event to ever take place was the crucifixion of Christ, but oh the good God
brought out of that! While this has been a horrifying experience, it is true
nonetheless that God is in control of it, and will glorify Himself through it.
While many may not like this, the believer will!
The spirit of toleration is looked upon by many as a great virtue. Indeed there
are times when it is! But this is the spirit for which He condemned the churches
at Pergamos. They had in their midst those who espoused the doctrine of Balaam
and the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. That which the Lord said He hated, they
tolerated. Lack of love is behind this attitude. Lack of love to the Person
of Christ makes one tolerant of that which is contrary to Him. Love to Him makes
one intolerant of that which robs Him of His glory. Remember, he that does not
hate the false, does not love the true.
The first thing the Lord said to each of the seven churches of Asia is, “I
know thy works.” We do not believe any more than we actually put into
practice. Everything else is theory. It has never reached the heart.
The story is told of a certain pastor who was disturbed greatly because one
of his dear brethren was getting too involved in other things and was absent
from the worship services. One Sunday evening at the close of the service, the
pastor went to his friend’s house and found him sitting before an open
fire. Somewhat startled by the appearance of his pastor (who spoke not a word),
the man pulled up another chair before the fire, waiting for words of rebuke
form his visitor; but none came. The minister took his seat before the fire
and silently took the tongs and lifted a glowing coal from the midst of its
fellows and LAID IT BY ITSELF ON THE HEARTH. Remaining silent, both men watched
the blaze die and the coal grow dark. Then the truant brother opened his mouth
and said, “You need not say a word, pastor; I will be there Wednesday
night.” - Pastor Henry Mahan
Scripture says, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…and
every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”
(Philippians 2:10-11). Every person born into this world from its creation is
going to bow the knee of fear and reverence to the Lord, either at the time
of love, when the Spirit of God gives spiritual life to a chosen dead sinner,
creating a new holy man that bows before Almighty God, confessing his sin, and
confessing his only hope of salvation is being found in Christ…or you
will bow before Him on judgment day, in fear and reverence acknowledging His
righteous judgment, as he finds you guilty of sin and worthy of eternal death,
casting you into the pit of eternal hell. Every one of us, in time or in eternity,
are going to fear, reverence, fall down prostrate, and worship the Lord God
Almighty. May God give us all grace to come to Him as that leper, falling down
and worshipping in true fear and reverence, saying, “Lord, if Thou wilt,
Thou canst make me clean” (Matthew 8:2). And each and every sinner coming
to the Lord as this leper, will hear the same reply the leper heard, “I
will, be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed” (Matthew
8:3). - Brian DuFour