October 16, 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.

Join, every tongue, to sing
The mercies of the Lord
The love of Christ our King
Let every heart record!
He saved us from the wrath of God
And paid our ransom with His blood. (Repeat)

What wondrous grace was this!
We sinned and Jesus died
He wrought the righteousness
And we are justified.
We ran the score to lengths extreme
And all the debt was charged to Him. (Repeat)

A monument of grace
A sinner saved by blood
The streams of love I trace
Up to the fountain, God.
And in His wondrous mercy see
Eternal thoughts of love to me. (Repeat)

(Tune: “Arise My soul, Arise”)

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We welcome Cody Groover, missionary to Mexico, and his wife Winna who are visiting with us. Cody will bring both messages today. We will have a time of fellowship following the evening service. Bring an appetizer or dessert.

Congratulation to Delphus and Chong Grubb who were married last Sunday evening!

Birthdays
17th – Abigail Sullivan 18th – Dwayne Imes
18th – Julianna Rigsby 22nd – Samuel Kincer

“Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.” - Proverbs 9:8


LOSING A SENSE OF NEED
The lukewarm state of the church of Laodicea nauseated Christ. And what is this state of lukewarmness? They lost their sense of need! “Thou sayest I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Rev. 3:17). A sense of need is essential in walking with Christ. “He healed them that had need of healing.” “The whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” Ten times, David, the man after God’s own heart, described himself as “poor and needy.” The only way I can hear the Gospel is as poor and needy. When that leaves, I start to analyze, see if I agree, and critique. The doctrine of the Gospel looses its sweetness. It is one thing to know the meaning of election. It is another thing to need it! It is one thing to understand justification. It is another to need to be justified. May the Lord keep us poor and needy!

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It is almost invariably the case that when persons grow skeptical who once professed to be religious, and begin picking at this and that, there is a secret evil in their lives which they thus try to cover from their own consciences. The devil tempts them to rail at the ministry because the Gospel presses hard upon their guilty consciences, and makes them feel uneasy in their sins. If you are to hear God’s Word with pleasure and profit to yourselves, you must “lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness” for these things will prejudice you against the Word of God, and render you incapable of that lively appreciation of it which is so needful to profiting thereby. - C. H. Spurgeon


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In these hard economic times, we often hear the phrase, “I can’t afford….” followed generally by some material desire of sought after pleasure. The truth is if I can’t afford it I most likely don’t need it! Two vital things the believer actually can’t afford are: I can’t afford to neglect the worship of our Lord Jesus Christ; and I can’t afford to neglect my brothers and sisters in Christ. May the Lord enable us to be given over to those desires and pleasures. “Having food and raiment let us therewith be content.” - Bob Coffey


The most difficult thing for any of us to do is to TOTALLY and COMPLETELY trust and rest in our blessed Lord Jesus to redeem us, sanctify us, and make us accepted of the Father. We are so prone to self-righteousness and works that we have a constant battle trying to remember that “man at HIS BEST STATE is altogether vanity”, and in his WEAKEST MOMENTS is no less loved and accepted if he is in Christ. As brother Fortner said, “My relationship with the eternal God (in Christ) does in great measure determine what I do. But what I do (good or bad) in no way determines my relationship with the eternal God.” Actually, “In my flesh dwelleth NO GOOD THING.” “In the flesh no man can please God.” It is in Christ that the Father is well-pleased; and only in Christ can He love, accept, and be pleased with me. I did not come to Christ on the basis of my works, nor am I kept in Christ on the basis of my works! I looked to Him then for all things, and I look to Him now for all things! Any look within will serve only to discourage and depress me; but looking to Christ, the Author and Finisher of my faith, will only encourage me, for He never changes. His gift of life and calling to grace is without change. The command, “Look unto Me and be ye saved”, is not only the hope and strength of the seeking sinner, but it is the constant hope and strength of the believing sinner. I know my sins, but I rejoice in His grace. I know my weakness, but I rest in His strength. I know my emptiness, but I am complete in Him. “Oh what peace we often forfeit, Oh what needless pain we bear”, all because we do not cast our sins, our souls on Christ and LEAVE THEM THERE!
- Pastor Henry Mahan


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THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING CHRIST
Philippians 3:1-11
I know that there are some things that are important to us; there are some people that are important to us. However, in light of our great need of Christ nothing else is that important. We need His blood for cleansing, His righteousness for acceptance, His intercession for forgiveness; the list goes on. We need Him. As the woman with the issue of blood said, “If I can but touch the hem of His garment, I shall be made whole.” Without Him we are lost, undone, and unaccepted by the Father. There is no material thing or human relationship that can supply my spiritual need; however, in Christ we are complete. In Christ we have all that we need to stand in God’s presence accepted. I cannot express how important it is to know Christ; all material things will burn up, and all fleshly relationships will be dissolved. However, our relationship with Christ will never be dissolved nor diminished, and it will only grow sweeter. Judge the importance of everything in light of Him.
- Pastor John Chapman