October 30, 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.

Come, let us join our grateful songs
With angels ‘round the throne
Ten thousand thousand are their tongues
But all their joys are one.

“Worthy the Lamb that died,” they cry
To be exalted thus
“Worthy the Lamb,” our lips reply
“For he has died for us.”

Jesus is worthy to receive
Honor and pow’r divine
And glory more than we can give
Be, Lord, forever Thine.

The whole creation join in one
To bless that Holy Name
Of Him who sits upon the throne
And to adore the Lamb.

(“Am I a Soldier” p.414)


Everyone is invited to stay for lunch after the morning service today. There will be no evening service tonight.

1st – Charles McGuire 2nd – Amy Tudor 3rd – Jeff Sullivan
4th – Laura Benton 4th – Steve Sligh 5th – Logan Small

“Be not wise in thy own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.”
- Proverbs 3:7

Christ’s warnings to the seven churches of Asia tell us what we need to beware of, and how easily we can fall into these faults. He rebuked the church at Ephesus for leaving their first love. They were visibly sound in doctrine and empty in heart. The church at Pergamos had the doctrine of Baalim (compromise) and the doctrine of the Nicolaitans (the name means above the people: clergy and laity). The church at Thyritea permitted Jezebel to teach. They were rebuked, not for what they were doing, but for what they were permitting to be done. The church at Sardis was living off past faith, and appeared to be spiritually dying. The church at Laodecia had become lukewarm. They lost their sense of need.
How easy it is to fall into any of these errors. All five of these conditions, if continued in, will cause Ichabad to be written over the door. May the Lord give us as individuals and as a church grace to give heed to these warnings. Do not lose your first love, espouse false doctrine, tolerate what is contrary to the Gospel, live in the past, or become lukewarm. If we do these things we are in dire straits.

It is a fact that they do. But why? Some say that they die because they have sinful natures. It is true that we are born with sinful natures, but a baby does not die because of his sinful nature. A baby dies because the sin of Adam was imputed to his account. The infant that dies certainly did not sin the way Adam did – willfully. But the sin of Adam is imputed to the baby, and that is why babies die; because a sin they did not commit was charged to their account. What Adam did, he did as a representative of our entire race. “In Adam, all die.” All people were in Adam; when he sinned, they did.
Why deal with the subject? Because the Bible does (Romans 5:12-15). And there is good new in this. If we can be charged with a sin we did not commit, we can also be charged with a righteousness we had no hand in performing! That is the sinner’s hope! The Righteousness of Christ charged to their account!

We are not desirous of honor, esteem and applause from men, for “we are what we are by the grace of God.” God can take away what we have as easily as He gave it We do not despise and provoke one another with our piety; nor do we want to appear to be wiser, richer in grace, nor more gifted than others; for we are less than the least of all the saints. Nor do we envy the gifts, abilities, or grace of another. God will enlighten us, equip us, and bless us as He sees fit to use us. - Pastor Henry Mahan

“Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.” - Proverbs 9:8
Someone has said, “Faithful reproofs, if they don’t profit you will provoke you.” God’s prophet, John the Baptist, faithfully rebuked Herod for taking his brother’s wife (Matthew 14:4). Herod’s response to the truth of God was anger and murder toward God’s prophet. On another occasion, the prophet of God, Nathan, rebuked King David for taking Bathsheba to be his wife and for the murder of Uriah the Hittite, her husband (II Samuel 12:7-14). David, instead of being angry, was humbled and confessed before God that he was a sinner and begged for mercy. David expressed this in Psalm 51, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness; according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.” Now here is the question for us. How do we react to the rebuke of Holy Scripture? Are we humbled and broken hearted? Do we beg God for mercy and forgiveness or do we get angry and upset? Believers are humbled; those who don’t believe God are only angered and enraged. – Pastor Tom Harding


Is it contradictory to tell someone to come and drink from the River of Life freely, but then tell them they are unable? Should we just tell men to come to Christ and leave out the part about God’s sovereign election and man’s total inability? Many would say we are just confusing the message and restricting the free offer of salvation by telling men they can’t come unless the Father makes them willing by His irresistible grace which is according to His will and good pleasure. Why is it necessary when commanding men to come to Christ to tell them they can’t? Why are total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, and irresistible grace essential elements of the Gospel? One simple reason… without these truths, men will make a work out of coming. Without these truths men will be led to believe that God has done His part, now it is up to you to come. No, men must trust Christ for their coming also. If you bring anything to the table of salvation, even your coming, then grace is no longer grace and you are left in your sin. The Lord will do it all…..or He won’t do it at all.
– Pastor Greg Elmquist