November 6, 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.
Though troubles assail, and dangers affright
Though friends should all fail, and foes all unite
This one thing secures us whatever betide
His promise assures us, The Lord will provide!
The birds without barn or storehouse are fed
From them let us learn to trust for our bread
His saints what is needed shall ne’er be denied
So long as ‘tis written, The Lord will provide!
His call we obey like Abram of old
We know not the way, but faith makes us bold
For though we are strangers, we have a sure guide
And know in all dangers, The Lord will provide!
No strength of our own, nor goodness we claim
Our trust is all cast on His precious name
In this our strong refuge for safety we hide
The Lord is our refuge, The Lord will provide!
When life is more o’re and death is in view
The word of His grace will see us safe through
Not fearing nor doubting, with Christ on our side
We hope to die shouting, The Lord will provide!
(Tune: “O Worship The King” p. 1)
6th – Lauren Burton 6th- Chris Rozeboom 8th- Daniel Holthaus
9th- Ryan Vincent 11th- Norma Johnson 11th – Peggy Mohr
11th – Elizabeth Vincent 11th – Patsy White
“The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.” - Proverbs 12:5
WHY MAKE AN ISSUE OF GOD NOT LOVING ALL MEN?
To make an issue of God not loving all men may appear upon the surface to be dwelling on something negative. So why make an issue of it?
1. Because the Bible does. “Esau have I hated” (Romans 9:13).
2. If He loves all men the same and some of those men He loves are lost, it makes His love meaningless. His love did nothing for them!
3. It is degrading to the character of God’s love to say He loves all men the same. The world speaks of God’s unconditional love, but there is no such thing. There must be something there to love! Because God’s love is in Christ, all in Christ are lovely to God. Outside of Christ there is nothing but God’s indignation against sin and sinners.
4. To know God loves you is the assurance of the believer. “He loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). No one has the right to even suspect that God loves them unless they have bowed the knee to Christ. To assure lost men that God loves them is evil! This is the assurance of the believer!
The wise man said, “Where no counsel is the people fall, but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety” (Prov. 11:14) and “Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established” (Prov. 15:22). Some people seek advice from a multitude of counselors until they find the advice they want to hear. This is not what these proverbs mean! When you are seeking counsel, it is safe counsel when all of the counsellors give you the same advice. Men of spiritual understanding will all be on the same page.
Before we can worship God in peace of conscience and liberty of heart, we must know, upon authority of God’s Word and by the power of God’s Spirit, that the entire question of sin has been forever settled by the blood of a divine sin offering. All of God’s claims and all our necessities as ruined, guilty sinners have been forever answered. This gives us peace; and in the enjoyment of that peace, we worship God. We have a perfect Sacrifice and a perfect conscience. – Scott Richardson
KNOWING, BRETHREN, YOUR ELECTION OF GOD
I Thessalonians 1:4
Your ELECTION is known by your CALLING! “You hath He quickened who were dead…” Have you been quickened, made alive to the things of God in Christ? Do you have an interest in the Gospel of God’s grace and mercy to sinners? “The Holy Spirit will convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.” Have you been convinced of your sin or unbelief? Have you been convinced that you have no righteousness and need Christ’s righteousness? Have you been convinced that there is no judgment only to those in Christ? If God has been pleased to do these things FOR you and IN you, then you are elected! “Our Gospel came to you not in word only but in power.” Is the Gospel of Jesus Christ only facts and history to you, or has that Gospel entered your heart and brought you to SEEK a saving interest in Christ? “It is given unto you not only to believe on Him but to suffer for His sake.” Do you believe on Him? Do you really believe that Jesus Christ is your wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption and that He, of God, is made unto you all you need? “We love Him because He first loved us.” Do you love Christ the Lord? “No man can call Jesus Lord but by the Holy Spirit.” Is Christ your Lord? Have you truly bowed to Him in your heart of hearts? “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Do you really love the brethren? There is no problem here. If we are God’s elect, there are evidences enough, so “give diligence to make you CALLING sure!”
- Pastor Henry Mahan
When quoting Romans 8:28, we often begin with the words, “All things work together for good.” But the verse really begins like this: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” Our knowing comes by faith. By faith we are confident that God will never disappoint us.
I read a story abut a shipwreck. When the sole survivor reached a small, uninhabited island, he prayed for God to rescue him, but help didn’t come. Eventually he built a hut out of driftwood for protection from the elements. One day he returned from scavenging for food and found his hut in flames, the smoke rising into the sky. Angrily, he cried, “God, how could you do this to me?”
The next morning he was awakened by rescuers. “How did you know I was here?” he asked. “We saw your smoke signal,” they replied. The next time it seems as if your last hope has gone up in smoke, remember what “we know” to be true (Romans 8:28). When God says that all things work together for good to those who love Him, He means all. – Copied