November 13, 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: “From Every Stormy Wind That Blows” p. 355)
The party for the adults will be Friday, Dec. 9th at the Hartland Clubhouse this year.
14th – Terry Squires 15th – Carter Steeves
16th – Pam Weinstock 19th – Kseniya Verenich
“Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?”
– Proverbs 7:27-28
LEANNESS OF SOUL
Through the influence of the “mixt multitude” (those who were not true children of Israel, but left Egypt with them) the children of Israel became weary of the manna and desired flesh to eat. The things of the flesh became more attractive to them. Psalm 106:15 says, “And God gave them their request: but sent leanness unto their soul.” The manna is Christ, the Bread of Heaven! Be sure, that when something other than Him becomes our desire, leanness of soul will follow. And what a miserable state for the soul to be in. May the Lord keep us ever thirsting after Christ, and always being conscious of His beauty and our need of Him.
Paul said, “Neither count I my life dear to myself, that I might finish my course with joy” (Acts 20:24). This is the opposite of the way we naturally think. We think we will find joy and happiness in carefully preserving our life and by doing those things that will lend to our happiness. But the opposite is true. The only way we will have true joy is by not counting our lives as dear, but counting the glory of Christ and obedience to Him as what is truly dear.
How differently would I live each day if I lived it as if it were my last? May God give us grace to live each day as if it were our last.
There are two ways by which a believer may testify to the grace of God:
(1) The testifying of the Gospel by which he is saved.
(2) His life lived in conformity with the Gospel he claims to believe.
A life that is inconsistent with the Gospel is just as awful as a sermon that is inconsistent with the Gospel. A life of selfishness is as evil as a gospel of self-righteousness. Let each of us seek the Lord for grace to live what we say we believe!
- Pastor Joe Terrell
“And delivered just Lot, vexed with filthy conversation of the wicked.”
- II Peter 2:7
Considering the life of Lot, “a righteous man” seems an inappropriate title to pin on him. Fleshly, money-hungry, compromising, drunk, and incestuous all seem fitting, but not, “righteous”. Yet, “righteous” is exactly the adjective the Holy Spirit inspired Peter to use in order to describe Lot. What are we to make of this? It is obvious from Lot’s story that the righteousness by which a child of God is justified comes from some source other than himself. If Lot is righteous, then his righteousness was not of his own making; it came from somewhere else. This is true of everyone the Scriptures justify, from faithful Abraham to despicable Lot. Jesus Christ is the righteousness of God’s people, so they are all equally righteous in the sight of God regardless how they lived. Moreover, pinning the title “Righteous” on Lot serves to put the focus on God’s grace in salvation. The Holy Spirit did not call Lot righteous in order to minimize Lot’s great wickedness, but that He might magnify God’s great grace! What glory to God that His salvation can bestow the title of “Righteous” on such a ne’er-do-well as Lot! Lot is not God’s example of how we should live: He is God’s example of how gracious He is to even the chiefs of sinners.
- Pastor Joe Terrell
Do you believe in the Son of God? If you trust Christ as your Lord and Savior, your faith in Him is the fruit and evidence of His grace bestowed upon you and wrought in you. Faith is the empty hand that receives God’s salvation, not the mighty arm that performs it. Faith in Christ is the result of eternal life bestowed, not the cause of life.
- Pastor Don Fortner