November 20, 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
‘Tis not that I did choose Thee
For, Lord, that could not be
This heart would still refuse Thee
Hadst Thou not chosen me.
Thou from the sin that stained me
Hast cleansed and set me free
Of old Thou hast ordained me
That I should live to Thee.
Your love had no beginning
No cause in me was found
That You should choose to save me
A sinner strongly bound.
But grace not earned or sought for
Was purposed for my soul
For me, salvation wrought; for
Christ paid the dreadful toll.
‘Twas sovereign mercy called me
And taught my opening mind
The world had else enthralled me
To heav’nly glories blind.
My heart owns none before Thee
For Thy rich grace I thirst
This knowing if I loved Thee
Thou must have loved me first.
(Tune: “The Church’s One Foundation” p. 186)
The party for the adults will be Friday, Dec. 9th at the Hartland Clubhouse this year.
20th – Sarah Wilson 21st – Todd Meek 24th – MartinWeinstock
25th – Sarah Lynn 26th – Adam Charron
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” - Proverbs 12:15
James asks the question, “Do you think that the Scripture saith in vain, the spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?” No, we know by sad experience of the truthfulness of the evil of our old nature. “I know that in me, that is in my flesh dwelleth no good thing.” But thank God James doesn’t stop there! “But he giveth more grace.” What a blessed declaration. He gives more grace. Grace that is greater, more powerful, than all my sin. Grace that never runs out. There is always more. God’s grace is eternal, infinite, immutable, irresistible, and more! There is never a time when there is not any left. This is always true. “But He giveth more grace.” (James 4:6)
To know Jesus Christ and Him crucified is not the minimum of knowledge but the maximum of knowledge; that to know “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” is not to know little but to know all; that here is not a descent from a loftier region, but an elevation into the highest sanctuary ; that in “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” all doctrines, all God’s teachings, and man’s experiences culminate; and from “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” all duties, all works, all ministries are to emanate and to be evolved. – Adolph Saphir
The glory of the incarnation is that it presents to our adoring gaze not a humanized God or a deified man, but a true God-man – One who is all that God is and at the same time all that man is – One on whose almighty arm we can rest, and to whose human sympathy we can appeal. - Benjamin Warfield (1851-1921)
Let this one fact be known concerning every believer, elect in Christ….that God cannot remember one bad thing you’ve ever done, for you’ve always been perfect in His eyes, united to Christ...so that our Father in heaven says this to each and every one of His children, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love” (Jer. 31:3). He can only everlastingly love someone who is everlastingly holy, as every believer truly is, united to Christ.
This is really beyond comprehension, beyond intellect, beyond understanding, but not beyond faith. Faith simply believes the Word of God, even when my brain cannot fully grasp it; for this faith is of God, given in the new birth – it is a Divine faith carried out by “Partakers of the Divine nature” (II Peter 1:4). And every believer believes with all his heart, a new heart, a divine heart, that “He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him” (Eph. 1:4). Those chosen and elected in Christ are eternally holy and blameless before God our Father.
Every believer has two separate, distinct natures dwelling in one body - “He took his brother by the heel in the womb, (Jacob, deceiver - the old man) and by his strength he had power with God.”(Israel, a prince with God – the new man) (Hosea 12:3). The old man wrote every word of this article in sin, yet I (the new man) have never sinned…explain that! I can’t…..but I believe it! - Brian DuFour
My times are in Thy hand, My God I wish them there,
My life, my friends, my soul – I leave entirely in Thy cave.
My times are in Thy hand, Whatever they may be,
Pleasing, painful, dark or bright, as best may seem to Thee.
My times are in Thy hand, Why should I doubt or fear
My Father’s hand will never cause, His child a needless tear.
My times are in Thy hand, Jesus the Crucified
Those hands my cruel sins had pierced are now my guard and guide.
- Martin Lloyd - 1824