November 27, 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
Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty art my glorious dress
Midst flaming worlds in these arrayed
With joy shall I lift up my head.

This spotless robe the same appears
When ruined nature sinks in years
No age can change its glorious hue
The robe of Christ is ever new.

When from the dust of death I rise
To join the ransomed in the skies
E’en then shall this be all my plea
That Christ has lived and died for me.

O let the dead now hear Thy voice
Now bid Thy people to rejoice
Our beauty this, our glorious dress
JESUS, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

(Tune: “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” p. 217)


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All adults are invited to our annual party on Friday, Dec. 9th at 7:00pm at the Hartland Clubhouse. Bring an appetizer or dessert.


Birthdays
28th – Lydia Lynn 29th – Stephen Brice 30th – Mitchell Steeves
30th – Isaac Steeves 2nd – Susan Holthaus 2nd – Kara Imes
3rd – Tom Brice 3rd – Kelly Byrd



“Open rebuke is better than secret love.” - Proverbs 27:5


CARE
We have anxious cares that distract us. Troubles from the inside: doubts and fears. Troubles from the outside: sickness, loss, conflict. The list goes on and on. But the believer is commanded, “Cast all of your cares upon Him: for He careth for you” (I Peter 5:7). How foolish to not quickly obey this command. He cares for you, and as our great Father, Saviour, Brother, and Friend will bear the burden for us. David said in Psalm 55:22, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord.” We do that, find relief, and pick the burden right back up and carry it again. Oh, that we would learn what the song-writer said, “Take thy burdens to the Lord and leave them there.”
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Let us correct our attitude toward getting older. Believers must not allow the carnal thinking of this world to form our opinions and attitudes. The reason so much emphasis is placed on youth, physical strength and beauty, riches and possessions is because this is all that the worldling has and when these are gone – all is gone! Actually age, while it mars outward beauty, should bring us real lasting beauty – which is inward grace, mercy and peace. Age will decrease our physical strength but should increase our spiritual strength. We grow in faith, love and patience. Age may make our arms weak and trembly, but it should establish us more firmly on the everlasting arm. Age may make the present less sure but it gives us assurance of the certainty of the future. I’ll always be young in Christ! My steps may be slower but I walk with the King. My eyes may be dimmer but as I see less of the world I see more of my Lord. My ears may be dull but I hear His Voice more clearly. My body may be weak but I am stronger in faith. I may not know the latest story but I know the old, old story a little better. I may not be surrounded by as many human admirers but I am surrounded by a heavenly host which waits to take me home. – Pastor Henry Mahan

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Every religion except one puts you upon doing something in order to recommend yourself to God. It is the business of all false religion to patch up a righteousness in which the sinner is to stand before God. But it is the business of the glorious Gospel to bring near to us, by the hand of the Holy Spirit, a righteousness ready wrought, a robe of perfection ready made, wherein God’s people, to all the purposes of justification and happiness, stand perfect and without fault before the throne. – Agustus Toplady


FORGIVING IS NOT A CHOICE, IT’S A COMMAND
I recently heard of a woman who had been shot and had made a “decision” to forgive the man, so her emotional healing could continue. Since when did “deciding to forgive become acceptable?”….probably around the same time it became acceptable to make a decision for Christ, to give Jesus your heart, and to let Him be Lord of you life. It’s all decisionism, and it’s all false religion. Forgiving is not a decision, it’s a command…. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32). And only a believer can carry out this command, for as one of God’s elect, they see that there is only one reason their sins are forgiven - for Christ’s sake. They also know that if put in a similar situation and left to themselves, they would do worse than what was done to them, for they have been taught by God the true condition of their sinful heart, that “The heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live” (Eccl. 9:3). They also have been taught by God that everything that occurred was exactly according to God’s will and purpose, under His direct control, for “Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?” (Amos 3:6)
No, He did not commit the evil, for He is holy, and cannot sin, nor does He tempt us to sin…but He is in complete control of every sinful act upon the face of this earth, carrying out His providence that He predetermined to happen before the earth was even formed, and working all things together for the good of His people and His glory.
Believer, knowing these things, lovingly obey His command to be forgiving of one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. – Brian DuFour



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Don’t tell me that a man preaches the Gospel if the most conspicuous figure in his sermon is not Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
- Septimus Sears 1817-1877