December 18, 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
Wherewith shall we approach the Lord
And bow before His throne?
By trusting in His faithful Word
And pleading Christ alone.

The blood, the righteousness, and love
Of Jesus will we plead
He lives within the veil above
For us to intercede.

Sure ground and sure foundation, too
We find in His dear name
Herein we ev’ry blessing view
And ev’ry favor claim.

Then let His name forever be
To us supremely dear
Our only, all-prevailing plea
For all our hope is there.

(Tune: “O God Our Help” p.10)

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We will have one morning service at 11:00am on Dec. 25th and January 1st. No Bible study or evening services these dates.

Birthdays
19th – Amanda Carver 21st – Erik Charron



‘The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” - Proverbs 12:15


WHY WAS ISRAEL DIVIDED?
Have you ever wondered how or why Israel was divided into two kingdoms (Israel and Judah)? Israel had been united under the rule of David and Solomon. After the death of Solomon, his son Rehoboam reigned in his stead. Some people from one of the 12 tribes said to Rehoboam, “Your Father made our yoke grievous…make it lighter and we will serve thee.” Rehoboam asked his Father’s counselors what he should do. Their answer, “If thou wilt be a servant to this people, and wilt serve them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants forever.” But the younger counselors told Rehoboam to tell them he was going to make the yoke more grievous! He followed the advice of the young men….and it made Israel divide itself from Judah….hence, the divided kingdom. What do we learn from this? If we seek to be a servant, and serve, those we serve will want to serve us. If I am seeking to be served, division will be the outcome. If I am seeking to serve, unity will be the outcome. We are to follow the example of the One whom the Father called “My Servant.” “The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”




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THE BELIEVER’S RULE OF LIFE
I left the pulpit one night and a fellow asked me, “Do you believe the law to be a believer’s rule of life?” He seemed surprised when I told him I did not. His very next question was, “How do you know how to live?” I told him immediately that I lived just as the Apostle Paul, “The life that I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God” (Gal. 2:20). This was the rule of life for Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Abel and all others who have nothing but Jesus Christ to live upon. Someone would say, “You mean you live as you want to?” I wish I could: I’d be filled with the Spirit, I would never sin again, all my motives would be pure, I’d be delivered from the body of this death. Oh, I wish I could live just like I want to. The closest thing I have found to living just like I’d like to, is living by faith upon Jesus Christ the Dear and Blessed Son of God. – Pastor Bruce Crabtree



A man said that he was saved because Christ did His part, and he did all the rest. Somebody asked him, “But what was ‘the rest’ that you did?” And he replied, “Why, Christ did it all, and I only stood in His way, and hindered Him all I could.” This is about all that we shall ever do in the matter of our soul’s salvation. It must rest with Christ alone, and our wisdom is to commit ourselves to Him who is able to meet all the necessities of our case, and to conduct us safely to our journey’s end; but since, from the first to the last, salvation is of the Lord, “Then give all the glory to His holy name, for to Him all the glory belongs.”
C. H. Spurgeon


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I remember a story of Martin Luther’s. When certain monks complained that the income of the monastery had got very slack, “Yes,” said he, “and no wonder, because once they used to entertain two strangers at the monastery, the one named Date, and the other named Dabitur.” GIVE was the name of one. IT SHALL BE GIVEN was the name of the other. “Now,” said Martin Luther, “you turned out Give, and very soon God took away It shall be given, for they are the brethren, and they live together. If thou wouldst have Davitur back, then thou also have Date. If thou wouldst have back IT SHALL BE GIVEN, thou must also have back GIVE. – C. H. Spurgeon


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PARTICULAR REDEMPTION – “WHO DIED?”
When thinking about or discussing the atonement, the question of importance is not – “For whom did Christ die?” The only question of importance is – “Who died?” Is Jesus Christ God? If He is, all for whom He died are redeemed, and all He intended to accomplish in His death He accomplished. To think or say otherwise is both a denial of the blessed Gospel doctrine of Limited Atonement and the utter repudiation of our Savior’s very Godhead! - Pastor Don Fortner