January 29, 2012
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
Dear Lord, to us assembled here
Reveal Thy glorious face
While we, by faith, with love and fear
Approach Thy THRONE OF GRACE.
Thy house is called a house of prayer
A solemn, sacred place
Oh let us now Thy presence share
While at Thy THRONE OF GRACE.
With holy boldness may we come
Though of a sinful race
Thankful to find in Christ there’s room
Before Thy THRONE OF GRACE.
We bless Thee for Thy Word of Truth
We bless Thee for Thy peace
And we do bless Thee, Lord, because
There is a TRHONE OF GRACE.
(Tune: “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee” p. 58)
If you would like to help missionary Joseph Murphy with the purchase of a vehicle, it would be greatly appreciated as his present car has very high mileage and is in need of much repair. Mark your gift accordingly.
29th – Ophelia Mosley 3rd – James Carver 4th – Jessica Cunningham
“The foolishness of men perverted his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.” - Proverbs 19:3
SECRET AND REVEALED
“The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” -Deuteronomy 29:29 There are many things that I do not understand, cannot comprehend, and God has not revealed. But He understands, comprehends, and knows them. I may not know what He is doing, but He does, and I trust Him. He is and whatever He does is right because He is God! And we leave it there! Not with a sullen resignation, but with joy and confidence in Him! “The secret things belong to the Lord.”
But there are also the things which are revealed. Whatever He has revealed we are bound to believe and obey. He has revealed that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Rather than grappling with questions that we cannot answer, we are to call on His Name to save us. That can be said regarding all that He has revealed. We are called upon to trust Him in what we do not see, and obey Him in what we do see. Oh, for grace to trust Him in what we do not see and obey Him in what we do see!
What is true faith? Well, true faith…
Throbs in a person’s pulse
Looks out of His eyes
Lights up his countenance
Softens his touch
Mellows his voice
Bows his head
Bends his knee
Opens his hand
Humbles his heart
Curbs his tongue
Orders his steps
Opens his ears to the Word
Forgives and forgets the offence
And gives his conscience peace
- Pastor Henry Mahan
The sovereignty of God may be defined as the exercise of His supremacy. Being infinitely elevated above the highest creature, He is the Most High, Lord of heaven and earth. Subject to none, influenced by none, absolutely independent; God does as He pleases, only as He pleases, always as He pleases. None can thwart Him, none can hinder Him. So His own Word expressly declares: “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah 46:10); “He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand” (Daniel 4:35). Divine sovereignty means that God is God in fact, as well as in name, that He is on the Throne of the universe, directing all things, working all things “After the counsel of His own will” (Ephesians 1:11).
- A. W. Pink
THE PRINCIPLE CHARACTER OF GRACE
There are three principle characteristics of Divine grace.
First, IT IS ETERNAL. Grace was planned before it was exercised, purposed before it was imparted. “Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus BEFORE the world began” (II Timothy 1:9).
Secondly, IT IS FREE, for none did ever purchase it. “Being justified FREELY by His grace” (Romans 3:24).
Thirdly, IT IS SOVEREIGN, because God exercises it toward and bestows it upon whom He pleases. “Even so might grace REIGN” (Romans 5:21). If grace REIGNS, then it is on the throne, and the occupant of the throne is Sovereign. Hence, “The THRONE of grace” (Hebrews 4:16).
- Author Unknown
It is grace at the beginning, grace at the end. So that when you and I come to die upon our deathbeds, the one thing that should comfort and help and strengthen us is the thing that helped us at the beginning! Not what we have been, not what we have done, but the GRACE of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, and it ends with grace! - Martin Lloyd Jones