February 19, 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
O, blessed God how kind, are all Thy ways to me
Whose dark, benighted mind, was enmity with Thee
Yet now subdued by sovereign grace
My spirit longs for Thine embrace, My spirit longs for Thine embrace!
How precious are Thy thoughts, that o’er my spirit roll
They swell beyond my faults, and captivate my soul
How great their sum, how high they rise
Can ne’er be known beneath the skies, Can ne’er be known beneath the skies!
Preserved by Jesus when, my feet made haste to hell
And there should I have gone, but Thou dost all things well
Thy love was great, Thy mercy free
Which from the pit delivered me, Which from the pit delivered me!
Before Thy hands had made, the sun to rule the day
Or earth’s foundation laid, or fashioned Adam’s clay
What thoughts of peace and mercy flowed
In Thy great heart of love, O God, In Thy great heart of love, O God!
A monument of grace, a sinner saved by blood
The streams of love I trace, up to the fountain – God
And in His sovereign counsels see
Eternal thoughts of love to me, Eternal thoughts of love to me!
(Tune: “Arise My Soul, Arise”)
19th–Brooklyn Bigelow 20th – Megan Harries 21st– Tim Daniel 22nd – Zachary Byrd 22nd- Evonne Kincer 24th – Nick Verenich
“The unity of the church is a unity of love and affection, and not a bare uniformity of practice and opinion.” - John Bunyan
“As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.” - Proverbs 26:2
Someone who does not believe in the absolute sovereignty of God has never worshipped God. If I believe that I have a free will and God’s will can be thwarted; if I believe there are certain things that I can do that will cause God to be merciful to me; if I think God responds or reacts, I have never worshipped God. You will not worship a god you can manipulate or have a measure of control over. That god does not exist! You will only worship a Sovereign. One you cannot control or tame, One in whose hands you are, and He can do with you whatever He is pleased to do. That is the only God who is truly worshipped.
You cannot believe what you do not know or have never heard any more than you can come back from a place you have never been. But it is also true that you can possess knowledge and yet never believe what you know. Believing involves more than knowing. It involves trusting, intrusting, committing. This only is what the Bible calls faith. Anything short of faith makes our knowledge useless, pointless, and condemning.
“I don’t go to church because there are so many hypocrites in the church.” “My life is as good as most church people!” These are common statements heard everyday – to which I reply: “Don’t judge the Lord by the faults of His people and don’t judge the whole body by the faults of some.” It is our responsibility to worship and follow the Lord Jesus, not men. If our brethren have faults, let us pray for them and patiently bear their infirmities as we ask them to overlook ours. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ welcomes all who are lame, halt and blind. We look not for a perfect church this side of heaven. It is better to sit beside the hypocrite in church than to suffer with him eternally. – Pastor Henry Mahan
I have no difficulty with the facts of faith. I give my consent to the most orthodox confessions of faith. It is the works of faith that concern me. Not to love in word only – but in deed and truth. Not to talk about forgiveness – but to forgive. Not only to sympathize with others, but in the name of Christ to serve. – Pastor Henry Mahan
“Come let us reason together, saith the Lord” - Isaiah 1:18
Most men and women want a religion that does not require them to think or reason! I have observed that the great mass of mankind would rather not deal with great issues of faith and life, such as, “How can God be just and justify the ungodly?” Or, “What think ye of Christ, whose Son is He?” Or, “Who maketh thee to differ?” They want to be left alone to play church on Sunday. It is much easier to pay someone to study for them, pray for them and even tell them what to believe – but remember, we must give account of ourselves to the Lord God, Who has graciously invited us to come now and reason together. It is unreasonable to risk your immortal soul to tradition, however ancient; to preachers, however sincere; to doctrine, however orthodox; or to experience, however unusual. Salvation is a living union with a living Lord. “Oh that I may win Christ and be found in Him.”
- Pastor Henry Mahan
It is noteworthy that, with regard to Christian liberality, that there are no rules laid down in the Word of God. I remember hearing someone say, “I would like to know exactly what I ought to give.” Yes, dear friend, no doubt you would; but you are not under a system similar to that by which the Jews were obliged to pay tithes to the priests. If there were any such rule laid down in the Gospel, it would destroy the beauty of spontaneous giving, and take away all the bloom from the fruit – your liberality. There is no law to tell me what I should give my father on his birthday; there is not laid down in any law-book to decide what present a husband should make to his wife, nor what token of affection we should bestow upon others whom we love. No! The gift must be a free one or it has lost all its sweetness. – C. H. Spurgeon
If God has elected and ordained some to salvation in Christ - then why preach the Gospel? Would it not be just as foolish to say, “Because there is to be a harvest, why sow the seed?” Or, “There is to be a good harvest, what is the use of reaping?” The very reason why we do sow and reap is because we feel assured that there will be a harvest. If, indeed, I believed there was not a number who must and will be saved by God’s grace, I could not go into the pulpit again. – C. H. Spurgeon