March 4, 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
Thy works, not mine, O Christ
Speak gladness to this heart
They tell me all the work is done
They bid my fear depart.

Thy cross, not mine, O Christ
Has borne the awful load
Of sins that no one else could bear
But our incarnate God.

Thy death, not mine, O Christ
Has paid the ransom due
Ten thousand, thousand deaths like mine
Would have been all too few.

Thy righteousness, O Christ
Alone can cover me
No righteousness can satisfy
Save that which is of Thee!

(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom” p )

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I am preaching this weekend for the Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball, LA, where Milton Howard is the pastor. Matt Vincent will teach the Bible Study, Mark Daniel will bring the message this morning and Luke Coffey this evening. Bob Coffey will preach Wednesday evening.

Birthdays
5th – Michelle Grubb 6th – Ella Parker 8th – Clare Charron
10th - Sean Bigelow 11th – Bill Dent

“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” - Proverbs 6:16-19
A congregation cannot be said to welcome the Lord Jesus unless they are all there, which requires punctuality; unless they have come with design to meet Him, which implies prayerful expectancy; unless they are ready to hear from Him, which involves attention; and unless they are resolved to accept His teaching, which demands obedience. – C. H. Spurgeon

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People do what they want to. They do what they do freely and uncoerced. People were not forced to crucify Christ. Pilate was said to have, “Delivered Jesus to their will.” While they were acting freely and uncoerced, they were doing neither more nor less than “Whatsoever Thy hand and Thy counsel determined before to be done.” Men do precisely what they want, and God exercises absolute sovereignty over men’s will - a paradox; but certainly not a contradiction. They are both true.

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THAT WISOM THAT IS FROM ABOVE
James 3:17
You can be sure that when our attitudes and words create strife, confusion and division, it is not the wisdom of God. Where wise men and women worship, there is love, peace and unity. The wisdom which is from God is PURE! When the heart entertains pure and good thoughts of others, the mouth speaks accordingly. It is PEACEABLE. If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, live peaceably with all men. Men who desire peace speak peacefully. It is GENTLE, mild, courteous and patient. To contend for truth is not to be harsh and cruel as some suppose. Gentleness is the fruit of the Spirit, an attribute of Christ and also of His servants. It is EASY TO BE ENTREATED or willing to listen to any word of wisdom, reason and explanation; and it is quick to forgive. A forgiving heart is not a sign of weakness, but of wisdom. It is FULL OF MERCY AND GOOD FRUITS. Wisdom knows that God makes men to differ. He makes rich and poor, strong and weak. So there is always the desire to share what God has given with those who have less. It is WITHOUT PARTIALITY. Wisdom does not judge by outward appearance, skin color, or power to reimburse. It is no respecter of men’s persons, but reaches out to all. It is WITHOUT HYPOCRISY. True spiritual wisdom in Christ is straightforward, open-faced and genuine. How can anyone be so foolish as to play the game of religion before God, Who searches and knows the heart? “Keep thine heart, for out of it are the issues of life.”
- Pastor Henry Mahan


I can imagine the Day of Judgment. All are gathered before the throne of God. Those who are robed in the perfect robe of Christ’s righteousness are gathered to His right hand. The rest wait to hear His voice of condemnation, “Depart from Me!” Does anyone have anything to say? If there be one who has no sin, let him step forth and say so. Come forth, my friend, and state your case! What about the righteousness and holiness in which you boasted while on earth? Come forward and tell about your works, your gifts, your denomination; you found much comfort in these things once. You who scoffed at substitution, who laughed at free grace, imputed righteousness, and covenant mercies – you are not laughing now! Why is your face so pale? Why do you tremble so? You never trembled before but always had so much confidence in your decision and boasted of being as sure for heaven as if you were already there! Why do you not tell God what you did for Him on earth? It is quite evident that He did nothing for you. But I remember that you said, “God has done all that he could do and salvation is up to you.” What a terrible time to discover what you should have known, “SALVATION IS OF THE LORD!” “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy he saved us.” Why do you not speak? Is it because of the awesome, infinite HOLINESS OF HIS PRESENCE? You clutch your righteous garments about you and they are nothing but filthy rags now, and you know it! You think of your prayers, your religious activities, your debates over doctrine; and they are all so much rubbish in the light of His presence. And now you are praying? And what is that you cry? “O rocks and mountains, fall on me, and hide me from the face of Him that sits upon the throne.” I wish that you had cried as fervently for Christ to hide you, cleanse you, and cover you – HE WOULD HAVE!
- Pastor Henry Mahan


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