March 25, 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
When oceans vast their depths reveal
And moons have ceased to wane
The Lamb, who died and rose again
On Zion’s hill shall reign.
His glorious name must long endure
When suns have ceased to shine
And through eternity the saints
Will sing His praise divine.
As countless as the drops of dew
Of sands upon the shore
And blessings which the ransomed have
In Him forevermore.
Let ev’ry other name recede
His name alone extol
In Him reserved there is the grace
To satisfy my soul.
(Tune: “Amazing Grace” p. 236)
Vacation Bible School will be June 26-28.
27th – Jessica Clark 27th – Amy Daniel 30th – Sherri Davis
“It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.” - Proverbs 25:27
All error in theology comes from two sources. An attempt to make God less than He is or an attempt to make man more than he is.
- Pastor Henry Mahan
The Lord said regarding John the Baptist, “Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist” (Matt. 11:11). What a commendation by the only One who could make such a judgment. Wherein lay his greatness? Many things could be said. One day John’s disciples came to him and told him that all men were now coming to Christ for baptism. The implication was that John was now out of the picture. And what was his reaction? “A man can receive nothing except it be given Him from above….this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:26-30). Greatness is having your personal joy in Christ being glorified, and your desire that He be increased and you be decreased.
There are four other things the Saviour called great. Faith (Matt. 15:28), humbling yourself as a little child (Matt. 18:4), becoming the servant of all (Matt. 20: 26-27), and the great reward for being persecuted for righteousness sake (Luke 6:22-23).
If I would aspire to greatness, I would aspire to decreasing, humbling myself, being a servant, and being persecuted for righteousness sake and faith! If I aspire to these, I will be great. Any other aspirations only make me small.
“Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence, and likewise also the wife to the husband” (I Cor. 7:3). The word benevolence means good will. We are to render to our spouses what is their due….good will. We will only be happy ourselves when we seek to make them happy. When we concern ourselves with them giving us the due benevolence owed to us, we will become unhappy. That is being focused on self. If we concern ourselves over being happy, we will be unhappy. If we concern ourselves with doing the right thing we will be happy. Another way of saying this is, if we seek our own happiness, we will be unhappy. If we seek the other’s happiness, we ourselves will be happy. In giving we get. In keeping we lose.
The popular gospel is a declaration of man’s rights and God’s obligations…. “I have a right to salvation if I want it, and God must give it to me if I ask for it.” The Gospel of Christ is a declaration of God’s rights and man’s helplessness to fulfill any of the obligations…. “Hath not the Potter power (authority) over the clay to make of the same lump one vessel unto honor and another unto dishonor?” (Romans 9:21). “There is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10). – Pastor Joe Terrell
CHRIST IS ALL
The longer I live, the more I feel that if there was one thing left undone, if the devil were not conquered, sin not expiated, justice not satisfied, the law not honored and magnified, death not overcome, and every burden carried, I should not have a ray of hope. I see and feel now that if one hair breath is left for me to do to merit heaven, or bring as a plea before God, I am undone forever and ever. – John Warburton
I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes, that every particle of spray that dashes against the steamboat has its orbit as well as the sun in the heavens, that the chaff from the hand of the winnower is steered as surely as the stars in their courses, that the creeping of an insect over a rosebud is as much fixed as the march of the devastating pestilence, and the fall of leaves from the poplar are as fully ordained as the tumbling avalanche. He who believes in God must believe this truth. There is no standing point between this and atheism. There is no halfway between an Almighty God who works all things according to the good pleasure of His will, and no God at all.
- C. H. Spurgeon
I have taken all my good deeds, and all my bad deeds, and cast them through each other in a heap before the Lord, and fled from both, and betaken myself to the Lord Jesus Christ, and in Him I have sweet peace.
- David Dickson, Scotland
(1789-1842), on his deathbed
It is as bad to invent a god in the imagination as it is to make one with the hands. The old form of idolatry has its gods made with hands; the new form of idolatry has its gods spun out of the imagination and harbored in the mind. The unknown God is still the true God. – C. D. Cole