April 1, 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
Compared with Christ, in all beside
No comeliness I see
The one thing needful, dearest Lord
Is to be one with Thee.
The sense of Thy redeeming love
Into my soul convey
Thyself bestow, for Thee alone
My All in all I pray.
Less than Thyself will not suffice
My comfort to restore
More than Thyself I can not crave
And Thou cans’t give no more.
Loved of my God, for Him again
With love intense I’d burn
Chosen of Thee ere time began
I’d choose Thee in return.
(Tune: “Come Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove” p. 158)
Vacation Bible School will be June 26-28.
We will have a church dinner the last Sunday of April (the 29th).
3rd – Mariesha Watters 4th – Barbara Tucker
5th – Jessica Elliott 7th – Seth Daniel
“Meddle not with them that are given to change…..” – Proverbs 24:21
“He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore
meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.” - Proverbs 20:19
A FOOLISH QUESTION?
“Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:2) This is a question all of us have foolishly asked when we have observed someone going through an affliction. First, the man could not have been punished for sins he had not yet committed. He was born blind before he could commit sin. Second, God will not punish one human being for another human being’s sin. No doubt, others suffer because of somebody else’s sin, but God does not punish one man for another’s sin. If they were coming from that perspective, they should be asking…why are we not blind? Surely our sin is just as bad as the parents of the blind man’s. Why do we still see?
Our Lord gives His answer. “Neither hath this man sinned or his parents, but that the works of God should be made manifest in Him.” Everything will ultimately redound to the glory of God. We may not see it now, or understand how it will, but we believe. We trust Him who is too powerful for His will not to be done, too wise to err, and too kind to be cruel. A wise answer to a foolish question.
Salvation is by the pure, unmerited grace and mercy of God. The works, efforts and deeds of men are not involved (John 1:12-13; Romans 9:15-16). If salvation comes to us because of our works (however small), then it is not of grace. If you can find any reason why God should save you other than that by His grace in Christ He was pleased to show mercy, then you are advocating salvation by works.
– Excerpt from Pastor Henry Mahan’s
Bible Class Commentary of Romans
What servant chooses his own task? His own place of labor? His own time of service? Does not the faithful servant ask, “Lord, what would you have me to do?” Everybody wants to take the floor, few care to sweep it. – Pastor Henry Mahan
Faith is not believing that God will do what I want Him to do, or what I think I need Him to do. Faith is believing that God will do what He said He would do. Faith in Christ is an abandonment of our own thoughts and ways, and a complete, unreserved trusting of Him as our Righteousness, Sin-offering and Sovereign. – Pastor Chris Cunningham
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” - II Corinthians 5:17
If any person is in Christ, not in religion, in the church, or in moral reformation, but in Christ by faith in Christ, by a new birth wrought in the soul by the Spirit of God, in Christ through electing love, redeeming grace and a living union, he is “a new creature” (Gal. 6:15). This new creation describes a creation work, not of man but of God (Eph. 2:8-10; Col. 3:10). It is a new nature, a new man and a new principle of grace and holiness, which was not there before and is distinct from the old nature, the old man, with which we are born in the flesh (John 3:5-6; 1:12-13). “Old things are passed away” – the old way of life, which loves and serves the flesh, the old legal righteousness and religion, old companions and acquaintances, old desires for riches, honor and human philosophic, and old foolish thoughts of God, self and future glory. The new man thinks and acts from new principles, new rules, with new goals and objectives and in a new fellowship. He has a new commandment of love, a new name, a new song in his mouth, even praise to God, a new and living way opened by the blood of Christ, and an inheritance in the new heavens and new earth. In the new creation absolutely nothing of the flesh is needed, used, nor continued. Our Lord said, “Behold, I make all things new.” - Pastor Henry Mahan
The Lord Jesus, of Himself, by Himself alone and by the sacrifice of Himself, made atonement for the sins of His people. He took our sins upon Himself, bore them and died under the penalty of them, thereby abolishing them completely (Col. 1:19-22; Isa. 5:4-6). – Pastor Henry Mahan
Those who have never heard the glorious Gospel of the free grace of God in Christ Jesus the Redeemer, need to hear that Gospel more than anything else in the world, but they, sad to say, do not feel that need. However, those who have heard and believed that Gospel MUST hear it! The hungry man MUST eat, the thirsty man MUST drink, and the sinner MUST feast upon the Lord Jesus Christ and His righteousness! He knows and feels his desperate need. – Pastor Maurice Montgomery