April 8, 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.
Precious Savior, friend of sinners
We, as such, to Thee draw near
Let Thy Spirit dwell within us
With that love that casts out fear.
Matchless Saviour, let us know Thee
As the Lord our Righteousness
Cause our hearts to cleave unto Thee
Come, and with Thy presence bless.
Open now Thy precious treasure
Let Thy Word here freely flow
Give to us a gracious measure
“Tis Thyself we long to know.
Come and claim us as Thy portion
Let us all find rest in Thee
Leave us not to empty notions
We would find our hope in Thee!
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
We welcome Greg Elmquist, Pastor of the Apopka Grace Church in Florida and his wife Tricia. Greg will be preaching both messages today. I am preaching for the Katy Baptist Church in Fairmont, WV this weekend.
We will have a church dinner Sunday April 29th.
8th – Joyce Squires 11th – Mary Williams
13th – Sarah Byrd 14th – Velena Verenich
“He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” - Proverbs 17:9
THE OTHER THREE R’S
Roland Hill said the three R’s should be in every sermon. Ruined by the fall. Redeemed by the blood. Regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Here are another three R’s. Receive not, Repeat not, and Report not. Do not receive an accusation against your brother. Satan in the accuser of the brethren! (Rev. 12:10) Repeat not to others the accusation you have heard. Love does not do that! Report not. Certainly we should not initiate a report against a brother. Receiving, repeating, and reporting are contrary to love. “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins” (Prov. 10:12). “He that covereth a transgression seeketh love: but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends” (Prov. 17:9).
Brother Mahan used to say our words should pass through these three gates before they leave our lips. Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?
IF A MAN LOVE ME…..HE THAT LOVETH NOT
There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who love Christ and those who do not love Him. The Lord gives a very simple and concise description of both. “If a man love Me, he will keep My words” (John 14:23). The one who loves Christ agrees with Peter, “Thou hast the words of eternal life,” and is unwilling for any of Christ’s words to be changed in any way or to any degree! His hope is found in Christ’s words! “He that loveth Me not keepeth not my sayings” (John 14:24). The one who does not love Christ does not find all of his hope in exactly what Christ has said in His Word. Consequently he feels no need to guard over, preserve, and keep His Words.
The one who loves Christ keeps His Word! The one who does not love Him does not keep His Words.
“Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits and of thy liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto Me.” - Exodus 22:29
It is sad that such a command is necessary. To delay means to procrastinate. Behind the procrastination is an unwillingness to obey the command. Hoping that perhaps circumstances will change to where obedience to the command is not necessary. It grieves me to see such a spirit in myself. The Lord gave all for me. How He loved me and loves me - and to serve Him in such guarded and measured ways. Lord, deliver us from that kind of half-hearted service. “Draw me, we will run after Thee.”
THE WHIRLWIND OF THE LORD
“Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked” (Jer. 30:23). Notice first, that the whirlwind, the tornado, is of the Lord. He purposes, plans, and guides their exact path, revealing His sovereignty in completely destroying one house, and not even losing a roof shingle on the house next door. And He will continue sending these tornados, inflicting great pain upon the head of the wicked, and upon the head of the righteous, for “All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked” (Eccl. 9:2).
But this whirlwind also pictures the wrath of God as a continuing, an eternal wrath, inflicting great pain upon the head of the wicked – “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev. 21:10). Lord, please don’t let me be one of these wicked, following a false prophet, straight into hell, enduring the eternal tornado of Your holy wrath. Please make me to be holy in your sight…please place my sin upon your Son, and please place His righteousness upon me. Only You have the power and authority to do this, so I will come to You and beg for mercy for Christ’s sake. And according to the promise of Your Word, I have Your mercy – “And him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). – Brian DuFour
The believer’s eternal union with Christ is a subject that few seem to grasp, though it is written as with a sunbeam upon the pages of Holy Scripture. We are “Accepted in the Beloved,” and have been from eternity. That union of our souls with our Savior was made by the triune God Himself before the world began, and can never be dissolved or even altered. The Lord God sees us in His Son, as one with His Son, and as His Son, because we really are in His Son, as one with His Son, and as His Son. Therefore it is written, “…as He is so are we.” As no spot, blemish, or any such thing is in Christ, but only perfection, His Father is well pleased in Him, and with all who are in Him. The Book of God declares, “He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath He seen perverseness in Israel” (Numbers 23:21). Therefore, we shall “Have boldness in the Day of Judgment: because as He is so are we in this world.” - Pastor Don Fortner