April 22, 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.

Dear Father, let me live as one
Who knows Your matchless love
As one who has been heaven born
Who lives for things above.

My Lord, I want to honor You,
And do the will of God
In thought, and word, and deed to live
As one redeemed by blood.

O, Holy Spirit, guide my steps
And guard my heart and tongue
Subdue my sin, grant grace to live
As one that’s heaven born.

(Tune: “According To Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)

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Our hearts go out to David Morris and his family with sincere sympathy on the death of his wife, Julie. She was buried yesterday.


I am preaching for the Rocky Ford Baptist Church in Hustonville, KY beginning this evening through Wednesday. The address is 2323 KY 78. Andy Davis will bring the message tonight and Brian DuFour will speak Wednesday evening.

We will have a church next dinner Sunday (there will be no evening service).

We are all easily distracted and the preaching of the Gospel is a time to sit and listen with no distractions. If you have children, please talk to them about being quiet and sitting still. Speak to them about the importance of what we are here for. A young child can sit quietly for the short time we are in service – they do so in school. Please make sure your children use the restroom before service begins. We all realize emergencies can happen so please feel free to get up when they do, but let’s try and keep distractions to a minimal. There is a nursery provided for children under the age of five. Thank you for making this effort so we can all hear the preaching undistracted.


Birthdays
24th – Don Martin 28th –Jim Murphy

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“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” - Proverbs 15:1

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Whoever the decision maker is, is the one who has the authority. It is useless to go to the one who is not ultimately the one who decides. The teaching of “free will”, that man’s will is where the buck stops, puts man having authority over God. According to this view, God wills the salvation of all men without exception, but man’s will prevents God’s will from being done. If that is true, man’s will is sovereign over God’s will. Thank God, it is not true. “It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy” (Romans 9:16).


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“How is the believer dead to the world when he lives in the world, works a regular job, raises a family, and owns property in the world?” a young student asked his Bible teacher. The teacher sent him out to a gravesite of a friend with instructions to criticize the dead friend, harass him, and find fault, and then praise him with glowing terms and brag on him to excess. Upon his return, the teacher asked, “What did your friend say when you criticized him?” “Nothing.” “How did he react when you praised him?” “It made no difference to him; he is dead!” “That is what it means to be dead to this world,” said the teacher.
Its applause means nothing and its hatred means nothing. We neither admire the people of this world nor do we fear them. The riches of this world are but the fancy of fools, and the honors of this world mean little or nothing; for to be a child of God is the highest calling. The religious traditions and ceremonies of the world have no attraction or meaning when Christ is all! That which was once important to us we now consider loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ, our Lord.
This spiritual life in Christ cannot be explained; it must be experienced. – Pastor Henry Mahan


RELIGION OR SALVATION?
“Religion is the work of man. It is something for man to do” so said Charles Grandison Finney (1792-1875), “The Father of Modern Revivalism”, a foremost advocate of so-called “Christian Perfectionism”, and probably the foremost proponent of Freewillism in his day. We are deeply indebted to him for his very frank admission, which is found on the very first page of Lectures on Revivals of Religion, the most influential of all of his writings.
Preachers of religion exhort you to do something in order to be saved. Finney exhorted people to come to what he called the “anxious seat”. Other Religionists exhort you to come to their mourner’s bench, altar, baptistery, Sabbath, or whatever else they substitute for coming to Christ. Some exhort you to “Decide for Christ” or “Give your heart to Jesus” or “Make Jesus your personal Lord and/or Savior” or whatever other vain deed religionists contrive.
In sharp contrast to Mr. Finney, Salvation is the work of God. It is something God does. So say Holy Scriptures throughout. “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9). In essence, the Scriptures say, “There is nothing you can do for your salvation. It is already done by God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Trust in the One who wrought salvation, and you will be saved!” And even this act of believing unto salvation is the work of God, for Jesus Christ declares, “This is the work of God, that you believe on Him whom He hath sent” (John 6:29). – Missionary Daniel E. Parks

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“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom,
and instruction, and understanding.” - Proverbs 23:23
Hold on to the Truth. Today they say it does not matter what we believe; that we should all join together and be one big happy family. To do this you must sacrifice something. I have never seen error compromised. It is always the truth. Somebody has to be wrong. Is it us? It is if we do not hold on to the Truth. We cannot all be right. Is salvation of the Lord, or not? Is man dead in sin, or not? Does God choose out those on whom to show mercy, or not? Did Christ redeem, or not? Does the Spirit bring us to Christ, or not? Does God keep us safe, or not? This is what it comes down to. Either Christ is all, or He is not. Either Christ came to save sinners, or He did not. – Pastor Milton Howard


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All error in theology springs from two sources: attempts to make Almighty God less than He is, or attempts to make puny man more than he is. – Pastor Henry Mahan