May 20, 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
I bless the Christ of God, I rest on love divine
And with unfaltering lip and heart, I call the Saviour mine
His cross dispels each doubt, I bury in His tomb
Each thought of unbelief and fear
Each lingering shade of gloom.
I praise the God of peace, I trust His truth and might
He calls me His, I call Him mine, My God, my Joy, my Light
In Him is only good, in me is only ill
My ill but draws His goodness forth
And me He loveth still.
‘Tis He Who saveth me, and freely pardon gives
I love because He loveth me, I live because He lives
My life with Him is hid, my death has passed away
My clouds have melted into light
My midnight into day.
(Tune: “This is My Father’s World” p. 39)
We extend our sympathies to Thom & Ann Schuyler and their family on the death of his brother.
20th – Melanie White
“A brother offended is harder to be won that a strong city.”
- Proverbs 18:19
What disciple is known for his doubting? Thomas. “The other disciples therefore said unto Him, we have seen the Lord. But He said unto them, except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger in the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And who was the one disciple who was not there when the Lord appeared? “But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.” There is a correlation between those two things.
Whenever we meet together to worship, we have the promise of His presence. “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” To not attend public worship service is to demonstrate a lack of relish for His presence, and insure the weakening of our faith. I am sure Thomas had reasons for not being there, and I am equally sure Thomas should have been there.
“He that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness” – Romans 12:8
Showing mercy is one of the gifts of the church that Paul spoke of in Romans 12. And what a precious gift it is. It is in the character of the believer “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Showing mercy is to be moved to sympathy at the distress and trouble of others and doing what you can to help. Remembering God’s mercy toward you – it is easy to be moved to show mercy and to help others! Is there a need to be told we should show mercy with cheerfulness? Yes. To show mercy begrudgingly or unwillingly is not really showing mercy. God delights in mercy (Micah 7:18). And we are to love mercy, be merciful, and show mercy cheerfully.
KNOWING THIS FIRST
“Knowing this first, that no Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. We do not use the Bible to prove what we believe. We go to the Bible to find out what we do believe. And I am so grateful for a written, perfect and complete revelation. Because God wrote it, no part is to be rejected or thought to be of secondary importance. If a man really believes the Bible is the inspired Word of God, he will believe all that it says! And bow to all that it says.
True worship is not primarily a cultural thing. It is not simply offering to God our sentiments and feelings expressed according to our culture. It is based on knowledge of the majesty and holiness of God and what He requires in worship. It is not primarily cultural; it is spiritual. Those who know the true God will come into His presence with holy awe and reverence, whatever their cultural background.
Africans, it is true, like rhythm and music, but so does the rock-loving culture of the West, as evidenced by what takes place in discos or in other entertainment. Our worship should not be an expression of our culture, but of the holiness and majesty of God and of our gratitude for His grace toward us in Christ. A true knowledge of Christ will lead to worship which is God-glorifying, whatever the cultural background. There will be more putting our hands over our mouths (Job 40:4) and covering our faces (Isaiah 6:2) than there will be hands in the air and dancing in the aisles! When people know the true God, their worship is reverent and God glorifying, whatever their cultural background. – Missionary Bill Clark
BALAAM’S ASS SPOKE THE TRUTH, BUT HE WAS STILL AN ASS!
I assume that you are Calvinistic in creed, fundamental in faith, and moral in manners or you would not be identified with this people. But has the grace you profess made you gracious? Has the love of God you claim made you a loving, tender, and kind person? Has the forgiveness of your sins taught you how to forgive? Has your friendships with “That great Friend” taught you how to be a true and loyal friend? Having received the heavenly gifts freely from God’s merciful hand, have you learned to give to others freely and generously? You have studied the person and work of Jesus Christ, but HAVE YOU LEARNED CHRIST? The only true evidence that you or anyone has of the fact that you know Christ and have truly been with Christ, is that you demonstrate in attitude and action the ways and will of Christ. Is this not what Paul is saying in I Corinthians 13? One may have the orthodoxy and knowledge, and gifts of religion; but IF he does not have LOVE, he is NOTHING! Don’t just preach the love of God; demonstrate it! My friends, a contentious, unloving, ungracious person is a stranger to the grace of God; for the grace of God makes men and women gracious and loving in all areas. “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Balaam’s ass spoke the truth, but he was STILL AN ASS! SPEAKING the truth does not necessarily change one; LEARNING THE TRUTH DOES! - Pastor Henry Mahan