May 27, 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

A mind at perfect peace with God
Oh! What a word is this!
A sinner reconciled through blood
This, this indeed is bliss.

By nature and by practice far
So very far from God
Yet now by grace brought nigh to Him
Through faith in Jesus’ blood.

So near, so very near to God
I cannot nearer be
For in the person of His Son
I am as near as He.

So dear, so very dear to God
More dear I cannot be
The love wherewith He loves the Son
Such is His love to me!

Why should I ever anxious be
Since such a God is mine
He watches o’er me night and day
And tells me, “Mine is thine.”

(Tune: “Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove” p. 158)


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Congratulations to our graduating High School Seniors James Carver and Laura Williams! Bring an appetizer or dessert and we will get together after the service this evening to honor them.

All ladies are invited to a Bridal Shower for Amanda Carver on June 9th. The invitations are in the foyer. If you plan to attend or would like to bring food, please sign the list so we can plan accordingly.

Birthdays
27th – Thomas Kincer 28th – David Walmsley 28th – Stephen Walmsley
1st – Rebekah Vincent 2nd – Audrey Grace Hacker
2nd – Jacob Rigsby 2nd – John Walmsley


“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” - Proverbs 16:24

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“Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt…” - Col. 4:6
This means more than grace being the subject of our speech. But let our speech reveal grace. Let our speech be gracious. Let our speech be true, let our speech be in love, and not injurious to the character of others. Let our speech be kind and pleasant rather than unthoughtful and bitter. Our words should be seasoned with salt to make them taste good to those who hear them. At all times and in all ways our speech is to be with grace and seasoned with salt.


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“He that is weak in the faith receive ye,
but not to doubtful disputations.” – Romans 14:1
There are those that are “weak in the faith.” They are “in the faith.” They believe the Gospel. They look to Christ alone. They possess the faith of God’s elect. But they are “weak in the faith.” They have convictions that are inconsistent with the Gospel of grace. In the context, Paul speaks of those who have scruples regarding what they can or cannot eat, and those who feel a necessity to observe certain days. Paul says, “Receive him”... not hold him at a distance, but receive him. “But not to doubtful disputations.” The N.I.V. reads, “Without passing judgment of disputable matters.” Do not think it your mission to straighten him out. God will teach him in His own time! What we are to do is receive him. This word means, “Welcome, embrace, take to yourself.” That is what the weak brother needs! But isn’t that what the strong brother needs also?


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While we are not looking for trouble, it the Gospel we preach does not make the natural man angry, we are not preaching the Gospel of God! Preachers of our day fear offending men. A true prophet fears not offending them! It was the Lord who said, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! For so did their father’s to the false prophets.” It was the apostle Paul who said, “If I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? Then is the offence of the cross ceased.” Does the Gospel you believe make the natural man angry? If it does not, you better check and see if it is the Gospel of the Scriptures.
More and more I am made aware of the importance of worship, prayer, Bible study and the fellowship of other believers during our earthly journey. “Then they that feared the Lord spake OFTEN one to another; and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon His name (Mal. 3:16). I need HIM, HIS WORD, AND HIS PEOPLE! By His grace I shall NOT forsake the assembly of believers for any reason; and being like Joshua, the spokesman for my family, I can say, “As for me AND MY HOUSE, we will serve the Lord.” To be involved with this world in such a way that week after week, Sunday after Sunday passes by without worship, instruction in righteousness, and fellowship with other believers is UNTHINKABLE! Such would be a miserable existence for His sheep.
- Pastor Henry Mahan

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There is nothing substantial in the notion that free grace is opposed to morality; it is only a fancy. They dream that the doctrine of justification by faith will lead to sin, but it can be proved by history that whenever this doctrine has been best preached men have become most holy, and whenever this truth had been darkened, all manner of corruption has abounded. Gracious doctrine and gracious living fitly go together, and legal teaching and unlawful living are generally found associated. – Pastor Joe Terrell


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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


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Now there once was a big argument about how Adam’s sin affected man. One theologian, Pelagius, said that when you come into the world, you have a neutral relation to sin and you can choose to be a sinner or not. But another theologian, Augustine, had an answer to that: “Find me one who didn’t choose sin, and I might believe it.” Needless to say, one could never be found. - Copied