June 3, 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
Come, all harmonious tongues
Your noblest music bring
‘Tis Christ the everlasting God
And Christ the Man we sing
Tell how He took our flesh
To take away our guilt
Sing the dear drops of sacred blood
That on the cross was spilt.
The waves of swelling grief
Did o’er His bosom roll
And mountains of Almighty wrath
Lay heavy on His soul
Down to the shades of death
He bow’d His mighty head
Yet He arose to live and reign
When death itself is dead.
There the Redeemer sits
High on the Father’s throne
The Father lays His vengeance by
And smiles upon His Son
There His full glories shine
With uncreated rays
Beheld by saints’ and angels’ eyes
To everlasting days.
(Tune: “This is My Father’s World” p. 39)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
Vacation Bible School June 26th -28th
Lantana Grace Church in Crossville, TN Bible Conference June 15th – 17th
All ladies are invited to a Bridal Shower for Amanda Carver this Saturday, June 9th. If you plan to attend or would like to bring food, please sign the list by Wednesday so we can plan accordingly.
6th – Brad Clark 6th – June Warta 7th – Karri Harding 8th – Bob Coffey
8th – Matthew Greenleaf 9th – Amie Steeves 9th – Sarin Warta
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.” - Proverbs 21:2
Who among us has not been amazed by the obedience of Abraham in offering up his own son Isaac? Who has not feared that they would be unable to obey as Abraham did? Let me remind you of two things. With God’s command comes the grace to obey. Not only does God command us, but He gives grace to obey His command. It is what Paul called “Grace for obedience” (Romans 1:5). And remember, Abraham was doing what all believers do. He believed God! God had said the Messiah would come through Isaac and Abraham believed God. From that he concluded that God would raise Isaac from the dead (Hebrews 11:17-19). This heroic act of obedience from Abraham had a very simple principal behind it. He believed God. If he would have failed to offer up his son because he thought the Messiah would no longer be able to come through Isaac if he killed him, all he would prove by that is he did not believe God.
Barnard used to say, “The Scriptures do not mean what they say. They say what they mean.” There are Scriptures which if they mean what they say, they would appear to contradict other Scriptures. But we know there are no contradictions in the Word of God. One Scripture can only be understood in the light of other Scriptures. When men use Scripture to prove a doctrine that is not true by a Scripture that appear to support them, they are misusing and abusing the Scriptures. It has been said that God states things in such a way as to give men a rope to hang themselves if that is what they are after.
God’s sovereignty lies at the foundation of all things, YET in His dealings with men – His own people not accepted – He always treats them as moral agents, enforces their accountability, and causes them to reap as they have sown, whether it was evil or good seed. – A. W. Pink
FOR BETTER OR WORSE?
Paul said to the church at Corinth, “I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.” (I Cor. 11:17). He then said in verse 20, “When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. For in eating everyone taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.” When they gathered together to take the Lord’s table, there was a wrong attitude toward others and intoxication! Their gathering together in reality was harmful and destructive.
When we gather together, either in public worship or in social gatherings…it is either for the better or the worse. In our worship services, is the Gospel preached in the power of the Holy Spirit? If not we have surely gathered together for the worse. When we gather together socially, do we fellowship in the Gospel and edify one another with our Christ honoring conversation? If not, we have gathered together for the worse! May we be careful and seek the Lord’s help to gather together for the better rather than the worse.
Paul exhorts us to “Adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour” (Titus 2:10). We cannot adorn it with choirs and cantatas for God’s music exceeds any we can produce. Listen to the bird sing, the wind whispers through the pines, the water rippling over the rocks. We cannot adorn it with steeples and great temples. God’s universe is His house. Stand out under the stars with the flowers at your feet and the soft, gentle breeze moving the trees. We can build nothing worthy of His glory. We cannot adorn it with our religious uniforms. The perfect man stood in Eden clothed only in God’s holiness. Our clothes only disguise our naked guilt. We cannot adorn it with our religious rhetoric. The Gospel is best adorned when it is unadorned by our arguments and reasoning.
But we can adorn the doctrine of God with holiness of life, happiness of heart, love of sincere compassion, readiness to forgive, willingness to show mercy, and patience under trial. We can adorn it by an unselfish desire to make others happy, with a generous hand, and a peaceful disposition.
- Pastor Henry Mahan
Robert Murray M’Cheyne once wrote, “If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room I would not fear a million enemies. YET, the distance makes no difference: He IS praying for me.” “He ever liveth to make intercession for us” (Hebrews 7:25; Romans 8:34). What faith challenging words! ‘Lord, increase our faith.” “It is the work of faith,” says Thomas Manton, “to give things absent and at a distance a present being (reality!), in the heart of a believer.” (I Corinthians 4:17-18).