June 17, 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
To Thy presence we draw near
Lord, we love to worship here
When within the veil we meet
Christ, upon the mercy-seat.

Thou through Him art reconciled
I through Him became Thy child
Abba, Father! Give us grace
In Thy courts to seek Thy face.

While Thy glorious praise is sung
Teach my heart, unloose my tongue
That my joyful soul may bless
Christ the Lord, my Righteousness!

While Thy ministers proclaim
Peace and pardon in Thy name
Through their voice, by faith, may we
Hear Thee speaking from on high.

(Tune: “Doxology”)

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Vacation Bible School June 26th – 28th

All ladies are invited to a Bridal Shower for Sarah Williams tomorrow evening at 6:30 in the fellowship hall. Dinner will be served so please sign up if you plan to attend so we can plan accordingly.

Congratulations to Brad and Jessica Clark on the birth of their daughter, Cora Adelaide.

Birthdays
18th – Allyson Shaffer 22nd – Mark Borders

“He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.” - Proverbs 18:13


THAT WHICH IS WRITTEN
In the King James Version of I Corinthians 4:6 we read that we are “Not to think of men above that which is written.” The “of men” is in italics, showing us that it was not in the original, but supplied by the translators to help us to understand what is being said. In the context, they were right, but if could and should read, “Not to think above that which was written.” We should never believe something that we have arrived at from a logical inference…‘If this is so, then this also must be so’… Not necessarily! We are fallible men, and our logic may lead us in the wrong direction. We believe that which was written. And we are not to go above or beyond that which was written. How many errors are born from wrong suppositions or supposed logical inferences. Remember the words of Moses…. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)

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“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him.” – Psalms 28:7
You would not even have had grace enough to know you were nothing if God had not given it to you. To be nothing is ours by nature; but to know that we are nothing and to confess that we are nothing is a gift of His grace. Brethren, we are emptier than emptiness, and more vain than vanity.
We may tax language and use extravagant hyperboles, but we shall never be able fitly to estimate our own utter insignificance. We are weakness itself, hampered with the conceit of power; and yet if we can say in truth, “The Lord is my strength”, we cannot estimate how strong we are, for there is no measuring omnipotence. – C.H. Spurgeon

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“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come
unto the knowledge of the truth.” – I Timothy 2:4
I want you to notice the stress that is put on the article THE. It is not just any truth that will set you free, nor is it every truth that will set you free. IT IS THE TRUTH which saves, and the Lord Jesus Christ is THE TRUTH. The whole testimony of God about Christ is THE TRUTH. The work of the Holy Spirit in the heart is to work in us THE TRUTH. The knowledge of the truth may be small at first, but it will grow, and by it we will be fully instructed in the way. – Pastor Milton Howard


“YE OFFER POLLUTED BREAD UPON MY ALTAR”
Malachi 1:7-14
Have all these verses no voice to us? Is there not in our private and public worship a lack of heart, of real energy? Is there not much that answers to the offering of the lame and sick, the blemished and ill-favored? Is there not a deplorable amount of cold formality and dead routine in our times of worship, both in the closet and in the assembly? Have we not to judge ourselves for barrenness, distraction, and wandering, even at the very table of the Lord? How often are our bodies at the table while our poor hearts and changeable minds are somewhere else? How often do our lips utter words which are not the true expression of our whole moral being? We express far more than we feel. We sing beyond our experience.
We are not our own, we are bought with a price. It is not our best, but our all we owe to the Blessed One who gave Himself for us. Do our hearts own it? Then may our lives express it. May the heart, the head, the hands, the feet, the whole man be dedicated in unreserved devotion to Him.
- Pastor Scott Richardson


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Election is Sovereign – “The purpose of God.” The Bible reveals God to be sovereign in creation, providence, and salvation. When men object to God’s sovereignty exercised in election, we do well to point them to the apostle’s words in Romans 9:20-21, “Nay but, O man, who are you to reply against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump, to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?” Men have been told for so long that God is in their hands, it is no wonder that many are astonished to hear that the Bible says it is just the opposite.
- Pastor David Pledger


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The man who measures things by the circumstances of the hour is filled with fear; the man who sees Jehovah enthroned and governing has no panic. – G. Campbell Morgan