July 8, 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
O, blessed God how kind, are all Thy ways to me
Whose dark, benighted mind, was enmity with Thee
Yet now subdued by sovereign grace
My spirit longs for Thine embrace, My spirit longs for Thine embrace!
How precious are Thy thoughts, that o’er my spirit roll
They swell beyond my faults, and captivate my soul
How great their sum, how high they rise
Can ne’er be known beneath the skies, Can ne’er be known beneath the skies!
Preserved by Jesus when, my feet made haste to hell
And there should I have gone, but Thou dost all things well
Thy love was great, Thy mercy free
Which from the pit delivered me, Which from the pit delivered me!
Before Thy hands had made, the sun to rule the day
Or earth’s foundation laid, or fashioned Adam’s clay
What thoughts of peace and mercy flowed
In Thy great heart of love, O God, In Thy great heart of love, O God!
A monument of grace, a sinner saved by blood
The streams of love I trace, up to the fountain – God
And in His sovereign counsels see
Eternal thoughts of love to me, Eternal thoughts of love to me!
(Tune: “Arise My Soul, Arise”)
All ladies are invited to a Bridal Shower Brunch for Amy Morgan this Saturday July 14th at 10:30am in the fellowship hall. Please sign up in the foyer if you plan to attend.
8th – Jasper Clark 8th – Rob Elliott 9th – Michael Cunningham
“He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.” -Proverbs 21:17
Demas was a companion and friend of the Apostle Paul. In the letter to the Colossians and the letter to Philemon Paul mentions him in his final greetings. He called Demas a fellow laborer. But in Paul’s last letter before he died, he speaks of Demas in a different way. “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world.” Paul believed Demas to be true, perhaps for many years, but Demas proved to be untrue. When Paul spake of Demas forsaking him, the word means to abandon, to leave in straits, or leave helpless. He was not a true friend to Paul because he was not a genuine lover of Christ. In time it came out. May the Lord enable me to not be a Demas! May I see the world for what it is, be an out and out disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a loyal friend of all who love Him.
Paul warned the church at Corinth of the necessity of forgiving a certain individual. He said that if they did not, Satan would have an advantage over them (II cor. 2:17). He would gain a foothold through which he can inflict more damage. Failure to forgive can have a devastating effect on an individual or in a church.
Satan is looking for an advantage. May we never give him one. May we be quick to forgive, as we have been forgiven (Ephesians 4:32). May we be quick to apologize. May we not conduct ourselves in such a way as to give him an advantage. You can be sure he will take it. “Your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith…” ( I Peter 5:8-9)
How much of salvation is by grace? How much of election is by grace? What did your works contribute in justification? Were you redeemed because of your good works? Was it an act of your will that enabled you to be born again? Do you persevere because of your efforts? Every believer knows that all of salvation is all of grace. Every aspect of salvation from election to glorification and everything in-between is by the free and sovereign grace of God. “By grace are ye saved.”
Someone who does not believe in the absolute sovereignty of God has never worshipped God. If I believe that I have a free will and God’s will can be thwarted; if I believe there are certain things that I can do that will cause God to be merciful to me; if I think God responds or reacts, I have never worshipped God. You will not worship a god you can manipulate or have a measure of control over. That god does not exist! You will only worship a Sovereign. One you cannot control or tame, One in whose hands you are, and He can do with you whatever He is pleased to do. That is the only God who is truly worshipped.
“I don’t go to church because there are so many hypocrites in the church.” “My life is as good as most church people!” These are common statements heard everyday – to which I reply: “Don’t judge the Lord by the faults of His people and don’t judge the whole body by the faults of some.” It is our responsibility to worship and follow the Lord Jesus, not men. If our brethren have faults, let us pray for them and patiently bear their infirmities as we ask them to overlook ours. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ welcomes all who are lame, halt and blind. We look not for a perfect church this side of heaven. It is better to sit beside the hypocrite in church than to suffer with him eternally. – Pastor Henry Mahan
THE HUNGRY EAT
I remember my father saying to us children at home when we did not like our food, that he had been to the Union House, and the boys and girls always like their breakfast there because they were hungry, and, said he, “If you had to go without, it would do you good.” Sometimes, children of God get worldly, and then they have no appetite for God’s Word. They say, “We do not profit under Mr. So-and-so.” The truth is, we do not profit under the Bible itself, and should not profit under the apostle Paul or under the Lord Jesus Christ, for we have spoiled our appetites. But when our appetite is healthy, we can come to the Scripture, and not care much how it is carved.
- C. H. Spurgeon
Love to the Savior rises in the heart of a saved man in proportion to the sense which he entertains of his own sinfulness on the one hand, and of the mercy of God on the other. Thus the height of a saint’s love to the Lord is as the depths of his own humility: as this root strikes down unseen into the ground, that blossoming branch rises higher in the sky. – William Arnot