September 23, 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
Precious Savior, friend of sinners
We, as such, to Thee draw near
Let Thy Spirit dwell within us
With that love that casts out fear.
Matchless Saviour, let us know Thee
As the Lord our Righteousness
Cause our hearts to cleave unto Thee
Come, and with Thy presence bless.
Open now Thy precious treasure
Let Thy Word here freely flow
Give to us a gracious measure
“Tis Thyself we long to know.
Come and claim us as Thy portion
Let us all find rest in Thee
Leave us not to empty notions
We would find our hope in Thee!
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
We will have a church dinner next Sunday after the morning service. There will
be no evening service Sept. 30th.
23rd – Christian Warta 25th – Daniel Weinstock 26th – Amanda
Holthaus 27th - Ryleigh DuFour 28th – John Parker 28th – Ben Walmsley
“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken
down, and without walls.” - Proverbs 25:28
Paul had confidence the Philippians would persevere in the faith, endure to
the end, and not turn back. Here is why he had this confidence. “Being
confident of this very thing, that He that hath begun a good work in you will
perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). The salvation of
the sinner is the work of God, and indeed it is a good work. To take a sinful
man and cause him to be conformed to the image of Christ, this I know…”Salvation
is of the Lord.” It begins with God and it ends with God. If my salvation
began with God, then it will certainly be completed by Him and I will one day
stand perfectly conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. If it began with me,
it is sure to fail. But thank God it began with Him…and He will complete
“…Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus
2:14). The very thing that can never save us (our works) is the very evidence
that we have been saved by the grace of God. And these works are made good not
by our doing them (in fact, we ruin them), but from their source, God Himself,
Christ in us. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to
do of His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13). – Brian DuFour
A missionary to a remote tribe was attempting to translate the Scriptures into
their language, and he had difficulty finding a word for obedience; a virtue
that few of the natives practiced. One day, as he went home from the village,
his dog stayed behind. The missionary called his dog to come and follow him.
The dog came running at top speed. An old native by the roadside said in the
native tongue, “Your dog is all ear.” The missionary got hold of
that expression at once and so had a beautiful word for obedience: “A
believer is all ears to the words of his Lord!”
- Pastor Henry Mahan
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
“I am not satisfied with my faith,” says one. No, of course you
aren’t; nor will you ever be; at least I hope not! The Bible does not
say, “Therefore being satisfied with our faith we have peace with God.”
It says, “Being justified by faith we have peace with God.”
“I am not satisfied with my repentance.” That is wonderful! What
would you do with your repentance if you were satisfied with it? Would you find
peace in repentance? Would you bring it to God instead of the blood? Oh, what
pride and self-righteousness must be in any person who is satisfied with his
repentance and faith! That person could never find true peace, for such a refuge
of lies must fall.
“I am not satisfied with my love.” What? Did you expect, on this
earth, to be satisfied with any grace found in you? Was it your love for Christ
or His love for you that gave you peace at first?
Now then, there is but one thing with which Almighty God is satisfied –
entirely satisfied – and that is the Person and Work of His Son. It is
with Christ that we must be satisfied - not with ourselves nor anything about
us! When we cease from our labors and all our righteousness, and enter into
His rest, pardon and peace will come without delay.
- H. Bonar, 1850
“Able to save” means something more than just delivering men from
hell. “Able to save” is the whole work of salvation from the first
conviction of sin to complete glorification. Christ is not only “Able
to save” those who repent, but He is able to make men repent. Christ is
not only “Able to save” those who believe, but He is able to give
a new heart and work faith in men. Christ is not only “Able to save”
those who continue in the faith, but He is able to keep us from falling and
give us a holy desire to be like Him.
- Pastor Henry Mahan
The Bible is a book that records the activity of God, not man. It is not a record
of man seeking and searching after God and striving to find Him. It is the exact
opposite. It is man going astray and God coming after him. As He came down in
the garden of Eden at the beginning when man sinned, so He has been coming down
ever since, and He came down supremely in the person of His only begotten Son,
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. – Martin Lloyd-Jones