October 21, 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
Jesus, engrave it on my heart
That Thou the one thing needful art
I could from all things parted be
But never, never, Lord, from Thee.

Needful art Thou to make me live
Needful art Thou all grace to give
Needful is Thy most precious blood
Needful is Thy correcting rod.

Needful Thy presence, dearest Lord
True peace and comfort to afford
Needful art Thou, my soul can say
Through all life’s dark and thorny way.

Needful art Thou to raise my dust
In shining glory with the just
Needful when in heav’n appear
To welcome and present me there.

(Tune: “Doxology”)

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There will be a Bible Conference this Thursday through Saturday at the Kingsport Sovereign Grace Church in Kingsport, TN. Rupert Rivenbark and I will be the speakers. The church has just called Gabe Stalnaker to be Pastor.

Birthdays
22nd – Samuel Kincer 24th – Carla Bryan 25th – Norman Frye 27th – Mark Mohr 27th – Aaron Warta

A friend is one to whom you never need to explain yourself, one who always puts the best construction possible upon your actions and words, one who is always ready to help. A friend is someone who steps in when everyone else walks out. I pray for grace to be such a friend.
– Pastor Don Fortner


“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
- Proverbs 17:17

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The Psalmist said he was “Envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” They seemed to have lives relatively free from trouble. Materially, “Their eyes stand out with fatness, they have more than their hearts could wish.” They walk in pride and arrogance and nothing seems to happen to them. “They proper in the world and increase in riches.” But the Psalmist saw his life to be full of trouble. And he was envious of them, until he went in the sanctuary of God. He says, “Then understood I their end. Surely Thou didst set them in slippery places.” And then he went on to say, “Thou shalt despise their image.” This made the Psalmist realize what he did have. Christ! What more could he possible want. “God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.” With such a portion as this, there is no room for envy of what any man has.

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Many churches advertize themselves as being able to make the Bible relevant for practical living for today. The moment a man or church does that, they become truly irrelevant. We make no attempt to make the truth culturally relevant or package it in a way to make it more easily or readily received. The Word of God does not need our help. We preach God’s Word in its naked simplicity, knowing that it is through His Word that life is begotten. “Of His own will beget He us with the Word of Truth” (James 1:18). If we really believe that, His Word is all we will preach.

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WHAT IS YOUR HOPE?
Lay the foundation of your hope in Jesus Christ. Begin with Christ and end with Christ. As Christ Jesus becomes more to you, self will grow less and less. If your faith puffs you up – it is not the faith of Christ. God will help us when we are weak. He will bless us as long as we confess our dependence upon His blessing. He will fill us when we are empty. He will feed us when we are hungry. He will be our all when we are nothing. He will forgive us when we are guilty. But the moment we begin to boast in ourselves and feel sufficient, we will be left to learn, in no uncertain terms that we are naked, poor, blind, and miserable. Terrible will be the day when proud rebels discover, too late, the dust and ashes of human merit.
- Pastor Henry Mahan


IF THEY MEAN BY LOVE……
I constantly maintain the glories, beauties, and preciousness of love; and yet I am branded an enemy to love. but, if by love, they mean I ought to unite with those who deny the Deity of my God and Saviour; if by love they mean I ought to unite occasionally with people who say without a blush that election is a damnable doctrine and hate it in their hearts; that imputed righteousness is “imputed nonsense,” a doctrine that ought to be spurned by all, which is the very covering that hides all my shame, the very robe that adorns my naked soul, and is the joy and rejoicing of my heart, and which I have found to be the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; if they mean by love that I ought to unite with people who testify that we may be a child of God one day and testify that we may be a child of the devil another; that Christ died and atoned for the sins of Esau as well as Jacob, for Cain as well as Abel, for Judas as well as Peter, and that there are thousands in Hell for whom Christ died, if they mean by love that I ought to unite and call them BRETHREN who profess to believe the doctrines of grace, and call themselves Calvinists, but can declare at times that those blessed doctrines which are so precious and glorious to my soul are non-essential things; that is, if I understand their meaning right, they view them as useless things, and that it is of no consequence whatever whether we receive or believe these doctrines or not, provided we do unite with all sorts, and pray for all, and be candid and mild, and esteem all as partakes of grace; I confess from my heart, if all this be love, I AM DESTITUTE OF IT, and instead of being grieved for my lack of it, I glory in it. – John Warburton 1776-1857


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I would like to find the soldier who pierced our Lord’s side for I would tell him that the blood he shed is sufficient atonement for the sin of shedding it. – Pastor Scott Richardson