November 4, 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
A mind at perfect peace with God
Oh! What a word is this!
A sinner reconciled through blood
This, this indeed is bliss.
By nature and by practice far
So very far from God
Yet now by grace brought nigh to Him
Through faith in Jesus’ blood.
So near, so very near to God
I cannot nearer be
For in the person of His Son
I am as near as He.
So dear, so very dear to God
More dear I cannot be
The love wherewith He loves the Son
Such is His love to me!
Why should I ever anxious be
Since such a God is mine
He watches o’er me night and day
And tells me, “Mine is thine.”
(Tune: “Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove” p. 158)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
Andy Davis will bring the message this evening.
4th – Laura Benton 4th – Steve Sligh 5th – Logan Small 6th – Lauren Burton 6th – Chris Rozeboom 8th –Daniel Holthaus 9th – Ryan Vincent
“Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed : lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy . 4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.” Psalm 61:1-4
SWIFT TO HEAR
“Wherefore let every man be swift to hear” (James 1:19). James said in the previous verse, “Of His own will begat He us with the Word of Truth.” Since spiritual life is given through the Word of Truth, we should and must be swift to hear the Word of Truth. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). I certainly do not want to become dull of hearing, but swift to hear!
James goes on to say, “Let every man be swift to heart and slow to speak and slow to wrath.” What God says is infinitely more important than what I have to say. You cannot really hear while you are talking anyway. And if we feel ourselves becoming angry with what God says in the Word read or the Word preached, we are in a dangerous place. In verse 21 James says for us to “Receive with meekness the engrafted Word which is able to save your souls.” When God implants His Word in your heart, that means He has saved you! May we all be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
“Be ye kind one to another” – Ephesians 4:32
Under the preaching of His glorious Gospel, God sends the Spirit of His son into the hearts of His chosen, blood-bought children, making us “Partakers of His Divine Nature.” Because of that new nature, we love the Lord Jesus Christ, we love His Gospel, and we love His people. But we have an on-going problem with that old sinful nature that will be with us until we’re delivered from the body of this death. Our faults offend others. Their faults offend us. But the love our Lord has put in our hearts causes us to overlook the faults of our brothers and sisters in Christ. We’re kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven us. Love just works that way. Love is a barrier Satan cannot penetrate. That old serpent would love to get us to turn against one anther. It’s his desire to cause division amongst the brethren. But when he sees true love in action, love that does not render evil for evil, love that keeps us from bad mouthing one another with sinful gossip, he turns tail and runs. God gives grace to the humble. If we resist the devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7). God help us to humble ourselves before Him, and cry out for grace to help in our time of need. – Pastor Gene Harmon
It is one thing to mourn for sin because it exposes us to hell, and another to mourn for it because it is an infinite evil; one thing to mourn for it because it is injurious to ourselves, and another to mourn for it because it is wrong and offensive to God. It is one thing to be terrified; another to be humbled. – G. Spring
HE CAN ASK FOR NO MORE AND ACCEPT NO LESS
When Christ cried, “It is finished” and said, “Father into Thy hands I commend My Spirit”, and bowed His head and gave up the ghost, something took place for everybody He died for. God was completely satisfied with everybody He died for. He could ask for no more, and He could accept no less! What could God possibly ask above, beyond, or in addition to the shedding of His Son’s precious blood? What could a Holy God accept less than the shedding of His Son’s blood for the complete satisfaction of His offended law and justice? If less could have been required, surely when His Son said, “If it be possible, let this cup pass from Me”, the Father would have found a way to do it.
Because God can ask no more and accept no less, everybody for whom Christ died is “complete in Him.” Nothing can be added. Nothing can be taken away.
If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me – “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). – Robert Murray McCheyne
If our hope lies in us, or in what we do, it is a delusion. If our hope lies in this church it is a lie. If our hope stands with one foot on the work of Christ and the other foot on our own merits, it will fail us. Hope in Christ is the only hope which can be acceptable to God. Our only hope of Heaven will be through Christ alone. Here our hope begins, and here our hope ends.
- Pastor Milton Howard
What servant chooses his own task? His own place of labor? His own time of service? Does not the faithful servant ask, “Lord, what would you have me to do?” Everybody wants to take the floor, few care to sweep it. – Pastor Henry Mahan