December 16, 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
Blessed are the poor in spirit
Who their sinful nature see
They are taught they have no merit
To the Saviour they all flee
Self-renouncing, grace admiring
Made unto salvation wise
Sovereign love their hearts rejoicing
From His cross their hopes arise.


Those who find themselves polluted
Feel their hearts so prone to sin
They shall have by God imputed
Righteousness so pure and clean
At His throne their hearts confessing
Praise our God of sovereign grace
Weeping, loving, praising, blessing
On His head the crown they place.

(Tune: “Love Divine” p. 2)


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We extend our sympathy to the family of P.J. Nevels who died this past week.

Birthdays
16th – Cindy Farmer 19th – Amanda Janes 21st – Erik Charron


“Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.” - Proverbs 27:2




OF WHOM I AM CHIEF
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief” (I Tim. 1:15). I doubt that there has ever been a man more thoroughly committed to and surrendered to Christ than Paul. I doubt that there has ever been a man with a more exemplary life than Paul. I doubt that there has ever been a man who loved Christ more than Paul. Yet, when Paul speaks of the demographic who go under the name “sinners”, he says “Of whom I am chief.” The very “I am” is in the present active tense. He did not say, “Of whom I was chief,” but present tense, right now “Of whom I am chief.” It is those who know the most of and live nearest to the Lord who feel that way. You cannot walk with the Living God and see yourself any other way. I am sure there were those who would object. “If that is the case what were you saved from?” Others would object that it is wallowing in it, or using it as an excuse for sinful behavior. But there are others who would say, “You are wrong Paul….of whom I am chief.”


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SOME THOUGHTS ON ASSURANCE
If we are looking for assurance, we are looking for the wrong thing, and are putting the cart before the horse. How many people bring sorrow on themselves by looking within for evidence that will give them assurance for their salvation. Do not seek assurance. Seek Christ. Do not look within for assurance. Look to Christ! If you rest in who He is, and what He did, you will have assurance. If you look for assurance anywhere else, the outcome will be either no assurance, or a false assurance! Is what Christ did on the cross enough to save you? Believing it is will give you assurance! But if assurance is the thing you are seeking, you will not have it! Here is a sobering thought. It is possible to have assurance, full assurance of your salvation, and not be saved. Many, who while on earth truly believed they were saved, will hear from Christ those awful words, “Depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” But it is also possible to have saving faith, and no personal assurance. Faith believes “He is the Saviour.” Assurance believes “I am saved.” But remember…true assurance rises from faith…looking to Christ. Lack of assurance is the result of looking within, rather to Him.



MY EXAMPLE
If my children follow my example, what kind of people will they be? Will they be faithful or unfaithful? Generous or stingy? Content or complaining? If every marriage has mine as its example, will people be happily married? If every church member were just like me, what kind of church would this church be? If every employee were just like me…I could go on and on, but the point is, “Faith without works is dead.”
A faith that does not manifest itself in every area of my life is not saving faith. The first thing the Lord said to each of the seven churches in Asia was, “I know thy works.” It is our works that prove the reality of our faith. The example we give is what we really are! - Pastor Donnie Bell


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THE TREASURE IN EARTHEN VESSELS
II Corinthians 4:6-7
“The light of the knowledge of the glory of God in Christ Jesus” is called a TREASURE because it is RICH TRUTH which sets men free; it has RICH BLESSINGS such as wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption; it contains RICH AND PRECIOUS PROMISES; it brings to us the RICHES OF HIS GRACE IN CHRIST. This treasure is “in earthen vessels”, meaning the ministers to whom God entrusts this Gospel and through whom He sends the Gospel to His sheep. These ministers are God’s men; but they are still men, weak and frail, subject to like passions and infirmities, “That the Excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.” Whatever is accomplished in the proclamation of the Gospel by these men is the result of God’s purpose and work, certainly not of us. Paul wrote in I Cor. 15:10, “I have labored more abundantly than they all, YET NOT I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore, whether it were I or they, so we preach and so ye believe.” Let not one grain of faith be in the wisdom of any man, but in the wisdom and power of God – WHICH IS CHRIST! - Pastor Henry Mahan