December 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
I bless the Christ of God, I rest on love divine
And with unfaltering lip and heart, I call the Savior mine
His cross dispels each doubt, I bury in His tomb
Each thought of unbelief and fear
Each lingering shade of gloom.

I praise the God of peace, I trust His truth and might
He calls me His, I call Him mine, My God, my Joy, my Light
In Him is only good, in me is only ill
My ill but draws His goodness forth
And me He loveth still.

‘Tis He Who saveth me, and freely pardon gives
I love because He loveth me, I live because He lives
My life with Him is hid, my death has passed away
My clouds have melted into light
My midnight into day.

(Tune: “This is My Father’s World” p. 39)


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Congratulations to Monica Bryan and Mary Caines who graduated from Eastern Kentucky University last week.


Birthdays
25th – Paul E. Daniel 26th – Sherry Borders 26th – Jacob Murphy
26th – Paul Walmsley 29th – Amanda Frye 29th – Alan Kincer


“Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.” - Proverbs 25:14

NEWS
The Gospel is good news. If something is news that means it happened recently. If it is old news, it is not news at all. If the Gospel is not preached as news, it is not preached at all. Martin Luther said he preached Christ as if He died yesterday, rose today, and is coming again tomorrow. If I do not hear the Gospel as good news, one of two things is true. (1) I was not hearing the Gospel in the first place. Why, even to present the facts of the Gospel in an academic way is not really preaching the Gospel at all! (2) I am not hearing as a sinner. The Gospel only comes as good news to sinners. When I hear the Gospel as a sinner, every time I hear it, it is like the first time I ever heard it! The old, old, story is always new. When it is not new, it is no longer the old, old story.
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GOOD NEWS OR BAD NEWS
The Gospel means good news. News is a report of what has taken place. It is not an interpretation of what has taken place. It is the reporting of the facts. The newspaper is filled with news. I pour over the sports page every day to get the news. I look to see if my team won or lost. If they won it is good news to me! But it is not good news to the fans of the team who were defeated by my team. The stated score is the news. It will be good news to some and bad news to others. The Gospel is good news to some and bad news to others. The message of sovereign grace is good news to those who cannot be saved by their works. But the same message is not good news to that one who is hoping to be saved by his works.

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The atonement does not change the nature and character of God but rather, the atonement honors and magnifies the character of God. The death of Christ is not the cause of God’s love, but the result of it. God is not merciful because Christ died. Christ died because God is merciful. In order that every attribute might be expressed, glorified, and honored, God gave His Son to be the Savior of His chosen people! Thank God! There is an atonement BEFORE THE LORD. – Pastor Henry Mahan

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Every time you insist that I am a sinner, you call me to remember the benefit of Christ my Redeemer, upon whose shoulders, and not mine, lie all my sins. So when you say I am a sinner, you do not terrify me, but comfort my immeasurably. – Martin Luther

SIN POTENTIAL
Electrical current flows when there is a difference in potential (voltage). If one object is at 277 volts, and another object at earth ground, and a path for current flow is established with a conductor between the two objects, current will then flow from the 277 volt object to ground.
This same potential lies within us sinners, as we are all born into this world. This evil heart has a 5 billion volt potential to sin. Every horrible act that happens on this earth, you have the potential to commit. If the Lord allows you to enter into a certain situation, and removes His hand of restraining grace from you, that evil conductive heart establishes a path for sin to come forth, and the current of sin will flow, through your flesh.
Therefore, don’t judge others….”Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou are that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself: for thou that judgest doest the same things” (Romans 2:1). The exact same potential to sin lies in each of our natural hearts, and the current of sin flows so easily. This is why David prayed, “Cleanse thou me from secret faults” (Ps. 19:12). David knew the potential to sin lay in his evil heart, committing sins he was not even aware of.
- Brian DuFour

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IT IS I
“Be of good cheer: It is I; be not afraid.” - Mark 6:50
“It is I” who formed you in the womb, and brought you forth into your present existence. It is I, the Lord your God, who has fed you, and clothed you from that hour up to the present moment. It is I, the Lord your God, who has preserved you on every side. When you were upon a sick bed, It was I, the Lord you God, who visited your soul, raised up your body, and gave you that measure of health which you do now enjoy. It is I, the Lord your God, who placed you in the situation of life which you do now occupy. It is I, the Lord your God, who deals out to you every trial – who allots you every affliction – who brings upon you every cross – who works in you everything according to “My own good pleasure.”
When we can thus believe that the Lord our God is about our bed and our path, and spying out all our ways – when we can look up to Him, and feel that He is the Lord our God, there is no feeling more sweet, more blessed, more heavenly “Be of good cheer: It is I; be not afraid.”
- J. C. Philpot