January 6, 2013
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
O Lord, our languid souls inspire
For here, we trust, Thou art!
Send down a coal of heavenly fire
To warm each waiting heart.
Dear Shepherd of Thy people, hear
Thy presence now display
As Thou hast given a place for prayer
So give us hearts to pray.
Show us some token of Thy love
Our fainting hope to raise
And pour Thy blessings from above
That we may render praise.
Within these walls let holy peace
And love and concord dwell
Here give the troubled conscience ease
The wounded spirit heal.
The feeling heart, the melting eye
The humbled mind bestow
And shine upon us from on high
To make our graces grow.
(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
We rejoice with Gina Caines who will confess Christ in Believer’s Baptism this evening. If anyone else would like to be baptized let me know.
6th – Nathaniel Sligh 7th- Henry Lynn 8th – Nancy Benton
8th – Rachel Harries 8th – Thom Schuyler 9th – Emily Bryan
9th – Renee Culver 10th – Cali Warta 12th – Aaron Sligh
“Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor.” - Ecclesiastes 10:1
“Without Me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil 4:13)
What a blessing it would be to us to learn these two things. Without Christ, I can do nothing. I cannot think a right thought; I cannot muster up a right motive. I cannot perform a good deed. I cannot repent, believe, or love without Him enabling me to. I cannot turn myself toward Him. I cannot even hear the Gospel! It is a blessing to realize this because it causes us to go to Him for these things. I may not be able to come to Christ with faith, but I come to Him for faith! The second verse is equally true. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” The man with the withered hand could not stretch it forth. But when Christ commanded him to, he could. The impotent man could not get himself into the pool. But when Christ commanded him to rise and walk, he could. With men all things are impossible, but with God all things are possible. There is nothing we cannot do with Christ strengthening us. Oh that we would simply believe these two things.
SECRET AND REVEALED
“The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” - Deuteronomy 29:29
There are many things that I do not understand, cannot comprehend, and God has not revealed. But He understands, comprehends, and knows them. I may not know what He is doing, but He does, and I trust Him. He is and whatever He does is right because He is God! And we leave it there! Not with a sullen resignation, but with joy and confidence in Him! “The secret things belong to the Lord.”
But there are also the things which are revealed. Whatever He has revealed we are bound to believe and obey. He has revealed that “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Rather than grappling with questions that we cannot answer, we are to call on His Name to save us. That can be said regarding all that He has revealed. We are called upon to trust Him in what we do not see, and obey Him in what we do see. Oh, for grace to trust Him in what we do not see and obey Him in what we do see!
HOPE IN CHRIST ALONE
If there is any grace in me, God put it there. Twas grace that set me apart in distinguishing love before the stars were made. Twas grace that set me apart from the mass of mankind. Twas grace that brought me safe this far, and grace will lead me home. 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! - John Newton
How little of the pure, unadulterated seed of the Word of God, the “incorruptible seed” of the precious Gospel of Christ, is scattered broad-cast over the field of Christendom in this our day! How few, comparatively, are content to confine themselves within the covers of the Bible for the material of their ministry! Those who are, by the grace of God, faithful enough to do so, are looked upon as men of one idea, men of the old school, narrow, and behind the times.
Well, we can only say, with a full and glowing heart, God bless the men of one idea – men of the precious old school of apostolic preaching! Most heartily do we congratulate them on their blessed narrowness, and their being behind these dark and infidel times. We are fully aware of what we expose ourselves to in thus writing, but this does not move move us. We are persuaded that every true servant of Christ must be a man of one idea, and that idea is Christ; he must belong to the very oldest school – the school of Christ; he must be as narrow as the truth of God; and he must, with stern decision, refuse to move one hair’s breadth in the direction of this infidel age.
- C. H. Macintosh