January 13, 2013
Sundays 9:00 am Channel 5 CWKYT
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
Though troubles assail, and dangers affright
Though friends should all fail, and foes all unite
This one thing secures us whatever betide
His promise assures us, The Lord will provide!
The birds without barn or storehouse are fed
From them let us learn to trust for our bread
His saints what is needed shall ne’er be denied
So long as ‘tis written, The Lord will provide!
His call we obey like Abram of old
We know not the way but faith makes us bold
For though we are strangers, we have a sure guide
And know in all dangers The Lord will provide!
No strength of our own, nor goodness we claim
Our trust is all cast on His precious name
In this our strong refuge for safety we hide
The Lord is our refuge, The Lord will provide!
When life is most o’er and death is in view
The Word of His grace will see us safe through
Not fearing nor doubting, with Christ on our side
We hope to die shouting, The Lord will provide!
(Tune: “O Worship the King” p. 1)
Don Fortner will preach this Wednesday evening.
We rejoice with Gina Caines, Eric Charron, Tony Gonzalez, and Ben Small who were baptized this past week. May the Lord bless and keep each of them. We are thankful for the Lord’s mercies.
13th – Wilma Warta 15th – Mike Rigsby 16th – Kelli Harries
17th – Aiden Carver 17th – Bernita Singleton 19th – Amanda DuFour
“All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes: but the Lord weigheth the spirits.” -Proverbs 16:2
THE THORN CHOKED HEARER
There the thorn choked hearer sits. Unlike the stony ground hearer that fell away, the thorn choked hearer remains. He hears the truth and agrees with it. He is a five point Calvinist and would not listen to that which is contrary to it. But he bares no fruit. The weeds of the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things have competed for his affections and won. He does not leave, although he certainly does not attend as he once did. He has so many irons in the fire, and legitimate ones at that; he now finds it difficult to fit worship into life’s busy schedule. He bears no fruit. His life does not demonstrate love to God or love to the brethren. He feels more at home with the people of this world than the Lord’s people. The world is his friend and worldlings are his companions. He does not hear the Gospel with joy, and he has no real peace. He is not long-suffering toward others but has become a critic of others. He is not gentle (kind) or good (gracious) in his treatment of people. He is not faithful. He is not meek but proud and arrogant. This arises from not being temperate. There is no strength from within. There he sits, believing the doctrines of grace but a stranger to the experience of grace! Lord, deliver me from this because that is surely what I will be without Thee!
I have heard preachers us the phrase “common grace.” I am not sure what they mean by that phrase. But I certainly do not like it. God’s grace is always sovereign, particular, special, and saving. I do not see how it could ever be called “common grace”. While we do not believe in common grace, we certainly believe that all believers have grace in common! We are all only sinners saved by grace.
Martin Luther wrote, “It is impossible for a man to be Christian without having Christ. And if he has Christ he has at the same time all that is in Christ. What gives peace to the conscience is that by faith our sins are no more ours, but Christ’s, upon whom God hath laid them all and that on the other hand, all Christ’s righteousness is ours. I call that the great exchange. Our sin was placed upon Him. His righteousness was placed upon us. Christ lays His hand on us and we are healed. He casts His mantle upon us and we are clothed, for He is the glorious, Savior, blessed forever.”
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” – Psalm 139:23-24
It will be worth our while to think seriously on the things in us that only God can see. There are sins which are hidden from ourselves, of which our conscience is not aware – our unknown errors. The evil in us which lies too deep to be discovered. There is a SELF in us, which even we ourselves do not see! There are depths of our being into which our own eyes cannot pierce. You may say that you know of no sins, errors, or faults in yourself, and you may be sincere; still this is not evidence that you are sinless. Our conscience is not the final court. It is not enough to have the approval of our own heart. There are errors and evils in the holiest life on earth which only God’s eye can detect. We must ask God to search us, if we would be made clean. We cannot see our own faults, even as our neighbors can see them. There is wisdom in the wish that we might see ourselves, as others see us, for it would free us from many a blunder and foolish notion. We are prejudiced in our own favor. We are disposed to be charitable toward our own shortcomings. We make all sorts of allowances for our own faults. We are wonderfully patient with our own weaknesses. We are blind to our own blemishes. We look at our good qualities through magnifying glasses; and at our faults and errors with the lenses reversed, making them appear very small. We see only the best of ourselves. If you were to meet yourself on the street some morning, that is, the person God sees you to be, you would probably not recognize yourself! We remember the little story that the prophet Nathan told King David, about a rich man’s injustice toward a poor man, and how David’s anger flamed up. “This man must die!” cried the King. He did not recognize himself in the man he so despised, until Nathan quietly said, “You are the man!” We are all too much like David. If the true chronicle of your life were written in a book, in the form of a story, and you were to read the chapters over, you probably would not identify the story as your own! We do not know our real self. We do not imagine there is so much about us that is morally ugly and foul, that is positively wicked. But God searches and knows the innermost and hidden things of our heart! - Copied
God said to Abraham, “Unto thy seed have I given this land” (Genesis 15:18). But when He made that statement, Abraham did not have any children. Yet, it is referred to as an act which was already done. When God wills something, it is past tense before it takes place!