February 10, 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
Compared with Christ, in all beside
No beauty can I see
The one thing needful, dearest Lord
Is to be one with Thee.
The sense of Thy redeeming love
Into my soul convey
Thyself bestow, for Thee alone
My All-in-all, I pray.
Less then Thyself will not suffice
My comfort to restore
More than Thyself I cannot crave
And Thou cans’t give no more.
Loved of my God, for Him again
With love intense I’d burn
Chosen of Thee ere time began
I’d choose Thee in return.
(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)
We extend our sympathy to Lee Anne Walmsley, Lynn Nibert, Chuck Mohr, and their families on the death of their father.
10th – Lydia Wilson 13th – Mark Benton 14th – Thomas Wooten
15th – Amber DuFour 16th – Andrea Vincent
“He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.” - Proverbs 14:29
SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS
Paul told us to withdraw ourselves from those who suppose that gain is godliness (I Tim. 6:5). True worship has nothing to do with gain. Christ is to be worshipped for who He is, without reference to what He does for us. That does not mean we are indifferent about whether He does anything for us. But we realize He is worthy of worship because of who He is if He never does anything for us! The leper understood this. He worshipped Christ before Christ healed Him. “Behold there came a leper and worshipped Him saying, Lord, if you will you can make me clean.” You will only worship a sovereign. If you do not worship Him as the absolute Sovereign, who can do what He will, with whom He will, how He will, when He will, then you do not worship at all!
I was reading the “Faith Values” section of the newspaper. It now posts various blogs from pastors of churches in our area. In all of these blogs, there was not a drop of Gospel. It saddened me that the truth of the Gospel does not have much of a hearing in our day. And I believe that sad fact is our fault! I fear we blame the sovereignty of God for our lack of effort in preaching the Gospel to every creature, in obedience to the divine mandate (Mark 16:15). I fear we have become satisfied with the status quos.
In Mark 1:28, we read, “Immediately His fame spread abroad throughout all the regions round about Galilee.” The word fame is the noun form of the verb “to hear”. His message, His hearing, the report, the rumor concerning Him… “spread abroad”. I pray that a duplication of this happens in our day…where men and women hear the Gospel. Not a false gospel. A false gospel will not and cannot save. Oh, for a hearing of the true Gospel!
In Mark 1:45, after the Leper had been healed, “He went out and began to publish it much, and blaze abroad the matter.” Oh, that we would do the same, and that God in His mercy would use us to spread abroad His fame throughout this region, and the world! Let’s pray to that end.
“Thy works, not mine, O Christ,
Speak gladness to this heart;
They tell me all is done;
They bid my fears depart.”
I suppose that the most difficult thing any believer has to learn is that “Without Him we can do nothing.” This is our creed but not our experience! We will never be effectually used for God’s true glory until it becomes our experience. God will never use men that are proud enough to think themselves necessary or capable. He will throw away the vessel which begins to boast in itself or allows others to boast in it. Whatever is our strength in the flesh is sure to become our weakness in the spirit – whether it be our intelligence, our morality, our length of service, our doctrine, our courage or whatever. Gideon feared the Midianites because of the small number of his soldiers, but the Lord said, “Your soldiers are yet too many for Me.” I wonder if we will ever become weak enough, empty enough, and ignorant enough for God to use us for His glory! The logic of the Lord is strange to the natural mind. “For when I am weak, then am I strong” (II Cor. 12:10). “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (II Cor. 12:9). The Lord must go back to the seashore and raise up some fishermen – we’ve all become masters and doctors, wise men in theology and great counselors. I disqualify myself for God’s use when I become qualified. My fine talents and lofty credentials become hindrances rather than helps. I thought to prepare myself for great things, only to learn that it was the rough voice in the wilderness He planned to use, not the mighty warrior with his armor of wit and arsenal of facts, doctrines, and learning. It may not be too late for some, but most are too proud to become expendable. If we don’t pour contempt on ourselves – God will! - Pastor Henry Mahan
It’s amazing how history repeats itself! We seem to go around in a circle. During the days of the Reformation, when superstition, tradition, and the human will reigned in religion, the reformers waged their battle for the glory of God and the true Gospel on three points. (1) THE SCRIPTURES ALONE. “Let God be true and every man a liar.” We bow to the Word apart from visions, revelations or opinions of men. (2) GRACE ALONE. Salvation only by free, sovereign, and full grace, apart from law, works, or any other contribution of any sort. (3) CHRIST ALONE. “By Himself purged our sins.” His person and work effectually, totally, and eternally redeemed His elect. This is where the battle rages TODAY in America, where fundamentalism with its emotion, easy believism, free-will, and super programs seems to have captured the people. It’s back to this three-fold foundation for every true preacher. – Pastor Henry Mahan