HYMN OF THE DAY
Jesus, Lover of Thy nation
Saviour of Thy people free!
Visit us with Thy salvation
Let us, Lord, Thy glory see
O revive us, O revive us
That we may rejoice in Thee
That we may rejoice in Thee.
Pause, my soul, adore and wonder!
Ask, “O why such love to me?”
Grace has put me in the number
Of the Saviour’s family
Thanks, eternal Lord, to Thee!
Thanks, eternal Lord to Thee!
These are springs of consolation
To converted sons of grace
Finished, free, and full salvation
Shining in our Saviour’s face
All the glory, All the glory
Shall rebound to Thy free grace
Shall rebound to Thy free grace.
(Tune: “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” p.291)
We extend our sympathy to Paul Walmsley and his family on the death of his mother.
26th – Donna Meek; 29th – Meagan Coffey; 1st – Caleb Benton
“A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.” - Proverbs 13:1
FORGIVENESS, THEN FEAR
“There is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be feared” (Psalm 130:4). There is no fear of God, where there is not first forgiveness. Only when I see that I have the full, free, forgiveness of sins for Christ’s sake, that I have that fear of God that is the beginning of wisdom. This is the fear of awe, reverence, love and respect. My fear is not the fear of mistrust and unbelief. It is not the fear of what I will lose or fail to gain if I do not behave myself in a certain way. That fear is not the fear of God! It all has to do with personal gain or fear of loss. But when I see that He loves me freely for Christ’s sake, and all my sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake, and that I am “accepted in the Beloved,” then and then only do I begin to truly fear the Lord! No unregenerate possesses this fear. This is the fear of a child!
WHY ART THOU CAST DOWN?
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why
art thou disquieted within me?” - Psalm 42:11
This is a question that I ask myself often. I ask this to my own soul, mind, and heart. Why art thou cast down? If I am honest with myself, then all the answers are traced back to only one… SIN! Why do I worry and fret about things that really do not matter, especially when God has promised me that He will never leave me or forsake me? Why do I question so many things, when I know that my Lord controls ALL THINGS? Why do I linger a far from His love, when He has promised me that He loves me with an everlasting love? Why? Because of the sin which so easily besets me! The reason my soul is cast down is because I look within my sinful flesh, instead to God. Our comfort is found in the last part of this glorious verse. “Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
- Pastor David Eddmenson
I once read that the early Christians did not say in dismay, “Look what the world has come to” – but rather in delight, “Look WHO has come into the world!”
ACCEPT OR RECEIVE?
Nowhere in the Word of God do we find the most common religious catchphrase – “accept Jesus as your personal savior.” Nowhere does it say that the Lord of all the universe is up for acceptance or rejection by mere mortals. Nowhere does it say that the sovereign Creator of all things needs to be accepted by the creature.
You see…we are on trial….not God! We are the ones that will be either accepted or rejected, according to the will and pleasure of Him who made us. It is God that must accept us “in the Beloved.” Accepting something or someone implies ability to accept or reject. Man, who is dead in sins, cannot accept but only reject that which is true and good. “The natural man receiveth not the things of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he…” (I Cor. 2:14).
The Scriptures do however, speak of us receiving Christ (John 1:12-13). But there is a big difference in receiving something and accepting it. Receiving implies that a gift has been bestowed upon you. The gift of God’s grace in Christ is unmerited favor bestowed upon you. All to whom God grants this unspeakable gift are made willing in the day of His power to receive it. They are made to see the irresistible beauty of Christ, and their desperate need of Him, and humbly and gladly receive Him. Even their calling upon Him, and asking for Him are God’s gracious gifts (Romans 2:4). One cannot glory in receiving a gift, for even our receiving we have received; for “a man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven” (John 3:27). The glass cannot glory for receiving the water that is poured into it.
Those who say they have “accepted Jesus” do not know and have not received the Lord Jesus Christ, and are not saved. For that is not the language of Scripture nor of any child of God. The language of Scripture and the testimony of every child of God is this: we have received mercy and grace from our God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
– Pastor Paul Mahan