March 24, 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
Now may the Lord reveal His face
And teach our stammering tongues
To make His sovereign, reigning grace
The subject of our songs, the subject of our songs.

No sweeter subject can invite
A sinner’s heart to sing
Or more display the glorious right
Of our exalted King, of our exalted King.

Grace reigns to pardon crimson sins
To melt the hardest hearts
And from the work it once begins
It never once departs, it never once departs.

‘Twas grace that called our souls at first
By grace thus far we’re come
And grace will help us through the worst
And lead us safely home, and lead us safely home.

(Tune: “Majestic Sweetness” p. 52)

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We express our sympathies to Shari Greenleaf and her family on the death of her father. His funeral was held Saturday in Canada.
And to Susan Sligh and family whose father also died. His funeral will be here at the church on Monday at 1:00 with visitation beginning at 11:00. May the Lord send His comfort and peace to these families.


Birthdays
27th – Jessica Clark 27th- Amy Daniel 30th – Sherri Davis


“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.” - Proverb 21:1


Paul ended his letter to the Ephesians with these words, “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.” (Eph. 6:24) Years later it was the same church of which the Lord said, “Thou hast left thy first love” (Rev. 2:4). May we as a church and as individuals love the Lord Jesus Christ as He ought to be loved: in sincerity. May we be delivered from ever losing our fist love!


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I have found that I become highly critical of people who I perceive are critical of me. But I am not critical of people who esteem me highly. Criticism is a viscous cycle and contrary to love. Oh, that the only person I criticize would be me!


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Not long ago it was my privilege to have Sunday dinner in the home of a member of our church. The Pastor was also a guest. While Mother and Dad were in the kitchen putting the finishing touches to a fried chicken dinner, the two little girls, three and five, were entertaining and being entertained by the Pastor. The five year old walked over to the Pastor took hold of his big hands in her tiny ones, and looking up into his face with her big brown eyes, said in all sincerity, “My daddy likes you! He thinks you are a good preacher.” For some reason, tears welled up in my own eyes at the scene. I thought, “How wonderful it is for conversation in the home to be such that when the pastor and other members of the congregation are discussed, it is in such terms that the children in the home are led to the conclusion that Mother and Dad love their pastor and other believers.” I thought of other homes that I had visited, where the time around the table and the circle of fellowship had been spent criticizing others for something they said or had done, or for some fault seen in them. Is it any wonder that their children finally leave the church fellowship and turn their backs on the minister? They have heard nothing but discouraging comments and a critical evaluation of other people’s spirituality so they have lost all confidence in church leaders and member. Our tongues can be useful instruments in the kingdom of our Lord or they can be set on fire of hell and become instruments of death and destruction! - Author Unknown
“Neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God or that which doth cost me nothing.” - II Samuel 24:24
Gifts and offerings which cost me nothing reveal four things:
1. They reveal a lack of faith. Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac because he believed that God was able to raise him from the dead. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.” My God shall supply all my needs.
2. They reveal a lack of love. “Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had for her” (Gen. 29:20). If a wife or child has a serious illness, do we find the cheapest medical care? No! Love does not count the cost, but is willing to give all.
3. They reveal a lack of regard for the majesty of God. Do I dare bring to the Lord God less than the best I have? An unprepared sermon? An insincere prayer? A worthless gift? A hurried moment of devotion?
4. They reveal our low estimation of His mercy. “To Whom much is forgiven, he will love much – to whom little is forgiven, he will love little.”
- Pastor Henry Mahan

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FAITH ESTABLISHES THE LAW
“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Rom. 3:31). Every believer can say the following things about themselves concerning the law of God – I’ve obeyed the law perfectly, I’ve fulfilled the law completely, I’ve honored and glorified the holy law of God, when I simply trust Christ, who kept the law for me. – Brian DuFour

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We may invigorate our faith and renew our courage by reflecting that Divine power has always attended the preaching of doctrine, when done in the true spirit of preaching. Great revivals have accompanied the heroic preaching of the doctrines of grace, predestination, election, and that whole lofty mountain range of doctrine upon which Jehovah sits enthroned, sovereign in grace as in all else. God honors the preaching that honors Him. There is entirely too much milk-sop preaching nowadays, trying to cajole sinners to enter upon a truce with their Maker, quit sinning, and join the church. The situation does not call for a truce, but a surrender! Let us bring our the heavy artillery of heaven, and thunder away at this proud age as Whitfield, Edwards, Spurgeon, and Paul did, and then will be many slain of the Lord raised up to walk in newness of life. – J. B. Gambrell