April 14, 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
Come, Thou Almighty Comforter
And bring upon Thy wing
Sweet consolation to each soul
That we may praise and sing.
We want to hear, we want to see
We want to know Christ more
We want sweet foretastes of His love
As we have had before.
And shall we come in vain to God?
O Lord, that cannot be
Thy promise stands engaged to come
And bless e’vn two or three.
Lord, give more love, more sincere faith
More confidence in Thee
Break off our legal chains, O God
And let our souls go free.
(Tune: “Come Holy spirit, Heavenly Dove” p. 158)
All ladies are invited to a baby shower for Tracy Coffey on Saturday, April 27 at 10:30am in the fellowship hall. Please sign the list in the foyer if you plan to attend.
16th – Ann Schuyler 18th – Melissa Virgin
20th – Kim Daniel 20th – Becky Rigsby
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” - Proverbs 15:1
PREDESTINATION AND PRAYER
If everything has been predestinated (and it has), why pray? Because the Lord tells us to. “Men ought always to pray and not to faint.” Because He who predestinated the end also predestinated the means. Whatever the Lord is going to do He does through the prayers of His people. Because prayer avails much. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” It has strength with God.
Hezekiah became very sick. Isaiah came with a message for him. “Set thy house in order: for thou shalt die and not live.” Did Hezekiah say, “The day of my death was determined” and wait with stoic indifference until it happened? No! “He turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord.” And the Scripture say that he “wept sore” during this prayer. He was beseeching the Lord that he would not die. Then the Lord sent Isaiah back to Hezekiah with this message, “I have heard thy prayers, I have seen thy tears, behold I will heal thee…and I will add unto thy days 15 years.” And we know that God always intended for him to live this long because Manasseh had not yet been born. He is one through whom the Christ would come. If I am fatalistic about something, it really is not important to me. But if it is important, I will pray. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Have you heard the story of the Irishman who was converted to Christ and whose priest told him that he had better not read the Bible because he was unlearned? The priest said, “I will get the milk of the Word and bring it to you.” To which the Irishman replied, “I will be much obliged to you, sir, if you will bring me the milk of the Word, but I intend to keep a cow myself. That way I will be sure to get the milk PURE.”
That is what I want you to do – keep a cow yourself – carry a Bible with you and see whether the milk you are receiving from the pulpit is PURE. You can trust your body to physicians and your finances to brokers and not suffer too great a loss if they are wrong; but to trust your eternal soul to a preacher and find out in the end that his was ANOTHER GOSPEL is to lose eternally. “Search the Scriptures daily, whether these things are so” (Acts 17:1). – Pastor Henry Mahan
Grace does not cause or promote licentiousness, but true godliness (vs. 17-24). The Gospel of the grace of God and the grace of God experienced in the soul teaches believing men and women to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present evil world for the glory of Christ. We are totally free from the law; but believers are not lawless. Saved sinners seek to glorify God in all things. If your religion promotes, permits, or allows room for lasciviousness, greed, and deceitful lusts, your religion is not the religion of grace. Grace teaches people to bridle their passions and their tongues (vs. 25-29). And grace causes saved sinners to fear the thought of grieving the Holy Spirit (vs. 30). In a word, grace makes people gracious. “Let all bitterness, and wrath , and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (vs. 4:31-32). – Pastor Don Fortner
Election is sovereign – the purpose of God. The Bible reveals God to be sovereign in creation, providence, and salvation. When men object to God’s sovereignty exercised in election, we do well to point them to the apostle’s words in Romans 9:20-21, “Nay, but, O man, who are you to reply against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump, to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?” Men have been told for so long that God is in their hands, it is no wonder that many are astonished to hear that the Bible says it is just the opposite.
- Pastor David Pledger