April 21, 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
Glory be to God the Father
Glory to the blessed Son
Sound aloud the Spirit’s praises
Hail the glorious Three in One.

Glory, honor, praise, and power
To the Lamb be ever paid
Let new blessings ev’ry hour
Rest on His exalted head.

May the grace of Christ our Saviour
And the Father’s boundless love
With the Holy Spirit’s favor
Be upon us from above.

Thus may we abide in union
With each other in the Lord
And possess, in sweet communion
Joys which earth cannot afford.

(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)

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We rejoice with Rebekah Vincent who was baptized last Sunday morning.

There will be a Bible Conference May 3 – 6 at the Central Grace Church in Rocky Mount, Virginia where Paul Mahan is Pastor. Speakers are Allen Jelliot, Todd Nibert, and Gabe Stalnaker.

All ladies are invited to a baby shower for Tracy Coffey this Saturday at 10:30am in the fellowship hall. Please sign the list in the foyer if you plan to attend.

Birthdays
24th – Don Martin


“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.” - Proverbs 16:1


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WHO IS SOVEREIGN: MAN OR GOD?
Before you think, why ask a question like that when the answer is obvious, hold on. If man has a free-will, it means it is free from God’s will. If man’s will is free, and can trump God’s will, then man’s will is sovereign over God’s will. The belief in free will makes man a sovereign and God’s will subject to man’s will. That makes man big and God small. That makes man’s will more powerful then God’s will. Such thinking is utterly foreign to the Scriptures, which speaks of “Him that doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, what doest Thou?” (Daniel 4:35) I am so thankful that God’s will is sovereign over man’s will. He makes us willing (Psalm 110:3). He works in us both to will and do of His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). Who is sovereign: Man of God? The answer is easy: God.

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IF BAPTISM DOES NOT SAVE, WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Baptism is a ceremony, and nothing more. There is no saving efficacy in it nor is it a means through which grace is conveyed. But, that does not take away from its importance. The marriage ceremony does not cause a man and woman to love one another. They love each other before they participated in the marriage ceremony. But if they refuse to participate in the marriage ceremony, and live together without it, they say by that, that they do not love one another enough to be totally committed to one another. This shows how important the marriage ceremony is. There is no true love without it. Baptism is the same. It does not cause salvation. It speaks of a relationship that was already there before the ceremony. And that relationship was caused by what baptism depicts: Union with Christ. For someone to refuse Baptism is like someone who refuses the marriage covenant and ceremony. That person says by their actions, “I do not love Christ enough to commit to Him.” Love like that is not love at all!
Yes, Baptism is important. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16).

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT CHRISTIANITY?
For some reason, I have never felt totally comfortable with the term “Christianity”. It seems to be a title of “one of the great world religions”. Christianity is not one of the great world religions. It is a religion that excludes and condemns all other religions as nothing more than a lie. But allow me to use the term anyway. What is unique about Christianity?
The answer is Christ Himself! None can compare with the Lord Jesus Christ! Here is a Scripture that will illustrate that. In Revelation 14:1, God’s people are described as having God the Father’s name written in their foreheads. But in Revelation 22:4 the name of the Son is said to be in their foreheads. Does that mean they have two different names written on their foreheads? No! The name is the same. This shows the infinite greatness of Christ. He is the second Person of the Trinity, distinct from the Father, yet co-equal to the extent that His name is interchangeable with the name of the Father! I tremble as I write this, but Isaiah 9:6 declares, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Truly, Christ Himself is what is unique about Christianity!

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Preachers today are licensed and ordained by the church; men of old were ordained and sent by God. Preachers today go forth armed with degrees and credentials; men of old went forth anointed by the Holy Spirit. Preachers are questioned by committees and hired to preach what the church believes; men of old came preaching, “Thus saith the Lord.” Preachers today give themselves to programs, visitation, church business; men of old “Gave themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word.” Preachers today preach and men are persuaded to move their membership; men of old preached and, “They were pricked in their hearts and cried, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Preachers today pray and the organ plays softly; Elijah prayed and the fire of God fell. Preachers today are afraid that they will offend someone; Paul was afraid that he would not. If there is no offence, the cross has not been preached. - Copied


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I have often been amazed by how utterly blind people can be to their own sins, faults, hypocrisies, and inconsistencies, and yet they have the eye of an eagle in seeing the same things in other people. Oh, my soul, what am I blind to in myself? “Cleanse Thou me from secret faults” (Psalm 19:12)… sins that I am not even aware that I am guilty of committing.