April 28, 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
Though troubles assail and dangers afright
Though friends should all fail and foes all unite
Yet one thing secures us whatever betide
The Scripture assures us, The Lord will provide!

The birds without barn or storehouse are fed
From them let us learn to trust for our bread
His saints what is fitting shall n’er be denied
So long as ‘tis written, The Lord will provide!

No strength of our own or goodness we claim
Yet since we have known the Saviour’s great name
In this our strong tower for safety we hide
The Lord is our power, The Lord will provide!

When life sinks apace and death is in view
The Word of His grace shall comfort us through
No fearing or doubting with Christ at our side
We hope to die shouting, The Lord will provide!

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There will be a Bible Conference this weekend at the Central Grace Church in Rocky Mount, Virginia where Paul Mahan is Pastor. Speakers are Allen Jelliot, Gabe Stalnaker, and myself. In my absence, Mark Daniel will teach the Bible study, Bob Coffey will preach Sunday morning and Luke Coffey in the evening.

Everyone is invited to the wedding of Stephen Brice and Aubrey Nibert on Friday evening June 14th. Please pick up an invitation in the foyer & RSVP if you plan to attend.

Birthdays
28th – Jim Murphy 29th – Eric Dickerson 30th – Linda Rutledge
2nd – Mitch Bryan 2nd – Gretta Daniel 4th – Jeffrey Imes

“The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.” - Proverbs 14:15
The Holy Scriptures are utterly unique. Each word is God breathed. It is not a book that can be intellectually grasped, but bowed to and believed. Can I intellectually comprehend how the Living God is one God in three distinct Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Can I grasp eternal union with Christ? Can I conceive of God seeing no sin in me? Can I, dare I, believe that I really am the very righteousness of God? These things are impossible to intellectually comprehend. They are things that can only be believed. If the Gospel were a thing that we could comprehend, there really would be no awe or mystery to it. It would not cause a man to bow down and worship.


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WHO CAN TAME THE TONGUE?
“But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). I have tried to tame mine, and out come words of criticism, hurt, and self-justification. But God can and does tame the tongue. I cannot tame my tongue, but I want it to be tamed by the grace of God! Lord, tame my tongue, so that the words that come out of my mouth are true, gracious, kind, and encouraging. Somebody once said that everything that passes through our lips ought to go through these three check points: 1) Is it true? 2) Is it necessary to say? 3) Is it kind? When, by the grace of God, our words go through those three checkpoints, we are speaking with a tamed tongue - tamed by the grace of God.


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What does it mean to humble yourself before God? There are many things that could be said. Peter put it this way, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.” (I Peter 5:6-7). We do not humble ourselves under His mighty hand unless we cast ALL of our care upon Him.

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Love is as love does. Love is defined by what it does. Love gives. Love wants to please the object of its love. A love that is in word only, but not in deed, is not love at all. This is true with regard to love toward God and love toward men.

 


THE DOCTRINE OF PREDETERMINATION
When I consider the absolute independency of God and the necessary total dependence of all created things on Him, their fist cause, I cannot help standing astonished at the pride of impotent, degenerate man. He is so prone to consider himself as a being possessed of sovereign freedom and invested with a power of self-salvation, able, he imagines, to counteract the designs even of infinite wisdom and to defeat the agency of Omnipotence itself. Ye shall be as gods, said the tempter to Eve; and ye are as gods says the same tempter to her apostate sons. One would apt to think that a suggestion so obviously false and flattering, a suggestion the very opposite of what we feel to be our state, a suggestion contrary to both Scripture and reason, to fact and experience, could never meet with the smallest degree of credit. And yet, because it so exactly coincides with the natural haughtiness of the human heart, men not only admit, but even relish the deception and are fondly inclined to believe that the father of lies does, in this instance at least, speak truth. The Scripture doctrine of predetermination lays the axe to the very root of this delusion. It assures us that all things are of God; that all our times and all events are in His hand. – Augustus Toplady

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TO WHOM BE GLORY
If all be of Him and through Him, there is all the reason in the world that all should be to Him and for Him. It is only through divine sovereignty that we can understand the things of God, and only in divine sovereignty that we can rest our souls. – Matthew Henry

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NOTHING
God creates out of nothing. Therefore until a man is nothing, God will make nothing out of him. – Martin Luther