July 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
Prepare me, gracious God
To stand before Thy face
Thy Spirit must the work perform
For it is all of grace.
In Christ’s obedience clothe
And wash me in His blood
So shall I lift my head with joy
Among the sons of God.
Do Thou my sins remove
Thy sovereign love make known
The spirit of my mind renew
And save me in Thy Son.
Let me attest Thy power
Let me Thy goodness move
Till my full soul can hold no more
Of everlasting love.
(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord” p. 188)
Everyone is invited to the wedding of Amy Daniel and Jason Ferrell this Saturday afternoon at 5:00.
23rd – James Johnson 24th – Brian DuFour 25th – Ellen Willis
26th – James Lynn 26th – Joe McSherry
Sunday AM – Shari, Shirley, Lydia PM – Elizabeth, Julie Wednesday – Meagan
“Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.” -Proverbs 17:1
If any aspect of my salvation is conditioned, predicated, or dependent upon me doing something, or me not doing something, I have no peace. But if my peace is found wholly in what the Lord has done for me, I can rest. David said it this way, “Although my house be not so with God, yet hath He made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure.” I derive peace from that. David went on to say that this was all of His salvation, and all of his desire. Thank God for this verse. All of my salvation is found in the unconditional covenant of God’s grace. No conditions were left open ended! This is all my salvation, and all that I desire. I would not want it to be any other way! All that God requires of me He looks to His Son for, the surety of the covenant! Now that gives me peace.
WHY THE ELECT LOVE ELECTION
The elect love election! That is a fact. When they were unregenerate they had no love for or understanding of election. But when God saves them they become lovers of this holy Truth. Here are two reasons why they love election. (1) Because they love the God of election. Election gives God all the glory in salvation, and that is the heart desire of every believer. (2) Election teaches that God’s salvation is all of grace, and that gives hope to helpless sinners. The elect know enough about their sin to know that if God did not choose them, they could not have possibly been saved. Election gives Christ all the glory in salvation and declares a salvation that is all of grace. That is why the elect love election. Thank God for election!
Paul the Apostle said, “Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, less the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” We do not want to be offensive in our presentation of the Gospel. However, if we try and present the Gospel in a way that we think will make it easier to swallow, and more appealing to the flesh, all we do is nullify its power. We do not need to use wisdom of words to dress it up in such a way that makes it smoother and easier for me to receive nor do we need to use language that tones down the stark reality of what the Gospel says. We do not apologize for the Gospel. We preach it in its naked simplicity, trusting God to take care of all the results! Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.”
“The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.” - Psalms 138:8
If we indulge in any confidence which is not grounded on the Rock of ages, our confidence is worse than a dream, it will fall upon us, and cover us with its ruins, to our sorrow and confusion. All that Nature spins time will unravel, to the eternal confusion of all who are clothed therein. The Psalmist was wise, he rested upon nothing short of the Lord’s work. It is the Lord who has begun the good work within us; it is He who has carried it on; and if He does not finish it, it never will be complete. If there be one stitch in the celestial garment of our righteousness which we are to insert ourselves, then we are lost; but this is our confidence, the Lord who began will perfect. He has done it all, must do it all, and will do it all. Our confidence must not be in what we have done, nor in what we have resolved to do, but entirely in what the Lord will do. – C. H. Spurgeon
Kindness is never wrong. Meanness is always wrong! If I am kind to a fallen man, does that mean that I condone his fall? Of course not! It means I know what it is to fall, and I want to help the fallen. Some attempt to excuse their meanness toward others under the guise of loving the truth, maintaining church discipline, and reproving sin. But these things never excuse or condone any lack of kindness. Our danger is being self-righteous to the point of meanness. God give me grace to be kind to sinners like myself. Amen! - Pastor Don Fortner
Those who have that faith which is the gift of God, that faith which comes through hearing the Word of God – one need not be troubled about them trusting in their faith. This faith causes those who have it – without exception – to renounce themselves and trust entirely in Christ the Saviour. This faith causes self to be abhorred and Christ adored. Those who have this faith could never trust in their faith. – Pastor Maurice Montgomery