August 4, 2013
Sundays 7:30 am Channel 27 WKYT
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
Within Thy house, O Lord our God
In majesty appear
Make this a place of Thine abode
And shed Thy blessings here. (Repeat)
As we Thy mercy seat surround
Thy Spirit, Lord impart
And let Thy Gospel’s joyful sound
With power reach every heart. (Repeat)
Here let the blind their sight obtain
Here give the mourner rest
Let Jesus here triumphant reign
Enthroned in every breast. (Repeat)
Here let the voice of sacred joy
And fervent prayer arise
‘Til higher strains our tongues employ
In bliss beyond the skies. (Repeat)
(Tune: “Majestic Sweetness” p. 52)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
Angus Fisher from Australia will bring the message Wednesday evening.
We extend our sympathy to the family of Loretta Shearer who passed away on Thursday. Her funeral will be at 11:00 on Monday in Winchester at the Scobee Funeral Home.
6th – Shawn Benton 6th – Kristen Hands 7th – Leti Anguiano
7th – Lee Anne Walmsley 7th – Aaron Wilson
8th – Isaac Williams 10th – Eric Wilson
Sunday AM – Cami, Molly, Jenny PM – Laura, Andrea B. Wed. – Sarah, Maybelle
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” - Proverbs 20:1
When the Lord said to His disciples, “One of you shall betray Me”, all twelve of them said, “Is it I?” If the Lord appeared to the Todds Road Grace Church, and said to her members, “One of you shall betray Me” I wonder how many of us would think we would be the one to do it? If we had any true understanding of ourselves, we would fear we would be the one. The disciples individually feared they would be the one! Eleven of the disciples said, “Lord, Is it I?” One said, “Master, is it I?” Do you know who this one was? Judas. If He is your Lord, you will fear you will be the one, but you won’t. If all He is is your teacher, you are the one who will betray Him.
ECLIPSING THE GLORY
From our perspective, it generally looks as though the moon has a light of its own. But during an eclipse – when the moon comes between the earth and the sun – the moon is shown for what it is: a dark and dead body. Rather than adding light to the sun, it actually diminishes the sunlight that reaches us.
So it is with doctrine. While in its proper position, it shines with a brilliant light or glory. But, just as with the moon, the glory of doctrine is not its own, it is Christ. The proof of this is simple. Let any doctrine occupy a place between Christ and us, and it will “eclipse” the glory of Christ and become a dead and darkening thing to our souls.
Election is a glorious and wonderful doctrine. But its glory is wholly borrowed from Christ. There is no glory in election apart from the fact that “we are chosen in Him…” Predestination has no glory apart from the fact that we are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ. Redemption viewed by itself becomes nothing more than a point of contention and pride. Arguments arise over its extent and scope. But, when we understand that we have redemption in Christ, even more, Christ IS our redemption, than all arguments over its extent and scope are silenced and a glorious, God-honoring, soul-comforting truth appears: that every blood-bought sinner IS redeemed by a redemption that cannot be undone. And so the principle applies to every truth: until truth is seen in its proper relation to Christ, it is a dead and dark thing. But when it is viewed in its proper relation to Christ, it shines with His glory and reveals His glory to us. – Pastor Joe Terrell
We profess to be believers, yet still spend a lot of time in unbelief and doubting, especially concerning our personal salvation. This is so dishonoring to our God and Father. May He give us grace to believe this precious verse in His bible – “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation (put full confidence in what I am about to say) that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (I Timothy 1:15). You may take full confidence in this truth, that if you are nothing but sin, then you are nothing but saved. – Brian DuFour
We dare not hope to be accepted with God because of anything that is in us by nature, or may be infused into us by grace: we are accepted in the Beloved, and apart from Him we look not to be accepted. Even what the Holy Ghost works in us does not furnish us with any merit which we can plead, for it is a gift of grace, and no part of our justifying righteousness. We rest upon Jesus Christ crucified (His righteousness imputed, atoning blood, and mediation alone), and not upon our faith, repentance, or prayers.
- C. H. Spurgeon
How faint the best praise! How wandering the best prayer! How selfish the best gift! When we feel that we are nearest to God, how far off we are! When we feel that we are most like God, how unlike God we are! What did the apostle say? “When I am weak, then am I strong.” Our strength is always Christ, never in anything we are or do.
- Pastor Henry Mahan
Be truthful and God will honor you!
Be honest and He will provide for you!
Be humble and He will exalt you!
Be patient and He will establish and strengthen you!
Be gentle to all and He will reward you!
- Pastor Henry Mahan