November 10, 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.
Hail, mighty Jesus! How divine
Is Thy victorious sword!
The stoutest rebel must resign
At Thy commanding word.
Deep are the wounds Thy arrows give
They pierce the hardest heart
Thy smiles of grace the slain revive
And with Thee give a part.
Still gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh
Ride with majestic sway
Go forth, sweet Prince, triumphantly
And make Thy foes obey.
And when Thy victories are complete
When all the chosen race
Shall round the throne of glory meet
They’ll sing Thy conquering grace.
O may my blood-washed soul be found
Among that favored band!
And I, with them, Thy praise will sound
Throughout Immanuel’s land.
(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)
We extend our sympathy to Paul Walmsley and his family on the death of his father.
Our conference is Nov. 22-24. There is a sign-up sheet on a table in the fellowship hall. See Kristen Hands with any questions.
11th – Norma Johnson 11th – Peggy Mohr 11th – Elizabeth Vincent
11th – Patsy White 14th – Terry Squires
15th – Carter Steeves 16th – Pamela Weinstock
“Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” - Proverbs 20:6
CHRIST’S PROMISE OF HIS PRESENCE
“Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). The Lord promises His presence in public worship. If He is there, I want to be there every time. It is a sad day when someone can easily absent themselves from the place where He has promised His presence. Someone says, “I do not want to turn coming to church into bondage.” Since when is it bondage to always want to be where He has promised His presence? It is true that we all have ebbs and flows in our lives and sometimes are not even conscience of His presence in public worship. But whether we feel His presence or not, His presence is there every time two or three are gathered in His name. We don’t want to presume that or take it for granted, but this is still His promise, “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” If He is there, I want to be there every time. That is not bondage. That is blessing!
“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing, but contrariwise blessing.” - I Peter 3:8-9
When Peter says, “Finally”, he is saying, “This is the final end or goal.” He names seven things that were his end in writing. And they all have to do with how we treat the brethren! Our attitude toward our brothers and sisters in Christ manifests our true attitude toward Christ Himself. “In as much as ye did it to the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me.” (1) Be of one mind, complete agreement. Christ is all! (2) Have compassion one of another. Be truly sympathetic, touched by the grief of our brethren. (3) Love as brethren. Same Father, same Savior, same salvation, brethren closer than blood. (4) Be pitiful. Filled with compassion. Tender-hearted (Eph. 4:32). (5) Be courteous: literally lowly minded. Where humility is, there is no contention. (6) Not rendering evil for evil or railing for railing. Not paying back bad treatment or abusive speech. (7) But contrariwise blessing. Speaking well of one another. Asking God’s blessing on one another. This is what grace does for those who are saved by it. May this be seen in us!
We did not ask God to elect us. We did not ask God to make a covenant of grace. We did not ask God to redeem us by the blood of His Son. All of these things were done before we were born. – C. H. Spurgeon
“Thy faith hath saved thee” – Luke 18:42
We know strictly speaking, it is not our faith that saved us. Faith did not keep the law for me. Christ did! Faith did not die on the cross for my sins. Christ did! Faith was not raised from the dead, Christ was! Yet the Lord says, “Thy faith hath saved thee.” Why does the Saviour put this high honor on our faith? Because faith looks to Christ alone! It rests in Him only, and looks nowhere else! It gives all the honor of salvation to Christ! A faith that does not do that is not saving faith to begin with. Christ puts such honor on faith because true faith puts all honor on HIM!
There was not a speck of sin on the conscience, nor a principle of sin in the nature of His people for which Christ was not judged on the cross; and they are now looked upon as having died with Christ, lain in the grace with Christ, His people raised with Christ, perfectly accepted in Him – their sins, their iniquities, their transgressions, their enmity, their uncircumcision, having been entirely put away by the cross. The sentence of death has been written on the flesh; but the believer is in possession of a new life, in union with his risen Head in glory.
What rest – perfect rest – for the heart and conscience is here! What full relief for the burdened spirit! All our sins buried in the grace of Christ, not one – even the smallest – left out! God did this for us! All that His searching eye could detect in us, He laid on the head of Christ when He hung upon the cross! He judged Him there and then, instead of judging us in hell forever. – C. H. Mackintosh
Man, in his natural state, has no desire for the things of God, no interest in the Gospel of saving grace, and when circumstances of sickness, sorrow, or fear generate some interest, it is usually NOT SINCERE OR LASTING! But, when God is pleased to cross a person’s path, awaken his sleeping soul, and create an interest in spiritual matters, that interest is not only sincere and genuine, but will certainly result in salvation and eternal glory. Christ said, “Every man that hath heard and learned of the Father, COMETH UNTO ME!” - Pastor Henry Mahan