December 8, 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
Revive Thy work, O Lord
Thy mighty arm make bare
Speak with the Voice that wakes the dead
And make Thy people hear.

Revive Thy work, O Lord
Create soul-thirst for Thee
And hungering for the bread of life
Oh! May our spirits be.

Revive Thy work, O Lord
Exalt Thy precious name
And by Thy Holy Ghost Divine
Our love for Thee inflame.

Revive Thy work, O Lord
And give refreshing showers
The glory shall be Thine alone
The blessings, Lord, be ours.

(Tune: “Bless Be the Tie That Binds” p. 187)

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There will be a get together for the adults at the Hartland Clubhouse on Friday night Dec. 20th at 7:00. Bring an appetizer or dessert.

Birthdays
9th – Chuck Mohr 9th – Ben Small 14th – Christie Small

“God is mighty, and despiseth not any” – Job 36:5
The omnipotent One, unlike the Pharisee, despises not any. May that be said of you and me - that we despise not any.


“He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker; but he that honoureth Him hath mercy on the poor.” - Proverbs 14:31

 


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, 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).

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UPON BEING POOR
Blessed are the poor. It is the poor who have the Gospel preached to them. David, the man after God’s own heart said on ten different occasions, “I am poor and needy.” He had material wealth, but he was poor and needy. What a blessing it is to be poor. Being poor is defined by what you do not have. It is only to the poor that the gifts of His grace are given. The church at Laodicea professed themselves to be rich, increased with goods and in need of nothing. Christ said, “I will spew thee out of My mouth.” It is only the poor who are truly rich. May we stay poor so that we will be truly rich.

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I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them, and say, “You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself.” My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will. – C. H. Spurgeon

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Can you image what a paradise on earth there would be if there were no sin? It is sin only that brings misery and unhappiness.


KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT NEED
There is no salvation apart from the knowledge of the truth. It is impossible to believe what we do not know. But a knowledge without need is worse than not knowing! A man can pick up a Bible and conclude from reading it that men are dead in sins, God elected a people, Christ died for the elect, God’s grace is invincible and toward the elect, and they will persevere unto the end. All that knowledge does is condemn if it is not accompanied with a need. Because of my sinfulness, I need God to choose me. I need for Christ to put away all my sin. I need for the grace of the Holy Spirit to be invincible toward me. I need to be preserved in order to persevere. The doctrine of grace is the doctrine of need! And I need to hear this preached, and I need to preach what I need to hear. Knowledge without need is a greater sin than ignorance. Knowledge without need is in reality a denial of the necessity of what is known. It is the knowledge of which Paul said, “…We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth” (I Cor. 8:1).
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The ancient Greeks told us to be moderate by knowing our inclinations. The Romans told us to be strong by ordering our lives. Buddhism tells us to be disillusioned by annihilating our consciousness. Hinduism tells us to be absorbed my merging our souls. Islam tells us to be submissive by subjecting our wills. Agnosticism tells us to be at peace by ignoring our doubts. Moralism tells us to be free by acknowledging our failures. Christianity is the unreligion because it is the one faith whose founder tells us to bring not our doing, but our need. – Dane Ortlund

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God’s elect worship and serve Him with willing hearts. We willingly believe, willingly worship, willingly give, and willingly do what we can for the glory of God. It is God who, by effectual grace makes us willing; but we are wiling servants of the Most High God! Any worship, service, or gifts offered to God that is not done with a willing heart, is an abomination to Him. – Scott Richardson