December 22, 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
To Thy presence we repair
Lord, we love to worship there
When within the veil we meet
Christ the Lord, our mercy seat
Thou, through Him, art reconciled
We, through Him, become Thy child.
Abba, Father! Give us grace
In Thy courts to seek Thy face
While Thy glorious praise is sung
Touch our lips, unloose our tongues
That our joyful souls may bless
Christ the Lord, our Righteousness.
While we listen to Thy Word
Fill our souls with sovereign love
From Thy house when we return
May our hearts within us burn
And at evening let us say
“We have walked with God today.”
(Tune: “Rock of Ages” p. 126)
There will be no service this Wednesday, Dec. 25th. May everyone enjoy their time with family and friends! We will have a New Years Eve service on Tuesday Dec. 31st at 7:00 and observe the Lord’s Table.
25th – Paul E. Daniel 26th – Jacob Murphy 26th – Paul Walmsley
Sunday AM – Jessica E., Donna, Kim, Linda PM – Sarah L., Maybelle
“The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression” - Proverbs 19:11
THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS
Forgiveness is a powerful force. “There is forgiveness with them that thou mayest be feared.” There is no true fear of God until we see our sins are forgiven! The believer is to look upon his sin as forgiven sin. And how powerful forgiveness is when one forgives another. The person who forgives does that which is God-like. What spiritual strength one shows in forgiving. What an awareness they have of all that they have been forgiven. What a blessing they are to those who have been forgiven. How liberating it is to the soul that forgives. The hurt and resentment he has been harboring flies away. May the Lord enable us to truly be forgiving men and women.
THE RESPONSE TO GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY
God is sovereign. That means He is in complete control of everything. There is nothing that happens, whether we perceive it good or bad, without His will. The eternal destiny of every man to ever live is in His sovereign hands. This is the God of the Bible. There are only two responses to this. Rejoicing or anger. The one who loves the God who is sovereign rejoices in His sovereignty. The one who has no love for Him who is sovereign resents His sovereignty and cannot trust himself in His mighty hands. The response is caused by love or lack thereof.
John Flavel once said, “He who calls you to come to Him for mercy and forgiveness, knows your sins, your weakness and your guilt, YET He calls you! Now if your sin does not hinder Christ from calling, neither should it hinder you from coming! What an encouragement to come to Him! Christ Jesus came into this world, on purpose, to save, not the righteous, but sinners. Therefore –
Let not conscience make you linger,
Nor of fitness fondly dream
All the fitness He requireth,
Is to feel your need of Him.
STAY IN THE HOUSE!
“And the city (Jericho) shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house” (Joshua 6:17). The promise of safety to Rahab and her family was contingent on them remaining in the house. If she had been overcome with fear when seeing the advancing Israelite army, and made a run for it, she would have been slaughtered along with the rest of Jericho. Her only hope of living was to remain in the house.
And so it is with every believer. Our only hope of living is to be found in Christ, our refuge, our dwelling place, our house. If we look out the window of our life, and see the advancing army of our sin, attacking our conscience from every angle, and decide to make a run for it, we have just left the house of Christ, and will suffer many pains and sorrows as we struggle to fight under our own power.
Believers, as Rahab did, so must we …stay in the house! Christ alone is our hiding place, our safe place of refuge. “Who is he that condemneth?” The law? I kept you in Christ. My sin? It was taken away when I was crucified in Christ. Satan? I crushed your head in Christ. The world? I am dead to it and it to me in Christ. No thing, no one can condemn me, for “It is Christ that died” (Romans 8:34). And no thing, no one “Shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39). – Brian DuFour
“Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days,
what it is; that I may know how frail I am.” - Psalm 39:4
Here is a three-fold request made by David to his Lord:
1. Make me to know MINE END! David’s end and goal was to “Awake with Thy likeness”, to “Dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Help me to rest in this hope.
2. Make me to know THE MEASURE OF MY DAYS! How short my days are upon the earth, and how near I am to my goal!
3. Make me to know HOW FRAIL I AM! A good understanding of my frailty and flesh will humble me, make me more thankful for Christ, enable me to be more patient and forgiving with others, and wean me from this world of flesh and materialism. – Pastor Henry Mahan