December 29, 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
Thou, Christ, the great Jehovah art
The Fount of holiness
And, God with us, Thou art become
The Lord our Righteousness.

Oh, wash us with Thy blood and clothe
With Thy pure spotless dress
Oh, hide us in Thyself, and be
The Lord our Righteousness.

Make us by grace to be indeed
What we in word profess
Oh, make us like unto Thyself
The Lord our Righteousness.

Pour on us showers of Thy grace
Increase our fruitfulness
That we may yield Thine own to Thee
The Lord our Righteousness.

So, in Thy glorious image raised
May we Thy mercy bless
And sing forever praise to Thee
The Lord our Righteousness.

(Tune: “Come Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove” p. 158)

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Our Wednesday service will be changed to New Years Eve on Tuesday, Dec. 31st at 7:00. We will observe the Lord’s Table. The desire of my heart for this coming year is that you and I might love our Lord more and love one another more. What a blessing that would be!

Birthdays
29th – Amanda Frye 29th – Alan Kincer 30th – Will Hands
31st – Donna Wooten 1st – Wyatt Davis 3rd – Rachel Sullivan

Nursery Schedule
Sunday AM – Shirley, Shari, Mary PM- Faith, Kelli Tues. – Jessica C., Emily, Emma


“The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.” - Proverbs 19:3


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CONSIDERING THE POOR
“Blessed is he that considereth the poor” – Psalm 41:9
Being poor comes in many shapes. There is poorness of purse, poorness of health (whether mental or physical), and poorness of spirit. The one who has been blessed by God considers the poor. This speaks primarily of Him who, “Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich.” But this also speaks of His people. Being poor in spirit themselves, they are sensitive to the needs of the poor, desire their salvation, and are generous toward them. Being that way is a blessing from God, and special blessing is pronounced toward them. “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness” (Psalm 41:1-3). What a blessed thing it is to be poor.





FIVE POWERFUL REASONS TO FORGIVE OTHERS
1. If we do not forgive, we will not be forgiven. “If you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you your trespasses.”
2. We will be forgiven in the same way we forgive others. “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”
3. We will be happier! How bitter and resentful the person who has been wronged can become, but how cleansing it is to forgive.
4. When we fail to forgive, Satan has the advantage over us. “To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (II Cor. 2:10-11).
5. It lies in the very nature of God to forgive, and when we forgive it is the most God-like thing we can ever do!


JUSTIFIED AND SANCTIFIED IN CHRIST
“…But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (I Cor. 6:11). Every believer, an elect sinner, stands before God perfectly justified and perfectly sanctified, in Christ. Justification speaks of how you legally stand before God’s holy law - guilty or innocent. Sanctification speaks of how you physically stand before God’s presence - holy or sinful. Every believer is completely innocent and completely holy through the work of Christ for them, and in them.
I am completely innocent when Christ obeyed God’s holy law for me, and I am completely holy when the Spirit of Christ is placed in me. In both cases, union with Christ is the key. I was in Christ obeying God’s holy law perfectly, thereby declaring me to be justified, innocent, and righteous before God. And Christ is in me in the new birth, making me to be sanctified, holy, and sinless before God. Both of these blessings are carried out on chosen sinners by the saving grace of God in Christ, therefore, “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (I Cor. 1:31). – Brian DuFour



GRACE – MORE THAN UNMERITED FAVOUR!
An esteemed friend who kindly read through my book on the Sovereignty of God, and to whom I am indebted for a number of suggestions has pointed out that GRACE is MORE than “unmerited favour.” To feed a tramp who calls on me is “unmerited favour”, but it is scarcely grace! But suppose that after he has robbed me I should feed this starving tramp - that would be grace. Grace then is favour shown where there is positive demerit in the one receiving it. Grace is unearned, undeserved, and the free gift of God which He bestows on whom He pleases. – A. W. Pink



The power of God is that ability and strength whereby He can bring to pass whatsoever He pleases, whatsoever His infinite wisdom may direct, and whatsoever the infinite purity of His will may resolve…as holiness is the beauty of all God’s attributes, so power is that which gives life and action to all the perfections of the Divine Nature. How vain would be the eternal counsels, if power did not step in to execute them. Without power His mercy would be but a feeble pity, His promises an empty sound, His threatenings a mere scarecrow. God’s power is like Himself; infinite, eternal, incomprehensible; it can neither be checked, restrained, nor frustrated by the creature. – Stephen Charnock