January 12, 2014
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
Now may the Lord reveal His grace
And teach our stamm’ring tongues
To make His sovereign, reigning grace
The subject of our songs.
No sweeter subject can invite
A sinner’s heart to sing
Or more display the glorious right
Of our exalted King.
Grace reigns to pardon crimson sins
To melt the hardest hearts
And from the work it once begins
It never once departs.
“Twas grace that called our souls at first
By grace thus far we’ve come
And grace will help us through the worst
And grace will take us home.
(Tune: “O For a Thousand Tongues” p. 46)
12th – Aaron Sligh 14th – Mary Caines 15th – Mike Rigsby
16th – Kelli Harries 17th – Aiden Carver 17th – Bernita Singleton
Sunday AM – Lydia, Julie R., Megan D. Tammy PM – Andrea, Sharon, Allison
Wed. - Jaime
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” - Proverbs 15:1
Meekness, one of the fruits of the Spirit, is an attitude toward God. Meekness believes all things come from God, and therefore receives them as good. Humility is her twin sister. The Lord said, “Blessed are the meek.” Here are some of the blessings of meekness. “The meek shall eat and be satisfied.” “The meek shall He guide.” “The meek will He teach.” “He saveth all the meek.” “The meek shall inherit the earth.” “The Lord lifteth up the meek.” “The Lord beautifies the meek with salvation.” A meek and quiet spirit is said to be of great value to God, a part of the worthy walk, one of the things God’s elect puts on, the demeanor of telling others of the hope in us, and the spirit in which we restore our fallen brothers. This is the spirit of receiving His Word. “Receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.” Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of meekness is that the Lord Jesus Christ is meek. He said, “I am meek and lowly in heart.”
May we be enabled to be clothed with meekness in our attitude toward God and men.
RECEIVING THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH
“Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (II Thess. 2:10). It is possible to receive the Truth without receiving the love of the Truth. Merely receiving the Truth is an acknowledgment that the Bible does in fact teach some particular doctrine. This is believing with the intellect and nothing more. Such receiving of the Truth will not end in salvation, but certain destruction. Paul goes on to say of these people, “And for this cause (because they received not the love of the Truth) God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” It is one thing to believe the Bible is God’s Word. It is another thing to love that it is so. It is one thing to believe the Bible teaches the sovereignty of God. It is another thing to love the God who is sovereign. It is one thing to acknowledge the Bible teaches election. It is another thing to love the God who elected sinners in Christ. It is one thing to agree that Christ is the only way. It is another to love Him as the only way. Where the Truth is not received in the love of it, it is not really believed.
A man cannot be thoroughly humbled till he realizes that his salvation is utterly beyond his own powers, counsels, efforts, will and works, and depends absolutely on the will, counsel, pleasure and work of another – God alone. – Martin Luther
“The Lord will bless His people with peace.” - Psalm 29:11
Peace is the desire of our heart. What a blessing to dread no outward disturbance, and to feel no inward storm. He who has this peace of God has more than riches. He is highly favored of God. Our Saviour says, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Whatever God does on this earth, Satan tries to make something that looks like it to deceive the people, and while the peace of God is more precious than gold, there is another peace which is worse than worthless. May God the Holy Spirit give us discerning hearts so that we are not deceived by this worthless imitation. May we find peace only at the feet of the Prince of peace! May we have “The peace of God, which passeth all understanding.” - Pastor Milton Howard
The atonement does not change the nature and character of God, but rather, the atonement honours and magnifies the character of God. The death of Christ is not the cause of God’s love, but the result of it. God is not merciful because Christ died. Christ died because God is merciful. In order that every attribute might be expressed, glorified, and honored, God gave His Son to be the Savior of His chosen people! Thank God! There is an atonement before the Lord! - Pastor Henry Mahan