January 19, 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
Compared with Christ, in all beside
No beauty can I see
The one thing needful, dearest Lord
Is to be one with Thee.
The sense of Thy redeeming
Into my soul convey
Thyself bestow, for Thee alone
My All-in all, I pray.
Less than Thyself will not suffice
My comfort to restore
More than Thyself I can not crave
And Thou cans’t give no more.
Loved of my God, for Him again
With love intense I’d burn
Chosen of Thee ere time began
I’d choose Thee in return.
(Tune: “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” p. 10)
Several of the men and I will be leaving tomorrow to visit the missionaries in Mexico and will return on Saturday, Lord willing. Bob Coffey will bring the message on Wednesday evening.
19th – Amanda DuFour
Sunday AM – Susan S., Christy S., Sarah F. PM – Aubrey, Rebekah, Wed. - Tracy
“Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.” - Proverbs 12:1
WHAT IS MY TEMPERATURE?
The Lord said to the church of the Laodiceans, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold not hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Rev. 3:15-16). The Lord mentions three different temperatures: cold, hot, and lukewarm. Being cold is miserable. Feeling cold and hard in the things of God. Being apathetic and sluggish. You feel miserable in the state of coldness and cry for the Lord to come and melt your heart. You know it when you are cold. There is a feeling of discomfort in being hot. You are zealous for His glory, and are grieved by that which is contrary to His glory both in yourself and others. You know it when you are hot. Lukewarmness is being neither cold or hot. But unlike knowing it when you are cold or hot, you do not know it when you are lukewarm. You think everything is fine. “I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing.” But you are completely unaware of Christ’s assessment of you. “Thou knowest not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor and blind, and naked.” If I am cold or hot, I know it. If I believe myself to be in good shape, in fact better than many, I am lukewarm, and am at the verge of being spit out of Christ’s mouth. At which of these temperatures am I?
YOU ARE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE
Paul says twice to the Corinthians, “For ye are bought with a price” (I Cor. 6:20; I Cor. 7:23). And at what a cost! The Lord Jesus Christ had to assume our nature, keep the law for us, and suffer and die under the wrath of God as our sin bearing substitute. His own precious blood was the price He paid. In I Corinthians 6:20, Paul said, “Therefore glorify God in your body and spirit, which are God’s.” The body that He redeemed is to be presented to Him a living sacrifice. The spirit which He gave is to be wholly consecrated to Him. In I Corinthians 7:23, He said, “For ye are bought with a price: be not ye the servants of men.” I am not to live in a slavish fear of what men think. I am to seek to serve Him only. “Ye are bought with a price.” That is enough to cause the one who has been bought to willingly give themselves wholly to the Lord.
Please take the following words of wisdom to heart: One reason why the church of Christ at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church. Your duty as a Christian is to stand fast in your place and stand out for God, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh, resolving like one of another time, “Let others do as they will; as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. - Pastor Scott Richardson
“And the peace of God that passeth all understanding, shall keep
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:7
I find in my own experience a heart and a mind that are utterly unsatisfied. When I get what I earnestly desire, I enjoy it for a brief moment but then I am left unfulfilled, disappointed, and left with a desire for more of whatever I was seeking. My heart and mind then begin searching for what I might seek next to pacify this yearning inside me that seems to grow and never be satisfied. I have found no rest, no joy, and no peace that is lasting in anything I have sought. Thank God He sought me! “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). I wasn’t seeking Him…but He sought me out. We can be certain of this, if He seeks me out…He will find me… and He will save me. He will call me through the preaching of His good news…and He will even give me the power to answer and believe. I did nothing for this and am required to do nothing to keep myself where He puts me…after all He put me there…can He not also keep me there?
After having known my Savior, I find He is the only peace my heart and mind have known that leave me not seeking more. The peace established by Jesus Christ is more than my mind could ever understand and immediately quiets the untamed desires of my heart. I find myself truly resting in the peace He has provided. I find a joy that is not momentary in the person of Jesus Christ. Joy in Christ is a state of being I have never been weary of. Even the best things in life we grow weary of after awhile, but not of Him. Truly, His peace passeth all understanding – “I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake” (I John 2:12). – Andy Davis
Someone once said, “Christianity, if true, is of infinite importance: if false, is of no importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.” The same is true with regard to the truth of sovereign grace! The same is true with regard to obedience to Christ. He is either all or nothing to me. I am either 100% for Him or 100% against Him. There really is no middle ground. The person who seeks to stay in the middle of the road will wind up in a head-on collision!
LOVE IS NOT EASILY PROVOKED
“Charity….is not easily provoked.” It is not touchy, irritable, and easily roused to anger toward the object of its affection. When someone is touchy and easily offended, it is because of the absence of love. Love is what love does, and love is not easily provoked.