February 23, 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.
‘Tis not that I did choose Thee
For, Lord, that could not be
This heart would still refuse Thee
Hadst Thou not chosen me
Thou from the sin that stained me
Hast cleansed and set me free
Of old Thou hast ordained me
That I should live to Thee.
Your love had no beginning
No cause in me was found
That you should choose to save me
A sinner strongly bound
But grace not earned or sought for
Was purposed for my soul
For me, salvation wrought; for
Christ paid the dreadful toll.
‘Twas sovereign mercy called me
And taught my opening mind
The world had else enthralled me
To heav’nly glories blind
My heart owns none before Thee
For Thy rich grace I thirst
This knowing if I loved Thee
Thou must have loved me first.
(Tune: “The Church’s One Foundation” p. 186)
I am preaching for the Redeemer Baptist Church in Louisville this morning and will return for services this evening. Brian DuFour will bring the Bible study and Mark Daniel will preach this morning. I will be preaching for the Central Grace Church in Rocky Mount, VA on Wednesday and Don Fortner will preach here.
26th – Donna Meek 29th – Meagan Coffey 1st – Caleb Benton
Sunday AM – Tracy, Anna W., Donna M., Jennifer D. PM – Billie, Kelly B., Emma S.
“A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is His
delight.” - Proverbs 11:1
“Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me Thy law graciously.” Psalm 119:29
The Psalmist does not say, “Remove me from liars” - although that is a desirable thing - but “Remove me from the way of lying.” I lie to myself far too easily and paint a picture of my state that is not true! Deliver me from that and give me the grace to come before you in honesty! Only then will I truly look to Christ. And not only that, but “Grant me Thy law graciously.” Graciously bestow upon me the law-keeping of the Lord Jesus Christ. Whatever I have I must have it by grace, or I won’t have it at all.
THE SPIRIT OF MEEKNESS
In Galatians 6:1, Paul speaks of restoring the brother who is overtaken by some sin in the spirit of meekness. And what is the spirit of meekness? “Considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” The man with the spirit of meekness understands that the only reason he has not been overtaken by the same sin is the restraining grace of God. The man with the spirit of meekness cannot look down on his brother with righteous indignation, but wants to restore him, mend him, and place the dislocated bone back into place. That brother’s sin is a burden to him. We bear with one another in love, and so fulfill the law of Christ! It is the spirit of meekness that fulfills the law of Christ.
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God
and men, the man Christ Jesus.” - I Timothy 2:5
I must approach unto God by Christ Jesus because I am unholy. God must approach unto me by Christ Jesus because HE IS HOLY. In Christ Jesus, I, a poor sinner, and God, a Holy and Heavenly Father, have an honest and sincere communion one with another. His holiness is not violated and my sin is not imputed but all is washed away. Oh, sweet fellowship! Oh, holy union! Oh, easy walk! Oh, joyous friendship! Oh, happy me! (I John 1:7). – Pastor Bruce Crabtree
DON’T WORRY…..BUT WHEN YOU DO…..
Our heavenly Father tells us not to worry about what tomorrow may bring – “Therefore I say unto you, take no thought (anxious worry) for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink…take therefore no thought (anxious worry) for the morrow.” (Matthew 6:25,34). He knows our needs, and provides for all our needs, yet somehow we manage to overlook His tender care of us, and we find new things everyday to stress over and worry about. And yet our merciful Father shows even more compassion, for He knows our frame, and remembers that we are but dust, and gives us a precious word of comfort when we are overcome with our worries and fears… “Casting all your care (anxieties, that which distracts) upon Him, for He careth for you.” (I Peter 5:7)
We have no need to ever worry about anything, the Almighty God is our Heavenly Father…but when we do, He tells us to cast, to throw upon His shoulders, the entire weight of what drags us down, for He cares for us: literally, He is concerned for us, it matters to Him what happens to us, His children. And He will take care of His children. “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:13-14). – Brian DuFour
The rule of life for the believer is Christ, Himself, especially as He is revealed at the cross. Nothing so thoroughly reveals the sinfulness of sin as the cross. No doubt the law has a strong testimony of condemnation, but it is at the cross that the law’s condemnation of sin was most clearly displayed. The law engraved on tables of stone can teach the mind that this or that is wrong, but the law engraved in the wounded flesh of the Holy One strikes to the very core of a man’s being and reveals the utter sinfulness of even his righteousness.
Furthermore, the Gospel law of love finds no greater revelation than our Lord’s sacrificial death in behalf of His people, as it is written, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” With the mere word, “love”, on our lips, we may (and often do) excuse ourselves from loving action. But at the sight of Calvary, every excuse for self-service evaporates and we are both compelled and energized to truly love one another. It may seem trite to say it; but everything we need for this life and the next – that is, how we should live this life and how we should obtain the next – is found in Christ and Him crucified! - Pastor Joe Terrell