April 20, 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
Sovereign grace o’er sin abounding
Ransomed souls the tidings swell
‘Tis a deep that knows no sounding
Who its breadth or length can tell
On its glories, let my soul forever dwell.
What from Christ my soul shall sever
Bound by everlasting bands
Once in Him, in Him forever
Thus th’ eternal covenant stands
None shall pluck me, from the strength of Israel’s hands.
Heirs of God, joint heirs with Jesus
Long ere time its race begun
To His name eternal praises
Oh! What wonders love hath done!
One with Jesus, by eternal union, one.
On such love my soul still ponder
Love so great, so rich, so free
Say, while lost in holy wonder
Why, O Lord, such love to me?
Hallelujah, grace shall reign eternally.
(Tune: “Look Ye Saints, the Sight is Glorious!” p. 141)
All adults are invited to Albert and Carolyn Kelley’s on Saturday afternoon, May 3rd at 3:00. Bring an appetizer or dessert. Please sign up in the foyer if you plan to attend.
SUNDAY AM – Jaime, Tracy, Sharon V. PM – Carla, Aubrey WED. - Billie
20th – Kim Daniel 20th – Becky Daniel 24th – Don Martin
“And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.”
- Proverbs 21:2
Gospel means good news. The angel that came to Mary called it “Good tidings of great joy.” Isaiah called it “Bringing good tiding of good.”
If what I am hearing does not come as Good News to me, something is wrong with either me or the message. It could be that what I am hearing is not good news because it is a message of works in some form. That is never good news! But, if the Gospel is preached and I do not hear it as Good News, I am not hearing from a sense of need, but as a judge and critic. May the Lord enable me to always hear the Gospel as a needy sinner. It is only then that the Gospel message will come as “Good tidings of great joy” to my needy, sinful soul!
KNOWN IN HELL
“And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know and Paul I know: but who are ye?” This is what the demon said to the seven sons of Sceva when they took upon themselves the casting out of the demon saying, “We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.” Evidently, all they had was second hand information. They did not really know the Lord. But think of what the demon said. He knew Paul! Would my name be known in hell? Not that we want to attract Satan’s attention but, am I an enemy of the devil? Do I preach and live the Gospel in such a way that he would consider me an enemy of his kingdom? I hope so!
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). We really believe that! What comfort we derive from that! How is it then that we worry? When we worry we say we do not really believe that. When we grow angry over something that takes place, in reality we are growing angry with the first cause…Him! When we murmur and complain, we are murmuring and complaining at Him. We believe Romans 8:28, but our conduct says that we really do not believe it. May the Lord have mercy on us and enable our actions and attitudes to be congruent with what we believe!
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” - Acts 17:11
When Luke says the Bereans were “More noble than those in Thessalonica”, the word is literally “more noble minded.” How so? Luke tells us, “They received the Word with all readiness of mind.” They did not go to the Word to find proof text for what they already believed. They went to the Word to be taught what to believe. What the Word said, they received! And while listening to Paul and Silas preach, they “Searched the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so.” They believed only what the Scriptures said to be so.
To be noble-minded, we have to be open-minded to all God says in His Word, and close-minded to all that is not taught in the Word of God. Nobel-mindedness is a sanctified combination of open-mindedness and closed-mindedness. Truly, noble is the man who is open to all God says, and closed to anything He does not say.
The Christian knows no change with regard to God. He may be rich today and poor tomorrow; he may be sickly today and well tomorrow; he may be in happiness today and tomorrow be in distress; but THERE IS NO CHANGE WITH REGARD TO HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. If He loved me yesterday, He loves me today. I am neither better nor worse in God that I ever was. Let prospects be blighted, let hopes be blasted, let joy be withered, let mildews destroy everything; I HAVE LOST NOTHING OF WHAT I HAVE IN GOD! - C. H. Spurgeon
“By Himself purged our sins.” – Hebrews 1:3
The Lord Jesus, of Himself, by Himself alone and by the sacrifice of Himself, made atonement for the sins of His people. He took our sins upon Himself, bore them and died under the penalty of them, thereby abolishing them completely (Col. 1:19-22; Isa. 5:4-6). – Pastor Henry Mahan
All doctrinal error has this at its root: Too low a view of God and too high a view of man. Whenever we see God too low, we see man too high, and whenever we see man too high, we see God too low.