May 25, 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 by works of righteousness
Which our own hands have done
But we are saved by sovereign grace
Abounding through the Son.
‘Tis from the mercy of our God
That all our hopes begin
‘Tis by the water and the blood
Our souls are washed from sin.
‘Tis through the merits of His death
Who hung upon the tree
The Spirit is sent down to breathe
On such dry bones as we.
Raised from the dead, we live anew
And justified by grace
We shall appear in glory too
And see our Father’s face.
(Tune: “O God Our Help” p. 10)
BIBLE SCHOOL JUNE 17-19 - 10:30am-1:00pm
Congratulations to Emily Bryan, Alex DuFour, David Vincent, and Hannah Williams who are graduating from High School this year! We will honor them on Sunday evening June 15th. Bring an appetizer or dessert. Also congratulations to Adam Clark upon graduating from Law School and Curtis Hall from the University of KY.
We extend our sincere sympathy to Tracy Coffey and her family on the death of her mother.
Sunday AM - *Tracy, Donna M., Julie R. PM – Jenny, Amie Wed. - Billie H.
27th – Thomas Kincer 28th – David Walmsley 28th – Stephen Walmsley
31st – Cora Clark 31st – Julianna Daniel
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge
of the holy is understanding.” - Proverbs 9:10
CHEERFUL AND NOT AFRAID
The disciples were in a boat being tossed by the waves. The wind was contrary to them. They were toiling in rowing. The word means distressed, or vexed. None of this seemed good! Then the Lord came to them, walking on the sea, and said, “Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid” (Mark 6:50). Regarding everything that takes place in our lives, even when we feel tossed, things seem to be contrary, and we are distressed, we are given this assurance, “Be of good cheer; it is I: be not afraid.” Whatever we are going through is His good providence. The first cause of all is, “It is I.” Therefore, we are to be of good cheer, because we “Know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose.” There is nothing to be afraid of, because “If God be for us, who can be against us.” Whatever takes place, “It is I.” May the Lord enable us to be of good cheer and not be afraid.
THREE THINGS REGARDING GOD’S GRACE
1. God’s grace is always sovereign. “Therefore, hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth.” (Romans 9:18)
2. Grace is always free. “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:24)
3. Grace is always saving. “By grace are ye saved” (Ephesians 2:8). God’s grace is not an offer up for man’s acceptance or rejection. His grace sovereignly, freely saves! We cannot believe grace without believing these three things regarding grace.
John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace and numerous other hymns, once said, “I am well satisfied it will not be a burden to me at the hour of death, nor be laid to my charge at the day of judgment, that I have thought too highly of the Lord Jesus Christ, expected too much from Him myself, or labored too much in commending and setting Him forth to others as the Alpha and Omega, the Lord our righteousness, the sufficient atonement for sin, the only Mediator between God and men, the true God and eternal life. On the contrary, alas! My guilt and grief are that my thoughts of Him are so faint, so infrequent, and my commendations of Him so lamentably cold and disproportionate to what they ought to be.”
THE LORD GAVE AND THE LORD HATH TAKEN AWAY
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy ways.”
God’s ways and God’s word are best learned by experience and in time of trouble. When our Lord is pleased to lay His hand heavily upon us, we do not soon forget the lessons learned. When the Lord singles out a believer or a church for special affliction and adversity, it is not for punishment nor lack of love for them; it is for eternal blessings and because He does love them. “Whom the Lord loveth” He chastens, corrects, and teaches! When Job sat before his friends, who was afflicted? The one God loved! When Paul stood before King Agrippa, who wore the chains? The one God loved! Humanly speaking, which path of life would you prefer to live on earth, that of Esau or Jacob? Esau had the life of prosperity and ease; Jacob was full of trouble and conflict, but God loved Jacob! Thank God He has loved us in Christ and is pleased to teach us His ways by dealing with us in such a way that we are weaned from the world and find our life, comfort, and hope only in Him. A person who measures his blessings and relationship with God by his prosperity, health, happiness, and worldly comforts makes a fatal mistake. “If ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons” (Hebrews 12:8). Paul said, “Most gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (II Corinthians 12:9-10). He who sends the trial for His glory and my good will supply the grace sufficient. Those who know the Redeemer, also know that when we are weak, we are strong; when we are poor, we are rich; when we are empty, we are full; when we die, we live!
- Pastor Henry Mahan