July 6, 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
‘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)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
We rejoice with Grace Waesche who will confess Christ in believer’s baptism this evening.
Sunday AM - *Donna M., Jessica C., Elizabeth V., Kate H. PM - Kim D., Sharon V.
Wed. – Susan S.
8th – Jasper Clark 8th – Rob Elliott 9th – Michael Cunningham
“He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.” - Proverbs 14:29
A dear friend said to me recently that death was on his mind quite a bit. He could look at death without fear because he really believed that all that God required of him, He looked to His Son for. But he said that he would like to die with no regrets. He did not want to lie on his death-bed and regret how he treated anybody. It made me think of a story I once read about a young man who went overseas to be a missionary against his parent’s wishes. He believed God had called him to it. Three weeks after his arrival he died of a disease he caught the very first week he was there. A wasted life? His father went to the country to get his son’s belongings and bring them back. He opened his son’s Bible and found three things written….
“No reserve. No retreat. No regrets.”
Oh that these words would characterize our service for Christ! No reserve! No retreat! No regrets!
WHEN HAVE I FORGIVEN?
I have really forgiven someone when I feel no need for an apology; when I feel no need for any kind of restitution; when there is no longer the desire to make the one who sinned against me to feel there are consequences for their actions; then I have forgiven. When I forgive them for the same reason that God forgave me… “Be ye kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” When we forgive for that reason we will no longer harbor bitterness and resentment. We will enjoy the liberty of the Gospel.
When something “good” happens and we say, “That was providential,” that is giving “good luck” a Christian tone. It is also coming dangerously close to denying what providence is altogether. It is “All things” that are included in providence. The good, the bad, the mundane, the exhilarating, the painful, that “Work together for good to them that love God to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8: 28).
“We are saved by hope” (Romans 8:24). How can hope actually save us? If Christ is our hope (I Timothy 1:1), then we are saved by our hope!
“Let your love be sincere” – Romans 12:9-19
Believers will love all people. There is no room in a regenerate heart for hate, grudges, and bigotry. There is a special love for those who are called brethren (Gals. 6:10). In making others happy, we find happiness; in giving, we receive; in promoting another’s welfare and honor we are honored! A man’s character is not always revealed in what others say about him, but in what he privately says about others. – Pastor Henry Mahan
He who is blind to the glory of Christ may hold fast to the doctrine of the Gospel yet be enamored of the glory of the world, pursue its fame and fortune, and court its favor. But he who has seen the glory of Christ is dead to the glory of the world, for the world’s glory has been made inglorious by the surpassing glory of Christ. – Pastor Joe Terrell
Looking at my sin, I see Christ as my atonement and only Christ. Looking at God’s law, I see Christ as my righteousness, my only righteousness. I’m not making up what I can’t provide; He is my only righteousness. Looking at God’s justice, He is my justification. Looking at death, He is my life. Looking at the grave, He is my resurrection. Looking at eternity, He is my hope. – Pastor Henry Mahan
He who in his soul believes that man does of his own free-will turns to God, cannot have been taught of God, for that is one of the first principles taught us when God begins with us, that we have neither will nor power, but that HE gives both; that HE is the ‘Alpha and Omega’ in the salvation of men. – C. H. Spurgeon
We do not rejoice in suffering, for most trials are difficult and grievous! We rejoice in the effect of the trial. All our trials are appointed by God, our Father, and are for His Glory and our good (Romans 8:28)! Trials do not produce faith, but trials reveal faith which is there by God’s grace. True faith is stronger as a result of trials! - Pastor Henry Mahan