August 31, 2014
Sundays 7:00 am Channel 27 WKYT
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
Approach my soul, the mercy seat
Where God will hear our prayer
There humbly fall before His feet
For none can perish there.
Thy promise is my only plea
With this I venture nigh
Thou callest burdened souls to Thee
And such, O Lord, am I.
O wondrous Love! To bleed and die
To bear the cross and shame
That guilty sinners such as I
Might plead Thy gracious name.
The hearing ear, the seeing eye
The contrite heart bestow
And bless us with Thy precious Word
That we in grace may grow.
(Tune: “O For A Thousand Tongues” p. 46)
Clay Curtis, Pastor of the Sovereign Grace Church in Princeton, NJ will preach for us this evening.
31st – Eva Hicks 1st – Wanda Frye 5th – Luke Coffey 5th – Shari Greenleaf
Sunday AM - *Tracy C., Kelli H., Debbie W., Amie S. PM – Michelle G., Lee Anne W. Wed. – Billie H., Allison V.
“An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.” - Proverbs 11:9
Any objection a man has to distinguishing grace, any charge he makes of unfairness on God’s part for Him saving one by His grace and passing another by through His justice has this at its root: an ignorance of sin. If we have an understanding of sin we would understand no man has any claims on God. It is utterly just and right for God to judge somebody for their sin and cast them into hell. What we are amazed by is how God could give His Son for a vast multitude of people who deserve to be damned. We do not sit in judgment of the great Judge. We are awed by His grace!
When Paul asked for the thorn to be removed, Christ’s answer was not, “No”. If He would have answered “no” it would have given Paul an excuse not to worry about the thorn. But His answer was, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” Thorns or no thorns, I am made to rest in being saved by sheer, free grace. And that is sufficient for me!
“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). If we really believe this, it will fill us with confidence and courage. It will prevent us from fearing failure and taking risks. We will be like these mentioned in Daniel, “The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32)
“These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also” (Acts 17:6). Would it not be a blessing of grace that in our confessing Christ in this world that this accusation would be laid to our charge?
If I ever reach heaven, I expect to find three wonders there: first, to meet some I would not have expected to be there; second, to miss some I would have expected to be there; third, the greatest wonder of all…to find myself there! - John Newton
Faith, dear reader, is neither encouraged nor discouraged by anything we find in ourselves; it is neither encouraged by our graces nor discouraged by our sinfulness; for faith LOOKS OUT OF SELF UNTO ANOTHER. Nothing will afford such encouragement to believing prayer as a sight of the LAMB on His mediatorial throne (Revelation 5:6). No matter how desperate may be our case, how often we have failed and fallen, how low we have sunk it is ALWAYS the believer’s privilege to turn unto his Redeemer and say, “Look Thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as is your way unto those that love Thy name” (Psalm 119:132). – A. W. Pink
In the last few weeks of his life, John Newton, author of the famous old hymn “Amazing Grace”, became so weak that he had to stop preaching and eventually was confined to his bed. His friends said that he never feared age nor death. To a close friend he wrote, “Through God’s grace I am perfectly well, yet laboring under a growing disorder for which there is no cure – old age. But I am glad for this disease, for who would live always in such a world as this.” Shortly before he died, he told visiting friends, “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Saviour.” - John Newton
Those who weary of hearing the Gospel, who lose interest in hearing the Gospel, and lose their need of hearing the Gospel of Christ and His redeeming love and grace, have never really heard the Gospel at all. If one can leave Christ he has never truly met Him (John 6:65-69).
- Pastor Maurice Montgomery