September 28, 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
We have Thy promise, gracious Lord
O then fulfill Thy precious Word
Thou wilt be where Thy people meet
To make our joyfulness complete.
We ask Thy gracious presence here
From worldly thoughts, O keep us clear
And set out hearts on things above
With sweet enjoyment of Thy love.
We ask from our great living Head
Give us Thy Holy Spirit’s aid
While we engage in prayer and praise
To be supplied with every grace.
‘Tis Thine alone, Almighty Lord
To speak the soul-reviving Word
‘Tis Thine to give the hearing ear
‘Tis Thine to drive away all fear.
(Tune: “From Every Stormy Wind That Blows” p. 355)
CHURCH DINNER SUNDAY OCT. 12TH
We will have a Bible Conference December 5th – 7th.
28th – John Parker 28th – Ben Walmsley 3rd – Alison Farhat
3rd – Paul Harries 4th – Alex DuFour
4th – Emma Ferrell 4th – Don Williams
Sunday AM - *Tracy C., Shari G., Melanie K., Andrea V. PM – Savannah T., Cami W.
Wed. – Andrea V., Kate H.
“Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” - Proverbs 20:6
WHY SAUL WAS REJECTED
In I Samuel 13 we are given the account of Saul being rejected by God. There are four things he did, all of which are related. (1) He took credit for something he did not do. When Jonathan defeated a garrison of the Philistines, Saul said he did it. (2) He bypassed the priest in offering up a sacrifice himself. (3) He failed to take personal responsibility for his sin. He blamed Samuel for not being there on time. (4) He vindicated what he did.
We see this every day in the world in which we live - people taking credit where credit was not due them; people by-passing what is right and taking shortcuts; people failing to take responsibility for bad behavior and even justifying and vindicating themselves in what they have done. But in spiritual matters, this is fatal. To give myself credit for anything God has done is dark indeed. To by-pass Christ demonstrates a high view of self and a low view of God. To fail to take personal responsibility for my sin prevents me from seeing my guilt and suing for mercy. To justify myself is to disagree with and sit in judgment on God. The believer does the opposite of Saul. The believer gives Christ all the credit, comes only by Christ, owns his sin, and justifies God.
Beginning here, I wish we would all learn to watch what we say. Hurtful words never disappear. Like what is put on the internet is there for good, hurtful words are never forgotten. There are three doors our words should go through before they are spoken. Are they true? Are they necessary? Are they kind? How often my words have bypassed these doors and brought sorrow to myself and hurt to others. May we be quick to forgive the words that are spoken against us, remembering how often we have done the same thing, and may our words go through these three doors before they leave our mouth!
David said in Psalm 141:5, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head.” Would to God that I could demonstrate this attitude David expressed. David desired to be reproved when he was in the wrong. What arrogance I display when I resent reproof. But what a blessing to have this attitude David displayed in being corrected by others.
From worshipping God in a wrong way, to the worship of a wrong god, is an easy step. – C. H. Spurgeon
WHY ART THOU CAST DOWN?
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
And why art thou disquieted within me?”
This is a question that I ask myself often. I ask this to my own soul, mind and heart. Why art thou cast down? If I am honest with myself, then all the answers are traced back to only one….SIN!
Why do I worry and fret about things that really do not matter, especially when God has promised me that He will never leave me or forsake me? Why do I question so many things, when I know that my Lord controls ALL THINGS? Why do I linger afar from His love, when He has promised me that He loves me with an everlasting love? Why? Because of the sin which so easily besets me!
The reason my soul is cast down is because I look within my sinful flesh, instead to Christ, my Sovereign Substitute. Our comfort is found in the last part of this glorious verse. “Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
- Pastor David Eddmenson
‘I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord.” I was glad that I had a DESIRE to go, that I had the STRENGTH to go, that I UNDERSTOOD the words spoke there, that I LOVED the people assembled there, that I , the chief of sinners, SHOULD BE PERMITTED to come into His presence. Bless the Lord, O my soul! - Pastor Henry Mahan
In so far as the believer’s acceptance with God is concerned, he has no more confidence in the best work he ever performed, then in the greatest sin he ever committed. Christ is our righteousness, our only Righteousness, all our Righteousness! - Pastor Don Fortner
Make new friends, but keep the old
Those are silver, old friends are gold
Brows may wrinkle – Hair grow gray
Real friendships never decay!
Make New friends, but keep the Old
Those are silver – THESE ARE GOLD!
-Joseph Parry 1841-1903