October 5, 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
Compared with Christ, in all beside
No comeliness I see
The one thing needful, dearest Lord
Is to be one with Thee.
The sense of Thy redeeming love
Into my soul convey
Thyself bestow, for Thee alone
My All –in-all, I pray.
Less Than Thyself will not suffice
My comfort to restore
More than Thyself I cannot crave
And Thou cans’t give no more.
Loved of my God, for Him again
With love intense I’d burn
Chosen of Thee ere time began
I’d choose Thee in return.
(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)
CHURCH DINNER NEXT SUNDAY OCT. 12TH (No evening service next week)
We will have a Bible Conference December 5th – 7th.
5th – Susan Sligh 6th – Anthony Gonzales 8th – Jimmy Hicks
8th – Charlie Nibert 9th – Bonnie Squires 11th – Hunter Small
Sunday AM - *Jessica C., Rachel W., Aubrey, Christie PM – Andrea B., Faith H.
Wed. – Kelly B., Sarah B.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” - Proverbs 16:18
SATAN GAINING AN ADVANTAGE
Paul was exhorting the Corinthians to forgive the man who had sinned so greatly. To fail to do so would give, “Satan advantage over us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (II Cor. 2:11). To fail to forgive, to hold a grudge, to keep someone under law, is to give Satan a foothold to work mightily in our lives. The sorrow he can bring us and the misery we can bring to others is exponential by failing to truly forgive from our hearts. The whole message of the Gospel becomes cloudy and distorted by an unforgiving spirit. We certainly do not “Adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour” with this little, narrow attitude. May the Lord make us as quick to forgive as He is, and as quick to receive the offender with open arms as He is. And may we also be people who are quick to ask for forgiveness, not glossing over what we have done, but in genuine sorrow, grieved for what we have done, not expecting or demanding forgiveness, but humbling ourselves before those we have sinned against.
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you, but rejoice.”
I Peter 4:12-13
If God has given you the privilege and opportunity to go through difficult and heavy trials, then you ought to make the most of that privilege and opportunity to glorify Him by being in subjection to Him, because it might only happen once in a lifetime. We don’t desire to have severe trials nor do we pray for them. I don’t know what I would do should a severe trial come my way but I know what I ought to do! I ought to bless, thank, and worship God, because it came from God! And I ought to conduct myself in such a way under this difficulty that the people of God who love me and who I love, would say, “This thing called grace really works!” In my experience I have seen so many people that had the opportunity and privilege afforded them by the hand of God to react during trail in such a manner that would display what they say they have experienced, and they miss that opportunity. It’s one thing to talk of Calvinism, its one thing to talk of how sovereign God is, but it’s another thing to actually submit ourselves to the Lord of sovereignty. – Pastor Scott Richardson
THE TESTIMONY OF WILMA WARTA
I heard the Gospel for the first time again today, and it never sounded better. My life, if worth mentioning, has been an endless cycle of discovering that I’m wrong. Like the circular path of a lost man in the forest, I wandered in willful and helpless unbelief. The Gospel is the only Truth I’ve known. My only claim to glory is what I heard about what Jesus has done. Now, at the end of my life, I would like to praise my God and Savior. My cries were never loud enough, but His cries were heard for me. For His name’s sake alone, He found reason to save me.
How do I know that He did this for me? Because Christ’s experience, and what God thinks of Him, is all that matters to me. My righteousness is not on earth; He is in heaven. Christ reigns over His enemies to bring them under my feet. His satisfaction for sin satisfies God, and by His grace, it satisfies me.
My commitment and surrender are repugnant, could never influence the Judge of all the earth, but only bring me lower than the grave. But Christ died for me. My experience never measured up; but Christ’s experience is all that matters to me. My accepting Jesus didn’t make me acceptable to God, but God accepting Him did. We are told to look away from all that we are and look only to Him. All I want is to see His face, I shall be satisfied when I awake in His likeness. So you see, whatever good things you’ve heard about me, I’m sure it is not true. I will freely borrow words from one far better than me – “I am a great sinner, and nothing at all, but Jesus Christ is my All in All.” Don’t celebrate my accomplishments when I am gone; I have none. Do me this honor instead: hear what Jesus has done.
It is not true faith to trust Christ only when you feel you are saved. True faith is to trust Christ at all times, whether you feel like you are saved or not; when you have assurance of faith and when your faith is so weak you wonder if you have faith at all. A person is not saved because he feels saved nor because he is aware of his sinfulness. A person is saved when he trusts Christ – His blood for redemption and forgiveness of sin, His righteousness for acceptance with God; when he commits all to Him as the “Author and finisher of our faith.” Our feelings may change by the hour, but our salvation is not dependent on our feelings; it is dependent solely on Him who never changes – “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever!
- Charles Pennington