November 2, 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
Wherewith shall we approach the Lord
And bow before His throne?
By trusting His unchanging Word
And pleading Christ alone. (Repeat)
This is the name the Father loves
This is the name we plead
This is the name that heav’n approves
And blesses us indeed. (Repeat)
Then let His Name forever be
To us supremely dear
His name our all-prevailing plea
For all our hope is there. (Repeat)
His name LORD JESUS suits Him well
His name is great indeed
He saves from sin and wrath and hell
His name is all I need. (Repeat)
(Tune: “Majestic Sweetness” p. 52)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
We will have a fall church cleaning this Saturday morning at 9:00. Please bring buckets, gloves, hand held vacuums with attachments, and long handled dusters if you have them.
Everyone is invited to a farm party at the Walmsley’s this Friday night. Information is in the foyer.
3rd – Conner Dickerson 3rd – Jeff Sullivan 4th – Laura Benton
4th – Steve Sligh 5th – Macy Greenleaf 5th – Logan Small
6th – Lauren Burton 6th – Chris Rozeboom 8th – Daniel Holthaus
Sunday AM - *Megan D., Jessica C., Jennifer D., Tammy PM – Kate H., Aubrey
Wednesday – Christie S., Megan H.
“There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.” - Proverbs 13:7
“Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.” - Psalm 7:8
Some think David was referring to an individual circumstance in which he knew he was not guilty of wrongdoing. But according to John, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us.” At all times our sinful nature is with us. He also said, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us” (I John 1:8,10). There has never been an action of mine that could stand up to God’s judgment. When David says, “Judge me according to my righteousness”, he was referring to the righteousness of Christ imputed to him, his personal righteousness! When he refers to “The integrity that is in me”, He is speaking of that which was imparted to him in regeneration; that nature that does not commit sin. Saints in the Old Testament were saved the same way saints in the New Testament are! Christ’s righteousness imputed to them by His work for them and imparted to them by His work in them.
KEEPING MY COMMANDMENTS
The Lord said in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” And in verse 21 He said, He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me.” These verses are used by many to prove that the believer is still under law (the Ten Commandments). I love God’s law! I don’t want to break God’s law! But I do! And you do too! If the Lord is talking about the Ten Commandments, then none of us love Him because none of us have ever kept them. The Lord did not say, “Whoever admires them”, or “Whoever does the best he can to keep them” is the one who loves Him. It is the one who “keeps” them that loves Him. What commandments is the Lord talking about? John tells us in I John 3:23, “And this is His commandment, that ye should love one another, as He gave us commandment.” While I have never perfectly kept one of the Ten Commandments, here are the commandments which I have kept. I do believe on His Name. I rely on Him alone as everything in my salvation. I do love His people. I do not merely say I do. In my heart I do! And these commandments are not grievous. On the contrary, they are a delight. All those who love Him do keep His commandments.
A JEALOUS GOD
Eight times in Scripture God describes Himself as a jealous God. While He is longsuffering and patient with His people, He is jealous of His own Name, Glory, and Honour. He will not tolerate that which robs Him of His glory. He will be a “Consuming fire, even a jealous God” toward that. Can we be too careful in ascribing all glory to God and denouncing all that seeks to detract from His glory?
I believe I know a little of the grief that Paul felt when he wrote, “Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world.” I don’t know very much about Demas, but I do know that Paul believed that Demas loved Christ, loved the Gospel, and would continue in the faith of Christ until God called him home. But Demas allowed someone or something to come between him and the Lord, revealing that what he had professed for so long was only a profession.
Perhaps Demas had a common, ordinary job and was promoted to a position of authority, which made his association with the despised Gospel and apostles embarrassing to him; or perhaps Demas was a widower who met a certain unbelieving woman, and she turned his foolish head from the church and the Gospel; or perhaps Demas came into a great inheritance and his new life-style did not fit the humble life-style of the apostles; or perhaps Demas was a young, handsome man who despised the single life and was determined to marry his choice over the protest of the apostle Paul; or perhaps Demas was an ambitious preacher who felt that toning down the offensive message of free-grace and seeking the approval of Arminians and the fellowship of religionists would open doors for him, increase his congregation, and add to his support; or perhaps Demas had just never stopped loving Demas, and his claims of Christ were only a part of his effort to promote himself. – Pastor Henry Mahan