December 14, 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
Thou, Christ, the great Jehovah art
The Fount of holiness
And, God with us, Thou art become
The Lord our Righteousness.

Oh, wash us with Thy blood and clothe
With Thy pure spotless dress
Oh, hide us in Thyself, and be
The Lord our Righteousness.

Make us by grace to be indeed
What we in word profess
Oh, make us like unto Thyself
The Lord our Righteousness.

Pour on us showers of Thy grace
Increase our fruitfulness
That we may yield Thine own to Thee
The Lord our Righteousness.

So in Thy glorious image raise’d
May we Thy mercy bless
And sing forever praise to Thee
The Lord our Righteousness.

(Tune: “Come Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove” p. 158)

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The Adults will have a get together at the Hartland Club house this Friday night at 7:00. Bring an appetizer or dessert.


There will be no Wednesday night service on Dec. 24th . We will have service on New Year’s Eve. Everyone is invited to Albert and Carolyn Kelly’s house New Year’s Eve following the service. Bring an appetizer or dessert.

Birthdays
14th – Christie Small 16th – Cindy Farmer 19th – Amanda Janes

Nursery Schedule
Sunday AM - *Jessica S., Lee Anne, Jessica C., Christie S. PM – Savannah, Haley
Wed. – Sarah B., Kate H.


“He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” – Proverbs 17:9


THE RULES OF FORGIVENESS
We will be wronged, misrepresented, trespassed against, judged unfairly, and mistreated. Before I go on, we should realize we have done others that way as well. How should we respond? Forgive!
Forgiving those who wrong us is a Gospel issue. So much so that Christ says plainly on several occasions that if we fail to forgive, we will not be forgiven (Matt. 6:15; Matt 18:35, Mark 11:26). And we are also promised that if we forgive men, we shall be forgiven by God. “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” When the Lord taught us to pray for forgiveness, He said, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” We are to ask the Father to forgive us in the same manner that we forgive others. We are even told that when we pray, and remember that one has wronged us, to forgive them then and there! (Mark 11:25) There are rules in Scripture with regard to our forgiving those who have wronged us. (1) We are to forgive men the same way Christ forgives us. “Forbearing one another and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye” (Col. 3:13). (2) We are to forgive in kindness and tenderness of heart. “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32). (3) And we are to forgive from the heart. That means sincerely and willingly. “So likewise shall my Father do unto you if you from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses” (Matt. 18:35). What a blessing it will be to us and others to forgive. I say this carefully, but forgiving those who have wronged us is the most God-like thing we can do.



I have taken all my good deeds, and all my bad deeds, and cast them through each other in a heap before the Lord, and fled from both, and betaken myself to the Lord Jesus Christ, and in Him I have sweet peace.
- David Dickson, Scotland (1789-1842), on his deathbed


On true doctrine rests the worship of the true and living God. From error in doctrine springs the worship of a false god. There is a tendency among many religious people to undervalue true doctrine, to exalt morality at the expense of the character of God and the teachings of our Lord, and to deny the importance of a sound creed. I do not doubt that a sound creed has often covered an unsound life. But when I hear it said, “Such and such do not believe the doctrine of grace and substitution, but they love the Lord and are saved”, I wonder and ask, what then was the Bible written for? Is it no infallible expression of the mind of God? Is it no standard of truth? Are we to believe what appeals to us and deny the rest? God forbid!
God’s Word declares the oneness of Truth and condemns EVERY DEPARTURE FROM THE TRUTH AS A DIRECT ATTACK ON GOD HIMSELF! Do not tell me that a man’s heart is right with God when his head contains a creed of error and denies the Person and Work of the Redeemer. – Horatius Bonar



“JACOB HAVE I LOVED, BUT ESAU HAVE I HATED”
Romans 9:13
You will sometimes hear those who deny the wrath of God and preach the universal love of God for all men declare that what this verse in Romans 9:13 really says is, “God loves Jacob and He loves Esau less.” Now, I ask you, how does our infinite, Almighty, perfect God do anything less than perfectly? Is He at times less righteous? Less holy? Less just? Our comfort in Christ is that He who loves His sheep has always loved them, will always love them, and loves them as He loves Christ Jesus, His only begotten Son (John 17:23). And to those who were told to depart from His presence, He said, “I never knew you.” Malachi 3:6 declares, “I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Our comfort is that His love in Christ is without degrees or changes, as is His wrath upon those outside of the Ark – Christ Jesus! - Pastor Henry Mahan



Understanding human responsibility is fundamental to an understanding of the Gospel. If I do not understand that my sin is my fault, not somebody else’s, I will never acknowledge my own personal guilt. If I do not acknowledge the guilt of my sin, I will never ask God for mercy, nor will I ever look to Christ to save me. While the Bible does not teach human ability, it does teach human responsibility.