February 8, 2015
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
Join, every tongue, to sing
The mercies of the Lord
The love of Christ our King
Let every heart record
He saved us from the wrath of God
And paid our ransom with His blood, And paid our ransom with His blood.
What wondrous grace was this!
We sinned, and Jesus died
He wrought the righteousness
And we were justified
We ran the score to lengths extreme
And all the debt was charged on Him, And all the debt was charged on Him.
A monument of grace
A sinner saved by blood
The streams of love I trace
Up to the fountain, God
And in His wondrous mercy see
Eternal thoughts of love to me, Eternal thoughts of love to me.
(Tune: “Arise, My Soul, Arise”)
I am preaching in Apopka, Florida today at the Grace Gospel Church Bible Conference. Mark Daniel will bring the Bible Study, Andy Davis the morning message and Aaron Greenleaf the evening message. Don Fortner will preach Wednesday. I will return Saturday, Lord willing.
10th – Lydia Wilson 13th – Mark Benton 14th – Tom Wooten
Sunday AM - *Megan D., Melanie, Amie, Molly PM – Kate H., Audrey Grace
Wednesday – Sarah B.
“Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.” - Proverbs 22:1
LEST WE SHOULD OFFEND THEM
This is what the Lord said to Peter regarding the men who asked if the Lord paid taxes. He told Peter to cast a hook into the sea, and the fish that he caught would have a coin that would cover the cost of the taxes for both the Lord and Peter. And the Lord said for Peter to do this, “Lest we should offend them.” He is the Lord of glory, the sovereign of the universe, and still did not want to give needless offence to anyone. If someone is offended by our Gospel, so be it. But if the Lord was careful to not needlessly offend anyone, how much more should we be? May we follow our Maker in all things.
I constantly maintain the glories, beauties, and preciousness of love; and yet I am branded an enemy to love. But, if by love, they mean I ought to unite with those who deny the Deity of my God and Savior; if by love they mean I ought to unite occasionally with people who say without a blush that election is a damnable doctrine and hate it in their hearts, that imputed righteousness is “imputed nonsense”, a doctrine that ought to be spurned by all, which is the very covering that hides all my shame, the very robe that adorns my naked soul, and is the joy and rejoicing of my heart, and which I have found to be the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; if they mean by love that I ought to unite with people who testify that we may be a child of God one day and a child of the devil another; that Christ died and atoned fore the sins of Esau as well as Jacob, for Cain as well as Abel, for Judas as well as Peter, and that there are thousands in Hell for whom Christ died; if they mean by love that I ought to unite and call then BRETHREN who profess to believe the doctrines of grace, and call themselves Calvinists, but can declare at times that those blessed doctrines which are so precious and glorious to my soul are non-essential things; that is, if I understand their meaning right, they view them as useless things, and that it is of no consequence whatever whether we receive or believe these doctrines of not, provided we do unite with all sorts, and pray for all, and be candid and mild, and esteem all as partakers of grace; I confess from my heart, if all this be love, I AM DESTITUTE OF IT, and instead of being grieved for my lack of it, I glory in it. - John Warburton (1776-1857)
A friend is one to whom you never need to explain yourself, one who always puts the best construction possible upon your actions and words, one who is always ready to help. A friend is someone who steps in when everyone else walks out. I pray for grace to be such a friend.
– Pastor Don Fortner
The promises of the Gospel do not deal with feelings, but reality. By the Gospel we ARE accepted in the Beloved, even if we do not FEEL accepted. We ARE forgiven in Christ, even when we do not FEEL so. Many a struggling believer has doubted his salvation by polling his feelings for proof of grace. But we live by faith, not by sight; that is, we live by believing even when there is no discernable proof of the things we believe. We are prone to think our faith most strong when we most “feel” it, but faith is best proven when it has no supports. He who can trust Christ and cling to Christ when he has no emotional testimony to verify his faith is truly the one who has that faith which is the gift of God. The faith generated by the flesh must be continually supported by the flesh. But the faith which needs no support but lives on the bare promises of God is that faith which comes from God. - Pastor Joe Terrell
Those who have that faith which is the gift of God, that faith which comes through hearing the Word of God – one need not be troubled about them trusting in their faith. This faith causes those who have it – without exception – to renounce themselves and trust entirely in Christ the Saviour. This faith causes self to be abhorred and Christ adored. Those who have this faith could never trust in their faith. – Pastor Maurice Montgomery
Worldliness is not easily observed. It is not to be measured by the style of our clothes, the means of innocent relaxation and entertainment, or the place of our residence. Worldliness is the love of the world, the atmosphere of greed, the spirit of ambition, and the passion for pleasure and self-gratification which consumes the hearts, lives, thoughts, and deeds of the lost souls. - Pastor Don Fortner
My view of the way in which I became a Christian must satisfy the test that it promotes and gives all glory to God. Salvation comes to us in spite of ourselves; we are nothing. We are not Christians because of our particular character or because of anything that we have done. It is all of God. “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8). There is to be no self-glorying, no man must glory in himself. – Martin Lloyd-Jones