February 22, 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
Arise, my soul, my joyful powers
And triumph in thy God
Awake, my voice, and loud proclaim
His glorious grace abroad.
He raised me from the depths of sin
The gates of gaping hell
And fixed my standing more secure
Than ‘twas before I fell.
The arms of everlasting love
Beneath my soul He placed
And on the Rock of Ages set
My slippery footsteps fast.
Arise, my soul! Awake my voice!
And tunes of pleasure sing
Loud hallelujahs shall address
My Saviour and my King.
(Tune: “O For A Thousand Tongues” p.46)
22nd – Zachary Byrd 22nd – Evonne Kincer 26th – Donna Meek
Sunday AM - *Jessica E., Andrea V., Christie, Jenny PM – Maybelle
Wed. – Rachel W., Megan H.
“My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?” - Proverbs 24:231-22
HERE TO HEAR
If “faith cometh by hearing”, how important is our hearing! The Lord said, “Take heed how ye hear.” We are warned of becoming, “Dull in hearing.” We are commanded to be,“Swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” We are told to, “Be more ready to hear then to give the sacrifice of fools.” The Lord said, “For him that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Not everybody has ears to hear. May the cry of my heart be, “Speak Lord, thy servant heareth.” May we be like Cornelius - “We are all here present before God to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.” Here to hear!
Before modern technology, the only means of navigation were the stars. Their positions were fixed and they were the only way the mariner could know what direction he was headed on the seas. Jude calls false prophets “wandering stars” (Jude 13). These wandering stars were the planets. They would be the brightest objects in the sky but their positions were not fixed. You could not navigate by them. A false prophet may appear bright, like the planets are the brightest objects in the night sky. But if you plot your course by them, you will be lost. There is no stability in their person or their doctrine. They can appear in one place one time, and in another place at another time. Give me the fixed Truth of God that is always the same. Remember, the words of the wise man – “Meddle not with them that are given to change.”
Every discontented heart is a proud heart. Instead of being angry with Providence for not making us greater than we are; the meanest (lowest) person of us all, if he rightly knew himself and God, would fall low at His footstool and adore Him for condescending to bestow any thought upon us whatever. As I once heard a valuable person remark, “God is often better to us than our fears; and always better to us than we deserve.” We should be perfectly at ease, under every possible combination of circumstances, if we could but give credit to infinite Wisdom for doing all things well.
- Augustus Toplady
The word heresy means a choosing or an opinion. Faith is not a choice between two opinions. Faith is not multiple choice. There is one faith. If my faith is a result of a choice I have made, I am by definition a heretic.
When the Christ was speaking to Nicodemus concerning the new birth he said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). Every believer has two natures. The flesh: that which he was born with. The Spirit: that which he was born again with. Paul said of the two natures, “The flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit lusteth against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things you would.” That which is born of the flesh can never rise above its source. It remains fallen and corrupt and cannot be made better. The new nature is divine, the seed of God, and cannot sin. “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin: for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (I John 3:9). A denial of two separate natures in the believer is a denial of total depravity. It says the old nature is changed and improved by grace. As one man said, “Wrong on the fall, wrong on it all.” If I cannot see two natures it is to be feared that I only have one!
Lay the foundation of your hope in Jesus Christ. Begin with Christ and end with Christ. As Christ Jesus becomes more to you, self will grow less and less. If your faith puffs you up, it is not the faith of Christ. God will help us when we are weak. He will bless us as long as we confess our dependence upon His blessing. He will fill us when we are empty. He will feed us when we are hungry. He will be our all when we are nothing. He will forgive us when we are guilty. But the moment we begin to boast in ourselves and feel sufficient, we will be left to learn, in no uncertain terms, that we are naked, poor, blind, and miserable. Terrible will be the day wen proud rebels discover, too late, the dust and ashes of human merit.
“Be not deceived; evil communications corrupt good manners” (I Cor. 15:33). We may deceive ourselves into thinking it won’t hurt us, but if we make our friends to be unbelievers, they will always bring us down to their level. We will never bring them up to ours.