March 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
‘Tis not that I did choose Thee
For, Lord, that could not be
This heart would still refuse Thee
Hadst Thou not chosen me
Thou from the sin that stained me
Hast cleansed and set me free
Of old Thou hast ordained me
That I should live to Thee.
Your love had no beginning
No cause in me was found
That you should choose to save me
A sinner strongly bound
But grace not earned or sought for
Was purposed for my soul
For me, salvation wrought; for
Christ paid the dreadful toll.
‘Twas sovereign mercy called me
And taught my opening mind
The world had else enthralled me
To heav’nly glories blind
My heart owns none before Thee
For Thy rich grace I thirst
This knowing if I loved Thee
Thou must have loved me first.
(Tune: “The Church’s One Foundation” p. 186)
WE WILL HAVE A CHURCH DINNER APRIL 19TH
22nd – Jean Bradford 27th – Jessica Clark 27th – Amy Ferrell
Sunday AM - *Megan D., Lee Anne, Lydia W., Donna M. PM – Kristen & Kate H.
Wed. – Susan S.
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. - Proverbs 15:1
Regarding everything I do there is an element of unrest and turmoil because it is me doing it. When I am doing what I think is right, I still fear being wrong because I know how easily I can deceive myself and how quick I am to justify myself in what I do. I never have perfect peace about anything I do. The only perfect peace I have is that all God requires of me He looks to His Son for. The only thing that gives me confidence is the righteousness of Christ Himself is my personal righteousness before God. The only thing that gives me true security is that salvation is entirely by grace. “He is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14). That being said, it gives me some peace that I do not have peace with regard to anything else.
It was said of Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth, “They were both righteous before God, walking in all of the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” (Luke 1:6-7). Before I understood the Gospel I thought people in Biblical times were just better people than the people of today. They could live like that back then. But because of the glorious truth of justification, this describes every believer: “Righteous before God, walking in all of the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”
WHO GETS THE GLORY?
If you wish to know if the gospel you are hearing preached is the Gospel of God, ask yourself this question, “Who gets the glory?” If you wish to know whether your religious experience is of the flesh or of the Lord, ask yourself the same thing, “Who gets the glory?” Also, examine all your gifts, works, and missionary efforts by the same rule, “Who gets the glory?” God will not share His glory! That which is of God, from God, and for God’s glory will be blessed with His presence and power “That no flesh should glory in His presence…that, according as it is written, he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (I Corinthians 1:29-31).
- Henry Mahan
A TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS IN HEAVEN
One day, as I was passing into the field, suddenly this sentence fell upon my soul: “Thy righteousness is in heaven.” And I thought that I could see Jesus Christ at God’s right hand. Yes, there indeed was my righteousness, so that wherever I was, or whatever I was doing, God could not say about me that I did not have righteousness, for it was standing there before Him. I also saw that it was not my good feelings that made my righteousness better, and that my bad feelings did not make my righteousness worse, for my righteousness was Jesus Christ Himself – “The same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Now, indeed, the chains fell off my legs, and I was loosened from my afflictions and irons. My temptations also fled away so that from that time forward those dreadful Scriptures terrified me no more. Now I went home rejoicing because of the grace and love of God, and went to my Bible to look up where the verse was found that said, “Thy righteousness is in heaven.” But I could not find it. And so my heart began to sink again, until suddenly, there came to my remembrance I Corinthians 1:30, “Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption.” From this, I saw that the other sentence was also true. – John Bunyan
When we say that we are saved by faith, we mean accurately, THROUGH FAITH. It is God that saves. It is Christ’s life, Christ’s blood, Christ’s sacrifice, and Christ’s intercession that saves. Faith is simply the channel through which there flows over into my emptiness the Divine Fullness. It is not faith that saves us; it is Christ that saves us, and saves THROUGH FAITH. – Alexander MacLaren
The preacher’s message must always be judged by the picture it portrays of the Lord Jesus Christ. Of Christ’s person, or His work, of what His Work accomplished, and for whom it was accomplished.
- Donnie Bell
Love is stronger than law! Whatever connects my obedience and service with love will be far more influential than what connects me with law. – Horatius Bonar