May 3, 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.
The birds without barn or storehouse are fed
From them let us learn to trust for our bread
His saints, what is needful, shall not be denied
So long as it’s written, “The Lord will provide!”
We all may, like ships, by tempest be tossed
On perilous seas, but will not be lost
Though Satan enrages the wind and the tide
Yet Scripture engages, “The Lord will provide!”
No strength of our own, nor goodness we claim
Our trust is all thrown on Jesus dear Name
In this our strong tower for safety we hide
The Lord is our power, “The Lord will provide!”
When life sinks apace, and death is in view
The Word of His grace shall see us safe through
No fearing nor doubting with Christ on our side
We hope to die shouting, “The Lord will provide!”
(Tune: “O Worship the King” p.1)
I am preaching in Rocky Mount, VA this weekend at the Central Grace Church Bible conference. Don Martin will bring the Bible study, Andy Davis the morning message, and Aaron Greenleaf tonight’s message. Remember these young men.
Congratulations to our college graduates Ricky Birchum (EKU), Eric Charron (EKU), Cody Henson (UK), Savannah Tate (UK) and to Jacob Davis who passed the bar.
There will be a party on Saturday, May 16th from 4-10pm for 6th – 8th graders at Jim and Pam Murphy’s home. Sign-up in the foyer if you plan to attend.
4th – Jeffery Imes 7th – Kyle Willis 8th – Kim DuFour
Sunday AM – Jessica E., Melanie & Lauren K, Audrey Grace, Lydia W.
Sunday PM – Allison V., Savannah Wed. – Rachel H.
“Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.” - Proverbs 13:10
In John 21:18-19, the Lord said to Peter, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, when thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God.”
The Lord tells Peter how he would die. This appears to be an illusion to Peter being crucified. Tradition has it that he was crucified upside down at his own request because he felt unworthy to be crucified as his Master was. But this horrible death that the Lord told Peter he would die would glorify God. What a glorious Person Christ is that dying in His cause would glorify God. When Peter’s flesh dreaded this end, what comfort it gave him to know this death would glorify God. For a person to be willing to die for the Gospel demonstrates, not the courage of the person that is willing to die, but the greatness of the Gospel they believe.
“These things write I unto you, that ye sin not.” – I John 2:1
Any understanding I have regarding any doctrine from the Word of God which leads me to excuse, accept, be indifferent toward, or even encourages me in the commission of sin, is a complete misunderstanding. May we all be delivered from abusing the doctrine of God by using it as an excuse for sin. “These things write I unto you, that you sin not.” The doctrine of God is always “According to godliness” (I Timothy 6:3). If my understanding of any doctrine of God’s Word does not product godliness, I have not understood or believed that doctrine at all.
Paul said, “And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity” (I Cor. 13:13). And these three correspond to the offices of the Christ. We have faith in His Word as the Prophet of God. We have hope with regard to the future because He is our merciful and faithful High Priest. And we love Him being King so He can reign over us in our weakness and subdue our sins for us. Faith in the Prophet. Hope in the Priest. Love for the King.
It is not really all that difficult to know whether we have been saved by the grace of God. How do we react to the message of God’s grace? Is it foolishness to us or is it the power and wisdom of God unto our salvation? Is the Gospel’s declaration of our great sinfulness a great offense to us or is it a great relief to hear of a way of salvation that acknowledges that we are in desperate condition? Does election appear to us as God usurping our own right to self-determination, or do we see it as a marvelous work of Divine love to save us from our determination to destroy ourselves. Do we see the effective, particular, bloody work of Christ as an unsophisticated approach to God and patently unfair because it does not apply equally to all, or do we see in it the wisdom, justice and power of God working together to save our wretched souls? Do we look upon the irresistible work of the Spirit of God in calling God’s elect as a violation of their personal wills or do we see it as the projection of the Father’s love to save us from our spiritual insanity? In other words, we may pretty well determine our spiritual condition by our reaction to God’s Gospel. - Joe Terrell
“Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” And how do we do that? “Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.” The only way to run this race is to look only to Him. If we take our eyes off of Him to examine our walk, we will swerve off course. If we take our eyes off of Him to look at somebody else’s walk we will swerve off course. The only way to run this race is to always look to Him only. In looking to Him, there are a lot of things we do not look to! Blessed is the man who learns this.
The one time true holiness walked upon this earth, sinners drew near to hear Him without feeling judged or threatened. True holiness is not what many suppose it to be.