May 17, 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
Glory to the heavenly Father
Fountain of eternal love
Who, His wandering sheep to gather
Sent the Savior from above.
To the Son all praise be given
Who with love unknown before
Left the bright abode of heaven
And our sins and sorrows bore.
Equal strains of warm devotion
Let the Spirit’s praise employ
Author of each holy motion
Source of wisdom, peace, and joy.
Thus while our glad hearts ascending
Glorify Jehovah’s name
Heavenly songs with ours are blending
There the theme is still the same!
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
Congratulations to our graduating High School Seniors Zac Byrd, Daniel Holthaus, Mark Mohr, and Isaac Williams! Plan to stay after the evening service next Sunday, May 24th when we will honor them. Bring an
appetizer or dessert.
17th – Isaac Meek 18th – Dave Burton
19th – Dylan Daniel 20th – Melanie White
Sunday AM – Jessica C., Jaime, Rebekah V., Christie S. PM – Faith, Rachel W., Elizabeth V. Wed. – Sarah B.
“As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.” - Proverbs 27:8
“They have no knowledge that pray unto a god that cannot save”
– Isaiah 45:20.
If the god I pray to is a god that cannot save me unless I ________, a god who can only save me in response to something I do, I am praying to a non-existent entity, an idol that I have made that can do me no good at all. The only God I can be saved by is a God who can, is able to save me! A God who is not restrained by my inability, but the One of whom David spake, “Our God is in the heavens. He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased.” The Leper understood this. “If You will, You can make me clean.” It is only the God of which “Nothing is impossible” that can save a sinner like me! Thank God, we pray unto a God that can save! “He is able to save them to the uttermost that come to God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).
I find then when I look to Christ only I have assurance. When I look at my life, my power over sin, my growth in grace, I lose my assurance. My heart whispers, “How could you be saved?” The only assurance I have is when I look to Christ the same way God looks to Him. Everything He requires of me, He looks to His Son for. And I look to His Son in the same way. All He requires of Me, He looks to His Son for. If we would have assurance, look to Christ only. The moment we look to Christ AND anything, our assurance flees away!
The church willingly submits to her Lord (Eph. 5:22). The wife willingly submits to the husband (Eph. 5:22). Servants are called on to willingly submit to their masters (Titus 2:9). Believers are called upon to willingly submit themselves to one another (Eph. 5:21). We are even called upon to submit ourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake (I Peter 2:13). Forced submission is not submission at all. Refusal to submit comes from a lack of love and respect. But willing submission is a joyous thing. It is born of grace and true humility. Peter said, “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (I Peter 5:5). The only thing that prevents willing submission is pride.
“Love….thinketh no evil”
“Charity…thinketh no evil.” That does not mean that people who love never have evil thoughts. It means they are not suspicious of the object of their love. They put the best construction on what the people they love do. Someone may object, “But all men are sinners, we should have a healthy distrust of all men.” All I can say is, that is not the language of love. “Love…thinketh no evil.” If I distrust a person, I am not really loving them. I may be burned and disappointed by them, nevertheless, “Love thinketh no evil.”
THE MARK OF DISCIPLESHIP
“By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if you have love one to another” (John 13:35). This is the new commandment. “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another: as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34). Yes, we are to love God! Yes, we are to love His Truth! But when the Lord gives the evidence that can be seen, that will show us to be His disciples, it is our love to one another. The love that is longsuffering and kind. The love that is not envious, boastful, or conceited. The love that is not rude, self-seeking, easily offended, and keeps no records of wrongs. A love that covers in silence, is not suspicious, hopes the best, and endures all things. A love that is never reduced to inactivity (I Cor. 13:4-8).
Isn’t it beautiful that the Lord has given this as the mark of discipleship. Truly, this is the more excellent way that is the greatest of these. May we make love to one another our aim!
DO NOT PRETEND
It is the conscious absence of all goodness that leads us to Christ, the foundation of all goodness; and that fountain is open to all who come in this fashion. It is closed against all who come on any other footing. It is the want of light and life that draws us to Christ, the source of both; and both of these are the gifts of God. He who comes as partly righteous is sent away empty. He who comes acknowledging unrighteousness but at the same time trying to neutralize it or to expiate it by feelings, works, or tears is equally rejected. But he who comes as an unrighteous man to a righteous and gracious Savior, finds not only ready access, but plenteous redemption. The righteous God receives unrighteous man if that man presents himself in his own true character as a sinner, and does not mock God by pretending to be something less or better than he is. – Horatius Bonar