June 14, 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.
How sweet and awesome is the place
With Christ within the doors
While everlasting love displays
The choicest of her stores!
Here the great heart of our great God
With soft compassion rolls
Here peace and pardon bought with blood
Is food for dying souls.
While all our hearts and all our songs
Join to admire the feast
Each of us cries, with thankful tongues
Lord, why was I a guest?
Why was I made to hear Thy voice
And enter while there’s room
When thousands make a wretched choice
And rather starve than come?
“Twas the same love that spread the feast
That sweetly drew us in
Else we had still refused to taste
And perished in our sin.
(Tune: “How Sweet the Name” p. 53)
BIBLE SCHOOL IS THIS TUESDAY – THURSDAY 10:30am-1:00pm
The Lantana Grace Church in Crossville, TN will have a Bible Conference this weekend – June 19-21. Speakers are Bruce Crabtree, Larry Criss, Clay Curtis, Greg Elmquist, Lance Hellar, Todd Nibert, Paul Mahan, and Gabe Stalnaker.
14TH – Lauren Harries 14th – Albert Kelley 15th – Silas Benton
16th – Andrea Bryan 16th – Monica Sparks
Sunday AM - *Megan D., Kelli H., Tammy, Lee Anne PM – Audrey Grace, Savannah
Wed. – Haley S., Elizabeth
“Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.” - Proverbs 20:10
THE MEANS OF GRACE
God is a God of means. And unless God saves the man, man will make a savior of the means rather than the Saviour Himself. God sends His Son through a woman and men worship that woman. Christ was born in a stable and men worship the nativity scene. Christ was nailed to a cross to put away sin and men make an idol of the cross. Justification was accomplished by the faithfulness of Christ and men make the act of faith the cause of justification. We are not saved apart from the knowledge of the Gospel and men make the knowledge itself salvation. We are told to be zealous of good works and we turn that into evidences of salvation rather than looking to Christ only. We turn the means of grace into acts necessary for the obtaining of spiritual life, and thus make the means works necessary to obtain grace. But when we are given spiritual life, the means are seen for what they are and the Saviour is seen for Who He is and what He did.
CONFIDENCE IN GOD’S GRACE
Do we really have confidence in the grace of God? If we do, we will be satisfied with His grace and His grace alone. If we have confidence in His grace, we will not try to offer up anything of our own as a reason for God to bless us. If we have confidence in His grace, we will rest secure that, whatever happens in this life, God will preserve us blameless for the next life. If we have confidence in His grace, we will not try to build a church with fleshy enticements but will be satisfied with preaching and teaching the grace of God, knowing that God will call His sheep by that Gospel. If we have confidence in the grace of God, we will not be quick to judge others or even ourselves, but will be patient with our brethren, knowing that God grows His people at His own rate and that what His grace has begun, His grace can finish. If we have confidence in the grace of God, we will be much more at rest, knowing that all things are moving in their proper direction to their assigned goal. - Joe Terrell
A MYSTERY TO YOURSELF
“I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.”
- Romans 7:21
Are you not often a mystery to yourself? Warm one moment – cold the next! Abasing yourself one hour – exalting yourself the following! Loving the world, full of it, steeped up to your head in it today – crying, groaning, and sighing for a sweet manifestation of the love of God tomorrow! Brought down to nothingness, covered with shame and confusion, on your knees before you leave your room – filled with pride and self-importance before you have got down stairs! Despising the world, and willing to give it all up for one taste of the love of Jesus when in solitude – trying to grasp it with both hands when in business! Possessing a little wisdom – and a great deal of folly! Earthly minded – and yet having the affections in heaven! Pressing forward – and lagging behind! Full of sloth- and yet taking the kingdom with violence! And thus the Spirit, by a process which we may feel but cannot adequately describe – leads us into the mystery of the two natures perpetually struggling and striving against each other in the same bosom – so that one man cannot more differ from another, than the same man differs from himself. But the mystery of the kingdom of heaven is this – that our carnal mind undergoes not alteration, but maintains a perpetual war with grace. And thus, the deeper we sink in self-abasement under a sense of our vileness, the higher we rise in a knowledge of Christ, and the blacker we are in our own view – the more lovely does Jesus appear.
- J. C. Philpot
It has been suggested by many that if we preach salvation as a sovereign gift of God, it will cause men to sit still and fold their arms. IT WILL NOT! But if men did so, we could not help their case by giving them error. Our calling is not to prove to you the REASONABLENESS of any truth. God’s Word is true whether men believe it or not! Our business is not to defend any truth from its consequences. As preachers of the Lord, we are to assert the Truth because it is God’s word; then if our hearers do not like it, they must settle the quarrel with their Master. We are messengers; Christ is our message! The Lord has to reveal and apply the message. He must make the unwilling willing, to make the ungodly godly, and bring the rebel to the feet of Christ or else salvation will not be accomplished. – Henry Mahan