October 18, 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.
Precious Saviour, friend of sinners
We, as such, to Thee draw near
Let Thy spirit dwell within us
With that love that casts out fear.
Matchless Saviour, let us know Thee
As the Lord our righteousness
Cause our hearts to cleave unto Thee
Come and with Thy presence bless.
Open now Thy precious treasure
Let Thy Word here freely flow
Give to us a gracious measure
‘Tis Thyself we long to know.
Come and claim us as Thy portion
Let us all find rest in Thee
Leave us not to empty notions
We would find our hope in Thee!
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
I am preaching for the College Grove Grace Church in Tennessee today and will return this evening. John Walmsley will bring the Bible Study, Andy Davis the morning message, and Fred Evans, Pastor of the Redeemer Baptist Church in Louisville will bring the evening message.
We will have a Bible Conference November 20 – 22. Give as you are enabled to cover the expenses of the meeting.
18th – Dwayne Imes 18th- Julianna Rigsby 21st – Tim Scifres
22nd – Samuel Kincer 24th – Carla Bryan
AM -*Jessica S., Julie, Kelli H., Shari, Debbie W. PM- Audrey Grace, Kim D.
Wed. – Sharon V.
“There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.” - Proverbs 13:7
IS GOD IN YOUR THOUGHTS?
It is said of the wicked in Psalm 10:4, “God is not in all his thoughts.” He has judgments, opinions, ideas, and tastes without reference to God. But God is in all the thoughts of the believer. That does not mean he is thinking about the Lord all the time. But everything the believer hears, he judges and looks at in the light of God and His Word. He does not have an opinion of the truthfulness or importance of something without reference to God and His Word. God is in all his thoughts!
“Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.”
These were David’s words concerning his friend Jonathon. When Jonathon heard David’s words to Goliath and saw his mighty victory, “The soul of Jonathon was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathon loved him as his own soul” (I Samuel 18:2). This love is not the romantic love that exists between a man and a woman or a love that exists between friends. This is a supernatural love that exists between two men who both loved God. Jonathon admired David’s love for the Lord and David admired Jonathon’s love for the Lord. This is the love John spoke of when he said, “He that loveth not knoweth not God: for God is love” and “Everyone that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of Him.” Every believer realizes salvation is a work of God’s sovereignty begetting life in a man, and all those who have life love this life in others. To have a spouse that loves Christ is a treasure that will get them through tough times! To have a friend who loves Christ makes for a real, and a long friendship! This is the love that is better than the love of women!
The Corinthians were suing one another before the law of a court of unbelievers. When they felt wronged by a fellow believer, they would take them to court. Paul said, “Why do you not rather take wrong? Why do you not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?” (I Cor. 6:7). We ought to be so sensitive about how our Gospel appears before an unbelieving world that we would rather be wronged and simply accept it as a part of God’s sovereign purpose rather than defend our rights! May God give us this sensitivity to His glory that will suffer ourselves to be defrauded in order to keep our Gospel from being reproached by an unbelieving world.
Moses said, “Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). We wake up every morning to a new day. It may be our last. Our life is measured in days. These days are brief, uncertain, and soon to be over. If we think of our day and days in those terms, if we wisely number our days, we will apply our hearts to wisdom. We will seek the Lord and His righteousness, seek to walk with and honor Him. It will change our perspective of that day. We will seek His glory and not our own. Our concern will be people and relationships, not things and places. We can only number our days like this as He teaches us, so we cry, “Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.”
THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD
Divine grace is the sovereign and saving favor of God exercised in the bestowment of blessings upon those who have no merit in them and for which no compensation is demanded from them. Nay, more: it is the favor of God shown to those who not only have no positive deserts of their own, but who are thoroughly ill-deserving and hell-deserving. It is completely unmerited and unsought, and is altogether unattracted by anything in or from or by the objects upon which it is bestowed. Grace can neither be bought, earned, nor won by the creature. If it could be, it would cease to be grace. When a thing is said to be of “grace”, we means that the recipient has no claim upon it. That it was in nowise due him. It comes to him as pure charity and, at first, unasked and undesired. - A. W. Pink
THE TEACHING OF GRACE
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.” - Titus 2:11-12
There are many things God’s grace teaches us. In Titus 2:11-12, God’s grace is said to teach us how to live in this present world. The implication is that if we are not living like this we obviously have not been taught by His grace, and we are living in rebellion.
And what does it teach us regarding living in this present world? That we are to deny (denounce)…ungodliness (the opposite of devotion to God), and worldly lusts (the desire of fallen human nature), and to live soberly (self-controlled, self-restraint, not controlled by the passions of the flesh), righteously (upright), and godly (well devout, a Godward attitude) in this present world. Our prayer is that God by His grace will teach us how to live in this present world in a way that adorns the Gospel of His Son!