November 29, 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.
Thy works, not mine, O Christ
Speak gladness to this heart
They tell me all the work is done
They bid my fear depart.
Thy cross, not mine, O Christ
Has borne the awful load
Of sins that no, none else could bear
But our incarnate God.
Thy death, not mine, O Christ
Has paid the ransom due
Ten thousand, thousand deaths like mine
Would have been all too few.
Thy righteousness, O Christ
Alone can cover me
No righteousness can satisfy
Save that which is of Thee!
(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom” p. 188)
We extend our sympathy to Eva Hicks on the death of her father this past week and also to the family of Maurice Montgomery who passed away last week in Madisonville. Maurice was a faithful pastor to the church there for many years (Eva’s father and Maurice were brothers).
30th – Jason Ferrell 30th – Isaac Steeves 30th – Mitch Steeves
2nd – Susan Holthaus 2nd – Kara Imes 3rd – Kelly Byrd
4th – Jennifer Dent 5th – Andy Davis
AM - *Jess S., Shari G., Kelly H. PM – Lydia L.
“The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them” - Proverbs 20:12
I AM NOT HAPPY
Without question, the most three self-absorbed words in the world! When I say I am not happy, it is a complaint against God Himself. There are many difficult trials we have in this world that bring us grief. But we realize God is in control of all things, and the first cause behind all things and these things are all working together for our good and His glory. We are not to seek to be happy. That is a sure recipe for unhappiness. We are to seek to do what is right. Incidentally, we will be happy when we do what is right! Someone once asked Walter Groover, missionary to Yucatan, Mexico if he was happy doing what he was doing. His reply was, “What does that have to do with anything? I am where the Lord would have me to be.” The next time we think, “I am not happy”, remember that is a self-absorbed, self-indulgent complaint against God and looking for happiness in the wrong place. “Rejoice in the Lord, again I say rejoice!”
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). We really believe that! What comfort we derive from that! How is it then that we worry? When we worry we say we do not really believe that. When we grow angry over something that takes place, in realty we are growing angry with the first cause….Him! When we murmur and complain, we are murmuring and complaining at Him. We believe Romans 8:28, but our conduct says that we really do not believe it. May the Lord have mercy on us and enable our actions and attitudes to be congruent with what we believe!
“Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are YOU in mine hand.”
Jeremiah 18:1; Isaiah 64:8; Romans 9:21
Let those who will, argue about the extent of God’s sovereignty or the degree of man’s ability, but not with me. I’ve been to the Potters house. They are merely discussing a doctrine, but I am talking about reality! Leave me alone, you who have a “Form of godliness but deny the power thereof” (II Timothy 3:5; II Peter 2:1; Jude 3, 4). For one to deny the absolute sovereignty of God is no less than a denial of the existence of One who is God. - Maurice Montgomery
“NOT MINE” and “NOT LOVED”
“As He saith also in Hosea, I will call them my people which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. - Romans 9:25
It is written in the book of Hosea that Hosea’s wife, Gomer, bore him a son. Afterward, it is written that Gomer bore two more children. These two children were evidently not Hosea’s, so they were named “Not mine” and “Not loved”. Life for these children must have been difficult. Every time they were called on, they were reminded of their illegitimacy and the fact that they had no right to live in Hosea’s house. Their only hope of a happy life and an inheritance was Hosea’s grace. They could not obligate Hosea to show them any good. But, if Hosea wanted to do them good, he could: he could sovereignly call them “Mine”, and sovereignly choose to love those who had no claim on his love.
What a beautiful picture of God’s sovereign grace! By nature we are “Not Mine” and “Not loved”. Rather than children of God, we are children of wrath. We have no claim on God or His love. We have no home or inheritance. But in sovereign love and mercy, God has called us “Mine” and “Beloved”.
I imagine that those children had a special love for Hosea as he took them as his own. And you can imagine how loved they felt when, in public, someone would call them by their old names, and Hosea would step forward and say, “No, let me introduce you to “Mine” and “Loved”. And how blessed it is for us when law, conscience and Satan step up to call us by our old names only to hear God say through the Gospel, “No, these are “Mine” and “Loved”. In the very next verse Paul quotes, “And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.” Freewillers and legalists can have their “gospels”. I rejoice in free and sovereign grace! - Joe Terrell
All doctrinal error has this at its root: Too low a view of God and too high a view of man. Whenever we see God too low, we see man too high, and whenever we see man too high, we see God too low.