December 20, 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
Arise, my soul, my joyful powers
And triumph in thy God
Awake, my voice, and loud proclaim
His glorious grace abroad.
He raised me from the depths of sin
The gates of gaping hell
And fixed my standing more secure
Than ‘twas before I fell.
The arms of everlasting love
Beneath my soul He placed
And on the Rock of Ages set
My slippery footsteps fast.
Arise, my soul! Awake my voice!
And tunes of pleasure sing
Loud hallelujahs shall address
My Saviour and my King.
(Tune: “O For A Thousand Tongues” p.46)
There will be no Wednesday service December 23rd or 30th. We will have a New Year’s Eve service on Thurs. Dec. 31 at 7:00. May everyone have an enjoyable week with their families and friends - Merry Christmas!
21st – Eric Charron 25th – Paul E. Daniel
26th – Jacob Murphy 26th – Paul Walmsley
“Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” - Proverbs 21:23
It has been my experience that focusing on whether or not I am saved always leads to confusion and doubt, but focusing on whether Christ is the Saviour has always led to simplicity of thought and confidence. – Joe Terrell
GOD IS SOVEREIGN AND MAN IS FREE
By free I means men do what they want to do. We may have many unseen motives for what we do, but we do what we want to do. But God is completely sovereign over man’s free actions. What comes first? God’s sovereignty or man’s free actions? God’s sovereignty! This is what the Bible teaches. “The preparation of the heart in men, and the answer from the tongue is of the Lord” (Prov. 16:1). “The lot is cast into the lap but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord” (Proverbs 16:33). These are just a few of many Scriptures that teach this. What do we learn from this? (1) That men are responsible for their actions. You cannot blame God’s sovereignty for your sins. (2) I ask the Lord to cause my “want to” to be the right “want to.” (3) What a reason for faith and hope! God is sovereign over all the free actions of men, bringing His purpose to pass!
Paul says to every believer, “Ye are complete in Him” (Col. 2:10). If I look for assurance anywhere else. I will always come up short. To find assurance in an experience I had or a time when I learned something or stopped doing something, is to find assurance in the wrong place. The believer’s assurance is this: in Him by virtue of union with Him, I am complete! I lack nothing. When He said, “It is finished”, it was because it really was finished. We cannot have perfect assurance in something that has not yet been done. But what assurance we have in that which is already finished. “Ye are complete in Him.”
There is but one human righteousness, and it is Christ, His Person, and work. When we speak of “our righteousness”, we are speaking of Him, for He is eternally, “The Lord our Righteousness” (Jer. 23:6). In this regard, as in all others, nothing can be added to, nor taken away from Him. Our gracious, loving Father has brought us the Best Robe, one woven throughout without seam. Nothing we do can mar it, no matter how hideous our sin, and no imagined goodness that we perform can add a stitch unto it. Do not presume that works of faith wrought in and through us by God, “Who worketh in us both to will and do of His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13), are meritorious in any way or considered as supplemental to His. If we are considered in ourselves at all, even based on our best work, we are undone. And do not despair, though your sin become exceeding sinful to you. “Of God are we in Christ Jesus, Who is made unto us Righteousness” (I Cor. 1:30). We have no other and need no other. - Chris Cunningham
If we could peer into heaven and see that great number of departed and glorified saints, I thing we would see Abraham and his nephew, Lot, Joshua and Rahab the harlot, Samuel and Samson, the penitent thief and the glorious Apostle Paul, all dressed in the same raiment – that beautiful garment of salvation, the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ which was freely given them (Isaiah 61:10). After all, nothing less will make the sinner acceptable in God’s sight and qualified for heaven! And what is there more? Can anything be added to the righteousness of Christ? Can anything make the sinner more approved of God? The Lord Jesus Christ is all the believer’s justifying righteousness (I Cor. 1:30; II Cor. 5:21). – Henry Mahan
God’s sovereignty is absolute and incontestable. His majesty is terrible and insupportable. His power is universal and irresistible. His riches are vast and inexhaustible. His dominion is boundless and unquestionable. This is why He alone “Does wondrous things” from which all nations should learn He is God alone. Not only are there none like Him, but there are none besides Him. - Milton Howard
A GOSPEL TO BELIEVE
The Gospel of God’s grace in Christ Jesus is not a thing to be proved, but a Truth to be believed. It is not submitted to our reasoning powers as a subject of critical examination. The Gospel is a message from God, addressed to the conscience, feelings and affections. For this reason men fond of argument and proving everything by strictly logical deduction generally make very poor preachers. In the Scriptures, God does not argue. He proclaims! - J. C. Philpot
As long as you live, beware of a religion in which there is not much of the cross. We live in a time when the warning is sadly needful. Beware; I say again, of a religion without the death of Christ, the blood of Christ, the vital doctrine of the atonement of Christ, this is a false religion.
– Terry Worthan
The best friend you can have on this earth is one who will tell you the truth. One who will not help make you comfortable in a refuge of lies. One who speaks the truth to you in love. One who will continue to do so though you may not appreciate his doing so. May I be such a friend that the blood of others be not on my hands. - Donnie Bell