March 27, 2016
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
Compared with Christ, in all beside
No beauty can I see
The one thing needful, dearest Lord
Is to be one with Thee.
The sense of Thy redeeming love
Into my soul convey
Thyself bestow, for Thee alone
My All-in-All, I pray.
Less than Thyself will not suffice
My comfort to restore
More than Thyself I can not crave
And Thou cans’t give no more.
Loved of my God, for Him again
With love intense I’d burn
Chosen of Thee ere time began
I’d choose Thee in return.
(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)
Any man who would like to come to the preacher’s class is invited. We meet the first Saturday of every month from 10:00am – noon.
Upcoming Bible Conferences
April 15-17 Hurricane Road Grace Church – Ashland, KY
May 6-8 Central Grace Church – Rocky Mount, VA
27th – Jessica Clark 27th- Amy Ferrell 30th – Sherri Morris
Nursery Schedule – Sunday AM: Melanie K., Kate H
“He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.” - Proverbs 28:23
AN EVIL EYE
“Is thine eye evil because I am good?” - Matthew 20:15
This was the owner of the vineyard’s response to the indignation of the men who worked twelve hours in the vineyard. They had received a penny - a denarius - which was a Roman silver coin used for the ordinary pay of a day’s wages. They were outraged that the owner gave the same amount to those who had worked but one hour. Their evil eye interpreted the owner’s generosity as unfairness. An evil eye puts a bad construction upon other people’s actions. Could it be that my indignation over perceived injustices is an evil eye on my part?
CHRIST IS ALL
Not everybody believes this. To some men He is nothing. Others view Him as important. Still others view Him as very important. But to some, He is all. He is all in all things. He is all in their salvation; He is all in their faith; He is all in their rejoicing and confidence. For whom and to whom is Christ all? He is all for all and to all who really believe Him to be all! I truly believe Him to be all in my salvation, and have hope in nothing else!
I once saw a picture of Albert Einstein’s room/office on the day that he never returned to it, the day that he died. It appears he was planning on coming back. His desk looked a lot like mine, lots of papers and scratchpads. Things like lists of things to do and scratched out items already accomplished. Bookshelves of research.... The point is, I feel that my death will be the same. I will simply not come home one day, and then what? I know that because of what the Bible says. First, I’ll tell you that the answer to the problem of sin and death is not solvable by anything that I can do. In fact, I am helpless to save myself. I try daily to stop trying by my own merit to earn salvation but I have no power in myself or my own will to stop and therefore I know that unless God in the Lord Jesus Christ steps into my life daily to save me I cannot be saved. What comes next after death then would undeniably be a time of judgment, for breaking God’s law and punishment for all the evil that I was in this life. I am shut up to looking to and hoping in and waiting for the Lord Jesus Christ alone to save me daily. And this truth I absolutely know – that if I am found in Christ – all will be well with my soul – very, very well! Jesus Christ is God and so to be in Him is eternal life. Lord save me! - Matt Vincent
LOVE IN MOTION
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (I John 3:18). True love is active love, a love in motion, not just lip service. If a parent hears a knock at the front door, opens it to find their child freezing and starving, kneels down to face level, smiles, looks them in the eye, tells them how precious they are and how much they really love them…then just shuts the door in the child’s face, does that parent really love their child? No.
That scenario if no different from what happens in most churches today. A poor sinner, starving for righteousness, naked before God, sits in the pew hearing how glad the church is to have them in attendance, that God loves them and we love you too…but the Gospel of grace is not preached, the bread of Christ is not fed upon, and they leave more destitute than when they entered, never returning, and wind up in hell. Does God really love that person? No.
It is true that “I love you” are three very important words, but I believe equally important are another three words. “It is finished.” God did not just talk about how much He loved His people, He showed how much He loved His people when He sent His only Son to this earth to live and die for His people. Christ accomplishing the salvation of all of God’s elect children is the foremost example of what it means to love not in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth. May God give us grace to put our love into motion, causing us to sound out our love with our actions more than with our mouths. - Brian DuFour
UNION WITH CHRIST
So close is the union between Christ and the believer that the word of God declares them to be one. When Christ prayed for His people, He said, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; that they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us.” (John 17:20-21)
Since I am one with Christ, that means what He is, I am. Where He is, I am. What He did, I did! He is the head, we are the body, and the Head cannot be separated from the body! That seems too good to be true, but it is true in fact. The Word of God declares it to be so.