May 8, 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
We have Thy promise, gracious Lord
O then fulfill Thy precious Word
Thou wilt be where Thy people meet
To make our joyfulness complete.

We ask Thy gracious presence here
From worldly thoughts, O keep us clear
And set our hearts on things above
With sweet enjoyment of Thy love.

We ask from our great living Head
Give us Thy Holy Spirit’s aid
While we engage in prayer and praise
To be supplied with every grace.

‘Tis Thine alone, Almighty Lord
To speak the soul-reviving Word
‘Tis Thine to give the hearing ear
‘Tis Thine to drive away all fear.

(“Tune: Doxology”)

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We will honor our High School Graduates Sunday evening, May 22nd. Bring an appetizer or dessert.

VBS will be June 14-16.


Birthdays
8th – Kim DuFour 9th – Flora Scifres 10th – Will Hacker
11th – Kate Hands 12th – Nick Martin
12th – Courtney Ortz 13th – Annie Charron

“Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness; but a faithful man who can find?” - Proverbs 20:6



THE MARK OF DISCIPLESHIP
“By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if you have love one to another” (John 13:35). This is the new commandment. “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another: as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34). Yes, we are to love God! Yes, we are to love His Truth! But when the Lord gives the evidence that can be seen, that will show us to be His disciples, it is our love to one another. The love that is longsuffering and kind. The love that is not envious, boastful, or conceited. The love that is not rude, self-seeking, easily offended, and keeps no records of wrongs. A love that covers in silence, is not suspicious, hopes the best, and endures all things. A love that is never reduced to inactivity (I Cor. 13:4-8).
Isn’t it beautiful that the Lord has given this as the mark of discipleship. Truly this is the more excellent way that is the greatest of these. May we make love to one another our aim!


“Life is short and soon will pass. Only what is done for Christ shall last.”
I wonder if the author of those words really believed he has done something for Christ that shall pass God’s judgment and something he can glory in in heaven. While every believer desires to glorify Christ in their life, our greatest desire is simply to be found in Christ, so that all God sees is Christ. We loathe the thought of offering up what we have done for Christ. Here is what a believer would say….
“Life is short and soon will pass. Only what is done by Christ shall last.”


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!


Faith in Christ is NOT TO WORK but to cease from our labor and to rest in Him for all things. Faith in Christ is NOT TO DO ANYTHING, but to believe and own that ALL IS DONE in Him, by Him, and is imputed to us so fully that we are rewarded as if we did it ourselves! - Henry Mahan

We believe that the work of regeneration, conversion, sanctification, and faith is not an act of man’s free will and power, but of the mighty, efficacious, and irresistible GRACE OF GOD! John Anderson wrote of Spurgeon, “He preaches salvation, not of man’s free will, but of the Lord’s good will, which few in London now do!” I suppose that this could be said of us today, but Truth is usually in the minority in this world. As one of the Lord’s preachers once said, “Long ago, I ceased to count people. I thank God, what I believe and preach, I shall believe and preach, even if I believe it alone.” - Henry Mahan


We dare not hope to be accepted with God because of anything that is in us by nature, or may be infused into us by grace; we are accepted in the Beloved, and apart from Him we look not to be accepted. Even what the Holy Ghost works in us does not furnish us with any merit which we can plead, for it is a gift of grace, and no part of our justifying righteousness. We rest upon Jesus Christ crucified (His imputed righteousness, atoning blood, and mediation alone), and not upon our faith, repentance, or prayers.
- C. H. Spurgeon


The sovereignty of God is the stumbling block on which thousands fall and perish; and if we go contending with God about His sovereignty it will be our eternal ruin. It is absolutely necessary that we should submit to God as an absolute sovereign, and the sovereign of our souls; as One who may have mercy on whom He will have mercy and harden whom He will.
- Jonathan Edwards


There is nothing that keeps a man out of heaven but his own will. But, there is nothing that will keep a man out of hell but God’s will. Eternal life is by God’s will, God’s gift, and God’s work (Romans 9:16; 6:23; II Timothy 1:9). But eternal death is the result of man’s will, man’s work, and man’s merit (Proverbs 1:23-26; Romans 6:23; 10:21). – Don Fortner



CHRIST IS ALL
The longer I live, the more I feel that if there was one thing left undone, if the devil were not conquered, sin not expiated, justice not satisfied, the law not honored and magnified, death not overcome, and every burden carried, I should not have a ray of hope. I see and feel now that if one hair breath is left for me to do to merit heaven, or bring as a plea before God, I am undone forever and ever. - John Warburton