May 15, 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.

Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress
Mid flaming worlds, in these arrayed
With joy shall I lift up my head.

When from the dust of death I rise
To claim my mansion in the skies
E’en then shall this be all my plea
Jesus has lived and died for me.

Bold shall I stand in that great day
For who ought to my charge shall lay?
While through Thy blood absolved I am
From sin’s tremendous curse and shame.

This spotless robe the same appears
When ruined nature sinks in years
No age can change its glorious hue
The robe of Christ is ever new.

O let the dead now hear Thy voice
Now bid Thy wand’ring ones rejoice
Their beauty this, their glorious dress

(Tune: “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” p. 217)

Congratulations to our High School Graduates Audrey Grace Hacker, Aaron Lepisto, Jacob Rigsby, Carter Steeves, and Elizabeth Vincent! We will honor them next Sunday evening, May 22nd. Bring an appetizer or dessert.

VBS will be June 14-16.

17th – Isaac Meek 18th – Dave Burton
19th – Dylan Daniel 20th – Melanie White

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.” - Proverbs 21:2

I recently read a man describing the extent of the atonement of Christ like this…. “Christ died for those who believe.” Why did he not say that Christ died for the elect? It was an attempt at telling the truth without being offensive. The statement is true, but it could be interpreted in more than one way. It could be understood as our faith being the cause of Christ’s blood being made effectual to us. May the Lord deliver us from stating the Truth in such a way so as to not offend men. I am not afraid of offending men. I am afraid of not offending them.

I wish to warn you against some of the prevailing errors of the time, lest you, being “Led away…from your own stedfastness” should follow after the “diverse and strange doctrines” of these last days. So it was necessary to dwell upon those errors which have been most prominently advanced, and to open up those truths which have been most perverted and denied. My appeal is to the Word of God. What are the reasonings, or opinions, or inferences of men? “What is the chaff to the wheat?”, saith the Lord. Let the Bible decide each question. The real question of the present day is just this, is man a totally and thoroughly depraved being by nature? Is he ruined, helpless and blind, dead in trespasses and sins? Many other questions have arisen, but this is the central one…it is upon the truth of this doctrine that the whole Bible proceeds.
Man being so thoroughly depraved in nature, is it possible, I ask, to save him without a special and direct intervention of the Father, Son and Spirit, in man’s behalf? In other words, can he be saved in any way which does not involve personal election by the Father, particular redemption by the Son, and direct, immediate, overcoming operation of the Holy Spirit? You will find that the objections urged against God’s sovereignty and man’s helplessness, are just different manifestations of human pride…the pride into which Satan tempted Adam, “Ye shall be as gods”, and into which pride all his offspring have fallen along with him. Man will not consent to be nothing, that God alone may be all.
– Horatius Bonar, England 1808-1889

John 17:21-23 speaks of the perfect union of every believer with Christ the Son and God the Father. Of all the things in Scripture we really do not understand, this perfect union would have to be near the top of the list. I cannot grasp or understand how that as I sit here in my sinful flesh writing this article, at the same time my spirit, the holy new man, is in heaven right now with Christ. I may not intellectually grasp this concept of always having been one with Christ, but I do spiritually grasp it by faith, knowing that having always been in Christ, that about 2,000 years ago, I walked this earth for 33 years in perfect obedience to God’s holy law. And that at the end of my 33 years, I was nailed to a tree and suffered the wrath and judgment of God for my sin. And after 3 days I was justified and raised from the grave, and 40 days later I ascended to heaven to be with my Father.
The natural man will consider this kind of talk blasphemous, I consider it my salvation. My only hope of salvation is being “Found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (Phil. 3:9). - Brian DuFour

If my finger were on the golden latch of paradise, and my foot were on its jasper threshold, I should not take the last step so as to enter heaven, unless the grace which brought me thus far should enable me fully and fairly to complete my pilgrimage. - C. H. Spurgeon