May 22, 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
Wherewith shall we approach the Lord
And bow before His throne?
By trusting His unchanging Word
And pleading Christ alone.

This is the name the Father loves
This is the name we plead
This is the name that heav’n approves
And blesses us indeed.

Then let His Name forever be
To us supremely dear
His name our all-prevailing plea
For all our hope is there.

His name LORD JESUS suits Him well
His name is great indeed
He saves from sin and wrath and hell
His name is all I need.

(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p.192)

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We extend our sincere sympathy to Alan Kincer and family on the death of his mother.

Congratulations to our High School Graduates Audrey Grace Hacker, Aaron Lepisto, Jacob Rigsby, Carter Steeves, and Elizabeth Vincent! We will honor them this evening after the service. Bring an appetizer or dessert.

VBS will be June 14-16.

Birthdays
24th – Sharron Nibert 27th – Thomas Kincer
28th – David Walmsley 28th- Stephen Walmsley

“The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.” - Proverbs 22:14


David was told by Nathan that the sin with Bathsheba and Uriah had “Given occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme.” So this is the conduct of a follower of Jehovah. So this is the conduct of a grace believer. Our conduct before men should never give them a reason to question the reality, power, or truthfulness of the Gospel we believe. Men already make accusations that what we believe will lead men to sin. Let’s make sure we don’t give them fuel for that accusation. May they see in our conduct and how we treat them that that certainly is not so.


KEEPING MY COMMANDMENTS
The Lord said in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” And in verse 21 He said, “He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me.” These verses are used by many to prove that the believer is still under law (the Ten Commandments). I love God’s law! I don’t want to break God’s law! But I do! And you do too! If the Lord is talking about the Ten Commandments, then none of us love Him because none of us have ever kept them. The Lord did not say, “Whoever admires them”, or “Whoever does the best he can to keep them” is the one who loves Him. It is the one who “keeps” them that loves Him. What commandments is the Lord talking about? John tells us in I John 3:23, “And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment.” While I have never perfectly kept one of the Ten Commandments, here are the commandments which I have kept. I do believe on His Name. I rely on Him alone as everything in my salvation. I do love His people. I do not merely say I do. In my heart I do! And these commandments are not grievous. On the contrary, they are a delight. All those who love Him do keep His commandments


WHAT IS THE EVIDCENCE THAT FAITH IS REAL?
Faith is the evidence that one is elect of God, redeemed by Christ, and born of the Spirit of God. And what is the evidence that the faith of man has is real? Perseverance. “He that endureth to the end shall be saved.” There may be many ups and downs, sunny seasons and cloudy seasons, but real faith continues to look to Christ only all the way to the end.


IF BAPTISM DOES NOT SAVE WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Baptism is a ceremony, and nothing more. There is no saving efficacy in it nor is it a means through which grace is conveyed. But, that does not take away from its importance. The marriage ceremony does not cause a man and woman to love one another. They love each other before they participated in the marriage ceremony. But if they refuse to participate in the marriage ceremony, and live together without it, they say by that, they do not love one another enough to be totally committed to one another. This shows how important the marriage ceremony is. There is no true love without it. Baptism is the same. It does not cause salvation. It speaks of a relationship that was already there before the ceremony. And that relationship was caused by what baptism depicts: Union with Christ. For someone to refuse Baptism is like someone who refuses the marriage covenant and ceremony. That person says by their actions, “I do not love Christ enough to commit to Him.” Love like that is not love at all! Yes, baptism is important, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.”



Concerning the character of God, what gross mistakes men make! I believe it is a mistake about God Himself which has been the root and foundation of all the mistakes in theology. My conviction is that the freewill theology of today makes God to be less than He is. The professors of that system have come to receive its doctrine because they have not a clear understanding either of the omnipotence, the immutability, or the sovereignty of God. God has an absolute right to do what He will, with whom He will, when He will. He has the power also to accomplish that will and the ransom which enables Him to be true to His character in carrying out that will. When Almighty God comes to the soul of a man in grace, none can stay His hand. The beauty is that the enemy’s power is broken and the sinner is made willing. Satan cannot stay the conquering hand of Jehovah, and the sinner wants to be conquered. To see the holiness and mercy, the righteousness and grace, the justice and love of God in Christ, rising like a mighty sun, will put an end to the darkness and confession of will-worship and modern fundamentalism. What will your God do? How will your God do what He does? Tell me who He is! If He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient and dwells in the heavens, He will do what He pleases. If he is less than this, he must wait to see what you will do. But the subdued king in Daniel 4:35 declared, “He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand or say unto Him, What does thou?” - Henry Mahan