August 21, 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)

Missionary to Mexico Cody Groover is in need of a new vehicle. Please give to this cause as the Lord enables you.

21st – Mark Ham 23rd – Rych Byrd
24th – John Greenleaf 24th – Don Willis

“My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change.” - Proverbs 24:21

These men, after hearing the Lord say to them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her,” knew they were guilty of that which they had accused the woman of who was taken in adultery. They one by one left the Lord, being convicted of their own conscience. Human conscience is a powerful thing and will keep us from doing and cause us to do many things. But one thing it will never do is cause us to come to Christ. Their accusing conscience caused them to leave the presence of Christ, the only One who could do anything for them. Your conscience may cause you to do or not do many things. It may accuse you or cause you to seek excuses. But it is only Holy Spirit conviction that will cause a man to come to Christ seeking mercy. May we be delivered from mere conviction of our own conscience and be convicted by the Holy Spirit to come to Christ.

Believers are described in Scripture as “Strangers and pilgrims” (Heb. 11:13). We come from another place and this world is not our home. The Lord said concerning His people, “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:16). As the Son proceeded from the Father, even so do all who are united to Him. Our origin is not of this world. Our origin is of God. This is not so much understood as believed and experienced. Truly, this world is not our home. We are simply passing through on our way to our native home, heaven! Our entrance into heaven will be a return to the place we have always been in the Beloved, and how we long for our homecoming!

There is nothing that the church does that is more important than assembling to worship Christ. To gather in order to honor Christ through praying, preaching and hearing the Gospel is such an important thing that each of us should approach it very seriously. Let each one prepare himself in heart and body so as to arrive on time, having the heart clothed with a desire to hear from Christ and the body dressed modestly so as not to attract attention to one’s self. Let each of us enter into every song and prayer, closing out the thoughts of the world and all the cares it loads on us. Let each of us listen to the Word of God with the intensity of baby birds chirping for food. In short, let each of us give himself to worship in this hour as though there were nothing better or more important in all the world to do – because there isn’t. - Joe Terrell

Just look at the crazy lottery amounts, and you will see just how many people want to be rich. I can understand that, by nature we all want all of our bills paid off and money to get whatever our heart’s desire. And that is just fine, as long as the Lord gets the first fruits, and is trusted and worshipped no matter your financial status.
Believers are not immune to this, we still carry this old nature around, and he wants what everyone else in the world wants – health, wealth, and happiness. And our new nature desires to be rich also, but not with thin pieces of paper with green and black ink on them, and security stripes embedded in each bill because we are such “honest and trustworthy” people. A believer wants to be rich in good works, rich in mercy, rich in grace, rich in righteousness, rich in holiness, rich in kindness, rich in forgiveness, rich in patience, rich in faith, rich in fruits, rich in wisdom, and rich in love. Men become materially rich through hard work, no sleep, investing, scheming, working, working, working! Sinners become spiritually rich simply by asking – “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.” (Rom. 10:12).
Lord, I call upon you to make us rich beyond our wildest dreams in faith, hope, and love. – Brian DuFour

To those who truly believe, those who have this precious faith, “HE IS PRECIOUS” (I Peter 2:7). This is one way I know that God has given me this faith. The faith which I have will not permit me to look to, trust in, rest upon, live upon, or have any hope in anyone but Christ, and Christ alone! Unto me “HE IS PRECIOUS!” - Maurice Montgomery

One great difference between believers and lost religionists is this: lost religionists fit the worship of God into their lives; believers arrange their lives around the worship of God. - Don Fortner

Men might as well claim the honors of creation or resurrection as boast of commencing their own spiritual life. - Copied