September 11, 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.

Compared with Christ, in all beside
No comeliness 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 cannot 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)

16th – Lyn Covert

Sept. 16 – 18 Kingsport Sovereign Grace, Kingsport TN
Oct. 14 – 16 College Grove Grace, College Grove TN
Oct. 21 – 23 Sovereign Grace Church at New Castle, IN
Dec. 9 – 11 Todds Road Grace Church, Lexington, KY

“He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.” - Proverbs 17:15

“Thou believest there is one God? Thou doest well.
The devils believe and tremble.” – James 2:19
Demons are orthodox. You will not find an atheist demon or an arminian demon. They give assent to the facts revealed in Scripture. But their faith is not saving faith. What is the difference between their faith and saving faith? Saving faith indeed gives assent to the facts and propositions revealed in Scripture. But more than that, saving faith receives the love of the Truth (II Thess. 2:10). It is one thing to give assent to the Bible teaching of grace. It is another thing to love being saved by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Demonic faith has to do with the intellect only. Saving faith comes from the new heart, the new mind, affections, and will. We see the teaching of Scripture, we love it, and it is the way we want it to be!

“Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (I Peter 5:7)
Cares are that which causes anxiety. What a host of cares we have! My sins, fear of the future, fear of that over which I have no control (which is everything!), unresolved conflict, the fear of how I will be provided for or the fear of being unable to provide…all my cares I am called upon to cast upon Him. If I do that, I no longer bare the burden of them. If I continue to bear the burden, I have not cast them upon Him. Why am I to do this? We are given this one glorious reason…. “For He careth for you.” If He cares for me, I have no reason to be anxious about anything. “If God be for us, who can be against us?”

A man who professes to believe sovereign grace was attending a church where sovereign grace was not preached. I asked him if grace was preached at the church he attended. He replied, “Yes, but not like you do.” Are there other ways to preach grace? What he meant was, they do not preach total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints - but they still believe in salvation by grace through faith. All that can be said of that is it is dishonest. Someone that does not preach and love God’s sovereign grace does not preach grace at all. They may use the word ‘grace’, but they give it a different meaning. This is deceptive, evil, and soul destroying. May the Lord deliver us from such irreverence with His Word.

“And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread” (Gen. 41:54). We know from other Scriptures, especially Paul’s letter to the Galatians, that it is foolish to return to the bondage of works religions (Egypt), looking for sustenance to continue your spiritual growth. Yet in this Scripture, if you wanted to live, you had to go into Egypt, the only place around with bread.
So does Scripture contradict itself? Never. When Christ is seen in the Scripture, there is never a contradiction. Our great “Joseph” (Christ) came to this “Egypt” (our world enslaved to works religion) and perfectly obeyed God’s holy law, providing the “bread” (His perfect righteousness) to any starving sinner that comes to His “storehouse” (of grace) and asks for bread. He turns none away. It is all free (remember, the money was returned to the grain sacks of Jacob’s family).
He commands us to come to this storehouse, and He will freely give us bread, and wine, and milk, and honey, and faith, and repentance, and life, and fruits, and grace, and mercy, and rest, and peace, and joy – all in abundance from His bottomless storehouse of grace…. “I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread” (Ps. 132:15).
- Brian DuFour

Now then, there is but one thing with which Almighty God is satisfied – entirely satisfied – and that is THE PERSON AND WORK OF HIS SON! It is with Christ that we must be satisfied, not with ourselves, nor anything about us! When we cease from ALL our labors, and ALL our righteousness, and ENTER INTO HIS REST, pardon and peace will come without delay. - Horatius Bonar

To believe God is no small thing! It is the evidence of a heart reconciled unto God; it is the proof of our being weaned from our own words and deeds; it is a clear sign of the true conviction of sin; it is honoring to Christ, and our only Redeemer; it is the essence of true worship; and it is the root of sincere obedience. - Henry Mahan

“For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.”
Psalm 38:18
Let not these words stagger the faith of the believer in considering them as spoken by Christ. As the sinner’s Surety, He was truly made sin for His people, so the Scripture declares, yea, also a curse for them. Hence, in the eye of the law, Christ and His seed are one (Gal. 3:13; II Cor. 5:21).
- Robert Hawker