September 18, 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
Revive Thy Work, O Lord
Create soul-thirst for Thee
And hung’ring for the Word of life
O may our spirits be!

Revive Thy Work, O Lord
Exalt Thy precious Name
And by the Holy Ghost our love
For Thee and Thine inflame.

Revive Thy Work, O Lord
Give pow’r unto Thy Word
And may its pure and scared Truth
In living faith be heard.

Revive Thy Work, O Lord
And give refreshing showers
The glory shall be all Thine own
The blessing, Lord be ours.

(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom” p. 188)


Aaron Greenleaf is preaching for the Bethel Baptist Church in North Carolina today. Remember him as he preaches to the group there.

Congratulations to Aaron and Alexis Sligh on the birth of their daughter Adilene Jane and to John and Cami Walmsley on the birth of their son, Charles Allen Hudson!

Birthdays
18th – Heather Ham 29th – Kaitlyn Burton
23rd – Holly Tate 23rd – Christian Warta

“Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” - Proverbs 27:1
“Who is he that condemneth. It is Christ that died.” And what if He did not die? Cain would be condemned, and so would Abel. Esau would be cut off, but so would Jacob. Pharaoh would be damned, but so would Moses. Judas would be cast into the lake of fire, but so would Peter, James, and John. Agrippa would perish, but so would Paul. The point it, our sole and only reason for being saved is His death. “If when we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son.” God was completely satisfied by the death of His Son. His justice was honored, sin was punished, paid for, and put away. God can ask for nothing more! And however satisfied He is with the death of His Son is how satisfied He is with those He died for. Oh how glorious is the death of Christ. It is the subject of the eternities! It is the sure and only ground of the salvation of the believer.


SLIPPERY PROSPERITY
David said in Psalm 73:3 that he was envious of the prosperity of the wicked. Who has not had those envious thoughts? Concerning these men, he said, “They are not in trouble as other men…..they have more than heart could wish…..they speak loftily…..they prosper in the world: they increase in riches.” Then David thought of all the trials and heartache he had to endure. He felt resentful. These feelings of envy and resentment continued, “Until I went into the sanctuary of God: then understood I their end. Surely Thou didst set them in slippery places:Thou castedst them down into destruction.”
Prosperity in this world is the American dream. And what if your dream is realized? It could be the judgment of God against you! Believer, do not be envious of an unbeliever! Do not be envious of a believer either! Thank God for what you have, and thank God for what you do not have. How happy we are in finding prosperity in being in the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, the unsearchable riches we have in Him.



AMBASSADORS OF CHRIST
Every believer is an ambassador of Christ. That is our purpose in life! Our purpose in life is not to gratify ourselves, reach our goals, or to have a good time. Our purpose is to glorify God as ambassadors of Christ! At all times, wherever we go and whatever we do, we are representatives of the Lord Jesus here on earth by our words and conduct. May God give us grace to be His ambassadors in such a way as to bring glory to His name!


TO DIE IS GAIN
Paul said, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). What assurance Paul had that would cause him to look upon his own death as gain! Question. Is there any reason why any believer should not speak with this same confidence? Since we are all saved the same way Paul was, by the righteousness, shed blood, and sovereign grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have no reason to have any less confidence then he did! Did Paul look to Christ alone? “Of course he did,” you say. Do you? If you do, you can say with Paul… “To die is gain.” Remember, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”



When a person believes and receives our Lord Jesus Christ, he is at that moment (in God’s sight) one who has never sinned. I will go a step further than this! When we receive our Lord, we are in a much better position then if we had never sinned at all. For if we had never sinned, we would trust our own righteousness and we would be subject to fall as Adam did (who had never sinned). But now thru faith in Christ we have His perfect righteousness, which cannot ever fail, nor fall!
When the fig leaves of self are gone – we have the robe of His perfect obedience forever! “For He hath clothed me with the garment of salvation – He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:10) - Henry Mahan



In so far as the believer’s acceptance with God is concerned, he has no more confidence in the best work he ever performed, then in the greatest sin he ever committed. Christ is our Righteousness, our only Righteousness, and all our Righteousness! - Don Fortner



Make new friends, but keep the old
Those are silver, old friends are gold
Brows may wrinkle – hair grow gray
Real friendships never decay!
Make new friends, but keep the old
Those are silver – THESE ARE GOLD!
- Joseph Parry 1841-1903