October 30, 2016
Sundays 9:00 am Channel 27-2 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.

To Thy presence we repair
Lord, we love to worship there
When within the veil we meet
Christ the Lord our mercy seat
Thou, through Him, art reconciled
We through Him, become Thy child.

Abba, Father! Give us grace
In Thy courts to seek Thy face
While Thy glorious praise is sung
Touch our lips unloose our tongues
That our joyful souls may bless
Christ, the Lord, our Righteousness.

While we listen to Thy Word
Fill our souls with Sovereign love
From Thy house when we return
May our hearts within us burn
And at evening let us say
We have walked with God today.

(Tune: “Rock of Ages” p. 126)

Our Bible Conference will be December 9-11. Please give as you are enabled to cover the extra expenses. Speakers will be Donnie Bell, Bruce Crabtree, Chris Cunningham, Dave Eddmenson, Greg Elmquist, Don Fortner, Gabe Stalnaker, Marvin Stalnaker, and Frank Tate.

Donnie Bell will be our guest speaker at the preacher’s class this Saturday, November 5th. All men are invited to attend.

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend a gathering hosted by Andy and Megan Davis at their home for the adults on Friday December 16th.

30th – Tucker Greenleaf 1st – Charles McGuire 3rd – Conner Dickerson
3rd – Jeff Sullivan 4th – Laura Benton 4th – Steve Sligh
5th – Macy Greenleaf 5th – Logan Small
Nursery Schedule: AM – Andrea V., Jessica S., Megan D. PM – Susan S.

“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” - Proverbs 24:16

T Is it True?
H Is it Helpful? Is there any benefit from saying it?
I Is it Inspiring? Will it inspire people in a positive way?
N Is it Necessary? Is there an important reason for saying it?
K Is it Kind?

Every religion but the Gospel of Christ is a self-help religion. The Gospel is for those who cannot help themselves. If you cannot help yourself, a self-help religion will do you no good. But the Gospel comes to me where I am…. helpless….and saves me. The Gospel is perfectly suited for ones who cannot save themselves. If you can help yourself, the Gospel is not for you.

God is sovereign. That means He is in complete control of everything. There is nothing that happens, whether we perceive it good or bad, without His will. The eternal destiny of every man to ever live is in His sovereign hands. This is the God of the Bible. There are only two responses to this. Rejoicing or anger. The one who loves the God who is sovereign rejoices in His sovereignty. The one who has no love for Him who is Sovereign resents His sovereignty and cannot trust himself in His mighty hands. The response is caused by love or lack thereof.

The doctrines of original sin, election, effectual calling, final perseverance, and all those great truths which are called Calvinism – though Calvin was not the author of them, but simple an able writer and preacher upon the subject – are, I believe, the essential doctrines of the Gospel that is in Jesus Christ. Now, I do no ask you whether you believe all this – it is possible you may not; but I believe you will before you enter Heaven.
- C. H. Spurgeon

Through the years, many religious people have been kind enough to tell me when and how they fast. I am really never prepared for that moment, or I would have said that Matthew 5:17 says to keep your praying, fasting, and giving a secret, and not to trumpet it in the streets.
Secondly, I am not sure their idea of fasting lines up with Scripture. Fasting means to abstain, to cover over the mouth. Here is how God describes true fasting – “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?” (Isaiah 58:6-7) True fasting then, according to God, is to abstain from the bondage and yoke of law-keeping (touch not, taste not, handle not), and to abstain from serving and pleasing self by feeding and clothing the poor and naked with the Gospel of Christ. Every believer is continually fasting without announcing it to everyone. We fast (abstain) from dead works, and feast on the life and death of Christ our Righteousness. - Brian DuFour

That person who is truly and most fully aware of the depravity of his own heart, his own propensity to every evil, and his own liability to fall into any sin, is least likely to judge the faults of others, and most likely to forgive their offenses. - Don Fortner