February 26, 2017
Sundays 9:00 am WKYT Channel 27-2
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
Hark! Now the Gospel trumpet sounds
Christ and free grace therein abounds
Free grace to all who sinners be
And if free grace, why not for me?
The blood of Christ, how sweet it sounds
To cleanse and heal the guilty wounds
The streams there of are rich and free
And why, my soul, why not for me?
Our Lord came down the poor to bless
To clothe them with His righteousness
That robe is spotless, full, and free
And why, my soul, why not for me?
Eternal life by Christ, is giv’n
And ruined sinners raised to heav’n
They sing of grace so rich and free
And say, my friend, why not for thee?
Frank Tate, pastor of the Hurricane Grace Church in Ashland will preach for us this evening.
All men are invited to attend the preacher’s class this Saturday.
2nd – Sam Elliott 3rd – James Carver
“He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” – Proverbs 18:27-28
RECEIVING AND GIVING
“Freely you have received: freely give” – Matthew 10:8
What do you have that was not freely, graciously, and undeservedly given to you by God? “What hast thou that thou didst not receive?” (I Cor. 4:7). And what should the response of our hearts be? “Freely give.” Truly it is more blessed to give then to receive. I am to give my money, my time, my effort for the good of others…and I am to do so freely, without hope of recompense, regardless of the unworthiness of the one to whom I am giving for this one reason: I have freely received. We are always to want people to benefit and prosper in our dealings with them. We have the unlimited resources of His grace being freely and continually given to us. There is only one appropriate response. Freely give!
SALVATION IN A LOOK
Will you listen to me as I tell you one more time to look to Christ? Salvation for sinners is to be had in a look of faith. When I say look to Christ, I mean look to Christ in faith, believing that Christ is all it takes to save your sinful soul. Look to the man Christ Jesus as your only obedience to the law. Look to Christ crucified as the only sacrifice it takes to put your sin away. Look to Christ’s death as your death to sin and the law. Look to the risen Christ as the evidence of your justification. Look to the returning Christ as your coming King.
- Frank Tate
LAYING ASIDE ALL MALICE
“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and
hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings.” – I Peter 2:1
Usually when we think of malice we confine it to hatred or a deliberate desire to do harm to another as “with malice aforethought.” But malice in a believer can take other directions. It might be a continually unfriendly feeling or attitude toward another person, or another race! It might be an unforgiving spirit that wishes no harm but holds a long-time grudge over past mistakes. It might be a secret desire to see another fail or to get what is coming to him. It might be an unwillingness to speak to another or to show common courtesy. It might be a spirit of pride which enjoys cutting another or humbling another to show our superior intelligence, courage, or strength. It might be a gossip’s tongue which enjoys relating the weaknesses, infirmities, and failures of others. Call this what you will – but it all boils down to malice and ill-will which is unbecoming to those who are the objects of mercy. How can I have anything but pity and compassion for a fellow-worm? - Henry Mahan
“Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines:
for our vines have tender grapes.” - Song of Solomon 2:15
Most people do not fall by open acts of transgression. Usually, apostasy does not happen suddenly. Rather, it is a gradual process – the result of many “little things” which draw people away from Christ and the Gospel. “The cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches” have destroyed many who carefully shunned outward vices. Dear friends, be careful about these little foxes. They may destroy your soul! We must earn a living, provide for our families, educate our children, and spend some time entertaining them, but not at the expense of our souls! These things are legitimate concerns, but they must not become primary concerns. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” - Don Fortner
“The preaching of the cross is to those who perish foolishness.” If what I preach is not foolishness to the natural man, know assuredly that I preach not the Gospel. The Gospel troubles exceedingly the Pharisees; they are very unwilling to cast away their false idols.
– William Tiptaft (1803-1864)
The blood of the Son of God is precious to the sons of God. In context “precious” simply means that the children of the living God love the Blood of Christ, depend upon the Blood of Christ, and esteem the Blood of Christ above all things. Therefore we do not seek to remove the Blood from our view, but rather seek to see the application of the Blood to everything. - Tommy Robbins
He says, “turn,” and we say, “Lord, turn us.” He says, “son, walk,” and we say, “Lord, direct our steps.” He says, “pray,” and we say, “Lord teach us.” He says, “stand,” and we cry, “Lord, keep.”
- Chris Cunningham
God states His purpose of grace in the form of promise. The saints turn those promises into prayers. God turns their prayers into providence. Divine providence turns into world history. God fulfills His purpose of grace. - Frank Hall