March 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.

O Lord, our languid souls inspire
For here, we trust Thou art!
Send down a coal of heavenly fire
To warm each waiting heart.

Dear Shepherd of Thy people, hear
Thy presence now display
As Thou hast given a place for prayer
So give us hearts to pray.

Show us some token of Thy love
Our fainting hope to raise
And pour Thy blessings from above
That we may render praise.

Within these walls let holy peace
And love and concord dwell
Here give the troubled conscience ease
The wounded spirit heal.

The feeling heart, the melting eye
The humbled mind bestow
And shine upon us from on high
To make our graces grow.

(Tune: “O God Our Help” p. 10)

All ladies are invited to a Bridal Shower for Clark Grubb and Savannah Tate this Saturday, April 1st at 10:00am. There is a sign up sheet in the foyer.

Upcoming Bible Conferences
Hurricane Road Grace Church - Ashland, KY April 7-9
Katy Baptist Church - Fairmont, WV April 14-16

27th – Amy Ferrell 27th – Jessica Clark 30th – Sherri Morris

“Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is bruthish.” - Proverbs 12:1

“For He shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” – James 2:13
God will not have mercy on any man or woman who has not shown mercy to others. He will give that man or woman exactly what their works deserve …“Eternal punishment.” But Matthew 5:7 says, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” Their obtaining of mercy is not predicated on them first being merciful. Having experienced the saving mercy of God, they become merciful themselves. Someone who is not merciful knows nothing of the saving mercy of God. Mercy rejoiceth against judgment! It is nowhere said that God delights in wrath, but He does delight in mercy. And everyone who has experienced God’s saving mercy delights in being merciful!

It does not speak to other men. It does not tell other men what they should do. It tells me what I should do. It does not tell other men how to treat me. It tells me how to treat them. It does not address what others should or should not be doing. It tells me what I should or should not be doing regardless of whether anybody else is! The Lord told Peter what type of death he would die which would glorify God. Peter turned toward John and said, “What shall this man do?” The Lord replied, “What is that to thee? Follow thou me.” What somebody does or does not do is none of my business. My responsibility is not to worry about somebody else. I am not to concern myself with whether they are pulling their share of the load. That is between them and the Lord. My responsibility is to follow Christ myself, “Whatsoever he saith unto you, you do it” (John 2:5).

When we look upon ourselves, we often see ourselves – the most stupid – the most ignorant – the most vile – the most unworthy – the most earthly and sensual wretches that God can permit to live! At least, that is the view we take of ourselves when we are really humbled in our own eyes. But when God looks upon His elect, He does not look upon them as they often look upon themselves – but as they stand in Christ – accepted in the beloved - without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing! He does not see His people as they often see themselves – full of wounds, and bruises and putrefying sores, but clothed in the perfection, beauty, and loveliness of their Head and Husband. - J. C. Philpot

I often think, after hearing the Gospel of grace preached in the power of the Spirit, “Why would anyone in their right mind not rejoice in this blessed Truth, that salvation is accomplished, salvation is free, there is nothing for the sinner to do, because everything God requires of the sinner, He looks to Christ for?”
And then I realize why. Only a believer has a right mind, and all men by nature have a wrong mind. Just look at examples in Scripture…the religious Pharisee (me and you by nature) spent his “prayer time” impressing God with his sincerity, his devotion, his fasting, his tithing, his holier-than-thou attitude with his wrong mind, and went down to his house not justified. And way off in the corner, the publican (given a right mind, just like the prodigal son returning to his father) head bowed in shame, beating upon his chest – filled with a sinful heart, simply cried a soul-saving seven word prayer – “God be merciful to me the sinner!” And he went down to his house justified.
We are born with wrong minds. Everything we naturally think concerning salvation is wrong. Ask God to give you a new mind, a right mind, and you will see that salvation is in Christ alone, you will love it that way, and you will find yourself rejoicing in this glorious Gospel of grace that you once hated. - Brian DuFour

“The LORD reigneth, let the earth rejoice;
let the multitude of the isles be glad thereof.”
When you find your mind and heart troubled by the things going on around you in the politics of this world, remember who reigns. “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth” (Prov. 8:15-16). It is not that He grants them permission, they are appointed by Him! The powers that be are ordained of God. Christ is “The KINGS OF KINGS.” The most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will, “And sitteth up over it the basest of men” (Daniel 4:17). It is all His prerogative.
So, knowing He truly reigns, we should rejoice and be glad thereof! Nothing that happens in time is a surprise to the God of glory, rather, it is an unfolding of His eternal decrees and purpose. What peace this should give us. The One born of a virgin would have the government put on His shoulder. All things, all power in heaven and earth has been delivered unto Him. Rest. - Frank Tate