April 23, 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
Thou, whose Almighty Word
Chaos and darkness heard
And took their flight
Hear us, we humble pray
And in the Gospel day
Shine forth Thy glorious Ray
Let there be light!
Thou, bless’d incarnate Word
Gird on Thy mighty sword
Conquer Thy foes
Fullness of grace Divine
Subdue this heart of mine
And may Thy glory shine
Let there be light!
Spirit of Truth and love
Life-giving, Holy Dove
Speed forth Thy flight
Shine on the chosen race
By Thy Almighty grace
Dispel the dark of night
Let there be light!
(Tune: “Come, Thou Almighty King” p.6)
23rd – Samantha Daniel 24th – Don Martin
28th – Jim Murphy 29th – Eric Dickerson
“The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” - Proverbs 19:11
SEEK THE LORD
“That they should seek the Lord” (Acts 17:27). I know what you and I should do. We should seek the Lord! Everything in our lives is a call to seek the Lord. All men, regardless of their circumstances should seek the Lord. The light of creation is a call to all men to seek the Creator. But amazingly, “There is none that seeketh after God” (Romans 3:11). This testifies to the total depravity of all men. They do not seek the Lord. They prefer darkness to light, sin to holiness, evil to good, works to grace, law to Gospel. But thank God, He seeks men. Christ came “To seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). He says to the soul He seeks, “When Thou saidst, seek ye My face; my heart said Thy face O Lord will I seek.” And we have the blessed assurance “He that seeketh, findeth.” There has never been one person who ever sought the Lord that did not find Him! Seek the Lord!
“He that is born of God doth not commit sin: for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin because he is born of God” (I John 3:9). I have heard men interpret this as the believer not practicing sin as a habit. That is a wrong and dishonest interpretation. This is referring to the new nature: the seed of Christ: that which is born of the Spirit of God. It cannot sin; it lacks the ability to sin. Does God have the ability or even the potential to sin? No! Can that which is born of God sin? No! Holiness cannot become corrupt. While the old man remains sinful and will plague us until we die, the new man does not commit sin! I will not be more holy in heaven than I am right now! There are not degrees of holiness. In heaven, I will no longer have this sinful nature I carry around with me. This gives us some awareness of how heavy the flesh is to us, but thank God it will be left in the grave when we are resurrected in His image.
God by the wondrous work of His grace, has made heaven-born souls “Partakers of the Divine nature” (II Peter 1:4), putting a new nature in us, a new man “Created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24), that cannot sin, a new man that can do nothing but righteousness (I John 3:9); and that man is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). - Don Fortner
We are partakers of the heavenly calling because it is from heaven that we are called to Christ, and it is to heaven that we are called.
- Henry Mahan
THOU THAT JUDGEST DOEST THE SAME THINGS
To correct someone for speaking or acting in a wrong way is one thing, but to look down your nose in moral superiority and say you would never act that way is another thing, a wrong and dangerous thing. Judging yourself better than anyone in any area is really just condemning yourself before God, because He says, “Wherein thou judgest another, thou condemns thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.” (Romans 2:1)
Every time we lift up ourselves on our high moral horses by proudly thinking or proclaiming “I would never kill someone in a road rage”, “I would never embezzle money from my company”, “I would never live a homosexual lifestyle”, “I would never cheat on my spouse”, or any other grand thought we have of ourselves, we are declared guilty of that very sin before God. We may not practice those sins outwardly, but every single one of them dwells within the deep abyss of our evil hearts. And since God looks on the heart, we are all guilty of every sin ever committed by any human being. Not one human being is any better than another human being. In our flesh, we are all on level ground, nothing but sin. And if God ever gives you eyes to see that about yourself, maybe you will think twice before quickly judging someone, because you know that exact sin dwells in your heart. It may lie dormant at that moment, but we are all only one jacked-up brain cell away from acting out every monstrous sin imaginable.
Lord, please deliver me from judging others, for “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” (James 4:12) - Brian DuFour
HIS BLOOD ALONE!
The vital thing to understand about the blood of Christ is this: IT IS ENOUGH! Nothing else is needed to accomplish the salvation for all for whom His blood was shed. Not His blood plus my works; not His blood plus my ‘decision’, not His blood plus the ordinances; not His blood plus church membership; not even His blood plus my faith – His blood purchased my faith. HIS BLOOD ALONE paid the price required by His justice, and His blood alone can make a sinner clean. “By His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having OBTAINED (not made possible) eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:12).
- Donnie Bell