November 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
Look upon me, Lord I pray Thee
Let Thy Spirit dwell in mine
Thou hast sought me, Thou hast bought me
Take my heart, and make it Thine.
Naught I ask for, naught I strive for
But Thy grace so rich and free
This Thou givest by the Savior
He hath all things who hath Thee.
Precious is the name of Jesus
Who can half its worth untold
Far beyond angelic praises
Sweetly sung to harps of gold.
Guide me, Oh Thou great Jehovah
Pilgrim through this barren land
I am weak, but Thou art mighty
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
Conference December 8-11
Friday 7:00pm – Greg Elmquist & Frank Tate
Saturday 10:00am – Paul Mahan & Don Fortner
Saturday 6:00pm – Chris Cunningham & John Chapman
Sunday 10:00am – Joe Terrell & Donnie Bell
Conference sign-up sheets are in the fellowship hall.
Andy and Megan Davis will host a gathering for the adults at their home on December 15th at 7:00pm. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
26th – Adam Charron 28th – Lydia Lynn 30th – Isaac Steeves
30th – Mitch Steeves 30th – Jason Ferrell
2nd – Susan Holthaus 2nd – Kara Imes
“Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” - Proverbs 27:1
THE BRUISED REED AND SMOKING FLAX
“A bruised reed shall He not break, and smoking flax shall He not quench, till He send forth judgment unto victory” (Matthew 12:20). Bruised means trodden down, broken to pieces. What good is a bruised reed? Christ says He won’t break it! The smoking flax is the candle that has been blown out, and all that is left is they dying ember, ready to go out. Christ says He will not quench it. What a fit description of me. A bruised reed and a smoking flax. Broken and ready to go out. What a fit description of the Christ. He will not break or quench me. Why? Because through the judgment of the cross, I am victorious because He was victorious. How tender He is with the bruised reeds and smoking flaxes.
The confusing and heartbreaking tragedy of a mass murder is only made worse by the explanation the “religious experts” give. The question people ask is always the same: “How can an all-powerful, all loving God, allow so many innocent people to suffer?” There are three assumptions in this question: 1) God is all-powerful; 2) God is all loving (by that they mean that He loves everyone); and 3) People, or at least some people, are innocent. As stated, this question is impossible to answer. The assumptions are clear contradictions. They cannot be reconciled. To answer the question, one or more of these presuppositions must be changed.
It ought not surprise us that the false prophets would change the only assumption that is true. They always answer the question by denying the fact that God is all-powerful. They try to comfort people by saying that God has abdicated His throne to the free will of evil men or to Satan. The unbelieving public swallows this lie hook, line, and sinker. In man’s desperate attempt to have a god they can control, they would never consider the possibility that God doesn’t love everybody, or that no one is innocent in His presence. These “hard sayings” are just too offensive (John 6:60-61). A God who is absolutely sovereign and men that are totally sinful, turns their world upside down.
“Our God is in the heavens, He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands”(Ps. 115:3-4). Faith does not question God. Faith bows to Him and says with the Psalmist, “Not unto us, Oh Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy Name give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth’s sake” (Ps. 115:1).
- Greg Elmquist
PROGRESSIVE SANCTIFICATION, FACT OR MYTH?
All men by nature (including every believer before they were given a new mind in the new birth) believe that it is man’s job to make himself good enough for God to save, then once saved, he is to gradually improve upon his goodness until he is holy enough to please God and enter heaven…. some into mansions, some into huts, depending on the level of holiness you attained here on earth. I cannot find one hint of this thinking in Scripture. Yes, believers grow in grace, in faith, and in love… but holiness is not on a sliding scale or an exponential curve. You either are or you are not – no in-between. You are either perfectly holy or perfectly sinful… and the amazing thing is, a believer is both! The old man, the flesh in you, is perfectly sinful. The new man, Christ in you, is perfectly holy. Two mutually exclusive natures in one body – one sinful, one holy.
Where natural man gets tripped up in this, is trying to gradually improve the condition of the old man to a state of holiness acceptable to God. Well, what happens if you are close to gaining the victory over a certain sin, but not quite there yet, and you die in your sleep? Will you wake up in heaven or hell? God requires perfection, and if a man is always striving to reach that holiness plateau up until the day he dies, and he never quite reaches it, he is not perfectly holy, and God cannot accept him.
Eternal sanctification is the holiness taught in Scripture. Elected by God the Father to be holy before time began (Ephesians 1:4). Redeemed and washed by God the Son on the tree, declaring His people holy (Ephesians 5:26, 27). Regenerated by God the Spirit in the new birth, making His people holy (II Thess. 2:13). Purposed, purchased, and performed by God alone on whom He chooses – affirming what Scripture plainly declares, that “Salvation (sanctification) is of the Lord!” - Brian DuFour
God is immutable. He never changes in His essence, attributes, purpose, covenant, or His love and affection for His people. If He were mutable, subject to change, He would not be God! “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” (Malachi 3:6). Any preaching or teaching that says or implies the opposite is error, and an attempt to degrade the character of God!