December 3, 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
Thy works, not mine, O Christ
Speak gladness to the heart
They tell me all the work is done
They bid my fears depart.
Thy wounds, not mine, O Christ
Can heal my sinful soul
Thy stripes, not mine, O Lord, contain
The balm that makes us whole.
Thy death, not mine, O Christ
Hath borne the awful load
Of sins that no one else could bear
But our incarnate God.
Thy Righteousness, O Christ
Alone can cover me
No other Righteousness avails
Save that which is of Thee!
(Tune: “Not What My Hands Have Done”)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
We extend our sincere sympathy to Ida Isaac on the death of her sister.
There will be no evening service this Wednesday or Sunday Dec. 24th & Sunday Dec. 31st.
Conference December 8-10
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
Andy and Megan Davis will host a gathering for the adults at their home on Friday Dec. 15th at 7:00pm. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
“Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.” - Proverbs 17:1
26th – Max Murphy 3rd – Tom Brice 3rd – Kelly Byrd
4th – Jennifer Dent 4th – Eden Steeves 5th – Andy Davis
9th – Chuck Mohr 9th – Ben Small
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord. As the rivers of water He turneth it whithersoever He will” (Prov. 21:1). I have always loved this verse and thought of the Lord’s sovereign control of people in high places. And that is indeed comforting. But my heart is in His hands as well. The word ‘turn’ in our text is the same word David used when he said, “Incline my heart to Thy testimonies and not unto covetousness. Incline not my heart to any evil thing.” Solomon said, “The Lord our God be with us….that He may incline our hearts to walk in all of His ways.” We are encouraged to ask the Lord to incline and bend our hearts to believe, to repent, to love, to not sin against Him! This is being made willing in the day of His power! (Psalm 110:3) If you believe yourself to be totally depraved, and your heart desperately wicked, you will ask the Lord to incline your heart to Him.
WHAT SPIRIT ARE YOU OF?
“All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes:
but the Lord weigheth the spirits.” - Proverbs 16:2
When James and John asked the Lord to enable them to command fire to come down from heaven and consume those people who would not receive Christ, they thought they were doing this out of love to Christ and zeal for His glory. But the Lord rebuked them for this and said, “Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” (Luke 9:55-56).
I wonder how often this would be true of me. I desire something, say something, or do something that I think is the right thing, when in fact it was of a wrong spirit. Oh, that the Lord would purge us of this “spirit”, and cause us to be wholly taken up with why Christ came….to save men!
Conviction of sin is more than feelings of guilt and remorse over sin. An individual has experienced Holy Spirit conviction of sin when it leads him to call upon the Name of the Lord, and to look nowhere but Christ only as everything in His salvation.
“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us: he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error.” – I John 4:6
The word translated ‘hear’ means more than merely having the sound of words register in the ear. It means to hear with understanding, agreement, and obedience. It means to listen, as when we say to a disobedient child, “You did not listen to me.” When Christ speaks, whether by Scripture or preaching, those who belong to Him listen. They agree in their hearts to what is said and demonstrate this agreement by what they do: they continue to listen and believe and rejoice in the Gospel. But they will not listen to the voice of another. They do not agree with false christs and false prophets and they demonstrate their disagreement by what they do: they no longer listen to them for they are repulsed by what they hear, and they do not follow in their ways. Often, a person’s faith is proved (or disapproved) not so much by what he says, but by what he listens to! Talk is cheap. What a man listens to is what he believes. What do you listen to? - Joe Terrell
To believe God is no small thing! It is the evidence of a heart reconciled unto God; it is the proof of our being weaned from our own works and deeds; it is a clear sign of the true conviction of sin; it is honoring to Christ, our only Redeemer; it is the essence of true worship; and it is the root of sincere obedience. - Henry Mahan
“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” – I Thessalonians 5:22
I know that many interpret this as suggesting that we avoid any conduct, behavior, and actions that, while they may not be wrong for us, yet they give the appearance of wrong doing. This is good advice, but not what the Apostle is talking about. He is speaking, as in the preceding verse, of doctrinal evil! For example, when there is preaching, teaching, and interpretation of Scripture which, when tried by the Word, does not appear to be false or wrong, but there is an unhappy suspicion in the mind, a doubt or fear entertained, a concern that there is poison somewhere, then avoid it! The Truth of God is clear and gives glory to His Name! - Henry Mahan
Reconciliation in the New Testament sense is not something which we accomplish when we lay aside our enmity to God; it is something which God accomplished, when in the death of Christ, He put away everything that on His side meant estrangement. – James Denney