December 17, 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
With harps and with vials there stands a great throng
In the presence of Jesus and sings this new song
To Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin
To Him be the glory forever, Amen.

All these once were sinners, defiled in His sight
Now arrayed in pure garments, their voices unite
To Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin
To Him be the glory forever, Amen.

He maketh the rebel a priest and a king
He hath brought us and taught us this new song to sing
To Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin
To Him be the glory forever, Amen.

Aloud in His praises our voices shall ring
So that others, believing, this new song shall sing
To Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin
To Him be the glory forever, Amen.

(Tune: “How Firm a Foundation” p. 268)

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Thank you to everyone who gave of their time and efforts during our Bible Conference. The Lord blessed the preaching of His Word to our hearts and we are so very thankful for His many mercies to us.

There will be no evening service on Sunday Dec. 24th or Sunday Dec. 31st.

Birthdays
19th – Amanda Janes 21st – Erik Charron


“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” - Proverbs 15:1

 


THOUGH I BE NOTHING
“I am become a fool in glorying: ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.” - II Corinthans 12:11 The Corinthian church had become critical and even suspicious of Paul. How sad! How evil! Paul knew the Lord’s hand was upon Him as the chief expounder of the Gospel. He said in this same chapter than he was taken to heaven and taught the Gospel directly by the Lord Himself. How painful to Paul it was that the Corinthians had become his judge and critic. He knew he became behind none of the Apostles. But Paul adds this, “Though I be nothing.” It is only as I am nothing that Christ is all to me. Being nothing and having Christ as ALL enables us to not get too high. I am always nothing. But it enables us to not get too low. Christ is always ALL. It is a blessed thing to be nothing. Christ really is ALL to that man!



“Woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel.” - I Corinthians 9:16
I have been doing some heart searching these past two weeks and I am more determined than ever before to, “Know nothing among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” There are all sorts of temptations from the enemy of God to depart from the simplicity of Christ - to deal with current events, intellectual and interesting sidelines, prophecy, and religious themes! But, “He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which hath sent Him.” Let us be about the Father’s business and that business is to “Preach Christ and Him crucified.” My heart is fixed and I challenge my brethren in the ministry, “Let’s go back to Bethel, where the ladder led to the throne, where the voice of God spoke to our hearts in covenant promises, where the waters were sweet, and where every message rang with ruin, redemption, and regeneration.” God blessed it then and He will bless it again! – Henry Mahan




God has none above Him who can control Him and below who can resist Him. If God, by His supreme authority, saves us by the doing and dying of the Lord Jesus, who can reverse it? If everybody in the world would forgive us and God withheld forgiveness, what would it profit us? - Scott Richardson

 


BELIEVING WITH THE HEART
“With the heart man believeth unto righteousness” (Romans 10:10). That means with the whole man! (our understanding, our affections, and our will). I understand that Christ is the only way to the Father. I am not seeking to come “some other way”. Not only do I understand this, I love Christ being the only way to the Father! I do not merely have a cognitive understanding of Christ being the only Way, I love Christ being my only ground of acceptance. Thus, not only do I understand what I believe, I love what, or rather WHOM I believe! The understanding and affections are not all that is involved in believing with the heart. The will also is involved. If I were given a choice of some other way of salvation, I would reject it. The way of sovereign grace is the way my renewed will prefers. The understanding, affections and will are all involved in saving faith. “With the heart man believeth unto righteousness.”




If God wanted to, He could change the Ethiopian’s skin or the leopard’s spots. But it is obvious that was not something He ever wanted to do, because that has never happened. And even if they wanted to, the Ethiopian or the leopard could never change their natural appearance. The same is true of every person that is born in sin. Not only is it impossible for the natural man to do good in God’s sight, it is just as impossible for him to change his evil nature (Jer. 13:23; Rom 8:7-8; Heb. 11:6). God does not change our sinful nature. He never intended to do that. But, under the preaching of His Gospel, when God sends the Spirit of His Son into the hearts of His chosen people, we are made “Partakers of His Divine Nature” (II Peter 1:3-4). That is when we receive the gift of true saving faith. That is when God’s good work begins in us, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” - Gene Harmon




The strongest inducement for a Christian to obey God is the fact that he has already been graciously pardoned in Christ for having disobeyed. - Author Unknown