December 24, 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
Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth, and mercy mild - God and sinners reconciled!
Joyful all ye nations rise, Join the triump of the skies
With th’ angelic hosts proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem
Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King!

Christ, by highest heav’n adore, Christ the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold Him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the God-head see, hail th’ incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King!

Hail the heav’n born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings, Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King!

Come, Desire of nations, come! Fix in us Thy humble home
Rise, the woman’s con-q’ring seed, Bruise in us the serpent’s head
Adam’s likeness now efface, Stamp Thine image in its place
Second Adam from above, Reinstate us in Thy love
Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King!

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Merry Christmas to everyone! May you all enjoy a special time with family and friends. There will be no service tonight or next Sunday night.

Birthdays
25th – Paul E. Daniel 26th – Jacob Murphy 26th – Paul Walmsley
29th – Amanda Frye 29th – Alan Kincer 30th – Will Hands


“Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.” - Proverbs 17:13

 


THE ONLY ONE TO JUDGE
“For if we would judge ourselves we would not be judged.” I Cor. 11:31
If we judge others we are practicing hypocrisy (Rom. 2:1). “Therefore thou art inexcuseable, o man, whosoever thou are that judgest; for where in thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself: for you that judgest doeth the same things.” The word doest is in the present active tense. Even while you are judging you are doing the same things. And what about sitting in judgment on God? Thinking, “How could God let that happen?” or, “How is it fair for God to do that?” “Who art thou that repliest against God?” Since when does a miscreant like me or you have the moral authority to sit in judgment upon God? There is only one person who it is right to judge and condemn! Self! And we have this blessed promise, “For if we would judge ourselves we would not be judged.” Why? The one who judges self is the one who looks to Christ only as all in their salvation. Having judged themselves, they have no where else to look!


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.”


“Nay but, o man, who art thou that repliest against God?” -Romans 9:20
This was Paul’s answer to those who object to God’s absolute sovereignty in salvation. When men object to anything concerning the God of the Bible, all they prove is they have no love for the God of the Bible. If I really believe He is holy, sovereign, all-powerful, all wise, absolutely just and good; I love His authority. I love Paul’s answer to all objectors against Him who is altogether lovely. But if I do not love Him or trust Him, I will be one who replies against Him.


COMMITMENT OR INDIFFERENCE
We see so little true commitment, so much indifference, and so few dedicated people in today’s religious world that we may be prone to accept this attitude as normal. But it is not so! David wrote in Psalm 147:18, “He sendeth out His word and melteth them.” Paul wrote in Romans 8:6, “To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” If God is pleased to move in love and grace upon a person, the very life of Christ is formed in him and unbelief is driven out by God-given faith. Indifference departs at the revelation of God’s glory in the face of Christ. Ignorance vanishes as Christ is revealed in His work of redemption as Just and Justifier. Self-pride disappears before His grace and mercy. Self-righteousness has not the slightest claim in the light of His perfect obedience. Self-love takes an awful beating in the light of His love for us. No! It would be impossible for a true child of His great, invincible grace to be indifferent or uncommitted after the melting of His Word and the revelation of His love. - Henry Mahan


It is as clear as the noonday sun that the law is neither the ground of life to the sinner nor the rule of life to the Christian. The Lord Jesus Christ is both the one and the other; He is our life and our rule of life. The law can only curse and kill, Christ is our life and righteousness. He became our curse by hanging on a tree. He went down into the place of death and judgment and by His death completely discharged all that was or could be against us. “Bless the Lord, O my soul!” - Scott Richardson


What a person believes that our Lord Jesus actually accomplished at Calvary will determine (in that person’s mind) for whom Christ suffered and died! The Scriptures say, “He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself; by Himself He purged our sins; we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all; the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth us from all sin; by His stripes we are healed”. Our Lord did not die to make salvation possible for all; but He died the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God; and He shall certainly do just that! - Henry Mahan



We must never forget that the sole purpose of the creation of the universe was for the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.