February 11, 2018
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
How sweet and blessed is the time
With Christ within this place
When everlasting love reveals
The treasures of His grace.
While all our hearts and all our songs
Join to enjoy the feast
Each of us ask, with thankful hearts
Lord why am I guest?
Why was I made to heart Thy voice
And come before Thy throne
While others make a wretched choice
And rather starve than come?
‘Twas the same love that spread the feast
That sweetly called us in
Else we would still refuse to taste
And perish in our sins.
We now desire to bless Thy Name
And in our hearts record
And with our thankful tongues proclaim
The goodness of the Lord!
(Tune: “Am I a Soldier of the Cross?” p. 414)
13th – Mark Benton 14th – Thomas Wooten 15th – Joseph Anjos
15th – Amber Dufour 16th – Andrea Vincent
“Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.” - Proverbs 24:1
The disciples were unable to cast out a demon. Christ came and cast it out. So they asked the Lord why they were unable to cast him out. He told them the reason was their unbelief. And He said in Matthew 17:21, “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” There obviously is no lack of strength on God’s part to cast him out. You pray about that which you have no control over or power over. Fasting signifies the importance of this to you. When we run into the wall of our own inability, the Lord gives us this encouragement regarding our weakness - “This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” Pray and fast, and do not let anybody know that you are doing either. And the Lord gives us this encouragement – “But when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy Father which is in secret, and He shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:6). However He answers is our reward.
We obviously have to make judgments on a continual basis. We need to judge whether or not what we are haring is true to the Scriptures. But when we judge somebody in a critical way we are disobeying the Lord’s command to judge not and we are practicing hypocrisy. “Therefore thou art inexcusable, o man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself: for thou that judgest doest the same things” (Romans 2:1). Oh, that we would give heed to Paul’s admonition… “Let us therefore not judge one another any more” (Romans 14:13).
It has been stated that preaching God’s absolute sovereignty in all things and denying men having a free will reduces men to puppets on God’s string, merely acting out what He has predetermined for them to do. But in reality, denying God’s absolute sovereignty and preaching man’s free will makes God a puppet on man’s string. Such thinking exposes the arrogance and wickedness of men! Thank God, God is absolutely sovereign in all things and His will is sovereign over man’s will. “The King’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will” (Proverbs 21:1).
WE WORSHIP CHRIST
“For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3). We worship God, we worship Christ the God-man, in spirit – that is, from the new heart, the new spirit, birthed in every believer by the power of God the Holy Spirit, through the preaching of the Gospel. This is an internal heart worship, not an external flesh worship. A believer has no need of pictures, crosses, statues, or physical visual aids in worship.
Way too much emphasis has been placed on these outward emblems. It is simply idolatry. His cross is just a piece of wood, it had nothing to do with saving me – but the One nailed to that tree did, so I worship Him. His grave is just a tomb, it had nothing to do with saving me - but the One buried in that tomb did, so I worship Him. His blood is just bodily fluid, it had nothing to do with saving me – but the One who shed that blood and died did, so I worship Him.
Christ alone is my salvation, and Christ alone is Who I worship. “I am the LORD: that is My Name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images” (Isaiah 42:8).
- Brian DuFour
Remember, sinner, it is not THY HOLD of Christ that saves thee – it is Christ; it is NOT EVEN FAITH in Christ (though that is the instrument) – it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not to thy hope, but Christ, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Christ, the author and finisher of thy faith….. – C. H. Spurgeon