April 8, 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
Come ye saints, admire and wonder
Jesus’ matches love adore
Sing for Sinai’s awful thunder
Shall upon thee burst no more.
Sing, though sins are black and large
Sing, for Jesus, by His death
Set you free from every charge
Set you free from every charge.
Sing, though sense and carnal reason
Fain would stop the joyful sound
Sing, and count it highest treason
For a saint to hold his tongue.
Sing aloud, whose holy calling
Your election surely shows
Sing, nor fear a final falling
Jesus’ love no changes knows.
Sing, for you shall heaven inherit
Sing, and ne’re the song be done
Sing, for He alone is worthy
He our sins did all atone.
Sing aloud among God’s people
In your heart when all alone
Sing to Father, Son, and Spirit
One in Three and Three in One.
(Tune: “Come Thou Fount” p.17)
We extend our sympathies to Paul Harries and his family of the death of his father.
Hurricane Road Grace Church in Ashland, KY will have a Bible Conference April 20-22. Frank Tate is the Pastor.
9th– Rick Anjos 11th– Lillian Daniel 13th– Sarah Byrd
“Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.” - Proverbs 27:2
“For I determined not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” - I Corinthians 2:2
When Paul made this statement, he was not saying he would never mention other truths like the work of the Father in election, or the work of the Spirit in regeneration. Nor was he saying all he would talk about were the physical sufferings of Christ on the cross. He was saying that Christ crucified is the whole counsel of God, no truth of Scripture can be understood apart form Christ crucified, and anything said was of no value that did not have Christ crucified as its sum and substance. We betray an ignorance of this when we use other things to motivate or inspire. If all that is preached is Christ and Him crucified, will that make men less orthodox, generous, and obedient? No. In reality the opposite is true!
THE WIDENESS OF GOD’S MERCY
There is a limit to God’s mercy. He does not have mercy on all men without exception. He said, ‘I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.” That fact prevents us from presuming upon His mercy.
But there is a wideness to God’s mercy. The wideness of His mercy is measured by the word “whosoever”. “Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Whosoever is better than if it said our own personal name. There could be another person intended who happened to have my same name. But I am a whosoever! Here is the wideness of God’s mercy… “Whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” None who call upon His Name shall be denied mercy. That is wide!
HIS STRENGTH MADE PERFECT IN OUR WEAKNESS
We must serve our Lord in His way and in His strength, or He will never use us for His glory. That which we do unaided by Divine leadership and strength will prove to be worthless. There must be a consciousness of ignorance and weakness before there will be any victories. - Henry Mahan
How interesting it is that we see the Lord’s interactions with the demons in this world are met with more respect than what goes on in most so called “worship” services today… “When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before Him, and with a loud voice cried, what have I to do with Thee, Jesus, Son of God Most High?”(Luke 8:28) “What have we to do with Thee, Jesus, Thou Son of God?” (Matthew 8:29) “I know Thee who Thou art, the Holy One of God.” (Luke 4:33) “Let us alone, what have we to do with Thee, Thou Jesus of Nazareth?” (Mark 1:24)
Three things we see from all these accounts:
1. We will know Him when we see Him. “When he saw Jesus….” (Luke 8:28) To the redeemed, the sight of Him will be the completion of our joy. Face to face with our Savior. Face to face with the One who loved us and gave Himself for us. Face to face with my Lord, my God, and my Friend, Jesus of Nazareth. To the rest of creation He is their terror…. No Mercy, No Covering, No End.
2. Our unworthiness is exposed in His Presence. Those who have seen who God is will own their shame and beg for mercy. Those who do not know Him will exalt their own righteousness and will and if it were possible would rob Him of His glory.
3. All who see Him MUST confess His NAME. To those who love His appearing, He is the Lord our banner, Jehovah-Nissi; we proclaim His Name triumphantly. We love to hail Him as our King. We entreat the Lord to show the glory of His Name to all. To those who do not love His appearing, and there are a great many seen and unseen who do not love His appearing, His Name will still be confessed. Confession of His Name will be the finality of their rebellion in crushing defeat.
All will bow the knee to King Jesus and confess His Name: some willingly and joyfully, but unto others His Name will be one of contempt and terror. One thing is certain – we will know Him when we see Him!
- Andy Davis
AN HARD SAYING
“Many therefore of His disciples, when they had heard [this], said, this is an hard saying; who can hear it?” – John 6:60
The word here does not mean hard to understand. It means harsh, offensive, intolerable. This is still the way sinful man, without grace, finds the Gospel. Not difficult to understand, but difficult to swallow. Not confusing, but infuriating. You cannot get mad about something you do not understand. The indictment upon mankind in Romans chapter one is not that they do not understand God’s claims, but that they will not bow to them (Romans 1:21). This is the issue and always has been. Will you bow? Faith is a submission. It is a renouncing of self and a commitment of self to One who heretofore has been our despised enemy. It is God breaking us for our “wild ass’s colt”rebellion, and reconciling us to Himself, by Jesus Christ.
– Chris Cunningham