April 16, 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.

“What shall I cry?” the preacher questioned, What shall I proclaim to men?
What will strip the haughty sinner, And expose his inward sin?
What will comfort downcast mourners, And give peace that will abide?
Here’s the message: go proclaim it, “Jesus, Jesus, crucified!”

Sinner be not proud but humble, We are worthless, worthless grass
All the works we thought so noble, They are flowers of the grass.
Failing, fading, soon they wither, As the flower of the field.
Judgment comes and all will perish, Who upon their own works build.

Yes, there’s hope for helpless sinners, Look, “Behold Your God”, and live!
God incarnate died for sinners; Trust Him and your souls shall live.
Christ ascended up to heaven, And sent down the Holy Ghost.
He is able, He is able, To save to the uttermost.

And for all who trust the Savior, Still the message is the same:
Look to Jesus, look to Jesus, Find all comfort in His name.
He is greater than your troubles, He’s the great Almighty God,
Trust Him, He will not forget you, He has bought you by His blood.

(Tune: “Brethren, We have Met To Worship” p. 15)

Congratulations to Fred and Billie Tuttle who were married yesterday!

17th – Betty Groover 20th – Kim Daniel 20th – Becky Rigsby

“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord” (Acts 17:26-27). We should all see the Lord, and to not do so is a great sin!

“He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.” - Proverbs 16:20
“In Him will I trust.” David made this statement nine times in the Psalms. Men say, “I will trust in Him.” Anything that begins with an “I” is trouble. I will trust in Him. Will you? The emphasis is different when we say, “In Him will I trust.” My only hope is to be found in Him.

“To do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Hebrews 13:16). God is well pleased with His Son and those in Him. And He is well pleased with the doing of good and the giving of His people. Because we love Him we want Him to be well pleased with us.

The Gospel is a simple message of salvation in Christ alone. And all through Scriptures, this point is made clear – any sinner coming to God for mercy, He saves! Every single one of them, every single time, no sinner has ever been refused by our merciful God…. “Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid His hands on every one of them, and healed them” (Luke 4:40). Every sinner suing for mercy is a saved sinner.
- Brian DuFour

When God chose Jacob and Esau it was before the two had done any good or evil. This is to show us that God electing some to salvation, and God passing by others, is not based on anything in us. It is purely by the free and sovereign grace of God alone that God chooses whom He will. But make no mistake, Jacob’s salvation and Esau’s damnation were each based on a work. Jacob’s salvation was due to Christ’s finished work on Jacob’s behalf. Esau’s damnation was due to the work of Esau who chose a bowl of beans over Christ and the birthright. Election is not by works. But salvation and damnation is. Salvation is a gift to the sinner though Christ’s work. Damnation is a wage earned by the sinner through his own. How do we know this is so? By the word of God, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). - Clay Curtis

Down through the years there have been many men and women who have heard the Truth, and have apprehended the Truth, but who have never been apprehended by the Truth. They have “gotten hold of the Truth,” but the Truth has never “gotten hold of them!”
This is evidenced by the fact that they are able to compromise the Truth or turn away from it completely. I have seen some turn from the Truth of God to fables and commandments of men (II Timothy 4:4; Titus 1:14). Others I have seen turn the grace of our God into lasciviousness, denying the power of God and His grace in the believer’s heart (Jude 4). Still others, like Demas, I have observed going altogether back to this present, evil world (II Timothy 4:10). It would have been much better for them had they never had the privilege of hearing the Gospel, than to have heard it and turned away from it (II Peter 2:20-22).
Concerning the Truth; that is, the salvation of guilty, hell-deserving sinners by Jesus Christ, there is not the slightest doubt in my mind (and heart) but that what I believe, confess and preach (what we believe) is the Truth of Scripture. We have “gotten hold” of that Truth, and thus far, by the grace of God, have not been able to compromise or turn away from it. That is because the Truth has “gotten hold” of our souls. Christ crucified is no mere doctrine to us. HE IS OUR LIFE!
“Keep us Lord, O keep us cleaving
To Thyself, and still believing.”
- Maurice Montgomery

If is not until the enlightened sinner is made by grace to see the sovereign character of God that these three questions will always be answered in a way that gives the believer true peace, comfort, and rest. Here are the final answers to every question that begins with, “Why? How? When?”
WHY? “Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight” (Matthew 11:26, Luke 10:21).
HOW? “According to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Ephesians 1:11).
WHEN? “But when it pleased God.” “Until the time appointed” (Galatians 1:15, Galatians 4:2).
I am so thankful that our God is in the heavens doing whatsoever He has pleased. Remember, God does not do something because it is right, it is right because God does it. - David Eddmenson