February 8, 2009
Sunday 10:00am WLEX TV Channel 18
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
A mind at perfect peace with God
Oh! What a word is this!
A sinner reconciled through blood
This, this indeed is bliss.
By nature and by practice far
So very far from God!
Yet now by grace brought nigh to Him
Through faith in Jesus’ blood.
So near, so very near to God
I cannot nearer be
For in the person of His Son
I am as near as He.
So dear, so very dear to God
More dear I cannot be
The love wherewith He loves the Son
Such is His love to me!
Why should I ever anxious be
Since such a God is mine
He watches o’er me night and day
And tells me, “Mine is thine.”
(Tune: “Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove” p. 158)
Chris Cunningham, Pastor of the College Grove Grace Church will preach for us next Sunday. Lynn and I are taking a trip together and will leave the 14th and return on the 20th.
10th – Lydia Wilson 13th – Mark Benton 14th – Thomas Wooten
“As the bird by wondering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse careless shall not come.” - Proverb 26:2
In John 21:18, The Lord told Peter the manner in which he would die. Peter was also crucified. Tradition says that he was crucified upside down. This was the last request because he did not believe himself worthy to be crucified in the same manner as the Lord. We know the Lord was referring to the death Peter would die because John tells us in verse 19, “This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God.” Question. How could such a horrible, painful death by one of the disciples of the Lord actually glorify God? What kind of God, what kind of Gospel, what kind of Savior, what kind of salvation would make a man willing to die in such a manner for the cause of Christ? Surely this glorifies what a glorious God He is! The last words of one of the martyrs were, before he was burned at the stake was, “To die for Christ, tis an honor I do not deserve.”
Now there once was a big argument about how Adam’s sin affected man. One theologian, Pelagius, said that when you come into the world, you have a neutral relation to sin and you can choose to be a sinner or not. But another theologian, Augustine, had an answer to that: “Find me one who didn’t choose sin, and I might believe it.” Needless to say, one could never be found. - Copied
There is nothing substantial in the notion that free grace is opposed to morality: it is only a fancy. They dream that the doctrine=2 0of justification by faith will lead to sin, but it can be proved by history that whenever this doctrine has been best preached men have become most holy, and whenever this truth had been darkened, all manner of corruption has abounded. Gracious doctrine and gracious living fitly go together, and legal teaching and unlawful living are generally found associated. – Pastor Joe Terrell
HUSBANDS AND WIVES
It is not difficult to understand why natural men and women come to dislike one another, why their so-called love turns to hate, and why couples divorce one another and subject their children to so much turmoil and trial. These people do not know God and do not have the love20of God for others in their hearts.
This, however, is not the way of Christ. It is a denial of the Gospel and a contradiction of the teaching of Scripture. When a married couple who profess to be true believers cannot live together in love and peace, cannot fulfill the vows they made to one another before God, cannot sacrifice pride and self for the good of their children and the testimony of the Gospel, they are telling the world that God’s grace is not sufficient, that the blood of Christ cannot overcome the world and the flesh, that He that is in us is not greater than he who is in the world and that the claim of Scripture to make us “new creatures” in Christ is not true (II Cor. 5:17).
Husbands, remember the Scriptural injunction to “love your wives” and your children (Ephes ians 5:25). Do not provoke them or treat them selfishly. Give yourselves and your family in the love of God, no matter how difficult the way may become. What is required of husbands (and what truly believing husbands will want to do) is to love their wives “even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25). This is going a long way, right to the end, and with no giving up!
Wives, love, respect, and obey your husbands. This is the clear teaching of Scripture (Ephesians 5:22). Make a clean, pleasant home for him, your children, and your guests. Be a homemaker, a companion, and a helpmate. Paul said, “Teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:4-5).
The marriage road may not always be smooth. The images conjured up in the youthful mind of marriage “bliss for ever and ever” may soon fade. Those who have been on the road for a long time know that marriage is a reflection (however faint) of the relationship between Christ and His church. He gave His life for her. They will work on it and seek to glorify God in their relationship.
– Pastor Henry Mahan