April 19, 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 distraction s during the preaching of the Gospel.

HYMN OF THE DAY
Blessed are the poor in spirit
Who their sinful nature see
They are taught they have no merit
To the Saviour they all flee.

Self-renouncing, grace admiring
Made unto salvation wise
Sovereign love their hearts rejoicing
From His cross their hopes arise.

Those who find themselves polluted
Feel their hearts so prone to sin
They shall have by God imputed
Righteousness so pure and clean.

At His throne their hearts confessing
Praise our God of sovereign grace
Weeping, loving, praising, blessing
On his head the crown they place.

(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)

*****
Andy Davis will bring the message this Wednesday.

Birthdays
20th – Kim Daniel 20th – Becky Rigsby 24th – Don Martin

Opposition to Divine sovereignty is essentially atheism! Men have no objection to a god who is really no god, a god who shall be a servile follower of their will, who shall be under their control. But a God who speaks and it is done, who commands and its stands fast, a God who does as he will among the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of their lower world, such a God as this they cannot endure. And yet, is it not essential to the very being of God that He should be absolute and supreme? Certainly to the Scriptural conception of God, SOVEREIGNTY IS AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY! - C. H. Spurgeon


MY PRAYER FOR THIS MEETING
My prayer for this meeting is that Christ will be glorified, the Gospel will be preached in the power of the Holy Spir it, that lost sinners will become saved sinners, and that the Lord will grant us true revival that will cause true reformation. Let us ask the Lord to do this for us. This I know, we will not have this if we do not ask for it. “I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.” – Ezekiel 36:37

Schedule of Services
Friday 7:00pm – Bruce Crabtree
8:00pm – Donnie Bell
Saturday 6:00pm – Jesse Gistand
7:00pm – Donnie Bell
Sunday 10:00am – Jesse Gistand
11:00am – Bruce Crabtree

*****
A LITTLE LEAVEN
“A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9). One small bit of yeast will eventually work its way through the whole batch of dough. In the Scriptures leaven has a metaphorical meaning. It means to taint, to corrupt, to infect, to imbue. Leaven is any influence working silently and strangely that causes change in things or opinions. Leaven causes bread to swell. Spiritual leaven causes heads to swell. When Paul made this statement he was referring to salvation by works. If you allow any aspect of salvation to be dependant upon the worth, works, or will of man, you make it all by works.
; The introduction of leaven begins so small. A little compromise, a little toleration of what is contrary to the Word of God; a little indiscretion that nobody would notice. But what a change that leaven will eventually make. I am afraid of leaven, and well I should be! Men go bad, churches go bad, nations go bad through a little leaven. The Lord said to his disciples, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees.” May God deliver us as individuals and this church from leaven!

*****


A faulty message will produce faulty methods, and a man-centered message will produce man-pleasing methods. If God’s glory is not our aim, then man’s approval will be. For these reasons and more, we preach the Gospel, which is the power of God, and keep our methods in line with that Gospel. – Pastor Paul Mahan


HORATIUS BONAR’S TESTIMONY ON THE SCRIPTURES
Though seeing myself the chief of sinners, yet I believe God’s word that in Christ there is no condemnation for me.
Though conscious of my ignorance and foolishness in the flesh, I believe His word, which declares that Christ is my wisdom and in Him I know God.
Though sensible of sin in my nature and flesh, His Word declares that in Christ I am holy, unblameable, and unreproveable in God’s sight.
I see evil covering the earth and Satan exercising dominion everywhere, yet His Word declares that Satan and evil are defeated and cast out, and our Lord Jesus reigns. All things are under His feet. I cannot with these eyes see a visible Christ, a cross, a throne, or a Holy Spirit; yet by His Word I believe a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour now reigns on a throne of grace and sent His blessed Holy Spirit to quicken, call, and lead me to look to Him for all things.
What I do see with these natural eyes is sickness, the deathbed, the coffin, and the grave!
Yet – I do not believe in sickness, but in His health. I do not believe in death, but in Him who is eternal life. I do not believe in corruption, but in His holiness. I do not believe in the grave, but in Him who conquered the grave and said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me shall never die.”


*****


You will sometimes hear of those who deny the wrath of God and preach the universal love of God for all men declare that what this verse in Romans 9:13 really says is ‘God loves Jacob and He loves Esau LESS.’ Now, I ask you, how does our infinite, almighty, perfect God do anything LESS than perfectly. Is He at times LESS RIGHTEOUS…LESS HOLY…LESS JUST? Our comfort in Christ is that He who loves His sheep HAS always loved them, WILL always love them, and loves them AS He loves Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son (John 17:23). ; And to those who were told to depart form His presence, He said, “I NEVER knew you.” Malachi 3:6 declares, “I am THE LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Our comfort is that HIS LOVE IN CHRIST is without degrees or changes, as is His wrath upon those outside of the Ark – Christ Jesus.
- Pastor Henry Mahan