July 26, 2009
Sundays 11:00 am Channel 36 WTVQ
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, Thou Almighty Comforter
And bring upon Thy wing
Sweet consolation to each soul
That we may praise and sing.

We want to hear, we want to see
We want to know Christ more
We want sweet foretastes of His love
As we have had before.

And shall we come in vain to God?
O Lord, that cannot be
Thy promise stands engaged to come
And bless e’vn two or three.

Lord, give more love, more sincere faith
More confidence in Thee
Break off our legal chains, O God
And let our souls go free.

(Tune: “Come Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove” p. 158)


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Birthdays
26th – James Lynn 26th – Joe McSherry 27th – Kelli Willis

Everybody is going to glory in something. To glory is to have confidence in; to boast in; to rejoice in . And there are only two objects in which we can boast - the flesh (my flesh or somebody else’s flesh) or the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul said in Philippians 3:3 “We are the circumcision, which worship God in the Spirit, rejoice (glory) in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” Again, Paul said in I Corinthians 1:30-31 “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” And he said in Galatians 6:14 “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Indeed we should never glory in anything except the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ, and God forbid that we should fail to glory in the cross!

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THE EVIL MAN CALLED SELF
Self is an evil man. He is very selfish, thinking of no-one but himself. He loves himself while hating others. He loves to talk about himself and no one else. He is self-righteous; he thinks he is right and everyone else is wrong. He is very touchy and easily offended. He is defensive and offensive. He is mean, vindictive, vengeful, cynical, hypocritical and proud. If we spend all our time with Mr. Self we won’t have a friend. If we give our time and money to him, he will take it all and leave us poor and miserable. If we follow him, he will lead us into trouble. We’ve got to get away from that fellow Self. We have to deny him.
When he poor-mouths - rebuke him.
When he cries and complains - don’t pity him.
When he comes calling – don’t answer him.
Avoid him, shun him, get away from him. If we don’t get away from him we will be stuck with him. If we don’t deny him, he will ruin us. – Pastor Paul Mahan

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The church of God has many critics, but no rivals. This is the Family of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, the Temple of the Holy One, the place where Christ manifests forth His glory, spreads His table, and meets with His people. Blessed beyond description are those people who are privileged to be a part of this family! Truly, as Paul puts it, this is “a habitation of God through the Spirit!” - Pastor Don Fortner
NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” - II Corinthians 5:17
If any person is in Christ, not in religion, in the church, or in moral reformation, but in Christ, by faith in Christ, by a new birth wrought in the soul by the Spirit of God, in Christ through electing love, redeeming grace and a living union, he is a “new creature” (Galatians 6:15). This new creation describes a creation work, not of man but of God (Ephesians 2:8-10; Colossians 3:10). It is a new nature, a new man and a new principle of grace and holiness, which was not there before and is distinct from the old nature, the old man, with which we are born in the flesh (John 3:5-6; 1:12-13). “Old things are passed away” – the old way of life, which loves and serves the flesh, the old legal righteousness and religion, old companions and acquaintances, old desires for riches, honour and human philosophic, and old f oolish thoughts of God, self and future glory. The new man thinks and acts from new principles, new rules, with new goals and objectives and in a new fellowship. He has a new commandment of love, a new name, a new song in his mouth, even praise to God, a new and living way opened by the blood of Christ, and an inheritance in the new heavens and new earth. In the new creation absolutely nothing of the flesh is needed, used, nor continued. Our Lord said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
- Pastor Henry Mahan
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JUST LOOK TO CHRIST
Every believer, united to Christ through faith, stands perfect and holy before God the Father…for Christ is our standing – “and ye are complete in Him” (Colossians 2:10).
If you’ve had a bad day – sloughed off at work, got mad in traffic, were short with your wife and kids – do you stand any less perfect before God? No…and neither can you, in Him.
If you’ve had a good day –20went above and beyond your normal duties at work, maintained patience and calm during rush hour, spent quality time with your wife and kids – do you stand any more perfect before God? Well, can you improve upon the perfect work of Christ, and make it more perfect? No...the work of salvation is finished, and you stand accepted in Christ, no matter what kind of day you’ve had.
Don’t spend time at the end of the day looking back on your successes or failures, just look to Christ for your salvation…God does. He’s not looking to see how your day went, He’s looking to see if you are found in His Son. – Brian DuFour