April 24, 2011
Sundays 7:30 am Channel 27 WKYT
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
Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress
Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed
With joy shall I lift up my head.

When from the dust of death I rise
To take my mansion in the skies
E’vn then shall this be all my plea
Jesus hath lived and died for me.

Bold shall I stand in that great day
For who aught to my charge shall lay?
While through Thy blood absolved I am
From sin’s tremendous curse and shame.

This spotless robe the same appear
While ruined nature sinks in years
No age can change its glorious hue
The robe of Christ is ever new.

Oh let the dead now hear Thy voice
Bid, Lord, Thy banished ones rejoice
Their beauty this, their glorious dress
Jesus, the Lord, our Righteousness.

(Tune: “Jesus Thy Blood and Righteousness” p. 217)

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BIBLE SCHOOL WILL BE JULY 5-7.

Courtney Howard will confess Christ in Believer’s Baptism this evening. If anyone else would like to be baptized, let me know.


Birthdays
24th – Don Martin 28th – Jim Murphy
30th – Carole Pruitt 30th – Linda Rutledge
“Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself: and discover not a secret to another: lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.” - Proverbs 25:9-10

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JUDGE OF JUSTIFY?
There are two kinds of people in this world - those who judge God and those who justify God. Those who judge God are those who object to His way of salvation. They believe it could not be fair for Him to not give all people what they would call the same opportunity for salvation. How could it possibly be fair for God to choose some and pass by others? How could it be right for Christ to die only for the elect and not for all men? In doing this a sinful man sits in judgment upon the living God!
And there are those who justify God. They believe that whatever He does is right, because of who He is. If He does it, it is Just. He does not do something because it is right - it is right because He does it. They do not criticize His sovereignty. They bow to it.
What type of person are you? One who judges or one who justifies?

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Someone once said, “Christianity, if true, is of infinite importance; if false, is of no importance. The one thing that it cannot be is moderately important.” The same is true with regard to the truth of sovereign grace! The same is true with regard to obedience to Christ. He is either all or nothing to me. I am either 100% for Him or 100% against Him. There really is no middle ground. The person who seeks to stay in the middle of the road will wind up in a head-on collision!


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Please take the following words of wisdom to heart: One reason why the church of Christ at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church. Your duty as a Christian is to stand fast in your place and stand out for God, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh, resolving like one of another time, “Let others do as they will; as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” - Pastor Scott Richardson
SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE
“But speaking the truth (being sincere) in love” – Ephesians 4:15
Sincerity lies at the root of all gracious profession. If a man cannot be sincere he is nothing. God makes a man sincere by planting His truth in his heart; and whenever God does make a man sincere, the truth which he has implanted will grow. Truth does not lie in a man’s soul dead and motionless, like a stone in the street; it is a living, active, expansive principle. If the truth be in the soul it will be ever pushing out error, because the two principles cannot exist together; and as Isaac thrust out Ishmael, and Jacob proved stronger than Esau, so will simplicity and godly sincerity be ever mightier than craft and deception. The truth of God in the heart will not wither and die, but will be shined upon by the smiles of God; and as truth becomes day by day more and more precious, so will error and evil become day by day more hateful. A sincere soul stands “girt about with truth”, and truth forms its shield and buckler.
He adds, therefore, “in love”. It is not enough to be “sincere” we must be “sincere in love”. Mark that. It is not receiving God’s truth as a certain orderly system; it is not furnishing our heads with a sound doctrinal creed and compact Calvinistic scheme which will avail us in the trying hour; but it is to have the truth of God brought into our soul by a divine power and realizing such unutterable sweetness in it as communicates a firm abiding love, both to the truth itself and to Him of whom it testifies and from whom it comes. It is thru “speaking the truth in love” that we are made “sincere in love.” - J. C. Philpot

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The Scripture encourages the believer to trust and hope in the mercy of God at all time! It does not say, “If any man is holy, prayerful, and always faithful, he has an advocate,” but it says, “If any man SIN, he has an advocate with the Father.” It does not say, “If any man sins, he forfeits his right to Christ’s advocacy.” Grace that can be forfeited because of human failure is not grace at all. Mercy that is conditioned on the merit of the creature is not mercy at all. If my title to glory rests upon my works either BEFORE OR AFTER, conversion is a total failure. The Scripture declares that at all times, under all circumstances, Jesus Christ is our righteousness, our sanctification, our advocate, our redemption. So, when I sin, when I consider my past or present and come creeping into my closet with a guilty conscience and an aching heart, I can rejoice in the mercy of My Father, for I have an advocate – Jesus Christ the Righteous! - Pastor Henry Mahan