December 25, 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
Precious Saviour, friend of sinners
We, as such, to Thee draw near
Let Thy Spirit dwell within us
With that love that casts out fear.
Matchless Saviour, let us know Thee
As the Lord our Righteousness
Cause our hearts to cleave unto Thee
Come, and with Thy presence bless.
Open now Thy precious treasure
Let Thy Word here freely flow
Give to us a gracious measure
‘Tis Thyself we long to know.
Come and claim us as Thy portion
Let us all find rest in Thee
Leave us not to empty notions
We would find our hope in Thee!
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
Like today, we will have one service next Sunday, January 1st, at 11:00am.
25th – Paul E. Daniel 25th – Joyce McSherry 26th – Sherry Borders
26th – Jacob Murphy 26th – Paul Walmsley 29th –Amanda Frye
29th - Alan Kincer 30th – Will Hands 31st – Donna Wooten
“Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.” - Proverbs 21:13
The wicked King Jereboam said, “It is too much to you to go up to Jerusalem.” Jerusalem was the place God ordained, but Jereboam made it more convenient by setting up a place in Bethel and Dan. This is what is known as “The sin of Jereboam”. He started a religion of convenience. May we never fall into the sin of Jereboam. If personal convenience enters our thinking in the worship of God, it is evil. It tells what our attitude about worship is. God is not interested in us squeezing in some time for Him in life’s busy schedule. David said, “I will not offer to God that which costs me nothing.” If personal sacrifice is not involved in all of our acts of worship, it shows how little we value worship. But be sure of this, God values it even less.
“Grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” - Romans 5:21
The grace that saves the sinner is not mere pity and sentiment such as we find in the creature. The grace that saves sinners is established on the principles of an honored law and a satisfied justice (Romans 3:23-26). Grace does not ignore the law nor set aside its requirements. No! It establishes the law (Romans 3:31). Grace established the law because it has a Substitute who perfectly fulfilled the law and endured the death penalty for all who believe, in order that God may be both just and justifier. Law manifests what is in men – SIN! Grace manifests what is in God – LOVE! Law demands righteousness from men! Grace brings righteousness to men. Law sentences men to death! Grace brings dead men to life! Law speaks of what I must do! Grace tells what Christ has done! Law gives knowledge of sin! Grace puts away sin!
“Oh to grace how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be.”
- Pastor Henry Mahan
It remains true, that in ourselves we have no resting place. It is the quality of the work without, not the quality of that within, which satisfies us. “No confidence in the flesh” must be our motto, as it is the foundation of God’s Gospel. – Horatius Bonar
There was not a speck of sin on the conscience, nor a principle of sin in the nature of His people, for which Christ was not judged on the cross; and they are now looked upon as having died with Christ, lain in the grave with Christ, been raised with Christ, perfectly accepted in Him, - their sins, their iniquities, their transgressions, their enmity, their uncircumcision, having been entirely put away by the cross. The sentence of death has been written on the flesh; but the believer is in possession of a new life, in union with his risen Head in glory. What rest – perfect rest – for the heart and conscience is here! What full relief for the burdened spirit! All our sins buried in the grave of Christ, not one – even the smallest – left out! God did this for us! All that His searching eye could detect in us, He laid on the head of Christ when He hung upon the cross! He judged Him there and then, instead of judging us in hell forever! - C. H. Mackintosh
The ancient Greeks told us to be moderate by knowing our inclinations. The Romans told us to be strong by ordering our lives. Buddhism tells us to be disillusioned by annihilating our consciousness. Hinduism tells us to be absorbed by merging our souls. Islam tells us to be submissive by subjecting our wills. Agnosticism tells us to be at peace by ignoring our doubts. Moralism tells us to be good by discharging our obligations. Only the Gospel tells us to be free by acknowledging our failures. Christianity is the unreligion because it is the one faith whose founder tells us to bring not our doing, but our need.
- Dane Ortlund, Defiant Grace
There is nothing that keeps a man out of heaven but his own will. But, there is nothing that will keep a man out of hell but God’s will. Eternal life is by God’s will, God’s gift, and God’s work (Romans 9:16; 6:23; II Timothy 1:9). But eternal death is the result of man’s will, man’s work, and man’s merit (Proverbs 1:23-26; Romans 6:23; 10:21).
- Pastor Don Fortner