November 24, 2013
Sundays 9:00 am Channel 5 CWKYT
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 Christ, our God and Saviour
Guide, and Counselor, and Friend
Bearing all our misbehavior
Kind and loving to the end.

Nothing but Thy blood, O Saviour
Can relieve us from our smart
Nothing else from guilt release us
Nothing else can melt the heart.

Law and judgment do but burden
All the while they work alone
But a sense of blood-bought pardon
Soon dissolves a heart of stone.

Trust Him, He will not deceive us
Though we see through glass so dim
He will never, never leave us
Nor will we depart from Him.

(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)

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There will be no Wednesday service this week. Happy Thanksgiving!

Birthdays
24th – Martin Weinstock 25th – Sarah Lynn 26th – Adam Charron
28th – Lydia Lynn 29th – Stephen Brice
30th – Isaac Steeves 30th – Mitch Steeves

“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” - Proverbs 23:23




CHRIST’S WARNING TO HIS CHURCHES
There were seven local churches Christ wrote to in Revelation 3. In these letters He gave some specific warnings…”I have a few things against thee.” These warnings we need to heed today! The warning of leaving your first love (Rev. 2:4); having those who hold to the doctrine of Baalim (compromise) and the doctrine of the Nicolaitans (clergy, laity) (Rev. 2:14-15); allowing Jezebel to teach (toleration) (Rev. 2;20); having a name that you live, but are dead (living off past experience ) (Rev. 3:2); lukewarmness (being neither cold or hot) (Rev. 3:16).
None of these churches are with us today. They all went bad in one or all of these areas. These are things we can easily fall into as individuals or a church. May we examine ourselves and if we see this in ourselves may we “Repent and do the first works.” May we be delivered from losing our first love, having a spirit of compromise, or an “above the people mentality”, which is what Nicolaitans means. May we be intolerant of teaching that is contrary to the Gospel, never live in the past, and never be lukewarm. Lord, make us this way for Christ’s sake!

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SELF DENIAL
“If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself” (Matt. 16:24). Without question, the person who gives me the most problems is self. Self-absorbed, self-admiring, self-assertive, self-centered, self-complacent, self-centered, self-confidence, self-conscious, self-deception, self-delusion, self-esteem, self-glorifying, self-gratification, self-importance, self-indulgent, self-interest, self-love, self-regard, self-reliance, self-righteous, self-sufficient, self-willed. Self is to be denied, mortified, and crucified. A religion without self denial is a meaningless religion. Meaningless to the one who possesses it and even more meaningless to God!


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I will go as far as Martin Luther, where he says “If any man ascribes anything of salvation, even the very least thing, to the free will of man, he knows nothing of grace, and he has not learned Jesus Christ rightly.”




A FULL-TIME ADVOCATE
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” - I John 2:1
This Scripture encourages the believer to trust and hope in the mercy of God AT ALL TIMES! 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 upon the merit of the creature is not mercy at all. If my title to glory rests upon my works, either BEFORE OR AFTER conversion, it is a total failure. This Scripture declares that at all times, under all circumstances, Jesus Christ is our righteousness, our sanctification, our advocate, and our redemption. So when I sin, when I consider my past or present and come creeping to 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

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“You have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine.” This was the charge brought against the early church. Before there was internet, before there was radio or T.V., before there was a printing press, they filled Jerusalem with their doctrine. By their preaching and witnessing, empowered by the Holy Spirit, the entire city of Jerusalem was filled with the doctrine of Christ! Oh, that that might be said of the cities in which we live. Through our preaching and witnessing, empowered by the Holy Spirit, the city in which we live being filled with our doctrine, the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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AGUSTUS TOPLADY ON FREE-WILL
A man’s free-will cannot cure him even of a toothache or a sore finger, and yet he madly thinks it is in his power to cure his soul of sin. Actually, the greatest judgment which God Himself can in this present life inflict upon a man is to leave that man in the hand of HIS OWN BOASTING FREE-WILL! Look where you will, and you will generally find that free-willers are not free-givers nor are they free-forgivers, but are very free-livers!