June 8, 2014
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.
Glory to our heavenly Father
Fountain of eternal love
Who, His wondering sheep to gather
Sent our Saviour from above.
To the Son all praise be given
Who with love unknown before
Left the bright abode of heaven
And our sins and sorrows bore.
Holy Ghost from both proceeding
Let Thy praise our breath employ
Earnest of our future glory
Source of holiness and joy.
Praise the God of our salvation
Praise the Father’s boundless love
Praise the Lamb, our expiation
Priest and King enthroned above.
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
BIBLE SCHOOL JUNE 17-19 - 10:30am-1:00pm
CHURCH DINNER JUNE 29TH
We will honor our High School graduates next Sunday evening. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
8th – Bob Coffey 8th – Matthew Greenleaf 9th - Linda Ferrell
9th – Aime Steeves 9th – Sarin Warta 12th – Rick Williams
13th – Matt Vincent 14th – Lauren Harries
Sunday AM – *Jessica C., Shari, Molly, Aubrey PM – Savannah Wed. – Kelly B.
Please look at the nursery schedule in advance and make prior arrangements with someone, finding your own replacement, if you are unable to keep your scheduled time.
“The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” - Proverbs 19:11
THE FIRST CAUSE
During the time of David’s exile because of his son Absalom, a man named Shemei began to curse David. “And thus said Shemei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man and thou man of Belial: The Lord hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the Lord hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man” (II Samuel 16:7-8). Shemei accused David of being evil and that all the things that happened to him was the Lord paying him back for his sins. None of this was true. David’s servant Abshai wanted to go and take Shemei’s head off for speaking to the King like this. David’s reply was, “So let him curse, because the Lord hath said unto him, curse David.” David looked beyond appearances, beyond self, to the first cause. There is one reason Shemei is cursing me. The Lord told him to! Whatever you are going through, remember the first cause…the Lord! And never forget, “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
OUR FIRST LOVE
“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee,
because thou hast left thy first love.” - Revelation 2:4
These are the word of Christ to the church at Ephesus. He had previously commended them for their doctrinal integrity and refusal to tolerate false doctrine and its preachers. But there is a withering rebuke: “Thou hast left thy first love.” It was love to Christ that had initially inspired their zeal for His truth, but in time, while the form of the truth remained with them, their love to the Redeemer cooled. The machine kept running, but the passion was gone. What a deplorable state for any of us to fall into! Oh, we remain sound Calvinists, and can detect error, but how different we become. Public worship is no longer a blessing. Indeed it becomes increasingly difficult to fit it into life’s busy schedule. It is much easier to miss. The joy of giving has left us. Our ever-increasing worldly needs have made giving a duty at best. We need our money for other things. Private worship is neglected. Prayer is restrained. The Gospel becomes old. Faith becomes stale, much like the thorn-choked hearer did not see the thorns growing around his neck. And so here we are: “Thou hast left thy first love.”
What is one to do who has got himself in such a terrible condition? And a terrible condition it is! We are in danger of having our candlestick removed. “I will come to thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent” (Revelation 2:6).
The Lord graciously tells us what to do. (1) Remember from when thou art fallen. (2) Repent. (3) And do the first works….. And what are they? Simply this, come to Chris the way you came to Him the very first time, as a sinner needing the Saviour. He who does the first works is not in danger of his love for the Savior growing cold!
RECEIVING ONE ANOTHER
“Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also
received us to the glory of God.” - Romans 15:7
When I have forgiven and forgotten every offense or wrong that I have experienced or imagined; When I have borne every hard word, act, or thought; When I have overlooked, excused, and disregarded every weakness and fall or infirmity I see in others; When I have tried to understand and sympathize with those who are weak; IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, I would still not have borne, endured, nor forgiven one fraction of what the Redeemer has borne, endured, and forgiven in me. – Pastor Henry Mahan
There is no other SAVIOR but Christ to look to, no other MEDIATOR between God and men to make use of, no other PHYSICIAN of value for diseased and sin-sick souls to apply unto, no other FOUNTAIN but His blood for polluted souls to wash in and be cleansed, no other CITY OF REGUGE or stronghold for souls sensible of danger to flee unto and be safe, no other to come to as the BREAD OF LIFE where hungry souls may be fed, no other place of REST for those that are weary and heavy laden, nor is there any other where is plenty of all grace and security from every enemy, as in HIM; and therefore, to whom can they have recourse, but unto HIM. – John Gill
THE HOPE OF TRUE PREACHING
I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, ‘You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself.’ My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will. “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” (Romans 9:16). - C. H. Spurgeon
I would like to say that I have now served the Lord Jesus Christ for about forty years, and I have preached His Gospel, I can say, with all my heart, neither have I cared for anything but to win souls to my Lord Jesus: but when I came to Him at first, I had no hope but in His blood and merits, and I have no more hope now, apart from His blood and merits, than I had at the beginning. I stand on the same foundation as I stood upon then.
- C. H. Spurgeon