August 23, 2015
Sundays 7:00 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.
And can it be that I should gain, an interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be, that Thou my God shouldst die for me?
Refrain: Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God shouldst die for me?
‘Tis mystery all, th’ Immortal dies, Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine
‘Tis mercy all, Let earth adore! Let angel minds inquire no more!
He left His Father’s throne above, so free, so infinite His grace
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for all of His race
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free, For O my God, it found out me!
Long my imprisoned spirit lay, fast bound in sin and nature’s night
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light
My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
No condemnation now I dread, Jesus and all in Him is mine
Alive in Him, my living Head, and clothed in righteousness divine
Bold I approach th’ eternal throne
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
(“And Can It Be That I Should Gain?” p.44)
Congratulations to Chris and Hannah Summers who were married last Saturday and Tony and Michelle Gonzalez who were married yesterday!
23rd – Rych Byrd 24th – John Greenleaf
24th – Don Willis 29th – Cami Walmsley
AM - *Jessica C., Christie S., Rachel H., Rebekah V., Jaime PM - Aubrey, Allison Wed. - Billie
“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
CRUCIFYING THE FLESH
“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” – Galatians 5:24
Although I do belong to Christ, as long as I live in this world I still have the flesh - fallen human nature with its passions and lusts. Am I to give in to them? Absolutely not! I am to crucify them, mortify them every day. They will not be gone until I am dead and in a glorified body. But until then, I am called upon to crucify them. How? The next verse says, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” I ask the Spirit of God to enable me by His grace to crucify the flesh with its affections and lust. He then says, “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Vain glory is certainly a part of the flesh we are to crucify. The crucifixion will last throughout our life, but our victory is sure. Those very affections and lusts were put away by Christ on the cross!
“And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully” (II Timothy 2:5).
If a man crosses the finish line, but has not obeyed the rules of the race, or did not stay on the proper course, he is disqualified. No short-cuts allowed.
Few preachers pay attention to this warning. In their thirst for success in the ministry, which they cover up by calling it seeking to win the lost, they take short-cuts. They do not obey the rules of the Gospel. They cut corners on Gospel Truth in order to make their message more likely to be received. They by-pass certain parts of the race to speed up the process. But they will find in the end that no one was truly saved through their ministry. Even more horrifying will it be when they find that they themselves were not saved!
The law demands strength from one that has none, and curses him if he cannot display it. The Gospel gives strength to one that has none, and blesses him in the exhibition of it. The law proposes life as the end of obedience, the Gospel gives life as the only proper ground of obedience.
- C. H. Mackintosh
THE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING
“He that soweth sparingly shall reap sparingly: and to which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” - II Colossians 9:6
This Scripture is used by preachers to manipulate people to give. The basic premise is... give more and get more – give less and get less. The problem with that is, if we give to get, we have not given at all. It is more of an investment for profit. WE are not to give to get. We are to give because we got! Giving is the believer’s response to the love and grace of God in Christ Jesus. It is also true that when a believer is reaping sparingly, and their life is filled with unhappiness and discontentment, there is a reason! They are not abounding in giving. Show me a giving person and I will show you a happy, contented person. Show me an unhappy, discontented person, and I will show you a person who is remiss in giving. The Lord did say, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
CHARITY NEVER FAILETH
“Charity never faileth.” – I Corinthians 13:8
The fact that love never fails tells us the love being spoken of here is that love that only the believer possesses. All types of human love can fail at some point. But the love spoken of here never fails. It is the product of the new nature. It never falls off track. It never departs from its cause. It is never reduced to inactivity. It never fails to be patient and kind. It never envies, promotes itself, or is puffed up. Love is never rude, never seeks her own, never is easily provoked, and never is suspicious. Love never rejoices in iniquity and never fails to rejoice in the truth. Love never fails to bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things. Love never fails. Is it any wonder Paul said, “Now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.”
A doctrine is not true because I believe it or because you believe it; it is true only if God says it! I do not ask you whether you believe what I preach; perhaps you do not. But I ask you to search the Scriptures and determine whether these things be so. I am not afraid to submit my belief in God’s immutable sovereignty, man’s total fall and ruin, God’s elective grace, Christ’s effectual atonement, the Spirit’s invincible call, and the perseverance of the sheep to the Word of God! - Henry Mahan