December 4, 2016
Sundays 9:00 am Channel 27-2 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
Come, sound His praise abroad
And hymns of glory sing
Jehovah is our Sovereign God
The universal King.

He formed the depths unknown
He gave the seas their bounds
The wat’ry worlds are all His own
And all the solid ground.

Come, worship at His Throne
Come, bow before the Lord
We are His works and not our own
He formed us by His Word.

Today attend His voice
Nor dare provoke His rod
Come ye, the people of His choice
And praise your gracious God.

(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom Lord” p. 188)


Our Bible Conference is this Friday - Sunday. We will have a meal Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon. Info and sign-up sheets for meals, clean-up, etc. are in the Fellowship Hall. The schedule of times and speakers are in the foyer. No Wednesday service this week.

Andy and Megan Davis will host a gathering at their home for the adults on Friday, December 16th. Bring an appetizer or dessert.

Birthdays
4th – Jennifer Dent 4th – Eden Steeves 5th – Any Davis
9th – Chuck Mohr 9th - Ben Small

“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity”
- Proverbs 17:17


TEMPERANCE
The last fruit of the Spirit is temperance. It means control from within. Being a fruit of the Spirit, it is possessed by all who have been born of the Spirit. Since we still have an evil nature with evil passions, how we need temperance to not be controlled by the passions and lust of a fallen nature. As there is growth in all of the fruit of the Spirit, oh for growth in this fruit! Temperance, like the rest of the fruit of the Spirit, is a beautiful thing!


“Have mercy upon me, O God” - Psalm 51:1
When William Carey, Missionary was suffering from a dangerous illness, the enquiry was made, “If this sickness should prove fatal, what passage would you select as the text for your funeral sermon?” He replied, “Oh, I feel that such a poor sinful creature is unworthy to have anything said about him: but if a funeral sermon must be preached, let it be from the words, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness; according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.” In the same spirit of humility he directed in his will that the following inscription and nothing more should be cut on his gravestone –


William Carey, Born August 17, 1761: Died –
“A wrethed, poor, and helpless worm on Thy kind arms I fall.”


Only on the footing of free grace can the most experienced and most honoured of the saints approach their God. The best of men are conscious above all others that they are men at the best. Empty boats float high, but heavily laden vessels are low in the water; mere professors can boast, but true children of God cry for mercy upon their unprofitableness. We have need that the Lord should have mercy upon our good works, our prayers, our preachings, our alms-givings, and our holiest things. The blood was not only sprinkled upon the doorposts of Israel’s dwelling houses, but upon the sanctuary, the mercy-seat, and the altar, because as sin intrudes into our holiest things, the blood of Jesus is needed to purify them from defilement. If mercy be needed to be exercised towards our duties, what shall be said of our sins? How sweet the remembrance that inexhaustible grace is our portion.


Faith in Christ is NOT TO WORK but to cease from our labor and to rest in Him for all things. Faith in Christ is NOT TO DO ANYTHING, but to believe and own that ALL IS DONE in Him, by Him, and is imputed to us so fully that we are rewarded as literally done by ourselves! - Henry Mahan


TWO CERTAINTIES
There are so many things I am uncertain of – the economy, global warming, how to be a good father/husband/friend, the direction of this country, my job, the correct pronunciation of route, how to make perfect mashed potatoes, when and now to prune a tree, the future of the coal industry, why my insurance rate keeps going up, which mutual funds to invest in, will Tiger win another major?
But there are two things in this world that I am completely certain of, without any doubt.
Firstly, I am evil…a debauched, putrid mass of boiling iniquity from head to toe – “From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores…” (Isa. 1:6)
Secondly, I am precisely the type of person that Christ came into the world to save. “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (I Tim. 1:15).
We may be overrun with uncertainties, but this you can be certain of – any head-to-toe sinner that comes to God for mercy will certainly be forgiven for Christ’s sake… “And him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). - Brian Dufour


GOOD OUT OF RUIN
“And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26). The word “image” means to shade, a phantom, or an illusion. Adam resembled God, but was not just like God… for Adam was not holy, as evidenced by his fall into sin and ruin.
Yet right after the fall, the grace of our God shines through as He kills a sacrifice to clothe Adam and Eve, representing the substitutionary life and death of Christ for His elect (Gen. 3:21). And in the very next verse God says, “Behold, the man is become as one of us” (Gen. 3:22). The phrase “Become as one” means united, two made into one, exactly the same. Just look at how our wise God brings good out of evil. Through the sinful rebellion and fall of man, Adam went from just being an image of God to being made just like God “Through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:10). – Brian DuFour


The person who is truly and most fully aware of the depravity of his own heart, his own propensity to every evil, and his own liability to fall into any sin, is least likely to judge the faults of others, and most likely to forgive their offenses. – Don Fortner