t                   oPastor John and wife Kathy  


Preaching God's Sovereign, Electing Grace   


10 am Sunday Bible Study

December 6, 2020

Malachi 3:16

“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another; and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name”












      Sunday Morning Bible Study                      10:00 AM

      Sunday Morning Worship                           11:00 AM

      Friday Night Bible Study                                7:30 PM


OPENING HYMN                                                  PAGE 495




WORSHIP HYMN                                                 PAGE 183




CLOSING HYMN                                                 PAGE 202





Sunday 1 John 4-5     Monday Deut 23-26     Tuesday Neh 5-9

Wednesday Ps 140-142     Thursday Song 1-2

                       Friday Rev 1-6             Saturday Acts 21-22

The pre-eminence of Christ (IV)

Read Revelation 7:1-17


Throughout the endless ages of eternity, the Lord Jesus Christ will have the pre-eminence, When all creation is brought to bow at the feet of Christ and acknowledge him as rightful Lord of the universe, God will be glorified (Col. 1:20; Phil. 2:9-1 1; I Cor. 15:24-28). In fulfillment of his last engagement as our Surety in the covenant of grace, the God-man Mediator will present all the universe to the triune God, and in all the universe God will be glorified, God will be all in all as the enthroned Christ reigns for ever and ever in the infinite splendor and majesty of his righteousness and glory.

What the sun is to our solar system, Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, is to heaven and eternity. He is the center of heaven, the light of heaven, the life of heaven, the strength of heaven and the joy of heaven. Withdraw the sun from our solar system, and everything would be darkness, destruction, and death. Withdraw Christ from heaven, and heaven itself would be hell! In heaven Christ is, and forever shall be pre-eminent, because for all eternity Christ is all! Christ is forever all our reward, all our joy, all our peace and all our love. In heaven’s eternal bliss, Christ alone will fill our vision and Christ alone will have our praise (Rev. 4:9-1 1; 5:9-13). This is the ultimate end for which God said in the beginning, ‘Let there be light.’ This world was created by God, so that ‘in all things he [the Lord Jesus Christ] might have the pre-eminence’. 

As God the Father has given the Son alone pre-eminence, so must we. Let us honor the one true and living God in all things. There is only one way for us to do so. We must honor the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:23-24). When I acknowledge my sin and my need of Christ, I honor him (Psa. 51:1-5; 1 John 5:7-10). When I trust Christ alone as my all-sufficient Substitute, I honor him (John 3:36). When I bow and surrender to Christ as my rightful, sovereign Lord, I honor him (Matt. 10:36-39). When I confess Christ before men, I honor him (Matt. 10:27-33). God delights to give his Son the preeminence. And God delights in those who give Christ alone preeminence in all things.

                                                                      Pastor Don Fortner

                                                                 Exert from Grace for Today

                                                                 Daily Devotional readings

“... God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified,

both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36).


  “That same Jesus” who lay for nine months in the womb of the His appointed instrument; that same Jesus who lived on this earth for a little over 33 years in perfect obedience to the will of His Heavenly Father who sent Him; that same Jesus who was made to be sin for His elect; that same Jesus who shed His Divine Blood for all who were ordained to believe His Gospel; that same Jesus who laid down His life as He endured the wrath of God as every believer’s Substitute; that same Jesus established a perfect righteousness and satisfied the holy justice of God, making all of His covenant people acceptable in Him; GOD OUR FATHER HAS MADE THAT SAME JESUS WHO WAS CRUCIFIED BOTH LORD AND CHRIST.   Self-righteous works religionists cry out, “Won’t you make Jesus Christ your Lord?”   YOU’RE TOO LATE!  GOD HAS ALREADY DONE THAT!  Whether they want to believe it or not, Jesus Christ is already their Lord.  God has made that same Jesus who was crucified LORD OF ALL!  That same Jesus is the Christ of God, the promised Messiah that all the Old Testament prophets wrote about.  That same Jesus is the fulfillment of ALL THINGS that were written concerning Him.  All power in heaven and earth belongs to that same Jesus.  All things are under the feet of that same Jesus.  God our Father has put all things into the hands of that same Jesus.  That same Jesus gives life to whomsoever He will.  All judgment has been committed to that same Jesus that all men should honor that same Jesus even as they honor God the Father.  Those who refuse to honor that same Jesus even as they honor God the Father DO NOT HONOR GOD AT ALL!  You can’t make that same Jesus your Lord, but by God-given faith you can receive Him as your Lord.  You can’t make that same Jesus your Savior, but by God-given faith you can receive Him as your Savior.  If, by God’s grace and by His gift of faith, we have received that same Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we will cease from our own works as God did from His when His work of creation was finished, and we will joyfully enter into the finished work of Jesus Christ, thanking God our Father  for making us a brand new creation in Christ Jesus, and for His Divine Revelation of Excellent Things concerning that same Jesus.  

                                                                                                    Gene Harmon



·       Join us for our FELLOWSHIP DINNER concluding this morning service.

·       We will come to THE LORD’S TABLE during our afternoon worship service, Lord willing

Our dear sister Sharon Schuster went on to glory December 2, 2020

Condolences to Geoffrey and Shuster family. Pray comfort and peace



 “Eternal life is to know the living God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent.  It is to have the LIFE of Christ, the PRESENCE of Christ, the SPIRIT and MIND of Christ, and the very GLORY of Christ begotten, created, and formed in us.  CHRIST IN YOU is the hope of glory.  Until the miracle of grace is performed, our religion is but a form of godliness.”

Pastor Henry Mahan



  “There are three things I have learned, yet I find myself needing to be reminded of:


1.    When I make the glory of God my foremost concern, it doesn't seem to matter if I have little or much of this world.  I am content (I Tim. 6:6).


2. When I make the worship of Christ my ultimate attraction, I begin to feel a disconnection from this world and its beauties.  I have found with Miss Lemmel that, ‘The things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace’ (Col. 3:1-3; Psalm 27:4)!


3. I have found for myself when I make the service of His kingdom my chief duty, I just don't have enough time left to dilly-dally around in the affairs of this life (II Tim. 2:4).”

Pastor Bruce Crabtree


The Glory is Christ!


But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.”

--2 Corinthians 3:16—


  “From our perspective, it generally looks as though the moon has a light of its own.  But during an eclipse – when the moon comes between Earth and the sun - the moon is shown for what it is: a dark and dead body. Rather than adding light to the sun, it actually diminishes the sunlight that reaches us.


    So it is with doctrine.  While in its proper position, it shines with a brilliant light or glory.  But, just as with the moon, the glory of doctrine is not its own, it is Christ.  The proof of this is simple.  Let any doctrine occupy a place between Christ and us, and it will ‘eclipse’ the glory of Christ and become a dead and darkening thing to our souls.


   Election is a glorious and wonderful doctrine.  But its glory is wholly borrowed from Christ.  There is no glory in election apart from the fact that ‘we are chosen in Him…’  Predestination has no glory apart from the fact that we are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ.  Redemption viewed by itself becomes nothing more that a point of contention and pride.  Arguments arise over its extent and scope. But, when we understand that we have redemption in Christ, even more, that Christ IS our redemption, then all arguments over its extent and scope are silenced and a glorious, God-honoring, soul-comforting truth appears: that every blood-bought sinner IS redeemed with a redemption that cannot be undone.   And so the principle applies to every truth: until truth is seen in its proper relation to Christ, it is a dead and dark thing.  But when it is viewed in proper relation to Christ, it shines with His glory and reveals His glory to us.”

                    Pastor Joe Terrell


“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of your-selves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8 - 9).

“... and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”

--Ephesians 2:3--

  “People do not so much object to being called sinners as long as this is to be understood in reference to their deeds.  Most will at least admit that they have done wrong things and are therefore sinners, but no one believes that they are sinners and therefore they do wrong things.  The difference is night and day.

    People love to be preached to about their sins and told to quit smoking, drinking, cussing, be kind to their neighbor, tithe, go to church, etc. because at least when they are able to manage these outward things, they can feel good about themselves.  If I am only a sinner because I do bad things, then there is hope of reformation. Behavior, men believe, can be improved, or at least my good deeds can outweigh my bad (in my own opinion or that of other men).  Even this is impossible, since what we consider good deeds are filthy rags to God, but at least men can fool themselves in this way.

    If, however, sin is my very nature, then no matter how nice I am to my neighbor, no matter how perfect my church attendance, no matter how much I put in the plate or avoid the vices of life, I am repulsive, unacceptable, undone, filthy, stinking, and despicable in God's sight.  Men hate this truth of a sin nature, because there is nothing they can do about it   ‘Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?’ (Jer 13:23).  This truth shuts men up entirely to sovereign mercy in the sin-atoning blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    A well-behaved maggot is not welcome in my bosom for all his virtues, nor is a well-behaved sinner (even if there were such a thing) fit company for God Almighty. We must be utterly changed, ‘born again’, given a new nature and even a deranged sinner cannot convince himself that this is something he can do. That is why this doctrine is so vehemently rejected.  We have one hope.  MERCY! MERCY! MERCY!

    ‘Lord, now indeed I find, Thy power and Thine alone, Can change the leper's spots and melt the heart of stone’.”

Pastor Chris Cunningham

James 2:5

Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 





      Sunday Morning Bible Study                      10:00 AM

      Sunday Morning Worship                           11:00 AM

      Friday Night Bible Study                                7:30 PM


OPENING HYMN                                                  PAGE 389




WORSHIP HYMN                                                 PAGE 404






CLOSING HYMN                                                 PAGE 348





Sunday 3 John      Monday Deut 29-31    Tuesday Esther 1-5

                 Wednesday Ps 146-148                      Thursday Song 5-6

                        Friday Rev 12-17                   Saturday Acts 25-26


·        Next Sunday right after the morning message we will come to THE LORD’S TABLE

·        Our Friday night Bible Studies are canceled for the next 3 weeks.

·        Travel mercies to all that maybe traveling this Holiday Season

‘Jesus Christ is Lord!’ (Philippians 2:9 - 11)


   “This is the result of our Savior’s finished work of righteousness and redemption on the earth as our Substitute.  Paul is telling us that all the vast empire of God’s creation has been placed under the dominion of the God-man, our Savior.  He is telling us that there is no limit to the realm and sphere of our Redeemer’s total sovereignty.  He is Lord of all.  Christ is Lord of all people, Lord of all things and Lord of all events.  The Lord God has given to his Son ‘a name which is above every name’; and the name he has given him is ‘Lord Supreme’.


     Jesus Christ is Lord over all people upon this earth.  He is Lord over the righteous and the wicked, the living and the dead, the believing and the unbelieving (Rom. 14:9).  Believers recognize, acknowledge and willingly surrender to his lordship.  Unbelievers deny it and rebel against it.  But he is none the less Lord.  All are under his control, do his bidding, perform his will and accomplish his purpose, always and in all things.


     Jesus Christ is Lord over all the powers of darkness (Col. 2:15).  Those souls damned forever in hell, the demons of hell and Satan himself are all under the dominion of King Jesus.  Not one of our Lord’s enemies can breathe or move, except by his permission: and even then their moves are governed by him to accomplish nothing but good for his people and the eternal purpose of God (Job 1: 12; 2:6).


     Jesus Christ is Lord over all the affairs of providence (Isa. 53: 10- 12; Rom. 8:28; Heb. 1: 1-3).  I rejoice to tell you that there is no place in this universe, from the throne of God in the highest glory to the lowest pit of deepest hell, where Jesus Christ does not rule in total, absolute, sovereign power.  God’s creation is not out of control.  Nothing is thrown into confusion.  Jesus Christ is Lord. His purpose is being accomplished.


     And Jesus Christ is Lord over all the vast regions of heaven (Heb. 12: 10.)  The King of the City Beautiful is Immanuel, God in our nature.  The light of that city is Christ himself.  The reward of heaven is Christ.  All the songs of the redeemed in heaven shall be praises to the Lord the Lamb forever.”

Pastor Don Fortner



Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 





      Sunday Morning Bible Study                      10:00 AM

      Sunday Morning Worship                           11:00 AM

      Friday Night Bible Study                                7:30 PM


OPENING HYMN                                                  PAGE 106




WORSHIP HYMN                                                 PAGE 262







CLOSING HYMN                                                 PAGE 234




Sunday Jude     Monday Deut 32-34    Tuesday Esther 6-10

                 Wednesday Ps 149-150                     Thursday Song 7-8

                        Friday Rev 18-22                   Saturday Acts 27-28

Friday night Bible Study is canceled this Friday





We will come to the LORD’S TABLE immediately following the morning message

“Everything about our Lord Jesus is wonderful. Here the prophet says; ‘His name shall be called wonderful’.  We sing that chorus; ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there is just something about that name’.  ‘There is “no other name under heaven given among men whereby we MUST be saved.’ (Acts 4:12)


    His birth is wonderful.  Angels came to proclaim it: ‘Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is BORN A SAVIOR, which is Christ the Lord’ (Lu. 2:10-11). What made His birth so wonderful? It was the Eternal God coming down and assuming flesh, uniting Himself to man through the womb of a Virgin.  Once he assumed flesh, and became a Man, He would always be a Man. Oh, yes He is Wonderful.


    His Life and Works were wonderful. His life was one lived in perfection, lived without sin before God and Man.  His was a life lived not for Himself, but for His people.  To bare their sin in His own body on the tree, to work out for them an everlasting righteousness for them.  He did this by His Holy unblameable life lived in this sinful world yet being without sin Himself.  His works of Mercy and compassion, how wonderful were they? Listen to what was said of them: ‘But the men marveled, saying, what manner of Man is this that even the winds and the sea obey Him!’  Men marveled at his words, at his deeds, at his compassion, his miracles.  Oh, Yes He is wonderful in His life and works!


    His Grace and Mercy are wonderful.  Everyone who has ‘tasted that the Lord is Gracious’, know how wonderful his grace is. Consider the people to whom he has shown his grace and mercy. It is to Sinners, the ungodly, our Lord said; ‘I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father for it seemed good in thy sight.’ (Matt.11: 25-26).  If any one of us received from the Lord God what we deserved, we would be utterly and eternally lost. But Blessed be the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, ‘who hath saved us, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began’ (2Tim.1: 9).”

                                                                                   Pastor Donnie Bell



For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. 





      Sunday Morning Bible Study                      10:00 AM

      Sunday Morning Worship                           11:00 AM

      Friday Night Bible Study                                7:30 PM



OPENING HYMN                                                  PAGE 2




WORSHIP HYMN                                                 PAGE 354






CLOSING HYMN                                                 PAGE 473




·       FELLOWSHIP DINNER is scheduled for next Sunday

·       We will come to the Lord’s Table next Sunday following our FELLOWSHIP DINNER




“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” (Psalm 85:10)

  “When I read this verse of divine inspiration, I can only think of one person and one thing: — Christ and Him crucified. Mercy I could never deserve and truth I could never see, have met together for me in Christ my Lord.  For you see, Christ alone is Truth.  God’s mercy that I so desperately need is only found in Him.  In Christ alone have mercy and truth met together in perfect harmony for me an undeserving sinner.  And because God caused them to meet together, now perfect righteousness I could never perform or provide and peace I could never buy, or embrace have kissed each other in Him. Christ is truly made unto me all I need; and He is all that God requires.”

                                                                           Pastor David Eddmenson



 “This is the record” declared the apostle John; this is the sum and substance of all that is written and preached.  God out of His pure free grace is pleased to give unto us eternal life.  This life is the spiritual life lost in the fall, life forever free from sin, sorrow, and death.  This life is in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  This life is not only purposed in Him, promised through Him, and purchased by Him but He is that life! (Colossians 3:4)   He that has the redeeming Christ, the interceding Christ, the indwelling Christ, has life!

                                                                                   Pastor Henry Mahan