February 3, 2019
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
“For God Did Send Me”
Friday night bible study will resume this coming Friday
THE GREATEST OF ALL DESIRES
The kernel of this prayer is in the clause that Christ may make His home in the believer’s heart through faith. The previous petitions lead up to this. Note the Apostle’s attitude-with bended knee; his plea with God-that He is the Father from whom all family love emanates; his measure-the wealth of God’s glorious perfection; the necessary preliminary to Christ’s indwelling-the penetration of our inmost being with the strength of the Holy Spirit. And then note the outcome: The indwelling Christ means that we shall be rooted and grounded in love. When this is the case we shall understand His love; and when we experience and know Christ’s love, we shall be as completely filled in our little measure as God is in His great measure.
A dying veteran in Napoleon’s army, when the surgeon was probing for the fatal bullet, said, “A little deeper and you will find the Emperor.” Faith opens the door to the Spirit; the Spirit reveals Christ; Christ fills the heart; the heart begins to understand love; and love is the medium through which we become infilled with God, for God is love. It is staggering to ask all this; but the God who works in us with such power is able to do more than we ask, more than we think-abundantly more, exceeding abundantly more.
F. B. Meyer
CHRIST WENT GENTLY TO THE CROSS
“And the waters prevailed and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.” --Genesis 7:18--
“Another reading of this passage, ‘…and the ark went [gently floating] upon the surface of the waters.’ This made me think of how gently Christ went to the cross to suffer the wrath of God for the sins of His Elect. Christ did not fight, argue, or threaten; He went gently to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:7). I am sure that those soldiers who nailed Him to the cross were amazed how willingly he lay down to have His hands and feet nailed to the cross. Our Lord willingly (gently) laid down His life for us. I stand amazed.”
Pastor John Chapman
February 10, 2019
If we are breathing, we should be praising Christ. “Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”
“Truth in Christ”
Our 34th Sovereign Grace Summer Conference is scheduled for July 4 – 7 2019
ISN’T IT A GOOD THING?
There are many things which believers experience while passing through this world, things which they would never choose to experience. There are troubles and trials, losses and crosses which cause much suffering and anguish, heartache and pain, chosen for them by their heavenly Father, for His glory and their spiritual eternal good (Rom. 8:28). While they, in this life below, may never understand the purpose of these things, they do understand that He who purposed and sent them “doeth all things well”, and are not only content to be, but are thankful to be in His wise, loving, sovereign hands.
However, here are some things which we may understand and ponder as we pass through this world. Whatever it is that comes our way, if it causes us to be more thankful for today and less anxious about uncertain tomorrow; more thankful for what we have and less concerned about what we would like to have; more attracted to spiritual things and less attached to earthly things; more concerned about the need of our souls and less concerned about our bodies; more dependent upon our God and less presumptuously self-reliant, taking God’s mercies for granted; more concerned about being spiritually prepared for death and less concerned about being materially supplied for life, as if we were assured of years, months, weeks, days or even hours to live; more convinced and assured that Christ is everything and compared to knowing and having Him, everything else is nothing!; more fully to realize that what we deserve and all we deserve is God’s just vengeance and eternal wrath in the Devil’s Hell, and since we have escaped that, to be satisfied, content, and thankful for God’s abundant, abiding mercy and grace. I repeat, “Whatever it is that comes our way…Isn’t it a good thing?”
February 17, 2019
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
“The Word of The Lord Glorified”
Our HVAC unit is now installed, praise the Lord!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“The Gospel of God’s grace in Christ Jesus is not a thing to be proved, but truth to be believed. It is not submitted to our reasoning powers as a subject for critical examination. The Gospel is a MESSAGE FROM GOD, addressed to the conscience, feelings, and affections. For this reason, men fond of argument and proving everything by strictly logical deduction generally make very poor preachers. In the Scriptures, God does not argue, He proclaims!”
--J. C. Philpot
Taken with Christ
“My heart is taken with Christ. It is raised and ravished with his love. My soul is burning, my soul is beating towards Christ. Oh, none but Christ, none but Christ! I cannot live in myself. I cannot live in my duties. I cannot live in external privileges. I cannot live in outward mercies. I cannot live in common providences. I can only live in Christ, who is my life, my love, my joy, my crown, my all in all. Oh, the hearing of Christ affects me, the seeing of Christ affects me, the taste of Christ affects me, the glimmerings of Christ affect me! The more I come to know him in his natures, in his names, in his offices, in his discoveries, in his appearances, in his beauties, the more I find my heart and affections to prize Christ, to run after Christ, to be affected with Christ, and to be wonderfully endeared to Christ. Oh, God forbid that my heart should be affected or taken with anything in comparison of Christ. The more I know him, the more I like him. The more I know him, the more I love him. The more I know him, the more I desire him. The more I know him, the more my heart is knit unto him. His beauty is taking. His love is ravishing. His goodness is drawing. His manifestations are enticing. And his person is enamoring. His lovely looks please me. His pleasant voice delights me. His precious Spirit comforts me. His holy Word rules me. — And these things make Christ to be a heaven unto me.”
February 24, 2019
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Friday night bible study will resume next Friday
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“When Christ entered in to Jerusalem, the people spread their garments in the way. When He enters in to our hearts, we pull off our own righteousness and not only lay it under Christ’s feet, but even trample on it ourselves.”
“To bring in everlasting righteousness” (Daniel 9.24).
“Consider this single accomplishment of the Lord Jesus and you will find a sufficient cause for rest in your hearts, compelling motivation for praise in your heart, and a firm foundation for the hope of life everlasting.
How hard we have tried, and how useless our efforts have been in creating and maintaining our own righteousness. Truly, our flesh, like all other flesh, is as the grass and flower of the field: no sooner do we manufacture something that looks like righteousness than the winds blow upon it and it withers and dies. What a wearisome task to maintain even the appearance of righteousness, much less the reality of it. But of the several things that were included in the Lord’s triumphant cry, ‘It is finished’, this is the foundation:
He has done for eternity what we cannot do for a moment; brought in righteousness. We can rest, for all that is required of us by God, has been done for us by the Son of God.”
Pastor Joe Terrell