January 5, 2020
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Sunday Morning Bible Study 10:00 AM "SIMON PETER AN APOSTAL OF CHRIST (pt38)"
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 AM
Friday Night Bible Study 7:30 PM
ROCK OF AGES Pg204
I AM THINE O LORD Pg358
"HE COULD NOT SAVE HIMSELF"
THE SOLID ROCK Pg404
SUGGESTED SCRIPTURE READING FOR THE WEEK
Sunday Rom. 1-2 Monday Gen. 1-3 Tuesday Josh 1-5
Wednesday Ps 1-2 Thursday Job 1-2
Friday Isa 1-6 Saturday Matt 1-2
I call for you and call upon myself, let us now commit and consecrate ourselves this day unto the Lord, let us commit and consecrate ourselves this day to the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior as decided, loyal soldiers in the cause of Christ (Romans 12:1-2). Put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18). Make your first concern a matter of civil war. Wage war against your own self. Make no provision for the flesh. Engage the enemy at home. Go to war against your own hearts’ lusts!
And make it your business to oppose every proud, hissing serpent of hell, who dares raise his head in opposition to Christ and his gospel, who dares oppose the glory of our God and Savior. Our Master’s cause, his glory, his truth, and the souls of men are at stake. We must engage the enemy!
Martin Luther once said, “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, then I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing him! Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle front besides is merely flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”
The gates of hell will fall before us. God will again send the Spirit of life upon his church. Moses’ prayer for Levi is my prayer for you who take sides with Christ and carry his banner of light through the darkness of this world, assailing the gates of hell with the battering ram of free grace.
“Bless, LORD, his substance, and accept the work of his hands: smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.” (Deuteronomy 33:11)
~ Pastor Don Fortner ~
Has anyone, born again EVER really had a bad day? According to scripture I can't find even one day in my own life (or throughout all of history) where there has ever been a bad day for the true child of God. And if I didn't have but this ONE scripture text below to prove it by… it would surely STILL satisfy me! “AND WE KNOW”!
(Romans 8:28-30) “And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”
We can all find days and time when they have seemed bad … even awful.
Some devastatingly horrendous! And we know that I that wouldn't have to go very far to find someone ready to fight me for even suggesting what I have. But I'm pretty sure that the true child of God would not even wish to change one single thing that has already come to pass in time. Not if they had given it some really deep thought! Of course, we would all wish that none of our since would have ever been needful, but they were necessary! If it were not so, then the text of scripture below would be untruthful. But of course, IT IS TRUE!
(Psalm 76:10) “Surely the wrath of man shall praise the: the reminder of wrath shall thou restrain.”
Even the worst sins of man will ultimately praise our Lord. And God restrains all of the others sin that mankind would have sinned because they were NOT necessary! He allowed what was needful ONLY … and then worked them all together for the good of all His elect, and to the praise of His own holy name forever!
After it’s all over, we (who are the redeemed of the Lord) will clearly understand this hidden mystery! We see today through this lens darkly! But by His grace WE DO SEE … and to some degree we understand! That “wrath of man” is unregenerate man's hatred for God and his abhorrent enmity! No sin has ever committed that it wasn't willful. Our old nature doesn't “slip” into sin! It runs headlong to it! Yet we read this reassuring text,
(Romans 4:8) “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not imputes sin”
~ Elder Mike Loveless ~
Mike's comment on free Willard
· 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
· Friday Night Bible Study resume this Friday
· Saturday January 18th is our scheduled workday
A WILLING SUBSTITUTE
“Christ did not die on the cross trying to save his people. HE DIED SAVING HIS PEOPLE! He was given the name Jesus for that very purpose: For he shall save his people from their sins (Matt 1:21). If you believe that God loves every one and died for everyone, then your idol is a failure as all idols are. The God of scripture is not trying to do anything. HE IS ACCOMPLISHING HIS PURPOSE (Isa. 14:27). He willingly became a man, laid down his life, paying the price of sin, for his sheep (John 10:15). We have all sinned and came short of the glory of God; we all deserve the wrath to come, yet there is a people, chosen before the world was (Eph 1:4), who are to be the recipients’ of His Love.
Because he first loved us, we have a substitute. One who has paid the price for us, one who stood in our place. One who willingly received our just reward. One who laid down his life for us. No man taketh it from him (John 10:18).
Dear reader, I pray that The Lord of Glory is Your Substitute. Today is the day of salvation! Believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST and thou shalt be saved.”
~Pastor John Reeves ~
“Can it possibly be conceived that there should be a redemption of men, and those men not be redeemed? That a price should be paid, and the purchase not consummated?”
A TRUMPET OF ALARM
My dear brothers and sisters, these words are intended to awaken, alert, and hopefully alarm you to urgent prayer and action. Satan is waxing bold in these days. Never since man’s fall, never since the Garden of Eden has Satan been in such a paradise. Satan and his preachers have the ear of the masses in these days in which we live. Arminian, free-will, human works religion is rampant, being the norm of the day. Consequently, there is no lie, no iniquity, no wickedness, no vileness, and no blasphemy, which is not somewhere across our land being brazenly uttered or practiced; and by someone or some group, publicly defended!
When men and women, as our nation has, “receive not the love of the truth” and despise the abundant light God has so freely given, then Almighty God, in just judgment, might leave them to their own will and way (Prov. 14:12; 16:25). This seems to be the case in our beloved United States (John 12: 35-36; II Thess. 2:7-12; II Tim. 3:1-4:4). Both head and tail are thoroughly corrupted (Isa. 1:6; 9:13-17; Rev. 9:19). From the palaces to the shanties, from the White House to the pulpit, “their own way have I recompensed upon their heads” (Ezek. 23:23-31).
Brothers and sisters, read, hear and observe the news; read, hear and observe religion; read, hear and observe yourself - all with your Bible open! Save yourself and your children from this crooked, twisted, perverse generation (especially religion, Acts 2:40). Bring your family and friends to sit at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ and HEAR HIS WORD (Deut. 18:15-19). “What is a man profited if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” Redeem the time! Seek first and foremost the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and temporal, material things will be taken care of in the good providence of God. Do not rest, nor give the Lord rest, until you and your family can say with the great apostle to us Gentiles, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day”(II Tim. 1:12). Please read (Isa. 62: 6-7; Ezek. 36:37).
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
“We will be glad and rejoice in thee.”
Song of Solomon 1:4
“We will be glad and rejoice in thee. We will not open the gates of the year to the dolorous notes of the sackbut, but to the sweet strains of the harp of joy, and the high sounding cymbals of gladness. ‘O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise unto the rock of our salvation.’ We, the called and faithful and chosen, we will drive away our griefs, and set up our banners of confidence in the name of God. Let others lament over their troubles, we who have the sweetening tree to cast into Marah’s bitter pool, with joy will magnify the Lord. Eternal Spirit, our effectual Comforter, we who are the temples in which thou dwellest, will never cease from adoring and blessing the name of Jesus. We will, we are resolved about it, Jesus must have the crown of our heart’s delight; we will not dishonour our Bridegroom by mourning in his presence. We are ordained to be the minstrels of the skies, let us rehearse our everlasting anthem before we sing it in the halls of the New Jerusalem. We will be glad and rejoice: two words with one sense, double joy, blessedness upon blessedness. Need there be any limit to our rejoicing in the Lord even now? Do not men of grace find their Lord to be camphire and spikenard, calamus and cinnamon even now, and what better fragrance have they in heaven itself? We will be glad and rejoice in Thee. That last word is the meat in the dish, the kernel of the nut, the soul of the text. What heavens are laid up in Jesus! What rivers of infinite bliss have their source, aye, and every drop of their fulness in him! Since, O sweet Lord Jesus, thou art the present portion of thy people, favour us this year with such a sense of thy preciousness, that from its first to its last day we may be glad and rejoice in thee. Let January open with joy in the Lord, and December close with gladness in Jesus.”
~C. H. Spurgeon~
“Although I am a sinner, yet I despair not; for Christ, who is my Redeemer and my righteousness, liveth. In Him I have no sin, no fear, no sting of conscience, and no fear of judgment; for in Him there is no condemnation. I am indeed a sinner as touching this present life; but I have a righteousness of God which is above this life, who is Christ my Lord. In Him I rejoice!–
~Martin Luther (1483-1546)~
January 12, 2020
2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
Bible Study "SIMON PETER AN APOSTAL OF CHRIST (pt39)"
SUGGESTED SCRIPTURE READING FOR THE WEEK
Sunday Rom. 3-4 Monday Gen. 4-7 Tuesday Josh 6-10
Wednesday Ps 3-5 Thursday Job 3-4
Friday Isa 7-11 Saturday Matt 3-4
Saturday January 18th is our scheduled workday
The Revelation of Faith
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his spirit: For the Spirit searcheth all things, yeah, the deep things of God/” (I Corinthians 2: 9 - 10).
“By the sanctification of the spirit and belief of the truth the believer is given spiritual eyes. Spiritual eyes are eyes that see what others cannot and will not see. The apostle, Paul describes this vision in II Corinthians 4: 18, saying…‘We look not at things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: For the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.’ The faith of God’s elect is the gift of God that enables the believer to see through the eyes of God. John said of Christ, ‘What he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true’ (John 3: 32-33). The eyes of faith see through God’s eyes. They see God as He is, man as he is, and Christ reconciling the two. They see the eternal, immutable, purpose of God in redemption. They see the everlasting covenant of grace and the one mediator between God and men accomplishing the will of God concerning these things. The eyes of faith see a bleeding substitute satisfying the justice of God concerning their sins and His righteous obedience as their own righteousness making them ‘holy, unblameable and unreprovable in His sight’ ( Colossians 1:22). Seeing through His eyes we see the perfection of God in all He has done and find as God did when he looked upon His work that it is good and complete and sufficient to cease from our labors and enter into His rest.”
Pastor Darvin Pruitt
January 19, 2020
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Act 17:27 & 28
Bible Studdy "SIMON PETER AN APOSTAL OF CHRIST (pt40)"
“YE SONS OF JACOB”
SUGGESTED SCRIPTURE READING FOR THE WEEK
Sunday Rom. 5-6 Monday Gen. 8-11 Tuesday Josh 11-15
Wednesday Ps 6-8 Thursday Job 5-6
Friday Isa 12-17 Saturday Matt 5-7
· It is with our warmest and sincere THANK YOU to all that came out to help on our workday Saturday
· Our conference begins this Friday 7:00 PM
“On true doctrine rests the worship of the true and living God. From error in doctrine springs the worship of a false god. There is a tendency among many religious people to undervalue true doctrine, to exalt morality at the expense of the character of God and the teachings of our Lord, and to deny the importance of a sound creed. I do not doubt that a sound creed has often covered an unsound life. But when I hear it said, ‘Such and such do not believe the doctrines of grace and substitution, but they love the Lord and are saved”, I wonder and ask, “What then was the Bible written for? Is it no infallible expression of the mind of God? Is it no standard of truth? Are we to believe what appeals to us and deny the rest? God forbid!”
God’s word declares the oneness of truth and condemns EVERY DEPARTURE FROM THE TRUTH AS A DIRECT ATTACK ON GOD HIMSELF! Do not tell me that a man’s heart is right with God when his head contains a creed of error and denies the Person and work of the Redeemer.”
~Horatius Bonar ~
“When God grants faith and repentance to a sinner, that sinner by faith receives Christ Jesus the Lord. He receives Him as the anointed Messiah, as his Substitute and as his Lord. He receives Him as a real living person and not as a religion. He receives Him as his all in all. To receive Christ is to believe on Him, it is to lay hold of Him, to commune with Him in a daily walk with Him, ‘so walk ye in Him:’ The believing sinner walks in Him, he continues in Him. There is not a time when they are apart. ‘In Him we live and move and have our being.’ We drink Him like water; we breathe Him like air, and eat Him like food. We are joined to Him like a branch is joined to a tree. Christ is our life; apart from Him we have not spiritual life. We have His blood for cleansing, His righteousness for covering, and His word for guidance. While we thank God for these blessings, it is Him we receive into our hearts. He is my Christ.”
~Pastor John Chapman~
January 26th, 2020
And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.
The Way Of The Cross Leads Home Page 471
Wonderful Grace of Jesus Page 198
MESSAGE 10:00 AM
Pastor David Eddmenson
Victory In Jesus Page 473
MESSAGE 11:00 AM
Pastor Clay Curtis
It Is Well With My Soul Page 493
SUGGESTED SCRIPTURE READING FOR THE WEEK
Sunday Rom. 7-8 Monday Gen. 12-15 Tuesday Josh 16-20
Wednesday Ps 9-11 Thursday Job 7-8
Friday Isa 18-22 Saturday Matt 8-10
“Who hath blessed us” Ephesians 1:3
“Know this: all of God’s people are blessed of God. You may be poor, you may have no material possessions to call your own, you may be sickly, in constant bodily pain and ready to die, but if you are in Christ, if you are a child of God, you are blessed, blessed of God with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus.
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost.
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
Children of God, we are blessed!
We are blessed according to the purpose of God. ‘God hath saved us and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began’ (2 Timothy 1:9). ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus’ (Ehesians 1:3).
All the blessings of God’s grace and glory, for time and eternity, were freely given to all believers by God’s eternal electing love: ‘According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him: in love having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will’ (Ephesians 1:4 - 5). God in his eternal purpose gave us and guaranteed the accomplishment of all these blessings in his people: adoption, justification, acceptance, redemption, forgiveness, regeneration and all the fulness of eternal glory. Do you see how blessed you are? What more could anyone desire? And all of this God has done for us ‘to the praise of the glory of his grace’ (Ephesians 1:6).”
~ Pastor Don Fortner ~
A MATTER OF THE HEART
When our Lord Jesus called his disciples unto him, in the book of Mark, (12:43), he declared this poor widow to have given more than all the others who had given to the temple treasury, how can that be? She only had a little money, two mites which make a farthing. To most who had entered and gave, that would have been pocket change at the most! But you see, it was all-knowing, all-seeing, God in the flesh who was sitting there watching these people come and go. He saw beyond the outward appearance of those who gave to the coffer. He saw their hearts for what was truly in them. But does not the Scripture’s declare, The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jer. 17:9). So, what did the Lord Jesus see in the heart of this poor widow, that He did not see in the rest? For by grace are ye saved through “FAITH”; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (Eph. 2:8). He saw her “FAITH”, her “TRUST”, He saw the good and perfect gift, that God had given her, being put to the test! And accomplished! Verse 43 of Mark 12 our Lord say’s, For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. She completely trusted God, with all her heart, to accomplish what He said he would accomplish! You see folks, it’s not what you give, it’s not the works that you do! It’s what is in your Heart that matters! Are you trusting in the flesh? When the Lord Gives a new Heart to one of His elect, we no longer put our trust, in our flesh, we see it for what it is, weak and corrupt, we see the only true and sure One we can trust in, Christ the Lord! “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Php_3:3).
~Pastor John Reeves ~
“Delighting God’s Will”
“I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Psalms 40:8)
“When God does a work of grace in a chosen sinner’s heart they will delight to do His will. You won’t have to entice them to come to worship faithfully…they will come! You will not have to beg them to give and support the gospel…they will give! You will not have to preach message after message on loving one another…they will love! God’s people find God’s will a delight because God has written His law within their hearts.”
~Pastor David Eddmenson ~
· Join us for our FELLOWSHIP DINNER concluding this morning service and our conference
· Friday night bible study will be canceled for this next week
A sincere THANK YOU to all who were able to attend our 29th annual winter conference. We do so very much appreciate all who labored diligently before and during these special meetings, and for all who contributed your monies and your prayers in support of the one true gospel that gives our Great, Majestic, Triune God all the glory. We thank our God upon every remembrance of you (Philippians 1:3). May our Lord Jesus be pleased to give all of you a safe and uneventful trip back to your homes.
WE PREACH CHRIST CRUCIFIED
“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified” (I Cor. 1:22-23).
“It is the same today – men want clever preachers, not Christ preachers; reason, not revelation; their minds challenged, not their hearts pricked. The wisdom of this world says, ‘If you wish to reach the people of this day; you must not be dogmatic; share, discuss, exchange ideas, counsel people, but don’t preach!’ I hear people say, ‘If you would enlist today’s youth, you must adapt to their life-style and their language; pick up the rock beat, use comedy, puppets, and social entertainment; don’t preach Christ to them!’
Can you imagine the Apostle Paul compromising with this so-called ‘wisdom of the world?’ NO! His reply to what men require and seek is ‘We preach Christ and Him crucified.’ I desire to preach and minister to young and old, wise and unwise, but not at the expense of God’s glory and truth. ‘It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe’ (I Cor.1:21); and if depravity offends men’s dignity, revelation offends their wisdom, and substitution offends their pride, so be it!
I find God’s prophets, apostles, and preachers, who have been used of God in past years, to be compassionate men but never compromisers, to be comforters but never cowards. They were willing to take the offense out of their manners but never out of their message. They all PREACHED CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED.”
~ Pastor Henry Mahan ~
Who is your God?
“A god who does not have to perform all the work in salvation is a man-made god made to make man god. The man who esteems himself as only partly helpless always worships a god who partly saves. So long as the natural heart is that god, a man has not the necessary revelation to begin to comprehend the divine attributes which his god lacks.
The glory of God is holiness. He is complete. He does not need man. Man adds nothing to his glory, nor can man diminish his glory. God is the beginning. All things are made by him and for him. Holy God is satisfied with nothing but what he creates in perfect holiness. Therefore God alone puts away a man's sin; God alone creates new life in a man; God alone defends and shields a man; God alone ordains and strengthens a man to perform the works he has foreordained; God alone draws the spirit of a man out of his dead flesh; God alone creates glorified flesh after the grave so that the body and spirit of a man are perfected in righteous to live eternally with the righteous God.
A god who in part depends upon man is no greater than the man who created him. Only when we begin to behold the God who purposed and successfully reveals his glory through the fall and salvation of creatures opposed to him have, we truly begun to behold the preeminent Wisdom who is the great I AM.
‘Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist’ (Colossians 1: 12 -17.)”
~ Pastor Clay Curtis ~
“Our heart shall rejoice in Him.”
Blessed is the fact that Christians can rejoice even in the deepest distress; although trouble may surround them, they still sing; and, like many birds, they sing best in their cages. The waves may roll over them, but their souls soon rise to the surface and see the light of God’s countenance; they have a buoyancy about them which keeps their head always above the water, and helps them to sing amid the tempest, ‘God is with me still.’ To whom shall the glory be given? Oh! to Jesus—it is all by Jesus. Trouble does not necessarily bring consolation with it to the believer, but the presence of the Son of God in the fiery furnace with him fills his heart with joy. He is sick and suffering, but Jesus visits him and makes his bed for him. He is dying, and the cold chilly waters of Jordan are gathering about him up to the neck, but Jesus puts His arms around him, and cries, ‘Fear not, beloved; to die is to be blessed; the waters of death have their fountain-head in heaven; they are not bitter, they are sweet as nectar, for they flow from the throne of God.’ As the departing saint wades through the stream, and the billows gather around him, and heart and flesh fail him, the same voice sounds in his ears, ‘Fear not; I am with thee; be not dismayed; I am thy God.’
As he nears the borders of the infinite unknown, and is almost affrighted to enter the realm of shades, Jesus says, ‘Fear not, it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.’ Thus strengthened and consoled, the believer is not afraid to die; nay, he is even willing to depart, for since he has seen Jesus as the morning star, he longs to gaze upon Him as the sun in his strength. Truly, the presence of Jesus is all the heaven we desire. He is at once
‘The glory of our brightest days;
The comfort of our nights.’
~ C. H. Spurgeon ~
“If the elect of God are set free by the enlightening power of God the Holy Spirit when He reveals Christ and His Gospel to us (John 8:32), those who still believe in salvation by their works, or by their decision for their imaginary Jesus, have never been set free from the blinding power of the spirit of anti-Christ.
~ Pastor Gene Harmon~