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August 10, 2014 Bulletin

“For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it”?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (1 Corinthians 4:7)

     Paul asks the sinner to consider who it is that makes the difference in the lives of men and women. What is the difference between me and a murderer? The grace of God in Christ. Who causes me to differ from the repeat felon? Only the grace of God in Christ! What do we have that we did not receive? Nothing, for all earthly, physical blessings and all spiritual blessings in heavenly places are found only in Christ and given by the sovereign purpose and pleasure of God. (Eph. 1:3) Proclaiming these things Paul adds this most important question. “Why dost thou glory?” If all we have is ours by the giving hand of God, that is a very pertinent question. Men and women glory in themselves and the work of their hands, simply because they do not believe God to be the Sovereign Possessor of heaven and earth. (Gen. 14:19, 22) Men and women selfishly believe that they have earned, merited or deserved the things that they possess. They do not recognize God as the first cause and Omnipotent Giver of every perfect gift. (James 1:17) However, when a chosen sinner is made to see that it is God only who makes the difference, when God by grace reveals to them that all their blessings, both physically and spiritually, are the gifts of Divine grace, they will glorify the Giver and not the recipient. (Psalm 115:1) Those that know God will only ask, “Why do any glory?”                                                                                     –Pastor David Eddmenson

   I am what I would not, and I would what I cannot; I rejoice and I mourn; I am both rich and poor; I can do nothing, yet I can do all things through Christ; I gain when I love, and I am often a loser by my gains.  In a word, I am a sinner, but a sinner saved by the name of Jesus.”               John Newton  

PREACHING AND HEARING THE WORD

    One of the old preachers is reported to have said, “I preach as one who may never preach again, as a dying man to dying men.”  How solemn a thought that is to those of us charged with preaching.  Let us not tickle the ears of dying men with the trifles of earthly issues and vain religion. But does this principle not apply in some way to the man who listens?  Ought we not say every time we come to worship, “I listen as one who may never hear again, as a dying man among dying men”?  God grant us the same seriousness in hearing as we expect in preaching!                                                                –Pastor Joe Terrell

 

Suffer Little Children

Mark 10: 13-16

Due to the wicked and ungodly practice of false religion preying upon the unsuspecting children of this world, we who see the danger of it may have a tendency to go too far the other direction.  The gospel call has no age limit.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is by the revelation of Gods’ Spirit and is effectual to both young and old.  You do not have to be an intellectual to believe but only taught of God. Faith is believing Gods’ testimony concerning His Son.  It is to see yourself as the sinner and Him as the Savior.  It is to see yourself guilty before God in your sins, but justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  Faith is seeing the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  This faith is the gift of God.  Maturity has nothing to do with the gift of faith.  Faith is the gift of God not of works lest any man should boast.  “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.”  (Mark 10: 14)

     We do not use ungodly movies to entice or scare our young children into professions of faith.  We do not pressure them or threaten them in any way.  In fact, we say nothing different to them than to anyone else; except, perhaps, to make it more understandable.  We encourage them, as we do their fathers and mothers, to confess their faith in believer’s baptism.                                                        —Pastor Darvin Pruitt