Frank Tate will be with us next weekend. We will have special meetings next Saturday morning at 11:00 and Sunday at 10:30 and 11:30. We will follow each meeting with a meal.
“THE END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND”
I Peter 4:7
The end of my life is near; I am sure of that; but also the end of this world is near. Our Lord will return, and most men who have some discernment of Divine truth believe that THE DAY OF THE LORD IS AT THE DOOR! Therefore, Peter exhorts us to be serious, be watchful, and call upon God in prayer for His mercy in Christ for ourselves, for our children, and for our kinsmen according to the flesh.
Above all things have a genuine and unfailing love for one another; for the love of Christ in us will overlook, disregard and forgive the infirmities and failures of others. If we remember what we were and (except for God’s grace) what we would be, and if we really care for the glory of our gospel and the welfare of others, we will forgive and overlook their infirmities.
Love, generosity, and hospitality are the marks of grace and extend, not only to our families, but to our friends and fellow believers whom God brings our way. We rejoice to show mercy, for we have received mercy; and we rejoice to share with others what God has given us.
There is nothing which we have in nature or grace that is not THE GIFT OF GOD! Therefore, whoever preaches or teaches, let him declare the word according to the scriptures; whoever renders service, let him do it according to the ability and strength God has given him; whoever prays, sings, gives, witnesses, waits on tables, relieves the poor, visits and nurses the sick, or in any way contributes to the kingdom of God, let him do it with strength of purpose, out of love and gratitude to our Lord, and for His glory and the good of His church! “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20). Henry Mahan
THEY ARE NOT SINNERS
Do you sometimes wonder why your relatives, who love you and enjoy your company, have no interest in your gospel, your church or your testimony?
They are not sinners! They need no mediator with God!
Do you wonder why your co-workers enjoy talking about religion, denominations, churches and even freedom, but they have no interest or desire to talk about Christ and salvation?
They are not sinners! They need no Savior!
Do you wonder why old people are all religious and talk about going to heaven, meeting their loved ones and living without pain or death! Yet, they never mention Christ and His sacrifice for sin by which we have the hope of life?
They are not sinners! They are all good people – Now!
Do you wonder why most religious people (even preachers) never raise the question, “How can man be just with God?” “How can a Holy God forgive and receive an unholy sinner and still be holy and just?”
They are not sinners! They do not need a righteousness, they have one of their own.
Do you wonder why most preachers do not preach salvation by grace alone, Christ alone, through His blood and righteousness alone?
They are not sinners! Only sinners need apply for such great mercy and grace!
–Pastor Henry Mahan
Consider whom we profess to worship, and we shall not hurry into his presence as men run to a fire. Moses, the man of God, was warned to put off his shoes from off his feet when God only revealed himself in a bush; how should we prepare ourselves when we come to him who reveals himself in Christ Jesus his dear Son? Charles Spurgeon
We are all so ready to go to books, to go to men, to go to ceremonies, to anything except God. Man will worship God with his eyes, and his arms, and his knees, and his mouth—with anything but his heart—and we are all of us anxious, more or less, until we are renewed by grace, to get off the heart-worship of God. Charles Spurgeon
BALAAM’S ASS SPOKE THE TRUTH BUT HE WAS STILL AN ASS!
I assume that you are Calvanistic in creed, fundamental in faith, and moral in manners or you would not be identified with this people. But has the grace you profess made you gracious? Has the love of God you claim made you a loving, tender, and kind person? Has the forgiveness of your sins taught you how to forgive? Has your friendship with “THAT GREAT FRIEND” taught you how to be a true and loyal friend? Having received the heavenly gifts freely from God’s merciful hand, have you learned to give to others freely and generously? You have studied the person and work of Jesus Christ, but HAVE YOU LEARNED CHRIST? The only true evidence that you or anyone else has of the fact that you know Christ and have truly been with Christ, is that you demonstrate in attitude and action the ways and will of Christ. Is this not what Paul is saying in I Corinthians 13? One may have the orthodoxy and knowledge, and gifts of religion; but if he does not have LOVE, he is NOTHING! Don’t just tell men about the grace of God; show them what His grace has done for you. Don’t just preach the love of God; demonstrate it! My friends, a contentious, unloving, ungracious person is a stranger to the grace of God; for the grace of God makes men and women gracious and loving in all areas. “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Balaam’s ass spoke the truth, but he was STILL AN ASS! SPEAKING the truth does not necessarily change one; LEARNING THE TRUTH DOES! –copied
WE DON’T GIVE ALTER CALLS – WHY?
We don’t give altar calls at the end of a service, nor do we invite sinners to come down front and pressure them into some religious profession. There are several reasons why. CHRIST JESUS IS OUR ALTAR AND HIGH PRIEST; He made sufficient sacrifice and atonement for sin (Heb. 2:17). The commandment of the scripture is to look to Him and be saved, not come forward (Isaiah 45:22). The reason we don’t pressure sinners to make a decision is because SALVATION IS A HEART WORK between the Saviour and the sinner, not a decision (Phil. 1:6). The command and example of the scripture for publicly confessing Christ Jesus as your Lord and Saviour is BAPTISM (Acts 8:37-38). If the Lord has revealed to your heart that Jesus Christ is all in salvation and has given you faith to believe on Him for all of your salvation, the first act of obedience to your Lord is to publicly confess Him in believer’s baptism. Let me know if the Lord has worked salvation in you, and I will rejoice to baptize you. Pastor Tom Harding
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. Psalm 37:23-24