“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” (Rom 9:13) Of course the apostle Paul knew men would think that it is not fair that God would hate Esau. Fallen man thinks it is not fair that Esau was not given the chance to make a choice to be saved. Paul’s response in verse 20 is, “Who do you think you are to dispute with God?”.
Rather than arguing with God, this verse should make us give thanks. We should give thanks that Jacob wasn’t given a chance to make a choice to be saved either. God just saved hell-deserving Jacob by His grace. Jacob did not have a say in the matter. Jacob knew that his salvation was all of grace without any works of his own.
Knowing that the Lord sovereignly saves whom He will never makes a believer fatalistic (think it doesn’t matter if we preach to or pray for the lost because God is going to save whom He will no matter what we do). Knowing that God is sovereign in salvation made Jacob pray that the same Savior who redeemed him would bless and redeem his grandchildren (Gen. 48:16).
“The more we are in the presence of Him Whom our souls love, the less we can bear to be out of it.”
Pastor Scott Richardson
“For their rock is not as our ROCK . . .” – Deuteronomy 32:31
MAN has come up with all sorts of inventions over the years of what he thinks are ‘improvements’ over what God hath made. All such inventions eventually prove to be far inferior to God’s creation. One such modern invention is man-made stone. I have had a hand in laying both natural stone and this new ‘stone’ (which is not stone at all). There is no comparison between the two. God’s natural stone is solid stone, through and through. Man-made ‘stone’ merely looks like stone on the surface (only beautiful on the outside) and is a mixture of cement and sand. God’s natural stone is hard and difficult to break, while man-made ‘stone’ is very brittle and easily broken. God’s natural stone is suitable for a foundation (the only sure foundation), while man-made stone has no structural integrity at all, but is only for looks. God’s natural stone is able to support anything that adheres to it, such as vines and climbing plants; while man-made ‘stone’ will not support anything but will eventually come down with the vine that lays hold of it. And the greatest difference of all, that which proves to be the real difference is . . . the test of time. This man-made stuff hasn’t been around too long, nor do I think it shall be. But that which the Lord hath made has endured for millenniums. In all this we see how that God’s ‘Stone’, which is Christ the Lord, is far superior to the man-made ‘jesus’ and religion of today. Christ is true Stone, solid Stone, tried Stone, substantial Stone, eternal Stone, beautiful, unbreakable, unmovable . . . a solid, eternal, foundation for the soul that rests upon Him; the One upon which the church has been built and will forever stand. The man-made ‘jesus’ of today bears the name only, and is no real savior or foundation at all. Truly “their rock is NOT AS OUR ROCK!” (Deut.32:31).
Pastor Paul Mahan
Complete In Him
Paul says to every believer, “Ye are complete in Him.” (Colossians 2.10) If I look for assurance anywhere else, I will always come up short. To find assurance in an experience I had or a time when I learned something or stopped doing something, is to find assurance in the wrong place. The believer’s assurance is this: in him, by virtue of union with Him, I am complete! I lack nothing. When He said, “It is finished,” it was because it really was finished. We cannot have perfect assurance in something that has not yet been done. But what assurance we have in that which is already finished. “Ye are complete in Him.”
Our sincere sympathy is extended to Juanita Thompson and her family in the recent death of her husband HB Thompson. HB was a faithful friend and brother in Christ. He will be sorely missed by his family and by his church family. ***** Please...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Our sincere sympathy is extended to Julie Thornbury in the recent death of her grandfather, Bill Baker. ***** We will have a church dinner after the service on September 27th to celebrate Gary Faulkner’s 70th birthday. Sign up sheets for...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
We will have a church dinner after the service on September 27th to celebrate Gary Faulkner’s 70th birthday. Sign up sheets for food are in the vestibule. ***** THE BELIEVER’S CONDUCT Christ has saved His people from their sins....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?” (II Samuel 7:18). The desire of the flesh is to be somebody. The teaching of grace...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
NO HANDS BUT YOUR HANDS? When religious people try to motivate you to service by saying “God has no hands but your hands”, you can point out to them that they are describing an idol. David described idols by saying, “They have...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
We will have a fellowship dinner after the service today to celebrate Dale Simpson’s 70th birthday. I hope everyone will stay and enjoy at time of fellowship and celebration together. ***** THANKFUL CHRIST IS ALL The more I learn of who I...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Our mid-week service this week is moved to Thursday, Aug. 13th. Pastor Tom Harding of Zebulon Baptist Church will be preaching. ***** SOVEREIGNTY BELONGS TO GOD The sovereignty of God is absolute. To acknowledge this truth is at once to...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
THE TIME REMAINING God has appointed a day that all of us must leave this world in death and go to our eternal home. There is nothing we can do to add to or subtract from the time God has given us here on earth. There is nothing we can do to...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Congratulations to Luke and Mikayla Simpson on their recent marriage. May our Lord be pleased to bless this new home with His mercy and grace. ***** NO FEAR OF DEATH The believer has no reason to fear death. When we say Christ died for...[ abbreviated | read entire ]