9:30 am Bible Study.........................................
10:00 am Service .........................................................................................................................Messages by Cody Groover
Birthdays: April: 14th -- Wesley Hudson, 17th -- Betty Groover & Emma Holland
21st -- Jennifer Holland, 25th -- Blaire Patterson, 30th -- Red Huff
To Our Congregation: We are delighted to have Cody and Winna Groover back with us today. Brother Cody is a missionary in Yucatan, Mexico. He will bring both messages today.
Our Spring Meeting is set for May 2-4 (Friday through Sunday). Speakers are Marvin Stalnaker & Gabe Stalnaker.
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MY HELP -- ". . . From Whence Cometh My Help" -- Psalm 121: 1-8
Believer, our help is Christ. Our help comes from the hills—his holy hill in heaven and that hill where Christ has given his gospel. His help is personal help—MY help(Hebrews 2: 17-18). In all our troubles remember the truth revealed in this Psalm . . .
The Lord Will Not.
First, the Lord will not allow the feet of his redeemed child to be moved. (Ps 121: 3) Many times “our feet are almost gone, our steps well-nigh slipped.” But God our Savior will not allow our feet to be moved. (Ps 62: 2; 91: 11-12) Secondly, the LORD will not slumber nor sleep. (Ps 121: 3-4) God never forgets his children. We can’t remember what to forget and we keep forgetting what we should remember. (Phil 3: 13-14; Nu 11: 5; Jos 1: 13; Mt 16: 9-10) But God never forgets his child—neither slumbers nor sleeps. God never ceases to consider his child of grace. (Ps 40: 17) Each child is always at the center-focus of Gods thoughts. There is never is a moment, night or day, in which the great mind of the Eternal ceases to think of the child he has everlastingly loved in Christ Jesus. “He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”
The Lord Is.
The Lord is the keeper of his child. (Ps 121: 5) Christ is our shade of righteousness and our shade of defense, the shade upon our right hand is Christ our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption—our ALL! (Ps 121: 5-6; Is 4:5-6; 1 Jn 4: 10; 1 Cor 1: 29-30) Christ is able to give his help because Christ is God who created all things but even better, Christ is our Redeemer who by his blood makes all things new. (Ps 8: 3; 2 Pet 3: 13; Rev 21: 1-6; Is 66: 22)
The Lord Shall.
First, the Lord shall preserve each of his children. (Ps 121:7) There would be no perseverance of the saints where it not for the preserving of our Lord. (Eph 1: 13) Secondly, notice what the Lord shall preserve his child from—all evil. I found 569 references to evil in the bible. Here are a few: evil of the heart (Gen 6: 5), evil of your doings, evil report (Num 13: 32), evil beast, evil congregation (Num 14: 35), evil place (Nu 20: 5), evil generation (De 1: 35), evil diseases (De 7: 15), evil name (slander) (De 22: 14), evil spirit, evil dealings, evil understanding (Job 28: 28), and evil time (Ps 37: 18). The LORD shall preserve thee from ALL evil. (Job 5: 19-27) Also, the LORD shall preserve your soul. (Ps 121: 7) He shall raise our bodies incorruptible from the dust of the grave, but the soul—how important!—the soul. (Mt 16: 26; Ps 34:22) Furthermore, the Lord shall preserve our going in and coming out, that is, all our ways. (Ps 121: 8; Pro 3:6) When will the LORD start doing this?—from this time forth (Mt 6: 31-34) "Cast foreboding cares away, God provideth for today." But for how long will the Lord preserve me?—even for evermore. The end of this life is just the beginning. (Mt 5: 8) -- Clay Curtis, pastor in New Jersey
Mercy For The Worst
There was never a more evil king in the history of Israel than Manasseh. Scripture says, "Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do WORSE than the heathen . . ." (II Chron.33:9). As a result of the sins of Manasseh and the sins of Israel, judgment and wrath came down upon Israel as a nation. They were delivered into captivity and suffered many things. And then it says, "And when (Manasseh) was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself before the God of his fathers. And prayed unto Him: and he was intreated of (God), and heard his supplication . . .and (Manasseh) took away the strange gods and idol . . . and commanded Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel" (II Chron.33:12-16).
How amazing and wonderful is the mercy of God. It is higher than the heavens. The Lord is merciful to the worst of men and will pardon all manner of sin. The Lord is able to save to the uttermost. He is able to save the most sinful and rebellious man on earth. There are no impossible cases with the all powerful Lord of Heaven and earth. If there is hope for the likes of Manasseh, surely there is hope for you, O' chief of sinners. The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy. (Psa. 147:11)
10:00 am Service .... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... Messages by Brother Terry Worthan
Birthdays: April: 3rd -- Steven Parks (50th!), 5th -- Gladys Hodges, 7th -- Cherrie Anderson
To Our Congregation: It is a delight to have Terry and Patsy Worthan back with us today. Brother Terry is pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Winston, GA. We are thankful they could be with us today.
ARMINIUS OR PELAGIUS?
Those of us in the Calvinistic Faith of the Gospel, call those outside the Calvinistic Faith “Arminians” in reference to those who followed the religious views of Jacob Arminius, the Dutch theologian (1560-1609). This is really not a fair label for our modern style religious system, with its mixture of free-will, easy-believism, charismatic drunkenness and liberal tommy-rot. The scriptural ignorance of historical Arminianism is far, far above the scriptural ignorance of this modern religious ten-headed beast.
Like the historical heresy of Jacob Arminias these modern ignoramuses call the justice of God to the bar of reason. They, with pride inflated confidence, wade in the deep, deep ocean of divine mysteries, dealing with the decrees of God, where the blessed and learned Apostle Paul could find no bottom, but cried, “O the depth!” These self-styled “bible-scholars” undertake to bring Paul down from his lofty bewilderment, “explaining” that “God foresaw that Jacob would believe, and that Esau would not believe, therefore the one was loved and elected, and the other was loved a little less and rejected.” Thus these modern “wise-men” in their schools of Christian mass-production have learned deeper divinity than what Paul learned in the third heaven.
The new breed Arminians are truly nothing more and nothing less than varnished offspring of Pelagius, the fourth-century moralist who fathered the modern day lie of spiritual “free-will”. They make the sheep keep the shepherd, and put the Sovereign God into the same extremity with the Persian King Darius, who would have gladly saved Daniel, but could not.
Who has “free-will” in the salvation of sinners? I’m going to stick with Paul when he quotes the audible words of Jehovah spoken to Moses in Romans 9:15, “…I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” In his own inspired words Paul concludes his argument saying, “So then it is not of him who WILLETH nor of Him who runneth, but of God who showeth mercy.”
The free-will of God in salvation had its beginning before man was eligible to vote. It had its beginning in the eternal council of God. Paul writing to Timothy in his second epistle discusses salvation in these terms, “Who has saved us and called us with a 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.” -- Terry Worthan
"Wait On The Lord" -- Psalm 27:13-14
Do not bind the Lord to a day or a way . . . But 'Wait on the Lord'.
Wait . . . as an obedient servant.
Wait . . . in hope as an heir.
Wait . . . in expectation as a believer.
Wait . . . in confidence as a son of God.
Wait . . . His way is not our way but His! So . . . Wait on the Lord! -- H.T.M. (3-14)
The LORD trieth the hearts-- Proverbs 17:3
A person can say every right word as they profess to believe on Christ. But by separating themselves from his Gospel and His people they deny every word by their works. Faith without works is the faith of devils and it is dead (James 2: 19-20). Christ’s people cannot be driven away because Christ cannot fail, “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” “Blessed art thou, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father, which is in heaven.” -- John 6: 68-69; Mt 16: 17.
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