Wednesday 7:30 ………………………………………………….. The Substitute (Barabbas Released) – Matthew 27:15-26
Birthdays: August: 31st -- Roberta Sword & Betty Hodges
Cleaning Schedule: This week - Fannins
Nursery Today: 1st Service – Irene , 2nd Service – Mary, Alt. -- Wendy
“They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them . . .”– Jeremiah 31.9
Oh how much is needed to bring the soul to its only rest and center! What trials and afflictions; what furnaces, floods, rods, and strokes, as well as smiles, promises, and gracious drawings! What pride and self to be brought out of! What love and blood to be brought unto! What lessons to learn of the dreadful evil of sin! What lessons to learn of the freeness and fullness of salvation! What sinkings in self! What risings in Christ! What guilt and condemnation on account of sin; what self-loathing and self-abasement; what distrust of self; what fears of falling; what prayers and desires to be kept; what clinging to Christ; what looking up and unto his divine Majesty, as faith views him at the right hand of the Father; what desires never more to sin against him, but to live, move, and act in the holy fear of God, do we find more or less daily, in a living soul!
And whence springs all this inward experience but from the fellowship and communion which there is between Christ and the soul? “We are members,” says the Apostle, “of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” As such there is a mutual participation in sorrow and joy. “He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrow.” “He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” He can, therefore, “be touched with the feelings of our infirmities,” can pity and sympathize; and thus, as we may cast upon him our sins and sorrows, when faith enables, so can he supply, out of his own fullness, that grace and strength which can bring us off eventually more than conquerors. -- J.C. Philpot
PRAYER – By William Jay, England (1769-1853)
Some vainly ask, "Where is the purpose of prayer?" Can prayer be necessary to inform a Being perfect in knowledge? Or to excite, a Being always ready to do good? Or to induce a Being, with whom there is no variableness, to change His measures? But the question is beside the mark. What is not necessary as to God, may be necessary as to us. Worship is founded not in His wants, but in ours.
Many are the advantages arising from God's requiring us to ask, that we may have; and to seek, that we may find! The exercise of prayer keeps alive a sense of our indigence (need) and dependence. Every time I go to God in prayer, I am reminded that I am ignorant, and that He is wise; that I am weak, and that He is powerful; that I am guilty and miserable, and that He is merciful and gracious; that I am nothing, and that He is all in all.
Prayer, by bringing us into the presence of God, will, impress us with His excellencies; and the intercourse we have with Him will lead us to admire and fear and love and resemble Him. For we soon catch the spirit, and take on the manners of those with whom we are intimate; especially if they are above us, and we much esteem them. A man who is much at the throne of grace, will show it in a manner of feeling, speaking, and acting, that a religious pretender can never entirely exemplify.
Hereby, too, the blessing is more endeared and enhanced. We never much regard what we acquire without application or effort. The effort is a kind of price, and we judge of the commodity by the cost. That which blesses us is what relieves our wants, fulfils our desire, accomplishes our hopes, crowns our sacrifices. God's blessings are not bestowed upon those who are incapable of feeling their value; they would then yield neither pleasure to the receiver, nor praise to the giver. His way therefore is to make us sensible of our need, to show us the importance and excellence of the favors, and to draw forth our souls after them. Then we are in His way. Then we can plead His promise. For "blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled."
Birthdays: August: 31st -- Roberta Sword & Betty Hodges
September: 7th – Mindy Mahan, 8th – Mac Torrence
Cleaning Schedule: This week - John & Earlene
Sin Subdued One Way – By J.C. Philpot
“The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God.” – Galatians 2: 20
There is no way except by being spiritually baptized into Christ’s death and life, that we can ever get a victory over our besetting sins. If, on the one hand, we have a view of a suffering Christ, and thus become baptized into his sufferings and death, the feeling, while it lasts, will subdue the power of sin. Or, on the other hand, if we get a believing view of a risen Christ, and receive supplies of grace out of his fullness, that will lift us above its dominion. If sin be powerfully working in us, we want one of these two things to subdue it; either we must have something come down to us to give us a victory over our sin in our strugglings against it, or we must have something to lift us up out of sin into a purer and better element. When there is a view of the sufferings and sorrows, agonies and death of the Son of God, power comes down to the soul in its struggles against sin, and gives it a measure of holy resistance and subduing strength against it. So, when there is a coming in of the grace and love of Christ, it lifts up the soul from the love and power of sin into a purer and holier atmosphere. Sin cannot be subdued in any other way. You must either be baptized into Christ’s sufferings and death, or you must be baptized (and these follow each other) into Christ’s resurrection and life. A sight of him as a suffering God or a view of him as a risen Jesus, must be connected with every successful attempt to get the victory over sin, death, hell, and the grave. You may strive, vow, and repent; and what does it all amount to? You sink deeper and deeper into sin than before. Pride, lust, and covetousness come in like a flood, and you are swamped and carried away almost before you are aware. But if you get a view of a suffering Christ, or of a risen Christ; if you get a taste of his dying love, a drop of his atoning blood, or any manifestation of his beauty and blessedness, there comes from this spiritual baptism into his death or his life a subduing power; and this gives a victory over temptation and sin which nothing else can or will give. Yet I believe we are often many years learning this divine secret, striving to repent and reform, and cannot; till at last by divine teaching we come to learn a little of what the Apostle meant when he said, “The life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.” And when we can get into this life of faith, this hidden life, then our affections are set on things above. There is no use setting people to work by legal strivings; they only plunge themselves deeper in the ditch. You must get Christ into your soul by the power of God; and then he will subdue, by his smiles, blood, love, and presence, every internal foe.
Forbear & Forgive
As long as we are in this flesh, we will have misunderstandings among us, unpleasantness, and even injustices (we will feel that our rights have been violated and others have been wrong in what they have said and done). What is to be our attitude? It is to be twofold: forbearing one another and forgiving one another. To forbear is to control our emotions, surrendering our rights for the time being in patient hope that God will reveal His purpose and will. To forgive is actually to put the misunderstanding out of mind and restore a state of love and fellowship. Our Lord forbears, that is, He is longsuffering and patient with us, and He forgives, remembering our sins no more. – H.T.M.
Fellowship of Believers
I know most of you are faithful to the Sunday worship services, and I know you tarry after services to visit and talk with one another. But what about the other six days of the week? Do you have much fellowship with those whose conversation is seasoned with grace and who are a good influence on you and your children? The people of the world (religious world and social world) ARE NOT an influence for good or spiritual growth. "Evil companions and associations corrupt good character" (1 Corinthians 15:33). But our brethren comfort us, encourage us, instruct us, and regular fellowship with them and their families will be a great blessing to you and your children. Do not spend your social and family time with those who do not know God (86% of the week) and expect to correct the effect with a couple of hours on Sunday. As much time as you can devote to good fellowship in Christ with other believers will reap great blessings to you and your family. – Henry Mahan
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