The law is a doctrine which commandeth and forbiddeth, requiring doing and avoiding: under the law are contained all precepts, inhibitions, threats, promises upon conditions of our doing and avoiding &c. The gospel is a doctrine which always provideth and giveth, requiring nothing on our behalf as of worthiness or as a cause, but as a certificate unto us: and therefore under the gospel are contained all the free and sweet promises of God, as “I am the Lord thy God,” & c.
--John Bradford (1510-1555), English preacher burned at the stake.
Outward mercies oft times prove a snare to our souls. “I will lay a stumbling block” (Ezek.3:20). I will prosper him in all things, and not by affliction restrain him from sin. Prosperity hath been a stumbling-block, at which millions have stumbled and fallen, and broke the neck of their souls for ever. As Augustine said: ‘Religion brought forth riches, and the daughter soon devoured the mother.’ -- Thomas Brooks, 1608-1680, England
Simon, son of Jonas, Lovest Thou Me ?
Our Lord addressed Peter by his original name, as if he had forfeited that of Peter through his denying him. He now answered, “Thou knowest that I love thee”; but without professing to love Him more than others. We must not be surprised to have our sincerity called into question, when we ourselves have done that which makes it doubtful. Every remembrance of past sins, even pardoned sins, renews the sorrow of a true penitent. Conscious of integrity, Peter solemnly appealed to Christ, as knowing all things, even the secrets of his heart. It is well when our falls and mistakes make us more humble and watchful.
The sincerity of our love to God must be brought to the test; and it behooves us to inquire with earnest, preserving prayer to the heart-searching God, “examine and prove us, whether we are able to stand this test”. – Matthew Henry , 1662-1714 , England
From the Bible Baptist Church bulletin, David Eddmenson, pastor.
“Brother Milton Howard, pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church, and faithful missionary in Mexico for many years, had the below article in their church’s bulletin last week. As I read the article, it was as if Brother Milton was reading my heart. May God keep us all by His grace, for we are so prone to wander, so prone to leave the God we love. I am so thankful that my salvation does not depend upon my faithfulness to God, but upon His faithfulness to me in the Lord Jesus Christ.” – D.E.
‘I have been preaching this Gospel for over 50 years, pastoring several churches at the same time for the almost 26 years I spent in México. I have now been here at Kitchens Creek as your pastor for 24 years, and I can tell you this, that were it not for the Elect, the Sheep, the Faithful, the dedicated Lovers of Christ, and the Gospel, I would have quit a long time ago.
Studying the Word, Preaching the Gospel, conducting worship services, and rejoicing with those who hear and believe are the things that make being a pastor a joy. Having church members get their feelings hurt, leaving the fellowship, neglecting worship services, and displaying a general bad attitude is what makes pastoring a church the most difficult vocation a man can undertake.
When some leave the church, or quit coming, it is very noticeable in a small group like ours. Sometimes it is even emotionally devastating. You will never understand why, nor will you get a straight answer; and over the years I have heard many reasons
Because our minds are corrupt, and our heart deceitful, when we walk off from the Gospel, the thoughts that go through our minds, and the words that come out of our mouths as to the reason we do such things, do not make sense – not to us, and certainly not to someone else.
I think the most difficult part of this is when those who leave have been so much a part of our family, our lives and fellowship. There is no excuse for leaving the Gospel, and you will not get sympathy and understanding from me for doing it.
But the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ will not only survive, but will also, by His Grace, prosper. Our Lord said to His beloved disciples – after some had departed – "Will you ALSO go away?"True Disciples Will Not Go Away. There is nowhere else to go.’ "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life" (John 6:68).– Milton Howard
9:30 am ___________________________ The Substitute (Barabbas Released) – Matthew 27:15-26
10:00 am _______________________________________________ Christ Crucified – Matthew 27
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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