***** As I announced last Sunday night, I have accepted the pastorate of the Thirteenth Street Baptist Church in Ashland, Kentucky, effective November 1st. This is a matter about which I have diligently sought divine guidance, and I know many of you have joined me in asking the Lord to make His will known to me. Though leaving will be difficult, yet I am at peace with my decision, confident this move is His will. Pray for your pulpit committee (Tim Krauss, John Kulman, Chet Mazurek, Bryan Edwards and Richard Haskins) as they begin to search for my replacement. We know God is sovereign in all things including where He sends His servants. Let us bow submissively to His will and ask Him to lead you to the man He has already ordained to be your next pastor. I appreciate those who have offered words of encouragement to Nancy and me, knowing how hard leaving will be on us. This is a time of trial for this congregation, and it is important that everyone remain steadfast in the truth, united in love, prayerful for the will of God to be done and patient in waiting upon the Lord. âPastor Jim Byrd *****
"For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christâs; and Christ is Godâs." (1 Corinthians 3:21-23) *****
THE CHRISTIANâS CONFLICT AND ENCOURAGEMENT My desire being to comfort the disconsolate, I shall lay before you a few scripture truths, which the God of love has intended for the consolation of His dear children in the field of battle.
1st. He who made you has fixed His love upon you freely in His Son. He loves you unchangeably, in all states and conditions, from eternity to eternity. Whatever changes, internal or external, you may pass through, the love of your God is the same. You may suffer the loss of wealth, health, ease, reputation, friends, and, like Job, be stripped of all your earthly comfort; but you cannot be deprived of your heavenly Father's affection. He rests in His love, and joys over you with singing. Love runs through all His purposes concerning you, and all His dispensations toward you.
2nd, He has chosen you in Christ Jesus to be His people for ever, and adopted you to be His children and heirs. He has given Himself to you, to be your God and Father, your portion and inheritance forever.
3rd, He has united you to His Son Jesus Christ, and fixed you in Him, never to be separated from Him. Jesus and you are one. One body, one building, one vine. Your union with Christ commenced with your election in Him. Free sovereign grace was the cause of both. Godâs eternal and immutable love is the bond of your union with Jesus: therefore it can never be dissolved. That God who chose you in Him, keeps you in Him. Being in Christ, all that He is, and all that He has is yours. His abundant grace ; His perfect righteousness; His complete atonement; His consummate holiness ; His eternal redemption; His perfect and all glorious salvation; His unsearchable riches of glory and blessedness, are all your own. Christ and you being one, you stand in Him complete before the throne of God. You are washed from all your sins in His blood; you are justified from all things by His righteousness: yea, you are law-fulfillers and the righteousness of God in Him. The Father views you with infinite delight. He sees no spot in you. There is no curse, no condemnation for you. You are saved with an everlasting salvation, and shall not be ashamed nor confounded, world without end.
4th, God has made with you an everlasting covenant; not a covenant of works, but of grace; not a conditional, but an absolute one; not one all confusion and disorder, but one ordered in all things by His all-comprehending wisdom. Not one which may vary, be disannulled and made void, but one which, like its divine author, is immutable, permanent, and everlasting. It is founded upon Jehovahâs unchangeable will, and confirmed by His inviolable oath. It is sealed by the blood of His incarnate Son; and for its fulfillment the eternal Three, have, by Their joint oath, pledged Themselves.
5th, God has given you exceeding great and precious promises, suited to all your cases. The fulfillment of these promises is certain, because the promise is faithful and almighty. These promises are breasts of consolation to the distressed, milk for babes, and meat for strong men; you may safely trust them, and in trusting them, you will sweetly enjoy them. --Job Hupton (1762-1829) *****
BLESS THE SAVIORâS NAME Tune "PRAISE THE SAVIOR" 18.104.22.168. Words by JIM BYRD 1. Magnify the Mediator, Jesus Christ our mighty Savior, He restored us to Godâs favor; Bless the Saviorâs Name. 2. Jesus saves from sin forever, He abideth faithful...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Hebrews 9:27-28) *****...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
CHRIST MAGNIFIED THE LAW Tune to "HOW SWEET THE NAME" CM Words by JIM BYRD 1. The Son of God, in covânant love, The law to satisfy; Descended from His throne above, To suffer, bleed and die. 2. âTwas by His death Godâs justice was Completely...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
WAITING ON THE LORD Tune to MAJESTIC SWEETNESS CM Words by JIM BYRD 1. O sovereign Lord to Thee we come, Before Thy throne we fall; Reveal to us Thy precious Son, As on Thy Name we call, As on Thy Name we call. 2. Though wicked, full of sin...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
REJOICE IN THE LORD Tune to "O WORSHIP THE KING" 10.10.11.11. Words by JIM BYRD 1. Rejoice in the Lord, be glad every heart, Our God rules on high His grace to impart; Jehovah is Lord, O how sacred His Name, Bow down at His footstool His glories...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
PRAISE OUR EVERLASTING LORD Tune to "âTIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS" 22.214.171.124. WITH REFRAIN Words by JIM BYRD 1. God in wisdom chose to save us, Praise Him for His sovereign grace; Gave us to the blessed Savior, Son of God, our Hiding-Place....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
On the night before He gave His life a ransom for many, our Savior instituted the Lordâs Supper. This is one of two ordinances which He gave to His church, the other being baptism. Today, immediately after the morning message, we will partake of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
COVENANT GRACE Tune to "I SING THE MIGHTY POWER OF GOD" CM/DOUBLE Words by JIM BYRD 1. Before the mountains were brought forth, Or earth and heavân were made; From everlasting Thou art God, In majesty arrayed. âTwas in eternity that God Chose...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
CHRIST IS MY CONFIDENCE Tune to: "I LOVE THY KINGDOM LORD" SM Words by: JIM BYRD 1. How gracious is the Lord, How merciful and kind; My heart is filled with thankfulness, And gladness fills my mind. 2. O what amazing grace, That saves a soul...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
GOD REIGNS Tune to âDOXOLOGYâ LM Words by JIM BYRD 1. God reigns on high ye saints rejoice, He reigns, so bless Him with your voice; He reigns forever over all, Our God reigns over great and small. 2. God reigns upon...[ abbreviated | read entire ]