â€śIn hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; But hath in due times manifested His word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Savior;â€ť (Titus 1:2-3) ***** Flesh of Our Flesh By: John Newton Tune: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
1. Jesus, who pass'd the angels by, Assum'd our flesh. to bleed and die; And still He makes it his abode; As man, He tills the throne of God.
2. Our next of kin, our Brother now, Is He to whom the angels bow; They join with us to praise his Name, But we the nearest interest claim.
3. But oh! How faint our praises rise! Sure tis the wonder of the skies. That we, who share His richest love, So cold and unconcerne'd should prove.
4. Oh glorious hour! It comes with speed, When we from sin and darkness freed, Shall see the God who died for man, And praise Him more than angels can. ***** Scripture Reading this Morning: John 7:10-37 ***** This God Is Mine,in All His Glorious Perfection!
"The LORD's portion is His people!" (Deuteronomy 32:9) "The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him." (Lamentations 3:24) The above two passages of Scripture ought never to be separated. God and my soul possess each other. God finds His portion in His people - and His people find their portion in God! This God is mine, in all His glorious perfection! His heart is mine - for He loves me. His ear is mine - for I may pour into it all my tales of sorrow, and all my songs of joy. His eyes are mine - for they watch me from morning until night. His hand is mine - for it is stretched out to uphold me. Oh, He is a God of infinite glory! Abased in the very dust, and half bewildered by the thought, I yet dare to look up, and say, "For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death!" (Psalm 48:14) --Archibald Brown *****
Gems from George Whitefield The Lord Jesus sits in Heaven, ruling over all, and causing all things to work for His children's good. How sweet is rest after fatigue! How sweet will Heaven be when our journey is ended! All our afflictions and all our temptations--are to make Heaven more desirable, and earth more loathsome! ***** No one is redeemed except through unmerited mercy, and no one is condemned except through merited judgement." --Augustine
***** Complete in Christ! â€śAnd ye are complete in Him, which is the Head of all principality and power:â€ť (Colossians 2:10) Here before us in our text we have Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, telling the Colossian believers and we who believe, almost 2000 years later, that the believer in Christ is complete in him. Paul here in this Epistle is battling Gnosticism, Judaizers and angel worship. There was a three prong attack occurring at the time of this writing against the believers in Colosse. Paul here lays a death blow to them all by telling the Colossian believers that they are complete in Christ! All through this Epistle, Paul has been contrasting the Supremacy of Christ and the all sufficiency of Christ with the things the false teachers were teaching; that you had to keep the mosaic law, you had to be circumcised to be saved, that you must keep certain days, and abstain from certain drink and food. Paul again lays a death blow to these errors the false teachers are proclaiming and promoting. Think now for us, Beloved, almost 2000 years later, we have those who say you must be baptized to be saved. We have those who say you must attend their church to be saved. We have the legalist with their checklist version of Christianity were if you do not check all their boxes they declare you not saved. Here before us is an answer to those who would disqualify us based upon works, or law keeping, or holding to someone's warped standards; the believer in Christ is complete in Him! False teachers always add something you have to do in order to be saved, gospel preachers proclaim, "salvation is of the LORD!" He is the alpha and the omega of our salvation, the beginning and the end and the result of that is the believer is COMPLETE IN HIM!!! Complete in Christ! What wonderful rest for the believer who is clothed in the righteousness of Christ! Let the world rail, I am complete in Christ! Let the heathen rage, I am complete in Christ! Let the legalist leave, calling us what they will, I am complete in Christ! What a happy condition for the believer; COMPLETE IN HIM!!! --Wayne
â€śComfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sinsâ€ť (Isaiah...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
â€śFor by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.â€ť Ephesians 2:8-9 ***** Christ Alone! Author: Joe Terrell Tune: "Rock of Ages" 1. Is your heart...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Christ, the Keeper of His Saints Author: R. Burnham Tune: Amazing Grace 1. Christ is the Keeper of His saints, He guards them by His power; Subdues their numerous complaints, In every gloomy hour. 2. What though they...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
â€śI was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.â€ť Psalm 122:1 ......................... "This is the Stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the Head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
PSALM 40 Words by Isaac Watts - Tune to Amazing Grace (arr. N. Johnson) 1. I waited patient for the Lord, He bowed to hear my cry; He saw me resting on His word, And brought salvation nigh. 2. He raised me from a horrid pit, Where mourning long...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Sound His Praise From Pole to Pole By: Joseph Hart Tune: Take My Life and Let It Be - H.A.C. Malan 1. Jesus, once for sinners slain, From the dead was raised again; And in heav'n is now set down, With His Father on His throne, With...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
â€śBlessed is the man whom Thou choosest, And causest to approach unto Thee, that he may dwell in Thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of Thy house, even of Thy holy temple.â€ť Psalm 65:4 ***** Jesus, the Lord, Enthroned on High ...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The Refuge Words by: John Kent Tune to: How Firm A Foundation 1. A refuge for sinners the gospel makes known; 'Tis found in the merits of Jesus alone; The weary, the tempted, and burdened by sin, Were never exempted from entering...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
When Christ, the Mighty Maker, Died Author: Unknown - Tune: "Just As I Am" 1. His fingers formed the bough which grew The thorns that crowned His blood-stained head. The nails which pierced His hands were mined In secret places He...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A Man of Sorrows 1. The Lord of glory, moved by love, Descends, in mercy, from above; And He, before whom angels bow, Is found a man of grief below. 2. Such love is great, too great for thought, Its length and breadth in...[ abbreviated | read entire ]