"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) *****
PRAISE THE CHRIST OF THE CROSS Tune to "NEAR THE CROSS" 188.8.131.52. WITH REFRAIN Words by JIM BYRD
1. I was hopeless, dead in sin, Fallen from Godâs favor; With no righteousness to claim, Lost without a Savior.
REFRAIN: Praise the Christ of the cross, I am His forever; He has saved me by His grace, From Him none can sever.
2. When He hung upon the cross, Hear the Savior crying; "It is finished," precious words, For His people dying. REFRAIN
3. When the time of love arrived, God sent forth His power; Now I rest in Christ alone, Since that quickâning hour. REFRAIN
4. What a Savior is the Lord, All on Him relying; Jesus is my all in all, Every need supplying. REFRAIN
5. Praise the Lord our Righteousness, Jesus what a Savior; He has saved me from my sin, Brought me to Godâs favor. REFRAIN *****
WHAT KIND OF AN EXAMPLE? "Ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia" (1 Thessalonians 1:7). We are all examples to those around us. We may be good or bad examples, but rest assured, we are examples to our family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers, other saints and even to some people we do not even know. The old adage is still true, "no man is an island." I doubt any of us realize how closely we are observed by some with whom we come into contact. May the Lord enable us to conduct ourselves in such a way as to "adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things" (Titus 2:10). May we manifest to others how vital the gospel of grace and the things of Christ are to us. Let us demonstrate patience in suffering, contentment when tried, meekness when successful, forgiveness when wronged, boldness when the gospel is opposed, kindness when mistreated and faithfulness to the cause of God continually.
I set before you the only truly faithful Man, our dear Savior, the perfect Example: follow Him. "Christ also hath suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth: Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously" (1 Peter 2:21-23). âPastor Jim Byrd *****
ACCESS TO GOD The only way of access to God is through the risen Christ and based on the merits of His obedience unto death as Substitute and Surety of His people. The only way of access to Christ is by the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit to reveal Him in His glorious Person and finished work of redemption to make reconciliation for the sins of His people and to establish a righteousness that enables God to be just and Justifier of the ungodly. It is required of men to believe the Gospel, not as a condition they must meet to attain or maintain salvation, but as the God-ordained means to lay hold of Christ, Who by Himself has met all conditions for salvation by His substitutionary obedience unto death. God the Holy Spirit is the sovereign Agent in the new birth; the Gospel is the God-ordained instrument; and faith is the God-appointed and God-given means. Faith is the link to connect the soul to Christ in order that believing sinners might come to Him Who justifies the ungodly based on the blood and imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. The Gospel reveals a complete satisfaction to both Godâs law and justice by Christ, the only Substitute, Representative, and Surety. It is upon this ground that God justifies, receives, and accepts sinners. It is through the blood of Jesus Christ that we have free and unhindered access to God (Hebrews 10:19-22). âPastor Bill Parker *****
HEAVEN AND HELL What is heaven? It is a never-ending day without a night for "the Lamb is the light thereof...there shall be no night there" (Revelation 21:23, 25). What is hell? It is a never-ending night without a day; all who die without Christ will be "cast into outer darkness" (Matthew 22:13). They will be cut off "from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power" (2 Thessalonians 1:9). Heaven, then, is to be present with Christ forever and hell is to be without His presence forever. âPastor Jim Byrd
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" 184.108.40.206. 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 ]
THE FELLOW OF THE LORD TUNE TO "AM I A SOLDIER OF THE CROSS?" CM WORDS BY JIM BYRD 1. Behold the Fellow of the Lord, One of the Godhead three; Once dwelt among the sons of men, The Man of Galilee. 2. According to the covenant, Ordained eâer...[ abbreviated | read entire ]