As sinners saved totally and completely by the free, sovereign grace of Almighty God, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, as people who are blessed with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, we most certainly owe God everything and more. We are debtors, but, praise God, NOT to the law. Jesus Christ has already paid our sin-debt in full when He obeyed unto death, even the death of the cross as our Substitute and Surety. He literally gave us His all, and He literally gives us all the blessings and benefits of eternal salvation, righteousness, life, and glory, NOT because we earned or deserve any of these glorious gifts, but because it seemed good in His sight. All these gifts and blessings flow to us from and out of the Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Lord our Righteousness. Yes, my brother and sister in Christ, we owe Him everything, but we do not owe anything to the law and justice of God for our sins. Our heavenly Father will not and cannot charge us with our sins, because He charged to our dear Savior Who died in our place. We have perfect righteousness IN HIM, and we owe Him a debt of love and gratitude that we will never pay in full from here into eternity.
– Pastor Bill Parker
When this passing world is done, When has sunk yon glaring sun, When we stand with Christ in glory, Looking o’er life’s finished story, Then, Lord, shall I fully know— Not till then—how much I owe.
When I stand before the throne, Dressed in beauty not my own, When I see Thee as Thou art, Love Thee with unsinning heart, Then Lord, shall I fully know— Not till then—how much I owe.
-- Robert Murray M’Cheyne
TRUTH FOR THE TIMES AT HAND
"The man or woman who is not content to be saved and go to glory solely upon the basis of the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ gives full evidence of their utter depravity. This is the only way of salvation and is thoroughly God-honoring and Christ-glorifying. Surely he is the vilest of the vile who would dare to set forth and trust any other means of acceptance with God than this, Jesus Christ and Him crucified." – copied
THE SINLESS SAVIOR
“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:22). Here is a glorious Personage set before us as sinless – a sinless Savior, “In whose mouth there was no guile.” How can we sufficiently admire such a character – God and Man, one precious Christ, the Savior of sinners, and His humanity as perfect as His Godhead? I cannot use language too strong here, because, if we were to admit for one moment the possibility of so much as an impure thought, an impure motive, an impure design, or an impure desire in the heart of Christ’s humanity, it would neutralize and destroy the whole of His work, and tarnish the entire glory of His Person. But our souls rejoice in the fact, that, being of superhuman conception and birth – “that holy thing,” (Luke 1:35) – the body that God the Father had prepared for Him, being of the Holy Ghost – there was no sin in Him, and no propensity to sin, and no possibility of a propensity to sin. His humanity is as perfect, as sinless, as incapable of pollution, as His Godhead. And this is of vast importance in our understanding of the glorious Person of Christ. It is indeed true that His Person was concealed, and, for the more part, hidden away amongst the rubbish of the fall, until He was thirty years of age, when He entered upon His public ministry, save and except His appearance in the temple, just to manifest His glory, when He was twelve years old, after which he went to Nazareth, and was subject unto His parents. But can you for a moment suppose there was anything in that thirty years of His life which was contrary to the last
three years? Verily not! Because, though employed in a secular employment,
and subject to His parents all these years, His sinless, holy, impeccable humanity, could obey the law to the fullest extent, could endure all that was pronounced in the curse of the law against sinners without deserving it, as a Surety and a Substitute on behalf of His church. – Joseph Irons (1849)
JANUARY 25, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” – p. 374) Precious Saviour, friend of sinnersWe, as such, to Thee draw nearLet Thy Spirit dwell within usWith that love that casts out fear. Matchless Saviour, let us know...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
JANUARY 18, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “O Worship the King” – p. 1) Oh what shall we do our Saviour to praiseSo faithful and true, abounding in graceSo strong to deliver, so good to redeemThe weakest believers who rest upon...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
JANUARY 11, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: Doxology)(Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) Adore the God of endless days,Lift up your heart to Him in praise;O magnify His sovereign grace,And to the Lord salvation trace. The Father long ago decreed,Salvation...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
JANUARY 4, 2015CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “How Firm a Foundation” – p. 268) Thy mercy, My God, is the theme of my songThe joy of my heart, the boast of my tongueThy free grace alone, from the first to the lastHath won my affection and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
DECEMBER 28, 2014 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship”) For Thy mercy and Thy grace, faithful through another year;Hear our song of grateful praise; Father, and Redeemer, hear.Lo, our sins on Thee we cast, Thee,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
DECEMBER 21, 2014 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune: “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” – p. 92)(Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) Sing praises to the Son of God, Who down from heaven came;To save His people from their guilt, From misery and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
DECEMBER 14, 2014 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – “Take My Life” – 393)(Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) To the Savior, reigning King,Honors to His Name we bring;What a kind and gracious Friend,May His praises never end. (R) Not to us,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
DECEMBER 7, 2014 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”)(Words written by Pastor Jim Byrd) God in wisdom chose to save us,Praise Him for His sovereign grace;Gave us to the blessed Savior,Son of God, our...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
NOVEMBER 30, 2014 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune: How Firm a Foundation) Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,It is joy to my heart and the boast of my tongue;Thy grace, oh so free, from the first to the last,That has won my affections and bound...[ abbreviated | read entire ]