9:30 am -------------------------------------Lawful, Loving Christians – Romans 13:7-14
10:00 am -----------------Children of Light Looking For The Lord – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Wednesday: 7:00 pm ---------------------------------How Long O Lord, How Long? – Psalm 13
Birthdays: October: 24th – Rebecca Kess, 28th – Karen Anderson, November: 8th – Dan Ogle & Kevin Berry
Cleaning: This Week: Torrences, Next Week: Mahans, Week of Nov.3rd – Fall Cleaning / / / Nursery: Jill/Hope
Remember . . . Our meeting with brother David Eddmenson November 9th thru 11th. If anyone would like to open their home to keeping a guest or two please let me know.
Next Sunday . . . Lord willing, I will be preaching Friday thru Sunday for Bethel Baptist Church, John Chapman, pastor.In my absence next Sunday, brother Roland Browning, Dingess, WV, will be preaching to you.
Look At The Promises – By Richard Sibbes, 1577-1635
A Christian complains he cannot pray. ‘Oh, I am troubled with so many distracting thoughts, and never more than now!’ But has He put into your heart a desire to pray? Then He will hear the desires of His own Spirit in you. ‘We know not what we should pray for as we ought’ (nor how to do anything else as we ought), but the Spirit helps our infirmities with ‘groanings which cannot be uttered’ (Rom. 8:26), which are not hid from God. ‘My groaning is not hid from thee’ (Psa. 38:9).
God can pick sense out of a confused prayer. These desires cry louder in His ears than your sins. Sometimes a Christian has such confused thoughts that he can say nothing but, as a child, cries ‘O Father,’ not able to express what he needs, like Moses at the Red Sea. These stirrings of spirit touch the heart of God and melt Him into compassion towards us, when they come from the Spirit of adoption, and from a striving to be better. ‘Oh, but is it possible,’ thinks the misgiving heart, ‘that so holy a God should accept such a prayer?’ Yes, He will accept that which is His own, and pardon that which is ours. Jonah prayed in the fish’s belly (Jon. 2:1), being burdened with the guilt of sin, yet God heard him. Let not, therefore infirmities discourage us. James takes away this objection (James 5:17). Some might object, ‘If I were as holy as Elijah, then my prayers might be regarded.’ ‘But,’ says he, ‘Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are.’ He had his passions as well as we, or do we think that God heard him because he was without fault? Surely not. But look at the promises: ‘Call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee’ (Psa. 50:15). ‘Ask, and it shall be given you’ (Matt. 7:7) and other like these.
God accepts our prayers, though weak, because we are His own children, and they come from His own Spirit, because they are according to His own will, and because they are offered in Christ’s mediation, and He takes them, and mingles them with His own incense (Rev. 8:3). There is never a holy sigh, never a tear we shed, which is lost. And as every grace increases by exercise of itself, so does the grace of prayer. By prayer we learn to pray. So, likewise, we should take heed of a spirit of discouragement in all other holy duties, since we have so gracious a Saviour.
Pray as we are able, hear as we are able, strive as we are able, do as we are able, according to the measure of grace received. God in Christ will cast a gracious eye upon that which is His own.
It is more profitable and enjoyable to love than to hate, to forgive than to hold a grudge, to smile than to quarrel, to behave kindly than to act ugly. The way of the transgressor is hard, not the way of the believer. -- Henry Mahan
As Becometh The Saints
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not once be named among you, as becometh saints.” Eph.5:3
Sin is so unbecoming, unseemly in a saint of God. Sin is the reason Christ died! Sin is the reason there is a hell! No sin is acceptable in the life of the believer! And it is even uglier to excuse sin or fail to take responsibility for it. It is equally true we must say with David, “My sin is ever before me” (Psalm 51:3). There is never a time when that is not the cry of our heart! How thankful we are for the prayer the Lord taught us to pray. “Forgive us our sins; for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:4).
All of these words have to do with sin! -- Todd Nibert
“. . . Make no provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts thereof” —Romans 13:14
We pray, 'lead us not into temptation'. Do we then lead ourselves into temptation? -- Thomas Watson, 1620-1686
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
Central Grace Church 3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151 Fall Meeting - November 9th , 10th & 11th Speaker: David Eddmenson, pastor of Bible Baptist Church, Madisonville, Kentucky. Services: Friday:...[ abbreviated | read entire ]