October 1, 2023
2.2 billion people in this world identify themselves as “Christian”. When someone says to me, “I am a Christian”, I think to myself, I hope so, but I doubt it. Most people have no idea what Christian means. Of course, they would say that it means to be a follower of Christ. Sadly, most people think of “Christ” as nothing more than a surname for Jesus. If they truly believed that Jesus is the Christ, they would bow and rejoice in Him as the Sovereign, Omnipotent, Immutable, Anointed Messiah, and Successful Savior of His people. The One sent from heaven to accomplish the complete salvation of God's elect. The One who could not fail. What a great joy and comfort it is to have a Savior who is The Christ, the Son of the living God. ~GE
Finding The Right Christ
I know people who go from one church (so called) to another trying to find the right one or the one they can agree with the most. I told someone not long ago that he needed to quit trying to find the right church and find the right Christ and then and then only will he find the right church. ~John Chapman
We are not saved because we believe in total depravity; we are saved because Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. We are not saved because we believe in sovereign grace; we are saved because the sovereign God has been gracious to us. We are not saved because we believe in effective, limited atonement; we are saved because the Lord Jesus Christ did not fail in His work of redemption. We are not saved because we believe in irresistible grace; we are saved because God, the Holy Spirit, moved upon us with Divine, unstoppable power when He called us to Christ. We shall not be saved because we believe in the perseverance of the saints; we shall be saved because He who began His good work in us will perfect it until the Day of Christ! It’s all Him. ~Joe Terrell
Oct 4 Don Williams Oct 7 Robert Horton
“…every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.” Ps. 39:5b.
We ought to be cautious when speaking to one another that we do not exaggerate our accusation with words like, always and never. God never exaggerates. If He said, “every man”, then there are no exceptions. If He said, “altogether”, then it is everything about every man. Our very best efforts are vanity (empty) of any righteousness before God. They are infected with enough sin to send us to hell. We need a righteousness performed by the Perfect Man. The One who emptied Himself bearing all our sins in His body, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
“As sure as God puts His children in the furnace, He will be in the furnace with them.” ~C.H. Spurgeon
“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden
appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.” ~John Newton
Whatever we have of this world in our hands, our care must be to keep it out of our hearts, lest it come between us and Christ.” ~Matthew Henry
“We can give without loving, but we cannot love without giving”. ~Alexander Duff
“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Ps. 122:1.
Upcoming Bible Conferences
Oct 6-8 Grace Community Church, Rock Valley, Iowa
Oct 6-8 Sovereign Grace Church, Jackson, MO
Oct 20-22 Lincoln Wood Baptist, Houston, TX
Oct 27-29 College Grove Grace Church, College Grove, TN
Jan 12-14 Grace Gospel Church, Apopka, FL
CALL TO WORSHIP
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.
This Week 10:00 Jane 10:45 Christine
Next Week 10:00 Mary Wiginton 10:45 Lauren
Week of Oct 1st Ryan & Savannah
Seth & Kaylee
John & Jennifer
Week of Oct 8th Reynaldo & Laura
Hugo & Zobi