December 15, 2019
Things that Promote Peace
Let us therefore follow after the things which promote peace, and things wherewith one may edify another” (Romans 14:19).
1.) Be careful to LOVE one another with a true heart. “Love covers a multitude of failures.”
2.) Avoid a spirit of ARGUMENT AND DEBATE. One may win an argument and lose a friend.
3.) Beware of JEALOUSY. Jealousy destroys happiness and builds suspicion.
4.) Beware of ENVY. Let us learn to rejoice in another’s gifts, blessings, and happiness. God gives as HE will!
5.) Do not MEDDLE in the private lives and domestic affairs of others.
6.) Guard against a TOUCHY TEMPER: “For every trifling thing to take offense shows either great pride or little sense.”
7.) Learn to KEEP A CONFIDENCE. “He that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.”
8.) Strive to HEAL DIFFERENCES. “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
9.) Be always ready to FORGIVE ANYTHING. “Forgive us our sins AS we forgive those who sin against us.”
Grace Gospel Church Bible Conference Dates:
January 17, 18 and 19, 2020.
Donnie Bell, Chris Cunningham and Todd Nibert
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” Psalm 43:5
Wretches and Worms
Several years ago, I picked up a modern-day, newly published hymn book and found John Newton’s great old hymn, “Amazing Grace” in it. Immediately, I noticed that the phrase, “God saved a wretch like me,” had been changed to, “God saved and set me free.” Not long ago, I found the same thing in another similar type hymn book. Isaac Watt’s beautiful words had been changed also. The original words read, “Would He (Christ) devote His sacred head, for such a worm as I,” had been changed to “For such a one as I.”
It seems to me that this world’s religion is trying to remove all the “wretches and the worms” out of their doctrine and out of their hymn books. What a sign of the times. The time has come where men and women will not endure sound doctrine. (2 Timothy 4:3) They have done their best to remove the offense of the cross. They are removing all the wretches and the worms, so that the gospel is more appetizing and appealing to everyone in the world. But there is nothing more appetizing and appealing to a true child of God than the blessed truth that declares that Christ Jesus came into the world to save wretches and worms. ~David Eddmenson
The distressing, deep-seated evil of the old man in us and the relentless warring of the flesh against the spirit are instruments by which God the Holy Ghost graciously weans us from trusting in ourselves, makes Christ more precious, and causes us to look away from self to Christ alone as all our Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, and Redemption. ~Don Fortner
God does not say, “When I see your faith,” or “When I see your believing,” or “When I see your experience,” or “When I see your baptism,” or “When I see your graces,” but “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” ~Milton Howard
CALL TO WORSHIP
BEHOLD THE VIRGIN'S INFANT CHILD
Let ev'ry ransomed sinner sing and praise the triune God.
With grateful hearts, your honors bring. Let us extol our God!
The Father gave His darling Son to ransom His elect.
The Lamb was slain ere time begun or we incurred our debt.
In the fulness of time, Christ came, (God's Son in human flesh!)
That He might put away our sin and bring in righteousness.
Praise God the Holy Spirit, too, for His almighty grace,
Who sprinkles Jesus' blood on you and gives your conscience peace.
Behold the virgin's infant child was Jesus come to save!
He was, and ever will abide, the God-man who can save!
Immanuel, the God-man died and rose again for us,
With His own blood appears on high and claims heaven for us!
(Tune: “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” p. 90)
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