December 4, 2022
“Christ Jesus, came into the world, to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” I Tim. 1:15b.
If ignorance was our problem, a good teacher could help us. If worldliness and moral transgression was our problem, a good dose of religion could change that. If anxiety was our problem, the council of a therapist or the help of a drug might do the job. No, our problem is sin. It has infected every part of our being. Nothing but a Sovereign, Successful Savior will do. Give me Christ or I die. ~GE
Jesus Christ And Him Crucified
To Him I look. In Him I trust. All my expectation is in Him. His glory set forth, His name exalted in my salvation, His place on heaven’s throne for His people is all I plead for all of my salvation. I need nothing else; I want nothing more, I trust nothing less than Jesus Christ and Him crucified. ~Rick Warta
Oh, The Wonder of It!
“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” (Ephesians 1: 6-7) When I think of the wonder, majesty, and glory of God, I can hardly believe that such a worm as I am should be called to be an heir of His grace. Yet, it is just this vast difference that manifests the glory of His grace. He, who is the highest, the holiest, and the greatest, has set His affection on the lowest, the most sinful, and weakest. It is "to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved, in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace." ~Darvin Pruitt
“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Ps. 122:1.
UPCOMING BIBLE CONFERENCE:
Grace Gospel Church – Apopka, FL, Jan 13 – 15, 2023.
First Priority Is Not Enough
I have observed many who professed to know Christ and believe the Gospel of His grace, and yet they are unhappy and generally speaking miserable people. How can that be? I believe I know why. These people walk around with a dark cloud over their head because they are so taken up with the things of this world. They are always in a strait between Christ and the world, and feel bad because they fear they are not giving Christ their first priority. That is the problem. If Christ is merely your first priority, you have missed Him altogether. He is All to those who know Him, not merely their first priority. I once heard someone say, “Most men have just enough religion to make them miserable.” That is the problem. Most people have religion, but they do not have Christ. ~Todd Nibert
“Call His Name Jesus”
The angel of the Lord told Joseph to call the incarnate God by the name Jesus, which means “Savior”; and the reason for calling him by this name was also given, “For he shall save his people from their sins.” He who is the Savior shall save. He does not try to save, offer salvation, or make salvation possible. “He shall save.” And he shall save “his people,” God’s elect, those who were given to him in the covenant of grace by his Father’s decree. Not one of his people shall be lost at last. He shall save all of his people, by his blood and by his grace, “from their sins.” ~Don Fortner
In respect to God, the death of Christ was justice and mercy. In respect to this world, the death of Christ was murder and cruelty. In respect to Himself, the death of Christ was obedience and humility. In respect to His elect, the death of Christ was wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. ~John Flavel
Christmas and New Year’s fall on Sunday this year.
We will plan to have only one service at 11:00 AM both December 25th and January 1st.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Our sov’reign God maintains His universal throne;
In heav’n, and earth, and hell He reigns, and makes His wonders known!
His counsels and decrees, firmer than mountains stand;
He will perform whate’er He please; and none can stay His hand!
All things His will controls; and His all-wise decree
Has fixed the destinies of all in matchless sov’reignty. —
Jacob by grace He saved, and gives no reason why;
But Esau’s heart He left depraved. — And who shall dare reply?
What if the Potter takes part of a lump of clay
And for Himself a vessel makes and casts the rest away?
Who shall resist His will, or say, “What doest Thou?”
Jehovah is the Sov’reign still; and all to Him must bow!
My soul, bow and adore the Lord in all His ways;
His sov’reignty none can explore; but I will trust His grace!
“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things:
To Whom be glory evermore! Amen! Amen! Amen!”
(Tune: “This is My Father’s World” p. 39)
This Week 10:00 Jane 10:45 Ruth & Grace
Next Week 10:00 Diane 10:45 Megan & LG
Week of Dec 4th Jorge & Janelle
Dean & Star
Ed & Susan
Week of Dec 11th Tom & Cindy
Don & Mary Williams
Dec 4 Akemi Garcia Dec 6 Mark Tilko
Dec 6 Seth Hardman Dec 6 Mary Wiginton
Dec 9 Mery Hernandez