May 2, 2010

 

“God will not remember what we cannot forget.”

Pastor David Pledger

 

Daily Readings for the Week of April May 2-9

Sunday                1 Chronicles 3-5                              Thursday                   1 Chronicles 14-17

            Monday                     1 Chronicles 6-7                              Friday             1 Chronicles 18-21

            Tuesday                    1 Chronicles 8-10                            Saturday                    1 Chronicles 22-24

            Wednesday  1 Chronicles 11-13                         Sunday                      1 Chronicles 25-27

 

Š      We welcome Pastor Chris Cunningham to our pulpit today. Bro. Cunningham is pastor of College Grove Grace Church, College Grove, TN. I am preaching today for Mid-south Baptist Church, Cleveland, MS, where Bro. Bruce Gresham is pastor.

Š      Our Quarterly Fellowship Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 30th.

 

NURSERY DUTY THIS WEEK

Today: Pam Wood (AM) Emily Rice (PM) Tuesday: Jayalita McCormack

 

O Lord, Our Hearts EngageDon Fortner

(Tune: #33 — Stand Up, and Bless the Lord — SM)

 

1.    Behold Your people Lord,

Assembled, waiting here;

Sweet tokens of Your grace afford,

Your family to cheer.

 

2.    O Lord, our hearts engage,

A precious Christ reveal;

Increase our faith — our fears assuage,

And wounded spirits heal.

 

3.    Your hungry children feed;

Your wanderers restore;

Give grace to help in time of need,

From Your exhaustless store.

 

4.    Assist Your preacher, Lord,

Salvation to proclaim;

Some blessing to our souls afford,

And glorify Your name.

 

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Just Earthen Vessels

 

“We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”                              (2 Corinthians 4:7)

 

      We must face the fact that flesh is flesh. Though all who believe are saved by the grace of God, washed in the blood and clothed in the righteousness of Christ, so long as we are in this world, we are just “earthen vessels,” pots made of mud. When Paul talks about that salvation which brings into our hearts “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,” he reminds us that “we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

 

Secure in Christ

 

      The more we think of the utter weakness of our flesh, the more thankful we are that our security and preservation in Christ is not dependent upon our own weak nature, but upon God’s constant power and sustaining grace. We are so feeble that if the matter were left in our hands, we would all fall and perish very soon. Many cannot endure the teachings of Holy Scripture regarding this matter of our security and preservation in Christ, because it makes the whole of salvation a work of divine grace from beginning to end. It allows no room for human merit and works.

 

Sinful, Yet Preserved

 

      We do not pretend to live above sin. Sin is a sadly common fact of life. You never find one of those men who lived and walked with God in the Bible bragging about his righteousness or his perfection. In fact, they all struggled with sin in their flesh. All of God’s people are like Paul. We have two natures within us, two principles struggling for supremacy; the one is good, the other evil; the one is righteousness, the other sin; the one is spirit, the other flesh. If we could avoid it, we would never sin. We abhor our sin as something horribly evil! We long for the day when we shall be totally free from sin. But, for now, we have the treasure of God’s saving grace in these earthen vessels, so that the excellency, the greatness, the power and the glory of our salvation may be attributed to God and not to us.

 

Falling, but not Cast Off

 

      Does this mean that God’s people are no different from the unbelieving of this world? Certainly not! The believer is like a man climbing up a hill. Frequently, he slips down; but his face is always set toward the summit. The unregenerate man is always going down, because his face is set in that direction. The believer is like a man on a ship. He slips and falls many times on the deck, but he never jumps over board. Our judgment is often errant, like the bewitched Galatians (3:1). Our affections quickly cool, like the church at Ephesus (Revelation 2:4). Grace may at times seem to be lost to a child of God; but it never is really lost. The people of God, like the church in the Song of Solomon, may become slothful and negligent; but their hearts awake (5:2). The sun is

 

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sometimes eclipsed; but it regains its splendor. The trees lose all their fruit and leaves in the winter; but they have fresh buds in the spring. Israel may flee before her enemies at times; but she enters the land of promise triumphantly when her journey is over. So, too, the true believer falls many times; but the Lord raises him up; and he shall finally enter into heaven triumphantly through the blood, the righteousness and the grace of Christ. It is utterly unthinkable that one of God’s elect should fail to enter into eternal glory. Like Jonah, we do at times flee from the will of God; but grace pursues us, preserves us and causes our hearts to return to him who loved us and gave himself for us.

 

My Only Hope

 

            I am like you, a man struggling with sin. At times, my sinful thoughts and my sinful deeds almost cause me to despair. But I am reminded by the gospel and by the Spirit of God that his grace is sufficient, even for me. My salvation and my acceptance with God is not in myself, but in my Substitute. Like you, I am just an earthen vessel; but Christ is the Lord our Righteousness. He is all my Salvation, all my Desire, and all my Assurance. I hang all my hope upon him. Do you?

 

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name!”

 

 

In Famine

“In famine he shall redeem thee from death.” (Job 5:20)

      Famine here represents coming to nothing with regard to substance. God does not say that He will not send drought, but that when He does, He will redeem you in it. When others are starving and dying, the Lord will save thee. (Psalm 37:25). Of course, as in all scripture, the primary significance of this is spiritual. “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD” (Amos 8:11). Is this famine not upon us? While we sit here people are watching movies in churches and being entertained on their way to Hell. Somewhere someone is tearing a phone book in half for “jesus,” instead of opening the Bible and finding out what God says about how a sinner is saved. Children are enjoying puppet shows and “christian clowns” and men, women and children are starving, dying and going to Hell for lack of hearing the words of the Lord.

BUT, in famine he shall redeem thee from death. If you are his, even in this terrible drought of truth, the Gospel will come to you and you shall drink. In the scorching desert of this religious world, God will bring you where his Christ is preached, and you will see the “pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb (Revelation 22:1). While others are parched and perishing, Christ will become in you “a well of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4:14), and you shall never thirst again.

The question is, are you thirsty? If you are, then even “in famine, he shall redeem you from death.”                                                                   — Pastor Chris Cunningham

 

 

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Grace Bulletin

 

May 2, 2010

 

Grace Baptist Church of Danville

2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438

Telephone (859) 236-8235 - E-Mail don@donfortner.com

 

Donald S. Fortner, Pastor

 

Schedule of Regular Services

 

Sunday

10:00 A.M. Bible Classes

10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service

6:30 P.M. Evening Worship Service

 

Tuesday

7:30 P.M. Mid-Week Worship Service

 

 

Television Broadcasts in Danville

 

Channel 6 - Sunday Morning 8:00 A.M.

Channel 6 - Wednesday Evening 6:00 P.M.

Channel 6 - Friday Evening 7:00 P.M.

 

Web Pages

http://www.DonFortner.com

http://www.FreegraceRadio.com

http://www.Grace-eBooks.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Fortner

 

 

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