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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
December 31, 2017
Happy New Year! — May God be pleased in the days he has appointed us in the New Year, and beyond, grace to trust Christ. That will make our every year and every day happy and blessed indeed.
Daily Readings for the Week of December 31-January 7, 2018
Sunday Revelation 20-22 Thursday Genesis 12-16
Monday Genesis 1-3 Friday Genesis 17-19
Tuesday Genesis 4-8 Saturday Genesis 20-23
Wednesday Genesis 9-11 Sunday Genesis 24-25
<![if !supportLists]>Š <![endif]>I am scheduled to preach Tuesday through Thursday for The Wasilla Grace Fellowship in Wasilla, Alaska. Bro. Lindsay Campbell will bring the message Tuesday night.
<![if !supportLists]>Š <![endif]>We extend our deepest sympathy to Mark Medley in the death of his father this past Tuesday.
Happy Birthday! Sam Wall-1st Laura Peterson-4th Donna Daniel-5th
Church Cleaning in January: Jim & Susan Grant
Nursery Duty This Week: Nicole Abell (AM) Tuesday: Ruth Wall
Another Year is Gone — Don Fortner
(Tune: #290 — Be Still, My Soul — 10 10.10 10 10.10)
<![if !supportLists]>1. <![endif]>Another year of our brief lives is gone,
And countless are the wonders we have known;
How oft’ we’ve seen God’s blessings rich and rare,
Proceeding from our Father’s love and care!
Him we adore. — His goodness we confess,
His providence, all wise, now let us bless.
<![if !supportLists]>2. <![endif]>Our trials how oft we’ve viewed with fearful eyes,
While mercies great by us have been despised!
Ashamed we bow, and knock at Mercy’s door,
Confess our sin, and plead Your grace the more!
Father, Your grace, Your mercies rich and rare,
Should flood our souls and conquer every fear.
<![if !supportLists]>3. <![endif]>Oh, lift our hearts to Christ exalted high;
As the new year begins, Savior, supply
Our souls with grace, each day by faith to see,
Your mercies new, Your love and grace so free!
Oh, give us grace, each day by faith to see,
Your mercies new, Your love and grace so free!
An old preacher addressed a few believers who had confessed the Lord in baptism and said to them, “My dear brethren, you have today professedly put on the Lord Jesus Christ. God help you to be circumspect in your walk and conversation. The church will watch you, the world will watch you, your doubting friends will watch you, and enemies of the truth will watch you. God help you to watch yourselves, to look to him to keep you, to support you, and to succor you.” — Pastor Henry Mahan
Pastor Henry Mahan
“Go home to thy friends and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee” (Mark 5:19). The Lord had shown great mercy to this poor sinner, setting him free from demons and from sin. Now He tells him to go home to his family and friends and be the Lord’s witness. Do not go home and begin to preach. Do not go home and take up the great doctrines of grace and expound them. Do not go home and strive to bring everyone to your views and beliefs. Do not go home and condemn all who do not see what you see. Go home and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you! Not what great things you have read or heard, but what great things you have experienced!
This is the way to begin our witnessing. There never is a more interesting story than the story a person has experienced, lived, and felt. If you would really interest others and get their attention, tell them what great things the Lord has done in you and for you! Notice, the Lord said, “Tell them what great things the Lord hath done.” It is a story of free grace. Not what we did, willed, or gave, but what He did for us by his own free, sovereign, and undeserved love. We will not convince them nor change them any more than another man could convert us. But the Lord, who did great things for us, can do great things for them if He is so pleased. And He is pleased to use the faithful witness of those who go and tell “how great things the Lord hath done for thee.”
Thou Hast dealt well with Thy Servant, O Lord”
Let every redeemed sinner serving God with a willing heart acknowledge the Lord’s unfailing goodness to him. Truly, he has dealt well with all his servants, according to his Word. In addition to the immeasurable riches of his grace to us in Christ, our great God has constantly loaded our days with goodness in providence! He promised, “There shall no evil happen to the just.” And no evil has ever befallen one of God’s elect. Much that we experience appears to be evil at the time. We may, in our unbelief, even look upon it as evil. But God has proved himself faithful. Looking back upon the things we thought were most evil at the time we experienced them, we now can say, “I thank God that happened. I praise him for that experience. By that which I thought was evil, good has come to me; and good has come to a brother here and a sister there.”
It is good to acknowledge the goodness of our God when we see it; but it is far better and far more honoring to him to acknowledge the goodness of his providence when nothing good can be seen, except by the eye of faith. When I can look up to my Father with tears burning my cheeks and sorrow crushing my heart and say with confident faith, “Thou hast dealt well with thy servant,” then I will have proved the reality of my faith. Whatever my God has done or allowed to be done for me, with me, or to me, he has done me good. The same is true of you. So let us, with glad hearts, acknowledge now what we will acknowledge when all things are set in their true light — “Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy Word.”
“Teach us to Number Our Days”
How quickly the time passes! How rapidly things in this world change! Here is a prayer I find in my heart almost unceasingly. It is a prayer that weighs more heavily upon my soul with every passing year. — “So teach me to number my days, that I may apply my heart unto wisdom.” Of all mathematical problems, this is the most difficult. Men can number their herds and their flocks. They can estimate the revenues of their farms and businesses with relative ease. We can count our cash, balance our checkbooks, and calculate what our retirement income should be.
Yet, mortal man foolishly imagines that he is immortal. Most are persuaded that their days are innumerable. Therefore, they do not number them. We look at a strong young man, one who watches his diet, exercises regularly, and seems to sparkle with life, and say, “He has a long life ahead of him.” And we look at an old woman, weak, worn, wrinkled, and ever weary, and say, “She will not be with us very long. Her days are few.” Thus, we imagine that we can number the days of others; but few will number his own days. What folly! It is evident that the great thing needed to persuade us to prepare for eternity is the persuasion of our own mortality and the brevity of our lives in this world. We will not apply our hearts unto wisdom until we are brought to the numbering of our days. Yet, none will number his days and apply his heart unto wisdom until he is taught of God to do so. Thus, Moses prayed, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
As we reflect upon the brevity of time, we ought to be persuaded to set our thoughts upon things that are eternal. As we look into the grave, which must soon be our bed, we ought to be humbled and made to know how frail we are. But we are not wise. Only the grace of God will cause a mortal man to number his days and apply his heart unto wisdom. Let this, then, be your prayer and mine, as we stand here, at the close of the year and look forward toward the dawn of the new year tomorrow. — “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” A sense of mortality ought to make us wise and cause us to apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Christ is the Wisdom to which we must apply our hearts. He is that Wisdom that is “better than rubies,” to which nothing that can be desired may be compared (Proverbs 8:11). He was made of God unto us Wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30) and stood as our Wisdom “from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was” (Proverbs 8:23-24). From old eternity his delights were with us, and are with us still (Proverbs 8:30-31; Hebrews 13:8).
O my heart, make Christ your delight! Blessed Holy Spirit, graciously, effectually, and constantly set my heart upon my Savior! Ever cause me to apply my heart to Christ, setting my affection upon him who loved me and gave himself for me! Set my heart upon his blood and righteousness, his love and mercy, his goodness and grace. Set my heart upon his fullness and his forgiveness, upon his will and his glory. Oh, set my heart upon Christ, upon heaven, upon eternity, that I might live only unto him all the days of my life!
Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 576-3400 — Email Don@DonFortner.com
Schedule of Regular Services
Sunday 10:00 A.M. Bible Classes
10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Services
6:30 P.M. Evening Worship Service
Tuesday 7:30 P.M. Mid-Week Worship Service