Grace Baptist Church of Danville

July 5, 2009

 

Danville Conference — September 4-6, 2009

 

Daily Readings for the Week of July 5-12

          Sunday                      Proverbs 12-15                    Thursday                   Proverbs 27-31

          Monday                     Proverbs 16-19                    Friday             Ecclesiastes 1-4

            Tuesday                    Proverbs 20-22                    Saturday                    Ecclesiastes 5-9

          Wednesday  Proverbs 23-26                    Sunday                      Eccles. 10-Song of Sol. 4

 

Š      Sovereign Grace Church in Princeton, NJ will host a Bible conference Friday – Sunday (July 24-26, 2009). Speakers are: Marvin Stalnaker, Don Fortner and the host pastor. Bro. Clay Curtis. Email: clay@sovereign-grace.us — Telephone: 609-818-1887

Š      I am preaching today for Rescue Baptist Church in Rescue, CA, where Bro. Gene Harman is pastor. Bro. Ron Wood will bring both messages here today. Bro. Lindsay Campbell will bring the message Tuesday night.

Š      Bro. Larry Criss is preaching today for Sovereign Grace Church in New Castle, IN, where Bro. Bruce Crabtree is pastor.

 

Anniversaries in July

bob & Sally Poncer-2nd Jim & Susan Grant-4th Doug & Faith Hacker-15th

David & Teresa Coleman-19th Frank & Stacey Hall-21st Larry & Carol Brown-31st

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Rex Bartley-9th

 

NURSERY DUTY THIS WEEK

Today: Pam Wood (AM) Celeste Peterson (PM) Tuesday: Jayalita McCormack

 

Our God, How Faithful — Don Fortner

(Tune: #267 — All Things Work out for Good — CM)

 

1.    Our God, how faithful are Your ways

To all Your chosen race!

Oh, teach us to show forth Your praise,

And triumph in Your grace!

 

2.    Faithful to Your decrees of love,

Your cov’nant and Your Son

Faithful to finish that above,

Which grace has here begun!

 

3.    Faithful to ev’ry promise giv’n,

Though we unfaithful prove:

In Christ they’re all “Yea and Amen,” —

Abounding grace and love!

 

4.    Faithful amidst ten thousand woes,

To comfort and defend;

Faithful to vanquish all our foes,

And faithful to the end!

 

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Realities that Must be Faced

 

“When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.” (Job 16:22)

 

            At most, it will be but a few more years. It may be but a few more days, or hours, or minutes. At God’s appointed time you and I must cease to exist in this world. These bodies must soon go to the grave. But that will not be the end of our existence. Knowing that we must soon die, I urge you to soberly and honestly face some realities, things about which you are aware, but may wish to ignore.

 

Guilt and Sin

 

You and I are sinners. We were born sinners. We live as sinners. Everything we are and everything we do is marred by sin. We are corrupt at heart, vile in thought, loathsome in act and altogether evil. So vile, so base, so sinful we are that there is never a moment when we are not perverse. Because we are sinners, we are condemned. The wrath of God is upon us (Romans 5:12; John 3:36). Not only does the Word of God declare us guilty, our consciences (unless purged from guilt by the blood of Christ) fully agree with the law, screaming, “Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!” every time we dare think about meeting God.

 

Death and Judgment

 

Though these bodies, like the bodies of all animals must die and rot in the earth, we will not die like animals. When the animal dies, it forever ceases to exist. When we die, we will exist forever. We will meet God in judgment. Again, though the Scriptures assert this repeatedly (2 Corinthians 5:10-11; Revelation 20:11-15), it does not need to be proved to anyone. This, too, is inscribed upon the hearts of all by our Creator (Romans 1:18).

 

            Man tries his best to suppress, to hold down in unrighteousness, that which God has written upon his heart; but that which God has written upon the heart cannot be suppressed. — “I am a dying sinful man, who must soon meet the holy Lord God in judgment!” — “God demands that I be as He is, righteous, sinless, holy, perfect!” — “Sin must be punished. Justice must be satisfied!”

 

Heaven and Hell

 

As the Lord God has stamped upon the heart of man a God consciousness, from which none can escape, so, too, he has stamped upon us all an awareness of eternity, a consciousness that we will exist forever, either in the bliss of heavenly glory, or in the torments of everlasting hell, either in the City of God, the New Jerusalem, or in a place called “hell,” “the place of torment” and “the lake of fire.” Heaven is that place of immortality and life where God’s elect shall forever dwell in life, righteousness and peace. Read about it in Revelation 21 and 22. Hell is the place of the damned where rebel sinners exist in a state of endless dying called “the second death,” a place of indescribable darkness, isolation and torment. In hell the worm of a gnawing conscience never dies and the fires of guilt are never quenched.

 

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            I have no idea what hell is, or where hell is. All I do know is that hell is! And that you know as well. What the fires of hell are, I cannot tell. How a body can burn forever, I do not know. But I have no doubt whatever that our God, in His holy, unbending justice, will forever damn the wicked to be banished from Him, His holy angels and His holy people into a place of “everlasting fire!

 

Justice and Mercy

 

Though we pray for mercy and desire mercy, though we may beg for mercy, we know that the holy Lord God cannot and will not be merciful at the expense of His justice. The only way the holy God can be merciful to sinners is if He finds a way for justice and mercy to meet, some ground upon which righteousness and peace may kiss each other. Justice can be satisfied only when every demand of God’s law and character are fully met and guilt is taken away. Righteousness must be brought in and sin must be punished, so thoroughly punished that God Himself says, “Enough!

 

            Blessed be His name, Christ is that Way! The Lord God, looking on His darling Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is completely satisfied with His obedience unto death as the sinner’s Substitute. The crucified God-man, the Mediator between God and men, is set forth by the Triune God in the Gospel “to declare God’s righteousness for the remission of sins…that He might be just and the Justifier” of all who trust His Son (Romans 3:24-26).

 

            What does all of this mean? It means that if you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, God has been gracious to you. It means that the justice of God and the mercy of God, the truth of God and the grace of God have declared with regard to you — “Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom” (Job 33:24). O may God grant you grace to trust His Son!

 

So Walk Ye in Him — Pastor Darvin Pruitt

      How often I hear the foolish criticisms of men talking about the old hypocrites down at the church. They won’t join in our rallies, participate in our demonstrations, or join in our protests. We are actively engaged to reform our society and yet they stand idle with no concern. We post the Ten Commandments on a sign in our parking lot but we never hear the old hypocrite mention them. I suppose to natural eyes we do seem a paradox and perhaps even a bit hypocritical. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:14)”

      Believers do not walk as other men walk; they walk by faith. Faith is a spiritual gift and sees what natural eyes cannot perceive. Faith sees that in this flesh dwelleth no good thing. Faith sees the obedience of Christ as the end of the law for righteousness. Faith sees the sufferings and death of Christ sufficient to atone. Faith sees the glorious name of God propitiated in the person and work of Christ: How God can be just and justify all that believe on Christ. Faith receives from Christ an understanding of grace, mercy, kindness, love, and desires those qualities to be their own. Faith sees in Christ all it needs, all it desires, and all that God requires.

      This is the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost, Paul speaks of in Titus 3. It is my one desire as your pastor to communicate to you this one thing. “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him.” (Col. 2:6)

 

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Grace Bulletin

 

July 5, 2009

 

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.sovereign-grace.com/gracechurch.htm

 

 

 

 

Don Fortner

 

 

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