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Grace Baptist Church of Danville

December 7, 2013


“One may guess how people stand affected to God by observing how they stand affected to his people and ministers.”        — Matthew Henry


Daily Readings for the Week of December 7-14, 2014

Sunday                Ephesians 6-Phil. 2            Thursday       2 Thess. 1-1 Timothy 1

            Monday                      Phil. 3-Colossians 1            Friday             1 Timothy 2-6

            Tuesday                    Colossians 2-4                    Saturday                    2 Timothy 1-4

            Wednesday  1 Thessalonians 1-5            Sunday                      Titus 1-Philemon


·      I will leave immediately after our worship service tis morning to visit our missionaries in Merida, Mexico, Bros. Walter and Cody Groover, their families, and the preachers and churches in the Yucatan.

·      Bro. Frank Hall will preach here tonight and Pastor Todd Nibert Tuesday night,

·      Shelby and I would like for you to join us for our annual Open House at the Parsonage next Sunday, following the morning worship service.


Happy Birthday!  Jesse Rice-9th    Alexis Mason-10th    David Coleman-13th


Nursery Duty this Week

Today: Shante’ Birchum (AM) — Celeste Peterson (PM)

Tuesday: Shelby Fortner


Tell Me I am Born of God Don Fortner

(Tune: #15 — Brethren, We have Met to Worship  — 87.87D)


1.    Jesus, Advocate for sinners,

All my hope is in Your blood;

Speak the word of full forgiveness,

Tell me I am born of God.


Refrain:    Tell me, “There’s no condemnation!”

                                    Tell me by Your Holy Word.

                                    Tell me, let me hear it often,

                                    Tell me I am born of God.


2.    Send Your Spirit, blessed Jesus,

To apply Your precious blood;

Ease me of the guilt of conscience,

Tell me I am born of God.


3.    Prince of Peace, give me assurance

Of my interest in Your blood;

Drive away my fear and doubting,

Tell me I am born of God.



God’s Word to His Son and to His People

Robert Hawker


“Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.” (Isaiah 44:21-22)


Reader! methinks I can never say enough in calling up your attention, with my own, to observe in what endearing terms the Lord is pleased to recommend his grace, and love, and mercy to his Israel! And do not forget that what is here said, is said, to the person of our Lord: first to him, and then, in him, to all his people. And be not hurt that the promise is, of blotting out as a thick cloud his transgressions; for when Jesus stood as Israel, and, as such, the Surety and Representative of Israel, his Church; he stood as defiled with the filthy garments of our poor fallen polluted nature. He saith himself, by the Spirit of prophecy, that his iniquities were gone over his head, as a heavy burden too heavy for him (Psalm 38:4). And is it not the express doctrine of the Bible that Jehovah laid on him the iniquity of all his people? Indeed, had this not been the case, how would our sins have been taken away? See, I pray you, those Scriptures in confirmation, and may the Holy Ghost give both you and me a right understanding in them (Isaiah 53:4-6; Galatians 3:13). And hear the holy Jesus, in his cries under the weight and burden of our sins (Psalm 69:1-4). When you have duly pondered this solemn, but most blessed of all subjects, then look well for your own interest in these promises of Jehovah, from your oneness and union with Christ, and see that you have redemption in his blood, the forgiveness of all your sins, according to the riches of God's grace (Ephesians 1:6-7).




“The Manifold Wisdom of God”

The Crucifixion of Our Lord Jesus Christ — (Acts 2:23)


It was the purpose of God from eternity that the Lord Jesus Christ must be lifted up upon the cursed tree and crucified as a cursed man as our Substitute. There was no way possible for God to be both just and the Justifier of chosen sinners except by his own dear Son dying in our room and stead as our Substitute. His justice must be satisfied. Else, he could not forgive sin. Christ alone, the God-man Mediator, could satisfy the justice of God for us.


Scriptures Fulfilled

Yet, in order to fulfil the Scriptures, our Savior must die “according to the Scriptures.” You will recall that our Savior often said, with reference to his sin-atoning death at Calvary, “The Scriptures must be fulfilled.” — In other words, the Lord Jesus must be betrayed by his own familiar friend for thirty pieces of silver, crucified by the hands of Gentiles at the insistence of the Jews, without a single bone in his body being broken, yet having his heart pierced. He must be numbered with transgressors in his death, mocked, beaten, spit upon, and stripped in public humiliation. And the soldiers who crucified him must cast lots to see which one would get his garment.



      All these things were prophesied in the Old Testament Scriptures. But “the chief priests and scribes sought how they might take him by craft and put him to death.” That presented no problem to God Almighty! His counsel stood firm. His purpose was fulfilled. God’s will always prevails. His purpose was accomplished by those very men who desperately wanted to murder him in secret (Acts 2:23). Christ was publicly crucified at Calvary exactly as God had purposed from eternity.


God’s Praise

“Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.” — The chief priests and scribes thought they would put an end to Christ’s kingdom by killing him; but they were actually instruments in God’s hands for the erection and building of his kingdom. When they did, with vile hearts, have the Lord Jesus crucified, they thought they would vilify him and make him a laughing stock; but God used them to make his name glorious. The Jews thought they would scare his disciples into silence by killing our Master; but God used their wicked deeds to embolden his disciples in preaching the gospel.


God in Control

I want you to understand that our God is in control of this world, absolutely in control of it. That God, and that God alone, who is in absolute, total control of the entire universe, we can and should trust with implicit confidence in all things and with all things. The Word of God, the promises of God, the prophecies of Holy Scripture are all utterly meaningless unless our God is the God who rules everything, whose will is always performed, whose purpose stands fast, whose thoughts are irresistible!

      Here is the basis of our faith and the foundation of our comfort — Our God is in control, as fully in control of Satan, the demons of hell, and the thoughts and deeds of wicked men as he is of the angels around his throne. We live in a world of woe. We are often tossed to and fro in this world, confused and perplexed by many things. Let us ever rest ourselves in our God. — “All things are of God!” All things are ordered by our heavenly Father for our good. All things are arranged by God’s infinite wisdom and omnipotent arm for his glory. Nothing is beyond his dominion.

      Look to Calvary and laugh at those will worshippers who vainly imagine that the events of this world are ordered not by the will of almighty God but by the wills of puny men! I often hear preachers and others say, “God will never interfere with the will of man.” The Book of God gives the lie to that notion. It was the will of these men that Christ be put to death secretly. But God willed that he be crucified in due time for the ungodly. Consider this and think. — God would not allow these wicked men to kill his Son when they wanted, the way they wanted, or in the place they wanted. However, he did ordain that they kill his Son exactly according to the malice of their hearts. He used their sinful malice to accomplish his purpose of grace in the redemption of his people, exactly as he had purposed from eternity (Acts 2:22-23; 4:27-28; 13:28-30).



The Grace Bulletin


December 7, 2014


Grace Baptist Church of Danville

2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438

Telephone (859) 236-8235 - E-Mail


Donald S. Fortner, Pastor


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10:00 A.M. Bible Classes

10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service

6:30   P.M. Evening Worship Service



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


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