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What horrible evil parents bring on their children when those children learn from their parents to mock God’s messenger to their souls, as the people of Bethel taught their children to mock Elisha (2 Kings 2:23-24).
Š I am preaching today for Fairmont Grace Church in Sylacauga, AL, where Bro. Larry Criss is pastor. You are privileged to have Bro. Linwood Campbell here to preach the gospel to you today. Bro. Campbell is pastor of Covenant of Grace Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro, NC.
Happy Birthday! Randall Hopkins-4th
Church Cleaning in October: Skip & Sandy Gladfelter
Nursery Duty Today: Mindy Shultz (AM) — Debbie Bartley (PM)
When God’s Elect in Sorrow Mourn — Don Fortner
(Tune: #414 — Am I a Soldier of the Cross? —CM)
1. When God’s elect in sorrow mourn,
When foes and fears oppress,
Our cries Jehovah will not scorn,
Nor leave us comfortless.
2. He sends His Spirit to impart
A sense of pard’ning love,
Drives doubts and darkness from our hearts,
And hills of guilt removes!
3. Believer, in your trying hour,
You shall His grace receive,
(Some cheering ray, refreshing shower),
Your sorrows to relieve.
4. He stoops to earth and comfort brings;
Reveals our Savior’s love,
Then points us to eternal things,
And lifts our hearts above.
“This life is not the end. We all will spend eternity somewhere glorifying God: either glorifying his grace for saving us or glorifying his justice for justly condemning us. Some of you are already making plans for where you will spend your spring and summer break next year. Others have spent their lives preparing for how and where they will spend their retirement years. “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (James 4:14) Yet, we all know we shalt die. But who is making plans for where they will spend eternity?” — Pastor Clay Curtis
Buttermilk, Lard, Flour, and Biscuits
My wife recently called my attention to something that came across her desk that both she and I found both delightful and instructive.
“One Sunday morning at a small southern church, the new pastor called on one of his older deacons to lead in the opening prayer. The deacon stood up, bowed his head, and said, ‘Lord, I hate buttermilk.’ The pastor opened one eye and wondered where this was going.
The deacon continued, ‘Lord, I hate lard.’ Now the pastor was totally perplexed.
The deacon continued, ‘Lord, I ain’t too crazy about plain flour. But after you mix ‘em all together and bake ‘em in a hot oven, I just love biscuits. Lord, help us to realize when life gets hard, when things come up that we don’t like, whenever we don’t understand what you are doing, that we need to wait and see what you are making. After you get through mixing and baking, it’ll be something even better than biscuits. Amen.”
“The God of Consolation”
As he is “the God of patience,” the Lord our God is “the God of consolation!” All true, real, solid comfort comes from him. Our Lord Jesus Christ, his dear Son, is “the consolation of Israel.” He is our Comfort.
God the Holy Spirit is “the Comforter” sent down from heaven to comfort chosen, redeemed sinners. He comforts by the gospel in his gracious work of saving conviction (John16:7-11). He comforts believing sinners by the doctrines and promises of his Word, giving strong consolation to the heirs of promise, by the ordinances of divine worship which are the breasts of consolation to his children. And he comforts his people by faithful gospel preachers, the church’s “Barnabases,” her sons of consolation (Acts 4:36)
O Spirit of God, grand us “to be like minded one toward another.” Paul’s prayer here is that “the God of patience and consolation” might make us patient, longsuffering, and forgiving, and a source of comfort to one another, according to his own example in Christ (Ephesians 4:30 - 5:2).
When I have forgiven every wrong against me, have borne every hard word or thought, and have overlooked every weakness and comforted every fallen friend, I still have not endured one atom of what Christ bore for me and from me (Matthew 18:21-22).
This is how we “may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:6). God is glorified when, believing on his dear Son, we are united in his Son and seek to be of help and comfort to one another by our patience and forbearance with one another, and by our forgiveness of one another.
“The God of Hope”
What a great name this is for our God! In verse 12 the Apostle speaks of our Lord Jesus Christ, “the Root of Jesse,” whom he has given us grace to trust. Now, trusting him, we have hope, “a good hope through grace” (Psalm 146:5; Isaiah 11:10-12; Jeremiah 17:7; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17; 1 Peter 1:3). The Lord our God is called “the God of hope” because all true hope with respect to forgiveness of sin and divine favor is from God and is effectually wrought in the heart by God himself. Any hope of which he is not the Author and Giver is false and fatal!
“Fill you with all joy and peace in believing” — True joy and peace are the gifts of God in Christ. Joy and peace generated by human philosophy, fleshly comforts, and emotional spasms of religious excitement are temporary. The joy of redemption and the peace of Christ are eternal and real, even in the midst of human misery and severe trial.
“That you may abound in hope” — The more we know the joy and peace of Christ, the greater will be our hope. Joy and peace, as well as all other spiritual blessings, come from God through faith and in proportion to faith. The more we are able to rejoice in our blessings in Christ and enter into the peace of Christ, the stronger will be our confidence and hope of future glory.
“Through the power of the Holy Ghost” — God gives us hope through the agency and by the power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-18).
We have patience and consolation from God just in proportion as we trust Christ and find hope in him (Isaiah 26:1-4).
The God of Peace
This seems to have been one of Paul’s favorite names for God (2 Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; Hebrews 13:20; Romans 16:20). What a good name for him it is — “The God of Peace!”
“The God of Peace” made peace between himself and his people by the blood of Christ. His thoughts toward us are “thoughts of peace” from everlasting (Jeremiah 29:11). He entered into a Covenant of Peace with Christ for us (Ezekiel 34:25; 37:26). And the Counsel of Peace is between them both (Zechariah 6:13).
Christ our Savior is the Prince of Peace and the Way of Peace. It pleased God to reconcile us to himself by punishing his own dear Son in our place (Colossians 1:20; Isaiah 53:4-11; Psalm 89:19-37). The chastisement of our peace was laid on him; and with his stripes we are healed.
It is God the Spirit who gives sinners, when born again by his grace, “peace in believing” (Romans 15:13), true and solid peace of conscience, the peace of God, “which passeth all understanding.”
The Grace Bulletin
September 30, 2018
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 576-3400 — E-Mail email@example.com
Donald S. Fortner, Pastor
Schedule of Regular Services
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