9:30 am------------------------------------Wash in Jordan and Be Clean – 2 Kings 5
10:00 am --------------------------- The Found, Followers & Finders of Christ – John 1:35-51
The Lord willing, I will be preaching next Sunday for Grace Baptist Church, Danville, Ky. In my absence, two of our men, brothers John Sheesley II & John Davis will be bringing God’s Word to you next Sunday. Pray for us.
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Much to Be Thankful For
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:3-6
Brethren, do we not have so much to be thankful for? God, the Heavenly Father chose us before the foundation of the world to save us from all of our ruin and sin. God, the glorious Son gave His life to pay the price for all of our ruin and sin. God, the Holy Spirit has called us out of our darkness into the glorious light of the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. We have been given the word of God. We have been given the gospel of God. We have been given each other - the people of God. We have been given spiritual eyes to see Christ. We have been given spiritual ears to hear Christ. We have been given spiritual hearts to believe on Christ. We have been given a place to worship Him. We have been given freedom to worship Him. He has given, and given, and given to us. What do we have that has not been freely given to us from Him? Even our trials have been given for the purpose of bringing good to us. We have no reason to complain about any of our Lord’s dealings with us; only reason to give thanks to Him. May our Lord put a spirit of thanks in our hearts, and a word of thanks on our tongues both now and forever more. “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 107:1)
-- Gabe Stalnaker
His Name is Lord Jesus Christ
It is most grievous to me to hear those who profess to fear, know and love the Lord . . . refer to Him simply as ‘Jesus.’
It is not intimacy, it is ignorance and irreverence, no matter who does so; though we or an angel from heaven (though no angel would do so!). His disciples did not! His disciples, who were closer and more intimate with the Lord than anyone, never called Him Jesus but always called Him Lord. He said they did well in doing so. “Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.” (John 13:13). I was very intimate with my earthly father but never referred to him as Henry, still don’t. I had/have too much respect for him. The unbelieving world refers to the Lord Jesus simply as Jesus. The devils referred to Him as Jesus (Mark 1:24, Acts 19:15). The Pharisees called Him Jesus. Some Greek men wanted to ‘see Jesus.’ Well, they never did. He didn’t give them audience. He did not speak to them. If you want to see the King you must refer to Him as such. He that cometh to God must believe that He is and must call Him so. A.W. Pink once said: ‘The Holy Spirit can refer to the Lord Jesus as Jesus in scripture, like the queen can call the king (George) by his first name, but His servants and subjects must always call him King George.’ Paul wrote: ‘We see Jesus, made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death.’ He was a man named Jesus in order to die, but since He died, He is now ‘crowned with glory and honor . . . high and lifted up. . . seated in the Heavens and upon hearing the name of Jesus, you are to always call Him LORD Jesus. Those who truly fear Him, reverence Him and love Him call Him Lord. ‘Lord’ is the name above every name. Jesus, though a worthy name, a wonderful name, which means savior, is the name of His humanity, His humiliation . . . another man bore that name . . . Joshua. You may refer to Joshua as Jesus, but never as Lord. No one bears the Name Lord but the Lord of lords. Every single person in scripture who was called by Him, saved by Him, came to know Him . . . called Him Lord. Christ’s Most Intimate Disciples Call Him ‘Lord.’ Listen to brother Matthew Henry’s comment on John the apostle, who was closer and more intimate with the Lord than all the disciples . . .
“He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto Him, Lord who is it?” – John 13:25
Though John whispered this in Christ’s ear, yet he called him ‘Lord’; the familiarity he was admitted to did not at all lessen his respect for his Master. It becomes us to use a reverence in expression, and to observe a decorum even in our secret devotions, (which no eye is a witness to), as well as in public assemblies. The more intimate communion someone has with Christ, the more sensible they are of His worthiness and their own unworthiness, as Abraham, though the friend of God, says, “Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes” (Gen.18:27) -- Matthew Henry