Hymn of the Day
tune: "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, p. 38
words: Dan Parks
By God’s grand predestination
Which, of course, He must fulfill,
He has given saints possession
Of the things writ in His will.
Jews who were Christ’s first disciples
To His praise and glory are;
Gentiles who were once their rivals
Now are coming from afar.
These have heard the proclamation
Of the Truth all should receive;
’Tis the gospel of salvation;
Having heard, they did believe.
They are sealed with God’s own Spirit,
Who is now the guarantee
Of the things they did inherit –
Praise our God eternally!
Chosen In Jesus – #cb13
Hallelujah, God Has Saved Me – #cb11
The Hiding Place – #cb10
Eric and Katie – 7 ~ Elaine Grimsley - 7
Jean Rozeboom – 12 ~ Jim Laird - 16
Amy Van Der Brink – 20
We will resume our Bible Classes next week, September 18, at 9:45 CT. The adults will meet in the sanctuary. K-6 grade will meet with James Vlastuin in the west classroom of the basement. Eric will meet with grades 6-12 in the east classroom.
Grace, then, is grace, – that is to say, it is sovereign, it is free, it is sure, it is unconditional, and it is everlasting. -Alexander Whyte
Seek Christ. Pursue Christ. Get Christ. Christ is God's Salvation. Christ is the believer's only and all-sufficient Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, and Redemption. Christ is that Holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. -Wayne Boyd
What are the criteria for having a biography written about you? I think there are probably two criteria. First, you’ve probably made it big, or you’re famous, and there are a lot of people who want to know all about your life. Or maybe you are not famous, but there has to be an author or one particular person out there that is really, really interested in your life specifically, or has this fixation on your life. Jesus fits both of those criteria. I say this reverentially; I am not trying to make a joke. Jesus is the most prominent figure in the history of creation, and God does have a fixation with the Son and His plan is to glorify Himself through the Son. So, it makes sense that God’s special revelation to us is a book that is written about His Son, Jesus. -Tanner Van Beek
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons;
for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? . . .
Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:
shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure;
but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness.
Does God punish His people when they sin? Not at all! Their sins have already been punished in Jesus Christ when He bore those sins – every one of them – on the cross of Calvary, and God, Who is impeccably just, will never punish the same sin twice. But God does chastise His children when their conduct has so violated His ways that it must be corrected. PUNishment is PUNitive; its design is to extract the just penalty for crimes. CHASTEning is for the purpose of making someone “chaste,” that is, faithful. We should not resist such chastening from our Father, but rejoice that He loves us enough to keep us from destroying ourselves. -Joe
So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea:
and the sea ceased from her raging. -Jonah 1:15
Christ is our Jonah, who threw Himself into the sea of His Father's wrath--to save us from everlasting perdition! -William Dyer
And she (Rahab) said, According unto your words, so be it.
And she sent them away, and they departed:
and she bound the scarlet line in the window.
Every true believer that is saved, in, by, and through the shedding of Christ’s scarlet blood, will be made to effectually hear the message of Christ and Him crucified and always agree with Rahab the harlot, saying, “According to your words, so be it.” Every sinner that is taught of the Holy Spirit will take sides with God against themselves saying, “Amen, so be it!” -David Eddmenson
We must never look for or expect perfect conformity to Christ in this world. But we must never be satisfied with anything less. We must reach forth unto that which is beyond our grasp and ever press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ. Then, realizing our own infirmities in the flesh, let us be kind, gracious, and helpful to our brethren who, like us, stumble and fall along the way. -Don Fortner
Though there is nothing more dangerous, yet there is nothing more ordinary, than for weak saints to make their sense and feeling the judge of their condition. We must strive to walk by faith. -copied