The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Psalm 53:1-4
A Throne of Grace
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
We are coming, not to a throne of law, nor to a throne of strict justice, but to a THRONE OF GRACE. The words throne, majesty, power, and omnipotenceall leave me awed and frightened; but the soft, gentle word GRACEstirs my spirit and heart to venture nigh in sincerity, humility, and hope!
For, though there are a thousand defects in my prayers, it is a throne of GRACE. Though there are many defects in my knowledge, it is a throne of GRACE. Though there are so many weaknesses in my spirit, it is a throne of GRACE. Though my faith is so weak and dishonoring to the King, it is a throne of GRACE.
Grace loves, grace forgives, grace abounds, grace is sufficient; and His grace is greater than all my sins.
Pastor Henry T. Mahan (Bulletin 1986)
“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).
If we have true fellowship with one another, it is because we worship the true and living God together (1 John 1:3). If we truly break bread together, it is because we are made of the same bread and body (1 Cor. 10:17). If we truly pray together, it is because Christ has made us of one accord (Acts 1:14). It is a great privilege for brethren to worship together, talk to one another about our Master, observe the Lord’s Table together, eat together, and pray together. May we always be reminded of the cause of all our “spiritual blessings in heavenly places, IN CHRIST.”
Pastor Kevin Thacker
SIN and SINS
How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin” (Job 13:23).
In this verse Job mentions sin in both the singular and in the plural. He speaks of iniquities in the plural and transgression in the singular. Aren’t they all the same? No, they are not. Sin in the singular is what we are. Sins in the plural are what we do. Sin in the singular, is a state of being. Sins in the plural is an action. Sin in the singular is why we commit sins in the plural. Is a man a thief because he steals? Yes, he is. But he was a thief before he stole, or he would have never stolen. A thief on the inside, in the heart, will eventually manifest his heart outwardly and steal. We are sinners because we sin, but more accurately we sin because we are sinners. May God have mercy on our sin and our sins. Pastor David Eddmenson
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
The only evidence I have of my saving interest in Christ is faith in Christ. All other evidence, all other confidence, all other assurance, I altogether repudiate. When Satan accuses me, when my own heart condemns me, when my sin torments me, when I examine myself, and I do so constantly, I find comfort, peace, and assurance only by faith in Christ. I have no evidence of a clear title to heaven but by faith. And faith is evidence enough. God says that it is enough. And my conscience says it is enough; “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I have blessed confident assurance that my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that I am chosen of God, redeemed by Christ, born again, called, sanctified, and preserved unto life everlasting because I believe that Jesus is the Christ. Pastor Don Fortner
Confident and Willing To Die
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor.5:8).
To be fearful of people or things that might kill us is fleshly fear, fear of man, unbelief, an over attachment to this world, and an under attachment to Christ. Whatever our Lord sends as the means of our death is the means of our entrance into life with Him; “joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Why would we fear the thing that is the best thing that could happen to us?
That person who does not know and fear the Lord should be afraid of everything, but the one who knows and fears Him should not be afraid of anything. “The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).
Pastor Paul E. Mahan
Tom Harding is pastor of Zebulon Grace Church located at 6088 Zebulon Highway, Pikeville, Kentucky 41501. You may also contact him by telephone at (606)...