They say nothing is certain except for death and taxes. Thankfully that is not true. No one can know what we will face as we close 2019 and step into 2020, but I am certain of this: God’s mercy and grace to His people is CERTAIN! You can count on it to be there. Whatever joys, trials, or heartaches we will have in this new year, will all come to God’s people in grace. Our joys will be because of God’s grace, and in every trial and heartache we will find that God’s grace is sufficient in this new year just as it has always been in the past.
WRETCHES and WORMS
Several years ago I picked up a modern-day, newly published hymn book and found John Newton’s great old hymn, “Amazing Grace” in it. Immediately, I noticed that the phrase, “God saved a wretch like me,” had been changed to, “God saved and set me free.” Not long ago, I found the same thing in another similar type hymn book. Isaac Watt’s beautiful words had been changed also. The original words read, “Would He (Christ) devote His sacred head, for such a worm as I,” had been changed to “For such a one as I.”
It seems to me that this world’s religion is trying to remove all the “wretches and the worms” out of their doctrine and out of their hymn books. What a sign of the times. The time has come where men and women will not endure sound doctrine. (2 Timothy 4:3) They have done their best to remove the offense of the cross. They are removing all the wretches and the worms, so that the gospel is more appetizing and appealing to everyone in the world. But there is nothing more appetizing and appealing to a true child of God than the blessed truth that declares that Christ Jesus came into the world to save wretches and worms.
Pastor David Eddmenson
"My Mediation of Him Shall Be Sweet" Psalms 104:34
When you and I first came to Jesus Christ we came to a person, we believed in a person, we trusted a person to save us. Of course we believed his doctrine as he gave us understanding, but his doctrine told us of the person. It's not just the doctrine about him that is sweet but the person the doctrine tells us of is sweet. He is the Father's Well-Beloved and the Well-Beloved of the Church and the Well-Beloved of every believing soul. We love his offices as our Prophet, Priest and King, but we love them because of the person who occupies them. This is where we find the sweetness of it all. All things about Jesus is sweet because he himself is sweet - "My mediation of him shall be sweet." To meditate upon the workof our Redeemer is sweet because he himself is sweet. Christ is sweet to our affections. He is sweet to our understanding. He is sweet to our memory. He is presently sweet. My mediation of him is sweet when I think of the future, for he himself is my hope of eternal bliss - Oh, sweet bliss! O sweet Jesus Oh, his love is sweet - it's the love of God. His blood is sweet - it's the blood of God. His natures are sweet - Jesus the God-man. Meditate my heart upon Jesus. Fill yourself with himself and the sweetness of himself will fill you.
PERILOUS TIMES “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” (II Timothy 3:1) I imagine most people would say that we are living in perilous times right now. These are not perilous days because of the pandemic...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
BY THE GRACE OF GOD I AM WHAT I AM A believer should never (in false humility) deny having the gifts that God has given them. A believer should also never (in false pride) act like they are better by nature than anyone else. “By the grace...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Come to Christ Many people feel the need to improve their lives before coming to Christ. They believe it is necessary to stop certain sins, or get better in various areas before they can attend church services. Christ told us “If any...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
THREE INCOMPREHENSIBLE TRUTHS There are three truths that never cease to amaze me. That God the Father would choose to save a sinner like me through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son. That the Lord Jesus Christ would love a sinner like me...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
We are delighted to have John Chapman, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Spring Lake, NC, preaching for us this morning. John and Vickie are in town to celebrate the 70th wedding anniversary of John’s parents. ***** TAUGHT OF GOD For as...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
***** THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” (Titus 1:2) Those who believe God have a good, sure hope of eternal life. Their hope is sure because this...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
CHRIST IS OUR ONLY HOPE Scripture says that the wickedness of man is great and that every imagination of the thoughts of our heart is only evil continually. (Gen 6:5) Then, every way of salvation that man thinks up is wrong. The Lord said...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
WOE IS UNTO ME IF I PREACH NOT THE GOSPEL I Corinthians 9:16 All of God’s preachers say with the apostle Paul, woe is unto me if I preach not the gospel. Woe is unto me if I preach anything other than Christ alone for all of salvation,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
THE FAITH OF CHRIST “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law:...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
BELIEVING THE DOCTRINES OF GRACE Does a person have to believe the doctrines of grace and the five points of Calvinism in order to be saved? No. A sinner must believe Christ alone in order to be saved. However, no regenerated person will ever...[ abbreviated | read entire ]