Central Grace Church "To The Praise Of The Glory Of His Grace"
--Ephesians 1:6

Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

January 7th , 2018

9:30 am & 10:00 am …………….…………………..………………………….…. Messages by brother Walter Pendleton

*** NO WEDNESDAY SERVICE THIS WEEK ***

Our prayers and sympathy are for sister Roberta Sword on the passing of her sister Beatrice Cobler. She was 90 years old. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at the time of this printing.

We welcome Walter and Penny Pendleton back with us. For any visitors, brother Walter is pastor of Sovereign Grace Chapel of Crow, West Virginia. He is no stranger here and we are glad to have him back to preach the gospel today. I am preaching in Sylacauga, Alabama for brother Larry Criss and the Fairmont Grace Church. Lord willing we will return on Monday. No Wednesday night service this week. I am having another dental surgery in Lexington that day.


Birthdays: January 11th – Lauren Parks, 31st – Robin Pendry

Cleaning: Rick & Janine, Next Week: Tom & Helen / Nursery:

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WILL YOU HELP ME?

Yes, as your pastor, I desperately need your help. I’m not asking for something which is unimportant or optional, but something which is essential to the spiritual well-being of ourselves, our children and all who frequent this assembly. Nor am I asking for something which can be done by anyone and everyone, but is a privilege exclusive to you, the saints of God.
Brothers and Sisters, I am asking for your prayers. As you have graciously granted me many requests through the years, for which I am thankful, I earnestly implore you to grant me this request. For your sakes and for mine, don’t permit me to stand before you from time to time without being uplifted before the throne of grace by your personal and united prayers. I am a mere man whom God has chosen to deal with the souls of men and the consequences are solemn and eternal. My message will either be a savor of life unto life, or of death unto death,
“And who is sufficient for these things?”
I earnestly want my preaching to be profitable unto you and blessed to the salvation of your children. These spiritual blessings descend from heaven on the wings of pure grace, but God has chosen to disseminate this precious treasure through “
earthen vessels.”
“Brethren, pray for us” (I Thessalonians 5:25). -- Maurice Montgomery (1981)



WHAT MEN ARE THESE WITH THEE? -- “And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee?” (Nu 22: 9)


Balaam was a false prophet. (2 Pet 2: 15) When God’s enemies came to hire Balaam to curse God’s people, Balaam told them to spend the night while he sought direction from God. It was during the night that God asked Balaam this question. God knows the company we keep in this world. (Job 34: 21; Ps 138: 6) Everything God was doing here was for his people. God watches over his people and protects them from evil. But God also knows the proud and brings them down for the sake of his people. (2 Sam 22: 28) So God knew who the men were that were with Balaam. But God will have Balaam to answer this question with his own mouth.

As we enter a new year, this is a good question for every believer to always answer about ourselves, “What men are these with thee?” Am I in the company of God’s chosen, redeemed, sanctified people? Or am I in the company of God’s enemies? Am I seeking the glory of my Redeemer? Or am I seeking the mammon of unrighteousness which Balaam loved? If God took notice of the company that was with this false prophet then God certainly knows the company that his people keep.

Does it matter, before God, what company a believer keeps? It certainly does. Believers are instructed throughout the scriptures to walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.” (Pro 2: 20) From the time our Redeemer entered this earth until he bore the sins of all God’s elect people, he suffered rejection from God-hating sinners and self-righteous religionists. We should expect to be rejected for the same reasons he was: one company will reject us because we refuse to condone their sin, the other company will reject us because we refuse to condone their freewill, self-righteous religion. But since Christ suffered for us we should no longer keep company with such men but “live the rest of our time in the flesh, not to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.” (1 Pet 5: 3-5)

 

We have to work, go to school and live alongside sinners.  Therefore, we should always be ready to teach sinners the gospel and receive sinners.  But we should never be yoked with sinners or approve of sinners who live in constant rebellion against God, whether they be outside of religion or within religion.

 

  Balaam did not flee to Christ. He chose the wages of unrighteousness, making his company the enemies of God. But believer, “What men are these with thee?” Our company is Christ, the Friend who sticks closer than a brother. Our company loved us with the infinite, unchanging, unchangeable love of God.  Our company are brethren bought with the price of Christ’s precious blood, delivered from this present evil world, and saved by the Lord.  Ours is a company of pilgrims on our way to heavenly Canaan who shall pass over to a goodly land! Let us thank God as we answer the question, “what men are these with thee?”  Therefore, throughout the New Year and beyond, in every situation, let us be like Peter and John when they were released from prison by the enemies of God, “And being let go, they went to their own company…” (Acts 4: 23)

Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

January 14th , 2017

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…… Seven Things of God From Romans 1 – Romans 1:1-32

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………….…… Christ Before The High Priest – John 18:12-24

Birthdays: January 31st – Robin Pendry

Cleaning: Tom & Helen, Next Week: Charles Wesley & Melanie / Nursery: Helen C.


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Speaking The Truth In Love


I do not want to speak or preach the truth to men with a harsh or mean spirit. I do not want to speak the truth in anger or wrath, for ‘the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Let me witness the Truth in love to men’s souls, and do it in a loving manner. However, it is hard, if not impossible to holler ‘FIRE!’ to someone in a burning building, without appearing to be too hard. It is impossible to warn people of their danger and impending peril with a smile on your face. John the Baptist was a loving, Christ-like man, yet he cried aloud, and spared not the multitude which heard him, saying, “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” It is impossible to cry , “Woe unto the wicked . . . Woe to the rebellious children . . . Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker . . . Woe unto thee Bethsaida . . . Chorazin . . . Rocky Mount; . . .it is impossible to cry, Woe unto thee, without being called ‘he that troubleth Israel.’ It is impossible to love God’s Truth and be loved by the world (Matt.5:10-12). It is impossible to be both the friend of God and the friend of the world (James 4:4).

The Truth itself is offensive and the man or woman who witnesses the Truth will seem offensive to those who hate It; being called their enemy for telling the Truth. I do not want to present the Truth in an offensive manner. However, I do not want to tone down that Truth, nor speak in such a way as to remove the offense, but must rather speak It boldly, dogmatically, and forcefully. It is too urgent, man’s case is too desperate to mince words and beat around the bush. And here’s the thing. Though our fellow man is to be pitied by us, and compassion shown to him, yet, he is to be blamed. He needs to be charged with his sin(s). He needs to see His guilt before God. Man’s unbelief is not merely ignorance, it is willful ignorance. It is not ‘poor fellow, he just doesn’t know’, it is, “You have despised and rejected the Son of God, and have taken, and by wicked hands crucified and slain.” To ignore and pay no attention to the gospel, to be uninterested in God’s Son, is the same as saying, ‘I don’t care if He lived or died.’ Man’s unbelief is not because he has not been taught, for, have they not all heard? Do they not have a Bible? Man’s unbelief is willful rebellion against God; He is the enemy of God and hates God’s Truth (Rom. 8:7).

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding” (Prov.9:10). Men must be brought to fear the Holy One (for their rebellion against Him). Before they hear of love and mercy, they must fear Him and cry for mercy. Before they hear of the Substitute for sinners, they must need that Substitute. Men must see themselves as the hell-deserving creatures that they are and call on God for mercy. Sinners need to first see themselves as sinners in the hands of an angry God, before they hear of the love and mercy of God. It is old-fashioned, but I am talking about REPENTANCE.

Let me not apologize or excuse man’s sin and rebellion . . . my sin and rebellion; and let me not apologize to men for God’s wrath and condemnation against it. Let me not fail to warn men to flee from the wrath to come, while telling them to flee to that very same God to hide them. Let me tell the Truth in love and zeal. Let me speak the Truth with fire in my heart and a tear in my eye. Let me love God’s Truth and hate every false way. Let me be a friend to unbelieving men and yet not be the friend, nor the companion of them. Let me bring proud man down, while telling him to look up. Let me not be afraid to call out and denounce sin and sins, while telling men there is forgiveness for sins. Let me be a man after God’s own heart, like David, saying, “ They speak against Thee wickedly, and Thine enemies take Thy Name in vain. Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate Thee? And am not I grieved with those that rise up against Thee? I hate them with a perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.” (Psa.139:20-22). At the same time, let me say with Isaiah, “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isa.55:6-7).



Spiritual Blindness

It is not merely that the sinner cannot come to Christ, but he will not come to Christ that he may have life; it is not merely that he cannot see the Truth, but that he loves darkness rather than light, and does not want to see. Sinners are not willing to see. The natural will itself is in bondage. It takes the divine will of God to overcome the wicked will of man by creating life where there was no life. This blindness is more than blindness of the natural eye. It is blindness of heart, blindness of will, blindness of conscience, blindness of understanding, blindness of all things Spiritual. You who are yet blind may raise your objections to my Gospel but you are as unqualified to express an opinion about something you have never seen as a blind man is to argue with you about the color of an object. Clay Curtis 

Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

January 21st , 2018

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..……………. Ask Them Which Heard Me – John 18:13-24

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………………… Righteousness & Repentance – Romans 2:1-4

The Lord willing, I will be preaching in Cottageville, West Virginia next Sunday. Luke Coffey will be here to preach to you. We will have one service that day at 10:00 am.

Birthdays: January 31st – Robin Pendry, February 1st – Jill Ogle & Kelly Pendry

Cleaning: Hudsons, Next Week: Hollands / Nursery Today: Kathryn


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Today is the Day of Salvation


For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” – 2 Corinthians 6:2


It is one thing to "wait on the Lord” (Ps. 27:14) in matters of providence, trial, and decisions regarding our plans and purposes. But the command to repent and believe on Christ is in the imperative! It is "NOW is the accepted time; TODAY is the day of salvation." Someone may say, "But I want to be sure." You can be sure that you are a guilty sinner; that you have no ability to justify yourself before God; that God sent His Son to save; that He is a sufficient Savior; and that not to believe this gospel is to make God a liar and presume on His patience! Walk in THE LIGHT YOU HAVE; look to Christ now and confess what faith you have, depending on Him to give you more faith. – Henry Mahan



Neither salvation nor sanctification is in any way a cooperative effort. When Peter was sinking beneath the waves, he didn’t say, “Lord, nothing is going to happen today that you and I together can’t handle.” He said, “ Lord, save me! ”  -- Chris Cunningham



REDEEMING THE TIME -- “ Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” -- Ephesians 5:16


A New Year Resolution


Redeeming the time,” could rightly be interpreted, “Buying the opportunity.” This is a metaphor that merchants and traders often use to strive to improve the way they do business. As believers we would be wise to redeem the time that God has given us.

As we enter into a new year together, may God enable us to “redeem the time.” Time is a gift that God has entrusted with us. We should make the best use we can of God’s present season of grace. The reason that God has allowed us another NEW YEAR is that there are more of His elect to be redeemed under the preaching of the Gospel. (1 Corinthians 1:21) May we redeem every opportunity God gives us to spread the glorious news of Christ and Him crucified. Why? “Because the days are evil.” We live in wicked, troubled and dangerous times. Preachers in their pulpits are not telling sinners that God Almighty is plenteous in mercy. Multitudes are going out to meet God without a Savior, a Substitute, and a Sacrifice, because they have not heard that Christ came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15) Lord enable us to “Redeem the time,” so that we, like our Lord Jesus, may always be found to be about our Father’s business in the days to come. – David Eddmenson



Substitution; The Heart of The Gospel


The ‘good news’ of the Gospel is that there is a Substitute who has stood in the place of every repentant sinner and bore the wrath of God in his place. He did this for all whom the Father had given Him from all eternity. It is for them that He prays in John 17. They are ‘His sheep’, the Father gave them to Him, and He died for them (John 10:15, 29).

  Substitution is at the very heart of the Gospel. Christ did not simply give His life to make salvation possible for those who contribute their part to what He has done by repenting and trusting Christ. He it is that gives repentance and faith (2 Timothy 2:25; Ephesians 2:8).

  Christ did not say to the religious Jews of His day that they were not of His ‘sheep’ because they did not believe; rather, He says, ‘Ye believe not, because you are not of my sheep(John 10:26). If they had been His sheep they would have believed. The ‘good news’ is that all whom the Father has given to the Son, and for whom He died will believe and manifest true repentance and faith. This they will do willingly and with gratitude in their hearts. It is God’s work. He cannot fail. – Bill Clark   

Central Grace Church

Website: centralgracechurch.com 3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia Email: centralgracechurch@gmail.com

January 28th . 2018

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………………….…… Message by brother Luke Coffey

Wednesday: 7:30 pm …………………………………………………………….. The King of The Jews – John 18:28-40

We welcome Luke and Tracy Coffey back with us (and Findley, Cooper and Henry). Brother Luke is from Kingsport

Sovereign Grace Church in Kingsport, Tennessee. He will be preaching for you as I preach for the brethren in

Cottageville, West Virginia today.

Birthdays: February 1st – Jill Ogle & Kelly Pendry, 20th – Laney Bobbitt, 22nd – Irene Davis

Cleaning: Patrick & Jennifer Next Week: John & Irene / / / Nursery Today: Debra

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The Purpose of Trials


The Lord sends trials and afflictions to every single child of God. He sends them because He loves them and sends them for many reasons. Here are a few.

1. For The Glory of God. - God proves Himself to His people during their trials. He proves His Word, proves His promises, proves His presence, proves His power, proves His love, mercy and grace. And His people glorify Him by enduring those trials. As Job said during his severe trials, “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord”; so all of God’s people finally say . . . to the praise of His glory. We give glory to our God by witnessing to the world, when we patiently endure those trials and ascribe them to the hand of our all-wise, sovereign Lord. Trials are for His glory.

2. To Strengthen Faith. - Trials do not give faith, but reveal true faith and strengthen faith that God has given. “The trying of your faith worketh patience . . . and patience, experience; and experience, hope.” We don’t really learn anything until we go through it. The Lord sends trials for us to experience His Word, experience His mercy, grace, sufficiency, and goodness. David wrote: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn Thy statutes. We don’t really believe God’s Word until we are tried and tested by It; until we prove It; until He holds us up by It. Trials, like waves that beat against a ship, prove that ship to be sea-worthy. The more storms the ship endures, the more assurance that it will stay afloat. A life time of trials should prove and strengthen faith in the Living God . . . that He holds us up.

3. To Give Us Compassion and Comfort for others. - Paul wrote of the ‘God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (2 Cor.1:3-4). The best person to comfort someone going through a particular trial is someone who has gone through that trial. Our Lord did just that, ‘In that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succor (help) them that are tempted” (Heb.2:18). He knows our trials and tribulations and has compassion on us, having endured the same. And that is why He puts us through them, that we might help them that are tried. Just as every member of our physical body suffers with that part of the body that is hurting, so it is with the body of Christ. “Knowing this, that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (1 Peter 5:9). God puts us through these things for His glory and the help of others. Do not withdraw during your trial, but reach out to someone who is going through the same. That is why the Lord sent it.

4. To Chasten Us. - “Whom the Lord loveth, He chasteneth.” Chastening is not punishment, but loving correction. We need it. And it is a lifelong need. There is much about us that needs correcting, and our loving Father sends various trials and afflictions to teach us, turn us, convert us, and conform us to the image of His Son. There is much dross that needs to be removed and only the Father knows how. He chastens us principally by His Word, but often through painful lessons. Sadly, we only seem to really learn something when we fail or fall miserably; only when it causes us or someone else much pain. But the lesson is learned. O’ may we see His chastening hand quickly; be converted and turned. Loving correction is what it is; never needless pain, but necessary. Our Father’s chastening rod is never more that we can bear, and much less than we deserve. Chastening trials always end well. “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” -- 1 Peter 1:7



The Best Promoter Of Holiness


The way of salvation by grace is the best promoter of holiness in all the world. A man once said, "I went to hear Spurgeon in the Tabernacle this morning, and he was crying out against salvation by works. The worst results will come of his teaching, for men will find in free grace an excuse for sin." No! No! They will not! Salvation by grace promotes good works far better than the teaching of salvation by works ever did. Those who hope to be saved by their works generally have scanty works to be saved by while those who put works aside altogether as their ground of hope, looking instead to grace alone, are generally the most zealous to perform good works. Who loved Christ best at the Pharisee's feast? Simon the Pharisee, who had kept the law, or the woman at His feet seeking grace and mercy? Simon gave Him no kiss, no oil, and no water for His tired feet

(a common courtesy). The woman served Him with her entire self and possessions. The case is clear and closed! – H.T.M 

Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

February 4th 2018


10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………….………… The King of The Jews – John 18:28-40


The Lord willing, brother David Eddmenson will be here to preach to us Wednesday night.


Birthdays: February 20th – Lanie Bobbitt, 22nd – Irene Davis, 28th – Tammy Fannin

Cleaning: John & Irene, Next Week: Steven & Mary / / / Nursery Today: Jill O.


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The Blessed Doctrine Of Election

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” -- 2 Thess. 2:13

Election means that the destiny of men is in the hands of God. Many of us have regarded as an axiom the statement that every man's destiny is in his own hands. But this is to deny the whole tenor of Scripture. At no time is the destiny of the saint in his own hands, either before or after he is saved. Was my destiny in my own hands before I was saved? If so, I regenerated myself; I resurrected, by my own power, myself out of a state of sin and death; I am my own benefactor and have nobody to thank but myself for being alive and saved.
Perish such a thought!
By the grace of God I am what I am. (John 1:13; Eph. 2:1-10; II Tim. 1:9; James 1:18). Is my destiny in my own hands now? Then I will either keep myself saved or I will lose my salvation. The Bible says we are kept by the power of God through Faith (I Peter 1:15; Ps. 37:28; John 10:27-29; Phil. 1:6; Heb. 13:5). If my destiny is not safe in my own hands after I am saved then how could it be thought to be safe in my own hands before my conversion? The saint dies, his body is consigned to the grave and becomes a dust-heap. Is his destiny in his own hands then? If so, what hope has he of ever coming out of the grave with an immortal and incorruptible body? None at all if his destiny is in his own hands. Such a theory, that the destiny of the saint is or ever has been in his own hands, reverses the very laws of nature and implies that water can rise above the level of its source; that man can lift himself into the attic by his boot-straps; that the Ethiopian can change his color, and the leopard can remove his spots; that death can beget life; that evolution is true and God is a liar.
The theory that one's destiny is in his own hands begets self-confidence and self-righteousness; the belief that destiny is in the hands of God begets SELF-RENUNCIATION
AND FAITH IN GOD. – C.D. Cole, Kentucky, 1885-1968



Spiritual Growth


Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting . . .” – Ephesians 5:4


Spiritual growth and the opportunity to exhort and encourage others in this warfare can be hindered by both EXCESSIVE JESTING and FOOLISH TALKING (Eph. 5:4). Humor and joy is to be commended to a point, but if it occupies our time and communion overmuch it is detrimental and should be curbed. There is a time and place for all things. Let us be WISE and SOBER without trying to impress through false piety. Those who are given to too much foolishness should suppress it while those given to melancholy should learn to smile. – Henry Mahan



O Ye Of Little Faith”


The Lord gently rebuked His disciples for having ‘little faith.’ They needed the rebuke and so do we. After all they heard and saw from the Lord, and yet they still did not believe Him and trust Him as they should. How often did they hear His powerful voice, full of wisdom and wonder; how often did they see everything He said come to pass? And what about all the miracles they saw? Every day they saw the Lord perform miracle after miracle, yet they still had many of the same fears and worries. And what about us?

How many years has the Lord provided for us and protected us? How often have we heard His Word, seen His glory, experienced His grace, yet have so little faith? By little faith is meant, so many doubts, fears and worries. Since faith cometh by hearing the Word of God, then little faith means we are not hearing what He says.

Why are we so quick to believe what we hear from man and not to believe our God? Why are we so fretful over what we see going on around us when He said not to look at the things that are seen, but the unseen? Why do we call upon, look to, and lean upon other poor creatures like us, rather than the all-wise and powerful Heavenly Father? O’ WE of little faith!!

Lord, we believe . . . please forgive and help us with our unbelief.

Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

February 11th , 2018

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………….... Doers of The Law Justified – Romans 2:1-24

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………………….… Christ Crucified – John 19:1-22

Wednesday: 7:00 pm ……………………………………………………. The Lord Preserveth The Simple – Psalm 116:6

Birthdays: February 20th – Lanie Bobbitt, 22nd – Irene Davis, 28th – Tammy Fannin

Cleaning: This Week: Steven & Mary, Next Week: Debra & Polly / / / Nursery Today: Karen


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"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." -- 2 Peter 3:18

Growth is the sure mark of life. We see this in vegetation, in the animal creation, in the growth of our own bodies, and of every other thing in which there is life. Where, then, there is the life of God in the soul, there will be a growth in that life. Paul says to the Thessalonian Church: "We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly" (2 Thess. 1:3); and Peter says, "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." There is "an increasing in the knowledge of God" (Col. 1:10), and "a coming in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" (Eph. 4:13). It was for this increasing knowledge of the Son of God that Paul stretched every desire of his soul when he followed after, if that he might apprehend that for which also he was apprehended of Christ Jesus; and thus reaching forth unto those things which were before, he pressed toward the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:12-14). This is not what is called progressive sanctification, as if the flesh got holier and holier, for that is still ever "the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;" but this is a growth of that "new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." After this growth in grace, this closer conformity to the image of Christ, should we ever be striving with all the powers of our soul; not satisfied with a low and lean state before God, but with unceasing prayer and supplication, begging of the Lord that we might be "filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, that we might walk worthy of the Lord, unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God" (Colossians 1:9, 10). – J.C. Philpot



He Is Not Ashamed To Call Them Brethren


This has to be one of the most blessed verses that a sorry, saved sinner can hear; that the Lord of Glory is not ashamed to call us brethren. O’ how ashamed we are of ourselves. As the Lord said through Ezekiel, after hearing of all that the Lord has and will do for us, “ye shall remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations”(Ezek.36:31). And yet, the Lord God, the Lord Jesus Christ, is not ashamed of those He died for; not ashamed of them, though they have shamefully sinned against Him and will do so again; nevertheless, He is not ashamed of them, for He knows their frame; He knows their hearts; He knows their spirits are willing but their flesh is weak. He knows they believe Him (He gave them the faith) though they often act and speak like they don’t. He knows they love Him (He gave them that love) though they sometimes act and speak like they don’t. He knows them, like a Father knows His child, like a brother knows His kin, like a husband knows His wife. He knows them better than they know themselves and so He is not ashamed to call them brethren. We can’t help but think of Joseph, when He revealed himself to his brethren; those sorry brothers who hated him, sold him, and forgot about him. But Joseph never forgot about them, and when the Lord brought them into Joseph’s hands, to do with them as he pleased, Joseph (a type of Christ), was not ashamed to own them as his brethren. Some of his first words to them were, “I am Joseph your brother”. . . And the fame thereof (Joseph was famous for love and mercy) was heard in Pharaoh’s house, saying, “Joseph’s brethren are come” (Gen.45:4,16).

What a loving, merciful, longsuffering, kind, compassionate, patient and understanding Elder Brother we have in the Lord Jesus Christ. O’ how we ought to fear sinning against such love; fear doing anything to put Him to shame. But if and when we do, what hope and comfort it will give us in knowing that “He is not ashamed to call them brethren” and none who put their trust in Him will ever be put to shame; they will never be disowned by Him, for He abideth faithful.



Christ And Him Crucified – 1 Cor.2:2


Paul said he was determined to know nothing . . .save Christ AND Him crucified. Paul knew many things and dealt with many things, but in the matter of man’s salvation, the one thing is to know Christ . . . and Him crucified. Many know about Him but don’t know Him. Many admire His person, but to really know Him, is to know Him crucified. Do You? Go learn this!

Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

February 18th , 2018

9:30 am ……………………….…………………………………………….. An Inward Jew (Christian) – Romans 2:17-29

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………..… His Garments & Vesture – John 19:23-24 (Psalm 22:18)

Wednesday: 7:00 pm …………………………………………………..….. The Lord Preserveth The Simple – Psalm 116:6


Birthdays: February 20th – Lanie Bobbitt, 22nd – Irene Davis (60th!!) 28th -- Tammy Fannin

Cleaning: This Week – Debra & Polly, Next Week – Mike & Karen / / / Nursery Today: Aimee Poff


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The Process of Stripping and Emptying The Saints – by C.H. MacKintosh, Ireland, 1820-1896


THERE is no more fruitful field of study than the history of God’s dealings with souls. It is full of interest, and abounds in instruction and profit. One grand object in those dealings is to produce real brokenness and humility . . . to strip us of all false righteousness, empty us of all self-confidence, and teach us to lean wholly upon Christ. All have to pass through what may be called the process of stripping and emptying. With some this process precedes, with others it follows, conversion or the new birth. Many are brought to Christ through deep plowings and painful exercises of heart and conscience . . . exercises extending over years, often over the whole lifetime. Others, on the contrary, are brought with comparatively little exercise of soul. They lay hold, speedily, of the glad tidings of forgiveness of sins through the atoning death of Christ, and are made happy at once. But the stripping and emptying come afterward, and, in many cases, cause the soul to totter on its foundation, and almost doubt its conversion.

This is very painful, but very needful. The fact is, self must be learnt and judged, sooner or later. If it be not learnt in communion with God, it must be learnt by bitter experience in failures and falls. “No flesh shall glory in His presence;” and we must all learn our utter powerlessness, in every respect, in order that we may taste the sweetness and comfort of the Truth, that Christ is made of God unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. God will have broken material. Let us remember this. It is solemn and necessary truth, “Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, Whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isa.57:15). And again, “Thus saith the Lord, ‘The heaven is My throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build Me? and where is the place of My rest? For all those things hath Mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word’” (Isa.66:1-2). These are seasonable words for all of us.


Do You Know Anything? -- By Jack Shanks


If any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.” – I Corinthians 8:2


WHILE reading, I saw this quote: “I have learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.” So I made a copy of this and put it in front of my computer, feeling very self-satisfied that the lesson was well-learned. But the longer I looked at it, the more I thought it did not ring true somehow. Today I changed it to read: “I am learning that when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.”

Only pride would cause a depraved sinner to be satisfied with what he has learned. Paul wrote, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: I press toward the mark . . .” (Phil.3:13-14). Therefore we are always pressing onward, without full knowledge of anything.

Thinking they know something, men write books on “How To.” This is the epitome of sinful arrogance. The idea of me telling anyone “How to” is absurd. Now, I can say, “This may help.” Perhaps what I have to say might help, and it might not. The only “How to” book I could write is, “How to be filled with sinful pride.” Now, brother, if you want to know about that, yours truly is well taught.

The biggest idiocy of this “How to” business is, “How to be saved.” Do you really know that? If someone asks me how to be saved, all I can answer is, “Flee to Christ; trust Him and His shed blood.” How do you do that? I have no “steps” or “formula.” But I do know that salvation is in the Redeemer. This I must learn anew every day. How do you do this? How do you do that? I don’t know! It would be wise to ask God Almighty to give you knowledge, and search the scriptures daily whether these things be so.”

If any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.” I will have to learn even that again tomorrow.


Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

February 25th , 2018

9:30 am ……………………….…………………………….... Let God Be True, But Every Man A Liar – Romans 3:1-18

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………. Words From The Cross To a Mother & Son – John 19:25-27

Birthdays:

February: 28th -- Tammy Fannin, March: 3rd – Darnell Poff, 10th – Lyla Bobbitt, 17th – Alec Bobbitt & Rick Polk

Cleaning: Mike & Karen, Next Week: Dan & Jill / / / Nursery Today: Elizabeth


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Be Ye Kind One To Another, Tenderhearted, Forgiving One Another . . .” – Ephesians 4:32


Kind – Tenderhearted – Forgiving.” These are not just words; they are characteristics, attributes, and the daily experience of redeemed people. Please don’t burden us with your doctrine, your piety, and your religious zeal if you are not a gentle and kind person in your attitude, words, and actions toward others. You, my friend, are a genuine hypocrite and Pharisee! The church of the Lord Jesus has been too long burdened with your kind of spirit and the whole world is quite weary of your lifeless, loveless words! Being right in doctrine and outward morality is of little value if one is not gracious in spirit and attitude. Has it ever occurred to you why you are alone, why you have little fellowship with believers, why you have such limited influence in the lives of your family and friends? The grace of God has never made you gracious. --Maurice Montgomery



Of His Own Will


Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures” (James 1:18).

The believer’s salvation begins with the will of God, not his own will. The natural will is not to come to Christ. “And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life” (John.5:40). However, by the will of God and the Word of truth, the gospel is sown in the heart of God’s child and, in due time, when God gives the increase, a child of God is born. For the first time he is willing to come to Christ. Only God can do such a work. “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power” (Ps. 110:3).   

-John Chapman



FREE WILL OR FREE GRACE – By Todd Nibert


According to the free-will scheme, the Lord intends good, but He must wait on His own creature to know what His intention is. They say God willeth good, and would do it, but He cannot because He has an unwilling man who will not have God’s good thing carried into effect.  What does this do, but drag the Eternal God from His throne and lift up into it the fallen creature man. For man, according to that theory, nods and his nod is destiny. You must have a destiny somewhere. It must either be as God wills or as man wills. If it be as God wills, then Jehovah sits sovereign upon His throne of glory, and all hosts obey Him, and the world is safe. If not God, then you put man there to say, “I will” or “I will not”. If I will it, I will enter heaven. If I will it, I will despise the grace of God. If I will it, I will conquer the Holy Spirit, for I am stronger than God, stronger than Omnipotence. If I will it, I will make the blood of the Son of God of no effect, for I am mightier than the blood, mightier than the blood of the Son of God Himself. Though God make His purpose, yet will I laugh at His purpose. It shall be my purpose that shall make His purpose stand or fall. 

Why sirs, if this is not atheism, it is idolatry. It is putting man where God should be, and I shrink with solemn awe and horror from this doctrine which makes the grandest of God’s work – the salvation of man – to be dependent upon the will of His creature whether it shall be accomplished or not. Glory I can and must in this text in its fullest sense.

IT IS NOT OF HIM THAT WILLETH, NOR OF HIM THAT RUNNETH, BUT OF GOD THAT SHOWETH MERCY” -- Romans 9:16



Trials


There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it”—1 Cor.10:13

Though God's people be not exempt nor free from troubles, God has in His hand the remedies by which those troubles may be met and conquered. He will with each trial "make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."

Henry Mahan

Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

March 11th 2018

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..………….. Justified By Faith, Not Law – Romans 3:22- 4:5

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………..……………The Risen and Ascended Lord – John 20:1-18

Wednesday: 7:00 pm …………………………………………………………..……. Peace Be Unto You – John 20:19-31

Birthdays: March 17th – Rick Polk & Alec Bobbitt April 3rd – Steven Parks, 14th – Charles Wesley Hudson

Cleaning: Mac & Margaret , Next Week: Paul & Mindy / / / Nursery: Teresa


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CONFESSING CHRIST – by Henry Mahan


"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father. which is in heaven."

- - Matthew 10:32


Are men correct in thinking that because they made a profession of faith some years back, were baptized, joined a local church and adopted a sound system of theology, they are confessing Christ before men. We are going to find out someday, to our eternal woe, that confessing Christ before men involves a great deal more than an isolated decision. Confessing Christ before men is a constant identification with Christ in a world that does not know or love Christ. To be identified with Christ is to be so closely associated with Him that His interests are your interests; His friends are your friends; His enemies are your enemies; His glory is your glory; His will is your will; and His Word is your rule of life. "Where I am, there ye may be also" John 14:3. Where is Christ? Those confessing Him and identified with Him will be there also! We are crucified with Christ, buried with Him in baptism, walking with Him in the light of the Scripture, righteousness and truth, at His feet in humility, assembled with His people in worship and praise, bearing His reproach, forgiving as He forgave, loving as He loved, and waiting for His return. In other words confessing Christ before men is to be so closely associated with Christ that one is called in truth by others — A Christian!



"Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"-- “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” -- John 14:1


We have here a royal command. Do not give way to despair, depression, doubts and fears, for a troubled heart is dishonoring to our heavenly Father.

(1) It puts a question mark on His love. "Nothing good will He withhold from them that fear Him." His love designs and desires eternal good for His children.

(2) It puts a question mark on His providence. "We know that all things work together for good to them who love Him, who are the called according to His purpose." Though Job lost all, he did not charge God with foolishness.

(3) It puts a question mark on His promises. "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." "Lo, I am with you always." "If ye being evil know how to give good things to your children how much more shall your heavenly Father give good things to them that ask Him."

(4) It robs us of the joys and blessings God has given us. When I am murmuring and complaining about what I want which I do not have, I am overlooking the great mercies and blessings I do possess. It may be true that I do not have all that I want but I have much more than I deserve. My circumstances may not be as good as I want them to be, but neither are they as bad as they could be. Besides the royal command, we have the cure for heart trouble. It is faith! "Let not your heart be troubled — ye believe in God, believe also in Me." There is no want He cannot supply; there is no sickness He cannot heal; there is no danger He cannot prevent; there is no misery He cannot remove; there is no sin He cannot forgive; there is no enemy He cannot defeat. Christ is God in our nature — so near at hand and so accessible to our faith. David said in Psa. 42:5 — "Why art thou cast down, 0 my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me? Rope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance." -- H.T.M.



There is something terribly wrong with us if we can hear of the Lord Jesus Christ being crucified for our sins and not be moved by it. There is something terribly wrong with us if we can go away unmoved, quickly talking about the things of this world and not speak of Him Who loved us and washed from our sins in His own blood!! There is something terribly wrong with us if we claim to believe Him Who endured the shame of the cross and yet we are ashamed to confess Him. Could it be there is no life in us? Could it be there is no true love there? “Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2 Cor. 13:5). There is something terribly wrong with us if we do not know nor care to know. Something terribly wrong!

Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

April 1st . 2018

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..……………….… The Faith of Abraham – Romans 4:1-25

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………………………… He Shewed Himself Alive – Acts 1:1-14


Our spring meeting this year will be May 26th – 27th . The Lord willing, brother Gabe Stalnaker will be preaching to us on Saturday morning and Sunday morning, with lunch each day.


Birthdays: April 3rd – Steven Parks, 14th – Wesley Hudson, 17th – Betty Groover & Emma Holland


Cleaning: This week: Pendrys, Next Week: Fannins / / / Nursery Today: Kathryn


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In Another’s Righteousness – By Horatius Bonar, Scotland, 1808-1889


In Another's righteousness we stand; and by another's righteousness are we justified. All accusations against us, founded upon our unrighteousness, we answer by pointing to the perfection of the righteousness which covers us from head to foot, and in virtue of which we are unassailable by law, as well as shielded from wrath. Protected by this perfection, we have no fear of wrath, either now or hereafter. It is a buckler to us, and we cry, "Behold, 0 God, our shield; look upon the face of Thine Anointed"; as if to say, Look not on me, but on my Substitute; deal not with me for sin, but with my Sin-bearer; challenge not me for my guilt, but challenge Him; He will answer for me. Thus we are safe beneath the shield of His righteousness. No arrow, either from the enemy or from conscience, can reach us there. Covered by this perfection, we are at peace. The enemy cannot invade us; or if he try to do so, we can triumphantly repel him. It is a refuge from the storm, a covert from the tempest, a river of water in a dry place, the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. The work of righteousness is peace; and in the Lord we have righteousness and strength. Beautified with this perfection, which is the perfection of God, we find favour in His sight. His eye rests on the comeliness which He has put upon us; and as He did at viewing the first creation, so now, in looking at us as clothed with this divine excellency, He pronounces it "very good." He sees "no iniquity in Jacob, and no transgression in Israel." "The iniquity of Jacob may be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found" (Jer. 50:20). This righteousness suffices to cover, to comfort, and to beautify. But there is more than this.

We are justified that we may be holy. The possession of this legal righteousness is the beginning of a holy life. We do not live a holy life in order to be justified; but we are justified that we may live a holy life. That which man calls holiness may be found in almost any circumstances, of dread, or darkness, or bondage, or self-righteous toil and suffering; but that which God calls holiness can only be developed under conditions of liberty and light, and pardon and peace with God. Forgiveness is the mainspring of holiness. Love, as a motive, is far stronger than law; far more influential than fear of wrath or peril of hell. Terror may make a man crouch like a slave and obey a hard master, lest a worse thing come upon him; but only a sense of forgiving love can bring either heart or conscience into that state in which obedience is either pleasant to the soul or acceptable to God.



I will take heed to my ways.” — Psalm 39:1


Fellow-pilgrim, say not in your heart, “I will go hither and thither, and I shall not sin;” for you are never so out of danger of sinning as to boast of security. The road is very miry, it will be hard to pick your path so as not to soil your garments. This is a world of pitch; you will need to watch often, if in handling it you are to keep your hands clean. There is a robber at every turn of the road to rob you of your jewels; there is a temptation in every mercy; there is a snare in every joy; and if you ever reach heaven, it will be a miracle of divine grace to be ascribed entirely to your Father’s power. Be on your guard. When a man carries a bomb-shell in his hand, he should mind that he does not go near a candle; and you too must take care that you enter not into temptation. Even your common actions are edged tools; you must mind how you handle them. There is nothing in this world to foster a Christian’s piety, but everything to destroy it. How anxious should you be to look up to God, that He may keep you! Your prayer should be, “Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe.” Having prayed, you must also watch; guarding every thought, word, and action, with holy jealousy. Do not expose yourselves unnecessarily; but if called to exposure, if you are bidden to go where the darts are flying, never venture forth without your shield; for if once the devil finds you without your buckler, he will rejoice that his hour of triumph is come, and will soon make you fall down wounded by his arrows. Though slain you cannot be; wounded you may be. “Be sober; be vigilant, danger may be in an hour when all seemeth securest to thee.” Therefore, take heed to thy ways, and watch unto prayer. No man ever fell into error through being too watchful. May the Holy Spirit guide us in all our ways, so shall they always please the Lord. – C.H.S.



The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding” – Proverbs 9:10

A God given fear of God is the first part of saving wisdom. Understanding that God is our Creator and Judge and we have sinned against Him, produces a godly fear. And then to know the Lord Jesus Christ as the Holy One of God, Who is made unto us righteousness. This is wisdom “from above” and this is understanding

Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

April 8th . 2018

9:30 am ……………………….………………………………………………………….... Justified By Faith – Romans 5

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………..………A Woman Beloved, Yet An Adulteress – Hosea 3:1


We need to do some maintenance and improvements to our building and grounds. There are some pressing needs right now, such as a new roof, basement entryway and many other things. We do not want to borrow money (nor do we beg or have fund raisers). The Lord provides by laying it on our hearts to give to the cause. David thanked the Lord for making him and the people willing to offer their time and gifts toward the building of the temple (1 Chr.29:14) Beginning today, we will start a building fund. If you feel led to give toward this, mark an envelope with ‘Building Fund’. Also, we will be needing every able person in the near future to carry out some of these projects.


Birthdays: April 14th – Charles Wesley Hudson, 17th – Betty Groover & Emma Holland, 21st – Jennifer Holland

Cleaning: This week: Sheesleys, Next week: Berrys & Bobbitts / / / Nursery Today: Jill Ogle


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Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.” – Hebrews 12:2


  1. True faith is looking unto the Lord Jesus and not to my faith! It is not when, where, or how, but WHOM!

  2. True faith is looking to the Lord Jesusand not to my works. Their presence nor absence is not my righteousness. He is our righteousness.

  3. True faith is looking unto the Lord Jesus and not to my trials. As long as Peter looked to Christ, he walked! When he looked to the wind and waves; he sank!

  4. True faith is looking to the Lord Jesus and not to the means of grace. We must not confuse the doctrines of grace and the means of grace with grace itself . . . HIMSELF! Reading the Bible, prayer, worship, offerings, study and orthodoxy, baptism and good works; are all means of grace and growth – but only looking to Christ as our all in all keeps them from becoming filthy rags. – author unknown



THE LONGSUFFERING OF GOD


A proud atheist once stood with a group of people, shook his fist toward the sky and said, “If there is a God, may he prove himself by striking me dead right now”. After a long pause, in which nothing happened, the atheist smiled and said, “You see, I’ve proved there is no God.”

One man in the crowd responded, “All you have proved is that God is longsuffering to put up with such arrogance and unbelief in such puny creatures as we are.”

The apostle Paul wrote of God’s longsuffering towards the wicked – “What if God, willing to shew His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction;” (Romans 9:22). God may put up with the proud boastings of unbelieving men for a while, but His wrath is certain to come upon all who continue in such arrogance unto death. Our only hope is God’s mercy in Christ. Paul went on to write – “And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,” (Romans 9:23). Sinner, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth,” (Proverbs 27:1). Run to Christ and beg for mercy! – unknown



As you would that men should do to you,

do ye also to them likewise” – Luke 6:31


This verse is commonly called the ‘Golden Rule’ and what a wonderful rule it is. If we (by God’s grace) could put this in practice much good could be done for others (as well the good it would do for us). Do we want others to show us….

Mercy? . . . . . . . Then be merciful.

Forgiveness? . . . Then we must be forgiving

Patience? . . . . . Then we must be patient with others.

Kindness? . . . . . Then show great kindness.

Would we have others befriend us? . . . Then be a friend. Would we like to receive a call? a card? a visit? an invite? . . . Don’t let the lack of others keep you from doing to them as you would that they should do to you. For it is truly more blessed to give than to receive. Those who do not unto others rob themselves of a blessing. Go learn what this meaneth.


Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

April 15th . 2018

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..………………..……..… Much More Then – Romans 5:6-11

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………………………..…… Lost and Found – Luke 15

Tuesday: 7:00 pm …………………………………………………………………………… Brother Clay Curtis Preaching

The Lord willing, brother Clay Curtis will be here to preach to us on Tuesday Night @ 7:00pm. He is passing through and must return on Wednesday, so we are moving our service. Also, the Lord willing, I will be preaching next weekend in Ashland, Kentucky, for Hurricane Road Grace Church, Frank Tate, pastor. In my absence brother Cody Henson from Kingsport Sovereign Grace Church will be preaching for you.

Set aside Saturday, April 29th, for our spring clean-up workday.


Birthdays: April 17th – Betty Groover & Emma Holland, 22nd – Rick Kess, 30th – Red Huff

Cleaning: This Week: Bobbitts & Berrys, Next Week: Teresa, Bonnie, Aimee / / / Nursery Today: Karen


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Brethren Listen!


Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” . . . “He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the WRATH OF GOD abideth on him.” (Mark 16:15-16, John 3:36)


You have wives, husbands, parents, sons and daughters, grandchildren . . . that do not know the Lord; that do not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. They are going to perish if they do not hear and believe the Truth. Do you talk to them? Are you able to bring them to hear the Word? Are they under your roof and under your influence? If you care for their souls you must tell them, you must talk to them, you must bring them. It is your purpose in life to bear witness to your Lord. Nothing else matters. Nothing! Do not let the god of this world blind your minds with the things of this world so that you do not see it for what it is . . . TEMPORARY . . . PERISHING! Scripture says, “Seeing that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness” (2 Pet.3:11). What do you talk to these lost ones about? How we ought to have our affection set on things above, how we ought to talk of those things, rather than things on earth. O’ what manner of persons we ought to be in all seriousness and earnestness, rather than vain, light, frivolous, and worldly minded persons. Brethren, the time is short. Very soon it will be as though we had no wives, husbands, children or things, and the only thing that will matter is whether we have the Son. For “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” . . . “shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”



But Something was Wrong!


Rolfe Barnard told about a young preacher who graduated from a Bible institute and began to preach the easy-believism gospel which he had learned in school. His Bible teachers had the dispensations all arranged, prophecy all figured out, methods perfected to attract the biggest crowds, soul-winning procedures down pat, and “how to build a great church” neatly wrapped in a fool-proof package.

This young preacher made sure to use every gimmick, every tactic, and every invitation in his effort "to win men to Christ” and he was very successful! The people heard his easy-believism message and they accepted Jesus as their saviour from hell, as the supplier of their financial needs, and as the healer of their bodies. And, for good measure, they were told that they were eternally secure in their decision and could never be lost.

BUT SOMETHING WAS WRONG! The young man detected no fruit of the Spirit in his great congregation. He saw no love for Christ, the Word, or even for other people. There was no faithfulness in worship, giving, and witnessing unless were motivated by threats, special programs, pledges, and contests. There was no hunger and thirst for righteousness, no meekness and humility; there was only divisions and strife!

Upon hearing the truth himself, in desperation, he resigned from this religious monstrosity and began all over again. But this time, instead of preaching easy-believism, he preached man's ruin and God's remedy in Christ. He declared salvation to be the gift and work of Christ. He demanded that men repent and receive Christ, not only as Saviour, but as the Sovereign Lord of their entire lives. And he called for unconditional surrender, total submission, and heart faith in Jesus Christ.

This way was difficult, as Christ said it would be. The message was offensive, as Christ said it would be. But the result was the miraculous calling out of bond-slaves and disciples to Christ and the young preacher’s heart rejoiced in the presence and fellowship of his Lord. (As told by Henry Mahan)


Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

April 22nd . 2018

9:30 am Bible Study

10:00 am Message ………….…………………..………………………………….… Brother Cody Henson Preaching


*** We welcome Cody and Rachel Henson back with us. Brother Cody is from Kingsport Sovereign Grace Church in Kingsport, Tennessee. He will be bringing both messages today. I am preaching in the Ashland, Kentucky conference.


Birthdays: April 22nd – Rick Kess, 30th – Red Huff, May 4th – Teresa Patterson, 5th – Jennifer Hodges, 9th – John Davis

Cleaning: This Week - Teresa, Bonnie, Aimee Next Week: Kesses / / / Nursery Today: Aimee

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Perfecting Holiness in The Fear of God -- 2 Corinthians 7:1


v. 1. ‘Dearly beloved, since we have the great promises of God in Christ (2 Cor. 1:20) adoption, God is our Father and we are his children; justification, we are righteous, redeemed and sanctified (1 Cor. 1:30); glorification, we shall be like Christ and reign with him for ever (Rom. 8:16-18), let us cleanse ourselves from everything that would defile body and spirit.’ By the grace of God (1 Cor. 15:10), through the word of God (Ps. 119:9-11), with the aid of God's Spirit, let us keep ourselves clean, not only from fleshly corruption such as intemperance, drunkenness, profanity, dishonesty, sexual impurity and idolatry, but also from error of spirit such as pride, envy, covetousness, malice, evil thoughts and self-righteousness. ‘Perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord.’ By holiness is not meant the work of perfect sanctification of the believer before God, for that is wholly the work of Christ, who is our sanctification and righteousness (Heb. 10:14; Rom. 3:19-22; 10:3, 4). But this is holiness of life, walk, conduct and conversation to which we are called and which is the mark and evidence of a true believer (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 4:21-24). This walk of obedience is motivated not only by God's love for us and our love for him (2 Cor. 5:14, 15), but ‘in the fear of the Lord’ (Prov. 3:7; 16:6). The fear of the Lord for a believer is not slavish fear, or a fear of wrath and hell, but a reverential affection as a child for a father. The fear of the Lord arises from awe, trust, respect and dependence upon him, and a view to his glory and approval (2 Cor. 5:9). Henry Mahan’s commentaries



How Do You Hear?


Many hear the gospel carelessly, caring nothing for their souls, the glory of God, or the will of God. Others hear the preached Word critically, only listening for the preacher to say something they can differ with and criticize. Multitudes hear the preaching of the gospel selectively, hearing only what they want to hear. Saved sinners hear the Word profitably, saying as they hear, Speak Lord, for thy servant heareth Thee.” -- Don Fortner



Shut Up and Mind Your Own Business”


That is a rude translation of a portion of 1 Thessalonians 4:11 which says, “And that ye study to be quiet (shut up), and to do (mind) your own business.” That man who has learned anything about his tongue realizes what an unruly evil it is. “The tongue can no man tame”, James says. If we are going to be quiet, it will take a lot of study.

  Most people could never become a medical doctor for the simple reason it takes too much study. But studying for a degree in the medical field is nothing compared with getting a degree in quietness. The hours required discourages most from even thinking about it. And it always requires refresher courses.

Some people think they have no business to mind. They have run their own business into the ground, so they try to mind someone else’s. If they ever had a “pray without ceasing business’, they have so neglected it they have all but shut the door. At one time they ran that very profitable ‘give attendance to reading’ business but that business is doing nothing but collecting dust. If they ever had the business of ‘pure religion’, they have no heart or time for it any more. And there is that business, if minded, will take up so much of one’s day light he’ll not have the time or energy to poke around in another man’s business – I mean the business of ‘self-denial.’

O, my! How many wars have been started? How much affection has been lost? How many churches have split? How many poor pastors have been discouraged half to death? How much good work has been brought to nothing? All because someone stopped minding their own business and was poking their nose into someone else’s.

If we insist on running another man’s shop for him, don’t be surprised if he quotes this verse to us, and maybe gives us the rude translation too.  -- Bruce Crabtree


 “ I reckon he is a Christian indeed that is neither ashamed of the gospel nor a shame to it.” -- Matthew Henry


Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

May 6th. 2018

9:30 am Bible Study

10:00 am Message ………….…………………..………………………………………... Messages by John Chapman


We welcome John and Vicky Chapman back with us. Brother John is pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Springlake, North Carolina. John and Vicky are old friends of this church and we are glad to have them back again. I am preaching today in Winston, Georgia for Calvary Baptist Church, Terry Worthan, pastor.


Birthdays: May 5th – Jennifer Hodges, 9th – John Davis, 14th – Mike Anderson, 16th – Melanie Hudson

Cleaning: This Week - Kesses, Next Week - Canterburys /// Nursery Today: Teresa & Janine Wednesday: Vikki


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Beware of Giving Comfort Before its Time


It is one of the most unwise things under heaven to comfort people who have not yet closed with Christ in heart faith. When people manifest an interest in the gospel and give an ear to our message, we must not allow our love for them and our zeal for their conversion to lead us to offer them rest when they need strong words to shut them up to Christ. Any friendship with the pastor and church people which gives an unbeliever cheer, fellowship, and ease short of a union with Christ is dangerous. A sinner’s main business is to come to Christ himself, to love Christ, to rest in Christ. Then comes church fellowship, rest, and the joys of the body. There is no half-way house before believing in him! – Henry Mahan



A New Creature


Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

-- 2 Corinthians 5:17


The Lord Jesus Christ does not show blind men how to see. He gives them new eyes and they see Him! The Lord Jesus Christ does not tell deaf men how to hear. He gives them new ears and they hear Him! The Lord Jesus Christ does not beg lame men to walk. He gives them new legs and they leap as an hart, and follow Him! All who are in Christ receive a new mind of repentance toward Him, a new will that bows to Him, a new heart that believes and loves Him. Yes, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature! -- Gabe Stalnaker



Follow Peace and Holiness – From Henry Mahan’s Commentaries


Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” – Hebrews 12:14


Follow peace with all men.’ To follow peace and harmony with others is not only to desire it, but to exert the utmost in a man's power to attain it with everyone.

1. In the church. ‘How blessed it is when brethren dwell together in unity.’ Read Eph. 4:1-3; Col. 3:12-16.

2. In the home, between husband and wife, parents and children (Col. 3:18-21).

3. In our natural relationships with friends, neighbors, and co-workers, yea, even with our enemies as much as is possible (Rom. 12:17-20). Our God is the God of peace, our Saviour is the Prince of Peace, the fruit of the Spirit is peace, and we are called to peace and to believe the gospel of peace. Shall we be characterized as quarrelsome, trouble-makers, and contentious? God forbid!

Follow holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.’ There has to be a two-fold meaning here:

1. The holiness or righteousness of Christ, which is to be followed after by believing on him and receiving in him perfect sanctification and acceptance before God. ‘Ye are complete in him.’ (1 Cor. 1:30; Rom. 10:4; 2 Cor. 5:21.)

2. The holiness or Godliness of an obedient walk. ‘If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.’ If he is not a new person with a new attitude, a new character, and a new conduct, he is not in Christ and shall not enter heaven. We are justified by faith, and our faith is justified by our works (James 2:17-21; Gal. 5:22-26).



Content of Character is far more important than content of purse.”

My love to the brethren is no more than an expression of my love to Christ.”  If ye love me, keep my commandments. This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.” -- John 14:15 & 15:12 (*quotes by John Chapman)


Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

May 13th. 2018

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………………………….……. Dead To Sin – Romans 6

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………..


Birthdays: May 14th – Mike Anderson, 16th – Melanie Hudson, 18th – Olivia Holland , 23rd – Edwin Berry

Cleaning: This Week – Hudson, Next Week -- Hollands

Nursery: Today - Mary P. Wednesday: Lauren


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Buried and Risen To Walk In Newness of Life . – From a sermon by Henry Mahan


Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory

of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his

death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.” – Romans 6:4-5



Now men who are not in Christ are the servants of sin. Men who are not in Christ are under sin’s power. Men who are not in Christ are slaves to a master called sin! They can’t do otherwise because they don’t want to. They love their master just like you love yours. They are the servants of sin. They are the slaves of sin. We are not a people who have had a religious experience and are not the bond slaves of Christ. I worry about people who have religious experiences who have never heard any gospel. That’s dangerous. It’s impossible to have an experience in grace without hearing the gospel. . . .

. . . “If you have not the spirit of Christ you are none of His!” Now that’s just being honest. If we are dead with Him we are raised with Him and if a man is NOT raised with Him he didn’t die with Him!! Christ never left His sheep in the grave. He brought every one of them out! That’s true! But there are a whole lot of unsaved church members. Well that’s a fact too. I’m just being perfectly honest, that’s all. Just being honest with you. If we have been planted in the likeness of His death we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection. The power that raised Christ from the dead raised us too!

. . . Knowing this! I KNOW this! That our old man is crucified with Christ. That the body of sin might be destroyed. Men who are not in Christ are the servants of sin. They are under sin’s power. They are slaves to a master. We have been willingly, lovingly, delivered from that bondage. We KNOW who we have believed. We are not saying that sin is not in us. I’m not saying that. I know better and you know better. Sin is in us. There is a battle which we have. There is a conflict but sin is not our master. Christ is our Master. Our delight is NOT to serve sin. Our delight is to serve Him who bought us! Who loved us! Who redeemed us! Who sits on the throne in our heart with our full consent. We wouldn’t have it any other way



Only be thou strong and very courageous.” (Joshua 1:7) – From Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening


Our God’s tender love for His servants makes Him concerned for the state of their inward feelings. He desires them to be of good courage. Some esteem it a small thing for a believer to be vexed with doubts and fears, but God thinks not so. From this text it is plain that our Master would not have us entangled with fears. He would have us without carefulness, without doubt, without cowardice. Our Master does not think so lightly of our unbelief as we do. When we are desponding we are subject to a grievous malady, not to be trifled with, but to be carried at once to the beloved Physician. Our Lord loveth not to see our countenance sad. It was a law of Ahasuerus that no one should come into the king’s court dressed in mourning: this is not the law of the King of kings, for we may come mourning as we are; but still He would have us put off the spirit of heaviness, and put on the garment of praise, for there is much reason to rejoice. The Christian man ought to be of a courageous spirit, in order that he may glorify the Lord by enduring trials in a heroic manner. If he be fearful and fainthearted, it will dishonour his God. Besides, what a bad example it is. This disease of doubtfulness and discouragement is an epidemic which soon spreads amongst the Lord’s flock. One downcast believer makes twenty souls sad. Moreover, unless your courage is kept up Satan will be too much for you. Let your spirit be joyful in God your Saviour, the joy of the Lord shall be your strength, and no fiend of hell shall make headway against you: but cowardice throws down the banner. Moreover, labour is light to a man of cheerful spirit; and success waits upon cheerfulness. The man who toils, rejoicing in his God, believing with all his heart, has success guaranteed. He who sows in hope shall reap in joy; therefore, dear reader, “be thou strong, and very courageous.”




Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

May 20th . 2018

9:30 am ………….……………………………..………….. Dead To The Law By The Body of Christ – Romans 7:1-12

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………The Lord Passing Through (Better Call!) – Luke 18:35-43

*** NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE THIS WEEK

Birthdays: May 23rd – Edwin Berry, 29th – Jeanette Berry, June 2nd – Charles Hudson

Cleaning: This week – Hudsons, Next week – Hollands / / / Nursery Today: Jill / Kathryn


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Our meeting with brother Gabe Stalnaker begins this weekend. Services begin Saturday morning at 10:00. All come, and invite a visitor. No Wednesday service this week.

We need help setting up tables downstairs after service this morning.



If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, 0 Lord, who shall stand?” -- Psalm 130:3


OUR Lord does not mark our iniquity. He does not keep a record of our sins as a reminder for the Day of Judgment, nor does He take note of them that He may exact from us a penalty now. No, the Lord does not mark our iniquities. But oh! How our iniquities marked the Lord! There was never a stain upon Him but that which our sin put there. There was never a stripe of judgment on Him but what was laid there for our sins. And it is by these very marks that our Lord is known, for when Thomas’ doubts demanded proof that this man was really “this same Jesus,” the Lord showed him the marks created by the nails and spear — marks made in Him by our sin. In the heavenly chorus of Revelation 5, Christ is described as the Lamb “as It had been slain.” There, in the appearance of the Lord, were the marks our sin laid upon Him.

These marks both humble and encourage us. Forever they shall testify that we were sinners in need of Redemption. There can be no self-righteous pride in the presence of Him who bears the marks of our sin. Shall a man boast of self-good while staring at those wounds? Can we look for a deserved crown bestowed by the hand scarred with the punishment of our sin? I think not.

Yet those awful marks of our sin also testifies a most wonderful truth to our hearts: those wicked sins are paid for. Even as we are humbled at the sight of the marks, we are emboldened by them to come to the One Who bears those marks and find complete forgiveness for the sins that made those marks. Because our sins marked the Lord, the Lord shall never mark our sins! Joseph Terrell, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Rocky Valley, Iowa



Love & Friendship

. . . “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” – Proverbs 17:17


The Lord Jesus Christ is the “friend of sinners”, Who loved His own before the world began, loved them while they were yet sinners, and loves them to the end. Christ is the Son of God and the firstborn among many brethren. He is the Elder Brother Who was born for adversity; born to bear the sin of God’s people. He is that Friend that sticketh closer than a brother. He will never forsake His friends and brothers. May we be the same friend and brother to our brethren, loving them in the depth of their sins, loving them fervently¸ loving them when they need it most, loving them when they are experiencing great adversity and trouble. Let us love at all times, for we were born again for these times.



An Outline Worth Repeating From Psalm 23 -- by Henry Mahan, 1997


The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want . . .

1. For REST - “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.”

2. For PEACE - “He leadeth me beside still waters.”

3. For FORGIVENESS - “He restoreth my soul.”

4. For HOLINESS- “He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”

5. For FELLOWSHIP - “For Thou art with me.”

6. For COMFORT - “Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.”

7. For PROVISIONS - “Thou preparest a table before me”

8. For ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD - “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”

9. For ANYTHING IN THE WORLD TO COME - “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”



Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

May 27th. 2018 .


10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………………..……… Message by Gabe Stalnaker

*** LUNCH FOLLOWING SERVICE THIS MORNING

Wednesday: 7:00 pm ………………………………………………………………….…….. Faith And Virtue – 2 Peter 1


Birthdays: May 29th – Jeanette Berry, June 2nd – Charles Hudson, 22nd – Nancy Parks, 23rd – James Holland

Cleaning This Week: Hollands, Next Week: Davises / / / Nursery Today: Melanie


Listen to WYTI Radio, 1570 AM - 104.5 FM, Sundays 8:00 am

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It has been a joy and a blessing having Gabe and Hannah Stalnaker back with us. May the Lord bless Gabe as he preaches today and bless the church there in Kinsport for years to come.



Four Things Comfort The Child Of God In Trials And Afflictions -- by Gabe Stalnaker

  1. We can trust the God who appointsthem. (1 Thess. 3:3)

  2. We can trust that He knows our frame. (Psalm 103:14)

  3. We can trust that goodwill always be waiting at the end of the trial. (Romans 8:28)

  4. We can trust that one day soon He will “…stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” (1 Thess. 3:13)



The Gospel Rule of Life – From William Gadsby’s Catechism, 1809


Question: Is the gospel, in all its branches, a sufficient rule of life to a believer in Christ?


Answer: Yes; for through the life-giving power of the Spirit, faith lives upon Christ, the Living Head, and the gospel precepts (commands) are the believer’s rule in the world, in the family, in the church, and in case of personal offences.

(Jn.14:21; Rom.6:14 & 8:9-11, 14; 2 Cor.9:8; Gal.6:14-16; Phil.3:16; Col.3:1-3)


Taking Sides With God Against Ourselves


 “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good” (Romans 7:15-16)


 Paul says, “For what I would, that I do not.” That word “would” in this verse means to “choose and determine.” What Paul is saying is this, “What I want to do, desire to do, what I would choose, determine and prefer to do, I don’t do! Paul adds further, “But what I hate, that do I.” Paul is saying, “I want to do what’s right.” “I would prefer to do what’s right.” “In my mind, I choose and determine to do what’s right.” BUT I DON’T DO IT, and I HATE IT THAT I DON’T!

 Paul continues and says, “If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.” It is here that Paul takes sides with the law of God. Paul condemns his evil. Paul mourns his transgressions. He consents that the law is good, and that God is right! Let me give you an illustration. If a man commits a crime and the law finds him guilty, he is judged by the law. He is found guilty according to the justice of the law. He is sentenced according to the parameters of the law. His condemnation, according to the law, results in him being put behind bars. Will that condemned man dare say that the law is the reason that he is incarcerated? It isn’t the law that put him there, it is his offence, his crime, and his sin that did.

 The law of God is good. God is right and just. Aren’t you glad that Christ died the “JUST” for the “unjust,” to bring you to God? Do you see that it is YOUR sin that condemns you before God? It is then that the saved sinner will do as Paul did. He will take sides with God against himself and plead and beg for His mercy.

David Eddmenson


 “ We better praise God that He saves ANY than charge Him with injustice because He saves so few.”

-- Augustus Strong, 1836-1921



Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

June 3rd . 2018

9:30 am ……………………….…………………………………………………..…… Two Men Within – Romans 7:14-25

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………….…… The Gift of Precious Faith – 2 Peter 1:1

Wednesday 7:00 pm ………………………………………………………………..………. Faith & Virtue – 2 Peter 1:1-12

Birthdays: June: 22nd – Nancy Parks, 23rd – James Holland, 24th – Patrick Holland, 25th – Walter Groover

Cleaning: This week – John & Irene, Next week – Steven & Mary / / / Nursery Today: Aimee/Karen


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Thy People Shall Be Willing” (Ps. 110:3).


God’s elect worship and serve Him with willing hearts. We willingly believe, willingly worship, willingly give, and willingly do what we can for the glory of God. It is God Who, by effectual grace makes us willing; but we are willing servants of the most high God! Any worship, service or gift offered to God that is not done with a willing heart is an abomination to Him.

Scott Richardson


Please Don’t Call Me Reverend

Who art thou? What sayest thou of thyself.” – John 1:22


I received a piece of mail this week that was addressed to me as Reverend David Eddmenson. I cringe every time I see that title in print or hear it audibly. There is nothing “reverend” about me. The definition of the word “reverend” is: “deserving of deep respect or reverence.” In and of myself I am deserving of one thing and one thing only. I deserve severe judgment and eternal condemnation.

Though the office of a preacher or a pastor is to be respected, and one of honor, the man who occupies the office is no different than any other sinner by nature. We are ALL sinners who “come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Like Paul I see myself as, “less than the least of all saints.” (Ephesians 3:8) By birth and by practice, there is nothing that would qualify me to be called “reverend.”

Natural and religious men and women love titles. Like the Pharisees of old, they love to be seen, honored, respected and made a fuss over as they walk through the streets of life. They desire to dress and act in a way that draws attention unto themselves and Christ exposed them by saying, “You desire to be honored and respected and to outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” (Read the whole chapter of Matt. 23)

The true called servant (bond slave) and messenger of God will always distance themselves from flowery titles and the praise of men. The apostle Paul introduced himself in Romans 1:1 as simply, “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.” When John the Baptist was asked in John 1:22, “Who art thou? What sayest thou of thyself? He answered plain and simply, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord.”

The child of God does not desire special treatment or honorable titles. Their focus and intention is single-fold. They simply desire to point sinners to the Lord Jesus Christ, who Himself is salvation. Paul said in 1 Corinthians chapter 2, verse 2, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Jesus Christ is the preacher’s Master and Message. No, please don’t call me “reverend.” Simply call me David. I’m a servant, a bond slave, just a voice crying in this spiritual wilderness for sinners to trust in Christ alone for salvation. – David Eddmenson



Submit To The Higher Powers -- “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.” (Rom 13: 1)


Rebellion against authority is a terrible sin promoted in our day. Do not follow the world as they follow the devil in the promotion of anarchy. Submit to all in authority “for there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” (Rom 13: 1) It means every person in authority is put there by God. Therefore, to resist them is to resist God. And all who do so shall receive from God through that person in authority that which is their just due. You have nothing to fear from those in authority as long as you obey, “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.” (Rom 13: 3-5) -- Clay Curtis



Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

June 10th . 2018

9:30 am ……………………….…………………………….…. Walking After The Spirit, Not The Flesh – Romans 8:1-14

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………… The Groaning Of God’s Children – Romans 8:15-27

Birthdays: June 22nd – Nancy Parks, 23rd – James Holland, 24th – Patrick Holland, 25th – Walter Groover

Cleaning: This Week - Steven & Mary Next Week - Debra & Mindy / / / Nursery Today: Lauren / Elizabeth


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FAITH AND UNBELIEF


1. Faith believes the Word of God; but UNBELIEF questions the certainty of it (John 20:31; Ps. 106:24).

2. Faith believes the Word, because it is true; but UNBELIEF doubts it, because it is true (1 Tim. 4:3; John 8:45).

3. Faith sees more in a promise of God to help, than in all other things to hinder; but UNBELIEF, notwithstanding God’s

promise, says, “how can these things be?” (Ro. 4:19-21; 2 Kings 7:2; John 3:11-12).

4. Faith will make you see love in the heart of Christ, when with his mouth he gives reproofs; but UNBELIEF will imagine

wrath in his heart, when with his mouth and Word he says he loves us (Matt. 15:22-29; 25:24).

5. Faith will help the soul to wait, though God defers to give; but UNBELIEF will take offense and throw all away, if God

makes any tarrying (Ps. 25:5; Isa8:17; 2 Kings 6:33).

6. Faith will give comfort in the midst of fears; but UNBELIEF causes fears in the midst of comfort (2 Chr. 20:20-21;

Matt. 8:26; Lk. 24:25)

7. Faith will suck sweetness out of God’s rod; but UNBELIEF can find no comfort in his greatest mercies (Ps. 23:4; Num.

21:1-5).

8. Faith makes great burdens light; but UNBELIEF makes light ones intolerably heavy (Matt. 11:28-30; Mal. 1:11-13)

9. Faith helps us when we are down; but UNBELIEF throws us down when we are up (Matt. 14:30-31; Mic. 7:8-10; Heb. 4:11)

10. Faith brings us near to God when we are far from him; but UNBELIEF puts us far from God when we are near to him

(Heb. 10:22; 3:12-13).

11. Where faith reigns, it declares men to be the friends of God; but where UNBELIEF resigns, it declares them to be his

enemies (Ja. 2:23; Heb. 3:18; Rev. 21:8).

12. Faith puts a man under grace; but UNBELIEF holds him under wrath (Rom. 3:24-26; Eph. 2:8; John 3:36; 1 John 5:10;

Heb. 3:17; Mark 16:16; John8:24). - Bruce Crabtree



The New King James Version is Corrupt!


The ‘New King James’ version of scripture is a corrupt version. Many changes and omissions have been made to the original KJV which corrupt the true meaning of God’s Word, but only one example is needed.


King James: Revelation 19:8 – “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the

fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”

New King James: Revelation 19:8 – “And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine

linen is THE RIGHTEOUS ACTS OF THE SAINTS.”

This is an absolute denial of the whole truth of the gospel. This verse begins by telling us the (bride) was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white . . . not that she arrayed herself. And that fine linen, clean and white, is her righteousness covering. Everyone who knows the truth knows that the righteousness of the saints, that righteous covering, that wedding garment . . . is the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ imputed, imparted, covering and filling the saints. Christ is made unto them righteousness. To say that the robe which the saints wear is a robe of their making, their acts . . . is self-righteousness of the worst sort. It is blasphemous. It is a total perversion of the Truth and damning. This is one of many New King James perversions of the Truth, but one too many. It needs to be thrown out.



In one of his letters to Erasmus, Luther said, "Your thoughts of God are too human."  Probably that renowned scholar resented such a rebuke, the more so, since it proceeded from a coal miner's son; nevertheless, it was thoroughly deserved. We too, though having no standing among religious leaders of this degenerate age, prefer the same charge against the majority of the preachers of our day, and against those who, instead of searching the Scriptures for themselves, lazily accept the teaching of others. The most dishonoring and degrading conceptions of the rule and reign of the Almighty are now held almost everywhere. To countless thousands, even among those professing to be Christians, the God of the Scriptures is quite unknown.

Arthur Pink


Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

June 17th . 2018

9:30 am …………….…………………………….. Real Prayer: Groanings Which Cannot Be Uttered – Romans 8:26-27

10:00 am ……………………….…………………………………….. All Things Good and On Purpose – Romans 8:28-32


Birthdays: June 22nd – Nancy Parks, 23rd – James Holland, 24th – Patrick Holland, 25th -- Walter Groover,

Cleaning This Week: Debra & Mindy / Next Week: Tom & Helen / / / Nursery: Janine / Teresa


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The Only Way To Relieve Distress “If any among you be afflicted, let them pray.” – James 5:13


God doth afflict us not that we may swallow our griefs, but vent them in prayer. We have no other way to relieve ourselves in any distress, but by serious addresses to God; this is the means appointed by God to procure comfort to the distressed mind, safety to those that are in danger, relief to them that are in want, strength to them that are in weakness; in short, the only means for obtaining good and removing evil, whether temptations, dangers, enemies, sin, sorrows, fears, cares, poverty, shame, sickness. God is our only help against all these, and prayer is the means to obtain relief from Him; yea, all grace and strength, and the greatest mercies that we desire and stand in need of. – By Thomas Manton, England, 1620-1677



The Character of Grace


In Matthew 5:3-12, when our Lord gave his sermon on the mount, notice he did not start with the doctrines of grace, but the character and conduct of grace. He describes God’s children from a work of grace in them. This was far different than what the people thought. When they thought of God’s people, they thought of people like the Pharisees. We must be careful of judging who God’s children are by outward appearance. The Pharisees looked good outwardly, but inwardly, they were full of dead men’s bones, whited sepulchers. Salvation is in the heart first, then comes out in one’s life. – John Chapman



In The Sweat of Thy Face Shalt Thou Eat Bread, Till Thou Return unto the Ground” – Genesis 3:19


As a result of man’s rebellion against God and fall into sin, he is resigned to a lifetime of hard work. Mankind was given a life sentence of hard labour for his crime. Therefore we should resign ourselves to it, and accept it as our just due, without complaint. Nothing in this life will come easy to us. Everything will be hard won. Though some think to get things by their wit rather than work, it will quickly be lost, for “wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase” (Proverbs 13:11). Wealth obtained by lottery, litigation or speculation, is quickly spent and easily lost. Let this be a lesson to all, particularly the young. Nothing comes easy and if it does, it will just as easily go. Only things that are hard fought and won, things earned by hard work, are kept, appreciated and sweet. Why, the whole book of Ecclesiastes tells us of the necessity and value of hard work! And what an illustration of the gospel all of this is.

The false gospel being preached today would have us believe that the salvation of a soul is as easy as deciding between brands of detergent or something. Why, with just a simple choice or decision by us, all the “principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places” are defeated, turn tail and run. And someone “dead in trespasses and sins” . . . “captives to Satan” . . . “in the darkness of ignorance” . . . “no soundness in them”, yet a simple, quick decision and everything changes! What a lie! Only a fool would fall for fool’s gold.

The salvation of sinners was hard fought and hard won by the Lord Jesus Christ. It took the God-man, Jesus Christ, thirty three years of hard labour to fulfill God’s law and establish the perfect righteousness and holiness which God demands of man. He fought single-handedly with all the forces of evil throughout the universe to free His elect from captivity. He suffered the equivalent of an eternal hell while on Calvary’s cross, to pay the punishment due our sin. The salvation of God’s people was a great work performed at great cost by the great Saviour. And it was an accomplished work by Him that eternally saved every one of His people; the reward of which work shall never be lost or undone. It is not the wit or will of man, but the work of Christ which saves. And while it required no work on our part, “not by works of righteousness which we have done”, yet we are told to “labour to enter into that rest” (Hebrews 4:11). We are to labour to keep from labouring; labour against self, sin, self-righteousness, and worldliness. The believer is exhorted to works of faith and labour of love. It is not easy. It requires a cost, sacrifice, labour! And yet, here is the paradox: It is labour by resting. He said: “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest(Matt.11:28). But no, it is not easy. It is hard labour to throw out our works and ways and rest in Christ alone. It is labour to stop serving self and be a servant of Christ and His people. But the rest of a labouring man is sweet.  




Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

June 24th 2018

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………………………………….…..… If God Be For Us? – Romans 8:28-39

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………………..………… Sovereign Mercy – Romans 9


Birthdays: June 24th – Patrick Holland, 25th -- Walter Groover, July 6th – Winna Groover, 9th – Margaret Torrence

Cleaning: Dan & Jill / / / Nursery: Teresa


Listen to WYTI Radio, 1570 AM - 104.5 FM, Sundays 8:00 am

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Discerning True Doctrine – John Brine, 1750


How may we know that any doctrine is of the true grace of God? I answer:


If it exalts the glory of the grace of God as the sole and entire cause of salvation.

If it humbles the creature and excludes all boasting.

If it provides for the honor of God’s holy law and justice.

If it is a solid and sure ground of strong consolation to the believers.

If it is according to holiness.



When scripture speaks of God being ‘from above’, it is not speaking of direction (what we think is up or down) but of superiority; high and lifted up, as opposed to being lowly. Our God is all around us. “In Him we live and move and have our being.” We are like a bottle in smoke. David said: “If I make my bed in hell Thou art there.” How shall every eye see Him from all parts of the earth? How? All eyes will be opened to see Him as He is . . . omnipresent . . . everywhere. As Elisha’s servant’s eyes were opened to see horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha, all flesh shall someday see the Lord, as He is, all around us.



For every pain that we must bear

For every sorrow, every care

There is a reason!


For every falsehood that is said,

For every teardrop that is shed

There is a reason!


For every grief, for every trial

For every weary lonely mile

There is a reason!


For we will trust God as we should

All this will work for our good

Because God is the reason!

-- unknown



He who in his soul believes that man does of his own free-will turn to God, cannot have been taught of God, for that is one of the first principles taught us when God begins with us, that we have neither will nor power, but that HE gives both; that HE is the “Alpha and Omega” in the salvation of men. -- C. H. Spurgeon



 “Tale bearing emits a threefold poison; for it injures the teller, the hearer,

and the person concerning whom the tale is told” – Spurgeon



The Golden Rule:

As you would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” – Luke 6:31




Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

July 1st 2018

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………………………..… Message by Daniel Parks


Welcome . . . brother Dan Parks and Sandy. For any visitors, brother Dan is missionary to St. Croix, U.S.V.I. Dan and Sandy are old friends of this church and we are glad to have them back with us.

We are so thankful to our Lord for His mercy upon our brother and sister who were in hospital this past week. The Lord was merciful to them and us. We were praying for them and the Lord heard us. Brethren, continue to pray for all. Especially pray for the lost ones.

Birthdays: July 6th – Winna Groover, 9th – Margaret Torrence, 12th – JohnThomas Polk, 14th – Daisy Hudson

Cleaning: This week: Mac & Margaret, Next week: Paul & Mindy / / / Nursery today: Jill


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THE IMPORTANCE OF WORSHIP


 When the church of the Lord Jesus Christ meets, it is not the trifles of this world that should occupy her attention; she has much weightier matters to consider. The Scriptures say in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything. There is a time for political concerns; there is a time for social action; there is a time for education and recreation. But the gatherings of the church of the Lord Jesus are a time specifically dedicated to the worship of Jesus Christ! His praise, His word, His purpose, and His work is our theme. These times must be jealously guarded against any intrusion of mundane matters. Satan, the archenemy of our Lord, will take every opportunity to divert our attention from our blessed Lord. His most effective tactic is to introduce important worldly matters into the worship services of the church. As important as these matters may be, they cannot compare with the heavenly, eternal matters of Jesus Christ and His blood and righteousness. May our gatherings, as well as our minds, be kept pure and sincere toward Our Lord Jesus Christ. – Joe Terrell, Pastor, Rocky Valley, Iowa



Symptoms of a Fatal Disease


MOST fatal diseases do not show up immediately, nor do they kill someone overnight. They generally begin with little unsuspicious symptoms, such as a sniffle, a sore, a small lump or a brief pain. Most times the person ignores these little symptoms until they become much worse; so much so that others notice something wrong with them. So it is most times with the fatal disease called Apostasy.

Apostasy means departing from the living God, forsaking Christ and His people, departing from the faith, leaving the gospel and leaving the church. It most times begins with little symptoms, such as . . . no real desire to attend the worship services (but only do so to maintain appearances), no real fellowship with believers (quick to get in and out of services), avoidable absences from the worship service, little distractions at home, little temptations to work late, ‘little sins’ indulged (even enjoyed), the pull and call of the world, which, at one time was resisted, now quickly and easily answered.

The symptoms are many and varied, and if ignored, they eventually break out into glaring problems. The person begins to be unsociable with God’s people, unreachable, not easily entreated. They begin to resent and avoid the calls and concerns of their (supposed) brethren. They begin to find fault with their ‘brethren’ and especially the preacher. Rather than defend the preacher and their brethren, they take sides with others against them. Until finally they see no need to gather with ‘those people’ anymore, or listen to ‘that fellow’ anymore. Little do these apostates realize (nor do they care), but THEY HAVE MISSED CHRIST, . . . they “went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt would have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be manifest (revealed, exposed to all) that they are not all of us. (I John 2:19). Fact is, one who leaves never had life to begin with, never was born from above, never was quickened but was and is dead in trespasses and sins.

It is not too late if these words convict one’s conscience and prick one’s heart. If the symptoms are recognized early it does not have to be fatal . . . hurtful and injurious, yes . . . but not fatal! If you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself and are concerned, perhaps the Great Physician is dealing with you. The Lord will heal the backslidden in heart; He readily receives every returning, repentant prodigal. If left to our sinful selves we all would fall away. It can happen to anyone. Many have left and many more will do so, according to scripture (Luke 18:8). But, by the grace of God, all who call on Him, all who come to Him, all broken and contrite sinners, no matter how sinful, how fallen (or how many times), how wandering, how downcast and dirty . . . He mercifully receives and quickly and freely forgives (and so do the brethren).



Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

Website: www.centralgracechurch.com Email: centralgracechurch@gmail.com

July 8th 2018

9:30 am ……………………….………………………………………..…The Stumblingstone of Truth – Romans 9:22-33

10:00 am …………………….…………………..……… The Ark (hidden) Among The Flags – Exodus 2 / Hebrews 11:23

Birthdays: July 9th – Margaret Torrence, 12th – JohnThomas Polk, 14th – Daisy Hudson, 19th – Mary Parks

Cleaning: This Week: Paul & Mindy, Next Week: Tom & Helen / / / Nursery: Kathryn / Karen

*** PRAY for the means the Lord has given us to preach the Word. The new radio broadcasts begin this week . . . today!

Listen to live audio of services on: www.mixlr.com/centralgracechurch

Listen to: WYTI Radio – Rocky Mount, VA - 8:00 AM – Sundays -- 1570 AM / 104.5 FM,

Listen to: WLMR Radio - Chattanooga, TN – 8:00 PM – Tuesdays – 1450 AM / 103.3 FM

WFAM Radio - Augusta, GA – 6:15 PM – Tuesdays – 1050 AM

WDZY Radio - Richmond, VA – 10:15 AM – Saturdays – 1290 AM / 103.3 FM

KERI Radio - Bakersfield, CA – 8:45 AM – Saturdays – 1410 AM

WYYC Radio - York, PA – 9:30 PM – Sundays – 1250 AM / 98.1 FM


An Honest and Pure Heart -- “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart,

and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.” -- I Timothy 1:5


Several times when I was growing up and had done something I was not supposed to have done or had failed to do something I was supposed to have done, and was trying to keep it hidden, my mom (whom I often thought was a mind reader!) would remind me of that old adage, “Honesty is always the best policy.” And she was right.

In the kingdom of God, however, honesty is not merely the best policy, honesty is the only policy! There is no place in the kingdom of God for pretense, deceitfulness, or hypocrisy. God gives those whom He saves a new heart (Ezek.36:26), an honest heart (Matt. 5:8; Luke 8:15). Having been given a saving knowledge of God (John 17:2, 3; I John 5:20), the saints know that “all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Heb. 4:12, 13). They are conscious of the fact that their God knows their words before they speak them and their thoughts before they come to mind (Ps. 139:1-4). Who would dare pretend or practice hypocrisy before such a God? God’s people are honest before their God and with each other. They are God-conscious people, and are not moved by the smiles or frowns of the world. They are not trying to impress men, but seeking to please God. And “honesty is the only policy!” -- Maurice Montgomery



God's Perfect Will -- "That good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."  -- Romans 12:2


 God's will is "perfect". In it, there is no spot, no stain, no weakness, no error, no instability. It is and indeed must necessarily be as perfect as God Himself; for it emanates from Him who is all perfection; and is a discovery of His mind and character.  But when God's perfect will sets itself against our flesh, thwarts our dearest hopes, overturns our fondest schemes, we cannot see that it is a perfect will. But rather, are much disposed to fret, murmur, and rebel against it.

God's perfect will may snatch a child from your bosom; strike down a dear husband; tear from your arms a beloved wife; strip you of all your worldly goods; put your feet into a path of suffering; lay you upon a bed of pain and languishing; cast you into hot furnaces or overwhelming floods; make your life almost a burden to yourself!

How can you, under circumstances so trying and distressing as these, acknowledge and submit to God's perfect will; and let it reign and rule in your heart without a murmur of resistance to it? Look back and see how God's perfect will has, in previous instances, reigned supreme in all points, for your good. It has ordered or overruled all circumstances and all events, amid a complication of difficulties in providence and grace. Nothing has happened to your injury; but all things have worked together for your good.

Whatever we have lost, it was better for us that it was taken away. Whatever property, or comfort, or friends, or health, or earthly happiness we have been deprived of, it was better for us to lose, than to retain them. 

Was your dear child taken away? It might be to teach you resignation to God's sacred will. Has a dear partner been snatched from your embrace? It was that God might be your better Partner and undying Friend. 

Was any portion of your worldly substance taken away? It was that you might be taught to live a life of faith in the providence of God.  Have your fondest schemes been marred; your youthful hopes blighted; and you pierced in the warmest affections of your heart? It was to remove an idol, to dethrone a rival to Christ, to crucify the object of earthly love, so that a purer, holier, and more enduring affection might be enshrined in its stead. To tenderly embrace God's perfect will is the grand object of all gospel discipline. The ultimatum of gospel obedience is to lie passive in His hand, and know no will but His. . . "That good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." -- J.C. Philpot 


Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

Website: www.centralgracechurch.com Email: centralgracechurch@gmail.com

July 15th 2018

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………………..…… A Short Work Left on Earth – Romans 9:27-33

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………………… Escape For Thy Life – Genesis 19

*** NO WEDNESDAY SERVICE THIS WEEK ***

Birthdays: July: 19th – Mary Parks, 22nd – Barbara Ross, 24th – Vikki Patton, August: 1st – Joseph Parks

Cleaning: This Week: Canterburys, Next Week: Polks / / / Nursery: Elizabeth / Aimee


Listen to live audio of services on: www.mixlr.com/centralgracechurch

Listen to: WYTI Radio – Rocky Mount, VA - 8:00 AM – Sundays -- 1570 AM / 104.5 FM,

Listen to: WLMR Radio - Chattanooga, TN – 8:00 PM – Tuesdays – 1450 AM / 103.3 FM

WFAM Radio - Augusta, GA – 6:15 PM – Tuesdays – 1050 AM

WDZY Radio - Richmond, VA – 10:15 AM – Saturdays – 1290 AM / 103.3 FM

KERI Radio - Bakersfield, CA – 8:45 AM – Saturdays – 1410 AM

WYYC Radio - York, PA – 9:30 PM – Sundays – 1250 AM / 98.1 FM


Reading, Applying and Praying – By Thomas Brooks, England, 1608-1680


Read and apply God’s Word. Reading is but the drawing of the bow, application is the hitting of the mark. The choicest truths will no further profit you than they are applied by you; you were as good not to read, as not to apply what you read. The true reason why many read so much and profit so little is, because they do not apply and bring home what they read to their own souls.

Read and pray. He that makes not conscience of praying over what he reads, will find little sweetness or profit in his reading. No man makes such earnings of his reading, as he that prays over what he reads. Luther professeth that he profited more in the knowledge of Scriptures by prayer, in a short space, than by study in a longer. As John, the apostle, by weeping got the sealed Book open, so certainly men would gain much more than they do if they would pray over what they read. Ah, Christians! Pray before you read, and pray after you read, that all may be blessed and sanctified to you; and when you have done reading, usually close up with this: . . . So let me live, so let me die,

That I may live eternally.



"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation." -- Matthew 26:41

The entering into temptation is a different thing from temptation itself. "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation." A temptation presents itself, draws near to us, or we draw near to it. If conscience sound an alarm, and we keep, so to speak, to the windward of temptation, we are for the present safe. Temptation is a lee shore on which the wind fiercely blows; it is a coast strewed with a thousand wrecks, and with the bleached bones of innumerable drowned mariners. Keep the ship's head to windward, and she may weather the point; neglect sail and helm, and she will go ashore. David and Joseph were exposed to a similar temptation. David entered into it, and fell; Joseph was kept from entering into it, and stood. In the country you often see a footpath across a field; if we keep in it we are safe. But we may be tempted by various objects to diverge a little, to gather a flower, or saunter upon the banks of the river, or make a short cut across the fields. Whilst we are in the footpath, temptation may be very near, but we have not yet entered into it; we are upon the borders of it, but we have not yet entered into its territory.

Few, if any, enter into temptation without falling by it. The fly hovers round the spider's web; to touch it is to enter into it. The bird flies around the fowler's snare; to peck at the bait is to enter the trap. The moth flutters round the candle; to enter the flame is to burn its wings. The Lord's words were not, "watch and pray against temptation," but "that ye enter not into temptation." Few come out of temptation as they entered into it. How clearly James has described the difference between enduring temptation and falling by temptation. He does not say, "Blessed is the man who is free from temptation," but "who endureth temptation." Blessed is the man who is kept in the footpath, who sees temptation on every side, but endures it, is not drawn out of the path by it, for "when he is tried, he shall receive a crown of life." He has fought the good fight, won the battle, and shall receive the crown. But he adds, "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God." He must not say that the Lord presents temptation to him, and is therefore chargeable with it if he falls. "No," says James, "let that thought be abhorred. God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed." There is no sin in temptation, for the Lord Jesus was "tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin." Nor in lust is there practical, though there is speculative sin. It is when the two meet and embrace, and the will consents to the union, silencing the voice of God and conscience, that sin is produced. And thirdly, follows the fearful and fatal fruit, "Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death;" that is, as I understand it, death in the conscience, guilt, condemnation, and misery, and the deadening of all the fruits and graces of the blessed Spirit. – J.C. Philpot





Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

Website: www.centralgracechurch.com Email: centralgracechurch@gmail.com

July 22nd . 2018

9:30 am ……………………….……………………… Christ, The End of The Law For Righteousness – Romans 10:1-9

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…… The King’s Decree: Come Keep The Passover – 2 Chronicles 30

Wednesday: 7:00 pm ……………………………………………….… Teach Me, Give Me, Make Me – Psalm 119:33-40

Birthdays: July: 24th – Vikki Patton, August: 1st – Joseph Parks, 2nd – Doris Mahan & Tom Canterbury

Cleaning: This Week: Polks, Next Week: Pendrys / / / Nursery: Teresa / Aimee


Listen to live audio of services on: www.mixlr.com/centralgracechurch

Listen to: WYTI Radio – Rocky Mount, VA - 8:00 AM – Sundays -- 1570 AM / 104.5 FM,

Listen to: WLMR Radio - Chattanooga, TN – 8:00 PM – Tuesdays – 1450 AM / 103.3 FM

WFAM Radio - Augusta, GA – 6:15 PM – Tuesdays – 1050 AM

WDZY Radio - Richmond, VA – 10:15 AM – Saturdays – 1290 AM / 103.3 FM

KERI Radio - Bakersfield, CA – 8:45 AM – Saturdays – 1410 AM

WYYC Radio - York, PA – 9:30 PM – Sundays – 1250 AM / 98.1 FM


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The Spirit of True Preaching


There is a big difference in preaching at someone and preaching to someone. There is a big difference in preaching to condemn someone for being wrong, and preaching to convict someone that God is right. There is a big difference in loving to preach, and preaching in love to those you love.

Romans chapter 9 is as clear a passage in all of the Bible concerning God’s sovereign election, sovereign mercy, sovereign grace and power. But we need to begin preaching the Truth in the spirit in which Paul wrote it. He began by saying, “I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart . . . for my brethren, my kinsmen (vs.2-3). No man spoke the Truth more boldly or plainly, yet he did so ‘in love’ (Eph.4:15).

We need to uncompromisingly preach the Truth of the Gospel of God’s sovereign grace in Christ. But, O’ for the grace to preach the Gospel of Christ in the spirit of Christ, Who cried, “Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem!” Christ was the only One Who had a right to get mad at people, yet He wept over them. – (1989)



True Doctrine – By Horatius Bonar


ON TRUE DOCTRINE rests the worship of the true and living GOD. There is a tendency among many religious people to undervalue true doctrine, to exalt morality at the expense of the character of GOD and the teachings of our Lord, and to deny the importance of a sound creed. I do not doubt that sound creed has often covered an unsound life. But when I hear it said, “Such and such do not believe the doctrines of sovereign grace and substitution, but they love the Lord and are saved,” I wonder and ask, “What then was the Bible written for?” Is it no infallible expression of the mind of GOD? Is it no standard of Truth? Are we to believe what appeals to us and deny the rest? GOD FORBID! GOD’S Word declares the oneness of Truth and condemns every departure from the Truth as a DIRECT ATTACK ON GOD HIMSELF! Do not tell me that a man’s heart is right with GOD when his head contains a creed of error and denies the PERSON AND WORK OF THE REDEEMER.



 To be saved from sins is to be saved from ignoring and despising the authority of God. It is to abandon the course of self-will and self-pleasing. It is to forsake our way; it is to surrender to God’s authority; it is to yield to His dominion; it is to give ourselves over to be ruled by Him. One who has never taken Christ’s yoke upon himself and who is not truly seeking to please Him in all details of life and yet supposing he is resting in Christ is deceived.

Scott Richardson



Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

July 29th . 2018

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..……………………… The Word of Faith – Romans 10:4-11

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………………… Call and Be Saved – Romans 10:12-21

Birthdays: August: 1st – Joseph Parks, 2nd – Doris Mahan & Tom Canterbury, 4th – Laura Bobbitt, 6th – Abby Hudson

7th – Bonnie Stanley, 13th – John Sheesley Jr. 19th – Henry Mahan

Cleaning: This Week: Pendrys, Next Week: Fannins / / / Nursery Today: Debra (first) Helen (second)

Listen to WYTI Radio, 1570 AM - 104.5 FM, Sundays 8:00 am

Listen to live audio of services on: www.mixlr.com/centralgracechurch Website: www.centralgracechurch.com



Turn Away Mine Eyes From Beholding Vanity” – Psalm 119:37


The following hymn was written by Isaac Watts with the above verse in mind. Brother Watts was an English preacher and hymn writer, several of which we have in our book, all of them we sing. The words of the preacher in Ecclesiastes begins and ends with this sobering reminder, “Vanity of vanity, all is vanity.” Vanity means empty, unfulfilling, unable to satisfy; and so useless to try and get any lasting good from it. In fact, it is all deceiving. We are easily deceived into thinking that we can get any lasting peace, joy, happiness or pleasure from anything. ALL IS VANITY! What a good hymn our brother has written for us (one of many from Gadsby’s). Almost this whole page is taken up by it. It is worth reading, singing, and pondering.


How vain are all things here below;

How false, and yet how fair!

Each pleasure has its poison too,

And every sweet a snare.


The brightest things below the sky

Give but a flattering light;

We should expect some danger nigh,

When we possess delight.


Our dearest joys, and dearest friends,

The partners of our blood,

How they divide our wavering minds,

And leave but half for God!


The fondness of a creature’s love,

How strong it strikes the sense!

Thither the warm affections move,

Nor can we call them thence.


Dear Saviour, let Thy beauties be

My soul’s eternal food;

And grace command my heart away

From all created good.



Love Covereth

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.’ – Proverbs 17:9


If you truly love someone you do not rejoice in their sins or failures, nor do you want others to know about them. You do not want to talk about them, nor want others to talk about them, but want it all gone and forgotten. That is exactly the way the Lord loves His people and demands that we love them. So if we talk critically or judgmentally of our brothers, we are sinning against God and being divisive, sewing discord, and separating friends, which the Lord hates. Someone wisely said, that before we repeat a matter, ask yourself these questions; Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? Is it true? Do we know it to be a fact; did we hear it, see it? Is it kind? Is what I am saying about someone courteous and kind, with love and understanding? Is it necessary that I tell this to someone else? Is it good for the one I am talking about and good for the one who hears it? If we talk by this rule it might eliminate all gossip (for that’s all it is). He is no friend who talks badly to others of you. But he is a friend, who covers your faults and will not talk critically of you.