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

Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

January 3rd . 2020

9:30 am ………………….……………………………..………….... Preaching and Teaching Christ – Colossians 1:28-29

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………….… Strive To Enter the Straight Gate – Luke 13:24

Wednesday: 7:00 pm ………………………………………

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

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

 

 

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. You are their minister and they are your ministry.  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.”

 

 

"My Sins Are Ever Before Me"

 

  "My sins are ever before me," we cry with the fathers.  What is to be done about my sins? It is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. It is evident that no man is justified by the law. The tears of Esau would not restore his birthright. The water of baptism left Simon Magus in the gall of bitterness. Judas' confession that he had betrayed innocent blood only led him to suicide. The wonderful works professed in Matt. 7 were called "works of iniquity" by Christ. "How can he be clean that is born of a woman?" Here is the answer: "HE (the Lord of glory) APPEARED (came to earth in flesh) TO PUT AWAY SIN (all sin--past, present, and future) BY THE SACRIFICE OF HIMSELF."  "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit" (I Peter 3:18). – unknown

 

 

Access to God With Confidence

 

 In whom, (in Christ) we have boldness and access with confidence, by the faith of him. -- Ephesians 3:12

 

  Do you see anything in the above short verse that claims that we do anything to make ourselves holy? It is in Christ that the believer has boldness to come to God for mercy, grace and help. (Hebrews 4:16) It is only in the Lord Jesus that we have access.

   I was never required to call ahead for permission when I went to visit my parents. Why? I was their son. I never had to knock on their door to gain entry. I had a key!  I had access.  I had boldness and confidence that the key would open the door and that I was always welcome.  In Christ we have boldness and access with confidence, and do you see the cause of it?  It is all by the faith of Himthe Lord Jesus Christ. No, not faith in Him, but faith in what Christ my Lord, by His faithfulness to God, did for His elect in Him and for Him. This is why we preach that salvation is in a Person, it is in Christ, in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. (Eph.1:7)    -- David Eddmenson

 

 

One of Satan’s greatest devices to destroy saints is this, by making them first to be strange (cut themselves off from other believers), and then to be bitter, and jealous, and then to bite and devour one another. Christian, take heed! -- Thomas Brooks




Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

January 10th, 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………. The Mystery of God & Treasures of Christ – Colossians 2:1-5

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………… Jehovah Nissi: The Lord Our Banner – Exodus 17:15

 

 

To Our Congregation: Though we tried to thank you all individually, Mindy and I want to thank you collectively for all that you did (and do) for us.  Thank you for all the cards and gifts. Thank this church for your generosity to us and support of us both now, and throughout the years. We love you and are thankful for you, and consider it a great blessing to be a part of you and serve you.  In the words of scripture, we thank our God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of (ours) for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now” – Phil.1:3-5

 

 

Sweet, Amazing Manna! – Exodus 16:15

 

  When the Lord rained down manna (bread) from heaven for the murmuring people, they were amazed by it and grateful for it. It tasted of wafers dipped in honey; very sweet to them.  But after 40 years, many grew tired of the manna, calling it light bread; and lusted after the delights of Egypt.  The Lord Jesus Christ said: “I am the bread from Heaven.”

  Jesus Christ is the sweet, amazing bread of God, bread of life, bread from Heaven.  What a gift!, what a feast of joy and gladness is the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the hungry, sin-sick soul.  If anyone begins to lose their hunger for the gospel and is no longer amazed by God’s grace; if anyone grows tired of hearing Christ preached and looks for other things, the delights of this world, the religion of this world;  that person will not enter God’s promised land.  God is greatly offended, even angry, with those who have no love nor need for His Son . . . those who would rather have leeks and onions than Christ. 

 “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not life.” One of the surest signs of life and health is hunger.  He that hath a hunger and thirst, a need for and longing for God’s Son, hath life!  He that hath no abiding hunger for Christ; no abiding need to hear the gospel, hath not life.  Someone who has truly tasted that the Lord is gracious;  someone who has eaten the body and drunk of the blood of Christ; someone who has laid hold of the gospel of Christ with all his heart, mind and soul; someone who rejoices in Christ Jesus and Him crucified . . .  that person will continue to hunger and thirst for Christ; they will continue to need the gospel;  the gospel will still be amazing, yea more amazing to the end.  Words of Truth will always be sweet to them; words like, mercy, grace, love, propitiation, justification, sanctification, righteousness, redemption, forgiveness, pardon, salvation! Sweet, sweet words!  Manna for a hungry soul.  If it is so with you, be of good cheer! ?  If not, be alarmed!

 

 

A Sad But Evident Fact – by Maurice Montgomery

 

  Down through the years there have been many men and women who have heard the truth, and have apprehended the truth, but who have never been apprehended by the truth.  They have “gotten hold of the truth,” but the truth has never “gotten hold of them!” 

  This is evidenced by the fact that they are able to compromise the truth or turn away from it completely.  I have seen some turn from the truth of God to fables and commandments of men (II Tim. 4:4; Titus 1:14).  Others I have seen turn the grace of our God into lasciviousness, denying the power of God and His grace in the believer’s heart (Jude 4).  Still others, like Demas, I have observed going altogether back to this present, evil world (II Tim. 4:10).  It would have been much better for them had they never had the privilege of hearing the gospel, than to have heard it and turned away from it (II Peter 2:20-22). 

  Concerning the truth; that is, the salvation of guilty, hell-deserving sinners by Jesus Christ, there is not the slightest doubt in my mind (and heart) but that what I believe, confess and preach (what we believe) is the truth of Scripture. We have “gotten hold” of that truth, and thus far, by the grace of God, have not been able to compromise or turn away from it.  That is because the truth has “gotten hold” of our souls.  Christ crucified is no mere doctrine to us.  HE IS OUR LIFE!

 

“Keep us Lord, O keep us cleaving

To Thyself, and still believing.”

 

 

Ye Are Not Your Own – 1 Cor.6:19

 

  We are not our own; therefore, neither our reason nor our will should dominate our plans and actions. We are not our own; therefore, let us not make the gratification of our flesh our end.  We are not our own; therefore, as much as possible, let us forget ourselves and our own interests.  We are God’s.  Therefore let us live and die to Him. We are God’s.  Therefore, let His wisdom and His will govern our actions.  We are the Lord’s.  Therefore, let us . . . in every way in all our lives . . . run to Him as our only proper end. – John Calvin





­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

January 17th - 2021

  9:30 am ………………….……………………………..…………... Treasures of Wisdom & Knowledge – Colossians 2:3

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………………….… Like Precious Faith – 2 Peter 1:1

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ………………………………………

F  Message to Hear:   ‘How I Became the World’s Richest Man’ – by Henry Mahan  

  https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1220613356

 

 

Cast All On Christ

 

  The most difficult thing for any of us to do is to TOTALLY and COMPLETELY trust and rest in our blessed Lord Jesus to redeem us, sanctify us, and make us accepted of the Father. We are so prone to self-righteousness and works that we have a constant battle trying to remember that “man at his BEST STATE is altogether vanity” but also that, in his WEAKEST MOMENTS, is no less loved and accepted if he is in Christ. 

As Bro. Fortner said, “My relationship with the eternal God (in Christ) does in great measure determine what I do. But what I do (good or bad) in no way determines my relationship with the eternal God.” Actually, “In my flesh dwelleth NO GOOD THING.” It is in Christ that the Father is well-pleased; and only in Christ can He love, accept, and be pleased with me. 

  I did not come to Christ on the basis of my works, nor am I kept in Christ on the basis of my works! I looked to Him THEN for ALL THINGS, and I look to Him NOW for ALL THINGS! Any look within will serve only to discourage and depress me; but, looking to Christ, the author and finisher of my faith, will only encourage me, for He never changes. His gift of life and calling to grace is without change. 

  The command, “Look unto Me and be ye saved,” is not only the hope and strength of the seeking sinner, but it is the constant hope and strength of the believing sinner. I know my sins, but I rejoice in his grace. I know my weakness, but I rest in His strength. I know my emptiness, but I am complete in Him. 

  “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear” all because we do not cast our sins and our souls on Christ and LEAVE THEM THERE! -- Henry Mahan

 

 

A Better Year?

 

  I heard someone say that they hoped that 2021 would be a better year. I ask this question. Was God’s will done in 2020, yes? Was the purpose of God accomplished in 2020, yes? Are we (believers) one year closer to going home to be with our Lord, yes? Then I say, it was a great year. “Do not say, Why was it that the former days were better than these? For you do not ask from wisdom concerning this” (Ecclesiastes 7:10).  Remember, former days, present days, and future days are all the Lord’s days. – John Chapman

 

 

“CHRIST IS ALL, AND IN ALL” -- Colossians 3:11

 

  An excerpt from the first words of C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in 1861 are as follows: “My venerated predecessor, Dr. Gill, has left behind a Body of Divinity, admirable and excellent in its way; but the Body of Divinity to which I would pin and bind myself for ever, God helping me, is not his system, or any other human treatise; but Christ Jesus who is the sum and substance of the gospel, who is himself all theology, the incarnation of every precious truth, the all-glorious personal embodiment of the way, the truth, and the life.”

  Mr. Spurgeon was right on key. In our religion, the Christian religion, “Christ is” indeed “all and in all.” Our salvation is of Him, it is by Him, it is for Him, it IS HIM! He is its Author and its Substance.  Everything about the Christian religion is viewed in its connection with Him - every doctrine, and every precept, and every privilege, and every duty, and every precious promise.  He is that great Fountain from which all spiritual blessings flow to His dear people – ever full, yet ever flowing to each and every one of His needy people

 It is to Christ that his people are continually coming, of Him they are continually learning, on Him they are continually feasting, and in Him they continually find rest and peace – all by grace through faith – IN HIM!  -- Maurice Montgomery

 

 

Faith Not Sight … The apostles saw and heard the Lord in person, yet they did not fully understand nor believe Him until He had been crucified, buried, risen and ascended.  Then they really knew and believed Him; Who He was, why He came, what He did for them.  Same with every believer.  Also, since “the just shall live by faith”,  the apostles  had to walk by faith, not sight, same as all believers.  Faith, not sight glorifies God and is the surest evidence that He is and that He is in us.


Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

 January 24th - 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………...Trust Christ, Not Philosophy – Colossians 2:1-12

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………..………… Fret Not; Trust, Rest & Wait – Psalm 37:1-11

 

F  Lord willing, I will be preaching next Sunday for Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Ewing, New Jersey, where brother  Clay Curtis is pastorIn my absence brother Cody Henson will preach for you.

 

 

Confidence in Christ --  “It is Finished” – John 19:30

 

  Look for a moment at the implicit confidence we place in what Christ has done.  That is of vast importance.  The Lord Jesus Christ not only engaged for the work of our salvation, but He did it. Has He magnified the law, or has He not?  Has He satisfied stern justice, or has He not?  Has He bruised the old serpent’s head, or has He not?  If He has, then we have nothing to fear from any of those quarters.  If He has not, then we are all lost.  An Arminian gospel is damnation to the whole of mankind.  A contingency, an uncertainty, a probability, a peradventure, strikes at the pillars of Jehovah’s throne, and vows to overturn the existence of Deity.  Give me certainties, or take my Bible and burn it – give me certainties, or never name Christianity in my ears.  I bless the Lord that this is where our steadfastness is.  Here we can rely.  The law urged its demands, Christ Jesus went to the end of the law, met it all, and vowed, while on earth, that not a jot nor tittle should pass away, till all was fulfilled.  He did this; and He having accomplished all that the law can claim, the believer in Jesus Christ may look up with confidence and say, “There is now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.”  Blessed, precious gospel!  God Almighty make you steadfast in it!  Has He bruised the old serpent’s head?  Did He accomplish what the first promise stated concerning Him, and predicted of His perfect work?  Certainly he got a bruise at His hell, and His sufferings and sorrows in Gethsemane and on Calvary were marks and proofs of that:  Omnipotence, bruised his head, vanquished the prince of darkness; and rescued the entire election of grace from his grasp?  “I will contend with them that contend with thee, and I will save thy children,” was the promise, and, consequently, “the lawful captive shall be delivered, and the prey shall be taken from the mighty.”  He has done it.  Had He not done it, would He have dared to say on the cross, in His expiring moments, “It is finished?”  Did not heaven then rejoice? Did not hell tremble? Did not the earth heave and throw up her dead?  Did not the temple vail rend from top to bottom by an unseen hand?  Were not all those who were around His cross astounded?  Why all the solemn convulsions which darkened the sun at mid-day?  Oh!  It was through that mighty triumph – “It is finished.”  My hearer, is your confidence there?  A finished work, a finished salvation, a finished righteousness.  Can you rest there? -- Joseph Irons (1785- 1852)

 

 

As He Prayed

 

 “And praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him.”

      -- Luke 3: 21- 22

 

  We may consider this descent of the Holy Ghost three ways: as an answer to prayer; as a miraculous testimony; and as a significant emblem.

  The Lord  had just been baptized; and was now going to enter on his public office; and we are told he prayed . Whether  he prayed vocally or only mentally, we know not: but he prayed really. And if prayer was necessary for him, can it be needless for us? And he prayed exemplarily; and has taught us, like himself , to pray after we have been engaged in any ordinance, and before we enter on any undertaking . Nor did he pray in vain.  Indeed the Father heard him always, because he always prayed according to the will of God. And how prompt was the answer! It reached him in the very act of devotion: And praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him .” It was the same in the Transfiguration: As he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering .” The prayer of faith is always immediately heard, and if it be not always immediately answered, it is not from a want of disposition in God to bless us, but because he is a God of judgment, and waits to be gracious. But if we consult the Scripture; and appeal to our own experience; and especially observe, not only the benefit we have derived from prayer, but in it ; we shall know that he is a God at hand and not afar off; and verify the truth of his own word: “It shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer ; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” -- William Jay (1769-1853)

 

 

GOD is not the little old man upstairs. He is a consuming fire, even a jealous God (Deut. 4:24). God is not softly and tenderly calling sinners to let Him have His way in their life. Our Holy God is commanding men and women everywhere to repent and turn from their transgressions so iniquity shall not be their ruin. (Ex. 18:30) God does not love everybody, He loves those that He gave Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph.1:4). Christ did not die for everyone. He died only for those that God chose to be conformed to His image (Rom. 8:29). I wish men and women would speak of God according to the Truth of His Word, instead of ignorantly in unbelief. – David Eddmenson






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

January 31st - 2021

  9:30 am Bible Study

10:00 am Service……………………….…………………..…………………….…………….… Messages by Cody Henson

 

*** Our hearts and prayers are for Sara Manning upon the passing of her husband Mark Manning. We didn’t get to know him long but are thankful for the time he was with us.  May the Lord give great grace and comfort to you Sara.

 

F  Welcome back brother Cody Henson from Kingsport Sovereign Grace Church. Brother Cody has been with us many times and it is good to have him back to preach the gospel to us.  I am preaching for the church in New Jersey this morning.

 

 

Before Sermon.During Sermon.After Sermon – by Henry Mahan

 

  There is not one heart alive that does not need to be prepared to worship, to enter into the presence of God, and to hear the Word of God for this hour. We would do well to rise a little earlier, to read the Scriptures, and to arrive at the house of God in time to get our greetings over with and prepare to worship the King in an attentive and prayerful fashion.

  During the sermon, with the open Bible before us, we should give the most sincere attention to the minister. Let our eyes, ears, and thoughts be directed to the message not to those about us. The birds of night use every subtle means to rob us of the life-giving seed. A crying infant, a late comer, a sleeping companion, a slip of the tongue by one who speaks - any and all things are used to make one turn attention from the Word.

  And I am certain that many serious impressions have been lost through the idle chit-chat and foolish talk after the sermon. We feel that we must talk, and I suppose that we must, for we cannot stand around and stare at one another. Love and fellowship must be expressed. But wouldn't it be more profitable for us to direct our conversation toward the message, the Scriptures, the mercies and blessings of God in Christ? That our hearts not wander from spiritual impressions made by the Word!  

 

 

Faith in The Dying Christ and Risen Christ

 

  "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus." -- 2 Corinthians 4:10

 

  The two aspects, if I may use the expression, of our gracious Lord, in which are wrapped up all our faith, and hope, and love, are a dying Jesus and a risen Jesus; Christ in his sufferings and death, Christ in his resurrection and life. This is the Christ of God, this is the Son of God in whom we believe unto life eternal, as he is presented to our view in the Scriptures of truth, and by the inward teaching and testimony of the Holy Ghost. If, then, you do not believe in a dying Christ and in a risen Christ, your faith is not the faith of a Christian. Now just see how this bears upon our text. Why do we bear about the dying of the Lord Jesus? It is that the life of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. As then we bear about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus; as we suffer with Christ, die with Christ, and enter by faith into the mystery of his crucifixion so as to be mystically and spiritually crucified with him, we rise, so to speak, out of this death into union with the risen, living Christ, so as to derive life and strength, grace and power out of his glorious fulness. For he is risen from the dead: he is no more in the tomb, into which he sank in all the weakness of death; but is risen again, and was thus "declared to be the Son of God with power." Yes, he has gone up on high, and now sits at the right hand of God in the highest heavens. He is gone within the veil, to be the High Priest over the house of God; there, too, he rules and reigns as King in Zion; and there he ever lives as our glorified and risen Head. As, then, we bear about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, as crucified with him and conformed to his death, so as "risen with him," there is even now in our body a manifestation of his risen life. – J.C. Philpot

 

 

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Gen. 1:3)

 

  And God said…. I wonder sometimes am I listening. Is there anybody listening to the words and out-speaking of our great God? Do we intently listen to the preached word with anticipation and delight? We have a tendency to get down and depressed when we do not see any outward visible outcomes of years of uplifting the Glorious, Sovereign Grace of Christ. But look at the text again my friend, God spoke and it happened. Whether we believe the testimony of God or not, His will is being accomplished! Do we trust in the substitute for sinners? Have we laid hold of our righteous one totally and completely? I am reminded of something my old friend and faithful gospel preacher said to me once; Jack Shanks said “I looked around me and saw but a few who truly loved the God-Man, His word and His record; and then he said…’who hath believed our report’; .sometimes it seems only a few here and there, but blessed be our Lord, you, my friends have believed, through the proclamation of the word of His grace!” We are the objects of His pure and wonderful love… So when His gospel is being preached, according to His own un-moveable will, there will be the light of the glory of His Son shinning forth into some poor lost sinner’s heart. Rejoice if you have been made to see Christ in the splendor of His Light! – Drew Dietz



Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

February 7th – 2021

 

  9:30 am Bible Study………………………………………………………………... Complete in Christ – Colossians 2:8-12

10:00 am Service……………………….…………………..……………………Gathered Under His Wings – Luke 13:31-35

 

*** Our hearts and prayers are for Sara Manning upon the passing of her husband Mark Manning.  May the Lord give great grace and comfort to Sara and family.

 

Message to Hear: ‘Many & Few’– D. Eddmenson -- https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12318812540

 

F It is easy to overlook the bulletin board downstairs with the various schedules, so we will begin posting the church cleaning schedule and lawn mowing list in the weekly bulletin. 

 

Cleaning Schedule:  This week – Canterburys,  Next Week:  Polks

 

 

Before Sermon.During Sermon.After Sermon – by Henry Mahan

 

  There is not one heart alive that does not need to be prepared to worship, to enter into the presence of God, and to hear the Word of God for this hour. We would do well to rise a little earlier, to read the Scriptures, and to arrive at the house of God in time to get our greetings over with and prepare to worship the King in an attentive and prayerful fashion.

  During the sermon, with the open Bible before us, we should give the most sincere attention to the minister. Let our eyes, ears, and thoughts be directed to the message not to those about us. The birds of night use every subtle means to rob us of the life-giving seed. A crying infant, a late comer, a sleeping companion, a slip of the tongue by one who speaks - any and all things are used to make one turn attention from the Word.

  And I am certain that many serious impressions have been lost through the idle chit-chat and foolish talk after the sermon. We feel that we must talk, and I suppose that we must, for we cannot stand around and stare at one another. Love and fellowship must be expressed. But wouldn't it be more profitable for us to direct our conversation toward the message, the Scriptures, the mercies and blessings of God in Christ? That our hearts not wander from spiritual impressions made by the Word!  

 

 

Faith in The Dying Christ and Risen Christ

 

  "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus." -- 2 Corinthians 4:10

 

  The two aspects, if I may use the expression, of our gracious Lord, in which are wrapped up all our faith, and hope, and love, are a dying Jesus and a risen Jesus; Christ in his sufferings and death, Christ in his resurrection and life. This is the Christ of God, this is the Son of God in whom we believe unto life eternal, as he is presented to our view in the Scriptures of truth, and by the inward teaching and testimony of the Holy Ghost. If, then, you do not believe in a dying Christ and in a risen Christ, your faith is not the faith of a Christian. Now just see how this bears upon our text. Why do we bear about the dying of the Lord Jesus? It is that the life of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. As then we bear about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus; as we suffer with Christ, die with Christ, and enter by faith into the mystery of his crucifixion so as to be mystically and spiritually crucified with him, we rise, so to speak, out of this death into union with the risen, living Christ, so as to derive life and strength, grace and power out of his glorious fulness. For he is risen from the dead: he is no more in the tomb, into which he sank in all the weakness of death; but is risen again, and was thus "declared to be the Son of God with power." Yes, he has gone up on high, and now sits at the right hand of God in the highest heavens. He is gone within the veil, to be the High Priest over the house of God; there, too, he rules and reigns as King in Zion; and there he ever lives as our glorified and risen Head. As, then, we bear about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, as crucified with him and conformed to his death, so as "risen with him," there is even now in our body a manifestation of his risen life. – J.C. Philpot

 

 

F  Oh, for one more Sunday!  Oh, to listen once more to an honest preacher, though his words might be clumsy and uncouth!  Oh, to hear a voice once more say, "Come to the Lord Jesus while the day of mercy lasts!"  I tell you sirs, some of you who make so light of Sundays, and think preaching is but a pastime, so that you come here to hear us as you would go to hear some fiddler on a weeknight, I tell you, sirs, the lost in hell reckon these things at a very different rate, and so will you ere long, when another preacher, with skeleton fingers, shall talk to you upon your death-bed.  Ah! then you will see that we were in earnest, and you were the players, and you will comprehend that what we said to you demanded earnest, immediate attention, though, alas! you would not give, it, and so played false to your own soul, and committed spiritual suicide, and went your way like a bullock to the slaughter, to be the murderers of your own spirits! -- C.H. Spurgeon






Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

February 21-2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..………………..…… Complete in Christ – Colossians 2:8-15

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………….. Supper is Ready: Come! – Luke 14:16-17

 

F  Cleaning Schedule:  This Week:  Pendrys,  Next Week:  Parks

 

 

What Suits Me – by Donald Bell

 

  Being the sinner I am, knowing my weakness and inability, God has provided me just what I need; He suits my needs.

  His Word suits my need. It tells me of God and who He is, what He does in this world and what He will do in the world to come. His Word tells of His absolute sovereignty, of how He can be a just God and savior. That salvation is by His will not, man’s. That salvation is what God does for man, not what man does for God.

  His Will suits me from the top of my head down to my feet. I know His will is the best thing for me. Thank God He has not left me to my will, but in his infinite wisdom orders all things for my good and His glory. His Will is perfect, which suits my imperfection.

  The Lord Jesus Christ suits my needs as a sinner: His blood cleanses me from all sin, His obedience is given in place of my rebellion, and His righteousness is given to me in place of my righteousness, which is a filthy rag.

  His word tell me Christ Jesus came to save sinners….I’m one of them. That He came to seek and save the lost, I was one of them. In fact I was so lost that only He could find me, and bless His holy name, He found me and saved me from my sin which was so great.

  His word tells me that not only has He saved me from my sin and my rebellion, but that He will carry on His work. Not one for whom He died will ever be cast out, which gives assurance that I will not ever be forsaken of Him.

  Yes, everything from His Word, His will, and His Son and the salvation that He has given me suits me perfectly.

 

 

Sin Experienced, Salvation Enjoyed – J.C. Philpot

 

  We do not learn that we are sinners merely by reading it in the Bible. It must be wrought, I might say, burnt into us. Nor will anyone sincerely and spiritually cry for mercy, a sense of pardon and reconciliation by the application of atoning blood, until sin in its misery, in its dominion, in its guilt, in its entanglements, in its wiles and allurements, in its filth and pollution, and in its condemnation, is spiritually felt and known. Where the Holy Ghost works, he kindles sighs, groans, supplications, wrestlings, strivings, and pleadings to know Christ, feel his love, taste the efficacy of his atoning blood, and embrace him as all our salvation and all our desire. And though there may, and doubtless will be, much barrenness, hardness, deadness, and apparent carelessness often felt, still that heavenly Teacher will revive his work, though often by painful methods; nor will he let the quickened soul rest short of a personal and experimental enjoyment of Christ and his glorious salvation.

 

 

Doing All To The Glory of God – by David Eddmenson

 

   Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. -- 1 Cor.10:31

 

  Life, what’s it all about? What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? What is our purpose here on earth? These are questions that people often ask. There are a lot of books written concerning these questions, which sadly are all about us! But there is only one Book needed to answer these selfish questions, and that is the Book of God, the Holy Bible, the Word of God.

  Everything that you need to know about your life, about who you are, about why you are here, and about your purpose while here, is written in this Book. What does this Book say? What does God say? Is life all about us? Is our life in this world all about our successes? Is life here on earth all about our comforts? We sure act like it is. Are we here to build our dynasty, record our legacy, leave our mark on society, have our names written down in history? We sure act like we are. Is that what your life is? Do we so selfishly live for ourselves, and the vanity of our own lusts, that we don’t even consider the glory of our Savior and our God in the matter?

  Paul, in this short statement, brings every believer back to reality from their selfish vanity. Whatever we do in this life, whether we eat or whether we are hungry, we must give all the glory to God. Whether we drink, or whether we are thirsty, we give all the glory to God! Paul wrote to the church at Philippi and said, “For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:11-14) In short, life here is not about us, but all about the glory of God in the Lord Jesus Christ. Child of God, whatever you do, do all to the glory of God!   




Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

February 28th - 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….………………………………..… Let No Man Judge or Beguile You – Colossians 2:13-23

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………… A Wonderful Story at the Beautiful Gate – Acts 3:1-11

 

F  Message to Hear – ‘Gray Hair & Ignorance’ (HTM)  https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=112205153057

 

Cleaning Schedule:  This Week -  Steven & Mary,  Next Week – Teresa & Polly

 

 

Death and Life in a Believer – J.C. Philpot

 

  "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus,

  that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body." 2 Corinthians 4:10

 

  It is in this earthen vessel, our poor mortal body, that both the death of Jesus and the life of Jesus are manifested. In the trouble, the perplexity, the being cast down, is the dying of Jesus; in not being distressed, in not being in despair, in not being forsaken, in not being destroyed, is the life of Jesus. Thus in the same body there is a dying Christ and a living Christ, Christ in his cross in his weakness, and Christ at the right hand of God in his power. To know these two things is to know the power of Christ’s resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, those two divine blessings which the soul of Paul so longed to realise and experience. In the knowledge then, the experimental knowledge, I mean, for all other is of no avail, of Christ crucified and Christ risen, consists the spiritual life of a child of God. So to live is to live a life of faith in the Son of God. So to live is to be baptised with that Spirit wherewith Paul was baptised when he said, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." The present life of Christ at the right hand of God the Father, is the source and foundation of all our present life. "Because I live, ye shall live also," was His gracious promise when here below; and He is gone up on high, to fulfil that promise and make it effectual. He is "our life," and this life must be made manifest in our mortal flesh, manifest to ourselves, and manifest to others; manifest to ourselves by the communication of light, life, liberty, and love, manifest to others by the fruits of a life and conversation adorning the gospel, and by walking in all holy obedience to its precepts.

 

 

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; until it becomes evident to others something is wrong.  So it is  with the fatal disease called apostasy. 

 Apostasy means departing from God, departing from the faith, leaving the gospel, forsaking the assembly of the church, the saints.  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 (concerned) brethren.  They begin to find fault with their ‘brethren’ and especially the preacher.  Until finally they see no need to gather with ‘those people’ anymore, nor 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. and readily receives every prodigal. If left to our sinful selves we would all 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, no matter how sinful, how fallen (or how many times), no matter how wandering, how downcast and dirty, He mercifully receives and freely forgives. “For thus saith the Lord God of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.” (Isaiah 30:15)  





Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

March 7th - 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………………….……. Let No Man Judge You – Colossians 2:14-23

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………………….… In No Wise Cast Out – John 6:37

Message to Hear: ‘Last Words’(HTM) --  https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4131681004

Cleaning Schedule:  This Week:  Teresa & Polly,  Next Week:  Sara &

 

 

Trust in the Lord – by John Chapman

 

 For believers who are fearful, for whatever reason, here is the best advice that I can give. What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee Psalm 56:3.  Don’t trust in riches for they will fail, don’t trust in the arm of the flesh for it is weak, but trust in the LORD,  who has the power to make all things work together for our good. “Be still my soul, the Lord is on thy side.”        

 

 

It Shall Not Come Nigh Thee –by J.C. Philpot

 

"A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee." Psalm 91:7

 

  When Noah was shut up in the ark, Noah and the favoured few, you know how they were tossed about, the rains coming down from heaven, the waters rushing and dashing below. The windows of heaven were opened and the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and while they were thus dashed upon the waters, not a drop came in unto them that were within. "It shall not come nigh thee." So you see the believer may be surrounded with troubles, and yet "it shall not come nigh him." 

   And there is something more in the expression used in reference to the making of the ark: "And shalt pitch it within and without with pitch" (Gen. 6:14). Now, it is a most remarkable fact that the word pitch in Hebrew (the word is Gopher) signifies also atonement. Now see, the slime or pitch with which the ark was daubed within and without kept every drop of water out. This very expression for slime or pitch in the Hebrew signifies also atonement; and is it not the atonement that keeps out the water?  Can anything but the atonement keep the soul from the waters of God’s wrath and from the floods of vengeance that shall sweep away the world with the ungodly?  There is nothing but the atonement, and that bears up the soul, and keeps out every drop of rain. "It shall not come nigh thee." "Many sorrows shall be to the wicked, but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about." "And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement." "Received the atonement." This is it, to have the "atonement." God cannot twice exact payment for the debt. He is satisfied; he has declared that he is well pleased with the righteousness of his beloved Son. He exacts no more; his justice demands no more, and, therefore, fury is not in him.

 

 

THE BELIEVER'S WALK -By  Charles Pennington

 

The Greek word ‘penpateo’, translated 'walk' in the New Testament, is always used figuratively in the epistles. It means: to live, and denotes the course, tenor and direction of that life. The believer's walk is to be such as is honoring to the Lord Jesus Christ and is to "adorn the doctrines of God our Saviour". Our walk is not aimless, neither are we without directions concerning our walk. When, In the Scriptures, we are told to walk, we are also given instructions on how we are to walk as well as the gospel principles which motivate our walk. Here are some Scriptures concerning the way to walk:

1 . In newness of life – Rom 6:4. 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.
2. After the Spirit – Rom 8:4. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
3. In honesty – Rom 13:13. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
4. By faith – 2 Cor. 5:7. (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
5. In good works – Eph 2: 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
6. In love – Eph 5:2. And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.
7. In wisdom – Col 4:5. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
8. In truth – 2 John 1:4. I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy
children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

 

May God enable us, as children of Light, to walk in this manner.






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

March 14th - 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..………..………………….. Dead Yet Alive – Colossians 3:1-4

10:00 am …………………………….…………………..…………….… My Times Are In Thy Hands – Psalm 31:15/Eccl.3

Wednesday:  7:00 pm …………………………………………………… The Cross & Cost of Discipleship – Luke 14:25-35

Cleaning Schedule:  This Week:  Sara & Helen,  Next Week:  Mike & Karen

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

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

Message to Hear: by John Chapman: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=219211512185575

 

 

-- The most tremendous judgment of God in this world ithe hardening of the hearts of men. -- John Owen

 

-- Health is a good thing; but sickness is far better, if it leads us to God. --  J.C. Ryle

 

-- Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.” -- Matthew Henry

 

-- Us in The World, Not the World in Us -- Ships travel through water. But the mariner must be diligent to not let the water enter the ship. For the water coming into the ship can sink it.  Likewise, we travel through the world. But our soul must be diligent to not let the world enter us. For the world coming into us can sink us. – Daniel Parks

 

 

“And when he (Peter) thought thereon, he wept.” – Mark 14:72

 

  Doddridge supposes that this is intended to express not only the immediate sensibility of Peter, but his feeling through life, and that he always wept at the thought of his vile and ungrateful conduct. His sin was certainly very aggravated; and, with all his failings, he was a man of very tender affections and great sincerity.

  But sorrow arising from such a source is not peculiar to our apostle. All the people of God should feel a penitent disposition at the review of their sin.  And who, when they look back, can be at a loss for materials of self-accusation and contrition? There are the sins of our unregenerate condition. There are the sins we have been capable of since we have been called to the knowledge of the truth. All these we are to judge of, not by their grossness, but by their guilt. In the number of our sins, we are to rank our omissions of duty, our non-improvement of our time and talents, the defectiveness of our aims and motive, and the departures of our heart in love and confidence from the blessed God.

  Some would prevent the effect of such self-inspections, by the notion that there is no evil in the sins of God's people. But their sins are worse than those of others, by reason of the nearer relations in which, and the greater obligations under which they are committed. They have also, in sinning, greater difficulties to overcome. They have not only sinned against greater love but, greater light; and they have been convinced of the evil and bitterness of sin, and have had a wounded spirit which they could not bear. Their sins, also, are more injurious with regard to others: distressing the strong, stumbling the weak, confirming the prejudiced, hardening the wicked, causing the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, and the way of truth to be evil spoken of. And is all this nothing?  Did Micah think so? Who, says he, is a God like unto him, who passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? – Micah 7:18

  But suppose the Christian is led to see that his standing is secure, and that God is pacified towards him. Will he weep then? Yes; he will weep the more. The goodness of God will lead him to repentance, and he will sorrow after a godly sort, like a dying saint, who being asked why he wept, answered, I weep, not that my sins may be pardoned, but because I hope they are pardoned.

  Let us, then, never be ashamed or afraid of such tears as Peter shed. Nothing is so becoming and reasonable. Other grief may be excused, but this can be justified. Other sorrow may render us amiable in the eyes of our fellow-creatures, but this is extolled of God: "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, God, thou wilt not despise." This brings us within the reach of the promises: "They that sow in tears, shall reap in joy". "Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted." It is not easy, or perhaps possible, to make others comprehend this, but there is a pleasure even in the frame itself; and they who are the subjects of it well know that their happiest moments are their most tender ones, and, with Augustine, they can bless God for the "grace of tears." Here is a proof of our being under the renewing of the Holy Ghost. If the heart of stone was not taken away, how could I feel and grieve? And if there was nothing in me but nature, how could I feel and grieve for sin?  There is nothing more useful in the divine life than this disposition.  It endears the Savior and his atonement, and his righteousness, and his intercession, and his grace. It makes me cautious and circumspect: in this temper of mind I cannot expose myself to temptation, or trifle with sin, but be always watchful and prayerful.  Blessed is the man that feareth always.

        – William Jay





Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

March 21st 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………………………… True Discipleship – Luke 14:25

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………………….…….  Burnt Offering of the Son – Genesis 22

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ………………………………………

 

Cleaning Schedule:  This Week:  Andersons,  Next Week:  Hudsons

 

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

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

 

 

Practical Theology -- by Henry Mahan

 

  How blessed it would be for us, and for all who cross our paths, if we could put our theology into deeds and not mere words.  We profess to believe in God’s immutable sovereignty and then constantly mourn over our lot in life.  We claim to believe in God’s purpose and providence, but fill every ear that will listen with our discontent and our sad state of affairs. Usually those who do the most complaining have, in reality, the least to complain about; while those who have serious handicaps, heavy burdens, and deep sorrows find a reason to praise the Lord and rejoice in His blessings.  I need not remind you of God’s anger with Israel because of their murmuring, or to remind you of the words of our Lord, “Take no anxious thought for what you shall eat, drink, or wear” or to remind you of the words of Paul, “Let your conversation be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have.”  No! I need not remind you of these words; for you have read them, taught them, and perhaps preached them.  Then our problem is not ignorance of the Word and will of God (perhaps it would be better if this were our problem); our problem is identified in Hebrews 4:2, “The Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”  It is a heart problem, for out of the heart the mouth speaks. And truthfully, our complaints are not with men, who are but second causes, but with God WHOM WE SAY is the first Cause and Lord of our lives.  I can understand the free-willer (whose God is but a puppet of man’s permission) complaining, murmuring, and finding fault with all about Him.  But the most inconsistent person living is the professed Christian who says he believes, “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men and giveth it to whomsoever He will” or “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”, and then fills the air about with a constant stream of complaints and reasons why he should be somewhere else or doing something else, or blessed in a more abundant measure.  A certain cure for anxious care is TRUST. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him!”

 

 

They Repented Not To Give Him Glory

 

 “And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, Which hath power over these plagues:  and they repented not to give Him glory.” – Revelation 16:9

 

 All things were created by God for His glory. “The heavens declare His glory”; and the created things in the earth give Him glory . . . the trees clap their hands, the birds sing,  all things declare God’s glory as they were made to do.  All but man that is!  Man rejects God’s glory.  Man attributes the glory of God’s creation to evolution and the glory of God’s salvation to man.  Rather than glorify God’s choice of men, man glorifies his choice of God.  Rather than glorify God’s mercy to guilty, hell-deserving sinners, man glorifies himself for letting God into his life.  Rather than glorify God’s sovereign Spirit and power which quickens, grants repentance, faith and fruit, man glorifies his supposed free-will and works. Rather than glorify the Son of God Whose righteousness and shed blood alone grants salvation; man glories in ‘accepting Jesus, letting go and letting God, letting Jesus into his heart, and deciding for Jesus.’  And so God created a Hell to put these vain glorious creatures in.  And even though they will clearly see God’s holiness and power, yet they still do not repent to give Him glory!  In the words of Thomas Adams: “They curse Him for their pains and sores, but repent not of their deeds. They weep not for the cause of their sufferings, but for the loss of their comforts. I believe it will be found that the repentance of most men is not so much the sorrow for sin as sin, or real hatred of it, as sullen sorrow that they are not allowed to sin.”

 

 

  “All our murmurings, which are so many arrows shot at God Himself, will return upon our own heads:  they reach not Him, but they will hit us;  they hurt not Him, but they will wound us;  it is better to be mute than to murmur, . . . it is dangerous to provoke a Consuming Fire.” – Thomas Brooks

 

  “To venture upon the occasion of sin, and then to pray ‘Lead us not into temptation’, is the same as to thrust thy finger into the fire, and then pray that it may not be burnt.” -- Brooks







­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia 

March 28th 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………………..... The Cross & The Cost – Luke 14:25-35

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………….. The Lord Sees, Hears & Knows – Exodus 3:7-8

Cleaning Schedule:  This Week:  Hudsons,  Next Week:  Huffs

F  Message to Hear:  ‘Little Children’ (HM-1974) -- https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=11210514216

          

 

“But Peter followed him afar off.” Matthew. 26:58

 

 This was better than forsaking Christ, and fleeing, as the rest did.  Here was the working of some degree of principle; here was some love to the Saviour, or he would not have followed Him at all.  It was the lingering of that affection which may be seemingly smothered in the Christian, but can never be extinguished; and will soon be blown again into a flame.

  But Simon Peter was overcome by fear.  His Lord was apprehended, and going to be tried and crucified. ‘What if I’, said Peter, ‘should be found in the same doom!’ The fear of man bringeth a snare. Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath, will he give for his life.

  Yet this was very unbelieving in him.  He had seen his Lord’s miracles, and knew what He could do. He knew that He had actually stipulated for their release in the garden, as the condition of His own surrender.  He knew that He had assured them that, after He was risen from the dead, He would appear to them, and employ them as His witnesses; which involved their preservation.  What a difference between Peter and Paul—Paul, who said, “None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy;” And between Peter and Luther— Luther, who, when informed of his dangers, said, ‘If there were as many devils in Worms as there are tiles upon the roofs of the houses, I would go’. But Peter followed him afar off.

  This was also very ungrateful.  The Saviour had done much for him.  He had healed by a miracle his wife’s mother; He had called him to the Apostleship, the highest honour on earth; He had singularly distinguished him with James and John on several occasions; He had saved him by His grace, and enlightened him from above, and was now going to suffer and die for him.  And a friend is born for adversity.  Then, instead of keeping at a distance from us, we look for His attendance and sympathy.  Peter could have unequivocally testified in favour of suffering innocence; but he hangs off; and patience itself complains, “I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none!”

  All this, too, was in violation of his own profession and vows, that he was willing to follow Him to prison and to death, that he would die with Him rather than deny Him; and all this had scarcely left his lips, and was uttered just after our Saviour had so solemnly forewarned him, yet Peter followed him afar off.

  This led to something worse; and I wonder not at the sequel.  His after-conduct, in denying Him thrice, and swearing with oaths and curses, was only the continuance and the increase of his present reluctance.  So it is: the way of error and sin is always down-hill; and, once in motion, who can tell where a man will stop?  You follow Him afar off this hour; the next you are ashamed of Him.  You trifle with the Lord’s day; tomorrow you profane it.  You now endure evil company; you will soon choose it.  So true is it, “They proceed from evil to evil.”

  And yet, who of us can cast a stone at him?  Are not we verily guilty, as well as Peter?  Let us see whether, though as yet we have not begun to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man, we have not been following Him afar off.  Here let us not depend upon the opinion of our fellow-creatures; we may stand fair with them: but what do they know of us, of our inward state, of our principles and motives? What says the heart?  “If our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence towards God.”  Yet even on this testimony we must not absolutely rely.  “God is greater than the heart, and knoweth all things.”  The Laodiceans were satisfied with themselves at the very time when He charged them with every one of the evils from which they supposed themselves free.  Has He not somewhat against us?  May we not continue to read and hear His word, and keep our places in the sanctuary, and even at His table, and yet feel very little of that sacred fervour and delight that once accompanied our devotions?  Attendance upon the Saviour in the means of grace is very distinguishable from spiritual worship.  We may draw nigh to Him with our mouth, and honour Him with our lips, while the heart is far from Him.  Does the heart lag behind?  Then are we following Him afar off.

  His people are Himself.  He that receiveth them receiveth Him: and what we do not to the least of all his brethren, we do not to him.  In the distance of our regard to them; and especially in our backwardness to notice and relieve and visit the poor and afflicted, are we not following Him afar off?

  Above all, does not the evil appear in the remoteness of our resemblance?  We are commanded to follow Him; and our conformity to Him is essential to all religion; and we may always judge of the degree, as well as the reality of our religion, by it.  How far short of the model do we come!  How distantly do we resemble that condescension, which washed the disciples’ feet; that self-denial, which led Him to please not himself; that fervour, which induced Him to say, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; that delight in obedience which enabled Him to acknowledge, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish his work.

  And thus, by our negligence and indifference, we grieve his Holy Spirit.  And thus we rob our own souls.  For He is all in all. He is the fountain of life; and it is good for us to draw near to Him. But when we follow Him afar off, we cannot see Him; and hear Him, and converse with Him.  And woe unto us if trouble befalls us, or the enemy meets with us—and he is most likely to do so then—or death assails us, when we are absent from Him.

 

 

“Thou Shalt Call and I Will Answer” (Job 14:15).  Sooner or later the Lord will call His people home to Glory.  Sooner for some, later for others; certain for all.  Be glad you don’t make that call.  We might never decide, certainly not for those we love.  But know this, the Lord loves His own more than we do.  And whenever and however He calls, it is great mercy for the one He calls home.  And will be so for you too. Sooner or later, believer, He will call you and you will answer. And be so glad! 





Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

April 11th . 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..……………………………... Christ is All – Colossians 3:1-11

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

  Wednesday:  7:00 pm ………………………………………

 

Cleaning Schedule:  This Week:  Montgomerys  Next Week:  Vikki 

 

F Message to Hear:  Things That Promote Peace (HM)- https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=690617579

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

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

 

 

  Often times we come into the house of God with a cloud hanging over our heads.  Then we hear the gospel, the good news, and go out walking on clouds

  “You learn your theology most where your sorrows take you.” – Martin Luther

  “God hath one Son without sin, but none without sorrow.” – John Trapp

 

 

The Works of the Flesh

 

  “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,  

  lasciviousness, idolatry, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, . ..  Gal.5:19-21

 

  Paul says that the works of the flesh are manifest. By this he does not mean that they are done openly and in plain sight but rather that they are apparent, evident or plainly recognized. This statement is a declaration that none of these things could ever be attributed to “walking in the Spirit.” Though some of them involve religious practices, they are not born of spiritual light but of spiritual darkness. They are works of the flesh, done in the power of the flesh and have nothing to do with spiritual life except being a constant enemy of it. Paul says that the works of the flesh are “these.” All of “these” are acts and mindsets that flow from the nature of sin and rebellion against God and His Gospel. Make no mistake here, if you are involved in any or all of these things and have not repented then there is no reason to believe that you are a spiritual being at all. With verse 17 Paul makes it clear that though temptation may arise and the believer may even fall into one aspect or another of these, he or she will not remain there. :The Spirit will prevent him from doing what he would. --  Tim James

 

 

F I get some encouraging emails and texts but don’t usually share them or keep them.  Yesterday’s faith, yesterday’s profession is no good today.  Are we believing today? Today is the day of salvation.

 

 

F  “ As Joseph’s heart was full of love to his brethren, even when he ‘spake roughly to them’ and ‘withdrew himself from them’; for he went aside to ease his heart by weeping;  so the heart of God is full of love to His people, even when He seems to be most displeased with them, and to turn His back upon them.” -- Thomas Brooks

 

 

Things That Promote Peace –  “Let us therefore follow after the things which promote peace,

    and things wherewith one may edify another”  -- Romans 14:19

 

1. Be careful to LOVE one another with a true heart.   “Love covers a multitude of failures.”
2. Avoid a spirit of ARGUMENT AND DEBATE.  One may win an argument and lose a friend.
3. Beware of JEALOUSY.  Jealousy destroys happiness and builds suspicion.
4. Beware of ENVY.  Let us learn to rejoice in another’s gifts, blessings, and happiness.

   God gives as HE will!
5. Do not MEDDLE in the private lives and domestic affairs of others.
6. Guard against a TOUCHY TEMPER:  “For every trifling thing to take offense

     shows either great pride or little sense.”
7. Learn to KEEP A CONFIDENCE.  “He that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.”
8. Strive to HEAL DIFFERENCES.  “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
9. Be always ready to FORGIVE ANYTHING.  “Forgive us our sins AS we forgive those who sin against us.” 
– H. Mahan







­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

April 18th. 2021

  9:30 am …………….……………………………..………….. Put Off The Old Man, Put On The New – Colossians 3:7-15

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………… Giving Thanks For This Church – 1 Thessalonians 1

Cleaning Schedule:  This Week:  Vikki  Next Week:  John & Irene

F  Our prayers and sympathy are for Patrick Holland  upon the death of his father, Marvin Holland (75).   Funeral is tomorrow at 2:00, Flora Funeral Home, Rocky Mount. Visitation 1 hour before.

 

 

We Are Not Our Own

 

  “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and YE ARE NOT YOUR OWN? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, WHICH ARE GOD’S.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

 

  We are not our own;  therefore, neither our reason nor our will should dominate our plans and actions.  We are not our own; therefore, let us not make the gratification of our flesh our end.  We are not our own; therefore, as much as possible, let us forget ourselves and our interests.

  Rather, we are God’s. Therefore, let us live and die to Him. We are God’s. Therefore, let His wisdom, word, and His will govern our will and all our actions. – John Calvin

 

 

“They That Observe Lying Vanities Forsake Their Own Mercy” – Jonah 2:8

 

  WHAT are the lying vanities of which the scripture speaks?  The wise man wrote: “Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, ALL is vanity” (Prov.12:8).  The flesh, the world and the devil promise many things, but are all liars!  Riches are deceitful¸ promising happiness and contentment, when in fact they gender the opposite.  The world talks of wisdom, knowledge, enlightenment, when in fact they lie about most things (not revealing the facts, bringing up false ‘witnesses’, manufacturing ‘findings’ and ‘sources’).  David said in his haste “All men are liars.”  God’s people are not liars, but the world is so full of them, that all seem to be so.  And David’s son said: “Money answereth all things” i.e. behind every lying scheme is the love of money.  The devil, who is the father of lies, perpetrated and is perpetuating all his lies in the name of truth.  Behind the façade of religion is the smiling face of the devil, who has his ministers of righteousness, who are all liars, evil men and seducers, waxing worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.  And money is behind it all.

  For us to observe lying vanities, is to listen to the world and put stock in what it is saying. It is to listen to the experts, the wise men and women of this world rather than God.  To observe lying vanities is to listen to and participate in the world’s religions.  To observe lying vanities is to walk with, talk with and commune with the liars of this world (evil communications corrupt good manners), for you cannot really believe anyone except a true believer, one who has the Spirit of Christ dwelling in them and leading them. The natural man is out for himself, not truth, not the good of others.  To observe lying vanities is to think that anyone or anything in this world can be of some good to us.  Fact is, there is nothing truly good in this world except the things of God and the people of God.  God says of this world, “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, NO, NOT ONE!” (Psa.14:3).  He said, “Love not the world, neither the things of this world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.” He said, “They (false prophetsare of the world: therefore speak they of the world (health, wealth, material things) and the world heareth them.” (1 John 2:15-16;  ch.4:5). 

  To forsake our own mercy is to absent ourselves from the preaching of God’s Word, which exposes all lies within us and without us, and reveals to us the vanities of this world.  The Word of God is His mercy to hell-deserving sinners. It is our mercy to hear and heed it.   It is full of warnings, rebukes, reproofs and corrections to save us from perishing with this world . . . to save us from this untoward generation. To observe the lying vanities of science, medicine, politics, which tell us to stay in the ‘safety’ of our homes and not gather with God’s people, is a terrible lie that robs us of mercy.  To observe the lying vanity that there is peace, happiness, and comfort in the home with our  family, rather than worship with God’s family, is a terrible lie and deception; for all homes and families will  soon be gone and only God’s house and family will remain (Heb.12:25-29).

  Yes . . . They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.  To listen to, pursue and court the things of this world and the people of this world  rather than God, the things of God, and the people of God . . . is to cut your own throat . . . it is to cut off your own life-line . . . it is to commit spiritual suicide.  Wherefore . . . “Flee Idolatry” . . . “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord” . . . “Come thou with us and we will do thee good” . . . “Desire the sincere milk of the Word that you may grow thereby” . . .  “Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, all is vanity.”






Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

April 25th 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..………………………... The Unjust Steward – Luke 16:1-12

10:00 am ………………………….…………………..………………………..… Go Down and Dip In the River– 2 Kings 5

Wednesday:  7:00 pm …..……………………………………… Let the Word of Christ Dwell in You – Colossians 3:16-17

 

Cleaning Schedule:  This Week:  John & Irene,  Next Week:  Steven & Mary

 

F Live audio of services on: www.mixlr.com/centralgracechurch 

 

 

Lovers of Their Own Selves

 

  I heard a lady on the television say that men and women need to learn how to love themselves. I actually think that’s the problem today! Men and women love themselves too much. They are “lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.” (2 Timothy 3:2-4) There is a popular song that claims, “That learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” That seems a bit ironic when the Lord Himself said that the greatest of all commandments was/is to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.” (Matthew 12:30) Dear sinner, if we love Him like that, there will be no room left for any love for us! And we love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19) – David Eddmenson

 

 

What We Say To Our Children

 

  We have all heard the phrase.... "Actions speak louder than words."  That is another way of saying with James, "Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works."  It is our works, our actions that prove whether or not we believe what we say.  Truly, actions speak louder than words!  We say to our children that the worship of God is more important than anything else!  We teach them that Christ is present during public worship, and emphasize how important public worship is.  But what do our actions say when we allow ourselves and our families to miss public worship?  We say by our actions that we really do not believe what we say we do.  We tell our children that it is really not that important to us.  What is so tragic about this is, in all likelihood, it will not be that important to them either.  Children usually take the actions of their parents a step farther! -- Todd  Nibert

 

 

F  When we look to people or things (for happiness, need, comfort) rather than God, God will either take them away, that we may make Him the only strength of our heart, and our portion forever, or, if He leaves them, He will take away the comfort of them, and render them our rebukes; for whatever or whoever we make the means of our forsaking or forgetting God, God will make them the instrument of chastising us. We may therefore often read our sin in our sufferings. – William Jay

 

 

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”         -Acts 2:42

 If we have true fellowship with one another, it is because we worship the true and living God together (1 John 1:3). If we truly break bread together, it is because we are made of the same bread and body (1 Cor 10:17). If we truly pray together, it is because Christ has made us of one accord (Acts 1:14).

  It is a great privilege for brethren to worship together, talk to one another about our Master, observe the Lords Table together, eat together, and pray together. May we always be reminded of the cause of all our “spiritual blessings in heavenly places, IN CHRIST.” -- Kevin Thacker

 

 

 

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

 

  Everything concerning a sinners salvation is of God. Nothing is of us. We dont begin the work of salvation, He does (Phil. 1:6). We dont perform the work of salvation, He does (Phil. 1:6). We dont finish the work of salvation, He does (John 19:30, Heb. 1:3). We dont call on Him, He calls us (Luke 5:32). We dont seek Him, He seeks us (Luke 19:10). We dont find Him, He finds us (Luke 15:3-6). We dont accept Him, He accepts us (Eph. 1:6). We dont produce our own faith to believe on Him, He puts His own faith in us and causes us to believe on Him (Eph. 2:8). We dont earn any perfection of our own, He earned it for us (Titus 3:5). Its not that we loved Him, but that He loved us (1 John 4;10). We dont keep ourselves in His love, He keeps us there (1 Peter 1:3-5). Salvation is totally of the Lord (Jonah 2:9).




Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

May 2nd 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………….. Christ’s Word to Families – Colossians 3:18-25

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………… Living and Dying Faith – Hebrews 11:1-16

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ………………………………………………………Planted in the House of the Lord – Psalm 92:13

 

Cleaning Schedule:  This week – Steven & Mary,  Next week -  Dan & Jill

 

***  Lord willing, I will be preaching this Saturday and Sunday (8th-9thfor the Bible Baptist Church, Madisonville, Ky, David Eddmenson, pastor. Next Sunday, brother Luke Coffey will preach to you, one service at 10:00.

 

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

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

 

 

Pride

 

  Our hearts are desperately proud. If there is one sin which God hates more than another, and more sets Himself against, it is the sin of pride. Like a weed upon a dung-heap, pride grows more profusely in some soils, especially when well fertilized by rank, riches, praise, flattery, our own ignorance, and the ignorance of others. We all inherit pride from our fallen ancestor Adam, who got it from Satan, that “king over all the children of pride.” Those, perhaps, who think they possess the least pride, and view themselves with wonderful self-admiration as the humblest of mortals, may have more pride than those who feel and confess it. It may only be more deeply hidden in the dark recesses of their carnal mind.

  As God then sees all hearts, and knows every movement of pride, whether we see it or not, His purpose is to humble us! When I look back upon my life, and see all my sins, all my follies, all my slips, all my falls, my conscience testifies of the many things I have thought, said, and done, which grieve my soul, make me hang my head before God, put my mouth in the dust, and confess my sins unto Him. When I contrast my own exceeding sinfulness with God’s greatness, God’s majesty, God’s holiness, and God’s purity… I fall down, humbly and meekly before Him, I put my mouth in the dust, I acknowledge I am vile. “I am nothing but dust and ashes.” (Abraham) “Behold, I am vile!” (Job) “Woe is me, I am undone!” (Isaiah)  “I am a sinful man!” (Peter) – J.C. Philpot

 

 

The Cross

 

 How significant that modern man uses the cross as an adornment now, since modern religion has removed the “offense of the cross.”  The cross of Christ speaks of a Holy God Who is angry with and judges sin; man a hell-deserving, wretched creature; and an awful, bloody sacrifice of death as the only thing which can save that sinful creature.  These things are totally missing in present day religion.  This “offense of the cross” is offensive indeed to modern, self-righteous man.  And so it is only natural that he has taken that instrument of blood, death and hell, and turned into a pretty things wear!  -- unknown

 

 

Time is Short; Relationships End  

 

“…Brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not”  

        – 1 Corinthians 7:29-30

 

  Every worldly relationship, sorrow, joy, possession and care is fading and perishing (Job. 1:21). Nothing about this world is permanent nor lasting. We may weep, but weeping endures for the night; joy comes in the morning. We may rejoice in earthly treasure, but only temporarily. We may buy and sell, but we really own nothing. Let us use the world and its material and physical qualities with a loose hand, neither too much depressed by its sadness nor too much elated over its joys. It will all pass away. – from Henry Mahan’s commentarie

 

 

The Subtlety of Satan and his ministers

 

  Satan is so wily, his agents so surround us, their designs are so masked, their language so plausible, their manners so insinuating, their appearance often so imposing, their arguments so subtle, their activity so unwearied, their insight into our weaknesses so keen, their enmity against Christ and His gospel so implacable, their lack of all principle and all honesty so thorough, that the net may be drawing around us, before we have the slightest suspicion of these infernal plots being directed against us!  -- Philpot







Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

May 16th 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..………..…….…….. Who is Your Master? – Luke 16:13-18

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………………… The Lord Waiting at a Well – John 4

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ……………………………………………………………………………….. Love – 1 Corinthians 13

 

F Lord willing, I will be preaching this Friday and Saturday for Bethel Baptist Church, Spring Lake, NC, John Chapman, pastor.  Service times are Friday 7:30 pm; Saturday 11:00 am.  Lunch served afterward.

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

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

 

 

Look Beyond Yourselves

 

  Dear believers, brethren in Christ, forget yourselves altogether:  look beyond yourselves.  Look back as far as you can into eternity, and hear Jehovah by an act of grace proclaiming your pardon, choosing you, in spite of everything in yourself, as an object of His mercy.  He waited not to pardon you, til He saw you beginning to melt at the thought of His mercy and love, or to repent at the thought of your sins.  He pardons like a God.  He loved you while you were still in your sins, and set His heart to deliver you. He loves you now, and He will deliver you.  He loved you long before the foundations of the world were laid, and He will love you on. Had it depended in the slightest degree on you, where had you been now?  Not saved!  He loved us just because He loved us. He shewed us mercy because He will have mercy.

        -- William Burns, Scotland, 1815-1816

 

 

DOGS – by David Eddmenson

 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. -- Matthew 15:25-27

  My wife and I have a little dog. We love that little dog. That little dog serves no real purpose in life, she only desires to be the object of our affection. She begs for food. Sometimes she has to be cleaned up after. She is totally dependent on us and without our constant care, she will die. She is somewhat a liability. Yet in spite of her liabilities, she brings us great joy.  She is always glad to see us when we return from being away. She loves us dearly and desires to be with us every hour. We go to great lengths to make sure every need of our dog is provided. We see to it that she is treated with compassion and tender care. Regardless of all her endearing qualities, at the end of the day, she is still a dog. She still acts like a dog. I think she enjoys being a dog. Many dogs in this world do not fare so well as our dog does. From my perspective, being OUR dog is a wonderful privilege. I have seen other dogs that do not fare as well as our dog. It seems that the quality of a dog’s life depends on who their master is.
  I rejoice greatly that I, the dog that I am, belong to that Master who constantly sees to it that I have all I need and yet much more. My Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, requires only one thing from me in return. What does He require of me? Nothing but my love, adoration and worship of Him. How wonderful and life sustaining it is to constantly eat of the crumbs that fall from His table. Child of God, I like being my Master’s dog!  Don’t you?       

 

 

But Mary 

 “But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping…” (John 20:11).

  ‘But Mary’; where are the disciples? Ah, they have gone home, they seeing no one in the tomb, left and are now far away (vs. 10).’ But Mary’: can we not wait a little longer at the place where they lay Our Redeemer, seeking and stirring ourselves? Can we not stay after the message is preached to glean a little more in fellowship with our united brethren? Can we not spend a little more time waiting for our Lord to meet with us in our closet and commune with Him there? Surely if we do, in the end, we will receive Joy unspeakable, as our sister did (vs. 16)! Let us linger with Him when times are difficult or trials bear upon us mightily, can we not draw more honey from the Rock Christ in such times, simply wait there, perhaps weeping with our broken hearts? An old proverb says: “Love feels no Load”. Indeed, she was heavy laden but her love for the Saviour was not burdensome, no; I can hear her say as in Songs of Solomon, as she speaks to the angels: “Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth?”(SoS 3:3). Oh, brethren let us stay where He issues many a blessing to His people; the church of the living God. May God give us grace to hear when He calls us by name (vs. 16), and look for a joyful reunion with our beloved Elder Brother. Don’t rush off, don’t be in such a hurry to reenter the world, but rather stay a little longer, wait; I say wait upon the Lord.
         -- Drew Dietz




Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

May 30th 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………………….…. Rich Man/Poor Man – Luke 16:19-31

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………………… Faith & Forgiveness – Luke 17:1-10

*** NO WEDNESDAY SERVICE THIS WEEK ***

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

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

F  Message to Hear – ‘Nevertheless’ - Psa.106  - https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=419101014213

 

 

Walter Groover  (1935-2021)

 

  “Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel.” – 2 Samuel 3:38

 

  The church has lost a prince and a great man in Walter Groover.  The Lord came for His faithful servant on Thursday morning.  Much can be said about our brother but words are not sufficient to honour the man.  We can only say with our Lord, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” Our hearts and prayers are for Betty and her children and grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

 

“The righteous perish, and no man layeth it to heart:  and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.  He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.” – Isaiah 57:1-2

 

 

Godly Sorrow

 

  Godly sorrow springs from a view of a suffering Savior, and manifests itself by hatred of self, abhorrence of sin, groaning over our backslidings, grief of soul for being so often entangled by our lusts and passions, and is accompanied by softness, meltings of heart, flowings of love to the Redeemer, indignation against ourselves, and earnest desires never to sin more.

        – Philpot

 

 

True Faith

 

  Those who have that faith which is the gift of God, that faith which comes through hearing the Word of God – one need not be troubled about them trusting in their faith. This faith causes those who have it – without exception – to renounce themselves and trust entirely in Christ the Saviour. This faith causes self to be abhorred and Christ adored. Those who have this faith could never trust in their faith.   -- Maurice Montgomery

 

 

How to Avoid Times of Depression – by Henry Mahan

 

  “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”  - Jude 1:20-21

 

  Someone asked, "How can I avoid these times of depression, indifference, and bad attitude toward others?" First, there is no perfection in the flesh! While we do not approve of our infirmities, failures, evil thoughts, or backslidings, we are, nevertheless, aware of their source; the flesh. And, because of that, we are also aware of the fact that this conflict and warfare will be with us until death. However, the next time you are plagued with coldness of spirit, prolonged bad attitude, and a worldly spirit, check and see if you are not neglecting the means of grace and your fellowship with Christ.

  I find that when I am walking with Christ in sweet communion, frequently engaging in private prayer, participating in worship services and Bible study, and reading the Word of God, it is easier to forgive others, easier to overcome pride, envy, and jealousy, and I am less interested in material things and more interested in that which is of the Spirit. But if I neglect these means of grace I suddenly become more interested in those things which I really despise and begin acting in a way that is not glorifying to God.

  If we will learn the power of his precious blood, dwell in him, feed upon his Word, and seek to occupy our thoughts with his gracious presence, then we will see our tempers controlled, our hearts filled with love for him and others, and our feet and hands swift to do works of faith and labors of love.







­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

June 6th 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..………………………. Walking in Wisdom – Colossians 4:5

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………. One Turned To Glorify God – Luke 17:11-19

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ……………………………………………….Speak With Grace, Seasoned With Salt – Colossians 4:6  

 

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Trust In the Lord at All Hazards – by Charles Spurgeon

 

 Beloved, if persecution or affliction should come it cannot really harm you. The three Hebrew children, when they came out of the fire, were not scorched or singed; there was not the smell of fire upon their hats, their hosen, or their hair. When God’s people pass through the fires of persecution, they shall not be losers; they shall go through the fires altogether unharmed; nay, they shall win the martyr’s palm and crown, which shall make them glorious forever, even if they die in the flames. Therefore, fear nothing. Nothing shall by any means harm you; in the end your sufferings shall be your enrichment. Though you count not your lives dear unto you, precious shall your blood be in his sight. Besides persecution, there may come to you accident or sudden calamity. Never be afraid. It is half the battle in an accident, to exhibit presence of mind, therefore let the child of God be calm and self-possessed; for although you should suffer in body, your true self will be safe. Though in the tornado, or in the shipwreck, or in cholera, or in fire, you should be placed in outward peril even as others are, yet your real life is insured by the covenant of grace from all injury. Therefore, rest in the Lord, for you shall be safe though a thousand should fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand. If you lose, your loss shall be transmuted into a real gain. Sickness, if sickness comes, shall work your health. God’s children have often been ripened by sickness. They are like the sycamore fig, which never gets sweet until it is bruised. Amos was a bruiser of sycamore figs, and affliction is God’s Amos to bruise us into sweetness. Maturity comes by affliction. Alas! you say, “I have lost a dear friend.” Trust in God, and by Divine friendship the void in your heart shall be more than filled. Have you lost a child? The Lord will be better to you than ten sons (1 Sam.1:8).. Should your father and your mother be taken from you, you shall find them both in Christ, and. be no orphan. Thus doth the promise stand: “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Trust, then, in the Lord at all hazards. Trust in him in deep waters as well as on the shore.   When the waves are raging, trust your God as well as when the sea is as glass. When the sea roars, and the mountains shake with the swelling thereof, trust in Jehovah without the shade of a doubt, for “the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Wherefore should you fear? Your vessel carries Jesus and all his fortune. If you are drowned he cannot swim, he sinks or swims with you; for thus has he put it, “Because I live, ye shall live also.” If your Lord lives, you must live. Wherefore, comfort one another with these words, and go quietly, patiently, happily, joyfully through the world, under divine preservation, since “the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” 

 

 

Six Signs of Trouble – by Henry Mahan

 

  Every true believer fears the removal of God’s presence and power. David prayed, “Take not thy Spirit from me.”

Paul feared that, “while preaching to others, I might become a castaway.” My thoughts are that this condition is manifested in the following ways:

 

  1. We begin to experience no blessing nor benefit from the reading or preaching of the Word. When the Word ceases to convict, rebuke, burn in my heart, and cause me to rejoice in Christ, then God is not speaking to me; for God speaks through his Word.
  2. We are in trouble when we feel satisfied with our spiritual progress and become puffed up with knowledge. We become authorities instead of learners; having arrived, our humble spirit is in creed alone, not experience.
  3. We can be absent from the fellowship of believers and worship of the Lord without feeling a great loss and an empty heart. A man who can be warmed by his own fire is either dead or dying spiritually.
  4. We begin to be critics and find fault with others. The Spirit of God leads a man to feel that he is “less than the least,” “chief of sinners.” When the Spirit of God is not present, we become judges and fault-finders.
  1. When our souls are not vexed by the sin within us and the conversation of men about us, when we can feel comfortable in the presence of those who never knew our God, when we can conform to the ways of natural men and the trend of materialism, the light of God is dim or extinguished.
  2. When our thoughts become self-centered and the general welfare, well-being, and joy of others is of no great concern to us, we are certainly not motivated by the Spirit of God. Selfishness, like self-righteousness, is not of God. The heart filled with God’s love and grace dwells on others; to make them happy is to be happy.





Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

June 13th 2021

  9:30 am ……………….……………………………..…………...... A Farewell to Faithful Followers – Colossians 4:7-18

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………………………. Even So, Amen – Revelation 1:7

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ……………………………………….… Where the Body is The Eagles Are Gathered – Luke 17:37

 

***  There will be a memorial service for brother Walter Groover (in English) tonight at Lincolnwood Baptist Church, David Pledger, pastor.  The service will be broadcast live at 7:00 pm at the following site:  

     https://www.sermonaudio.com/solo/lincolnwoodchurch/webcast/

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Our Greatest Enemy

 

 "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city." – Proverbs 16:32

       

  What a foe to one's peace is one's own spirit! And what shall I call it? It is often an infernal spirit. Why? Because it bears the mark of Satan upon it. The pride of our spirit, the presumption of our spirit, the hypocrisy of our spirit, the intense selfishness of our spirit are often hidden from us. This wily devil, self, can wear such masks and assume such forms; this serpent, self, can so creep and crawl, can so twist and turn, and can disguise itself under such false appearances, that it is hidden often from ourselves. Who is the greatest enemy we have to fear? We all have our enemies. But who is our greatest enemy? He that you carry in your own bosom; your daily, hourly, and momently companion, that entwines himself in nearly every thought of your heart; that suggests well-nigh every motive; that sometimes puffs up with pride, sometimes inflames with lust, sometimes inflates with presumption, and sometimes works under feigned humility and fleshly holiness. Now this self must be overcome; for if self overcome us eventually, we shall perish in the condemnation of self. God is determined to stain the pride of human glory. He will never let self, (which is but another word for the creature,) wear the crown of victory. It must be crucified, denied, and mortified; it must be put off, so that Jesus may be put on; that in the denying of self, the Lord Jesus may be believed in; and that in the crucifixion of self, there may be a solemn spiritual union with Him who was crucified on Calvary. Now, are we overcoming self? Are we buffeted? What says self? "Buffet again." Are we despised? What says self? "Despise again; retort angry, look for angry look, and hasty word for hasty word; 'an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'" But what says the Spirit of God in a tender conscience? "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." The way to overcome self is by looking out of self to Him who was crucified upon Calvary's tree; to receive his image into our heart; to be clothed with his likeness;

to drink into his spirit; and "receive out of his fulness grace for grace." -- J.C. Philpot         

 

 

The Coming of The Lord

 

“For as a snare shall (that day) come on all them that dwell on the face of the earth.” – Luke 21:35

 

  We read that "as a trap shall it come on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth." As a trap falling suddenly on an animal, and catching it in a moment—as the lightning flash shining suddenly in heaven, before the thunder is heard—as a thief coming suddenly in the night, and not giving notice that he will come—so sudden, so instantaneous will the second advent of the Son of man be. The precise date of our Lord Jesus Christ's return to this world has been purposely withheld from us by God. "Of that day and hour knows no man." On one point however all the teaching of Scripture about it is clear and unmistakable. Whenever it shall take place, it shall be a most sudden and unexpected event. The business of the world shall be going on as usual. As in the days of Sodom, and the days before the flood, men shall be "eating and drinking, marrying and given in marriage." Few, even among true believers, shall be found completely alive to the great fact, and living in a state of thorough expectation. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the whole course of the world shall be stopped. The King of kings shall appear. The dead shall be raised. The living shall be changed. Unbelief shall wither away. Truth shall be known by millions too late. The world with all its trifles and shadows shall be thrust aside. Eternity with all its dreadful realities shall begin. All this shall begin at once, without notice, without warning, without note of preparation. "As a trap shall it come on the face of the whole earth."  The servant of God must surely see that there is only one state of mind which becomes the man who believes these things. That state is one of perpetual preparedness to meet Christ. The Gospel does not call on us to retire from earthly callings, or neglect the duties of our stations. It does not bid us retire into hermitages, or live the life of a monk or a nun. But it does bid us to live like men who expect their Lord to return.  Repentance toward God, faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, and holiness of conversation, are the only true habitual preparedness required. The Christian who knows these things by experience, is the man who is always ready to meet his Lord. – John Charles Ryle





­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

June 20th 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………............... As In The Days of Noah – Luke 17:22-27

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………..…… As In The Days of Lot – Luke 17:28-32

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ………………………………………………………... Gathered Where the Body Is – Luke 17:33-37

 

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False Teachers Described and Denounced --2 Timothy 3:6-11

 

  The false teachers described in these verses work after the manner of their father, Satan. As Satan attacked the woman and not the man (the subtle tempter beguiled Eve and not Adam), so these, his instruments, work themselves into the affection of the weaker vessel (1 Tim. 2:14). Every cult, sect and free-will Arminian denomination or church is dominated by women – silly, easily influenced women who like to be told that they are religious, holy and righteous! They reject the gospel of God's free grace and mercy for sinners in Christ, for they are full of the sins of self-righteousness and are led forth by a lust for new teachers, new doctrines and new heights of personal glory.

   The exaltation of Mary and the effeminate influence of Catholicism has led women to think that they are morally good and that men are bad! (Rom. 3:10:19.) v. 7. Both the teachers and the captives of their humanistic religions are always learning… driven by restless minds and curiosity, but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth in Christ. They learn about missions, prophecy, heaven, standards of morality and gifts of the Spirit, but never ‘how God can be just and justify the ungodly.’  They reform, but never repent; they pray, but never plead for mercy; they testify, but never turn to Christ; they boast of their faithfulness to religion, but never bow to the lordship of Christ. Without apology, I declare that where women reign in religion, they ruin! (1 Tim. 2:12; 1 Cor. 14:34). – Henry Mahan

 

 

And All Flesh Died

 

“And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, AND EVERY MAN” – Genesis 7:21

 

  The number of them (men) is supposed to be as great, if not greater, than the present inhabitants of the earth, by those who are skillful in the calculation of the increase of men.  It is thought it may be easily allowed, that their number amounted to eleven billion; and some have made their number to be 80 billion. – Matthew Henry’s commentary on Genesis chapter 7

 

 

Wise To Consider The End – O that they were wise, that they understood this,

     that they would consider their latter end! – Deuteronomy 32:29

 

  Do we ever think about our souls at all?  Millions of people, I fear, cannot answer that question satisfactorily. They never give the subject of religion any place in their thoughts. From the beginning of the year to the end they are absorbed in the pursuit of business, pleasure, politics, money, or self-indulgence of some kind or another. Death and judgment, eternity, heaven, hell, and a world to come, are never calmly looked at and considered.  They live on as if they were never going to die, or rise again, or stand at the bar of God, or receive an eternal sentence!  They do not openly oppose religion, for they have not sufficient thoughts about it to do so; but they eat, and drink, and sleep, and get money, and spend money, as if religion was a mere fiction and not a reality. They are neither Roman Catholic, nor Socinians, nor infidels, nor High Church, nor Low Church, nor Broad Church.  They are just nothing at all, and do not take the trouble to have opinions.  A more senseless and unreasonable way of living cannot be conceived; but they do not pretend to reason about it.  They simply never think about God, unless frightened for a few minutes by sickness, death in their families or an accident.  Barring such interruptions, they appear to ignore religion altogether, and hold on their way cold and undisturbed, as if there were nothing worth thinking about except this world.

  It is hard to imagine a life more unworthy of an immortal creature than such a life as I have just described, for it reduces a man to the level of a beast.  But it is literally and truly the life of multitudes in the world; and as they pass away . . . their place is taken by multitudes just like them. – J.C. Ryle

 

 

‘Plucked Out of the Burning’ – Amos 4:11

 

  And here I am plucked as a brand out of the burning, sought out by the Lord, a monument of mercy permitted and privileged to proclaim the glorious gospel of the grace of God! Surely there must be a cause! The cause, I tell you, was not in me, for I hated God and religion, but in the Sovereign choice of Jehovah, Who will have mercy on whom He will have mercy (Rom.9:15).

-- Abraham Booth, England, 1734-1806





Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

June 27th - 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………............. God Shall Avenge His Elect – Luke 18:1-8

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………………… Gone for A While, Home for Good – Philemon  

 

*** NO WEDNESDAY SERVICE THIS WEEK ***

 

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F Lord willing, we will try to have another meeting November 12th-14th so mark your calendars.  Speakers will be announced at a later date.

 

 

The Easy Part – By Don Bell

 

  In a conversation with a brother, he made this statement; “I always figured going to church was the easy part of being a

Christian.” I immediately understood what he meant.

  It is the “easy part” of our Christian profession. It is in attending the services where we get ready to live the rest of our lives. It is where we get our spiritual food, our spiritual strength, to be enabled to live to God’s Glory when we go out into the world.

  “How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!” (Ps. 84:1) The gathering of the saints to worship and hear the word preached, the songs of Zion sung, prayers prayed, is the most enjoyable part of our lives. To gather with the dear children of God, and escape the world for an hour or two, to leave our cares, our worries, our problems, for A WORD from Our Heavenly Father. What a delightful and easy thing to do!

  There is nothing more needful than the public gathering of the worship of God. It is this way that God has ordained that we learn Of Christ, that we obtain faith, that we gather our Manna, the True Bread from heaven. It is the means He has ordained that we grow in grace, that we learn and feel our need of Him; of Him to be our strength, of Him to be our shield, our buckler, our Hiding place.

  Going to the church services is The Easy Part; this is where we get what we need for the hard part. The living as Christians in the world, on the job, in our homes, in dealing with just living in a world that is against our God and our Lord Jesus. If you are finding life too difficult, and even the simple things of life to be hard to deal with, it is because you are leaving off the Easy Part.

 

 

A Brother Offended – “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city…” – Proverbs 18:19

 

 Though true, this ought not to be.  What does it say of a ‘brother’ who remains offended though his brother try to win him, tries to reconcile, tries to restore the relationship and friendship?  He must be a poor brother, a poor friend, a spoiled and pouting child who gets his feelings easily hurt and hardly healed.  James said; “In many things we offend all” (James 3:2). We all have offended and been offended, because we are a bunch of selfish sinners by nature.  But that new man must, yea will repent, reconcile, forgive and forget.  That new man within realizes how often we offend our God and grieve Him; how often we sin against Him and yet He forgives, forgets, and has reconciled us to Himself by THE BLOODY DEATH OF HIS SON.  This, and this only will cause us to forgive, forget, reconcile and love our brother as ourselves. 

  If you have knowingly offended a brother or sister, go to them and ask their forgiveness and try to reconcile. If someone has offended you, tell them; it may be a misunderstanding, it may have been an unintentional offence.  It would be unimaginable for a brother or sister to say they are sorry and ask for forgiveness and the other person not accept it and forget it.  That person must not have the grace of God in them; for all who truly know forgiveness will show forgiveness.

 

 

Christ, Our First Love, True Love

 

  Man’s affections may be stirred by what he sees, man’s intelligence may be informed by what he hears, and man’s conscience may be convicted by what he feels;  but to know Christ in a saving relationship, God must give him a new heart.

  Repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is a heart work, whereby we are brought not only to believe God and to trust Christ, but to genuinely love Him . . . to love Him for Himself and to love Him above all others.

  It is not that a believer has no struggle with the flesh and the world . . . he does.  But he has a first love . . . Christ! Those which vie for his affection and attention must settle for a lesser place, for Christ has won his heart. – Henry Mahan







Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

July 4th 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..……………….... Two Men Went To Church – Luke 18:9-14

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………… As Christ Loved and Gave Himself – Ephesians 5:2

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ………………………………………………… Last Days and Perilous Times – 2 Timothy 4

 

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Following are two good articles by Henry Mahan on the believer’s walk and works. . . .

 

Take Care of Your Walk Before Others -- Walk in wisdom toward them that are without – Colossians 4:5

 

  At all times and before all people the believer’s conversation, conduct, and attitude ought to be glorifying to God and in keeping with the principles of holiness and grace! But we should be especially careful and cautious in the presence of young Christians and unbelievers lest we give offense and mislead them. “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without (non-Christians), redeeming the time [making the most of every opportunity to point them to the Redeemer]. Let your conversation be always with grace, seasoned with salt” (Col. 4:5-6). Be careful not to flaunt your liberty in the presence of one who will not understand and may be offended without saying as much. I’m sure you wish to let them know that you are human, a regular fellow, and that you are desirous to identify with them as much as possible. But “let not your good be evil spoken of” by one who is still bound by traditions, customs, and human righteousness. Curb your lightheartedness, dispense with too much idle talk, and never give the impression that you are not much burdened for their spiritual welfare. You may reply, “But I must be myself; I must speak what I feel and enjoy my freedom in Christ.” You have opportunity enough to be yourself around mature members of the body of Christ (in a way that will edify and encourage them in the walk of faith), but walk in wisdom, restraint, and in a demonstration of piety and seriousness toward men who either do not know Christ or who are just now showing an interest in the gospel. You brought your children up delicately and carefully; be as sensitive with God’s babes and little children.

        – H.M.

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Good Works Reveal True Faith

 

  Do not be deceived by false preachers and wicked persons who preach that it does not matter how a person lives provided he believes in Jesus Christ, or that knowledge of theology is sufficient without obedience to Christ in conduct. This is not true! One cannot separate faith and conduct. As a tree is known by its fruit, so a righteous man is known by his works. Good fruit does not make a tree good but shows it to be good; so good works do not make us righteous (only Christ can do that), but good works reveal true faith in Jesus Christ. A church member who practices sin and disobedience to the commandments of Christ is not of God, but takes his character from the evil one. He imitates Satan, not Christ. Christ came not only to deliver us from the penalty of sin but also from the power and practice of sin. He that is regenerated by the Spirit of God, in whom Christ is formed, who is a new creature in Christ, does not make sin his practice and the course of his life. He is not without the motions of sin within nor free from sinful thoughts, words, and even sinful deeds; but he does not give himself up to sin, excuse it, justify it, nor continue therein! Sin, even in thought, is distasteful and hateful to one who loves Christ and desires to be like him. – H.M.

 

“O to be like thee! blessed Redeemer; This is my constant longing and prayer;

Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures, Lord Jesus, thy perfect likeness to wear.

“O to be like thee! O to be like thee! Blessed Redeemer, pure as thou art;

Come in thy sweetness, come in thy fullness; Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.”

 

 

Self

 

-- “Deliver me, O Lord, from that evil man, MYSELF.” – Thomas Brooks

 

-- “Beware of no man more than YOURSELF; we carry our worst enemy within us.” – Charles Spurgeon

 

-- “The first lesson in Christ’s school is SELF-denial.” – Matthew Henry

 

-- “I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope-- SELF!” 

        – Martin Luther

-- “O Lord, deliver me from the sin of always vindicating MYSELF.” – Augustine

 

-- “I abhor MYSELF, and repent in dust and ashes.” – Job (42:6)





­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

July 11th 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..………………………….. As a Little Child – Luke 18:15-17

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………………… A Seeker, a Preacher, a Saviour – Acts 8:26-40

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ………………………………………………….……… Who Then Can Be Saved? – Luke 18:18-30

 

 

The Gospel

 

- The doctrine of the death of Christ is the substance of the gospel. – Stephen Charnock

 

- There is no tribunal so magnificent, no throne so stately, no show of triumph so distinguished, no chariot so elevated, as is the cross on which Christ hath subdued death and the devil. – John Calvin

 

- Death stung himself to death when he stung Christ. – William Romaine

 

- Though God loved Christ as a Son, He frowned upon Him as a Surety. – Matthew Henry

 

 

Everything is Providential

 

  Human religion speaks of Providence as an interruption of the natural course of things, when in fact, Providence is the natural course of everything. Everything is Providential-- John Chapman

 

 

Some Characteristics of the People of God

 

  The people of God are a faithful people. They are faithful to the Lord, to the gospel, to the church, and to their pastors. The people of God are a grateful people. While all honor and praise for all things is to be first given to the Lord, yet it is Christ-like and commendable to be grateful for one another and to one another for every labor of love. The people of God are an affectionate people.  Some ridicule and criticism has been cast on a show of genuine affection between believers; yet it was practiced by the early churches, to whom Paul four times says, “Greet one another with a holy kiss.”  He calls it a holy kiss as distinguished from that which is lustful and that which is common among relatives. Believers are more to one another than just holders of common doctrine. They are brethren in the family of God, and they sincerely love one another with a deeper affection than natural men can know. If one is a stranger to this Christian love, he may well be a stranger to the Saviour’s love; for Christ said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

 

 

The Necessity Of  Preaching the Gospel.

 

  Whatever ends God has purposed, He has purposed all the means which are necessary for their accomplishment. Why does the farmer till his ground and sow his seed? He knows that HE CANNOT CAUSE SEED TO VEGETATE AND GROW! But he knows that if God gives the increase, it will be through the instrumentality of these means and that IT IS ONLY IN THE USE OF THESE MEANS that he can hope to receive the increase.

  Now we know that all the means used to effect the salvation of people are, IN THEMSELVES, utterly powerless unless God makes them effectual to the salvation of some. What encouragement was there for the prophet Ezekiel to prophesy to the dry bones unless God had determined in connection with his preaching to give them life? What encouragement can there be to preach the gospel of Christ to those who are dead in trespasses and sins unless GOD HAS DETERMINED TO GIVE EFFICACY to the Word of His grace?

  The Lord has a chosen people on this earth; and, as the gospel is the appointed means for effecting the salvation of His people, He will send it to those whom He designs to save. God “had much people in Corinth,” and for this reason He sent Paul there to preach the gospel-- Benner Tyler (1784-1858) President of Dartmouth College, 1822-1828

 

 

Be Thou Their Arm Every Morning – Isaiah 33:2

 

  The child of God needs the Arm of the Lord to defend him in all his dangers, and to keep him from all evil, especially the evil of sin, that it may not grieve him.  He needs this Arm to uphold him under his burdens.  The pressure often urges him to exclaim, “Lord, I am oppressed, undertake for me.”  He needs this Arm to lean on, in all his goings. What journey lies before him!  And what step can he take alone?  This is the image of the church. She is represented as coming up out of the wilderness, leaning on her Beloved. – William Jay







Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

July 18th 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………...Who Then Can Be Saved? – Luke 18:18-30

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………… All Things Accomplished by Christ – Luke 18:31-34

 

 

A Book in Hand and a Burden Upon His Back -- Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan

 

  As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted upon a certain place, where was a den; and I laid me down in that place to sleep: and as I slept, I dreamed a dream.  I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed in rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back (Isa.64:6, Luke 14:33, Psa.38:4, Hab.2:2, Acts 16:31).  I looked and saw him open the book, and read therein; and as he read, he wept and trembled; and not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry, saying, ‘What shall I do?’ (Acts 2:37)

. . . Then said the Evangelist, “If this be thy condition, why standest thou still?” The man answered, “Because I know not whither to go.” Then the Evangelist gave him a parchment roll, and there was written within, “Flee from the wrath to come.” (Matt.3:7).

. . . So I saw in my dream that the man began to run.  Now he had not run far from his own door when his wife and children, perceiving it, began to cry after him to return;  but the man put his fingers in his ears and ran on, crying “Life! Life!, eternal life!” (Luke 14:26). So he looked not behind him (Gen.19:17), but fled . . .

. . . He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending; and upon that place stood a cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulchre.  So I saw in my dream, that just as the man came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more. . .  Then was Christian glad and lightsome, and said with a merry heart, “He hath given me rest by His sorrow, and life by His death.”

 

 

Scriptures Alone, Grace Alone, Christ Alone – by Henry Mahan

 

  It’s amazing how history repeats itself! We seem to go around in a circle. During the days of the Reformation, when superstition, tradition, and the human will reigned in religion, the reformers waged their battle for the glory of God and the true gospel on a foundation with three critical points. 2681. The scriptures alone. “Let God be true and every man a liar.” We bow to the Word apart from visions, revelations, or opinions of men. 2. Grace alone. Salvation only by free, sovereign, and full grace apart from law, works, or any other contribution of any sort. 3. Christ alone. “By himself purged our sins.” His person and work effectually, totally, and eternally redeemed his elect. This is where the battle rages today in America, where fundamentalism with its emotion, easy believism, freewill, and super programs seem to have captured the people. It’s back to this threefold foundation for every true preacher.

 

 

Brethren, My Heart's Desire And Prayer To God For Israel Is, That They Might Be Saved.” (Rom 10:1)     

 

  Believers pray for their sin to be forgiven. We pray for our loved ones to hear the Gospel of free grace in Christ and to be drawn to Him. We pray for our brethren in Christ to be comforted, and we pray for God to call out His elect in this generation. But do we pray for our enemies?    

  Paul was praying for the salvation of his earthly kinsmen in Romans 9:3 & 10:1. Those Jews viewed him as a traitor. One who changed sides during a holy war. They likely referred to him only as Saul, and with a sour tone in their voices mocking him. They would torture and kill him if they could.  

  Our Master told us to do just that in Matthew 5:44. He said to “pray for them that despitefully use you.” Christ not only told us to pray for OUR enemies, but on our behalf, He prayed for HIS enemies – “Father, forgive them; they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34). Also, He died for His sheep while we were ungodly enemies against Him. (Rom 5:6-8)     

  May we be given the grace to pray for the ones that hate us, despise us and would kill us if possible. That they too may know their sin and know the One who was made sin for His people, The Lord Jesus Christ! – Kevin Thacker     

 

 

Our Lord Came on Purpose – Gabe Stalnaker

 

  Our Lord came on purpose, to save a particular people, and He accomplished what He came to do! If you are one of those

particular people, and if He accomplished salvation for you, then He will notify you of it through the preaching of His Word. In His notification, He will convince you of the fact that you are a sinner;  the worst sinner you’ve ever known! That is the very reason why He had to die. It was to save you from your sins. His death was God the Father’s free gift to you. And in His free gift, you are completely redeemed! It was all appointed by the Father, and obtained by the Son. To Him be glory forever!





Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

July 25th, 2021

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………………………. Receive Thy Sight – Luke 18:35-43

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………..… When Is A Person Saved? – Romans 8:29-30

Wednesday:  7:00 pm  

 

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Message to Hear: Darvin Pruitt – Words of Life-  https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=79212251493661

 

 

Comfort in The Sovereign God

 

  There is nothing more comforting to believers than God’s sovereignty over all things. Under the most adverse circumstances and in the most severe trials, we believe that God has ordained our afflictions, that God overrules them, and that God will sanctify them for our good and his glory. 270There is nothing for which we ought to contend more earnestly than the truth of God’s rule and reign over all things, all creatures, and all their actions. The throne of God, his right to sit on that throne, and his right to do with his own what he will is what we believe and what we preach. Let us be accused of over-emphasizing the majesty and power of the living God, but never let it be said that we underestimate his glory. – Henry Mahan

 

 

Abide Here Fast By My Maidens – Ruth 2:8 

 

  Sheep are social creatures. They need the flock. If a sheep is found alone it is because it is sick or wounded. Ruth wanted the flock. She said to Naomi, “thy people shall be my people.” Believers need the church. I am suspicious of folk who talk about joining a church because they feel like they can help it out. The church is a hospital for sinners. It is a well for the thirsty. It is a breadbox for the hungry. It is sought out, entered, and resided in because of need. Believers don't attend to help, they come to get help. If providence has made you hungry, providence will guide you to the place where the bread is. What of those who believe grace but cannot seem to be part of an assembly? I have no answer, but I've never known one who has the joy of true and lasting fellowship who is not in the house of God, with the people of God worshipping the true and living God. There is where the sheep gather in one fold with one shepherd. The church is not an organization; it is an organism. It is not a business; it is a family. It is not a building; it is a body. Nothing is more detrimental to the heart and spirit of a believer than neglect of God's house (Hag. 1:4-6). Two things are found to be true concerning the members of the churches of God: Every member is a believer, and every member has confessed Christ in baptism. – Tim James

 

 

Man Can Only Look Upon the Outward

 

  The Lord sees not as a man sees for man looks upon the outward appearance

    but the Lord looks upon the heart. 1 Samuel 16.7

 

  Preachers and other believers do not have such a spirit of discerning that they can determine who is a believer and who is not. We know experimentally what true faith in Christ is in the internal exercises of it. Yet these graces we can neither feel nor see in the heart of someone else. Outward manifestations and appearances we can readily see, but the Word of God plainly states that this way of judging what is in a person is uncertain and liable to deceive, “He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes nor reprove after the hearing of his ears.” (Isaiah 11.3) Eyes and ears are poor judges and dangerous counselors in soul cases. People who are quick in determining another person’s state before God betray one of three things: 1) they have little experience; 2) they are persons of weak understanding, or 3) they have great pride, self-confidence, and ignorance of themselves. Wise and experienced believers will proceed with great caution in these matters. -- Jonathan Edwards

 

 

Whosoever Will and God’s Election

 

  Those who preach the election of God are often asked by those who don’t, “Why don’t you preach only to the elect?” The simple answer is, “I don’t know who they are, but God does.” That is why I  am called to preach to “whosoever will hear,” to “whosoever will believe” and to “whosoever will come.” God told Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Therefore, we must conclude that “Whosoever will” is “Whosoever God wills.” – David Eddmenson




Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

August 1st 2021

  9:30 am …………………….……………………………..…….What Prophets Inquire & Angels Desire – 1 Peter 1:10-12

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………. The Saviour’s Sovereign Call – Luke 19:1-10

 

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Our Sins – by Thomas Harding

  As the people of God, we don't deny Adam's sin and guilt before God. We also confess and own that in Adam all have sinned, all have spiritually died, and we are all guilty by imputed sin and imputed guilt. (Rom 5:12). However, I have never read in the scriptures of anyone praying forgive me for Adam's sin, or Adam's guilt. Rather, the people of God are always praying, Lord forgive me for my sin, like the publican prayed, or like David prayed, "Against thee and thee only have I sinned.” We must understand, (and that only by sovereign revelation) that we are the guilty party, that we are ruined and lost and guilty before God. Until we do, we will never earnestly beg for pardon, or mercy or say with Job, "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore, I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42: 5-6).

 

 

Good Works – by Henry Mahan

 

  There is a contention always going on about the doctrine of good works; and, instead of taking one side or the other, we shall try to see whether there really is anything to quarrel over if we keep to the Scriptures. We insist, with all our might, that salvation is “not of works, lest any man should boast.” But, on the other hand, we freely admit and earnestly teach that “without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” Where there are no good works, there is no indwelling of the Spirit of God. That faith which does not produce obedience, good works, and genuine love is not saving faith. Good works must and will be in the believer. They are not the root, but the fruit of God’s salvation. They are not the way of the believer’s salvation; they are his walk in the way of salvation. The desire of men created anew in Christ is to be rid of all sin. We do sin, but we do not love sin. Sin gets power over us sometimes to our sorrow, yet it shall not have dominion over us; for we are not under the law, but under grace. The old nature goes after the flesh, for it is fleshly; but the new nature truly seeks the things of God, for it is spiritual. If you have been created anew, you have been created unto good works. If this is not so with us, then our religion is a mere pretense.

 

 

Judge Not – Matthew 7:1

 

  Those who do not know the scriptures wrongly interpret this passage as they do nearly all that is written.  We cannot take one verse alone, but scripture must be compared with scripture.  In Leviticus 19:15, the Lord said, “In righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbor.”  In John 7:24, the Lord said, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” So you see, the Lord most certainly did not mean that we should never make judgments.  He was speaking to His disciples (and to all believers), telling us not to look down on someone as their superior, condemning and passing sentence as if we were their judge.  For if we do not show mercy, we will not find mercy, and if we pass unbending judgment or censure upon someone, with the same judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged.  Let me illustrate… 

  Years ago a passenger was traveling on a sailing vessel which had a harsh and cruel captain.  One of the sailors was being  whipped unmercifully by the captain, and the passenger asked him to show mercy. The captain replied: “I never show mercy!”  The passenger then replied: “You better hope then that you are without sin, for if you ever need mercy from God, you will find none!”

  Wickedness and ungodly behavior must be judged and condemned by those who love truth and righteousness.  Sin must be called sin and exposed for the evil that it is.  This is what false prophets and their followers refuse to do, because their own deeds are evil, saying, “Judge Not!”, to keep from offending anyone and losing members and money. A true prophet will condemn sin and warn of sin or else the blood of sinners is on his hands (Ezek.3:18). However, no true prophet acts as anyone’s judge, but only speaks the word of the Lord; reproving, rebuking, correcting, warning, convicting, promising, comforting.

  The Lord led the apostle Paul to expound this subject more clearly, when he said concerning our brethren: “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth” (Rom.14:4).  God is the absolute and final Judge of His people, not us.  He alone looks on the heart and has perfect knowledge.  While judgments are to be made, let them always be righteous, without partiality, bias or prejudice, and always according to truth.  And let our judgments never be without mercy.  May we always consider ourselves, the beam in our own eyes, our gross sins and terrible shortcomings, before we censure our brother for his sins. 






Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

August 8th 2021

 

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..………………... Parable of Ten Servants – Luke 19:11-27

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………..…The Lord Riding the Unridden – Luke 19:28-40

Wednesday:  7:00 pm………………………………………………. The Sorrow and Anger of the Lord – Luke 19:41-48 

 

Message to Hear: by Gabe Stalnaker  

 ‘Seek The Kingdom of God First’-- https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=725212135133476

 

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** Read the following article carefully.  It will give great comfort to all who feel they have no faith, or very little.

 

Not the Amount of Faith, But the Reality of It – by J.C. Philpot

 

 "For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." -- Romans 10:11

 

  A child of God may be often deeply exercised whether he has any faith at all; for when he reads what faith has done and can do, and sees and feels how little it has done for him, he is seized with doubts and fears whether he has ever been blessed with the faith of God's elect. This makes him often say, "Oh, do I indeed possess one grain of saving faith?" But he does possess it: nay, it is his very faith which makes him so anxiously ask himself the question, as well as see and feel the nature and amount of his unbelief. It is the very light of God shining into his soul that shews him his sins, their nature and number; convinces him of their guilt and enormity; lays the burden of them upon his conscience; and discovers to him the workings of an unbelieving heart. But besides this, if he had no faith at all he could not hear the voice of God speaking in the gospel, nor receive it as a message of mercy; so that he has faith, though he has not its witnessing evidence, or its abounding comfort. This faith will save his soul; for "the gifts and calling of God are without repentance;" that is, God never repents of any gift that he bestows or of any calling which he has granted. If, then, he has ever blessed you with faith, however small that faith may be in itself or in your own view of it, he will never take it away out of your heart, but rather fan the smoking flax until it burst forth into a flame. He will never forsake the work of his own hands, for he which "hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." If ever, then, if but once in your life, you have felt the gospel to be the power of God unto salvation; if you have ever had one view of Christ by living faith; if but once only, under the influence of his blessed Spirit on your heart, you have laid hold of him and felt even for a few minutes that he was yours, your soul is as safe as though it were continually bathing in the river which maketh glad the city of God, continually drinking of the honey and milk of the, gospel, and walking all day long in the full light of his most gracious countenance. Not that a man should be satisfied with living at a poor, cold, dying rate; I mean not that, but merely to lay it down as a part of God's truth that as regards salvation, it is not the amount, but the reality of faith that saves the soul.

 

 

** When we see someone or something in need, do we say, ‘Someone ought to do something . . . the church should do something.”? Brethren, you are the church. We are the church.  Each of us is a member of the body and responsible to it.  Whatever our hand finds to do, needing to be done, do it with all thy might as unto the Lord.

 

 

The Attitude of Believers toward Others -- by Henry Mahan

 

  We are redeemed, children of God, indwelt by His Spirit of holiness and grace; but, we are still human, still flesh. The motions of sin, the desires of the flesh, and the potential to fall are in every believer. Therefore, if a brother falls into sin of spirit, attitude, or flesh, we are to make every attempt to recover, restore, and resettle him to his place of fellowship.

  The attitude of strong, mature, restrained believers toward the fallen is NOT to be critical, holier-than-thou, and condemning. It is to be a spirit of humility and meekness; for, we know that the potential to commit any sin is in us, and we only stand by the grace of God. 

  It is easy to compare ourselves with weaker Christians, less gifted believers, or even fallen brothers and to begin to think that we are SOMETHING SPECIAL, strong, or even better than others. We are not to PROVE OURSELVES by other men’s sins or actions, but in the light of God’s glory and holiness. 

  If we can find some measure of genuine spiritual growth and some evidence of the fruit of the Spirit, we can rejoice in what God has truly been pleased to do for us and in us, rather than being buoyed up in vain hope simply because we are not as other men. Every man is judged according to his own works, not in a comparative view of others!