Central Grace Church

"To The Praise Of The Glory Of His Grace"

Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

January 5th . 2020

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………............................... Perfect Love – 1 John 4:13-21

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………….. A Sower, the Seed, the Fruit – Luke 8:4-15

Wednesday: 7:00 pm ……………………………………….… Unto the Churches, part 4, Thyatira – Revelation 2:18-29

Birthdays, Cleaning Schedule and Nursery Schedules are posted on the bulletin board. Please check them regularly.

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



God's Perfect Will – by J.C. Philpot

"That good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." Romans 12:2


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

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

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

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

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

Was any portion of your worldly substance taken away? It was that you might be taught to live a life of faith in the providence of God. Have your fondest schemes been marred; your youthful hopes blighted; and you pierced in the warmest affections of your heart?

It was to remove an idol, to dethrone a rival to Christ, to crucify the object of earthly love, so that a purer, holier, and more enduring affection might be enshrined in its stead. To tenderly embrace God's perfect will is the grand object of all gospel discipline.

The ultimatum of gospel obedience is to lie passive in His hand, and know no will but His . . . “That good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."


Some Thoughts on Suffering Slander -- C.H. Spurgeon


It is a fine thing, when you are slandered, not to hear it. And it is a better thing to never reply to it. I have always tried to possess one deaf ear and one blind eye; and I believe that the deaf ear is the better ear and the blind eye by far the more useful of the two. Do not remember the injury that is done to you; try to forget it and pass it over. Do not go about the world determined to grasp every red-hot iron that any fool holds out before you. Let it alone! It will be for your own good and for God's glory to be very patient under the slander of the wicked.

Leave your character with God; it is safe there. Men may throw mud at it, but it will never stick long on a true believer; it shall soon come off and you shall be the more glorious for men's slander.

All the dirt that falls upon a good man will brush off when it is dry; but let him wait until it is dry and not dirty his hands with wet mud. "Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils."

There may be an evil spirit in yonder bottle, but nobody will get drunk on it if you keep the cork in! So there may be evil thoughts in your hearts, but they will not injure other people if you do not, as it were, draw the cork by uttering them! It is always well to think twice before you speak once.

"For what glory is it, if when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is accepted with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guilt found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously," 1 Peter 2:20-23



Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

January 12th. 2020

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………………….... Overcoming the World – 1 John 4:1-5

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………………………… All Secrets Made Known – Luke 8:16-18

Wednesday: 7:00 pm ………………………………………

Message to Hear: by Henry Mahan - https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=31006215537


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

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



The Importance of Worship


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



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

-- Augustus Strong, 1836-1921


From A Child Thou Hast Known The Holy Scriptures. – 2 Timothy 3:15


How did Timothy know the scriptures as a child? He heard a faithful man preach God’s Word and his mother and grandmother read the scriptures to him, taught them to him, and had him read and commit them to memory (2 Tim. 1:5). You do not know anything until you commit it to memory. In our children’s Bible classes their teachers require them to memorize verses of scripture. It is a good thing and the only way they are going to read God’s Word on their own and at least think about It in their heads. Public and private schools give our children homework, requiring them to memorize multiplication tables, grammar, historical facts and many other things. Teachers insist that students commit such things to memory for future use. Are these things profitable to our children? How much more is Scripture? Our children cannot know God by memorizing scripture, but perhaps the Word of God will come to mind or prick their young consciences when tempted. If the Seed of God’s Word is literally sewn in the mind, our hope is that God will someday water it and cause it bring forth life and faith in the heart.

I am a teacher and if I had my way I would require adults to memorize God’s Word. I would have everyone memorize the books of the bible so as to know where to turn, and memorize scriptures, not for reward, but for their own benefit and comfort. When scriptures are written on your heart and mind, they come up at times when you need them and give great comfort, peace and joy when needed.

There are many passages that tell us to commit God’s Word to memory. “By which ye are saved, if ye keep in memory” (1 Cor.15:2). “Remember the Word unto Thy servant, upon which Thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for The Word hath quickened me” (Psa.119:49-50). “Remember ye the Law of Moses my servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments” (Malachi 4:4). “A Book of remembrance was written for them that feared the LORD and thought upon His Name” (Mal.3:16). “I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things . . . Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle to stir you up by putting you in remembrance . . . that ye may be able . . . to have these things always in remembrance . . . In both (epistles) I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance” (2 Peter 1:12, 13, 15, 3:1).

And what of all the scripture which condemns those who forget? How much sin is caused by this ignorance and forgetfulness? How much pain, suffering and reproach, because we forget what the Lord has told us? How much fear, doubt, distress, depression and worry is the result of forgetting what the Lord has said . . . not remembering the many, exceeding precious promises that help us escape.

Let these saying sink down deep in your ears. O may the Lord Write the Word on the tables of our hearts. And may we do this for ourselves and for our children . . .

. . . These words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-7






Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

January 19th. 2020

9:30 am ……………………….….…………………………..………………………....These Three Are One – 1 John 5:5-9

10:00 am ……………………………………………..…………….… The Lord in a Ship With His Disciples – Luke 8:19-25

Wednesday: 7:00 pm …………….………..…………………… To The Churches, part 5, Philadelphia – Revelation 3:7-13

Message to Hear: By Britt Worthan: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=3617749342

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I Know Thy Works, And Thy Labour, And Thy Patience – Revelation 2:2


The Lord Jesus Christ does not write to the world, to people in general; he writes to his saints, his elect, those who have believed the gospel of sovereign grace and particular redemption and he tells them that he knows every detail of their condition, he commends some things, he warns against others, he exhorts and encourages and he promises an eternal prize.

He Knows . . .

The glorified Lord Jesus Christ, our God-Man Redeemer, speaks now from heaven and tells his churches, his believing people, his saints in this world, that he knows their works. He knows the situation, the trials and the efforts of his people in his service, then and now. The infinite, omnipotent, sovereign God even now, today, knows everything about our situation as we seek to maintain a witness to the truth of the gospel in this sin-corrupted world; nothing is hidden from his view. Therefore we need to consider these letters (to the seven real, historical but symbolical, churches) as personally relevant to us as we gather together to worship and hear his word preached, whether that be in large or small congregations, or even as individual believers with no physical fellowship make use of the internet to join with brethren to worship and listen to preaching.

He Commends…

What characteristics of the life of believers, of churches in this world, does our Lord Jesus Christ commend? He commends dedication to his cause, to the cause of his Kingdom, evidenced by works arising from true faith in the heart. Half-heartedness has no place in the kingdom of Christ especially in these days when the battle-lines between the world and the truth of God are drawn ever more clearly. The church is in a ‘wilderness’ of separation from the world, its philosophies and values, but it is the place prepared of God for the church (Rev12:6). It is a place of trials, hardship, loneliness and opposition but the place of God’s appointing, the place where Christ prayed the Father that we should be kept from the evil (John17:15). And so Christ commends his people in this world when they have patience in the face of trials of providence and of spirit. He commends them when they are diligent to maintain correct doctrine and will not tolerate primary gospel error and the precepts that arise from it. We must beware of any that teach that the flesh is so corrupt that the outworking of our faith in these bodies does not matter; Christ sees all and he commends the good. – Allan Jellett, Pastor, Knebworth Grace Church, Knebworth, England



This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;

of whom I am chief.” -- I Tim. 1:15

FAITHFUL sayings ought to be faithfully delivered; and if those who profess to be the servants of God would faithfully deliver this saying, “that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners,” we should hear no more about His offering them salvation, or proposing salvation or putting them into a salvable state, and the like Popish nonsense. He “came to save sinners.” Did he fulfil His errand – or did He not? Did He fail in His mission – or did He succeed? That is coming to the simple point of the question.

Well then, if I am to deliver this “faithful saying” – and I do not know that I shall have strength enough to deliver half-a-dozen sentences upon it – I must tell it as it stands; that as He “came to save sinners,” He either failied in His mission, and left it unaccomplished, unfinished, partly done, or else He did it completely – and then there is nothing more to be done. I must come to the point. I cannot bear with half-way measures in the things of God. I never like them in the things of man – I never like them in matters concerning the world – but in the things of God they are quite in sufferable. It is either grace or works, as Paul has it – and if it be of one it cannot be of the other. If the salvation of sinners were entrusted to Christ, and if He was accomplished it, there can be nothing doubtful, nothing contingent, nothing uncertain; and if men will tell us that salvation depends upon repenting and believing, I will tell them that their assertion is false. Repenting and believing depend upon salvation, and not salvation upon repenting and believing.

From the last sermon preached by Joseph Irons, pastor of Grove Chapel, Camberwell, England -- 3/21/1852



God hath in Himself all power to defend you, all wisdom to direct you, all mercy to pardon you, all grace to enrich you, all righteousness to clothe you, all goodness to supply you, and all happiness to crown you. – Thomas Brooks, England (1608-1680)







Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

January 26th. 2020

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..………………………... This is The Record – 1 John 5:11-12

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………………….… Lord Over DevilsLuke 8:26-39

Wednesday: 7:00 pm …………………………………………… To The Churches, part 7, Laodicea – Revelation 3:14-22

Message to Hear: by Bruce Crabtree: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=611121154268

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The Modern Ideology of Religion


When looking at today’s brand of Christianity through the spectacles of the Holy Scriptures we find so many discrepancies it is almost too discouraging to say or write a word in opposition against it. Man’s religion is in such a state of decay we wonder if there is any hope of reformation of true religion at all; if so, the hope is with the Lord who alone is Omnipotent. I stand with the ancient prophet looking over a vast valley of dry bones, and as the Sovereign God demanded, “Son of man, can these bones live?” “O Lord God, thou knowest.”

The flaw in most folks’ religion today is that it is completely distorted. The cart is directly in front of the horse, which makes it impossible to make any spiritual headway. Man has God off the throne and himself on it. Every time I see a new religious edifice going up with all its elaborate trimmings I say in my mind, well there stands another monument built to man’s misconception of the Sovereign God. I say men have it turned around backward. Men have God begging and pleading with sinners and sinners demanding God. They have sinners independently plea-bargaining with God, and God dependent on sinners to make Him happy. Falsely they declare that God cannot make men spiritually alive (born-again) until they make up their mind to believe. They have the self-sufficient Jehovah God ringing His hands in frustration as He waits upon the sinner’s willingness to agree with Him that heaven is the best place for him.

My dear readers, this is devilish deception. If what they are leading men to believe is true, then men become their own saviors, and there was no need for the Son of God to come at all. Men have been told, and many believe it, ‘that God has done all that He can do and they must do the rest.’ ‘That God has taken the first step and that they must take the next.’ The fact is, if you can take one step you may take them all. Is this the case, as clearly defined in the Bible? No! man is spiritually dead (see Ephesians 2:1-10). He is totally unable to make the slightest motion toward God and heaven until made alive by the quickening power of the Holy Ghost; and for this, man is absolutely shut up to the Sovereign pleasure of God. Read the dialogue between Christ and Nicodemus in John 3. The wind (symbol of the Holy Spirit) bloweth where it wills (listeth). Also John 1:13 makes perfectly clear that those who are said to believe and receive Christ (verse 12), did so because they were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, BUT OF GOD.

Biblical Christianity teaches us that there can be no spiritual belief in Christ without divine life in the soul, and God must impart that life. – Terry Worthan, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Winston, Georgia



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



He Who Trusts In God – Richard Sibbes

He trusts in God and is reconciled in Jesus Christ that flies to him in extremity. What a man trusts unto, when he is pinched he flies unto. How shall a man know that he is a covetous worldling? If he be in extremity, he goes to his purse, he makes a friend of that. How shall a man know that he trusts to the arm of flesh? . . . that he trusts his friend too much. In extremity he runs to him, presently he goes to a friend he hath. What we run to, that our trust is in. A Christian runs to his God; and happy is that Christian that is in covenant, that he hath a God to run to in all extremities, in sickness, in death, at all times. He is happy that he hath a God, when all fails, to trust in.

Wilt thou know therefore whether thou trustest in God or no? Whither goest thou? A carnal man, he goes to one earthly prop or other. If God answer him not presently, then he goes with Saul to the witch, to the devil himself perhaps. If God do not send him present help, he goes to one carnal help or other, to his wit, to policy, to crack his conscience, to bear out things with impudence. He hath not learned to trust in God, and he runs not to him, but to some wicked course or other.



Every thing that a man leans upon but God, will be a dart that will certainly pierce his heart through and through. He who leans only upon Christ, lives the highest, choicest, safest, and sweetest life. – Thomas Brooks





­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

February 2nd. 2020

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..………………………... He That Hath the Son – 1 John 5:12

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………………………….... Two Dying Daughters – Luke 8:40-56

F Lord willing I will be preaching in Dingus, WV next Sunday. Brother Cody Henson will be preaching for you.

Message to Hear: by Gabe Stalnaker – https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=128152117246

Not Alone -- by William Jay, England, 1769-1853

“And shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.” -- John 16:32

There is a relation between Christ and Christians, and a conformity founded upon it, so that what He says, they may subordinately adopt as their own language.

  There are cases in which they may be alone, and there are cases in which they ought to be alone, and there is one case in which they must be alone; and yet they are not alone, because the Father is with them.

  They may be alone, by the dispensations of providence.  By death, lover and friend may be put far from them, and their acquaintance into darkness; and bereavements may force from solitude the sigh, “I watch, and am as a sparrow upon the housetop.”  They have often been driven out of society by the wickedness of power.  Their connections have abandoned them through falseness, or deserted them though infirmity.  And this is no inconsiderable trial.  Our Saviour felt the desertion of his disciples, and said, “I looked for some to take pity, and there was none; and for comforters, and found none;” but looking upward, He said, “I am not alone, for the Father is with me.”  Joseph was separated from his family, and sold into Egypt, but the Lord was with Joseph.  John was banished into the isle of Patmos but there he had the visions of the Almighty, and was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day“At my first answer,” says Paul, “no man stood by me, but all men forsook me; notwithstanding, the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me.”  Yes; whoever dies, the Lord liveth.  Whoever fails us, He is firm. “He is faithful that hath promised.  He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

  They ought to be alone, by voluntary solitude.  Not that they are to be recluses, by abandoning their stations, and shunning intercourse with their fellow-creatures.  The Christian life is a candle; but a candle is not  to be placed under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that it may give light to all that are in the house; and our light is to shine before men, and they are to see our good works, and glorify our Father who is in  heaven.  But occasional and frequent retirement for the religious purposes is a duty, and it will be found our privilege.  We shall never be less alone that when alone.  “Go forth,” says God to Ezekiel. “into the field, and there will I talk with thee.” Isaac, at eventide, was meditating in the field, when the Lord brought him Rebekah.  Jacob was left alone, when he “obtained power with God,” and with man, and prevailed.  Nathanael was seen and encourage under the fig-tree.  Peter was by himself praying upon the housetop when he received the divine manifestation.  If the twelve patriarchs, or the twelve apostles, lived near us, and their presence drew us from our closets, their neighborhood would be a serious injury to us.  No creature can be a substitute for God.  And it is alone we hold the freest and fullest communion with him.  It is there the secret of the Lord is with us, and He shows us His covenant.  There we become acquainted with ourselves.  There we shake off the influence of the world.  It is good to be there.

  Men may live in a crowd, but they must die alone.  Friends and ministers can only accompany us to the entrance of the passage.  None of them can speak from experience, none of them can tell us what it is to die.  And it is a way we have not gone ourselves heretofore.  But the Christian, though alone, is not alone even here. “Yea,” says David, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.”

  Oh, to have a God, the God of all grace, at hand, a very present help in that time of trouble, laying underneath His everlasting arms—shedding around the light of His countenance—communicating the joy of His salvation, and insuring the glory to be revealed, in ways beyond all our present experience and thought!

  “O my God, what time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. (Psa.56:3)  Thou hast holden me by my right hand.  Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.  Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.  My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” Psa.73:23-26

 

 

"That which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:15

  The pride—the ambition—the pleasures—the amusements—in which we see thousands and tens of thousands engaged, and sailing down the stream into a dreadful gulf of eternity—are all an abomination in the sight of God. Whereas, such things as faith, hope, love, humility, brokenness of heart, tenderness of conscience, contrition of spirit, sorrow for sin, self-loathing, selfabasement, looking to Jesus, taking up the cross, denying one's self, walking in the strait and narrow path that leads to eternal life—in a word, the power of godliness—these things are despised by all—and by none so much as mere heady professors who have a name to live while dead. "That which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God." -- J.C. Philpot






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

February 9th. 2020

  9:30 am Bible Study  /  10:00 am Worship  ………………..……………………………….… Messages by Cody Henson

Welcome back . . . Cody and Rachel Henson. Brother Cody comes to us from Kingsport Sovereign Grace Church. I am preaching this morning for Grace Baptist Church,  Dingess, WV, brother Gary Vance, pastor.  

 

 

F  “No man honours God, and no man justifies God at so high a rate, as he who lays his hand upon his mouth, when the rod of God is upon his back.” -- Thomas Brooks 1608-1680

 

 

The Best Robe

 

  The robe that God provided Adam was an effectual covering, BECAUSE He provided it. The robe that Adam provided for himself was ineffectual, because he provided it. Now Adam clothed with God’s coat was a safer person outside the fence of paradise than he had been inside. Why? For within, his dependence was upon himself, whereas outside his life dependence was on another, even the promised Saviour. – Don Bell

 

 

Don’t Make Too Much of Feelings – by William Jay

 

  There is a difference between hypocrisy and instability.  We may feel what we utter at the time, but emotions are not principles, impulses are not dispositions.  There may be goodness, but it is like the morning cloud and early dew, that soon passeth away.  How often do we become a wonder, as well as a grief, to ourselves!  How little do we know of our own hearts, till we are tried!  The little ants disappear in the cloudy and rainy day, and the observer might suppose they were all dead.  But let the sun shine forth, and they are again all alive and in motion.  There is the same mud at the bottom of the water when calm, but the waves thereof cast up the mire and dirt.

  Let us not, therefore, make too much of frames and feelings.  Let us not imagine, because we are now walking in the light of God’s countenance, that we shall never again mourn His absence.  Behold, the hour cometh when we may consider all our present joy as only a delusion.  Do we now believe?  A change in the weather, a depression of animal spirits, may renew all our doubts and fears, and we may be all apprehension again.

  Therefore let us rejoice with trembling.  Let us remember our own weakness, and instead of depending on the grace that is in us, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Beware of Peter’s word;

Nor confidently say,

“I never will deny thee, Lord:”

But, “Grant I never may.”

Man’s wisdom is to seek

His strength in God alone:

Even an angel would be weak

That trusted in his own.

 

 

“Unto Thee, O Lord Do I Lift Up My Soul” – Psalm 25:1

 

. . . Unto Thee in the fulness of Thy meritsunto Thee in the riches of Thy Graceunto Thee in the embraces of Thy love and comforts of Thy Spirit; unto Thee, that Thy thorns may be my crown, Thy blood my balm, Thy curse my blessing, Thy death my life, Thy cross my triumph.  Thus is my life hid with Christ in God– Robert Mossom, Ireland (1617-1679)

 

 

Glad Tidings – by William Tyndale (1500-1536) Burned at the stake for translating Scripture for all to read.

 

  The gospel (that is to say, joyful tidings) is called the New Testament.  Because as a man when he shall die, appoints his goods to be dealt and distributed after his death among those whom he names to be his heirs;  even so Christ, before His death, commanded and appointed that such gospel, or tidings, should be declared throughout all the world, and therewith to give unto all that repent and believe, all His goods; that is to say, His life, wherewith He swallowed and devoured death;  His righteousness, wherewith He banished sin;  His salvation, wherewith He overcame eternal damnation. 

  Now, the wretched man, that knows himself to be wrapped in sin, and in danger of death and hell, can hear nothing more joyous than such glad and comfortable tidings of Christ.  So that he cannot but be glad and laugh from the bottom of his heart, if he believes that the tidings are true.







­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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


February 16th - 2020

  9:30 am ……………………….…………………………….. Things Written For Faith & Assurance – 1 John 5:13-21

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………… To The Praise of the Glory of His Grace – Ephesians 1 & 2

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ……………………………………………………………………..……….. Kiss The Son – Psalm 2  

Message to Hear: by Henry Mahan – https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4290612627

 


 

People of God . . .  We can plan and arrange our worship services perfectly according to Scripture, sing just the right songs, pray fervently and Scripturally and even deliver a well studied, God honoring message from the Word of God, but we cannot worship unless the Lord Himself graces our presence with His, and blesses us to do so.  Pray for it. Let us seek Him, this very morning that we may find.­­ – Chris Cunningham

 


 

“Pardon Mine Iniquity; For it is Great” – Psalm 25:11

 

  “Oh,” says Pharaoh, “take  these filthy frogs, this dreadful thunder!”  But what says holy David?  “Lord, take away the iniquity of thy servant!”  The one would be freed from punishment, the effect of sin; the other from sin, the cause of punishment.  And it is most true that a true Christian man is more troubled at sin than at frogs and thunder; he sees more filthiness in sin than in frogs and toads, more horror than in thunder and lightning. -- Jeremiah Dyke, England , 1645

 

…”Many complain more of the sorrows to which they are born, than the sins with which they were born: they tremble more at the vengeance of sin, than at the venom of sin; one delights them, the other affrights them.” .--William Secker, 17th century

 


 

"Let Us Walk In The Light Of The Lord" – Isaiah 2:5

 

  How can I walk in the light of the lord?  I do not have all the answers.  But I do know these things: If I would walk in the light of the Lord, I must own and acknowledge that Christ is my Lord...I must believe the light he gives...I must obey my Lord, following the direction of his light...I must pattern my life after his example...And I must persevere to the end, walking in the light of the Lord. Christ is the Light of the world; and all who live by faith in him "walk in the light of the Lord."   "The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day (Prov. 4:18).  – Don Fortner

 


 

Walking After The Flesh -- "There is therefore now no condemnation to those which are in Christ Jesus,

    who  walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." -- Romans 8:1

 

  To walk after the flesh carries with it the idea of the flesh going before us—as our leader, guide, and example—and our following close in its footsteps, so that wherever it drags or draws we move after it, as the needle after the magnet. To walk after the flesh, then, is to move step by step in implicit obedience to the commands of the flesh—the lusts of the flesh—the inclinations of the flesh—and the desires of the flesh—whatever shape they assume, whatever garb they wear, whatever name they may bear. To walk after the flesh is to be ever pursuing, desiring, and doing the things that please the flesh—whatever aspect that flesh may wear or whatever dress it may assume—whether molded and fashioned after the grosser and more flagrant ways of the profane world—or the more refined and deceptive religion of the professing church. But are the grosser and more manifest sinners the only people who may be said to walk after the flesh?  Does not all human religion, in all its varied forms and shapes, come under the sweep of this all-devouring sword?  Yes! Everyone who is entangled in and led by a fleshly religion, walks as much after the flesh as those who are abandoned to its grosser indulgences. Sad it is, yet not more sad than true, that false religion has slain its thousands, if open sin has slain its ten thousands. To walk after the flesh— whether it be in the grosser or more refined sense of the term—is the same in the sight of God. ­– J.C. Philpot

 


 

Regeneration – by Henry Mahan, 1986

 

  He who 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 thoughts, words, and deeds of sin (which he despises); but he does not give himself up to sin, excuse it, nor continue in it as its servant. God’s nature and the grace of the Holy Spirit abide in him, and he cannot practice a life of sin. He is born of God and delights in the commandments of his Lord.

  A life of disobedience is distasteful to a believer who longs to be like Christ. A godly walk and a spirit of love and grace are evidences of grace and faith. The absence of these is evidence of the absence of grace.






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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


February 23rd - 2020

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………………….…… A Sin Unto Death – 1 John 5:16-21

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………………..…Quickened With Christ – Ephesians 2

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ……………………………………………………………….……The Two Voices of God – Psalm 19

 

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Anonymous Gifts

 

  Over the years some of you have left me anonymous gifts and cards (someone did so recently) and I greatly appreciate them.  A gift given anonymously usually demonstrates a true love for the recipient, not wanting recognition but giving for the joy of giving.  The Lord said it is ‘more blessed to give than receive.’  But know this…. Any and every gift or service in the spirit of love to the Lord and His people is NOT UNKOWN.  The Lord knows.  And the Lord always repays. . . . with interest.  And so the Lord says: “Give and it shall be given unto you;  good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” – Luke 6:38

 


 

Things We Need to Know – From Henry Mahan’s commentary on 1 John 5:19-21

 

v.19 --  In order to be prepared for the contest of life, for the allurements and attractions prepared by Satan to draw men away from God, for the trials and difficulties ahead, we need to know two things: first, that ‘we are of God,’ born of God, loved of God, redeemed by God, called of God, sons of God and seated in Christ; and second, that ‘the whole word lieth in the wicked one,’ or is under the dominion of Satan. Therefore, we do not hesitate to shun the world, we do not fear its enmity and we do not covet its honors, because we are of God and the world is alienated from God.

v.20 -- The second person in the Godhead, equal to the Father and of the same nature with him, is come from the Father into this world, in the flesh, to work our salvation for his people by his obedience, suffering and death. He has given us a knowledge of spiritual things, of himself, of God in him, of the truths of the gospel and the mysteries of grace, that we may know the Father, the true and living God (John 17:3), and that we may know we are in Christ by covenant mercies, by faith and by the will of God. Christ is the true God and Christ is eternal life (1 John 5:11-13).

v.21. ‘Little children, keep yourselves from false gods, from anyone and anything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God; keep yourselves from traditions, superstitions, images and religious practices and observances introduced by those who call themselves Christians, if these things are not according to the scripture and glorifying to God.

 


 

“IT IS FINISHED” -- John 19:30

 

  Years ago, someone asked me how long it took me to finish a painting. My answer was this, “You never finish a painting…you just come to a stopping point.” Concerning all efforts on man’s part, nothing can truly be said to be finished. There is always something found, even with our most careful efforts that can be done to improve our labor.

  But concerning the work of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross of Calvary…His death to satisfy the justice of God for an everlastingly loved people…His death to put away the guilt of His bride by the shedding of His blood for her…HE said…“It is finished.” By His declaration, we know that the debt and guilt of our sins has truly been paid and put away in His precious blood. According to His word, the sins of God’s chosen people shall never be brought up before God or punished again…This we know because the Father accepted His sacrifice on behalf of His sheep and proved His acceptance by raising Him from the dead.

  Before Moses had to stand before the throne of Pharaoh on the sinful ground of Egypt, he had to stand before The burning fire of JEHOVAH, and had to hear the ALMIGHTY “I AM” cry: “Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off of thy feet, for the place wherein Thou standest is holy ground.” After Moses knew the horror and terror of standing before the Holy Judge of the earth, who holds the keys of hell and death in His hands; Who is not only able to kill the body, but is able to destroy both soul and body in hell! After that…he did not fear what man could do to him! Standing before Pharaoh was easy.

        -- Marvin Stalnaker

 


 

Three Things

 Humility cannot find three things on this side of Heaven:  it cannot find fullness in the creature, or sweetness in sin, or life in an ordinance without Christ;  but it always finds these three things on this side of Heaven: the soul to be empty, Christ to be full, and every mercy and duty to be sweet, wherein Christ is enjoyed. – by Thomas Brooks









­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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


March 1st .  2020

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..………….............. Truth: The Doctrine of Christ – 2 John

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………..………Preaching That Heals – Luke 9:1-11

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ……………………………………………………………….… Prayer of a Troubled Soul – Psalm 31

Message to Hear: ‘Redeemed’ – by Henry Mahan - https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=313122049294

 

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“Salvation Is Of The Lord.” -- Jonah 2:9

 

 Salvation is the work of God. It is He alone who quickens the soul “dead in trespasses and sins,” and it is He also who maintains the soul in its spiritual life. He is both “Alpha and Omega.” “Salvation is of the Lord.” If I am prayerful, God makes me prayerful; if I have graces, they are God’s gifts to me; if I hold on in a consistent life, it is because He upholds me with His hand. I do nothing whatever towards my own preservation, except what God Himself first does in me. Whatever I have, all my goodness is of the Lord alone. Wherein I sin, that is my own; but wherein I act rightly, that is of God, wholly and completely. If I have repulsed a spiritual enemy, the Lord’s strength nerved my arm. Do I live before men a consecrated life? It is not I, but Christ who liveth in me. Am I sanctified? I did not cleanse myself: God’s Holy Spirit sanctifies me. Am I weaned from the world? I am weaned by God’s chastisements sanctified to my good. Do I grow in knowledge? The great Instructor teaches me. All my jewels were fashioned by heavenly art. I find in God all that I want; but I find in myself nothing but sin and misery. “He only is my rock and my salvation.” Do I feed on the Word? That Word would be no food for me unless the Lord made it food for my soul, and helped me to feed upon it. Do I live on the manna which comes down from heaven? What is that manna but Jesus Christ himself incarnate, whose body and whose blood I eat and drink? Am I continually receiving fresh increase of strength? Where do I gather my might? My help cometh from heaven’s hills: without Jesus I can do nothing. As a branch cannot bring forth fruit except it abide in the vine, no more can I, except I abide in Him. What Jonah learned in the great deep, let me learn this morning in my closet: “Salvation is of the Lord.”

      -- Charles Spurgeon

 


 

“As You Would That Men Should Do to You,  Do Ye Also to Them Likewise” – Luke 7:31

 

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

 

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

Forgiveness? . . .  Then forgive and forget.

Forbearance? . . . Then cover their sins, repeat them not.

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

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

 

  Would we have others befriend us? . . . Then be a friend.  Would we like to receive a call? a card? a visit? an invite? . . . Well then, ‘as you would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.’

 


 

Love Your Family in Christ

 

  “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto  called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” -- 1 Peter 3:8-9

 

1st  Peter 3:8 says, “Love as brethren.”  This would be to love all believers, to love as Christ loved us, to love without hypocrisy, to love, not in word only, but in both deed and truth, and to love continually; for true love never dies!     Don’t wait for a brother to come to you; go to him.  – Henry Mahan (1986)





­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

 March 8th. 2020

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..……………..……….. Fellowhelpers to The Truth – 3rd John

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………….….… Faith in the Face of Fear – Psalm 46

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ……………………………………………………………………….. Blessed Forgiveness – Psalm 32

Message to Hear: ‘Taught by Trouble’, by H.T.M. -- https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=510101027148

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Election – by Charles Spurgeon

 

  "He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestined us into the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself,  according to the good pleasure of his will.” -- Ephesians. 1:4-5 

 

  Whatever may be said about the doctrine of election, it is written in the Word of God as with an iron pen, and there is no getting rid of it--there it stands! Long before time had begun, God loved His chosen ones, and predestined them unto eternal life.

  I can never understand why a man should cavil at another's being chosen--when he himself does not himself wish to be saved! Some men cannot endure to hear the doctrine of election. I suppose they like to choose their own wives--but they are not willing that Christ should select His bride, the Church! Those who cavil at the doctrine of election should answer this question: "Why is it that God has left devils without hope--and yet has sent His Son to redeem mankind? Is not divine sovereignty manifested here?" Answer me, you that deny God's sovereignty, and hate His election--how is it that angels are condemned to everlasting fire--while to you, the fallen children of Adam, the gospel of Christ is freely preached? The only answer that can possibly be given is this: God wills to do it.

  If the Lord should choose to show mercy to only one man in the world--He has the perfect right to do so. If He chooses to show mercy to a few, or if He chooses to show mercy to all--He has the right to do so. How is it that some of us who were once drunkards, swearers, and the like--are now sitting here to praise God this day? Was there anything good in us which moved the heart of God to save us? God forbid that we should indulge the blasphemous thought! I never met with any Christian who ever thought that he deserved to be chosen unto salvation; the very fact of the choice, proves that it must have been all of grace. Electing love has selected some of the worst--to be made the best! I shall never understand, even in Heaven--why the Lord Jesus should ever have loved me!

  There is no more humbling doctrine in Scripture than that of election--none more promoting of gratitude, and, consequently, none more sanctifying. To me, election is one of the sweetest and most blessed truths in the whole of Revelation--it is one of the highest notes of heavenly music! The man who is not willing to submit to the electing love and sovereign grace of God, has great reason to question whether he is a Christian at all--for the spirit that kicks against election is the spirit of the devil, and the spirit of the un-humbled, un-renewed heart.

 "We are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth, II Thess.2:13

 

 

THEY ARE NOT SINNERS – by Henry Mahan

 

  Do you sometimes wonder why your relatives, who love you and enjoy your company, have no interest in your gospel, your church or your testimony?  They are not sinners! They need no mediator with God!

  Do you wonder why your co-workers enjoy talking about religion, denominations, churches and even freedom, but they have no interest or desire to talk about Christ and salvation?  They are not sinners! They need no Savior!

  Do you wonder why old people are all religious and talk about going to heaven, meeting their loved ones and living without pain or death! Yet, they never mention Christ and His sacrifice for sin by which we have the hope of life?  They are not sinners! They are all good people - Now!

  Do you wonder why most religious people (even preachers) never raise the question, "How can man be just with God?" "How can a holy God forgive and receive an unholy sinner and still be holy and just?"  They are not sinners! They do not need a righteousness, they have one of their own.

  Do you wonder why most preachers do not preach salvation by grace alone, Christ alone, through His blood and righteousness alone?  They are not sinners! Only sinners need apply for such great mercy and grace!

 

Great sinners need a great Savior!



Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia 


March 15th 2020

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………….......The Message of Galatians – Galatians 1:1-5

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………………………………………Who is This?  – Luke 9:7-10

 


 

Mercy

   “ And he (The Lord) said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.” Exodus 33:18,19

  Mercy is, “not getting what we truly do deserve”. Grace is, “getting what we truly don’t deserve”. God showed mercy to us when He gave Christ what we deserved. And God showed grace to us when He gave us what Christ deserved. Christ received our sin, and we received His reward. Christ received our rejection, and we received His acceptance. Christ received our death, and we received His life. If God ever gives us the eyes of faith to see that, He will have shown us His glory!” – Gabe Stalnaker      

 


 

Mercy Not Merit – by Martin Luther

  Martin Luther, being asked which of all the Psalms were the best, he made answer, "Psalmi Paulini, " and when his friends pressed to know which these might be, he said, "The 32nd, the 51st, the 130th, and the 143rd. For they all teach that the forgiveness of our sins comes, without the law and without works, to the man who believes, and therefore I call them Pauline Psalms; and David sings, `There is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared, 'this is just what Paul says, `God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.' Ro 11:32. Thus no man may boast of his own righteousness. That word, `That thou mayest be feared, 'dusts away all merit, and teaches us to uncover our heads before God, and confess it is mere forgiveness, not merit at all."

 


 

When The Lord Makes Up His Jewels – by J.C. Philpot

 

 "As unknown, and yet well known." 2 Corinthians 6:9 -- God's people, as well as God's servants, are little known, and less esteemed in this world. It is God's purpose and a part of His infinite wisdom that it should be so. The Lord is training up heirs of an exceeding and eternal weight of glory, and preparing them for those mansions of holiness and bliss which He has prepared for them before the foundation of the world. But while they are here below, they are in a state of obscurity. We may compare them to a large and valuable diamond, which is now undergoing the operations of cutting and polishing in some obscure court in the city, no one scarcely knowing of its existence or value, but its owner and the jeweler who is patiently cutting it into shape. But one day it may adorn a monarch's crown! So while God is cutting and polishing His diamonds by trials and temptations—sufferings and afflictions—they are hidden from the eyes of men. But when the Lord makes up His jewels, they will shine forth forever in His crown! God has chosen the poor of this world, for the most part, to be rich in faith. Not many notable in the annals of learning, power, or rank—not many noble, not many rich, not many mighty, has He called by His grace to a knowledge of Himself. The Lord's people rarely possess any wealth, station, property, or worldly distinction. They are for the most part poor and despised, as their Lord and Master was before them—and such the world cares neither to know, nor notice. "They will be mine," says the Lord Almighty, "in the day when I make up My jewels!" Malachi 3:17

 


 

F  I once knew a young man that graduated from a Lutheran seminary. He told a group of men at a breakfast one morning that the “motto,” of his alma mater during his last year of attendance was, “Back to Luther, back to Luther.” Of course this referred to the popular protestant reformer known as Martin Luther. One of the older, wiser believers among the group of men kindly said in his slow Texas drawl, “Son, you’ve not gone back far enough.” That’s a problem with many today.

  There is no doubt that the Lord used Martin Luther. None can argue that John Calvin had five spiritually valid points. Charles Spurgeon was called the Prince of preachers, but Jesus Christ is the “Prince of Peace.” If your doctrine is not the “doctrine of Christ,” then you have not gone back far enough. (2 John 1:9-10) If you don’t go back to “before the foundation of the world,” (Eph. 1:4, Heb. 4:3, Heb. 9:26, 1 Pet. 1:20, Rev. 13:8, Rev. 17:8) where God the Father, with no influence apart from His own will and purpose, chose and gave a people to Christ to redeem, then you have not gone back far enough. If you don’t see that God, for the glory of His own great name’s sake, was pleased to make you (the ungodly) His perfect people in Christ, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, then you have not gone back far enough.

  I have a friend that calls it, “The beginning before the beginning.” Our salvation began with God before time ever was. Before God ever said, “Let there be light,” He said, “Let there be Christ.”  God gave His elect, His chosen, to His Son to redeem in the fullness of time. If you don’t go back to Christ, then you have not gone back far enough. The believer’s motto will forever be, “Back to Christ.” Day after day, it is “Back to Christ.” He died to put away my sins of yesterday and today, so it is “Back to Christ. When the evil of today comes and goes, tomorrow it will be, “Back to Christ.” He forever lives to make intercession for us, so it is “Back to Christ.” Only then have you gone back far enough. – David Eddmenson





Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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


March 22nd  2020

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………...

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………………… O Lord Hear, Forgive, Do – Daniel 9

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ………………………………………………………………………………… Fret Not – Psalm 37

 

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Fear God Not Things.

 

  The Lord said,  “I kill, and I make alive; I wound and I heal” (Deut. 32:39). Things don't kill us God does. God sends things. Whether cancer, car wreck, heart disease, guns, knives, swords…. These things are the means which God uses to take us. But things don't kill us. We are not to fear things but fear the Lord. We are not to live in fear of things or people but the Lord.  Let us not act foolishly. . . but let us act on faith. Let us not put ourselves in harm's way . . . but let us put our trust in the Lord. This is not fatalism it is faith.

  But what if we do contract a deadly disease or virus ?  What if it kills us?  Well, it didn’t kill us, the Lord did, and in reality, it was the God-sent, merciful means to send us to Glory where all our fears will be gone forever!

   Fact is, we walk through the valley of the shadow of death all the time.  Disease and death are all around us.  But what does the Psalm say? . . . I will fear no evil for Thou art with me.  

 


 

Trial and Mercy By Fire

 

  In seventeenth century England, the church of England issued an order to all churches called the Act of Uniformity of 1662. All churches must sign an agreement stating that they would abide by the prescribed orders of worship handed down by the government, including prayers, sacraments and other things.  Many, many preachers refused to abide by such an order and so were expelled from their churches.  There were men we know and esteem highly such as, Owen, Manton, Bunyan, Flavel, Watson, Goodwin, Charnock, Brooks and many others.

   Three years later, 1665, the Bubonic Plague (black plague) hit London, England.  Over 100,000 people died out of a population of around 480,000.  The plague went on for a year until 1666. Then . . . the Great Fire of London hit.  That fire  destroyed nearly every public building and most homes in London.  Hundreds of thousands of people were homeless, but in God’s mercy only 6 people died in that fire.  However, the black plague was ended by that fire.

 Our God is a consuming fire! God has not changed.  God still punishes sin. God’s judgments have always been the same against idolatry.  All of God’s wrath and severe punishments of mankind down through time have been for sin and unbelief (idolatry).  The same God promises to destroy this idolatrous world someday by fire! But God . . . is rich in mercy. The same God, Who is a consuming fire, put His Son (Himself) on the cross for His people; made Him to be a curse, made Him to be sin for His people, and the fire of God’s wrath fell on Him. . . . However, the same fire that fell on Christ, put away the curse and the plague from us… the plague called sin.  Then, the Lord in mercy sends fiery trials upon all His people, to testify of His grace, to try their faith in the living and true God (whether they will bow to Him or the god(s) of this world), and to wean them from this world which is soon to perish.  Thank God for His mercy, thank God for His Truth, thank God for fiery trials.

 


 

  The LORD your God in the middle of you is mighty; He will save,

   He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest in his love… Zephaniah 3:17

 

  It is obvious, God can save — for He is in the midst of them, and mighty. Here is nearness and power. But He will save — He is inclined, He is engaged. He will save, He will rejoice over them with joy. What is this salvation? It does not exclude temporal preservation and deliverance. We are not to look for miracles, but we may look for Him who performed them. Temporal deliverances are promised conditionally.  Salvation includes redemption from the curse of the law, deliverance from the powers of darkness, freedom from the sting of death, release from the dominion and being of sin. This salvation is ensured. This salvation is begun.  This salvation is finished. – William Jay

 


 

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee. In God I will praise His word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” -- Psalm 62:8

“Trust in Him AT ALL TIMES;  ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge unto us.”  Selah. – Psalm 62:8







Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia 



March 15th 2020

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………….......The Message of Galatians – Galatians 1:1-5

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………………………………………Who is This?  – Luke 9:7-10

 


 

Mercy

   “ And he (The Lord) said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.” Exodus 33:18,19

  Mercy is, “not getting what we truly do deserve”. Grace is, “getting what we truly don’t deserve”. God showed mercy to us when He gave Christ what we deserved. And God showed grace to us when He gave us what Christ deserved. Christ received our sin, and we received His reward. Christ received our rejection, and we received His acceptance. Christ received our death, and we received His life. If God ever gives us the eyes of faith to see that, He will have shown us His glory!” – Gabe Stalnaker      

 


 

Mercy Not Merit – by Martin Luther

  Martin Luther, being asked which of all the Psalms were the best, he made answer, "Psalmi Paulini, " and when his friends pressed to know which these might be, he said, "The 32nd, the 51st, the 130th, and the 143rd. For they all teach that the forgiveness of our sins comes, without the law and without works, to the man who believes, and therefore I call them Pauline Psalms; and David sings, `There is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared, 'this is just what Paul says, `God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.' Ro 11:32. Thus no man may boast of his own righteousness. That word, `That thou mayest be feared, 'dusts away all merit, and teaches us to uncover our heads before God, and confess it is mere forgiveness, not merit at all."

 


 

When The Lord Makes Up His Jewels – by J.C. Philpot

 

 "As unknown, and yet well known." 2 Corinthians 6:9 -- God's people, as well as God's servants, are little known, and less esteemed in this world. It is God's purpose and a part of His infinite wisdom that it should be so. The Lord is training up heirs of an exceeding and eternal weight of glory, and preparing them for those mansions of holiness and bliss which He has prepared for them before the foundation of the world. But while they are here below, they are in a state of obscurity. We may compare them to a large and valuable diamond, which is now undergoing the operations of cutting and polishing in some obscure court in the city, no one scarcely knowing of its existence or value, but its owner and the jeweler who is patiently cutting it into shape. But one day it may adorn a monarch's crown! So while God is cutting and polishing His diamonds by trials and temptations—sufferings and afflictions—they are hidden from the eyes of men. But when the Lord makes up His jewels, they will shine forth forever in His crown! God has chosen the poor of this world, for the most part, to be rich in faith. Not many notable in the annals of learning, power, or rank—not many noble, not many rich, not many mighty, has He called by His grace to a knowledge of Himself. The Lord's people rarely possess any wealth, station, property, or worldly distinction. They are for the most part poor and despised, as their Lord and Master was before them—and such the world cares neither to know, nor notice. "They will be mine," says the Lord Almighty, "in the day when I make up My jewels!" Malachi 3:17

 


 

F  I once knew a young man that graduated from a Lutheran seminary. He told a group of men at a breakfast one morning that the “motto,” of his alma mater during his last year of attendance was, “Back to Luther, back to Luther.” Of course this referred to the popular protestant reformer known as Martin Luther. One of the older, wiser believers among the group of men kindly said in his slow Texas drawl, “Son, you’ve not gone back far enough.” That’s a problem with many today.

  There is no doubt that the Lord used Martin Luther. None can argue that John Calvin had five spiritually valid points. Charles Spurgeon was called the Prince of preachers, but Jesus Christ is the “Prince of Peace.” If your doctrine is not the “doctrine of Christ,” then you have not gone back far enough. (2 John 1:9-10) If you don’t go back to “before the foundation of the world,” (Eph. 1:4, Heb. 4:3, Heb. 9:26, 1 Pet. 1:20, Rev. 13:8, Rev. 17:8) where God the Father, with no influence apart from His own will and purpose, chose and gave a people to Christ to redeem, then you have not gone back far enough. If you don’t see that God, for the glory of His own great name’s sake, was pleased to make you (the ungodly) His perfect people in Christ, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, then you have not gone back far enough.

  I have a friend that calls it, “The beginning before the beginning.” Our salvation began with God before time ever was. Before God ever said, “Let there be light,” He said, “Let there be Christ.”  God gave His elect, His chosen, to His Son to redeem in the fullness of time. If you don’t go back to Christ, then you have not gone back far enough. The believer’s motto will forever be, “Back to Christ.” Day after day, it is “Back to Christ.” He died to put away my sins of yesterday and today, so it is “Back to Christ. When the evil of today comes and goes, tomorrow it will be, “Back to Christ.” He forever lives to make intercession for us, so it is “Back to Christ.” Only then have you gone back far enough. – David Eddmenson




Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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


May 17th  2020

10:00 am …………………….…………………..……………… Passing Through the Red Sea – Hebrews 11:29/Exodus 14

 

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Things That Promote Peace – By Henry Mahan

 “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.

 


 

"Ye Are They Which Have Continued With Me In My Temptations." -- Luke 22:28

 

  Satan brought all his artillery to bear upon the Son of God. He was permitted to try him to the utmost. It was the purpose of God, that his wellbeloved Son should be tempted like as we are; and if you are God's, not a single temptation has beset you which did not beset the Lord of life and glory. Are we tempted sometimes to doubt a God of providence? The Lord Jesus was similarly tempted, when Satan said to him, "Command these stones to be made bread." Are we tempted to vain confidence and presumption? The Lord of life and glory was similarly tempted, when the prince of darkness said to him, "If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence." Are we often tempted to disbelieve that we are the children of God, and exercised at times with distressing suspicions and fears lest we have only a profession of religion, without its experimental power in our hearts? Satan brought the same temptation against the Lord, when he said, "If thou be the Son of God;" as Hart says, "O, what an if was there!" Are we tempted to turn our backs upon the Lord for the sake of what the world offers? The Lord Jesus was similarly tempted when Satan said that he would give him all that he presented before his eyes when he took him upon the mountain top. Are we ever tempted to turn from the true God and worship idols? The Lord of life and glory was similarly tempted when Satan with his infernal pride and cursed impudence proposed to the Son of God to worship him. The Son of God worship Satan! But some may say, "Was Jesus tempted like I am? How can that be? He was pure, spotless, and holy; but I am full of corruption from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet. The Lord of life and glory had a perfect, unfallen nature, a holy human body, and a holy human soul, taken into union with Deity; but I have a fallen nature, defiled in body and polluted in soul. Can there be a resemblance in our temptations?" I would ask, what is it in you that feels the burden of temptation when Satan injects his blasphemies into your mind? Is there not a something in you which is

grieved, I was going to say tortured, by these fiery darts? Is it not the new nature? and is not that nature spotless and holy? Is it not born of God, and therefore as holy as God is holy, and pure as God is pure? Thus just in the same way as your pure and holy nature that is born of God is grieved and distressed by the fiery darts of Satan, so was the holy soul of the Lord Jesus ten thousand times more grieved and tortured by the temptations of Satan presented before his pure and spotless mind. The disciples did not forsake their Lord, though so sorely buffeted with these temptations; nay more, they, according to the measure of their faith, partook of them individually and personally, suffering as well as sympathising with him, and wounded, though in a far less degree, by arrows from the same bow. And thus disciples now continue with the Lord Jesus in his temptations by suffering as members with their covenant Head, walking, most of them, in a daily path of trouble and sorrow, daily tempted by Satan, by the world, and by their own evil hearts; day by day tempted to do everything from which their spiritual nature recoils; day by day tempted to do things which are hateful in the eyes of a pure God, and to them too when in their right mind.  – J.C. Philpot

 




­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

May 24th 2020

 9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………. Why We Must Gather Together – Hebrews 10:25

10:00 am ………………….…………………..……………… The Hairs of Your Head Are All Numbered – Matthew 10:30

Wednesday: 7:00 pm ……………………………………………………………… The King and His Daughters – Psalm 45

 

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F “If I had never joined a Church till I had found one that was perfect, I should never have joined one at all! And the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect Church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us . – C.H. Spurgeon

 

 

Trust In the Lord at All Hazards

 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.” -- C.H.S.

 

 

A Nation on Edge

 

The nation is on edge” . . . This is what some in the news media are telling us concerning the Coronavirus - "The nation is on edge." I don't know how many are on edge; I doubt there are very many comparatively speaking. What a freedom of heart it is to live in the faith that our Sovereign God rules all things. There is not a grain of sand outside of his control. Everything from Satan to kings to storms to viruses etc. are controlled by the One who calls Himself our God - "I will be their God and they shall be my people" (2 Cor.6:16). How could anyone who can truly say, "This God is my God" be on edge about anything? I know that is easily said. I know there are things that trouble us. I know we are sometime afraid. I know that sometimes our poor souls are like David when he complained, "Why art thou cast down O my soul?" But then he gives the remedy for his cast down-ness, "Hope thou in God." Live in the exercise of faith and hope, and you can live in the freedom that your God in whom you believe and hope controls all things. – Bruce Crabtree






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

May 31st 2020  

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………….. Here To Hear Out of Fear – Acts 10:33

 

 

Prove All Things – 1 Thess.5:21

 

 The true Christian was intended by Christ to prove all things by the Word of God; all churches, all ministers, all teaching, all preaching, all doctrines, all sermons, all writings, all opinions, all practices. These are his marching orders. Prove all by the Word of God; measure all by the measure of the Bible; compare all with the standard of the Bible; weigh all in the balances of the Bible; examine all by the light of the Bible; test all in the crucible of the Bible. That which can abide the fire of the Bible, receive, hold, believe, and obey. That which cannot abide the fire of the Bible, reject, refuse, repudiate, and cast away.

       – J.C. Ryle

 

 

F “ If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plough to know more of the Scripture than ye do.” – William Tyndale, 1500-1536. Spoken before a counsel of Cardinals and Bishops which condemned him for translating scripture into English. He was later burned at the stake for doing so.

 

 

The Exalted Lord

 

 The Exalted Lord Christ must be preached where he is now if we are to preach the gospel of his glory! Men will preach about, even accept, Christ as prophet, teacher, healer, and even as Saviour; but, the preaching of Christ as sovereign Lord of lords and King of kings, men will not tolerate. If Christ is exalted at the right hand of God, everything else about him is easy to believe. His resurrection declared him to the Son of God; his exaltation declares him to be Lord! Peter closed his message in Acts 2 with these words; “God hath made this same Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Christ.” This is the climax of true gospel preaching—Jesus Christ is Lord! God hath delivered all things, all authority, all judgement, and all revelation into his hands.

 Christ must be preached where he is now if we are to correctly receive him and call upon his name! Romans 10:9 says, “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus to be Lord…thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:13 says, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” One cannot confess, call upon, or receive a false conception of Jesus Christ and be saved. He is not a pitiful, helpless exile waiting to see what will happen. He is the enthroned Lord who has all power over all flesh to give eternal life to as many as the Father hath given him.

 Christ must be preached where he is now if we who believe on him are to have a good hope! I can have a good hope of salvation because my exalted Lord is able to save, to keep, and to raise my vile body. I can have a good hope of success in preaching the gospel because my exalted Lord has all authority in heaven and earth. I can have a good hope of living in heaven because my exalted Lord has entered and taken possession of that heavenly kingdom and wills for me to be with him and behold his glory! – Henry Mahan

 

 

The following quotes are by Thomas Brooks, England, 1608-1680. Brother Spurgeon esteemed Brooks so highly that he published a whole book of his sayings, entitled ‘Smooth Stones Taken From Ancient Brooks.’

 

-- “Humility makes a man richer than other men, and it makes a man judge himself the poorest among men. “

 

-- “Till men have faith in Christ, their best services are but glorious sins.

 

-- “Every thing that a man leans upon but God, will be a dart that will certainly pierce his heart through and through. He who leans only upon Christ, lives the highest, choicest, safest, and sweetest life.

 

-- “Consider that spiritual safety comes through spiritual unity. Christians united together are difficult to separate, difficult to break, difficult to pick off and destroy. It is when you isolate yourself by disrupting or denying unity that you are most at risk.

 

-- “Christ is a most precious commodity, he is better than rubies or the most costly pearls; and we must part with our old gold, with our shining gold, our old sins, our most shining sins, or we must perish forever. Christ is to be sought and bought with any pains, at any price; we cannot buy this gold too dear. He is a jewel more worth than a thousand worlds, as all know who have him. Get him, and get all; miss him and miss all.





­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

June 7th 2020

 9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………………… The Lord and a Lunatick – Luke 9:37-42

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………………The King & His Daughters – Psalm 45

 

** NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE THIS WEEK

 

** Mindy and I are going on vacation this week with our girls. No Wednesday night service this week. Next Sunday, Lord willing, brother Cody Henson will be preaching to you.

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The Sovereignty of God – by Arthur Pink – 1886-1952

 

 Without a doubt a world-crisis is at hand, and everywhere men are alarmed. But God is not! He is never taken by surprise. It is no unexpected emergency which now confronts Him, for He is the One who “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Ephesians 1:11). Hence, though the world is panic-stricken, the word to the believer is, “Fear not”! “All things” are subject to His immediate control: “all things” are moving in accord with His eternal purpose, and therefore, “all things” are “working together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” It must be so, for “of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things” (Romans 2:36). Yet how little is this realized today even by the people of God! Many suppose that He is little more than a far-distant Spectator, taking no immediate hand in the affairs of earth. It is true that man has a will, but so also has God. It is true that man is endowed with power, but God is all-powerful. It is true that, speaking generally, the material world is regulated by law, but behind that law is the law-Giver and law-Administrator. Man is but the creature. God is the Creator, and endless ages before man first saw the light “the mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6) existed, and ere the world was founded, made His plans; and being infinite in power and man only finite, His purpose and plan cannot be withstood or thwarted by the creatures of His own hands.

 We readily acknowledge that life is a profound problem, and that we are surrounded by mystery on every side; but we are not like the beasts of the field—ignorant of their origin, and unconscious of what is before them. No: “We have also a more sure Word of Prophecy”, of which it is said ye do well that ye “take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19). And it is to this Word of Prophecy we indeed do well to “take heed,” to that Word which had not its origin in the mind of man but in the Mind of God, for, “the prophecy came not at any time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake moved by the Holy Spirit.” We say again, it is to this “Word” we do well to take heed. As we turn to this Word and are instructed there, we discover a fundamental principle which must be applied to every problem: Instead of beginning with man and his world and working back to God, we must begin with God and work down to man— “In the beginning God”! Apply this principle to the present situation. Begin with the world as it is today and try and work back to God, and everything will seem to show that God has no connection with the world at all. But begin with God and work down to the world and light, much light, is cast on the problem. Because God is holy His anger burns against sin; because God is righteous His judgments fall upon those who rebel against Him; because God is faithful the solemn threatenings of His Word are fulfilled; because God is omnipotent none can successfully resist Him, still less overthrow His counsel; and because God is omniscient no problem can master Him and no difficulty baffle His wisdom. It is just because God is who He is and what He is that we are now beholding on earth what we do—the beginning of His outpoured judgments: in view of His inflexible justice and immaculate holiness we could not expect anything other than what is now spread before our eyes.

 

 

Belief And Practice

 

 Have we shaped our lives by what God has said? I know many people read their bibles and know what the scripture means, but they never practice what God says to men. Among the rest they neglect that great gospel promise – “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” They have neither believed nor been baptized; they are bidden to do this and that as believers; and, avowing themselves to be believers, they yet refuse to their Lord the obedience which he claims. -- Spurgeon

 

 

Our Lips And Our Ears -- If you your lips would keep from slips, five things observe with care:

  Of whom you speak, to whom you speak, and how and when and where.

  If you your ears would keep from jeers, these things keep humbly hid:

  Myself and I, and mine and my, and how I do and did. – copied






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

June 14th 2020  

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………………………..… Message by Cody Henson

 

F Welcome brother Cody Henson. It’s good to have Cody back to preach to us. For any visitor, brother Cody is from Kingsport Sovereign Grace Church, Kingsport, Tennessee, where brother Gabe Stalnaker is pastor.

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Strange But True

 

 When the true gospel is preached, those lost in religion and in the world will accuse those who preach it of speaking strange things. I have been accused of that many times. Sadly, the Gospel is “strange doctrine” to those who don’t know God. When Paul preached the gospel on Mar’s Hill in Athens to those overly religious (superstitious) men, they said, “Thou bringest strange things to our ears, we would know therefore what these things mean.” (Acts 17:20)  They said of Paul, “He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.” (Acts 17:18) You tell folks the truth about God and they will claim that you set forth strange gods.

 I’m sure that it is strange to most that God does not love everybody, and Christ did not die for everybody, and the Holy Spirit does not call and draw everyone to be saved, only those whom God chose and gave to Christ before the foundation of the world. (Ephesians 1:4) I suppose it is strange to the unbeliever that God, in the person of Jesus Christ, would come into the world to save undeserving sinners by dying the just for the unjust to bring them to God. (1 Timothy 1:15, 1 Peter 3:18) To me this gives strong proof to that old saying that I have often heard, “strange but true.” – David Eddmenson

 

      

Your Treasure  -- “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” -- Matthew 6: 21

 

 Your treasure may not be the same as your neighbor’s, but my friend, it is yours whether you actually possess it or not—because you love it! Because your heart is set or fixed upon it. Whether it be things in heaven or things in earth, the heart going out to grasp and embrace them makes those things your treasure. If I may be permitted to turn these words around, “For where your heart is, there is your treasure.”

 I realize that the heart of fallen man is “deceitful above all things” (Jeremiah 17: 9), but there is no excuse for a man to be surprised at the Day of Judgment (Matthew 7: 22, 23; 22: 12; 25: 1 – 13). For while we may not be able to recognize all of the deceitful inclinations, promptings and motivations of our sinful hearts, and while we may be deceived about why we are doing this or that—we do know what we do! And “the tree is known by his fruit” (Matthew 12: 33).

 Brothers and Sisters, I often think of you with prayerful concern as you go out five of six days a week to scratch out a sustenance for your families. I know something of the mental and physical burdens you have to bear and of the vile and disrespectful people you often have to work with or do business with. I’m no “novice” (I Timothy 3: 6). I’ve been there, and I know how distracting, trying and deadening an influence these things can be upon the spirituality of a Christian.

 What has this to do with the heart and one’s treasure? Just this: when your day is finished, your week is ended, and you are free from your vocation—what then engages your thoughts?--and your heart? And with whom do you spend your free time? When you free the reins on a horse, it will take the most direct route home, and when let loose in the pasture, it will choose the company of other horses above cows, goats or pigs. A horse acts instinctively, but a man follows his heart—to his treasure! -- Maurice Montgomery

 

 

What Happened In The Garden? – by Henry Mahan

 

 We won't make much headway in finding a solution if we do not understand the problem. A cure is not likely to be found if we have no knowledge of the disease. In the matter of salvation the problem is man's sin; the solution is God's grace. The disease is moral depravity and spiritual inability; the remedy is God's mercy in Christ. If a man is near-sighted, he only needs corrective glasses but if he is blind, he needs the miracle of sight! If a man is sick, he only needs medicinal aid, but if he is dead, he needs the miracle of life! If man has only strayed from the way, he needs directions, but if he is completely lost, he needs to be found! Here is the question to be settled by preachers and people "What happened in the garden?" When one feels obliged to come to some conclusions on the subjects of election, irresistible grace and particular redemption, it would be wise for him to first determine the condition of the sinner who is to be saved. If man was only wounded by the fall he needs assistance; if he is dead in sins, he needs to be resurrected and that by the purpose and power of the God of life. If fallen man still has his moral ability and power of choice, then let us wait for him to choose and seek God, but if he loves darkness and will not come to Christ then Christ must love and come to him. 




Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

June 28th. 2020

 9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..……………………..True Followers of Christ – Luke 9:57-62

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………….… The Death Sentence – 2 Corinthians 1:9

Wednesday: 7:00 pm ……………………………………………………………..………… The Sinner’s Psalm – Psalm 51 

 

 

Some Purposes of Trials

 

 The Lord sends trials and afflictions to every single child of God. He sends them because He loves them and sends them for many reasons; many more than we know, many more than are written here. But here are a few.

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

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

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

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

5. To Wean Us . . . from this world. God’s people are not of this world. The child of God has been given a heart and mind set on things above, where Christ is; an unseen world, an unseen kingdom, to which they are bound for and long for . . . but alas, they often get attached to things below, things of this world, perishing things of clay. So the Lord sends trials, afflictions, troubles, and tribulations, to wean His children from these things, to show them the idolatry of them, the vanity of them, the captivity and encumbrance of them. He often does this by removing those things, or making them a burden to us.

6. To Draw Us Closer . . . closer to our Lord and each other. The more we see of our Lord’s love, mercy, grace and loving hand of correction on us (in spite of our sins against Him) the closer it draws us to Him. “For whom the Lord loveth, He chasteneth.” . . . “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”  Similarly, when we go through things together, trials, troubles, failures, even hurting one another . . . and in spite of our sins against each other we end up forgiving and uniting; this both convicts us of the sin in us and proves the grace of God in us. God’s love, mercy and grace is always in spite of us and the reason is found in Himself and His Son.  If we can sin against each other yet remain together, even grow closer, in spite of all this, then God’s grace is real in us; perhaps we are His children after all. If there be ‘any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels of mercies’ . . . the reason is found in God’s grace and Son. So then the Son of God and the grace of God must be in us.

 

 

“For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our Guide even unto death.” – Psalm 48:14






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

July 5th - 2020

 9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………………......... Lord of The Harvest – Luke 10:1-16

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………………………......... Not Ashamed – Romans 9:33, 10:11

Wednesday: 7:00 pm …………………………………………………………………….. I Will Cry Unto God – Psalm 57 

 

 

Little Faith is Saving Faith – by J.C. Phipot

 

"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.

 

 

Confident and Willing To Die

 

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”– 2 Cor.5:8  

 

 To be fearful of people or things that might kill us is fleshly fear, fear of man, unbelief, an over attachment to this world, and an under attachment to Christ. Whatever our Lord sends as the means of our death is the means of our entrance into life with Him . . . joy unspeakable and full of glory. Why would we fear the thing that is the best thing that could happen to us? 

 That person who does not know and fear the Lord should be afraid of everything, but the one who knows and fears Him should not be afraid of anything. “The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1

 

 

Too Many And Too Much – By Henry Mahan

 

 We have entirely too many fears for a people to whom the Lord has said: “Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isa.41:10).

 We have far too many doubts and fears concerning God’s mercy, love, and grace for a people to whom the Lord has said, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out . . . I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish: (John 6:37; John 10:28).

 We spend entirely too much time grumbling and complaining about our trials and troubles for a people to whom the Lord has said, “In the world you shall have tribulation but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

 We have entirely too much attachment to this world and to this present life for a people who are looking for a city whose Builder and Maker is God (Hebrews 11:8-10).

 We have far too much anxiety, care, and fear, far too much concern for the earthly, material things for a people to whom the Lord has said, “Your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things” (Matthew 6:32)






Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street  .  Rocky Mount, Virginia

July 12th - 2020

  9:30 am ……………………….…………………………………………………………. The Lord of (my) Life – Psalm 71

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………………….. Is My Name Written in Heaven? – Luke 10:20

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Trust and Rest

 

  I once heard someone say, "I am a born worry­wart." This is true of all of us. Whatever failure or sin we have, we were born with it. But since we have been born again in Christ by the grace of God, we have certain qualities and graces we did not have before. One of these graces is TRUST. We TRUST our Heavenly Father as a small child trusts his earthly father. Our Heavenly Father loves us much more than we are capable of loving our children, and He has all power and authority over any demon or danger we may encounter!  A natural father does not have such power and is limited in his ability to protect or care for the child of his love. Do you and I not realize that no person, no power, no disease, no death can touch one of His own without His permis­sion? Did not Satan himself say of Job, "God, have you not put a hedge about him, and his house, and all that he has, on every side"? Did not David write, "A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you"?  Dear believer, whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever danger you may imagine, TRUST your Father and REST in His arms. "He will not leave you nor forsake you, so that you may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, I WILL NOT FEAR." – Henry Mahan

 

 

For The Wages Of Sin Is Death -- Romans 6:23

 

  Sin is always very sinful, but in our prosperity we are not so aware of it. The dust of the world fills our eyes that we cannot see it clearly. God frequently uses affliction to teach his children the great evil that is in sin. It shows sin as an evil in itself. It not only brings evil, but is evil. It not only works bitterness, it is bitterness. It has a bitter root as well as bitter fruit. God leads the sinner by affliction to take notice not only of what sin does, but what it is. It is a pure, unmixed evil. The whole being of sin is evil. It has the devil for its author, and death for its end. Not only is it evil in itself, it is evil against God. It departs from God and turns to the world: ‘For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water’ Jer. 2:13. Sin is also a twisted multiplied evil. It is a departure from the fountain of life and glory, and a turning to a broken vessel, which leaks out as fast as it is poured into. There is an exceeding sinfulness in sin since it is an evil against God. God supported Israel with his everlasting arms; he led them, and provided for them, but without a cause, they forsook the Lord. They lacked nothing, but they willfully departed. Affliction is one of God’s tribunals where the sinner is arraigned, convicted, and condemned. Truly in affliction sin is laid open before a man’s eyes in such a way that he is forced to plead guilty. God sits as judge, conscience is witness, sin the indictment, and affliction both evidence and execution. Sooner or later the soul sees sin a greater evil than affliction, and forgetting its affliction, it begins to mourn only for the sin. Sin now lies heavier upon a man than all his sufferings, and he cries as Job cried in the dust: ‘I have sinned. What shall I do? (Job 7:20)   --Thomas Case 1598-1682

 

 

GOD’S ELECTION (2 Thess. 2:13)

 

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

 

  Knowing something of the wickedness of my own heart; knowing  that I would have never come to the Christ of the scripture on my  own; knowing that I would have chosen destruction, and loved  darkness more than the salvation and light of life with Christ. That makes God’s election to be the sweetest, kindest, most loving thing I  have ever heard in my life. -- Gabe Stalnaker

 

 

A Vain Claim

 

  In vain do we claim to be saved if the world still rules our heart. Divine grace not only delivers from the wrath to come, but even now effectually “teaches” its recipients to deny “all ungodliness and worldly lust, that we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world” (Titus 2:12). Our Lord says, “Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” That is, to turn away from all that stands in competition (for our affections) with the Lord Jesus, he cannot become a Christian. – Scott Richardson






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street  .  Rocky Mount, Virginia

July 19th - 2020

  9:30 am …………………….………………………………..…… Blessed Eyes That See, Ears That Hear – Luke 10:21-24

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………………. The Samaritan Saviour – Luke 10:25-37

Wednesday: 7:00 pm …………………………………………………………………….. Psalm of a Thirsty Soul – Psalm 63

 

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“Godliness With Contentment Is Great Gain - 1 Tim. 6:6

 

   Godliness: “An attitude and style of like that acknowledges God’s claims on human life and seeks to live in accordance with God’s will.”   I think the scripture gives a good definition of godliness when it tells us to “Be followers of God, as dear children” (Eph.5:1).  Find out what God says in His word and follow that.  Trust in the Son of God as your all and all and follow Him as a sheep would follow the Shepherd.  Find out who the Children of God are and be kind and tenderhearted to them.  Look upon this poor lost world and pity it, and pray for it and do it good whenever you can, (Matt.5:44).  Be a follower of God and follow Him as a “dear child.”  That is lovingly and truthfully with a sincere heart.  Follow Him humbly with full dependence upon Him as a helpless child would cast all his care upon his father to supply his every need.  What an excellent attitude for the child of God to have – “godliness”. But this is not all; “godliness with contentment is great gain.” 

   Contentment: (easy in mind; satisfied) with what God is pleased to provide.  Content, to believe what he has written. Content to walk in the way he has marked out for me in His word. Content to go, or content to stay, content to do His will.  Content with God – what great gain! Content with my wages (Lk.3:14). Content with my situation in life (Phil.4:11). Content with such things as I have (Heb.13:5).  Content to have food and clothes (1 Tim.6:8).
   You and I are ready to leave this world for that one which is to come.  We will not take one thing of this world with us.  We will leave it all behind.  Are we content to leave all behind now and carry nothing with us to the edge of this life but what God has provided?  How rich you are if this is your attitude. -- 
Bruce Crabtree

 

 

Words of Wisdom From Brother Scott Richardson (From Lantana Grace Church Bulletin)

 

-- Man will make anything his end or happiness rather than God.   This appears to be evident in the fact that we have so few thoughts of HIM.

 

-- I get worried about people unto whom the Gospel gets old. I wonder if eating or breathing gets old to them! For a man who knows Christ, nothing about him gets old—it is something new every day!

 

-- Faith concerns the heart—with the mind man becomes informed—with the heart man becomes involved. Therefore when the Bible talks about faith—it means getting involved.

 

 

For­give One Another – Henry Mahan

 

  Believers are exhorted by the Apostle Paul to FOR­GIVE ONE ANOTHER. Yes, in the presence of Christ and with the approval of Christ and after the example of Christ--FORGIVE! "Lest Satan should get the advan­tage over us, for we are not ignorant of his devices and intentions(II Cor. 2:10-11)

  Satan will use any means against the Lord Jesus and His church (even the Apostle Peter, to whom Christ said, "Get thee be­hind me, Satan").  If Satan can foster division, an unforgiving spirit, harsh feelings, or pride among believers,  HE WILL DO IT!  He will, under pretense of showing indignation against sin or pretending to contend for certain doctrines or under pretense of caring for the purity and discipline of the church, encourage a strict, harsh attitude toward offenders, destroy unity and fellowship, and convince men that they are serving God in their self-righteous atti­tudes. One SURE AND CERTAIN way to be in the will of God and not to be used by the enemy is to LOVE one another and FORGIVE one another (Eph. 4:32)!

 

 

Where Do We Find Real Help? 

 

  There are millions of so-called self-help, and how-to books out there.  Men and women offer all sorts of information on how to help yourself.  Brethren, vain is the help which man offers. Hath not God  made foolish the wisdom of this world?  Psychiatry leads every other profession in SUICIDES! Those who pretend to help others cannot even help themselves.  And religion is the worst.  Like the woman with the issue, who sought many physicians but was only made worse; religion is not the answer, but is the problem.  Here’s real help. . . “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  MY HELP COMETH FROM THE LORD, which made heaven and  earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).  Shouldn’t creatures seek their help from the  Creator rather than the creature? Shouldn’t the helpless seek help  from the only Source of help? 






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

July 26th 2020

 9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………………The One Thing Needful – Luke 10:38-42

10:00 am ……………………….……………………………………………..……………… Message by Roland Browning

Wednesday: 7:00 pm ………………………………………………………..……The Shadow of The Almighty – Psalm 91

 

 

Let Not Care Sink You

 

 The old proverb says:  ‘The water without the ship may toss it; but it is the water within the ship that sinks it’ . . .

Therefore, let not care leak into your soul. “Let not your heart be troubled,” even though your house may be. – Spurgeon

 

 

The Fountain of All Blessing

 

 God is the fountain of all blessing. Nothing in creation is good or pleasant any more than God makes it to be so. The sun warms us, our food nourishes us, our friends are pleasant to us: because God makes them so. All the joys in the world are but beams from that uncreated light; but separate a man from God, and all becomes dark. God is the fountain of all joy: separate a man from God finally, and no creature can give him joy. This is to be cast away, cut off from God for ever and ever. Though there were no lake of fire, this of itself would be hell. – R.M. McCheyne, Scotland (1813-1843)

 

 

Smooth Stones From Ancient Brooks – quotes by Thomas Brooks, England (1608-1680)

 

-- “ A watchful soul is a soul upon the wing, a soul out of gunshot, a soul upon a rock, a soul in a castle, a soul above the clouds, a soul held fast in the everlasting arms.”

-- “ 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.”

-- “ Sin may rebel, but it shall never reign in any saint.”

-- “ The law cannot condemn a believer, . . . Christ has fulfilled it for him; divine justice cannot condemn him, . . . Christ has satisfied; his sins cannot condemn him, . . . they are pardoned through the blood of Christ; and his own conscience, upon righteous grounds, cannot condemn him, because Christ, Who is greater than his conscience, has acquitted him.”

 

 

The Two Witnesses of Revelation 11 -- From Allan Jellett’s commentary

 

 The beast of verse 7 is Satan’s Antichrist which we shall see in greater clarity in later chapters. For now, suffice it to say that Antichrist is manifested in all false religion and all self-righteous attempts to reach heaven without the Christ of God. This beast ascends from the bottomless pit (v. 7), makes war on God’s two witnesses, overcomes them and kills them. The witnesses’ dead bodies lie unburied in the street of the world’s ‘city’, the metropolis of peoples that reject the true God. Symbolically, and spiritually, this city is Sodom, it is Egypt, it is even Jerusalem where our Lord was crucified, it is the God-rejecting, gospel-rejecting, world we see all around us today. And seeing the witnesses’ bodies lying openly in the street, the world’s people refuse to let them be buried out of sight. They go so far (v. 10) as celebrating the death of the witnesses because the message of grace and warning that so tormented them has been silenced, seemingly forever. Their sin can now progress without restraint, or so they think. We are speaking of a time when the true church and its ministers are effectively silenced, disrupted and made to be non-functioning as living, visible, churches bearing God’s testimony. It is my conviction that in the UK today the church which stands solidly for the true gospel is as good as ‘lying dead in the street’. Even 30 years ago, you could find churches ministering the gospel of free sovereign grace widely distributed. Today you struggle to find a handful remaining true. Even where the witness is upheld, it is often the case that the fellowships concerned are unable to function as a living church with building, structure, a good number of members and a visible life as a church. That is the case with our own gathering. Here in the UK we meet in a home on Sunday mornings only, with barely ten adults meeting together. To the world and false religion, we are ‘lying dead in the street’. Even when we had a regular meeting place, Satan’s beast contrived to make it practically impossible for us to hold public meetings there throughout the 9-month rugby football season! Even in the USA where there is a thriving association of independent free grace churches and pastors, the numbers involved are miniscule compared to the population of the country and the populous swathes of Arminian, Catholic, Episcopalian, Reformed and Presbyterian churches claiming to represent modern ‘Christianity’. I believe we are living in the days described here in Revelation 11:7-10.





Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

August 2nd 2020

 9:30 am …………………………………………………………………………….The Disciple’s Prayer – Luke 11:1-4

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………..…… Knocking on the Door of a Friend – Luke 11:5-13

Wednesday: 7:00 pm ……………………………………………………………….… Make a Joyful Noise – Psalm 100

 

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No Evil Shall Befall Thee – by Charles Spurgeon

 

“ Because thou hast made the Lord which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall NO EVIL BEFALL THEE, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” – Psalm 91:9-10

 

 Before expounding these verses I cannot refrain from recording a personal incident illustrating their power to soothe the heart, when they are applied by the Holy Spirit. In the year 1854, when I had scarcely been in London twelve months, the neighbourhood in which I laboured was visited by Asiatic cholera, and my congregation suffered from its inroads. Family after family summoned me to the bedside of the smitten, and almost every day I was called to visit the grave. I gave myself up with youthful ardour to the visitation of the sick, and was sent for from all corners of the district by persons of all ranks and religions. I became weary in body and sick at heart. My friends seemed falling one by one, and I felt or fancied that I was sickening like those around me. A little more work and weeping would have laid me low among the rest; I felt that my burden was heavier than I could bear, and I was ready to sink under it. As God would have it, I was returning mournfully home from a funeral, when my curiosity led me to read a paper which was wafered up in a shoemaker's window in the Dover Road. It did not look like a trade announcement, nor was it, for it bore in a good bold handwriting these words: -- Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. The effect upon my heart was immediate. Faith appropriated the passage as her own. I felt secure, refreshed, girt with immortality. I went on with my visitation of the dying in a calm and peaceful spirit; I felt no fear of evil, and I suffered no harm. The Providence which moved the tradesman to place those verses in his window I gratefully acknowledge, and in the remembrance of its marvellous power I adore the Lord my God.

 The psalmist in these verses assures the man who dwells in God that he shall be secure. Though faith claims no merit of its own, yet the Lord rewards it wherever he sees it. He who makes God his refuge shall find him a refuge; he who dwells in God shall find his dwelling protected. We must make the Lord our habitation by choosing him for our trust and rest, and then we shall receive immunity from harm; no evil shall touch us personally, and no stroke of judgment shall assail our household. The dwelling here intended by the original was only a tent, yet the frail covering would prove to be a sufficient shelter from harm of all sorts. It matters little whether our abode be a gypsy's hut or a monarch's palace if the soul has made the Most High its habitation. Get into God and you dwell in all good, and ill is banished far away. It is not because we are perfect or highly esteemed among men that we can hope for shelter in the day of evil, but because our refuge is the Eternal God, and our faith has learned to hide beneath his sheltering wing.

"For this no ill thy cause shall daunt,
No scourge thy tabernacle haunt."

 It is impossible that any ill should happen to the man who is beloved of the Lord; the most crushing calamities can only shorten his journey and hasten him to his reward. Ill to him is no ill, but only good in a mysterious form. Losses enrich him, sickness is his medicine, reproach is his honour, death is his gain. No evil in the strict sense of the word can happen to him, for everything is overruled for good. Happy is he who is in such a case. He is secure where others are in peril, he lives where others die.

 

 

“ We fear men so much . . . because we fear God so little.” – William Gurnall

 

“ He who fears God has nothing else to fear.” – Charles Spurgeon


 




­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

August 9th 2020

  9:30 am ……………………….………………………………………. Knocking On The Door of a Friend – Luke 11:5-13

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………..…… Bless The Lord O My Soul – Psalm 103

 

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My Help Cometh From the Lord – Psalm 121:2

 

  David did not look to people on earth for his help but to God in Heaven; neither should we.  It is a vain thing to look to Pharoah and Egypt for help; for vain is the help of man (Isa. 30:1-3,7; Isa.31:1-3.  Man cannot help himself; cannot save himself from anything.  God is our Saviour.

 

 

This Day Of Famine

 

  “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a FAMINE in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of HEARING THE WORDS OF THE LORD” – Amos 8:11

 

  The famine and drought of the Word is at its height when: A.) Scriptures become a source of controversy instead of comfort. B.) When the Word is a source of debate instead of inspiration and instruction. C.) When we are more concerned with proving our doctrine rather than PROVING OURSELVES! -- Henry Mahan

 

 

Not Wrestling With Flesh and Blood 

 

  It is not a physical disease that we are contending with today but a spiritual disease called unbelief and fear.  It is not a biological thing that we are battling but a demonic thing.  Satan wants nothing more than to keep God’s people from worship, from hearing the Word; keep them away from each other.  He has us right where he wants us if we sit at home listening to CNN rather than in God’s house listening to God’s Word.  What easy prey we are if we don’t resist him

 

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F  Obedience (to God’s Word) is the safeguard against the snare of the enemy.  We cannot reason on what we see, we must deny what we hear.  Reason is no guide for the people of God.  We must be absolutely and completely guided and governed by the Word of God. -- Scott Richardson

 

 

“Preach The Word . . .” 

 

  That which is worthy of God’s revealing is worthy of our preaching.  By every word of the Lord shall men live.  Let every revealed truth be brought forth in its own season as we preach verse by verse.  There is no good question which shall not be answered, no needed subject which shall not be addressed, and no Christ-honoring doctrine which shall not be declared if we preach His Word as it is written by the prophets and apostles.  Go not to the books of men for a subject, not to our own cleverness for an outline;  GO TO THE WORD!  With such infinity before us, with such glorious truth to preach, and with such a merciful Redeemer to glorify, it would be wanton wickedness for us to go elsewhere for material. – C.H. Spurgeon

 

 

God Will Punish Sin! --  Rolfe Barnard  (1904-1969)

 

 Almost everybody in America is a church member, but they don’t think that God will punish sin. They sleep well at night, because they don’t believe that God will punish sin. They don’t let their church membership interfere with their daily living, because they don’t believe that God will punish sin. Talk to them about Jesus dying on the cross and they are not interested, because they don’t believe that God will punish sin.  And, of course, nobody will be interested in whether Christ did anything  for him on the cross until he believes that God will punish sin. There  is no use to apply a remedy to this generation; this generation does not need its sins forgiven, for they don’t think there is any punishment awaiting them. What they need to hear is the first message of that bloody cross of my Lord, GOD WILL PUNISH SIN! Every time they nailed those nails into the flesh of the Son of God, every stroke of the hammer was saying, "God will punish sin," "God will punish sin," "God will punish sin."





Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

August 16th  2020

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..……………………. A Stronger Than Satan – Luke 11:14-26

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………………………….…………………Jonas – Luke 11:29-30

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ……………………………………………………………….……… A Searching Psalm – Psalm 139

 

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

 

 

Man’ Greatest Need

 

 THE Word of God plainly, clearly, and thoroughly teaches that man by nature is contrary and opposed to God in every way.  For example, God by nature is infinitely and immutably holy – man by nature is unchangeably and incurably sin; God is light – man by nature is darkness; God is truth – man’s whole life by nature, without God, is a lie; God is infinitely good – man by nature is inherently and unchangeably bad.  In a word, man is a natural born enemy of God (Rom. 5:6-11).  In fact, the natural man’s mind is enmity against God – not merely at enmity, but enmity itself!  (Rom. 8:5-7).  Thus men by nature love darkness and deception rather than God’s precious Word (John 3:19).  Therefore man’s greatest need is to be reconciled to God.

  It is a continual burden on my heart that so many preachers of our day, rather than preaching God as He is to sinners as they are (Sinners in the hands of an angry God), are preaching a god who is palatable, agreeable, suits the taste of fallen, human nature, a god whose chief attribute is love rather than holiness, a god who loves everybody the same, who gave His Son as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, a god who is trying to save all men.  These preachers, for personal advantage and gain (the good opinion of men, and numbers), are preaching a false god, a false gospel, and thus giving their hearers a false hope.  Their disciples have never been brought to bow before the true God as mercy seekers.  How could they?  They have never heard of the true God of the Bible.  How can they ever be reconciled to God?  Dear souls, God can only be worshiped by beggars, mercy seekers, before His sovereign throne of glory and grace.

  Dear Brothers and Sisters, “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.”  (Matt. 9:38). – Maurice Montgomery

 

 

The Covenant Head

 

  WHEN  our precious Christ entered into the covenant,  it was officially on the part of a covenant people, the living Church of the living God.  When He gave forth the promise to bruise the serpent’s head, it was on behalf of His covenant people, His own seed.  When He set forth all the types and shadows under the Mosaic economy (time of Moses),  it was officially for a covenant people;  and although some persons seem to deny this,  their denial amounts to nothing but falsehood, for we know from Scripture, that the atonement was to be for all Israel.  Moreover,  when He is pointed out by the prophets,  His coming is on behalf of His covenant people.  And when He came into this world, He says, “I came to search for my sheep;”  “I know my sheep, and am known of mine.”  There is a connection, an official union,  a special purpose pointed out in these Scriptures,  and many more . . . a design to be accomplished . . . that the election of grace, chosen in the council of peace,  distinct from the world,  adopted as His family, and registered in the Book of Life; when fallen, and ruined, and lost, enslaved and vile, should be redeemed, should be forgiven, should be saved,  and Jesus should be the doer of it.  He was the official covenant Head; He engaged to enter into the work, and go through with it, and complete it, WHICH  HE  DID  when tabernacling here below; and consequently, the whole Church, in connection with Himself from everlasting, are identified in all that He did, and all that He suffered as the living Head of His living body, the Church. – Joseph Irons, 1848

 

 

Humbled Or Angered – by Thomas Harding

  “Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee” (Proverbs 9:8).  Someone has said, "Faithful reproofs, if they don't profit you will provoke you." God's prophet, John the Baptist, faithfully rebuked Herod for taking his brother's wife (Matt. 14:4). Herod's response to the truth of God was anger and murder toward God's prophet. On another occasion, the prophet of God, Nathan, rebuked King David for taking Bathsheba to be his wife and for the murder of Uriah the Hittite, her husband (2Sam. 12:7-14).   David, instead of being angry, was humbled and confessed before God that he was a sinner and begged for mercy.  David expressed this in Psalm 51, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me”. Now here is the question for us. How do we react to the rebuke of Holy Scripture? Are we humbled and broken hearted? Do we beg God for mercy and forgiveness or do we get angry and upset? Believers are humbled, those who don't believe God are only angered and enraged.




Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

August 23rd  2020

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………................ Light & The Single Eye – Luke 11:33-36

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………. A Greater Than Solomon is Here – Luke 11:31

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ………………………………………… Esther, Part 1, One Banished; Awaiting a Better – Esther 1

 

F Message to Hear . . . ‘When The Lights Go Out on the Road to Hell’ – by Henry Mahan, 1980

    https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2808141979

 

 

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”  -- John 3:30

 

  John the Baptist, the man who was sent to prepare the way of the Lord, the man who our Lord Jesus Christ said was the greatest prophet born of a woman, said: “[The Lord Jesus Christ] must increase, but I must decrease.” To that, all of God’s people will cry: Amen! The higher that the Lord Jesus Christ is raised up, and the more exalted God’s people see Him to be, the happier they are! When Christ is exalted, their joy is exalted, their hope is exalted, and their faith is exalted as it LOOKS UP to Him, HIGH in the heavens. The higher they see His throne to be, the more glorious the Gospel of their redemption is to them, and the more in awe they are of how far He came down to save them. After seeing Christ in all of His exalted glory, God’s people cannot and will not ever see Him any other way. They will cry to every soul who will listen: “He must increase, but I must decrease!” -- Gabe Stalnaker

 

 

“Practice What You Preach.”

 

  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. -- 1 Corinthians 9:27

 

   I have heard the saying all my life, “Practice what you preach.”  This saying is commonly used when men and women say one thing and do another. But this old secular saying now has new meaning to me as I endeavor to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. In preaching grace, may God enable me to always be gracious.  In  preaching contentment, may I always be content. In preaching forgiveness, may I daily forgive seventy times seven. When I speak of love unconditional, may I love unconditionally. When I speak of true  faith, may I always be truly faithful. When I preach obedience to  Christ, may I always be obedient to Him. Lord, help me to “practice  what I preach.”  When preaching, may I by God’s grace give a just representation  of the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom I proclaim as the only Mediator  between God and man. How sobering is the thought that when I have  preached to others, I myself should prove to be a castaway. – David Eddmenson

 

 

Don’t Chew on the Briars

 

  There is not a preacher – living or dead – with whom you cannot find fault,  either in what he says, what he writes, or what he does. Perfection is only  found in our Lord. “I find no fault in HIM.” His ambassadors, however, are  human and not only subject to mistakes, but prone to error, except they are  kept, led, and taught by the Holy Spirit.  Let us be patient with one another, pray for one another, and look for the  good and not the bad. Don’t chew on the briars in a message or an article.

Even a donkey knows enough to eat the hay and spit out the briars! -- Henry Mahan

 

 

LOVE NOT THE WORLD!

 

  Nothing is more dangerous to the souls of men than the love of the world. Nothing more effectually chokes out the influence of the gospel in a man's heart than the cares of this world. Nothing is more difficult to avoid than an undue attachment to this world. Therefore, John sets these four words up as a beacon. They stand in blazing letters to warn us of great danger. "LOVE NOT THE WORLD:"

  Beloved, this world and all that it offers is no more than a bubble that soon must burst. Your money, your farms, your houses, your influence, your families, everything here is temporary. It will all vanish away. We laugh at the small child who cries when the bubbles he is playing with burst. But, for a rational man to be so attached to a bubble is a most irrational thing.

  Are you God's child? Are you risen with Christ? Do you live in the hope of eternal glory? Then count this world to be a dead thing. Live no longer for this world. Set your heart on things above. Live above this pile of rubbish that must soon burn. Live to do the will of God, seek the glory of Christ, further the gospel of the grace of God, and serve the people of God. Quit seeking those things for which unbelieving men live; and seek those things which are above: life, immortality, and glory. "If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."

  May the Lord God graciously burn these words into your heart and mine - "LOVE NOT THE WORLD!”   -- Don Fortner






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

August 30th 2020

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..……………….……….Woe Unto Pharisees – Luke 11:37-54

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………………….…. All This is The Lord – Job 1&2

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ……………………………………………………….…… Esther, Part 2, The Substitute – Esther 2

 

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  Our fall meeting is still scheduled for November 6-8.  John Chapman and David Eddmenson are the preachers.  For our bulletin readers, here  are two hotels located nearby and their contact info:

 

Holiday Inn Express – 395 Old Franklin Tpk.,  Rocky Mount, VA – 540-489-5001

Baymont Inn by Wyndam – 1730 N. Main St.,  Rocky Mount, VA – 540-489-4000

 

 

Foreknown, Predestined, Justified, Glorified– Romans 8:29-30

 

  Our heavenly Father will never disinherit us.  He may for a time desert his children, but will not disinherit them.  This is evident by virtue of the eternal decree of heaven.  God’s decree is the basis on which the saints’ perseverance depends; neither sin, death, nor hell can break it asunder.  All he predestined will be glorified.  Besides God’s decree, he has engaged himself by promise that all the heirs of heaven shall never be put out of their inheritance.  His promises are like a sealed deed that cannot be reversed.  They are the saints’ royal charter.  God’s fidelity (truth and faithfulness), which is the richest pearl of his crown, is engaged in the promise for his children’s perseverance.  A child of God cannot fall away while he is held fast in the two arms of God – his love, and faithfulness.  Jesus Christ undertakes that all of God’s children by adoption shall be preserved in a state of grace until they inherit glory.  He carries on grace in the souls of the elect by the influence and cooperation of the Spirit.  The Holy Spirit makes good all that Christ has purchased for the saints.  Christ also carries on the work of intercession (Heb. 7:25).  He prays that every saint may hold out in grace.  Can the children of such prayers perish?   

  If the heirs of heaven should be disinherited and fall short of glory, then God’s decree must be reversed, his promise broken, and Christ’s prayer frustrated, which would be blasphemy to imagine.  Not only this, God’s children are united with the body of Christ.  As it is impossible to separate the leaven from the dough once they are mingled together, so it is impossible that Christ and believers could ever be separated.  Is it possible that any part of Christ should perish?  Losing one part loses glory too.  By all this, it is evident that God’s children must persevere in grace.   

      – Thomas Watson (1620-1686)

 

 

There Shall Be Showers of Blessing – Ezekiel 34:26

 

  The other day I was feeling so down, so full of sorrow, doubt, fear, worry. . . with my head hanging down.  Then I lifted up my head and looked outside . . . the gentle rain was falling, the blessed water of this life was coming down, watering the earth, filling the pools; sweet, refreshing rain . . . while I was mourning and worrying.

  Scripture says, “He (Christ) shall come down like rain upon the mown grass, as showers that water the earth”(Ps.72:6).  Yes, He came, the blessed Water of life,  He heard the cries of His people by reason of their captivity, sins,  and sorrow, and  He came down to deliver them out . . . to bring them up out of the land unto a good land” (Ex.3:7-8).  

  Scripture says, “There shall be showers of BLESSING” . . . singular . . . Blessing, the One thing needful . . . the One we need, Christ the Lord.  There has been, is now (while we sorrow and worry), and shall forever be, showers of blessing  . . . gospel promise after promise of His love, mercy, grace, salvation, peace,  protection, preservation, provisions and sure hope in Christ.

   So, let us lift up our heads and bless the Lord, Who reigns and rules over all, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.  Yes, lift up our heads . . . in spite of all our doubts and fears, His tender mercies are falling and, bless His Name, our redemption draweth nigh . . . it’s almost over . . . it’s all over but the shouting!








­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

September 6th 2020

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………………...… Warnings & Promises to Disciples – Luke 12:1-12

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………… Ransomed From Ruin (the Pit) – Job 33:24

Wednesday:  7:00 pm …………………………………………… Esther, Part 3, Condemnation by the Law – Esther 3 & 4

 

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 

 

 

“A Good Name Is Better Than Precious Ointment; And The Day Of Death Than The Day Of One’s Birth” – Eccl.  7:1

 Man that is born of woman is but a few days and full of trouble (Job 14:1).  Because we are born in sin, trouble naturally follows this flesh to the  grave (Psalm 51:5) but those who are blessed with faith in Christ; in the  day of their death and departure, no more trouble, sorrow or sin (Rev.21:4). This is only true for those who are blessed to die in faith, resting  in and trusting the Lord Jesus Christ; “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord” (Rev. 14:13).    That is why the apostle Paul said, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Phil. 1:21). No wonder the Lord said, the death of a believer is precious in His sight (Psalm 116:15; John 17:24). – Tom Harding

 

 

DYING TO SELF -- by W. Briton (w/edit)

 

  When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you don't sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is still happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ,

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

  When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, your best intentions misinterpreted, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but rather take it all in patient, loving silence, knowing that Christ alone is your defender,

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

  When you patiently bear annoyance, disorder, inconvenience, irregularity, and any impunctuality from others; when you feel your time has been wasted and you’ve been treated harshly and unfairly and yet you still respond in love, maintaining your peace, and enduring these things with meekness as Jesus endured,

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

  When you don’t care to refer to yourself in conversation, when you don’t feel the need to boast of your accomplishments and record every good deed you do for the world to see, when you don’t itch after commendation and applause, when you don’t mind when others are acknowledged and your name is ignored, when you would rather be unknown,

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

  When you see your brother prospering, and  you can honestly rejoice with him in spirit, feeling no envy nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstance,

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

  When you can receive correction and reproof from   one of less stature than yourself and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart,

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

  When you consider all your righteousnesses as ‘filthy rags’; all your knowledge, morality, best deeds, talents, or anything about yourself, as worthless, and believe from the heart that Christ alone is worthy of praise, that Christ is your righteousness;

THAT IS DYING TO SELF

 

 

My dad would often  leave me notes with illustrations, stories, and poems.  Here is one of the last he left me . . .

 

There is a Reason

 

For every pain that we must bear,  for every sorrow,  every care, there is a reason.

For every falsehood that is said,  for every teardrop  that is shed, there is a reason.

For every grief, for every trial,  for every weary  lonely mile, there is a reason.

For we will trust God as we should,  all this will work out  for our good, because  

GOD IS THE REASON!





Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

September 20th . 2020

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………. Warnings & Promises To Disciples – Luke 12:1-12

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………………………… Good News For Sinners – Romans 7 & 8

Wednesday: 7:00 pm …………………………… Esther, part 4, The Beloved Accepted; The Enemy Hanged – Esther 5-7


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

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



** The following article has been in our bulletin twice before, but bears repeating and careful reading.


A Trumpet Of Alarm! – John Newton


WHEN God is exceedingly displeased with a people, it is not necessary, in order to their punishment, that He should bury them alive by an earthquake, or destroy them by lightening. If He only LEAVES THEM TO THEMSELVES, withdraws His blessings from their counsels, and His restraint from their passions, their ruin follows on course according to the necessary order and connection of causes and effects.

If God gives up a people to the way of their own hearts, they will, they must, perish! When a general corruption of morals takes place, when private interest extinguishes all sense of public virtue, when a *profligate and venal spirit (* immorality, indecency, given to excess) has infected every rank and order of the state, when presumptuous security and dissipation increase as danger approaches; when, after repeated disappointments, contempt for God, and vain confidence in imagined resources of their own, grow bolder and bolder, then there is reason to fear that the sentence has already gone forth, and that the execution of it is at hand.



Loving Service Is Not Condescension


After that He poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet– John 13:5


When we think of how the Lord of Glory stooped down to wash the dirty feet of those men, we think of His amazing condescension; how One so high could stoop so low. But to Him it was not condescension. All that He did was for the glory of God and the good of those He loved. Nothing was too low for Him, or beneath Him in service to His Father and His brethren. His Father’s business required much dirty work and menial tasks, but all were done by Him with desire, joy and pleasure. And whatsoever His hand found to do, He did it with all His might unto His God, be it ever so lowly and humble a task. No, it was not condescension to Him but LOVE! Besides, there was nothing unclean of itself to Him. The feet of the disciples were as important and needed washing same as their faces. The feet, though considered ugly by most, were not so to Him. (Nor is there a member of His body, the church, that is ugly and unnecessary to Him).

But Think of it; how the Lord labored in His Father’s field, sweating and getting dirty, yet it was not dirt in the sense that we think of it; it was not ‘dirt’ at all but beauty . . . a badge of honor. Dirt was not dirt to Him, but the soil of His Father’s making, which He delighted to get His hands into. And His hands, though covered with dirt, were clean and pure.

Tell me, you mothers, is it condescension for you to wipe the dirty parts of your children? Do you consider it beneath you or do you consider it a necessary thing and your delight? How much more did Christ do what He did out of love to His children. Though our Lord washing feet is great condescension to us, it was love to Him. And didn’t He say that the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven is the servant? That means that the lower one stoops the higher he is to God. It means condescension is not condescension at all, but ascension. May this mind be in us which was in Christ Jesus our Lord.



Prayer


Prayer crowns God with the honour and glory that are due to His name, and God crowns prayer with assurance and comfort. Usually the most praying souls are the most assured souls.” -- Thomas Brooks, 1608-1680

Long ago I ceased to count people! Truth is usually in the minority in this evil world. I believe the Lord Jesus Christ,

and I believe His Word . . . a faith burned into me as with a hot iron. I thank God, WHAT I BELIEVE I SHALL BELIEVE,

EVEN IF I BELIEVE IT ALONE. – Charles Spurgeon





­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

September 27th .  2020

  9:30 am ……………………….…………………………………………..…… Beware of Covetousness – Luke 12:13-34

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..……………………….… We Have This Treasure – 2 Corinthians 4:7

Wednesday:  7:00 pm …………………………………….… Esther, part 5 (last) – The Warfare & Victory – Esther 8 & 9

 

*** Lord willing, Mindy and I will be traveling to Winston, Georgia this week, where I will be preaching Friday-Sunday for Calvary Baptist Church, Terry Worthan, pastor. In my absence, brother Cody Henson will preach to you next Sunday.

 

 

‘That Old Serpent’ – Revelation 12:9

 

  Satan is as old as the world, and is grown very cunning by experience.  When he was but a young serpent, he easily deceived and outwitted our first parents;  but now he is that old serpentas John speaks.  Yet, notwithstanding all his plots, devices, and strategies, God’s chosen ones shall overcome him by the blood of the Lamb. – Thomas Brooks

 

 

“No New Thing Under The Sun” -- Ecclesiastes 1:9

 

   In the book of Ecclesiastes this little phrase "Under the sun" is mentioned 29 times, and it is never good. Evil is plainly stated or evil is implied as taking place under the sun. Solomon summed up his earthly life by saying, "All was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun" (Ch.2:11).

   You and I are apt to think we have discovered something new "Under the sun", but we haven't.  Every earthly thing we experience under the sun has been experienced before, and in the end it has provided no lasting profit. 

   Every kind of government under the sun has already been and they have all fallen. Every relationship under the sun has been and has ended. There are no new thoughts or experiences that anyone has under the sun, they have all been experienced before to no lasting profit.

   If you and I would be eternally happy, we must obtain an interest in what is taking place 'above the sun' where Jesus Christ is sitting on the right hand of God in heaven.  Everything that has its origin from there is new and good. We need a new birth - it comes from above the sun. Every morning we open our eyes to face another day we need the compassions of our merciful Lord. Lamentations 3:22 tells us these compassions are new every morning .  

    Every spiritual blessing God gives us is new and it comes down from above the sun. A new creature, new tongues, a new song. A new covenant, a new name, a new and living way, new Jerusalem, and soon a new heaven and a new earth. Everything that comes down from above the sun is new. There is nothing old that comes down from above the sun and there is nothing from there that is not profitable. Everything from above the sun is good and perfect, for it is the free gift of our gracious Father (James1:17); 'The blessing of the Lord maketh rich and he adds no sorrow with it' (Prov.10:22). Our Lord may bless us with the same blessing everyday yet it is new. It can truly be said of every blessing from above the sun - Our Lord himself says it, "Behold I make all things new." Oh, seek that which comes from above the sun. – Bruce Crabtree

 

 

"No Good Thing Will He Withhold From Them That Walk Uprightly." -- Psalm 84:11

 

  There are those who walk uprightly, very uprightly, in the fear of God, and yet have little comfortable or abiding evidence that they are at present partakers of God's grace, or will be hereafter sharers of Christ's glory. But this one evidence they certainly do possess, though they can take no present comfort from it, that they walk uprightly before God and man. Let no one, however deeply experienced or highly favoured, despise this evidence of grace in others; and you who walk uprightly from a living principle of godly fear have here a marked testimony from the Lord himself that he has a special regard for you. But what is it to "walk uprightly?"  Oh! here is the grand difficulty in religion. We may talk; we may preach; we may hear; we may seem to believe; but it is when we come to act, to walk, and carry out into daily and hourly practice what we profess, that the main difficulty is felt and found. "The soul of religion," says Bunyan, "is the practice part;" and it is when we come to this "practice part" that the daily, hourly trial commences. The walk, the conversation, the daily, hourly conduct is, after all, the main difficulty, as it is the all-important fruit of a Christian profession. To walk day after day, under all circumstances, and amidst all the varied temptations that beset us, uprightly, tenderly, and sincerely in the fear of God; to feel continually that heart, lip, and life are all open before his all-penetrating eye; to do the things which he approves, and to flee from the things which he abhors—oh! this in religion is the steep hill which it is such a struggle to climb! We can talk fast enough; but oh! to walk in the straight and narrow path; to be a Christian outwardly as well as inwardly, before God and man, before the Church and the world; and in all points to speak and act with undeviating consistency with our profession—this is what nature never has done, and what nature never can do. In thus acting, as much as in believing, do we need God's power and grace to work in, and be made manifest in us.






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

October 4th. 2020

  9:30 am Bible Study &

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

 

***  Welcome Cody, Rachel, and Hazel Henson.  Cody and Rachel are not new here, but Hazel is!  Glad to have them with us. We thank brother Cody for teaching and preaching God’s Word to us today.  I am preaching in Winston, Georgia for Calvary Baptist Church, Terry Worthan, pastor. We hope to return home late tonight.

 

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, 

 

 

In Our Latter Years – By Henry Mahan (10/06)

 

In our latter years . . . there is a keener sense of sin!  Older believers are more aware of the NATURE of sin than the acts and deeds of sin.  Attitude and spirit occupy the mind more than the acts and deeds.

 

In our latter years . . . our prayers begin to change.  There is less asking and more thanksgiving . . . less petition and more praise.  We do, however, ask things for our children, but our needs are different than theirs.

 

In our latter years . . . there is a clearer understanding of the FRAILTY OF LIFE.  It is more difficult to think of death when we are young, but when this flesh begins to crumble and the keepers of the house tremble, the strong men bow themselves, we begin to think more and more of our house not made with hands.

 

 

Scarcely Saved – “And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear?” – I Peter 4:18

 

 The righteous are said to be scarcely saved; not with respect to certainty of the event, for the purpose of God in their favor cannot be disappointed, but with respect to their own apprehensions, and the great difficulties they are brought through. But when, after a long experience of their own deceitful hearts, after repeated proofs of their weakness, willfulness, ingratitude, and insensibility, they find that none of these things can separate them from the love of God in Christ, the Lord Jesus becomes more and more precious to their souls. They dare not, they will not ascribe anything to themselves, but are glad to acknowledge, that they must have perished (if possible) a thousand times over, if Christ had not been their Saviour, their Shepherd, and their Shield. When they were wandering He brought them back, when fallen He raised them, when wounded He healed them, when fainting He revived them. By Him, out of weakness they have been made strong: He has taught their hands to war, and covered their heads in the day of battle. In a word, some of the clearest proofs they have had of His excellence, have been occasioned by the mortifying proofs they have had of their own vileness. They would not have known so much of Him, if they had not known so much of themselves. John Newton

 

 

Old Age and Death No Longer Feared

 

  An old timer wrote: “My friend, you may think to live very well without Christ, but death will be unbearable without Him. You are confident and secure at present, but death will destroy your confidence. Your tree is fair and strong now; but when the wind comes, if your root is not in the Rock of Ages, down your tree must come forever. You may think these worldly pleasures and ways of flesh are so good; but when your years increase any you reach the bottom of this poisoned bowl, they will be as bitter as wormwood; and worse that gall shall be the daintiest of your drinks.”

  When I read this, I gave thanks to our Lord for delivering us from “THIS BODY OF DEATH through our Lord Jesus Christ,”  and old age and death are no longer to be feared but DESIRED; that death is no longer the LOSS of life and joy, but the GAIN of eternal life and glory, While we mourn the temporary absence of our dear loved ones whom the Lord has been pleased to take to glory, we do not sorrow as those who have no hope; for we know, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His people” (Psa. 116:15), and leaving this world and going to be with Christ is the GREATEST BLESSING of all the blessings! – Henry Mahan

 

 

Look To The Lord

 

  One of the old writers once said: ‘Do not look for that in the law which can only be found in the gospel; do not look for that in ourselves which is only to be found in Christ; do not look for that in the creature (world) which can only be found in the Creator;  and do not look for that on earth which can only be found in Heaven.’ – William Jay






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

October 11th, 2020

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………... Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit – Luke 12:10

10:00 am …………………….…………………..………Loins Girt, Lights Burning, Waiting & Watching – Luke 12:35-40

Wednesday:  7:00 pm …………………………………………………… Our Heart’s Prayer & Desire – Colossians 1:9-18

 

F  Workday . . . Saturday, October 24th . . . to prepare for our meeting.

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, 

 

 

“Watchman, What of the Night?” – Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?  The watchman said, “The morning cometh, and also the night:  if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come.” – Isaiah 21:11-12

 

O

F  late years there has been a very visible decline, and a night is coming on, which we are entered into; the

 shadows of the evening are stretching out apace of us,  and the signs of the eventide are very manifest, and will

 shortly appear yet more and more.  Coldness and indifference in spiritual things is upon us; a want of affection to God, Christ, His people, truths and ordinances, may be easily observed.  The first love is left; iniquity abounds, and the love of many waxes cold; and it will wax yet colder and colder, and will issue in a general forsaking of assembling together, and in an entire neglect of the ministers of the gospel;  when such who have been professors themselves will be shy of them, an carefully shun them. – John Gill, 1855

 

 

A Fallen Saint  -- "Peter went out and wept bitterly." -Lk.22:62

 

  Peter had sat in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. He had walked on the water to go to Him. He had lived in the full assurance that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God. "We believe and are sure," he said, "That thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God," the words of blood redemption had gone to Peter's heart from the very lips of Jesus Christ Himself (Jh.6:68). Peter had seen the power of the Lord when he spoke to the raging waves of the sea and stilled them - the Lord Jesus saved Peter's life that day, and Peter knew it too.

  Now this same Peter has denied the Lord he loved and believed - even cursed and swore he never knew him. Look at him now as he goes off in the darkness sobbing as he goes. Imagine the guilt and fear that weighed upon his afflicted

conscience? Imagine the suggestions from Satan, the prince of darkness, saying to  him, "There is no hope for you now". Only those who have experienced such a thing know how Satan can work with a guilty conscience to drive it to despair.

  I am sure Peter thought, as many have since, "There is no way out of this dilemma I find myself in." A poor soul like this can despair of ever being recovered. He sank in deep mire where there was no standing. I will tell you this, if Jesus Christ does not make intercession for such a person and strengthen his faith, and send some  light into his darkness, Satan will sift him. Those who dream they are a match for Satan's accusations are ignorant of his devices.

  Does our Lord Jesus know all this? Of course he knows. His intercession had  already secured Peter, not from falling but from falling away. Not from bitter  weeping but from final despair. Peter had a sad and fearful fall, but he had a fearless and faithful Advocate with the Father. Peter fell, but just about the time the enemy began to rejoice over him, he rose up again - forgiven and restored.

  Dear fallen saint, don't despair. Maybe you see no way in your present darkness to be restored, but Jesus Christ can see for you, He is the way. Look out of your wet eyes to him. Your heart is aching but the Lord Jesus feels it. Trust him. Wait upon him. Your weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning. –Bruce  Crabtree

 

 

The Messenger of Death

 

  Death, dear Christian, is a messenger to you.  ‘Come, says God; you have toiled long enough; you have feared long enough; you have groaned long enough; your warfare is accomplished; enter into the rest which the Lord your God giveth you. Come, for all things are now ready.’

  Yes, you will soon hear the voice saying, ‘O Israel, you must this day go over Jordan.  And why should you be unwilling to exchange the desert for the land flowing with milk and honey?  Is not this the purpose of your travels; the end of your desires; the completion of your hopes?’

  “But the swelling river rolls between.”  Fear not; the ark of the covenant will go before you and divide the waves, and you shall pass over dry-shod.  And then let the streams reunite, and continue to flow on;  you will not wish them to reopen for your return.  What is misery to others is joy to you.  “I shall go the way whence I shall not return.” -- William Jay






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

October 18th .  2020

 

  9:30 am ……………………….…………………………………….. Who Is A Faithful & Wise Steward? – Luke 12:41-48

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………………….. Giving Thanks – Colossians 1:12-14

 

F God willing, Steven and Hope Montgomery will follow the Lord in believer’s baptism today.

 

* * *  NO WEDNESDAY SERVICE THIS WEEK  * * *

 

 REMEMBER OUR WORK DAY SATURDAY

 

 

Original Sin

 

  If you have never felt the weight of original sin, do not call yourselves Christians. I am verily persuaded that original sin is the greatest burden of a true convert; this ever grieves the regenerate soul, the sanctified soul. The indwelling sin in the heart is the burden of a converted person; it is the burden of the true Christian. He continually cries out, “O! who shall deliver me from this body of death,” this indwelling corruption of my heart? This is that which disturbs a poor soul most. And, therefore, if you never felt this inward corruption, if you never saw that God might justly curse you for it, indeed, my dear friends, you may speak peace to your hearts, but I fear, nay, I know, there is no peace.  -- George Whitefield (1714-1770)

 

 

 Remember that Christ is the end of all things.  He only is our resting place, and He is our peace (Eph.2). For as there is no salvation in any other name, so is there no peace in any other name. Thou shalt never have rest in thy soul, neither shall the worm of conscience ever cease to gnaw thine heart, til thou come to Christ; til thou hear the glad tidings, how that God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven thee all freely.  If thou trust in thy works there is no rest.  Thou shalt think, I have not done enough. – William Tyndale, Burned at the stake for translating scripture 1536

 

 

"Grace Unto You, And Peace, Be Multiplied." – 1 Peter 1:2  

 

  When we see and feel how we need grace every moment of our lives, we at once perceive a beauty in the blessing thus asked for in an abundant, overflowing measure. We cannot walk the length of the street without sin. Our carnal minds, our vain imaginations, are all on the look out for evil. Sin presents itself at every avenue, and lurks like the Arab in the wilderness, or the prowling night thief for every opportunity of open or secret plunder. In fact, in ourselves, in our fallen nature, except as restrained and influenced by grace, we sin with well-nigh every breath that we draw. We need, therefore, grace upon grace, or, in the words of the text, grace to be "multiplied" in proportion to our sins. Shall I say in proportion? Nay, if sin abounds, as to our shame and sorrow we know it does, we want grace to much more abound. When the neep tide of sin flows in with the mud and mire, we want the spring tide of grace to flow higher still, to carry out the slime and filth into the depths of the ocean, so that when sought for they may no more be found. Thus we want grace, free grace; grace to-day, grace to-morrow, grace this moment, grace the next, grace all the day long; healing, reviving, restoring, saving, sanctifying; and all this multiplied by all our wants and woes, sins, slips and falls, unceasing and aggravated backslidings. We want grace to believe, grace to hope, grace to love, grace to fight, and grace to conquer; grace to stand, grace to live, and grace to die. Every moment of our lives we need keeping, supporting, holding, and withholding grace; for, as a good man has said, "If the Lord leave us for one moment, he leaves us that one moment too long."

  But to "grace" the Apostle adds "peace." Sin breaks our peace, and sets our souls at a distance from God; trials, too, and temptations, sins and sorrows, occur every day to mar our rest; so we want peace to be multiplied as well as grace. Peace like a river, of which the stream is ever flowing; peace like the sea, of which the tides, if they do ebb, yet rise higher than they fall. We want peace, too, to establish our hearts in the truth, and in the love of it, so as to prevent our being carried about with every wind of doctrine. We are often entangled in the wily snares of Satan, and we want peace to be restored to our soul. When it is thus sadly broken, and sin has filled us with guilt and terror, we want peace to come and heal all those wounds, and establish our souls firmly in the gospel of peace. And when we shall be called upon to enter the dark valley of the shadow of death, how then we shall need "peace to be multiplied," that we may fear no evil, but find the comforting staff and supporting rod. Thus we never can have too much grace or too much peace. The more we know of sin the more shall we want grace, and the more we know of sorrow the more we shall want peace. – J.C. Philpot

 

 

F  “He who loves the coming of the Lord is not he who affirms it is far off, nor is it he who says it is near.  It is he who,  whether it be far or near,  awaits it with sincere faith, steadfast hope and fervent love.” – Augustine 354-430




Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia

October 25, 2020

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


9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..…………………………….… Fire & Sword – Luke 12:49-59

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………….…………The Preeminent One – Colossians 1:15-18

Wednesday: 7:00 pm ………………………………………


The Lord willing, I will be preaching this weekend in a Bible conference held by Grace Baptist Church, Lewisville, Arkansas, Darvin Pruitt, pastor. Brothers Larry Criss and David Eddmenson will also be preaching.

In my absence, brother Walter Pendleton will preach for you next Sunday; one service at 10:00 am.

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

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



"With Long Life Will I Satisfy Him, And Shew Him My Salvation." -- Psalm 91:16


It is not in the number of our years that we shall find preparedness for death. It is not the longer a man lives the more will he be satisfied. No such thing. Then what can the promise mean? Why, that God will satisfy his people with their length of life, whether long or short. God takes his children home at all ages, and he always satisfies them. He always brings them to see and feel that this life is empty and vain, and that it is better, far better, to live in His presence. You may be harassed by the thoughts of death, and be in bondage through the fears of death; and you may be saying, "How will it be with me then?" I will tell you. If you are a child of God, I firmly believe you will not be removed unwillingly and reluctantly, but you will be willing in the day of the Lord's power. You will be willing to breathe out your soul into His dear hands, to Whom you will commend your spirit; you will be willing to be with Christ, which is far better. You may not now be willing. If you pluck at an unripe apple, it resists the touch, but let it be fully ripe, how little, how slight a touch will cause it to drop from the tree. You shall be gathered as a shock of corn in its season. Why, a farmer will not gather in his corn until it is fully ripe; and do you think the Lord will gather his corn into his heavenly garner and it be in an unfit and unripe state? We cannot think it. Be that thought far from us, as it is far from the Lord.

"With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation." Ah! the soul will never see it unless the Lord shews it him; but the Lord will shew it him. He says he will. "I will shew him my salvation." What can we want more? All that we may want, all that we may need in this journey through this wilderness is there. Is there not a sufficiency? Is there not that which we feel is enough? If these promises be mine, be yours, and if they be fulfilled to you and to me, what can we possibly want more? -- J.C. Philpot (1802-1869)



Delight In Self Turned to Disgust


So long as we do not look beyond the earth, we are quite pleased with our own righteousness, wisdom, and virtue; we address ourselves in the most flattering terms, and seem only less than demigods. But should we once begin to raise our thoughts to God, and reflect what kind of Being he is, and how absolute the perfection of that righteousness, and wisdom, and virtue, to which, as a standard, we are bound to be conformed, what formerly delighted us by its false show of righteousness will become polluted with the greatest iniquity; what strangely imposed upon us under the name of wisdom will disgust by its extreme folly; and what presented the appearance of virtuous energy will be condemned as the most miserable impotence.

- John Calvin (1509-1564)



The Mirror -- Colossians 3:5


When a person stands before a mirror, he sees three things--the mirror, himself, and other things, which are in the room. When I sincerely look by faith into the scriptures, I see many things, but primarily three things. . .


(1) I see the LORD JESUS CHRIST, for He verily is the WORD OF GOD. It is of Him, from Him, and to His glory that it is written. "To Him give all the prophets witness."

(2) I see MYSELF as I truly am, for the word reveals the true nature and need of this son of Adam. "Lord, be merciful to me, the sinner! Let Thy blood atone for me on the mercy-seat."

(3) I see OTHER PEOPLE and my RELATIONSHIP and my RESPONSIBILITY to them!

The image of myself reflected in a mirror is larger than others in the room, but NOT SO WITH THE SCRIPTURES. "And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant. Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many" (Matt. 20:27-28). Paul rebuked those at Ephesus who "walked in the vanity of their own minds and desires," and said to them, "You have not so learned Christ." The person who is often in the word of Christ is often in prayer, in concern, and in the care and concerns of others! – Henry Mahan




Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

November 8th . 2020

 10:00 am ……………………….……………………………..……………………….…... Message by David Eddmenson

11:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………………….…… Message by John Chapman

* Lunch Following Service

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ……………………………………… ………………….. All Fulness in Christ – Colosssians 1:19

 

It has been a blessing hearing the gospel and having our brethren with us these three days. We thank the Lord for the messages and thank John and David for coming. And we have so enjoyed seeing our brethren from other churches. Until we meet again, may the Lord bless thee and keep thee.

 

 

Entrusted With The Gospel

 

  There is one verse of scripture that I often read before praying, studying and preaching. Paul said in 1 Thessalonians, chapter 2,  verse 4, “But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.” It is always very sobering to me as a preacher of the gospel, to know that the glorious “Gospel of Christ” has been  “allowed” (approved) of God to be put in trust with me.” Preaching the  Gospel is the greatest honor and privilege that could be bestowed upon a man. Hearing the Gospel is equally such a “PRIVILEGE.” To  be “put in trust with the gospel” (entrusted) with the Word of God, is not only a wonderful honor and a privilege, but a gift given unto us by God.

       -- David Eddmenson

 

 

No Accidental Meetings With The Gospel

 

  Some years ago I was preaching the gospel to a congregation in Greenup Ky. It was a small group and in that group was a man in a wheel chair. He said to me after preaching a message that he believed  that gospel. He said that he had been listening to my pastor Henry Mahan and loved that message that he preached. After preaching there for about five weeks, I received a phone call on a Saturday night telling me that the gentleman in the wheel chair had passed away and that I did not need to come back to preach anymore because they did not believe the gospel that I preached. What a blessing it was to me to be used of God to feed one of His sheep before taking him home and what a curse it was to them who rejected it. 

  There are no accidental  meetings with the gospel. 2Co 2:15-16 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? – John Chapman

 

 

No True Sinner Turned Away

 

  I challenge anyone to put his or her finger on one scripture in the Holy Bible where Christ ever turned away a truly repentant sinner.  You won’t find one! Many came in pride that were turned away. Many

came in religion that were soon drawn away. Yet never was there one  desperate sinner who came with great need and desire to be healed  that was ever denied His grace. – David Eddmenson

 

 

Spiritual Dangers and Falls

 

  I heard a story of a little girl who fell out of bed one night and her mother came rushing into the room and asked her little girl what happened. The little girl replied, I guess I stayed too close to where I got in.

  We are to grow in grace and in knowledge of Christ, we are to go on to know the Lord. We are to take His yoke and learn of Him, Matthew 11:29. The more we learn of Christ in our hearts, the more aware we become of spiritual dangers and falls. John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” – John Chapman

 

 

More Profitable

 

  It is more profitable and enjoyable to love than to hate,  to forgive than to hold a grudge, to smile than to quarrel, to  behave kindly than to act ugly. The way of the transgressor  is hard, not the way of the believer. – Henry Mahan

 

 

F  “If you hope for happiness in the world, hope for it from God, and not from the world.” -- David Brainerd





Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia 

November 22nd 2020

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..…………………………………….…… Message by Roland Browning

F   Welcome back Roland and Lorie Browning from Grace Baptist Church of Dingus, WV. I am preaching for Calvary Baptist Church in Winston, Ga, Terry Worthan, pastor.

 

F The following article was in our bulletin just 4 months ago but bears repeating over and over; especially in the midst of all this fear.

 

Too Many And Too Much – By  Henry Mahan

 

 We have entirely too many fears for a people to whom the Lord has said: “Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God;  I will strengthen thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness”-(Isa.41:10.

  We have far too many doubts and fears concerning God’s mercy, love, and grace for a people to whom the Lord has said, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out . . . I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish: John 6:37;10:28.

  We spend entirely too much time grumbling and complaining about our trials and troubles for a people to whom the Lord has said, “In the world you shall have tribulation but be of good cheer;  I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

  We have entirely too much attachment to this world and to this present life for a people who are looking for a city whose Builder and Maker is God (Hebrews 11:8-10).

  We have far too much anxiety, care, and fear, far too much concern for the earthly, material things for a people to whom the Lord has said, “Your Heavenly  Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things” (Matthew 6:32)

 

 

Thank God For This Virus

 

  “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

  Does the apostle (Word of God) really mean that? . . . In everything give thanks?  Yes He does.  In everything.  Doesn’t Romans 8:28 tell us that all things work together for the good of God’s people?  All things!  No matter how they may appear to the naked eye, all things are for our good and we are to give thanks for them.  Our problem is we are blinded by the flesh, crippled by unbelief, and too captive to time and this material world. If we could just see things as they are . . . by faith, from God’s Word;  if we could just walk by faith and not by sight.  If we could just listen to our Lord and trust our Heavenly Father we would have such peace, joy and comfort.  In time He will show us clearly how all things did indeed work for our good and we will thank Him from the bottom of our hearts and top of our lungs.

  When my dad was getting physically feeble, the thing we feared most was him falling and breaking a hip or something.  Usually when that happens, an old person goes down quickly.  Well, it happened. My dear dad fell and broke his hip and  those days were some of the worst days ever. Well the worst turned out to be best. Twenty one days later my dad was with the Lord in glory.  I now thank God for breaking my father’s hip.  And so we are told . . . in everything give thanks.

  Thank God for this virus.  It is for His glory and the good of His people.  The Lord has given this present virus to several brethren in this congregation and others.  Every one of them can now thank God that He gave it.  Every one of them can testify to this world and to God’s people that:  1. The Lord gave it and the Lord took it away. 2. His grace was sufficient through it all. 3. It was a light affliction and soon passed.  4.  No believer needs to fear it.  Thank God for it.. . In everything give thanks.

  Brothers and sisters, our God reigns, our God does all things, and our God does all things well.  We have nothing to fear but everything to be thankful for.  In everything give thanks.

 

 

The Providence of God

 

  As a wise, skilled pharmacist mixes medicine, so our heavenly Father wisely mixes exactly the right measure of bitter things and sweet, to do us good. Too much joy would intoxicate us. Too much misery would drive us to despair. Too much sorrow would crush us. Too much suffering would break our spirits.  Too much pleasure would ruin us. Too much defeat would discourage us. Too much success would puff us up. Too much failure would keep us from doing anything. Too much criticism would harden us. Too much praise would make us proud.  Our great God knows exactly what we need.  By His grace, if we are His, we will bow to His Providence, accept it, and give thanks for it.  God’s Providence is always executed in the “wisest manner” possible. We are often unable to see and understand the reasons and causes for specific events in  our lives, in the lives of others, or in the history of the world. But our lack of understanding does not prevent us from believing God. We bow to His will, which is evident in His works of Providence, and say,  “O the depth of  the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!”

  The God of Providence rules all things well. How we ought to trust Him! Ever remember, our heavenly Father is God all wise, good, and omnipotent. He is…Too wise to err, too good to do wrong, and too strong to fail!  Don Fortner






Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

December 6th 2020

  9:30 am …………………….………………………………………………...… Saved If Ye Continue – Colossians 1:23-25

10:00 am ………………….…………………..………….…………….. A Crooked Woman Made Straight – Luke 13:11-17

Wednesday:  7:00 pm …………………………………..… The Riches,  Hope & Glory of the Gospel – Colossians 1:25-29

 

 

Peace Through Trust

 

  Do you have peace?  Peace of heart and mind?  If not, why?  Scripture says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee” (Isa.26:3). If you do not have peace, then your mind, your thoughts, your heart must be always on other things . . . things without, things within;  things of this world, the things of man.

  Paul, the apostle, was in jail and about to be killed for believing and preaching the Gospel, and yet he was full of peace.  Though facing death he had great peace, saying, “I know Whom I have believed.”  He had peace of heart and mind, knowing that, though he was a sinner, Christ came to save sinners, even the chief like himself.  He had peace knowing and believing that Christ made peace for Him with God, by the blood of His cross.  He had peace of heart and mind knowing, believing, trusting the Lord Who put him in jail; knowing that all he was going through was of the Lord. He knew and trusted the Lord had abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, and so his eminent death was not death at all but his glorious entrance into the eternal kingdom.  He knew and trusted that the Lord reigned and ruled over all, and all things were for the glory of God, the good of His people and the furtherance of His kingdom.  He had perfect peace believing, trusting and thinking on things above, thinking on His Lord and eternal glory with Him.  Yes, with his mind, his heart, his affection stayed, fixed, settled on ‘things above, not on things on earth . . . where Christ, his life was . . . Paul had peace, perfect peace by believing and trusting His Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

  If you have no peace, it is certain  you do not really believe and trust the Lord.  It is certain  that you are looking without or within for something, for someone to give you some help, comfort, assurance and peace. I’m quite sure, you must be listening to and looking to human reasoning and human wisdom . . . looking to and listening to the world, the media, science, medicine, things on earth. . .  to give you some peace of mind and heart.  What is the first thing you do each morning?  Do you look at and listen to what the world is doing or saying?  It is no wonder then if you have no peace during the day.  Whereas, if you would start your day looking to and listening to Him Who rules the world, then the world would not rule you and overcome you, but rather your faith would overcome the world. If you listened to and believed God rather than men, you would have the peace of God.  Let me quote this passage one more time . . .”They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy” (Jonah 2:8).  David said, “I said in my haste, all men are liars.”  God cannot lie.  Why not listen to, believe and trust the Lord. “It is better to TRUST IN THE LORD than to put confidence in man”  Trust man, have fear. Trust the Lord, have peace. (Read Ps.56)

 

 

The Fearful and Unbelieving – From John Gill’s Commentary

 

  “ He that overcometh shall inherit all things;  and I will be His God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”  -- Jesus Christ (Rev.21:7-8)

 

The fearful. . . Not the timorous sheep and lambs of Christ, the dear children of God, who are sometimes of a fearful heart, on account of sin, temptation, and unbelief; but such who are of cowardly spirits, and are not valiant for the truth, but who, through fear of men, either make no profession of Christ and his Gospel, or having made it, drop it, lest they should be exposed to tribulation and persecution; these are they that are afraid of the beast, and live in servile bondage to him.

And unbelieving; meaning not merely atheists, who do not believe there is a God, or deists only, that do not believe in Christ; but such who profess his name, and are called by it, and yet do not truly believe in him, nor embrace his Gospel and the truths of it, but believe a lie; these are condemned already, and on them the wrath of God abides, and they will be damned at last; though it may have a regard to such also who are infidels as to the second coming of Christ to judgment, and who are scoffers and mockers at it: ( Note: The Lord puts the fearful and unbelieving in same class as abominable, murderers & c..)

 

 

F  Matthew Henry once said, ‘Unbelief is it’s own worst punishment.’  Our God reigns and rules.  Our God has purposed all things concerning us and it is all for our good and eternal happiness.  The Lord is going to take care of His people whether they fully trust Him or not. To be fearful and doubtful is not only dishonoring to Him, but we punish ourselves and make ourselves miserable.  If only, by His grace, we would do what He told us . . . ‘Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you’ . . . for then we would honor God and be a much happier people. 






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

December 13th - 2020

  9:30 am ….………………….……………………………..The Kingdom of God, Like Mustard Seed/Tree – Luke 13:18-19  

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………..… Christ In You, The Hope of Glory – Colossians 1:27  

 

Men . . . for over 30 years now the men of this church have been meeting in the study every Wednesday night before service to read God’s Word and pray for His blessing upon our gathering.  I encourage every man to meet with us. You do not have to be a reader or lead in prayer but you will be a helper in asking the Lord’s blessing and presence. Come join us.

 

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The Door -- “Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.” John 10:7

 

 I love how the Lord always teaches His people through things that they can understand. We all know what a door is. It is a way of access. It is a way of entrance. A door is used to let someone in. A door is the means to keep some in and shut others out. How beautiful a ‘door’ illustrates who and what Christ is to the believing sinner. Christ is not just ‘a door,’ He is ‘the door.’ There is no other door. He is the only door. “There is only one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Christ is the door of the sheep. He is not the door for goats. He is not the door for the whole world. He is the only access that the sheep have to God. He said, I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved…” We can only enter in “by Him.” (John 10:9) Sinners cannot enter of themselves; they are dead in trespasses and sin and are totally helpless. There is no spiritual life apart from “entering in” through Christ the Door. Christ doesn’t just show us the way; He is the Way that leads to life. Christ doesn’t just teach us the truth; He is the Truth. Christ not only gives us life; He is the Life. Did He not say, “No man cometh to the Father but by me?” (John 14:6) Christ is the door of the sheep, and all His sheep will enter in and be saved.  – Gabe Stalnaker

 

 

What Makes For Good Preaching?

 

  What is it that makes a sermon or message to be a good one, a blessing, profitable and enjoyable to the hearers? 

There are many things to consider in this thing of preaching. Certainly the principle thing (One) required for the message to be blessed of God is the Spirit of GodHe must bless God’s Word to the preacher and people alike.  God’s Spirit must reveal the Word, He must apply the Word, He must use the Word as a sword in the hearts of the preacher and hearer alike. Without Him we will get nothing from the preached Word.  That is why we desperately need to pray for His presence in the preaching services.  And certainly the preaching must be from the Word of God (It is the only thing God uses and blesses). “Preach the Word”, was the charge of the old apostle to the young preacher Timothy.  And if it is Holy Spirit blessed preaching from the Word of God, it will most assuredly be the Gospel of the Glory of God, the Person and work of God’s Son, and will convict us of our sins and point us to Christ.  A preacher once said, “It is always a good message if God is Glorified, man is humbled, and Christ exalted.” And let me give you this one key ingredient that makes for good preaching, or makes preaching good . . . HUNGER!

  Years ago a dear sister came to the study with some food for my lunch.  One thing she brought me was a bowl of cucumbers.  Now, I never had liked cucumbers before.  I’d heard others rave about them, but I never did care for them.  Well, while the rest of the food was warming in the microwave; because I was so hungry I decided to try those cucumbers.  Lo, and behold . . . I loved them!  I ate them all!  What made the cucumbers good to me was hunger.  Hunger made something that normally didn’t appeal to me, to be very good indeed. It is the same with preaching.  One who has no hunger for the Word will not come to hear It. But those who do are blessed and shall be filled.  Blessed are they that do hunger . . .  they shall be filled” (Mt.5:6).  “Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it” (Ps.81:10). 

  I remember as a young believer, hearing many sermons and reading many sermons and books by gospel preachers, and nearly everything I heard and read blessed me.  If the preacher or author just said, ‘Mercy’ or ‘Grace’, or ‘God Reigns’ . . . if Christ was exalted,  I rejoiced and thought it was the best sermon or book ever.  Why? . . . Because I was hungry for Truth!  As our Lord said, we need to hear the Word ‘as a little child.’  

  May the Lord give us all that hunger and thirst for the ‘sincere milk of the Word.’ It may be that the message will be the best you’ve ever tasted, and you might think the preacher to be a better preacher than you thought.

 

 

F “The Gospel is the clear manifestation of the mystery of Christ.” – John Calvin

F “Faith is the marriage of the soul to Christ.” – Richard Sibbes

F “Faith is reason at rest in God.” – Charles Spurgeon

F “Faith settles the soul.” – Thomas Manton






Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

December 20th  2020

 9:30 am …..…………….…………………….…………………..…. A Wonder; a Woman With Child & With Wings – Revelation 12

10:00 am ……………………….…………………………….…..………………………………………... A Wonderful Story – Judges 13

***  NO  WEDNESDAY  SERVICE THIS WEEK  

 

 

His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful – Isaiah 9:6

 

  The person spoken of is undoubtedly the Lord Jesus Christ. He is a child born, with reference to his human nature; he is born of the virgin, a child. But he is a Son given, with reference to his divine nature, being given as well as born. Of course. the Godhead could not be born of woman. That was from everlasting, and is to everlasting. As a child he was born, as a Son he was given. “The government is upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful.” Beloved, there are a thousand things in this world, that are called by names that do not belong to them; but Christ is called Wonderful, because He is so. God the Father never gave his Son a name which he did not deserve. There is no flattery here. It is just the simple name that He deserves, they that know Him best will say that the word doth not overstrain His merits, but rather falls infinitely short of His glorious deserving. His name is called Wonderful. And mark, it does not merely say, that God has given him the name of Wonderful — though that is implied; but “His name shall be called” so. It shall be; it is at this time called Wonderful by all His believing people, and it shall be. As long as the moon endureth, there shall be found men, and angels, and glorified spirits, who shall always call Him by his right name. “His name shall be called Wonderful.” 

  Consider the incarnation of Christ, and you will rightly say, that his name deserveth to be called “Wonderful.” Oh! what is that I see? Oh! world of wonders, what is that I see? The Eternal of ages, whose hair is white like wool, as white as snow, becomes an infant. Can it be? Ye angels, are ye not astonished? He becomes an infant, hangs at a virgin’s breast, draws His nourishment from the breast of woman. Oh wonder of wonders! Manger of Bethlehem, thou hast miracles poured into thee. This is a sight that surpasses all others. Talk ye of the sun, moon, and stars; consider ye the heavens, the work of God’s fingers, the moon and the stars that He hath ordained; but all the wonders of the universe shrink into nothing, when we come to the mystery of the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It was a marvellous thing when Joshua bade the sun to stand still, but more marvellous when God seemed to stand still, and no longer to move forward, but rather, like the sun upon the dial of Ahaz, did go back ten degrees, and veil his splendor in a cloud.  There have been sights matchless and wonderful, at which we might look for years, and yet turn away and say, “I cannot understand this; here is a deep into which I dare not dive; my thoughts are drowned; this is a mount without a summit; I cannot climb it; it is high, I cannot attain it!”  But all these things are as nothing, compared with the incarnation of the Son of God. I do believe that the very angels have never wondered but once and that has been incessantly ever since they first beheld it. They never cease to tell the astonishing story, and to tell it with increasing astonishment too, that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born of the Virgin Mary, and became a man. Is he not rightly called Wonderful? Infinite, yet an infant; eternal,  yet born of a woman;  Almighty, yet hanging on a woman’s breast supporting the universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms;  King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph; Heir of all things and yet the carpenter’s despised son. Wonderful art thou O Lord Jesus, and that shall be Thy Name for ever.  – C.H.S.

 

 

… Some thoughts on Christmas

 

  God’s true people place absolutely no religious significance upon the day and the season commonly referred to as Christmas. This so called ‘holiday’ (holy day) began with Pope Julius I, sometime in the 4th century A.D. It was set to coincide with the Roman Winter Festivals. ‘The Church’ wanted to convert the pagans of Europe to ‘Christianity’, so they established a ‘Christian’ religious meaning to the important and popular celebration of the winter solstice.  They chose the birth of Christ because it echoed pagan attributes of the holiday, which celebrated, amongst other things, the rebirth of the Sun  ("rebirth of Sun"/"birth of Son"). Truth is, true Christians (then and now) didn't really celebrate Christ's birth; it was his death and resurrection that were supremely important.  It is certain Christ was not born on Dec. 25th, but in the spring (May - June).’

  Nevertheless, as Spurgeon once said:  “I am glad that at least one day out of the year folks actually think upon the One named Jesus Who came 2000 years ago.”  And I too, am glad that at least one day a year, people who are usually mean become nice and cheerful; those who rarely do anything for anyone, finally do something nice for a change.  And the gathering of families together around a table, the giving of gifts, and a general  attitude of good will,  are a welcome respite, even if for one brief time in the year.  And perhaps, as Spurgeon also said, we should take advantage of a time when the minds of men are on this most important of all subjects . . . the question of questions: "What think ye of Christ?  Whose Son is He?"  As always, the church of God at this time, like every other time we meet, will declare Who Christ is and why He came.  Bless God He was born.  And bless God even more . . . He died for our sins according to the scriptures.

  And so, I wish you all a very, merry . . . time with your families, but more importantly, I wish us all a very glad and merry time of worship today around our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.






­­­Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street   Rocky Mount, Virginia

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

December 27th. 2020

  9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..……… The Woman, Her Child, Her Wings – Revelation 12

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………………………………… All Things For Us – Romans 8

Wednesday:  7:00 pm ……………………………………………….. The Kingdom of God is Like Leaven – Luke 13:20-21

 

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Good Bye, God

 

  I’m not sure when it began but it seems to me that it was in the early part of the last century. It began I imagine on a small scale but it soon picked up steam. The glory of God would no longer be the main purpose of the worship services, but was replaced with the dignity of man. It soon didn’t matter what the Word of God declared, it was now: “I’ll do it my way”. It was in effect saying: “good bye, God”!

  The sovereignty of God would no longer be preached for this offends the dignity of man. Never mind that God is offended by the unworthy statements made about Him. God is presented now as One to be pitied rather than worshipped. The depravity of man would no longer be preached for this offends man’s lofty thoughts about himself. The electing grace of God would no longer be preached for this offends fallen man’s sense of fairness. The effectual atoning blood of the Lord Jesus Christ would no longer be preached for this offends man’s trust in his good works. The calling and preserving grace of God would no longer be preached because the confidence now is: “I’ll do it my way.”

  Oh, that the Lord would be pleased to visit our land again in awakening power.  -- David Pledger

 

 

We Ought To Obey God Rather Than Men – Simon Peter before the rulers in Israel – Acts 5:29 (4:19)

 

  In the days of the early church, the apostles and all Christians were labeled as lawless troublemakers.  They were accused (like their Lord) of breaking the laws of God (Moses) and falsely accused of being lawless and rebellious citizens.  Simon Peter (and Paul) wrote to the church to encourage all believers to obey the laws of the land so as to disprove the libelous accusations against them; with passages like “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake” (1 Pet.2:13) . . . “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers” (Rom.13:1).  Fact is (and was) the true people of God are law abiding, obedient and peaceable people.  No government has cause to fear an uprising from God’s true people . . . UNLESS . . . the laws of the land go against the laws of their God, then every child of God will say with Peter, We ought to obey God rather than men.”

 John Gill (England) wrote:  “It is the command of God that magistrates should be obeyed;  and it makes for His glory, as well for the good of men, when they are submitted to in things that do not contradict the revealed will of God; for otherwise, not man, but God is to be obeyed.”

 John Brown (Scotland) wrote: “Now the duty of Christians to this “human ordinance” of civil magistracy, is to “submit themselves” to it, practically to its authority.  It is the duty of a Christian to yield obedience to all the laws of the government under which he lives, that are not inconsistent with the law of God.  When human ordinance contradicts the Divine ordinance, requiring us to do what God forbids, or forbidding us to do what God requires, the rule is plain: “WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MAN.”

  Our Lord in great wisdom answered all the reasoning of men concerning the things of men and things of God, saying, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17).  He even paid taxes  on things of this earth which He owned  and to a corrupt government  which He was  the ruler thereof.  But when that corrupt government tried to impose its corrupt religious rules upon Him and His disciples He defied them and told His disciples to do the same, “And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony AGAINST them and the Gentiles” (world) – Matt.10:18.  So the rule is this, if we must go to Sam’s house (club) we must do what Sam tells us.  And if we come to God’s house, we must do what God tells us, not (uncle) Sam.

  The three Hebrews (Daniel 3) were peaceable, gentle, law-abiding men, but then the law was handed down that forbid them to worship as they did.  They did not even have to consider it, but knew they had to obey God rather than men. When Daniel, the prophet  was given a similar mandate from the king, there was no question what he would do, he continued to call on His God and worship His God in the way God instructed him; he knew he must obey God rather than men.

  We are being told not to gather together, when our God commands it. We ought to obey God rather than men. We are being told to keep our distance from each other, when 5 times in scripture we are commanded to  ‘greet one another with a holy kiss.’  We ought to obey God rather than men. We are even being told not to sing, when our God commands us over and over to do so. We ought to obey God rather than men. We must obey our God, and it is our heart’s desire to do so.




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