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Kitchens Creek Baptist Church
7231 Monroe Hwy @ Kitchens Creek Rd
Ball, Louisiana 71405

Email: Pastor Milton W Howard
Mailing:  PO Box 740
Ball, Lo
UiSiAna  71405-0740

Weekly Church Bulletin
June 09, 2024

JUNE 09, 2024

daily radio:

7:45 a.m.

kwdf  am 840

morning worship:

11:00 a.m.

 

wednesday worship:

7:00 p.m.

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FAITH, THE GIFT OF GOD 

Before any sinner can or will come to Christ, he must be born again. Faith is the result, not the cause of the new birth. That faith by which we receive God's salvation in Christ is the gift of God. "Salvation is of the Lord," in its entirety! It is not of works at any time in a believer’s life. God will never be brought into debt by the works of any man. He will never owe a blessing; it is all of grace. Faith in Christ is as much the gift and work of God's free grace as election, redemption, and regeneration. If you believe, it is because God has given you faith (Phil. 1:29). You "believe according to the working of his mighty power" (Eph. 2:19). Faith is not the work of the sinner's imaginary "free will". Faith is the gift of God's sovereign grace, the result of God's operation upon the heart. "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
Pastor Donnie Bell
 

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TEARS 

The law calls unclean every issue from the body – that is, every issue but one: tears. It seems to be the only thing that we humans produce that is not repulsive to God. Tears are precious to Him. He is even said to collect them in a bottle. (Psalm 56:8) Hezekiah’s tears were counted on a level with his prayers. (Isaiah 38:5). Tears were considered suitable to bath the feet of the Master. 

Tears of repentance are pleasing to the Lord. Each drop is a testimony of a work of His grace that has brought the rebel to bay, reconciled the heart of an enemy, and called His prodigal home. Do not fear to shed them and never despise them in another. If ever a holy thing came out of a man or woman, it must be those tears that flow from a heart broken by God’s grace. 

Tears of sorrow catch His attention. We think to impress the Lord with lofty language and ingratiate ourselves to Him with flattering words. But the most poetic prayer ever uttered by men has not so much force as a tear shed in His presence. “In all their distress He too was distressed.” (Isaiah 63:9) Many a prayer is made of sobs and tears without words and the Lord hears with understanding and sees with mercy and He is moved with compassion for them. Such tears shed at the throne of grace stir up Divine mercy to help us in time of need. 

Tears of love, gratitude and praise are sweet to Him. The sinful woman bathed the Lord’s feet with her tears and though the tearless Pharisee was offended at her presence, the Lord was glad to have her loving service and He blessed her by repeating to her that she had been forgiven and her faith had saved her. 

Do not despise tears! The Lord doesn’t. Do not despise your tears or the tears of others. Sweet they are to God. Let them flow, for they are signs neither of weakness, unbelief nor immaturity. They are powerful testimonies before the Lord. The Lord Jesus, Himself, prayed with crying and tears, and was heard. (Hebrews 5:7) Let us follow His example.
Pastor Joe Terrell
 

Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? Psa 56:8

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Psa 126:5

Jesus wept.   Joh_11:35 

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CALL TO WORSHIP
James Montgomery - 1853
 

Come, let us sing the song of songs,

The glory which to Christ belongs;

The hosts of Heav'n began the strain,

"Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain."

 

Slain to redeem us by His blood,

And makes us kings and priest to God,

To cleanse from ev'ry sinful stain,

"Worthy the Lamb, for He Was slain."

 

Among a thousand hearts and songs,

His sacred name fills all our tongues;

All pow'r in Heav'n and earth proclaim,

"Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain."

 

Long as I Live and when I die,

This song of songs shall be my cry;

And while in Heav'n with Him I reign,

"Worthy the Lamb, for He Was slain." 

(Tune: Doxology) 

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(Isaiah 26:3-4)  "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.  Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in THE LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength."