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New Song for Sunday

This Sunday, March 2, we will be singing the hymn, “I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath,” a text based largely on Psalm 146. This hymn will probably be new to you. You can listren to the tune and follow the text by clicking here. There will be some minor changes as we sing it congregationally.

~ Greg

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New Song For Sunday

Take a few minutes this weekend to familiarize yourself with the following song. We’ll sing it this weekend! You’ll need to hit the arrow twice (I think).

Blessings.

PC

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For those of you who haven’t seen this post on Timmy Brister’s blog “Provocations and Pantings,” click here and scroll down to Liberalism Cannot Handle the Reality of the Atonement and the Certainty of Death. Timmy has posted a video clip of an ER episode about a dying man looking for answers and getting nothing from his New Age-y chaplain. To whatever degree this may represent a real scenario, I praise God for Gospel-believin’, Bible-totin’, Scripture quotin’, heaven-and-hell-are-as-certain-as-death chaplains like Legacy’s own Chuck B.

~ Greg

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Keep the altar of private prayer burning. This is the very life of all piety. The sanctuary and family altars borrow their fires here, therefore let this burn well. Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence, and barometer, of vital and experimental religion.

Burn here the fat of your sacrifices. Let your closet seasons be, if possible, regular, frequent, and undisturbed. Effectual prayer availeth much. Have you nothing to pray for? Let us suggest the Church, the ministry, your own soul, your children, your relations, your neighbours, your country, and the cause of God and truth throughout the world. Let us examine ourselves on this important matter. Do we engage with lukewarmness in private devotion? Is the fire of devotion burning dimly in our hearts? Do the chariot wheels drag heavily? If so, let us be alarmed at this sign of decay. Let us go with weeping, and ask for the Spirit of grace and of supplications. Let us set apart special seasons for extraordinary prayer. For if this fire should be smothered beneath the ashes of a worldly conformity, it will dim the fire on the family altar, and lessen our influence both in the Church and in the world.

The text will also apply to the altar of the heart. This is a golden altar indeed. God loves to see the hearts of his people glowing towards himself. Let us give to God our hearts, all blazing with love, and seek his grace, that the fire may never be quenched; for it will not burn if the Lord does not keep it burning. Many foes will attempt to extinguish it; but if the unseen hand behind the wall pour thereon the sacred oil, it will blaze higher and higher. Let us use texts of Scripture as fuel for our heart’s fire, they are live coals; let us attend sermons, but above all, let us be much alone with Jesus.

From Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening devotional, relating to Leviticus 6:13: “The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.”

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This is a plug for my friend Mike Lumpkin, Pastor of University Baptist Church in Fayetteville. They are hosting a Spiritual Formation Conference with Don Whitney this Friday and Saturday.

We are not only encouraging our members to attend this conference, but we are all heading south to Fayetteville for Sunday School and worship at UBC as well. This is a bit “out of the box” I know, but we talked about it this morning and agreed that we would benefit greatly from the experience. Not to mention the fact that we are at a size right now that will allow us to pull it off. There may not be another chance like this one.

We hope you will join us Friday, Saturday, and even Sunday.

Pastor Chris

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