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January 1, 2023

Millsite Baptist Church Mike Walker, Pastor January 1st, 2023 Bible Classes 10:30 Worship Service 11:30 am Wednesday night 7:30 As we come to the beginning of a New Year, let us rejoice in the mercies our Lord Jesus Christ has freely bestowed upon us. As we look forward to this New Year, “Let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear”. Heb.12:28 “THE END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND” 1 Peter 4:7 The end of my life is near, I am sure of that; but also the end of this world is near. Our Lord will return, and most men who have some discernment of Divine truth believe that THE DAY OF THE LORD IS AT THE DOOR! Therefore, Peter exhorts us to be serious, be watchful, and call upon God in prayer for His mercy in Christ for ourselves, for our children, and for our kinsmen according to the flesh. Above all things, have a genuine and unfailing love for one another; for the love of Christ in us will overlook, disregard, and forgive the infirmities and failures of others. If we remember what we were and (except for God’s grace) what we would be, and if we really care for the glory of our gospel and the welfare of others, we will forgive and overlook their infirmities. Love, generosity, and hospitality are the marks of grace and extend, not only to our families, but to our friends and fellow believers whom God brings our way. We rejoice to show mercy, for we have received mercy, and we rejoice to share with others what God has given us. There is nothing which we have in nature or grace that is not THE GIFT OF GOD! Therefore, whoever preaches or teaches, let him declare the word according to the scriptures; whoever renders service, let him do it according to the ability and strength God has given him; whoever prays, sings, gives, witnesses, waits on tables, relieves the poor, visits and nurses the sick, or in any way contributes to the kingdom of God, let him do it with strength or purpose, out of love and gratitude to our Lord, and for His glory and the good of His church! “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20). ---Henry Mahan Self-satisfaction is the death of progress. Contentment with worldly goods is a blessing; but contentment in spiritual things is a curse and a sin. What said Paul? “Not as though I had already attained.” Some of us think, “If we could get as far as Paul did, we should be satisfied.” But Paul said, “Not as though I had already attained;” and then he added, “Forgetting those things which are behind,” — why, some of us wish we had such things to recollect; but he wished to forget all that he had done, and to think only of what remained to be done; — “Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Oh, for this sacred forgetfulness, by way of contentment, of all successes and achievements, so as still to be pressing forward! I would that every believer had, for the glory of God, that spirit which is never satisfied, but always cries for more. I would have the hearts of Christians insatiable as death and the grave, for how can we bear that men should be for ever lost? How can we be quiet while hell is being filled, and souls are perishing day and night? How can we be at ease while God is blasphemed, while Christ is unknown in a great part of the world, and where he is known, he is not beloved? How can we be contented while the black prince of hell seeks to steal the crown rights of King Jesus? Contented and satisfied? Never, till all over this our highly-favored land Christ shall reign as Sovereign Lord; nay, not then, nor till in every continent and island the nations of the whole world shall have heard the gospel, and vast multitudes have prostrated themselves at Messiah’s feet in loyal and loving adoration. Up, saints of God, from your resting-places of inglorious sloth, and begin to cry aloud, and spare not; come to God’s throne with a sacred spiritual hunger, for thus shall the Church of God be filled with good things. ---Charles Spurgeon THE SANDS OF TIME ARE SINKING The Bride eyes not her garment, But her dear Bride-groom’s face; I will not gaze at glory, But on my King of grace. Not at the crown he giveth, But on His pierced hand; The Lamb is all the glory, Of Immanuel’s land. Written by: Anne Ross Cusin 1824-1906 Family Member Concerns All those adopted into God’s family should cultivate a continual care and concern for each family member. How can we do this? Look at what the scriptures say: “Care one for another”. 1 Cor. 12:25. “Love one another”. Jn. 13:34. “Pray for one another”. Jam. 5:16. “Comfort one another”. 1 Thes. 4:18. “Admonish one another”. Rom. 15:14 “Edify one another.” 1 Thes. 5:11 “Be at peace with one another”. Mark 9:50. “Forgive one another”. Eph. 4:32. ~Tom Harding SEVEN EVILS OF THE HEART I find to this day these seven evils in my heart: 1. Inclining to unbelief. 2. Suddenly forgetting the love and mercy that Christ has shown to me. 3. A leaning toward the works of the law. 4. Wanderings and coldness in prayer. 5. To forget to watch for my prayers to be answered. 6. Aptness to murmur because I have no more, and yet ready to abuse what I have. 7. I can do none of those things which God commands me without sinning. Even though these things cause me great distress, the knowledge of them is good for me because I am inclined to look to my Lord where I find relief. --John Bunyan And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. Romans 13:11-13 You may contact Pastor Walker at any of the following: Mike Walker 773 Lone Oak Road Cottageville, WV 25239 (304) 372-1407 home (336) 984-7501 cell

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