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Come and Worship with us at

8256 Promise Land Road

Mountain Home, Arkansas  72653

 Our Worship Schedule is

Sunday Bible Study - 9:45am
Sunday Worship - 11:00am
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting - 6:00pm
Wednesday Night Bible Study - 7:00pm
 

 

Today's Memory Verse

"This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things."

LUKE 24:46-48

 

Quote of the Day        

"God proved His love on the cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.' "

BILLY GRAHAM
 


QUESTIONS & OBJECTIONS

"When Jesus died on the cross, did the centurion say that Jesus was innocent, or that He was the Son of God?"

Matthew (27:54) and Mark (15:39) agree that the centurion exclaimed that Jesus "was the Son of God!" Luke, however, mentions that the centurion refers to Jesus as "a righteous man" (23:47). Is it hard to believe that the centurion said both? Nowhere in any of the Gospel narratives do the writers claim that was all the centurion had to say.
Matthew and Mark were more interested by the declaration of divinity used by the centurion, whereas Luke is interested in the humanity of Jesus, one of the main themes of his Gospel. Thus he refers to the corresponding statement made by the centurion.


Cameron, K., & Comfort, R. (2004). The school of biblical evangelism: 101 lessons: how to share your faith simply, effectively, biblically-the way Jesus did (p. 385). Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

 

Point to Ponder

Imagine that you tried to describe the workings of a television to someone who had never seen a TV set. You show him one and say, "This is a television set. When you press this button, a man comes on and reads the up-to-date news to you." Your skeptical friend says, "How does he get into the box?" You reply, "He's not actually in the box." He says, "Is he in there or isn't he?" You answer, "Well, his image is sent via invisible television waves through the air, to an antenna, down a wire, up a cord, and into the box." Your friend becomes a little impatient and says, "So this newsreader of yours floats invisibly through the air, slides down an antenna, crawls up a cord, into your set? What kind of simpleton do you think I am?"
Your confidence isn't shaken because you can prove your claim, fantastic though it may sound. You pass him the remote control and say, "Push the button and see for yourself."
The claim of the Christian faith is fantastic in the truest sense of the word-repent and trust in Jesus Christ, and the invisible God of creation will reveal Himself to you (John 14:21). Our confidence isn't shaken in the face of a skeptical world, simply because the claim can be proven. Any skeptic who will push the button of repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ will experience the miracle of conversion.

Day by Day by Grace

God Dwelling with the Humble and Contrite

For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." (Isaiah 57:15)

God delights in pouring out His grace into humble hearts. "God...gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6). What a remarkable arrangement this involves. The God who dwells on high in heaven above wants to also dwell with the humble here on earth below.

Our great God, the true and living God, is high and lofty. "For thus says the High and Lofty One." He is exalted. "For You, LORD, are most high above all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods" (Psalm 97:9). He rules far above, and completely over, every valid authority and every false god. Also, eternity is His rightful habitation: "who inhabits eternity." Furthermore, holiness is His essential character: "whose name is Holy." Among all professed powers or spiritual usurpers, none is like our holy Lord. "Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?" (Exodus 15:11).

In light of His holy and eternal character, it follows that He would make this proclamation: "I dwell in the high and holy place." Beyond the atmospheric heavens, beyond the stellar heavens, the Lord dwells in the heaven of heavens. In this spiritual dimension beyond time and space, the fullness of the Lord's presence is known. Yet, He is even greater than this "third heaven" itself. "Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool...Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You" (Isaiah 66:1 and 1 Kings 8:27).

The Lord is high, lofty, holy, and eternal. These truths impact us with awe and reverence. Yet, there is a corollary truth that brings us encouragement and hope (even though it seems almost contradictory). "I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit." God essentially dwells on high, but He also desires to dwell with man here below. Who are the people who experience the Lord dwelling with them? Such communion with God is for the contrite and humble. The Lord wants to make Himself known to the repentant and meek in order to bring them spiritual revitalization: "to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones."

O Lord God, I worship You as high, lofty, holy, and eternal. I exalt You as above all and ruling over all. Yet, I praise You for desiring to dwell with me here on earth below. I humble myself before You, confessing my need for spiritual revitalization, in Jesus' name, Amen.

 

 

Here at Promise Land Bible Church

We don't change the message, the message changes us.


Here at Promise Land Bible Church, we are honored that you are visiting our web site at www.plbcmh.com

It is our hope at Promise Land Bible Church that you will be encouraged by the preaching and teaching of God's Word presented here. For it is our desire to teach the whole council of God, so that the body can be edified and above all that God may be glorified.

For it is our passion and desire to share the Gospel message with everyone who will hear, in obedience to God's word.

Welcome to our site here at www.plbcmh.com

The fellowship of believers who call Promise Land Bible Church home would like to welcome you to our website. We believe that salvation is by grace alone, thru faith alone, in Christ alone, and that the Holy Scripture is our sole source of authority for what we do and how we live, and that everything we do, should be done for the glory of God. This is commonly called the 5 Solas of the Reformed Faith.

So here is our invitation to you;

If you are looking for a church that affirms the sole authority of the Holy Scriptures for all of faith and practice, the pre-eminence of the preaching of the Word of God, the glorious truths of salvation called the Doctrines of Grace, the necessity and responsibility of evangelism and a serious approach to the joyful worship of God, then we warmly invite you to come and visit us.

Join us as we look to the truth of scripture and Worship the Lord.

At www.plbcmh.com we do our best to present the truth of the gospel.

Today's Grace Gem

Pithy gems from Arthur Pink #2

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Christ is the key which unlocks the golden doors into the temple of Divine truth!

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An ineffably holy God, who has the utmost abhorrence of sin, was never invented by any of Adam's descendants.

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Not one for whom Jesus died, can possibly miss Heaven!

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Chastisement is designed for our good, to promote our highest interests.
Look beyond the rod-to the All-wise hand that wields it!

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Sovereignty characterizes the whole being of God. He is sovereign in all His attributes.

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The severest self-denials and the most lavish gifts are of no value in God's esteem-unless they are prompted by love.

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Hirelings will feed the goats-but only those who love Christ can feed His sheep.

 

Word of the Day

September 21

Fear (2)

phobos, phobeō

The second way the verb phobeō (G5399) and the noun phobos (G5401) are used in the NT is in the moral sense of awe, reverence, and honor.

A perfect example of this appears in Act_9:31: "Then had the churches rest [from persecution] throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied." At the very heart of worship is the attitude of awe and reverence for God. This same attitude also drives the true believer to "cleanse [himself] from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (2Co_7:1) and to "[submit himself] one to another in the fear of God" (Eph_5:21).

Puritan Charles Bridges perfectly defines this "fear of the Lord" when he writes: "It is that affectionate reverence by which the child of God bends himself humbly and carefully to his Father's law. His wrath is so bitter, and His love so sweet; that hence springs an earnest desire to please Him, and-because of the danger of coming short from his own weakness and temptations-a holy watchfulness and fear, ‘that he might not sin against Him.'"

Many a Bible student has been puzzled by the phrase "fear and trembling." It appears, for example in Eph_6:5, where the slave (or employee) is to obey his master (or employer) with "fear and trembling." This attitude is not cowering in fear of our employer, but rather, a respect for his position and authority.

Deeper than this, however, is the thought of our fear of neglecting our responsibility and in so doing disobeying the Lord. In 1Co_2:3, Paul writes that he came to the Corinthians in "fear and trembling." This was a fear of failing both the Corinthians and the Lord.

The same thought appears again in Php_2:12, where Paul writes, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." Notice that the verse does not say to work for salvation, but to work out salvation. As believers we work out the salvation we possess; that is, we manifest it, we prove it to others. We do all that with the attitude that we do not want to fail our Lord.

Scriptures for Study: What did his "fear and trembling" drive Paul to do (1Co_2:3-5)? Likewise, what does our reverence for God drive us to do (Heb_12:28)?

 

Famous Last Words: Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) made several voyages westward and is credited with the discovery of the West Indies. When he died, the parting message from his lips was:

"Lord, into Thy hands I commit my spirit."


 

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Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone), Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Solus Christus (Christ Alone), Soli Deo Gloria (For the Glory of God Alone).