Come and Worship with us at
8256 Promise Land Road
Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
Worship Schedule is
Sunday Bible Study - 9:45am
Sunday Worship - 11:00am
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
Wednesday Night Bible Study - 7:00pm
"God proved His love on the cross. When Christ hung, and bled,
and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.' "
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."
"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
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.
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!
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!
Sovereignty characterizes the whole being of God. He is sovereign in all His
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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
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,
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.'"
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:
into Thy hands I commit my spirit."
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