t                   oPastor John and wife Kathy  


Preaching God's Sovereign, Electing Grace   


10 am Sunday Bible Study

March 2021

SUNDAY March 7, 2021

I Peter 1: 3 - 5

    "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."



      Sunday Morning Bible Study        10:00 AM SIMON PETER AN APOSTLE OF CHRIST (pt89)

      Sunday Morning Worship             11:00 AM

      Friday Night Bible Study                 7:30 PM


OPENING HYMN                                                  PAGE 506




WORSHIP HYMN                                                 PAGE 354




CLOSING HYMN                                                 PAGE 543



        March 14th at 2:00 AM


'I will come into thy house.' The house of God is the

congregation of the saints, wherever they gather in public

assembly to worship God.


'I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy.' It is

not enough merely to 'go to church'. We must come into the

house of God in faith, trusting the Lord's mercy. And there are

a multitude of mercies with God in Christ. Sinners need

mercy. We must come to the place of public worship as

sinners trusting God's abundant mercy in Christ. If we do not

come as sinners seeking mercy, we will not worship. But

sinners looking to Christ for mercy always find a multitude of

mercy in him (Luke 18:13-14). In him we find:


• Everlasting, covenant mercy (Jer. 31:31-34)

• Sin-atoning, redeeming mercy (Rom. 3:24-26)

•Effectual, saving mercy (Micah 7:18-20)

• Immutable, preserving mercy (Mal. 3:6)

•Daily, providential mercy (Rom. 8:28)


Truly, 'It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed,

because his compassions fail not' (Lam. 3:22), and every

worshipper in God's house finds it to be so.


'And in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.' We must

come to the house of God with reverence and godly fear to

worship him, that is, to see him, to hear him, to adore him, to

praise him and to obey him. This was David's resolve. May it

ever be yours and mine. May God give us grace to make

public worship our delight and truly to worship him in the

assembly of his saints.

                                                              Excerpt of Church of God by

                                                                  Don Fortner

Humbled or Angered

Proverbs 9:8

“Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee”

     Someone has said, "Faithful reproofs, if they don't profit you will provoke you." God's prophet, John the Baptist, faithfully rebuked Herod for taking his brother's wife (Matt. 14:4). Herod's response to the truth of God was anger and murder toward God's prophet. On another occasion, the prophet of God, Nathan, rebuked King David for taking Bathsheba to be his wife and for the murder of Uriah the Hittite, her husband (2Sam. 12:7-14).   David, instead of being angry, was humbled and confessed before God that he was a sinner and begged for mercy.  David expressed this in Psalm 51, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me”. Now here is the question for us. How do we react to the rebuke of Holy Scripture? Are we humbled and broken hearted? Do we beg God for mercy and forgiveness or do we get angry and upset? Believers are humbled, those who don't believe God are only angered and enraged.

                                                                                              Tom Harding                           

The Righteousness Of God

  “I longed to understand Paul's letter to the Romans, but one expression stood in my way – ‘THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD’.  I took it to mean that righteousness whereby God is righteous and deals righteously in punishing the unrighteous! Night and day I pondered until I grasped the truth that the righteousness of God is that righteousness whereby in Christ, by Christ and sheer mercy, God justifies us by faith. Thereupon, I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through the door to paradise. The whole of Scripture took on new meaning. Whereas ‘THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD’ had filled me with fear, it became inexpressibly sweet in love.”

                                                                                      --Martin Luther


·       Our FELLOWSHIP DINNER will be following this morning service

·       We will come to THE LORD’S TABLE during our afternoon worship service, Lord willing


·       Yuba-Sutter Grace Church will hold their special meeting with Karl Mantle starting March 19th at 7PM and March 20th at 4:30PM and Sunday March 21st 11AM Held at Rick’s home


Luke 19:10

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

     I remember working with a man who came into work on a Monday morning gleaming and smiling from ear to ear. I asked him, “Why are you so happy?” He proudly said, “I found Jesus yesterday.” This is the subtlety of Satan in works religion. Lost sinners think they did the seeking, the finding and the saving. But how can they seek, find and save anyone, especially themselves, when they are dead? This seemingly innocent and sincere statement is taught in religion to promote the will, work and way of a fallen sinner. If a sinner “found Jesus,” then they have ultimately saved themselves. Christ was helpless to save until they found Him! If you “found Jesus” then you were not only able to contribute to your salvation, you were the cause of your salvation. To indicate that you “found Jesus” insinuates that He was lost and helpless until you found Him. To imply that you “found Jesus” suggests that the sinner has some ability and power above God Himself. But that is not what the Bible teaches. Christ Jesus came to SEEK and to SAVE that which was lost and everyone of them (His elect) will be sought, found and saved. (John 6:37) I am so glad and relieved that Christ my Lord does the seeking, the finding and the saving. For if He hadn’t, I would still be lost!       

                                                                              Pastor David Eddmenson


     The greatest absurdity in all the world is for men and women to call a being God, then say that he cannot and does not do as he pleases!  That is more ridiculous than saying that water is not wet.  Water, by its very nature, is a liquid, wet.  Almighty God, by His very nature, is absolutely sovereign, independent and free.  He can and does do as He pleases.  “Our God,” said the psalmist, “is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased” (115:3).  And again, “Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places” (135:6).  “He doeth according to his will,” says Daniel the prophet, “in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? (Dan. 4:35).  “What his soul desireth, even that he doeth” (Job 23:13).  “He worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” (Ephesians 1:11).  And only a lost, unregenerate person would ever entertain a thought to the contrary. (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25; I Corinthians 2:14).   In fact, all thoughts to the contrary are nothing less than blasphemy!  The God of the Bible is God indeed.  His people call him God because He is God!

     Listen to the words of Spurgeon: “I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes, that every particle of spray that dashes against the steamboat has its orbit as well as the sun in the heavens, that the chaff from the hand of the winnower is steered as surely as the stars in their courses, that the creeping of an insect over a rosebud is as much fixed as the march of a devastating pestilence, and the fall of leaves from the poplar is as fully ordained as the tumbling avalanche.  He who believes in God must believe this truth.  There is no standing point between this and Atheism.  There is no halfway between an Almighty God who works all things according to the good pleasure of his will, and no God at all!”                   

                                                                             Maurice Montgomery


Have you ever made a phone call and a voice comes on and says push 1 or 2 or 4, then when you push that number it starts all over again. How frustrating.

In every part of life there are too many things to choose from, in going to a restaurant in choosing a car, what kind of computer should I get, on and on it goes.

But there is one thing in which there are no options SALVATION from sin and condemnation. God in His holy word has made it plain and straightforward; “This is my beloved Son hear Him”.

God says there is ONE WAY to come unto Him, One who has the power to give eternal life, One who has the power to make God the Father known, One in whom a sinner can be accepted.

The Holy Scriptures tells us there is One Righteousness; One Savior of sinners, One Mediator between God and men “the man Christ Jesus”. One who has the power to give life and quicken whom He will. God says there is One whom He appointed heir, One by whom He will be addressed by, One by whom He will address sinners by, One JUST ONE.

God will give no man any wiggle room here, freewill won’t do, works won’t do, merit has no place, and law keeping won’t be accepted. The Lord God said it this way; “He that believes on the Son of God hath life he that believes not on the Son the wrath of God abideth on him.”(John 3:36)

I am so thankful that God the Father brought me to the place were there was no way out from under the guilt and condemnation of my sin and revealed the ONE WAY in which He would accept and make me righteous. That Way is through and by the Lord Jesus Christ.

                                                                                                                     PASTOR DON BELL

Leave Them There

I know my sins, but I rejoice in His grace. I know my weakness, but I rest in His strength. I know my emptiness, but I am complete in Him. “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,” all because we do not cast our sins, our souls, on Christ and LEAVE THEM THERE!

                                                              Pastor Henry Mahan


Zechariah 8:3 

Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain. 




      Sunday Morning Bible Study      10:00 AM SIMON PETER AN APOSTLE OF CHRIST (PT90)

      Sunday Morning Worship            11:00 AM

      Friday Night Bible Study                7:30 PM

OPENING HYMN                                                  PAGE 358




WORSHIP HYMN                                                 PAGE 345





CLOSING HYMN                                                 PAGE 511


Ephesians  4:11 & 12

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 


·       Friday Night Bible Study is canceled this Friday

·       Yuba-Sutter Grace Church is holding their special meeting this Friday March 19th at 7PM, Saturday 20th at 4:30PM and Sunday 21st at 11AM. (Rick Warta’s home)

·       Special thank you to Kevin & Kimberly and the brethren at San Diego Fellowship for their wonderful Fellowship and the Love of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus


     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:

I Corinthians 12:25 – "Care one for another."

John 13:34 – "Love one another."

James 5:16 – "Pray for one another."

I Thessalonians 4:18 – "Comfort one another."

Romans 15:14 – "Admonish one another."

I Thessalonians 5:11 – "Edify one another."

Mark 9:50 – "Be at peace with one another."

Ephesians 4:32 – "Forgive one another.”

                                                                                           Tom Harding 

Why Worry Yourselves?

I have never seen a problem solved, a trouble averted, or a difficulty overcome by worrying. Have you? Worry does not help you. It does not honor the Lord. It gives no credibility to the gospel. Are we believers? Is God our Father? Is Christ our Lord and Savior? If so, we have no reason to worry. We can trust the infinite wisdom of God, rest in the power of the Almighty, depend upon the goodness of our Father, rely upon his faithfulness, and count on his promises. He will never fail!                                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                 Don Fortner

                                                                             (Grace Bulletin 9/20/81)


1John 5:20-21 

 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. 



      Sunday Morning Bible Study       10:00 AM Simon Peter an Apostle of Christ (pt91)

      Sunday Morning Worship             11:00 AM

      Friday Night Bible Study                7:30 PM

OPENING HYMN                                                  PAGE 389




WORSHIP HYMN                                                 PAGE 176




CLOSING HYMN                                                 PAGE 486


 John 17:22-23 

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 


·       We will come to the LORD’S TABLE immediately following this morning message

·       Friday Night Bible Study will resume this Friday 3-26

“Some people would have us believe that if we preach pure grace it will lead people to licentious living.  They say if we remove the law as a guide or motivation for Christian living, people will have nothing to keep them holy.  They say to tell a person to just follow Christ doesn't provide enough structure and will lead people to careless living.  Is that where the gospel of God's free and sovereign grace in Christ Jesus leads? Grace preachers have always been, and always will be, falsely accused of this devilish lie.  The apostle Paul spent most of his time defending the gospel of grace against this lawmongers view of self-righteousness.  ‘What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid’ (Romans 6:15).  No, grace does not lead to sin, grace leads to Christ.  He is able by the law of love and faith to restrain our flesh and make us His workmanship.”

                                                                                     Pastor Greg Elmquist


  “I am sometimes troubled when I hear believers ask such questions as, ‘Must a man go to church to be saved?  Must he be baptized in order to enter heaven?  Does a man have to live righteously in order to inherit eternal life?’  I could understand an unbeliever asking such things. But a believer should already know that it is ‘not by works of righteousness which we have done, but by His mercy, He has saved us.’  Salvation is not dependent on anything we do, but depends entirely on what God does.

    But there is a greater concern that these questions pose.  What would motivate a believer to ask such a question in the first place?  Is he looking for an excuse to avoid these things and still go to heaven?  Doesn’t he want to live righteously?  Doesn’t he want to confess Christ?  Doesn’t he want to go to church?  It makes about as much sense as a man saying, ‘If I marry this woman, must I live with her?’  If he doesn’t want to worship, confess, and follow Christ, he should make no profession of believing Christ.”                             

                                                                                        Pastor Joe Terrell


Isa 14:26 -27

This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?




      Sunday Morning Bible Study       10:00 AM Simon Peter an Apostle of Christ

      Sunday Morning Worship             11:00 AM

      Friday Night Bible Study                 7:30 PM 

OPENING HYMN                                                  PAGE 66



WORSHIP HYMN                                                 PAGE 549




 Delivered from the Wrath to Come

CLOSING HYMN                                                 PAGE 493


Announcements – Fellowship Dinner is scheduled for next Sunday

Following our Dinner and a Short Message we will come to the Lords Tables

Romans 8:37-39 

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor thing present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

The Green Pastures Bleed Red

       Once while walking in a green pasture after a rainstorm, I looked down at my feet and noticed red water coming up wherever my feet made an impression. Such is the nature of Virginia soil that, even in green pastures, the red clay will somehow be revealed, especially after a good rain. The “green pastures” spoken of by the psalmist (23:2) is the Word of God. And upon walking through His Word, if God the Holy Spirit is pleased to shower a blessing upon you and anoint your steps, you will find that the green pastures bleed red. Such is the nature, the sum and substance, the rhyme and reason of all Scripture. — The Blood! — The Blood! — The Blood! As Moses took the blood of the sacrifice and “sprinkled both the book, and all the people” (Hebrews 9:19), so has God covered every page of His book (and His people) with the blood of His Son. As you study God’s Word, if your feet are “shod with the preparation of the gospel” and you ponder the path of your feet, you will find that the ground of all your hope, and the foundation upon which you stand is red; for — “It is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul!”  

                                                                                           Paul Mahan

“We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. (Romans 8:28)

Infinite wisdom, as well as infinite love, guides the Lord Jesus in all His doings.  Thus, it is He that sees it best for His own glory and our good that His doings should at times be contrary to our own desires for ourselves.  All things, the bitter and the sweet, are from the hands of him who makes all work together for our good.

The consciousness of all our infirmities, our inward lusts, and our utter helplessness-but makes the Lord Jesus more precious!   The very lusts we abhor, do serve our best interests when they cause us to look more to Him.  Thus they are among the all things that work for our good, by keeping us in our proper place and exalting the Lord.

There are no difficulties, no sorrows or joys which are matters of chance:  “Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered!”  Matthew 10:30. “But not a hair of your head shall perish!” Luke 21:18.

Nothing more clearly revealed in Scripture than the reality of God’s dealings with each of His redeemed people as individuals, in all that pertains to their providential path through life.  In a special manner God is daily working providentially in everything small or great for those whom he has led to seek for refuge in his once crucified Son.

                                                                                       Thomas Moor