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Friendraiser 2017

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Last September, at our annual Sharathon, WCTS asked for and met our stated financial goal. At that time, we said that that goal did not necessarily represent the whole need, and it didn’t. During May, WCTS will be appealing in a special way to members of our audience who have never before contributed to the support of this radio ministry. We look forward to a kickoff event on Friday and Saturday, May 5 & 6, then we will continue to add to our goal of 50 new friends all throughout the month of May. Please join us for this month-long Friend-raiser. If you are a regular supporter of WCTS, thank you for all you do! But for this month, only new friends will count toward our goal. Please join us for the May Friend-raiser right here on WCTS, AM 1030.

Alistair Begg on the Fruit of the Spirit

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“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” – C.S. Lewis

This is a helpful quote as we seek to live each day in step with the Spirit, rather than gratifying the desires of the flesh (Gal. 5:16). Instead of our lives being marked by impurity, idolatry, and jealousy, we bear the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This is not ornamentation; it is fruit. These characteristics are not attached externally. They are produced by grace and provide evidence of the transforming power of the Spirit. This is a beautiful portrait of a holy, Godly, Christ-like life. There is nothing drab or austere about the work of the Spirit in the process of sanctification.

“The work which His goodness began,
the arm of His strength will complete;
His promise is Yea and Amen,
and never was forfeited yet.
Things future, nor things that are now,
nor all things below or above,
Can make Him His purpose forgo,
or sever my soul from His love.”
– Augustus M. Toplady, A Debtor to Mercy Alone

The apple trees behind our home produce fruit in a manner that is quiet, unhurried and unspectacular. Similarly, the work of grace in our lives is largely slow and steady and when we are tempted to think that ‘nothing is happening,’ we remind ourselves that God is committed to bringing to completion the work that His goodness has begun (Phil.1:6). This truth is told in the lyric of a really good old hymn titled A Debtor to Mercy Alone.

Our program series, which begins mid-month, provides a closer look at the fruit of the Spirit. As a church family, we were greatly challenged and encouraged by this study and I trust and pray that you will find it to be equally beneficial. I was really helped by Jerry Bridges’ book on this subject and so we are offering it as our second resource this month. Here is another addition to your ever-growing Truth For Life library! As you can tell, we are very committed to providing good books that have lasting value.

As of this morning, we begin our first full week in our new building. It was a strange sensation to see all our belongings moved out of Parkside, which has been our TFL home for more than 20 years. However, we have only moved a matter of 400 yards and will continue to have reasons to shuttle back and forth. The new space is an occasion for expressing our gratitude to you for supporting us so generously in this venture. We are keen to see all that God has in store for us and we seek to walk in humility before Him.

I routinely mark my days with songs and hymns and here is what I have been singing to myself during this transition:

How good is the God we adore,
Our faithful, unchangeable Friend;
His love is as great as His pow’r
And knows neither measure nor end.

‘Tis Jesus, the first and the last,
Whose Spirit will guide us safe home;
We’ll praise Him for all that is past
And trust Him for all that’s to come.

(You can hear this hymn sung by The Scottish Festival Singers at truthforlife.org/adore)

We rejoice in the words of Paul at the end of Romans 11: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things…”

Podcast

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Subscribe to our podcast by searching for “WCTS Radio” on iTunes and listen to a variety of sermons and Truth Talk with Pastor Matt Morrell!

Upcoming Series on Truth for Life with Alistair Begg

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Standing Firm in Shaky Times, Volume 3

May 26-June 13
Scripture:1 Peter 4-5

First Peter is a handbook for Christian Living. All of the foundations necessary for building lives of spiritual maturity are contained in these chapters. Peter’s readers were geographically scattered and in the face of all kinds of challenges, they needed to be theologically grounded. Jesus had given Peter the task of feeding and strengthening the sheep. This compelling, practical, vital letter is surely part of the response to that directive. Peter is clear about his purpose: to stimulate their faith, to assure them of the reliability of God’s word, and to encourage them to stand fast in God’s grace.

In volume three of this series, Alistair Begg points us to Peter’s instruction for living a godly life in the midst of persecution. Christians can persevere in times of great suffering by humbly and prayerfully entrusting ourselves to the Lord Jesus, who suffered in our place.

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Jesus 101

June 14-30
Scripture: Selected

Who is Jesus? Can ordinary people understand His identity, or do you need a seminary education? In Jesus 101, Alistair Begg emphasizes that the search for the real Jesus must always lead us to the Scriptures. Only in the Bible do we meet the Man Who is God, the living Word Who is Prophet, Priest, and King; only there do we learn of the Lamb sacrificed to bring salvation to a lost and dying world, the majestic Ruler of a kingdom that will last for all eternity. When we have a solid biblical grasp of who the Savior is, and of what He accomplished on our behalf in His life and atoning death, our hearts are filled with awe and adoration at the mention of His name, “Jesus.”

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