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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…”

Upcoming Series on Truth for Life with Alistair Begg

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The Fruit of the Spirit

April 17 – May 4
Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23

“The fruit of the Spirit.” It’s a well-known phrase from a much-loved passage of Scripture. The challenge is in the details, as we pause to consider what the fruit of the Spirit is and to reflect on how well it is displayed in our lives.

In this series, Alistair Begg explains that the fruit of the Spirit is the character of God reflected in the lives of those who are united with Christ. It cannot be produced by an outward change of habit or a system of self-improvement, but is cultivated as God works to conform us to the image of His Son. As we consider the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, Scripture guides us to examine our hearts, challenges our progress, and encourages us to trust God’s promise that He began this work and will complete it. The Fruit of the Spirit provides a study in practical godliness, reminding us that faithful Christian living demonstrates the attractiveness of the Gospel to the world around us.

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Parental Priorities

May 5-24
Scripture:Selected

Wouldn’t it be great if children came with an instruction guide? Alistair Begg teaches us that, in fact, they do! The Bible is the ultimate source for instruction and contains everything we need to know about raising children. Navigating the challenges of parenting is particularly difficult in today’s culture, which is confused about the role of mothers and fathers and the unique benefits they each bring to the family unit. Wise parenting begins with the realization that we are all born in sin; when this doctrine is properly understood, it will have practical implications on how we discipline and train our children.

Mothers should embrace their irreplaceable role, and fathers are to lead their families under the framework of Biblical truth. Believing parents can be encouraged by God’s promise: “Train them up in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it.”

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A Baptismal Sermon

May 25
Scripture: Acts 8:26-40

Acts chapter 8 records Philip’s meeting with the Ethiopian Eunuch, a man who was interested in Judaism, but had not yet come to know the Savior to whom the Scriptures pointed. Alistair Begg reminds us that once God opened the man’s heart to the good news of the Gospel, he immediately responded by being baptized. Like that man, every person who has come to faith in Christ should confess Him as King through baptism, because in doing so we declare that in Christ, we have died to sin and have been raised to new life.

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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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