Friday, February 17, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

"But, Brother Rice, how are you going to have any fun?" Well, If I couldn't have fun being decent and clean and pure and respectable like a good Christian, I would decide to get along without having fun. The idea that you have more fun being dirty and by lying and cheating and breaking your vows and breaking obligations to your country or a man's duty to his wife or parents' duty to their children - to think that makes you happier is a silly teaching of the Devil, and Christians ought never be taken in by it. - John R. Rice

There are never too many children of good, God-fearing, hard-working Christian people who raise godly children. They are the salt of the earth. Do you think God wants less salt in this earth? "Ye are the light of the world" - godly, Christian young people. Do you think God wants less light? Do you think we have too many true preachers, too many missionaries, too many godly, patriotic American citizens who work for a living and earn a good salary and make good and keep this country straight? Do you think it was too bad that John the Baptist was born? - John R. Rice 

In Hebrews 13:4 the Lord says, "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." It is normal for people to get hungry, but it is wrong to steal food to eat. So it is expected that there should be normal sex drive. A man needs a wife. A woman needs a husband. They ought to have children and a happy family. Such instincts and desires are normal, right and holy. It is not wrong that one should have some natural sex desires. But it is wrong that any man should take what is not his, that is, violate somebody else's wife or the one who will be somebody else's. That is always sinful. It is wrong to take what is not yours, but it is not wrong to have normal happy marriages and the blessing of God on the home and with children. - John R. Rice

Christians are to marry only Christians. The Bible says,
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?"
A marriage ought to be a happy and a godly marriage. A girl who is a Christian ought not to be dating unsaved boys. If you don't fall in love with a lost man, you are not likely to marry a lost man. So Christians ought to marry only Christians. - John R. Rice

"Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." - 1 Cor. 11:2-3
Christ is not ashamed to be subject to the Father. And a man ought not to be ashamed to be subject to Christ. And a woman ought not be ashamed to be subject to her husband. - John R. Rice

Children are to be brought up in the chastening or discipline and the admonition of the world.
You say, "Well, you ought to love your children." Sure you ought to love your children so much you are never content for one of them to land in Hell. You ought to love your children so much you will never be content for them to grow up as wild, irresponsible young people who never learn to obey the law and have no God but their own desires. No, children will be happy when they are reared right, and that means discipline. - John R. Rice

"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart. . . ." You are to diligently teach it to your children. You can read the Bible through, four chapters a day, in about eleven months. Then you are ready to start on another year and read it through again. And certainly every Christian ought to read the Bible through every year. I do that, although I do an enormous amount of other Bible study. Maybe forty times a day I may refer to a concordance and look up a verse or quote it. When I preach a sermon, I may use thirty-five or fifty Scriptures. - John R. Rice

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Praise of the Generations

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Praise of the Generations
"That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children." (Psalm 78:6)
 
Each generation of people tends to regard its own times as the most significant of all, toward which all past history has been merely a preparation. The fact is, however, that God has "been our dwelling place in all generations" (90:1), and He is equally concerned about any generations yet to come.
 
This is why He stresses repeatedly that the great truths concerning God's creation, His character, His great work of salvation, and His long-range plans for the ages to come be transmitted faithfully from one generation to another. "One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts" (145:4).
 
Our modern scientific generation almost idolizes new research, new gadgets, new discoveries. The God of eternity, however, is not so concerned that we develop new ideas as that we not lose what He already has given us. "For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth" (119:89-90).
 
Christ said: "That which ye have already hold fast till I come." "Hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown" (Revelation 2:25; 3:11).
 
The great principle of true education is given by Paul in 2 Timothy 2:2: "The things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." The great account of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, especially, is to be taught forever. "They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this" (Psalm 22:31). HMM
 
 
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

THE GOOD NEWS AND THE BAD NEWS- YOU ARE DESIRED

Pastor Rick Jackson



Here it is the day after Valentine’s Day. Remember as a kid the many Valentines in school that said “Be Mine”? Many folks dislike the day like a Charlie Brown cartoon where poor ol’ Charlie Brown gets none- at least at first. Many singles dislike Valentine’s Day but a college friend of mine on FB had this take, “It’s the day before half-off chocolate day- so there is that.” But the Bible declares that you are desired by at least three individuals and/or groups – and that is both the good news and the bad news.



I. BAD NEWS – THE DEVIL DESIRES YOU [Luke 22:31]



1. The Devil Desires to Defeat Christians [Luke 22:31-32]



2. The Devil Desires to Deceive Non-Christians [2 Cor. 4:4]



3.  The Devil Desires to Destroy Everyone [Is. 14:12-17, 1 Peter. 5:8]



II. GOOD NEWS – GOD DESIRES YOU [Eph. 1:4-7]



1. God Desires for You to Be Saved [Eph. 1:5, 2 Peter 3:9, Lk. 19:10]



2. God Desires for You to Be Serving [Phil. 2:12-13]



3. God Desires for You to Be Seeking [Lk. 19:10, John 20:21]



III. MIXED NEWS – PEOPLE DESIRE YOU [Rom. 10:1]



1. Some People Want You to be Saved [Rom. 10:1, 1 Th. 2L8]



2. Some People Want You to Be Sanctified [Phil. 4:3, 17; Col. 1:9]



3. Some People want You to be Sinful [Dt. 5:21, Psalm 10:3, Romans 1:28-32]

Monday, February 13, 2017

CHRISTIAN RELATIONSHIPS ON THE ROMANS ROAD


ROMANS 13


Pastor Rick Jackson



I. OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GOVERNMENT [v. 1-7]



1. The Power of Government [v. 1-2, Gn. 9:6]



2. The Purpose of Government [v. 3-4, Gn. 9:6]



3. The Pattern of Government [v. 5-7, Acts 5:29]



II. OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS [v. 8-10]



1. Love is the Fulfillment of the Law [v. 8]



2. Love is the Comprehension of the Law [v. 9]



3. Love is the Working of the Law [v. 10]



III. OUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE COMING LORD [v. 11-14]



1. Live in the Knowledge [v. 11]



2. Live in the Light [v. 12-13]



3. Live in the Lord [v. 14]

Sunday, February 12, 2017

3 PHASES OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11



Pastor Rick Jackson



I. BEFORE THE TRIBULATION



1. Christ Comes To Rescue [v. 9-11, Revelation 6:16-17, 11:18, 14:10, 16:19, 19:15]



2. Christ Comes To Receive [v. 10, Jn. 14:1-4]



3. Christ Comes To Reward [2:19, 2 Corinthians 5:10; Rev. 22:12]



II. BEFORE THE MILLENNIUM



1. Christ Comes To Remove/restrain [Rev. 20:1-3]



2. Christ Comes To Restore [Acts 1:6-7, Zechariah 14:4, 8-11, 16-20]



3. Christ Comes To Rule/Reign [Revelation 11:15, 12:5, 19:15, 20:4]



III. BEFORE ETERNITY FUTURE [time will be no more]



1. Christ Will Release [Rev. 20:3-10]



2. Christ Will Recompense [Rev. 20:11-15]



3. Christ Will Remake [Rev. 21:1-3ff, 2 Cor. 5:17, 1 Cor. 15]

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Question of the Week: Can a Pill Make You More Moral? 💊

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Friday, February 10, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

I remember in a revival campaign there was a brilliant ten-year-old girl in the fifth grade. She was smart and cheerful and happy, but she was not saved. I spoke to the mother about it. She said, "You know, with my little girl, everything Mother does is ideal. She will do anything I want her to do. I don't think I ought to influence her unduly on whether she wants to be a Christian or not. I will let her decide that for herself."
I said, "All right. Then if she wants to get drunk, you will just say, 'That is all right; just decide for yourself.' Wouldn't that be silly? If she wants to grow up to be a street-walking harlot, you won't care; you just leave it for her to decide. I say that anybody who talks like that is silly. You are not sensible. What does God give a mother influence over her children for if not to use it for God and for good? You are going to answer to God for that girl."
That night I preached and they both came, the mother with tears, leading her ten-year-old girl, coming to trust the Saviour. I say that dads and mothers are going to give an account to God for their children. - John R. Rice


Somebody said, "Well, you can never tell how children are going to turn out."
Mrs. Rice and I just decided we would turn ours out ourselves. We would not leave it to the public school. We would not leave it to the general crowd. We would set out, by God's grace, to teach them the Word of God and win them for Christ, and we did. - John R. Rice


You say, "Oh, I hope school will start soon. I want to get them out from underfoot." In the summertime it is, "Let's get them to camp. I don't want them around here." That is a silly business. The plain truth is, you can make children so they will be a joy to have around and the kind that you will always be sorry to see leave. - John R. Rice

Population explosion? There are not too many children of the right kind. There are not too many children who are raised for God and grow up as Christians and get their education and have good reputations and happy marriages and make good in the world. There are not too many of that kind. And God is going to hold you to account for your children. - John R. Rice

God wants you to raise your children for Him. And you can do it. You are going to have to set good examples at home and leave off the habits that are wrong. Quit the quarreling and fussing, husband and wife, and set out to have discipline like God commands plainly in the Bible. With love and prayer you can do it, and God will bless your family. Your children should be brought up in the knowledge of the Lord and the fear of God and with joy and peace, too, day by day. - John R. Rice

A Christian must be different. Fix this in your mind, that this world is not for God and not for Jesus Christ. The world around us - unsaved people - we love them. Our fathers, our mothers, our neighbors, our friends - we love them. There is much to admire in them. God wants them and we want them, but we just as well face this fact, that people around us who are unconverted live in a different world. They are headed for a different destiny. They serve a different god, a different master; and a Christian is not to be like the world. - John R. Rice

The Bible says, and sensible men have long since found, that the prodigal way ends in the hogpen and a broken heart and famine and trouble. So a Christian is not to be like this. If you are going to be happy, if you are going to be a good Christian, if you are going to win others, if you are going to serve God and represent Jesus, you have to be different from this wicked world. That means the way you live, what kind of company you keep, what you eat or drink, what you read, the way you talk. Salvation ought to make a difference with a Christian. - John R. Rice
 
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