Sunday, March 26, 2017

TEN POWER POINTS FROM HEBREWS 10

HEBREWS 10





Pastor Rick Jackson





I. ONE PURPOSE [v. 1-9]



II. ONE PAYMENT [v. 10-14]



III. ONE PRIEST [v. 11-14]



IV. ONE PROMISE [v. 15-16]



V. ONE PERMANENCE [v. 17-18]



VI. ONE PURENESS [v. 19-22]



VII. ONE PROFESSION [v. 23]



VIII. ONE PROVOCATION [v. 24-25] 



IX. ONE PROBLEM [v. 26-29, 39]



X. ONE PROTECTOR [v. 30-39]

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Question of the Week: Does God’s Word need to be defended?

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Friday, March 24, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

   Praying is asking, and the answer to prayer is receiving.
   Prayer is seeking, and an answer to prayer is finding.
   Prayer is knocking, and an answer to prayer is having God open the door to you.
   Prayer is asking, and the answer to prayer is having!
   Oh, Christians, I beg you, enter into your privileges, and get the things you want and need and ask for from God! - John R. Rice

   How often I have met the sin of unbelief as regards God's willingness to give physical blessings! Frequently people tell me, "Earthly blessings were for the Jews, but God gives to Christians heavenly blessings." I do not know who invented that wicked alibi of unbelief; I have known many good men to quote it. But it is certainly not true. God is as willing to give daily bread to Christians in the New Testament as in the Old Testament. His plan has never changed. In James 1:17 we are told, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." On this matter of supplying Christians' needs God never varies; there is never a shadow of turning away from His goodness in providential care for His own! - John R. Rice

   The Bible says about Christians, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?" (Matt. 5:13). That is, if you don't have enough saving power to get a lost sinner saved, if you don't have any influence; if you can't condemn and warn and plead and get people saved, then nobody is going to get saved. It is a terrible thing when God's people lose their salt. - John R. Rice


   "the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives." Who are the "sons of God"? That is the godly line like Abel and Seth and their descendants who serve the Lord. They are children of God like saved people are now the children of God.
"The daughters of men"? They were the natural people, unsaved of Cain's wicked group who went on in their wickedness against God.
   So a terrible thing comes about - the compromise of God's saved people who join in and intermarry with the wicked unsaved. That always brings trouble. - John R. Rice


   Somebody said to me about a certain preacher who was having modernists on his platform, 'Why does God use him? Why doesn't God slap him down?"
   I said, "Do you want God to slap you down every time you miss it a little bit somewhere? Do you want God to slap everybody down who is not perfect? If so, then He would have to slap everybody down." Oh, the mercy of God! - John R. Rice



   "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God." Now a man who says there is no God is a fool. I do not care how wise he thinks he is, he is a crackpot; there is nobody home upstairs; he has rooms to let, unfurnished, in the upper story; he has bats in the belfry--God says he is a fool. A man who is an atheist and says there is no God is a fool, because of two outstanding things. These two things are true of all those that the Bible calls fools. First, he doesn't face the facts. He is not willing to take the evidence. And second, he has an animosity in his heart against the truth. His heart is set against the truth because he does not want to believe. He does not want to look at the evidence, and he will not investigate the facts. It is evident that any man with half sense knows there is a God, and only a fool would say that there is no God. For instance, you may look at me--I am not much to look at, but I prove there is a God. The fact that I am here proves there is a God. David said, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." - John R. Rice

   A few years ago a man got real bright and made a camera. He thought he was sure smart. But God made a camera in every human eye. There is the lens, back of that the dark box, then the super-sensitive film or plate. But God's camera is automatic, self-developing, instantaneous, self-repairing, all-color film, and is infinitely beyond any camera built by science. Yet fools think nobody made man! - John R. Rice

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ANOTHER VISIT WITH AN OLD FRIEND   

PSALM 23                           



Pastor Rick Jackson



Psalm 22 -The Good Shepherd John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.



Psalm 23 -The Great Shepherd Hebrews 13:20-21 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.



Psalm 24 -The Chief Shepherd 1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.



J. Vernon McGee gives us this breakdown:



22=Cross                           Savior            Foundation            Dying                  Past                Gives His Life

23=Shepherd's Crook     Satisfier         Manifestation       Living                  Present          Gives His love

24=Crown                         Sovereign      Expectation           Coming Again   Future            Gives His light



Though the 23rd Psalm is one of the most quoted and well known chapters in the Scriptures it is often misquoted and unknown by most people in the world, even those that claim it. That it is beautiful is undeniable, that it is universal is untenable. It is the proper confession of a saved individual. A lost person has no right to claim it though he should desire it. When you can claim it, what does it say?



I. WHAT IT SAYS TO OTHERS [v. 1-3]



1. A Word of Testimony- I am trusting Him and He is mine [v. 1]



2. A Word of Trust- I am depending on Him and He will provide [v. 1b-2]



More is implied than is expressed, not only, I shall not want, but "I shall be supplied with whatever I need; and if I have not everything I desire, I may conclude it is either not fit for me or not good for me, or I shall have it in due time". -Matthew Henry



3. A Word of Triumph-I am His and He will guide [v. 3]



II. WHAT IT SAYS TO GOD [v. 4-5]



1. Wherever You lead I'll go [v. 4a] [destination]



2. Whatever You say I'll trust [v. 4b] [direction]



3. Whatever You give I'll take [v.5] [devotion]



III. WHAT IT SAYS TO YOURSELF [v. 6]



1. God is Good [Mark 10:18 ... there is none good but one, that is, God.]



2. God is Merciful [Ps. 62:12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy...] v.6 note the duration



3. God is Gracious [Eph. 1:7, 2:7]



How unlike the world's philosophy, "Life stinks, and then you die.”



Note the comforting words... walk...shadow...with me... comfort me...will dwell

Monday, March 20, 2017

CONTINUING ON THE ROMANS ROAD


ROMANS 15



Pastor Rick Jackson





I. BEHAVING STRONGMEN [v. 1-8]



1. Please the Lord [v. 1-3, 1 Cor. 10:31-33, Gal. 1:10]



2. Practice the Patience of the Lord [v. 4-6]



3. Believe the Promises of the Lord [v. 7-8]



II. BELIEVING STRANGERS [v. 9-21, Eph. 2:12-19]



1. Rejoice in God [v. 9-13]



2. Relish in Goodness [v. 14-15]



3. Respond in the Gospel [v. 16-21]



III. BELABORING SAINTS [v. 22-33]



1.  Plan Ahead [v. 22-25]



2. Partake Actively [v. 26-29]



3. Pray Always [v. 30-33]

Sunday, March 19, 2017

EMPHASIZE WHAT YOU HAVE


                                   Colossians 1:12-14                                        

Pastor Rick Jackson



Verse 12 says "in light". What light?



John 3:16-21 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.



Verse 14 says "His blood". Whose blood?



Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

God's blood? How is that possible? Rom. 3:24-25 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood...

Rom. 5:8-9 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,



Now what do Christians have? And what, dear lost friend that may be here today, can you have if you will accept Christ this day?



I. A KINGDOM [V. 13]



1. The Primary Emphasis here is on a Person- Jesus is the King, it's His kingdom [Hebrews 1:8]

But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.



2. The Secondary Emphasis here is on a place- a kingdom is a location [2 Peter 1:11]

For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.



3. The Next Emphasis here is on a permanence- this kingdom is ours in Him forever [Hebrews 12:28]

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:



II. REDEMPTION [V. 14a]



1. The Emphasis here is on an Accomplishment by an Individual [Hebrews 9:12]

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us



2. The shared Emphasis is on an Actuality bestowed by that Individual [Romans 3:24]

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:



3. The shared Emphasis is on the Action the Individual did (redemption is "a releasing effected by payment of a ransom") v. 14



III. FORGIVENESS [V. 14b]



1. The emphasis here is on release ("forgiveness" means a release from bondage or imprisonment) [Romans 8:2]

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.



2. The shared emphasis here is on result- we have the forgiveness of sins [Ephesians 1:7]

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;



3. The shared emphasis is on reality- the debt is cancelled, can't be brought back up [Ps. 130]

Saturday, March 18, 2017

QUESTION OF THE WEEK - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HADES & THE LAKE OF FIRE?

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And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

For further study - Luke 16:19-31

In the devotional passage found in the Gospel of Luke that we are reading for today, I chose verse 22 as our key verse because of the great truth it reveals for those of us who are believers in Jesus Christ, Christians.

Notice, at death, what happens to us as believers. God dispatches "angels" to come gather us up and take us into the presence of the Lord. We don't die "alone", angels are there to comfort us for the journey into His presence.

What a blessed thought for us as we face that time, that time we will all face unless the Rapture should come first. I must be honest, I would much rather the Rapture happen first, and may it happen today.

The rest of our reading for today details the characteristics of the eternal hell, the "lake of fire" that has been prepared for the devil and his angels, Matthew 25:41. I know this passage is referring to "hades" which is the place of departed human spirits between death and resurrection.

It is now the place for all lost ones until the Great White Throne Judgment, Revelation 20:11-15. However, "hades", hell, has the same conditions as the "lake of fire".

Verse 23 says it's a place of "torment", "where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched", Mark 9:44. It's also a place of "thirst", verse 24. One single drop of water, not a gallon jug, tea glass or spoonful, just one tiny drop of water would "cool the tongue".

Verse 25 reveals that there will be "thinking" in the eternal "lake of fire". Those who make the choice to reject Jesus Christ and follow the lie of Satan will "think" forever, of every sermon, song and solicitation of the gospel he or she has ever heard. The "thinking" will last forever.

Those are the "conditions" for "hades" and also the eternal "lake of fire". The "constraint" of this place is that all who end up going there will only be released to appear before Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne Judgment, Revelation 20:13, only to be cast into the "lake of fire", forever, Revelation 20:15.

Finally, notice the "compassion" of the rich man in "hades". He wanted to return to life, so that he could tell his brothers of the "judgment" to come if they rejected Jesus Christ. We need to understand the realities of hell and its eternal judgments, then we would have the compassion that we need for our loved ones, friends and the lost people of this world.

The times we live in today seem to indicate the soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. This urgency should motivate us to go forth to win the lost to Jesus so that they escape the "eternal fires" of hell.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord, give me the compassion of the rich man in "hades", a compassion for the lost, as I come to better understand the conditions and constraints of the "lake of fire".





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