Wednesday, August 24, 2016

“THIS SAME JESUS “



ACTS 1:1-11



Pastor Rick Jackson



Many false doctrines abound concerning Christ’s return. Several cults say Jesus has already returned albeit secretly. Some say we are in the 1000-year reign of Christ right now! David Koresh claimed to be the 2nd coming of Christ. Sun Myung Moon allows his followers to say he is the second coming of Christ. But what saith the Scripture?



I. “THIS SAME JESUS” (Acts 1:11)



1. The Jesus of the Passion (1:3, John 20:24-29)



2. The Jesus of the Proofs (1:3, Lk. 24:30-43)



3. The Jesus of the power (1:4-8, Mt. 28:18-20)



II. “SHALL SO COME” (Acts 1:11)



1. He’s Coming to Change the Saved (I Cor. 15:51-57, I Th. 4:13ff)



2. He’s Coming to Conquer Satan & co. (1 John 3:8, Rev. 19:11-20:3, 7-10)



3. He’s Coming to Control Earth & Its Kingdoms (Rev. 12:5, 19:15)



III. “IN LIKE MANNER” (Acts 1:9-13)



1. He’s Coming Personally (Rev. 1:7)



2. He’s Coming Visibly (Rev. 1:7, 19:11, Jude 14)



3. He’s Coming Locally (Zech. 14:1-9, Acts 1:11-12)

Monday, August 22, 2016

MORE PRACTICALITY FROM DEUTERONOMY


DEUTERONOMY 25


Pastor Rick Jackson



I. PUNISH & PROTECT [v. 1-4]



1. Accelerated Controversy [v. 1]



2. Avoiding Contempt [v. 2-3, 2 Cor. 11:24, Is. 53:4-5]



3. Advocating Care [1 Cor. 9:7-14]



II. PERPETUATE [v. 5-10]



1. Conditions [v. 5-6, Lev. 18:16, Ruth 4:1-6]



2. Court [v. 7-8]



3. Consequences [v. 9-10, Mt. 22:23-33]



III. PROMOTE [v. 11-19]



1. Promote Decency [v. 11]



2. Promote Honesty [v. 12-16]



3. Promote Respect [v. 17-19, Ex. 17:8-16, Gal. 5:17] Deuteronomy explains Exodus’s curse on Amalek

Sunday, August 21, 2016

JESUS OF NAZARETH PASSETH BY






LUKE 18:31-43



Pastor Rick Jackson



I. IF YOU LET HIM PASS YOU BY



1. You May Miss the Meaning [v. 31-34, Mark 4:12]



2. You Might Miss the Miracle [v. 41-42, Matthew 13:58]



3. You Will Miss the Moment [v. 31-32, 41; Hebrews 3:7, 15, 4:7; 2 Cor. 6:2]



II. IF YOU CALL UPON HIM



1. You Will Find Opposition [v. 39, Acts 13:8-12]



2. You Will Find Him Waiting [v. 40, Jer. 33:3, John 6:37, James 4:8]



3. You Will Find Him Able [v. 41-42, 5:24]



III. IF YOU HAVE TRUSTED HIM



1. You are Saved by Faith [v. 38-39, 42]



2. You Should Follow Him [v. 43; 5:11, 27-28; 9:23, 18:22-30]



3. You Should Glorify God [v. 43, Matthew 5:16, John 15:8, 1 Corinthians 6:20]

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Question of the Week: Has Noah’s Ark Been Found?

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The discovery of Noah's Ark would be an unparalleled archaeological find. Throughout history, thousands of individuals have searched various mountains for the remains of this wooden structure described in the Bible and in numerous legends from cultures around the world. Despite so many supposed sightings and evidences from Mount Ararat, it seems unlikely that Noah's Ark has been found in recent times.
 
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Friday, August 19, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

In Matthew 7:21 Jesus said, "Not every one that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven." The complaint that Jesus has against those who too late will seek to enter Heaven is that with their mouths they have honored the Lord, saying, "Lord, Lord," but such people have never done the will of the Father. Of course, this Scripture does not mean that only those who have perfectly done the will of the Father in ALL THINGS are saved. That would mean only those could be saved who were sinless and perfect. That would make of no effect the blood of Christ. That would be salvation by man, and not by God; salvation by works and not by God's grace. No, Jesus meant that those are saved who do the will of God CONCERNING CHRIST AND SALVATION - that is, those who trust Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God who died for our sins and so depend upon Him for forgiveness and salvation. - John R. Rice

What works are pleasing to God? That question came up and was very clearly answered by our Saviour in John 6:28, 29:
"Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."
There it is! "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent"! Not those who do good works, who join churches, who pray, who tithe, who preach; no, no, those are not the will of God as a plan of salvation. The way to work the works of God is to believe on the Saviour that He has sent. The only way one can be saved is to trust the matter wholly with Jesus Christ. - John R. Rice


All who trust in good deeds have too shallow a remedy. They patch up the outside of the life where men can see. The best they can they make a good appearance. But they cannot touch the filthy heart which is so black it must bring upon them the wrath of God. - John R. Rice

Men want to get to Heaven on their own goodness. They want the credit for it. They want to exalt self instead of humbling self. They want to ignore sin instead of confessing it and condemning it. That is simply a part of the wicked rebellion of carnal man. The natural heart is not willing to bow the knee to Jesus Christ as man's only Saviour. The man who went to the wedding feast without a wedding garment was simply a picture of those who choose to depend upon their own righteousness instead of the pure righteousness of the sinless Saviour who died for us. - John R. Rice 

It is a sad and shocking fact that many religious people are in Hell. Remember that there are many religions besides the true religion of Jesus Christ. Religion is no guarantee of salvation. The Pharisees were religious but they crucified Christ. They were wicked in their hearts though outwardly they appeared to men to be righteous. Remember that Cain was religious. He offered sacrifices, but God was not pleased with them. He prayed, but God did not hear favorably. So Christian Science, so-called, is a religion - a religion without confession of sin, a religion without a blood atonement, a religion without the new birth. So Spiritualism is a religion - a false religion, putting people at the mercy, often, of evil spirits. - John R. Rice

Many Catholics are very religious and very devout, but know nothing about peace in heart and the new birth. Some Catholics surely, we believe, have trusted in Christ alone for salvation, but how many there are who bow before idols and depend upon the church and its ordinances, on confession, on the prayers, on the intercession of Mary and the saints and of masses said by the priests! Clearly, one can be very religious but be utterly lost. Those who say, "Lord, Lord, open unto us," will be very religious, but religion does not keep people out of Hell. Saying prayers, going to church, giving money, being baptized, observing the Lord's Supper - these are religious exercises but they do not save the soul. - John R. Rice

You remember that Cain brought an offering, but it was an offering of the fruits of the ground, an offering after his own choice and not after God's choice. It had no blood in it. Cain did not believe in the blood atonement of Christ. He had no faith in God's Lamb who would take away the sin of the world. He is a type of all those religious men who depend upon religious ceremonies to save them, though their hearts are still black, and their sins are still unforgiven. - John R. Rice

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Treasures of the Snow

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Treasures of the Snow
"Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail?" (Job 38:22)
It is interesting that this book, the oldest in the Bible, contains more references to snow, ice, and frost than any other book of the Bible. This is despite the fact that Job's homeland was in what is now essentially a desert region. Possibly the effects of the post-Flood Ice Age were still strong in Job's day.
In any case, the beautiful phrase "treasures of the snow" is both appropriate and prophetic. Its crystal structure, though mostly in the form of delicate six-pointed "stars," is endlessly varied and always intricately symmetrical and incredibly beautiful.
The snow is a treasure in other ways as well. The winter's snowpack in the mountains is often called "white gold" because of its indispensable water storage capacity, released in the melting season each spring to provide life to teeming cities and irrigation in the desert for needed food supplies. The snow also aids in maintaining the planet's chemical cycles by returning various elements in the nuclei of its flakes back from the ocean to the lands from which they were leached and transported by rivers to the oceans. When the snowpack becomes a glacier, it can greatly assist in the breakup of rocks to form fertile soils.
In the Scriptures, its pure white color is often used to symbolize the cleansing of a sinful heart that trusts the Lord. "Wash me," said David, "and I shall be whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:7). "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow," the Lord promises those who come to Him for salvation (Isaiah 1:18).
As the snow comes down from heaven, so comes the Word of God to ask the soul as in today's text: "Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?" (Job 38:22). HMM
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION, IT’S A LIKLIHOOD


GENESIS 11:24-32



Pastor Rick Jackson



The likelihood that you and I will fail is so great as to not be in question. The question is what will we do with our failures? Do we have to become a failure? Does failure mean God cannot use us? The answers to these questions and more can be found in the pages of the Holy Scriptures. In this case, let us look at the life of Abram, later known as Abraham.



I. FAMILY FAILURES



1. Abram’s Failure by Disobedience [Gn. 12:1-5, Lk. 14:24-35]



2. Abram’s Father’s Death [Gn. 11:31-32, 1 Cor. 11:30-32]



3. Abram’s Further Disaster [Gn. 12:1, 4; 13:7, 12; 14:12; 19:14]



II. FEAR FAILURES



1. Fear Caused Abraham to be Led by Circumstances [Gn. 12:5-10, 13:1-4]



2. Fear Caused Abraham to Lie for Cowardice [Gn. 12:11-20]



3. Fear Caused Abraham to Lay with Hagar for Convenience [15:1-6, 16:1-5



The… first son of Abraham, a son born to Abraham and his wife’s handmaid, Hagar. This was a “birth of convenience”, so that there would be a “son” to carry on the family line into the next generation and those to come.

Abraham and Sara were not willing to wait on the Lord to fulfill His promise of a “son” born of a Biblical marriage, Genesis 2:24. The result was that the new male child would be one that would be a “wild man” as the Lord indicates to his Mother, verse 12.



The birth of “Ishmael” would be the beginning of a nation that would be a “people” that would also “raise their hands against others”. By the way, the Bible tells us that Ishmael would “father one nation”, Genesis 17:20. Ishmael did not “father” the “Arab world”, as many have been taught down through history.

In Genesis 10 we see that many of the Arab-world nations were in existence over 500 years before Ishmael was even born. There are several such nations listed as “sons” of Ham, Noah’s son. In Genesis 10:6 it speaks of “Cush”, which is modern-day Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.

“Mizraim” is today Egypt and “Phut” is the Arab nation of Libya. These few nations that I’ve listed are all Arab nations today and were in existence 500 years before Abraham ever came on the scene, much less Ishmael. Neither Abraham, nor Ishmael were the “father of the Arab world”.

Genesis 25:18 indicates that Ishmael went to “Arabia” to live with his family of twelve sons that would be born to him. The only nation that Ishmael fathered was modern-day Saudi Arabia. If anything, Ishmael “fathered” the Islamic world. Mohammad said that he was “a direct descendant of Ishmael.” – Jimmy DeYoung



III. FAILURES FAILURE



1. You Can Fail and Not Be a Failure [Gn. 12:1-3, Jonah 3:1, 1 Jn. 1:9]



2. You Can Know Faith is The Victory [Gn. 18:19, 22:12; Lk. 17:5-10, 22:32]



3. You Can Obey & Be a Friend of God [2 Chronicles 20:7, James 2:23, 4:4; John 15:14]
 
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