Wednesday, July 27, 2016

PAIN RETURNS

GENESIS 37:31-35, 42:36-38                                        

Pastor Rick Jackson



Some people know about the Jackson 5, Tom, Marc, Bruce, Becky and myself. Most people did not know that on Feb. 20, 1954 my mother had twins. After 50 years Mom would still grieve for her twins. We have all had loved ones die. It doesn’t matter if it’s been almost 26 years ago like my father, over 10 years ago like my mother or any other measure of time. Sometimes the pain returns. It may be a word, a thought, a smell that jars the memory and sometimes those memories bring a smile but sometimes the pain of losing that person returns. Someone says but Christians aren’t supposed to sorrow as others who have no hope and that is true. But we are allowed to sorrow, but as those that have the blessed hope not like the lost. When the pain returns it can be helpful to remember:



I. CHARACTERISTICS OF DEATH (RM. 6:23)



1. Death is an enemy (I Co. 15:26)



2. Death is inevitable (James 4:14, Hebrews 9:27)



3. Death is an instrument of Satan (Heb. 2:14)
  

Just as we might do well to remember the cost of death and the pain it causes, remember also:



II. THE CURE FOR THE PAIN OF DEATH



1. Christ (Heb. 1:1-3, 13)               

Life is short, death is sure. Sin the curse, but Christ the cure!



2. Calvary (Heb. 2:9-17)



3. Conquest (Rm. 8:34-39)                           

There is pain but there is the cure, and through the cure we can remember:



III. THE CAUSE IT GIVES (I Sam. 17:29)



1. We know of the Place (Heb. 11:8-10, Jn. 14:1-6)



2. We know of the Peace (Jn. 14:27, Rm. 5:1, Ph. 4:7)



 3. We know the Purpose (I Jn. 3:8, Ph. 1:21)

Monday, July 25, 2016

MURDER, WAR BRIDES, & REBELS


DEUTERONOMY 21



Pastor Rick Jackson



I. MURDER IN THE FIELD [v. 1-9]



1. There Must Be Responsibility [v. 1-3]



2. There Must Be Redemption [v. 3-5]



3. There Must Be Resolution [v. 6-9]



II. MARRIAGE IN THE MIXER [v. 10-17]



1. A Time for Reflection [v. 10-13]



2. A Time for Release [v. 14]



3. A Time for Rights [v. 15-17]



III. MAYHEM IN THE HOME [v. 18-23]



1. When Home Remedies Fail [v. 18]



2. A Holy Hatred of Rebellion [v. 19-21, 1 Sam. 15:23, Rm. 1:28-32]



3. An Avoidance of Defilement [v. 22-23, Gal. 3:13]

Sunday, July 24, 2016

ARE YOU BLIND?



JOHN 9:39-41



Pastor Rick Jackson



I. THE HEALING OF THE BLIND MAN [9:1-12]



1. The Light of the World [9:1-5]



2. The Sight of the World [9:6-7]



3. The Plight of the World [9:8-12] plight refers to the situation, usually bad, someone is in



II. THE “HEARING” OF THE PHARISEES [9:13-34] a judicial situation



1. The Failure of Men [9:13-17]



2. The Fear of Man [9:18-23, Mt. 10:27-28]



3. The Foolishness of Men [9:24-34, 1 Cor. 1:18ff]



III. THE HEARING OF THE SHEEP [9:35-10:21]



1. Sometimes Blind Men See [9:35-38]



2. Sometimes Seeing Men Are Blind [9:39-41]



3. Saved People are the Only Ones that can Really See and Hear [10:1-21; 2 Cor. 3:14, 4:3-6]

Saturday, July 23, 2016

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Friday, July 22, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

In those days when children were taught to mind, taught to obey, mothers were rarely frantic to get a baby-sitter so they could get away, and never anxious to see school start so children would be out from underfoot. Oh, a godly mother with well-reared children delights in their presence, and they in hers. - John R. Rice

In the old days there was no sill talk of "population explosion." Good people thought then, as sensible people still believe, there are not too many godly Christian children raised up to serve God in our country. - John R. Rice 

Queen Victoria of England was a noble Christian. To her son Albert she said, "I want you to promise me that you will read the Bible every day of your life." He did; then when he was king of England, he still read the Bible daily. - John R. Rice


Now in creation the Spirit of God had a part. 
Then how much more He has a part in the inspiration of the Bible! In I Corinthians 2 the Lord talks about inspiration, and Paul, by divine inspiration, tells us in verse 9:
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
A preacher, preaching about Heaven used that text. Now Heaven is a wonderful subject but that is not what the Scripture is talking about here. God is speaking here about the things revealed in the Bible by the Spirit. The next verse says"
"But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."
Since the Holy Spirit is God, then He knows all that the Father knows. He inspired the Bible. In verse 13 Paul said, "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." Who is this who gives the words when a prophet of God writes down part of Scripture? The Holy Ghost. He did not say "I have seen it," and then give a verbal report of what he saw. No, no. - John R. Rice


We read in I Corinthians 3:17, after talking about the judgment seat of Christ, "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." The Spirit of God dwells in the body of a Christian. Your body is the temple of God. And if you defile that temple, then the temple of God, which is holy, will be destroyed,
If you use tobacco, there is a curse on it. It will bring lung cancer, or emphysema, or something else will be wrong with you. And if you drink, there will be all the troubles that drink brings. So with other sins. Put it down - the temple of God is holy. If you defile that temple, you will suffer for it. The Spirit of God now lives in the Christian's body. - John R. Rice


Christian, if you are going to win people to Christ, you must have the Spirit of God to work with you. I made God a vow many, many years ago, and I have repeated it many times. I made a vow I would never set out to preach, I would never set out to win souls, I would never set out to write a book, except as I prayed earnestly that the Spirit of God would be upon me. It is "not by might, not by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." If you are going to get people saved, you must have the Holy Spirit. - John R. Rice

So, through the Spirit one is convicted. Then when the Spirit of God makes it clear and your heart turns in repentance to trust in Jesus, then the miracle of regeneration takes place and God makes you a new creature and gives you a new heart and you become partaker of the divine nature. The Spirit of God lives within you, and now you are a child of God. And when that Holy Spirit comes to convict and then to regenerate, He says, "I will bring along My suitcase and hang up My clothes because I am going to live in the body of this Christian." Ah, let us not defile Your temple, blessed Spirit of God. We ought to keep it clean. - John R. Rice


Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Title Deed




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Prophecy Today Devotions  
July 2016 
Jimmy DeYoung
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And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan.

For further study - Genesis 23:1-20

In our devotional reading for today we see the account of the death of Abraham's dear wife, and her burial. This may seem to you a strange passage for a devotional reading but as we share some thoughts I believe that you will realize that this passage is very important, especially prophetically.

Up to this point in the book of Genesis we have been traveling through history, from the Creation, the Flood, the building of Babylon, the travels of Abraham and now to the death of his precious wife, the mother of his second son, the "son of promise", Isaac.

With the death of his wife, Abraham needed to make provisions for caring for her body and the plan that he would set in motion for not only Sarah, but a burial site for himself, their son Isaac and their grandson Jacob and their wives.

Since Abraham was living in Hebron, which makes it the "oldest Jewish community" in the world, dating back some 4,000 years, Genesis 13:18, he of course would select a place nearby for the burial site.

The piece of land that Abraham selected belonged to Ephron the Hittite, verse 17. Ephron wanted to give the "cave" to Abraham for the burial site, verse 15, but Abraham refused the offer and instead paid the amount of "four hundred shekels of silver". That amount in today's currency would be around $700,000, a large sum of "money" for a "cave".

Verses 16 to 20 are the "title deed" to this piece of land in what today is the area of Judea, or known in some circles as the "West Bank". The term, "West Bank" is a political term that basically is anti-Jewish. It is an area about 35 miles Southwest of Jerusalem.

The Mechpela Cave is the burial site for the Jewish Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It is the second most sacred place on this earth to the Jewish people, second only to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Notice that Abraham paid "cash money" for this piece of real estate.

The fact that Abraham purchased this "cave" to bury his wife is evidence that he believed the Lord, and that the Lord had given him and his descendants this, the "promised land". Abraham wanted to be buried in the "promised land".

The interesting thing about this story is that today this cave site is on a very controversial piece of land. There are almost 800 Jewish people that live in Hebron, surrounded by around 150,000 Palestinians that do not want the Jews to be there.

The Jewish people that live in Hebron today believe that the Lord has given this land to them and they are not willing to leave this land, thus the conflict today. They believe that they have the right to be there because their "forefather" Abraham purchased the land and the Bible is the "titled deed" to this land.

Ezekiel 35:10-12 tells us that in the last days the Edomites, the Palestinians of today, will try and take the land that the Lord has given the Jews. Malachi 1 reveals that these Edomites will return and rebuild. However, the Lord says that their "borders" will be the "borders of wickedness".

All the prophetic passages that relate to Genesis 23 and the land that God gave Abraham 4,000 years ago, all of these prophecies are at the point of being fulfilled. There is only one thing that must happen before these prophecies are fulfilled, the Rapture of the Church and that could happen today. Keep looking up.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Thank you Lord for the great example of "faith" that Abraham is to me, and the revealing of the prophetic significance of this passage and the event that it records for my information. Help me to live in light of the truth that we are living in the "last days". 


  
  
 
  

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