Sunday, December 04, 2016

I'M DREAMING OF A RIGHT CHRISTMAS 

Col. 3:23                                              

Pastor Rick Jackson



I. IT IS WRONG TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS BY:



1. Lying [Jn. 8:44, Ephesians 4:25 6:4]



2. Immorality [1 Cor. 7:1] Mistletoe and beyond. The Bible is clearly talking about outside of the legitimacy of the marriage bond there are places a couple should not go.



3. Imbibing Alcohol [Pr. 20:1]



II. IT IS PERFECTLY LEGITIMATE TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS:



1. By Emphasizing the Birth of Christ [Is. 7:14, Micah 5:2, Mt. 1-2, Lk. 1-2- Angels, Shepherds, prophets, just men & women, a special star, God Himself emphasizes it!]



2. By Decorating [2 Chr. 3, Rev. 21:19]



3. By Attending Services [Heb. 10:25]



4. By Singing God Honoring Christmas Carols [Psalm 7:17; 9:2, 11; 18:49, 30:12, 33:2, 47:6, 57:7]



5. By Special Meals [Esther 9:15-19]



6. By Giving Gifts [Esther 9:20-24]



7. By Setting Aside Special Days [Esther 9:25-32, Rm. 14:5-6]



8. By Glorifying God [1 Corinthians 10:31]



9. By Thinking Right [Philippians 4:8]



10. By Doing Right [Colossians 3: 14-17, 23-25]

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Question of the Week - Where does Evil NOT Come From?

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  November 7, 2016
God Does Not Author Evil
“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” (James 1:13-14)
 
One of the often-used excuses for rejecting the God of the Bible is if God is omnipotent (as the Bible teaches), and since evil exists in the world (as everyone can see), then God must be the author of evil or incapable of preventing it. Either way, such reasoning insists, that kind of God is not worthy of worship.
 
If that logic were accurate, then most of the foundational truths of Scripture should be rejected. The Bible insists that the whole of reality was initially “very good” (Genesis 1:31) but was quickly marred by Lucifer’s lie and Adam’s rebellion (Genesis 3:14-17). The thrice-holy God (Isaiah 6:3) has no pleasure in wickedness (Psalm 5:4), does not tempt any man with evil (James 1:13), and loves righteousness and hates wickedness (Psalm 45:7).
 
God does not cause evil. The Archenemy, Satan, is the father of untruth (John 8:44) and was the source of the deception of Eve (2 Corinthians 11:3) and the rebellion of Adam that brought sin and death into the creation (Romans 5:12).
 
The most precise description of the all-consuming character of the Creator God is that “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). There can be no impurity or inconsistency within the nature of the Godhead. The holy separateness of the Creator is such that no thing, no concept, no act, no thought can ever cause a break within the absolute light of our eternal God. HMM III
 
 
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Friday, December 02, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

I remember a little girl one night was scared, so her mother said to he, "You are all right. God is close by."
But she said, "I want somebody with skin on."
Here is a wonderful thing: Jesus is not just a far-off God; He is Somebody with skin on, Somebody with hands and feet, and, oh, with a beautiful face! I want to see Him. Don't you? Have you trust Jesus? - John R. Rice

Christ comes first for His own. Notice that he said, "For the Lord himself shall descend...." I have heard people say, "That happened at Pentecost." No, it is not Pentecost; it is the Lord Himself who is coming. Or you may hear, "That happened in World War I." No, it is not a war; that is when Jesus Himself is coming. Not any other act in history will settle it; the personal, literal, bodily return of Jesus Christ must fulfill the Scripture. Then, be comforted, for we will meet our loved ones again. - John R. Rice 

I wear glasses so I can see. I wear hearing aids. I have other human frailties. I walk slowly and stagger a little sometimes. I have limitations and failures. I fell in 1956 and fractured the base bones under the brain and the olfactory nerve was cut, and I don't smell anything. I will be glad to be changed. One of these days I will be young again. I will be vigorous again. I will be as strong as I ever was. Oh, wonderful! And best of all, I will be done with sin. I will never again have to turn to the Lord and say, "I am sorry, Jesus, I am so sorry." - John R. Rice

Somebody said, "Brother Rice, is healing in the atonement?" Yes. But we don't get it all until we get our resurrection bodies. - John R. Rice

Somebody knocked at my door and announced: "I am a witness of Jehovah."
I said, "I am, too." I asked him, "Have you been born again?"
"Born again, what is that?"
I said, "You are setting out to witness for Jehovah and not even born again!" I turned to the 3rd chapter of John and read him what Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Ye must be born again!"
Thank God, that Jehovah's Witness got saved! Then he called his 12-year-old boy who was down the street giving out literature. He came and he, too, turned to the Saviour and was saved. - - John R. Rice

Note, "Unto us a child is born." "Unto us" means that Jesus is to be born to mankind. The Lord Jesus is to be as we are- with limitations- not morally, for He never sinned, but in the surroundings, in the environment, in the temptations, in the poverty, in the heartbreak that sometimes comes to people. - John R. Rice

His ancestry? He was the Son of kings. He was the Son of poverty. When Mary brought the baby Jesus into the Temple and offered the sacrifice, she offered the sacrifice that poor women would offer- two turtledoves or two pigeons, because she was poor. The Son of kings and riches, and the Son of poverty and lowliness, too. He was the Son of Ruth the Moabitess as well as the Son of the Jews. He is the Son of Rahab the harlot, the Canaanite woman, as well as of the Jews because that is all in the ancestral line. And so throughout the book of Luke Jesus loves to call Himself the Son of Man. - John R. Rice 

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The Root of Bitterness

Hebrews 12:14-15                           

Pastor Rick Jackson



Bitterness is a problem we all face. I have seen it in homes, schools, businesses, churches, relationships, etc. I have seen it towards people, government, church, leaders, followers, the military, etc. About 10 years ago a man turned against the President, the armed forces, the U.S. Government and me. I think he just got in the habit of being bitter and it grew and consumed his life. He had a legitimate gripe against a few individuals in the military but let it encompass more. He overlooked some faults of himself and others, he maximized the faults of certain individuals while minimizing the blessing these people had been in the past and grew more and more bitter. Unfortunately, bitterness is seldom self-contained.



I. THE RISE OF BITTERNESS



1. It is continuous (Heb. 12:15a)



2. It is contagious (Heb. 12:15b)



I have seen good people serving the Lord happily turn negative and quit serving God because they associated with bitter people. I have been tempted myself in this area and prefer to stay away from bitter people. Often this is hard because it may be a friend or relative or fellow church member who is slowly turning bitter before our eyes. Let us all beware the root of bitterness. It's trunk, branches, and fruit are not pleasant.



3. It is contemptuous (Heb. 12:16-17)



II. SOME OF THE ROOTS OF BITTERNESS



1. Dissatisfaction with God's plans (Is. 38:9-20, 39:5-8, Ez. 3:5-14)



2. Dissatisfaction with God's punishments (Lam. 1:1-5)



3. Dissatisfaction with God's person (Rm. 3:10-18, Ps. 2:1-3)



Bitterness is a hindrance to revival, to soul winning, to life in general.



III. SOME PROPER RESPONSES TO BITTERNESS



1. Prayer (I Sam. 1:10, Heb. 12:12)



2. Put it away (Heb. 12:13, Eph. 4:29-5:1)



3. Persevere in holiness (Heb. 12:14-16, Lam. 3:8-26)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"Queen of Heaven"

Subject: Jimmy DeYoung's Daily Devotional

 
Prophecy Today Devotions  
November 30, 2016 

Jimmy DeYoung
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Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.

For further study - Jeremiah 7:1-20

The time of the writing of this passage is around 600 years before the birth of Jesus Christ during the days of King Josiah, King of Judah. Daniel and his three Hebrew companions had already been taken into Babylon to be trained as "counselors" in the court of King Nebuchadnezzar.

Jeremiah, the prophet, receives a message from the Lord, verse 1, a warning to pass along to the Jewish people. The Prophet was to stand at the gate of the Temple complex and to warn all that came up to the Temple to worship.

God's spokesman, Jeremiah, was to tell the Jewish people to amend their ways, in other words, to "get their hearts right with God or else face judgment." The judgment from the Lord was to start at the "house of the Lord," the Temple. The Lord had Jeremiah remind the people of Israel of the judgment that took place at Shiloh, some 500 years earlier, I Samuel 3 & 4.

You might remember that Shiloh was the headquarters for the children of Israel when they came into the Promise Land under the leadership of Joshua. It is also where they erected the Tabernacle, to house the Ark of the Covenant.

Shiloh was the political and spiritual capital of the Jewish people for the first 350 years they were in the Promised Land, Joshua 18:1. The account of God's judgment on the Jewish people at Shiloh in I Samuel 3 & 4 indicates that the "Glory of the Lord departed from Shiloh."

God told Jeremiah to warn the Jews that it could happen again if they didn't get right with Him. Our extended reading for today details the "sins of the people" against the Lord in Shiloh and in the days of Jeremiah's ministry. This was the lifestyle of those coming to the Temple, to supposedly worship the Lord.

This is a similar scenario at many churches in our present world. It was a very sinful time as indicated by the Lord's words to Jeremiah to pray not for these people, verse 16Verse 17 gives us the information of the worship the Jews were offering up to the "Queen of Heaven."

Let me give you some background on the "Queen of Heaven" from extra-Biblical material. The "Queen of Heaven" was the title of the wife of Nimrod, Semiramis, Genesis 11. Nimrod, who built a city, Babylon, Genesis 11:4, also established a religion. This religion was a "mother-son cult" where the mother, Semiramis, and the son, Tammuz, were co-equal recipients of worship.

That worship consisted of serving "cakes" in honor of this false religion established in Babylon. It also involved the parents painting hard-boiled eggs and hiding them for the children to find on their special "holy day" for the "Queen of Heaven" called "Ishtar."

Remember, God told Jeremiah not to pray for those who worship like this. The "mother-son cult," with worship of the "Queen of Heaven," was headquartered in Babylon until the fall of the Babylonian Empire in 539 BC.

The false Babylonian religion moved it's headquarters then to Pergamus in Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey, until the fall of the Roman Empire when it moved to the "seven-hilled city" of Rome, Italy, where it is today and where it will continue to be during the first half of the Tribulation Period, Revelation 17.

God's judgment will come even to those who supposedly worship Him. As we look at our world today we see a similar scenario, as was described for the last days. Judgment must begin at the "house of the Lord." We are living in the "last days."

PRAYER THOUGHT: Thank you Lord for the warning of judgment for sin. Help me to be pure before you in these last days.



  
  
 
  
 

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Monday, November 28, 2016

TRAILBLAZERS ON THE ROMANS ROAD






ROMANS 4



Pastor Rick Jackson



I. FATHER ABRAHAM [v. 1-5]



1. No Flesh Can Glory Before God [v. 1-2, James 2:18ff, Gn. 15:6]



2. Believing God Accesses God’s Righteousness [v. 3, 2 Cor. 5:14]



3. Works Earns Debt, Faith Accesses Grace [v. 4-5, James 2:10, Rm. 5:2]



II. KING DAVID [v. 6-9]



1. The Imputation of Righteousness [v. 6]



2. The Forgiveness of Debt [v. 7, Is. 1:18]



3. The Absence of Sin on Record [v. 8]



III. THE LAWGIVER & THE APOSTLE TO THE GENTILES [v. 9-25]



1. The Perfect Timing [v. 9-12, Gal. 4:4]



2. The Promise Believed [v. 13-23]



3. The Price Paid [v. 24-25]

Sunday, November 27, 2016

THE UNDISPUTED & UNDEFEATED CHAMPION OF LOVE



John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Pastor Rick Jackson

I. UNDISPUTED- There's really no argument about it. The love of God is greater than any other love.

1. It is a Gracious Love- it can't be bought or earned (Rm. 5:8)

He loves the unlovable, He loves the unlovely, He loves the unloving. 1 Cor. 3 teaches there are 3 kinds of people (natural, carnal, spiritual) and God loves them all. Rm. 5:8, Heb. 12:6ff, Jn. 14:21

2. It is a Giving Love- it can't be outgiven or outlasted (Jn. 3:16)

3. It is a Great Love- the changes it brings are incomparable (Eph. 2:3-5, I Tm. 1:14)

II. UNDEFEATED

1. No-one can Separate us from it (Rm. 8:35-39)

2. No-one can Supersede it (Ps. 27:9-10, Jn. 15:13)

3. No-one can Surpass it (Eph. 3:18-20)

III. THE CHAMPION OF LOVE

1. He Came (I Jn. 4:10)

2. He Saw (Mt. 9:35-38)


3. He Conquered (Jn. 19:30, Rm. 1:4, Col. 2:6-15)
 
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