Monday, May 21, 2018

ISRAEL AT 70 (GIVE OR TAKE 4000 YEARS)


                        GENESIS 12:1-3                                                  Pastor Rick Jackson



I. ISRAEL IS A MIRACLE NATION



1. 70 years ago This month in Israel-                       The British evacuated from Jerusalem, and Jewish military forces took control of most of the areas the British controlled. The State of Israel was well established, and the United States recognized the new state, which came into being on the evening of Friday, May 14, 1948. On the night of May 14-15, 1948, the regular forces of Jordan, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon invaded the newly founded country.



Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion announced “Something unique occurred yesterday in Israel, and only future generations will be able to evaluate the full historical significance of the event. It is now up to all of us, acting out of a sense of Jewish fraternity, to devote every ounce of our strength to building and defending the State of Israel, which still faces a titanic political and military struggle.” (Arutz-7, 5/14) 60 Years On, Israel Still Lives – editorial

The British Mandate in Palestine came to an end on May 14, 1948. In Tel Aviv, Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel in the territory that the United Nations designated as the Jewish homeland. After nearly two millennia, the Jewish people had come home. Arab armies attacked within hours, with one leader promising to “sweep the Jews into the sea.” Against unbelievable odds, Israel prevailed. After winning two more wars of survival, in 1967 and 1973, the Jewish state would build a durable prosperous democracy.

Israel is not just a fortress against anti-Jewish killers. It is a raft of modernity and material progress in a regional sea of intolerance and militaristic sectarianism. Israel, one of the United States’ strongest allies, has no oil reserves, but it has turned itself into a model of diverse economic development unmatched by its neighbors. (Dallas Morning News, 5/14)



2. 10 years ago in Iran- Ahmadinejad – “Israel is throwing a party for the dead”



Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Iranians Wednesday (14th) that “throwing a party for this Zionist regime is like having a birthday party for a dead person.” His latest outburst against the Jewish state coincided with the arrival of American President George W. Bush to Israel.

“Israel must know that the nations of the region hate this counterfeit regime, and if there is the slightest chance, they will uproot them,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the northern province of Golestan. (Ha’Aretz, 5/14)

Modern Israel celebrates 60 years today but we know from Genesis that her birth was much earlier. Approximately 4000 years ago God promised Abraham, among other things, a nation, a Saviour and a posterity. Israel is part of that promise.



3. 10 years ago in Tennessee-   



Dr. Orman L. Norwood, President Emeritus of the International Board of Jewish Missions, wrote:

The fact that Israel still exists today is one of the greatest of miracles. Hunted and hounded, hated and harassed, the Jewish people relocated from place to place, seeking safety and peace. The Jew has wept, waited, and wandered among the nations as an unwanted entity, finding but little rest for his restless feet. He has encountered ridicule and persecution. It was a miracle that the Jew ever survived the wars of the Caesars, the cruel captivities and bondage of Egypt and other enemies, the terrible pogroms of Europe, and the devastating Holocaust of 1933-1945.

No weapon formed against them has prospered, and those who cursed the Jew have been cursed, themselves. Adolf Hitler and his henchmen paid a severe price for their attempts to destroy the Everlasting Nation.



There is only one modern country in history which revived a dead language - Israel. Hebrew is spoken on the streets by the children and older people as well. That's a miracle. Not so long ago, there were no flowers. Now, millions of flowers are grown and then shipped out to Europe to grace the tables of the world. It's another miracle. God said the once-barren desert would blossom as a rose. Our eyes have seen it...a miracle.



God said they would fill the earth with fruit. Agriculture was not the business of Jews, but since 1948 they have set the pace, and Israel has the best citrus fruit in the world. They invent and manufacture the best avionics and have the best aviation guidance systems in the world. Today, they are on the cutting edge of an exploding computer and electronics industry. These, too, are miracles. Like David, the little nation had only a handful of stones to work with, yet they have developed a top-notch defensive army, recognized as the best in the Middle East.



More journalists are based in Jerusalem today than any other spot on earth, except Washington, D.C. Why? Because that is where the action is! We have seen literally hundreds of thousands of Russian immigrants coming home to Israel from the north, out of the former Soviet Union, in literal fulfillment of prophecy. This is nothing short of a miracle. The Jewish prophets spoke of such miracles in the latter days. Ezekiel 36 and 37 have been fulfilled, and the miracle of Israel's spiritual rebirth is coming, just as Ezekiel 38 prophesied long ago.



What is ahead? They will come to the Messiah. They will look upon Him, and the nation will be born in a day. That means people will be saved. There are signs of a spiritual awakening in the Land. It will take nothing but a miracle, but nothing is too hard for the Lord. Thank you for being our partners in a miracle ministry.



II. ISRAEL IS A MEANS OF BLESSING



1. The Blessing of Her People [Gn. 12:2]



The Jewish people have contributed much to the world's well-being. I cannot even begin to elucidate on that but let me just mention a few in the field of medicine. Aspirin, anesthesia, Novocaine, penicillin, cortisone, Lasik surgery, polio vaccine, chemotherapy, gene splicing, sonograms, Heimlich maneuver and the cardiac defibrillator to name just a few. Other fields produce massive contributions as well.



2. The Blessing of the Bible [Rm. 3:1-2]



3. The Blessing of the Saviour [Gn. 22:18, Gal. 3:16, Rev. 12:1-5]



III. ISRAEL AS A MISSION FOR CHRISTIANS



1. We are to befriend Israel [Gen. 12:1-3]



2. We are to pray for Israel [Ps. 122:6, Rm. 10:1]



3. We are to be a witness to Israel [Rm. 1:16, 10:11-11:1]

Sunday, May 20, 2018

TIME


TIME                                                                                      JAMES 4:13-17                                                                   Pastor Rick Jackson



There are people who have more money than you. There are people who may have more talent than you. There folks that have more resources than you, BUT... nobody, and I do mean NOBODY has more time than you. 60 seconds to the minute, 60 minutes to the hour, 24 hours to the day, 7 days to the week, and so it goes... no-one has more time than you.



I. THE WORTH OF TIME



1. Time is Precious because it is God-given [Psalm 90:12]



So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Hezekiah failed at this)



2. Time is precious because it is Short [James 4:14]



Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.



3. Time is Precious because the Decisions of this Life Affect Eternity [Hebrews 9:27]



And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:



II. THE WASTE OF TIME



1. Time is Wasted when Christ is Excluded [Luke 12:20]



But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?



2. Time is Wasted when we Worry [Philippians 4:6-7]



Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.



3. Time is Wasted when we Sin [1 John 2:1]



My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:



III. THE WISE USE OF TIME



1. Time is used Wisely when we Worship God [John 4:24]



God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.



2. Time is used Wisely when we Work for God [1 Corinthians 15:58]



Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.



3. Time is used Wisely when we Walk with God [1 John 1:6-7]



If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another , and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.



Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

5:15-16 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Friday, May 18, 2018

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

Why should God be faithful? It looks as if it would be our part to be faithful. But grace indicates that the righteousness is all on God's side. If you find favor with God, get along with God, it is not your faithfulness but it is taking the faithfulness of God, calling on the faithfulness of God, counting on the faithfulness of God. It is taking what He so freely gives. Grace is ours! It is in the bargain when we are saved. It is part of the plan of God. - John R. Rice 

I remember a man who had been saved from a life of drunkenness, whose broken home had been restored, who had gone back again to a respected life and a good job, after sin had pulled him down to ruin. Trying to express how happy and comforted he was, all of his days he said, "Why, I am happier now when I am sad than I used to be when I was glad!" - John R. Rice

I was having a book published by Moody Press some years ago, The Soul-Winner's Fire. Good Dr. Norman said, "Brother Rice, we don't put a capital H in Heaven." I said, "Do you spell Chicago with a capital C?" 
"Yes." 
"Do you spell New York with capitals N.Y.?" 
"Yes." 
"Do you spell Dallas with a capital D?" 
"Yes." 
"Well, let's spell Heaven with a capital H. It is a real place." And so it was done! - John R. Rice


In a restaurant I saw these words on the menu, "No Substitutions, please." ...If one ordered a certain entrée, he took what came with it, with no substitutions. And about this matter of the fullness of the Holy Spirit, God says, "No substitutions, please!" You say that you want to be filled with the Spirit. All right, God says that the fullness of the Spirit brings an enduement of power from on high so that you will be a witness, a soul-winning witness. Do not ask for substitutions! Do not ask God for the fullness of the Spirit and expect sanctification, or tongues, or a selfish enjoyment of an "experience." - John R. Rice

I read the other day a story, a very interesting one. The man didn't know he was giving me an illustration of the folly of evolution.
American military personnel flew in a great flying boxcar into Pakistan. Out of it rolled a jeep. One native would-be scientific man explained to his boy that that little thing would grow and sprout wings and be like the big machine. Here is the plane. It has wheels. And out of it came the jeep. So the jeep will grow up to be an airplane too! But it won't. That boy will be disappointed. The local 'scientist' was mistaken. Don't jump to conclusions by a little bit of superficial likeness. That isn't very sensible. No, the truth is, man made both the plane and the jeep. Both had rubber tires. Both had engines. Both of them go. People ride in both of them. But the one did not come automatically and naturally out of the other. They didn't develop themselves. Men created them. They did not naturally make themselves. The argument for likeness is not a sensible argument. Similarity is simply an argument that the Creator used certain great principles in making man and animals. - John R. Rice


Do you think all this is accidental about the earth? Here is a watch. I say, "There must be a watchmaker then." But you say, "Oh, no! That is just evolution. It came through natural processes from inherent forces, and it developed of itself"! Well, but there is a dial on it. Someone must have know that there were so many hours in a day and in a night. And the hands go from one hour to another. The small hand goes from twelve to one. In one hour it goes the full circle--sixty minutes to the hour. Somebody must have planned it. "No," you say, "I think that is accidental. It was first a chip of wood, then a checker, then after awhile a compass, then a steamgauge, then it was a watch--hocus pocus, presto chango, it just invented itself." That is crazy. But it is no crazier than the fellow who says, "Here is a man. God did not make him. He is just an accident. Nobody planned him." I say that is credulous, ignorant, profane resistance to facts. - John R. Rice

God in His goodness seeks to win and woo the love of sinners by His mercy. The goodness of God is simply calling you to repentance. Every meal that you eat is the call of God to love Him. Every night's rest that leaves you fresh and vigorous is God's plea that you turn your face toward him and serve Him. If you have a job, if you have good health, if you have a good name, if you have a home--whatever the mercy your heart is grateful for today, then remember that God gave it, gave it as a love gift to turn your heart toward Him! - John R. Rice

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

THE CHARGED MIND OF THE BLESSED MAN


 - WHY AM I NOT HAPPY? (Blessed Man-Pt. 4)



Pastor Rick Jackson



Deuteronomy 33:29 Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.



Of course, this verse primarily is dealing with Israel but how much more do these principles apply to Christians? Saved by the Lord (Rm. 10:13), our Source of shielding (Ephesians 6:16), help (Hebrews 4:16), and sword (Ephesians 6:17). Enemies be liars? (Romans 3:4) Taking the high places of the enemy? (Ephesians 6:10-12)

So, with all this, why aren't we happy? God doesn't fail. God doesn't lie. God's promises are true! Perhaps the truth is we have not laid hold on the truths as we ought. Why are we not happy?



I. PERHAPS IT HAS TO DO WITH THE INSTRUCTION OF GOD



1. We don't like and accept it



Psalm 94:12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;



Psalm 128:1 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.



2. We don't live according to it



Ps. 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.



Psalm 119:1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.



3. We don't access and love it



Psalm 112:1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.



Psalm 119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.



Proverbs 12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.



II. PERHAPS IT HAS TO DO WITH GOD HIMSELF



1. Have we put our hope and trust elsewhere?

Psalm 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

Psalm 146:5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

Proverbs 16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.



2. Have we quit hearing Him and listened to others?

Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

Proverbs 8:32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.

Proverbs 8:34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.



3. Have we quit walking in His ways and walk contrary to them?

Proverbs 14:21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

Proverbs 16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.

Proverbs 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.



III. PERHAPS IT HAS TO DO WITH GOD'S PLANS



1. Have we lost our vision?

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.



2. Have lost our patience?

Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.



3. Have we lost our motivation?

Isaiah 32:20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass.

Have we lost our minds? Deuteronomy 33:29

Sunday, May 13, 2018

A MOTHER'S DAY EXAMPLE

Pastor Rick Jackson



1 SAMUEL 1



There are many mothers mentioned in the Bible. Eve and Elisabeth, Rebekah and Rachel, Sarah and Hagar, Ruth and Naomi, and many, many more- both good and bad. There are few mothers, in my opinion, that shine like Hannah, the mother of Samuel.



I. SHE WAS SURE OF HER OWN SALVATION [1 Sm. 2:1, 1 Jn. 5:9-13, Rm. 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-13]



D. L. Moody said he never knew an effective soul-winner who doubted their own salvation.



II. SHE WAS POWERFUL IN HER PRAYERS [1 Sm. 1:10-18, Psalm 81:10, 1 Th. 5:17, Lk. 18:1, Jer. 33:3, Jm. 4:2]



A wise woman will pray for children, then pray for her children, and pray with her children. John R. Rice said, "All our failures are prayer failures".



III. SHE WAS A WOMAN OF HER WORD [1 Sm. 1:11, 24-28; Eccl. 5:4-5]



IV. SHE WAS METICULOUS IN HER MOTHERHOOD [1 Sm. 1:22, 2:12, 3:13]



She didn't leave it to chance... or Eli! She raised Samuel right from his earliest days (as did Moses' mother). Not the school, not the church, not the world---the HOME!



V. SHE WORKED AT THE WILL AND WORD OF GOD! [1 Sm. 2:2-10, 2 Tm. 1:5, 3:15]



VI. SHE CONTINUED TO CARE [1 Sm. 2:19, Jude 22]



Many is the person who has testified their mother's prayers have followed them.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

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