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Friday, February 23, 2018

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

We are frail, sinful beings. Jesus died for us and He gave us who are saved a new heart. But we still have the old nature, and so we need, day by day, to resist the Devil and to get cleansing and help from God. But we ought to know that we are in the family of God. We are born of God; we have everlasting life. I am talking about saved people who have a new heart and the Holy Spirit moved in to take charge and such as have trusted Jesus are born again Christians. We can thank God that is settled for good. - John R. Rice

When you were saved, you got everlasting life. It is not honest to say everlasting means something else. Everlasting means everlasting, and if God promised everlasting life when you trusted Him, then that is what He gave you when you trusted Him.
But you say, "You may not deserve it." Neither you nor I deserved it to start with. That is not the way we got it. One may say, "You may not hold out faithful." We did not start faithful. That is not the way we got it. No, we trust Jesus and He saves us by His loving mercy and never lets us go. - John R. Rice


I talked to a young backslider who had been taught that when you sin, you are lost again. Nearly all the tomfool heresies and ideas got started by some preacher. Some preacher had told her that. She thought she was lost again. I said, "Now, you have sinned since you were saved?"
"Yes, I have."
"Is Jesus going to come back to die again on the cross to pay for those sins of yours?"
She was certainly very much puzzled. "Well, no, I don't think so."
"Then do you think He paid for them the first time He was here on the cross?"
"Oh, yes," she said. "I see it."
He paid for all my sins and the sins of the whole world when He died on the cross. She could see that; so can you and I. And we ought to thank God for it. Ah, thank God He gives everlasting life.
He atoned for our sins. They are all paid for. - John R. Rice


That chapter [Romans 8] starts out with "no condemnation," and ends up with "no separation." Everlasting life! My dear, troubled friend, if you don't know you are saved for sure, saved forever, I am sorry for you. - John R. Rice

When Christians are first converted, they are still baby Christians. They are still young Christians. They need to grow in grace. They need to come to trust the Lord day by day. They need to read the Bible and serve God and have joy and peace and assurance. But the security is already there. - John R. Rice

Sinlessness is not what the Lord is talking about when the Bible speaks of sanctification. Oh, but doesn't the Scripture say in the Sermon on the Mount, "Be ye therefor perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect"? Yes, it says that. Do you think God would say it is all right for you to sin a little? Do you think God is going to set up an imperfect standard? When God gave the Ten Commandments, did he say, "Now serve idols part of the time, but most of the time serve the Lord"? No, the Ten Commandments set up a perfect standard. And here the Scripture sets up a perfect standard. - John R. Rice


All should long to be sinless, and seek to be. Somebody said, "Now Brother Rice, we are Baptists (or Presbyterians or Methodists) and we don't believe in sinless perfection." Well, I would have to say I believe in it, but I don't practice it. That is, I believe that is right. I don't believe I have reached it. I don't know anybody else who has reached it, and if you are pretending you have, I don't believe you. - John R. Rice

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

AT THE FEET OF JESUS


AT THE FEET OF JESUS



LUKE 8:26-28, 41, 47



Pastor Rick Jackson



As I was reading Luke 8 the other day I was struck by the fact that three very different people were found at the feet of Jesus and mentioned in that one chapter. What might a person find at the feet of Jesus?



I. AT THE FEET OF JESUS THERE IS DELIVERANCE [v. 26-39]



1. The Demons Recognized His Person [v. 26-30]



2. The Demons Recognized His Authority [v. 31-33]



3. Those Delivered Recognize His Deity [v. 34-39]



II. AT THE FEET OF JESUS THERE IS HEALING [v. 43-48]



1. Healing for the Helpless [v. 43]



2. Healing for the Hopeful [v. 44-45]



3. Healing for the Faithful [v. 46-48]



III. AT THE FEET OF JESUS THERE IS HOPE [v. 40-42, 49-56]



1. Hope for the Dying [v. 40-42]



2. Hope for the Dead [v. 49]



3. Hope for the Daring [v. 50-56] Dare to take God at His Word!

Monday, February 19, 2018

ARE YOU PART OF THE “IN” CROWD?


1 Timothy 1



Pastor Rick Jackson



I. IN CHRIST [v. 1-4]



1. Apostleship [v. 1]



2. Relationship [v. 2]



3. Leadership [v. 3-4]



II. IN THE GOSPEL [v. 5-11]



1. The Goal Defined [v. 5]



2. The Goofs Identified [v. 6-7]



3. The Good Use [v. 8-11]



III. IN THE MINISTRY [v. 12-20]



1. The Change Brought [v. 12-14]



2. The Cause Shown [v. 15-17]



3. The Charge Delivered [v. 18-20]

Sunday, February 18, 2018

THE BATTLE FOR THE MIND

1 Peter 1:13, 3:8, 4:1, 5:2



Pastor Rick Jackson



I. IT IS A REAL BATTLE



1. It is a Difficult battle [Rm. 12:1-2]



2. It is a Deliberate Battle [Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 2:5]



3. It is a Determined Battle [2 Corinthians 10:5]



II. IT IS A BATTLE FOUGHT ON THE SPIRITUAL PLAIN



1. It is a Battle for Current Blessings [Ps. 66:18]



2. It is a Battle for Future Blessings [Hebrews 11:4, Rev. 14:3]



3. It is a Battle for Continued Blessings [Ps. 51:10-13, 1 Cor. 9:27]



III. IT IS A BATTLE WITH REAL CONSEQUENCES



1. A Christian Losing the Battle May Go Home Early [1 Cor. 11:30-32]



2. A Christian Losing the Battle May Go Home Empty [1 Cor. 3:13-15]



3. A Christian Losing the Battle May Go Home as an Example [1 Cor. 10:6-12]

Friday, February 16, 2018

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

The most discouraging and heart-searching fact in all the universe is the fact of sin, and the punishment of sin. - John R. Rice


If I am ever going to Heaven, if I am ever to meet God in peace, I have to be born again. Two things must be fixed. First, God has to be satisfied because sin must be punished and the law has been broken and a just and holy God must do right. Second, if I am going to be with God, I have to be made fit for God's presence and fit to associate with God; I have to have something fixed inside. - John R. Rice



"Whosoever shall call." [Rm. 10:13] How much calling? You just call. If you believe enough to call, that is enough to be saved. If you have faith enough to ask God, that is faith enough to be saved. If you have faith enough to claim Him, that is enough to be saved. You see, the heart believes and trusts in Christ, and so you have everlasting life at once when you put your trust in Jesus. - John R. Rice



If you understand the sin question, you will know that men must be born again, that good character is not enough, that joining a church is not enough, that confessing to a priest won't do, but you must be born again, because you are born wrong. - John R. Rice


God is love and God loves sinners. That doesn't mean you don't need to repent. That doesn't mean you can get by with sin. But I am so glad God loves poor sinners and has made a plan of salvation for them. - John R. Rice


Some say it is a damnable doctrine to teach that you can be saved if you do wrong. The truth is, one is not quite honest about that because everyone knows he sins. To ignore it does not change the fact. Just to say you never do wrong doesn't change the fact that all of us are frail. You may say you never do wrong. A man gets gray hair and his teeth decay and he gets sick and dies. Do you tell me he was not a sinner? I know better and that one does, too. - John R. Rice


Two things. God through the Holy Spirit washes the sins and changes our hearts and gives the Holy Spirit to be within us. And so you need to get settled, "I am saved by grace. I did not earn it. I cannot earn it."
You say, "But you have to keep it." You cannot keep it. Somebody says, "Oh, I want to hold out faithful." You never started faithful. There was never ten seconds of your life when you were good enough to deserve Heaven. You had just as well settle it that your kind of faithfulness is frail and human and so you need help. - John R. Rice

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

“KISSES”


     Song of Solomon 1:2                      



adapted by Pastor Rick Jackson from Pastor John M. Keeter [mostly]



"A kiss is the babies right, the lovers privilege & the hypocrites mask!"

"To the young girl FAITH, the married woman HOPE & to the Old maid CHARITY!"

“Kissing is a pleasant reminder that two heads are better than one!”

A Kiss is an EXPRESSION of AFFECTION---EVIDENCE of EMOTION between two people! The world has TAINTED and PAINTED a kiss out to be casual and careless. But there are SPIRITUAL as well as PHYSICAL realities! There’s a plethora of kisses in the Bible! A scriptural study of the word "kiss" in scripture yields surprising results.



I. The FOND Kiss of AFFECTION - A KISS OF DESIRE [Song of Solomon 1:2]



Someone has said, “You've got to kiss a lot of FROGS before you find a prince.” This is NOT a scriptural principle-in fact- it is the opposite! Should be reserved for and returned by only the right one! Strangely many get married- stop kissing each other and start kissing another! Your children should see you kiss…. they see the wrong kinds of kisses all the time on TV and in the media.



II. The Figurative Kiss of ATONEMENT - A KISS OF DELIVERANCE [Ps. 85:10]



Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

How does such a meeting take place? It happens in Christ!

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. -John 1:17

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: -Romans 5:1



III. The Forgiving Kiss of Acceptance - A KISS OF DELIGHT [Luke 15:20]



And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

The love of the prodigal's father is a picture of the love of our Heavenly Father.

The prodigal expected rebuke and reprisals from his father. But what he got from his father was a kiss, compassion, and joy that he had returned. You may be a great way off, but He is ready to run toward you if you will but take that first step. If you are a Christian who is out of the will of God, arise, and come to your Father. The blessings will be immeasurable.



IV. The Family Kiss of Assembly - A KISS OF DEDICATION [1 Corinthians 16:20]



All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.

Romans 16:16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

2 Corinthians 13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.

1 Thessalonians 5:26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.



There was obviously a lot of kissing going on in the early churches, which is foreign to us to day.

-In France and other countries men kiss each other on the cheek. In most Arab countries, men greet one another with a kiss on both sides of the face. In Hawaii, a circle of flowers, is placed around the neck and then a cheek kiss is given.



The holy kiss was not immoral or impure, but the result of real, God-inspired love. The "holy kiss" was like the modern day heartfelt handshake or a hug. Culture changes but the Commandment to “Love one another” has not! Platonic family love should STILL be seen!!!



V. The Famous Kiss of appreciation - A KISS OF DEVOTION [Luke 7:37-38]



And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner... brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.



Simon the Pharisee had a problem with this "sinful" woman. SHE was THANKFUL……



VI. The FAKE Kiss of APOSTACY - A KISS OF DECEPTION [Luke 22:47-48]

And while he was yet speaking, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near to Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said to him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?



Judas KISSED the DOOR of HEAVEN and went to HELL! People today…* KISS the TRUTH GOODBYE ….and KISS UP to the WORLD!

Jesus let him know the irony of the situation, that He had been betrayed by a kiss, a sign of fidelity, love and affection. Prov. 27:6 - Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Prov. 7 warns of the wicked woman’s kissing…. her enticement to evil …. being like a Cobras charm.



VII. The Farewell Kiss of ADIOS - A KISS OF DEPARTURE [Acts 20:36-38]

And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him, Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.



A kiss goodbye isn’t ever easy! Whether in DEATH or DUTY we have to cut connections

Thank God farewells are never final for believers! Goodbye at the grave will be a hello in Heaven!



VIII. THE FABULOUS KISS OF ACCEPTANCE - A KISS OF DELIVERANCE [Ps. 2:12]



Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.



IX. THE FOOLISH KISS OF ARROGANCE - A KISS OF DEGRADATION [Hosea 13:1-2]



When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died. And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.



X. THE FAITHFUL KISS OF ABSTINENCE - A KISS OF DEDICATION [1 King 19:18]



Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
 
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