Sunday, July 30, 2006


Rick Jackson

JAMES 1:26-27

In these verses we see a dichotomy of religion. A religion can be empty and vain or it can be the result of truth showing forth the fruits of its goodness. How can we discern the difference, in our own lives, and in the lives of others?


1. Religion is a system of belief (Gal. 1:14-15)

Even atheists are religious. Their system of belief declares that God doesn't exist. They have no proof of this, in fact, the evidence is all against them, but they believe it nonetheless. They even have their own myth of origins-evolution.

Other people hold to differing beliefs or even non-beliefs but that is what makes them religious.

2. Religion is a series of actions based on belief (Gal. 1:13)


They have:

1. The wrong origin (James 1:16-27)

The problem in a nutshell is where the religion originates. If it has originated anywhere besides the God who created everything and gave us His Word then it is just a fairy tale and of no more value than Little Red Riding Hood or Shrek. You might as well pray to Superman as to Buddha or Thor.

2. Strayed from the right origin (Acts 26:5-11)

3. Opposed the truth while claiming to believe it (Mt. 15:1-14, Jn. 5:39, Acts 17:11)


1. It has the right origin (James 1:16-17)

2. It has stayed with the right origin (James 1:18-25)

3. It embodies the truth by being it (John 14:1-6)

Saturday, July 29, 2006

From the Answers in Genesis website:

Kicking off News to Note!
A new weekly feature examining the news from a biblical viewpoint

with Andrew McKenzie, AiG–USA

July 29, 2006

What a week to kick off AiG’s new weekly breaking-news feature, News to Note! I’m Andrew McKenzie, and I’ll be taking you on a brief tour of top news each week, looking at how major stories should be understood within the biblical worldview and how Christians should respond to the turmoil around us—from “wars and rumors of wars” to discoveries that “confirm” evolution. As Christians, we must have answers to the questions of modern society, and looking at the news—if done in balance and with the right attitude—is an important way to understand the questions people have and will have.

1. UPI: Second DNA code is discovered

With every added layer of complexity we discover about our cells, we realize that God’s design goes beyond our own understanding, and see that the likelihood that such complexity arose from chance is absurdly low. To learn more about the significance of DNA, take a look at Michael Matthews’ DNA—what does it prove? and Dr. Gary Parker’s The origin of life: DNA and protein.

2. Fox News: Bone Marrow Found Intact in Ancient Fossils & National Geographic: Fossils Yield 10-Million-Year-Old Bone Marrow -- A First

Findings like this one illustrate the rigidity of the millions-of-years paradigm. Just as in the case of the soft dinosaur tissue discovered awhile back, scientists admit being shocked that tissues—in this case, bone marrow of fossilized frogs and salamanders—could last so long. “It pushes back the boundary for how far [soft tissue] fossilization can go,” according to the study leader.

Of course, there’s no real evidence that soft tissue can last that long; it’s certainly not something scientists have demonstrated in a laboratory! One can only swallow the idea that the tissues are millions of years old if one unyieldingly presupposes that fossils take millions of years to develop and, therefore, that these fossilized animals lived millions of years ago. To draw on The Parable of the Candle a bit (go ahead; read it—I’ll wait), let’s say Lucy proceeds to determine that the candle has been burning for at least a whole day. Then, on the table next to the candle, she discovers a bowl full of cold ice cream. Yet she unquestioningly believes, based on her estimate of how long the candle’s been burning, that no one has been in the room in the past day. So instead of allowing the bowl of ice cream to overturn her notion that no one’s been in the room (and realizing that someone has been there rather recently!), she instead remarks to Chris, “Well, this just shows you that ice cream can take an awfully long time to melt!” Even if she doesn’t accept Manuel’s note that says he’s only been gone since 2:30, the bowl of ice cream shows that someone had to have been in the room recently with the bowl of ice cream, otherwise it would have melted.

3. Baltimore Sun: Water ballet has a bit of fun with Darwin

Personally, I’m not worried that a whole slew of people are going to change their views on Darwinism based solely on this water ballet. But still, what does it say about a society in which Bible plays and Nativity scenes have, in areas public and private, been replaced by comedies about the theory of evolution?

It's impossible, Krandle says, to take the show too seriously.

Says Ted Alsedek, director of the Darwin-and-monkey scene: "We try to reflect both sides."

"And make fun of both sides," Beall chimes in.

Is it possible to be flippant about the creation/evolution debate? Maybe for some people. But if you don’t think the controversy matters that much, read Tragic truth, and see if that changes your mind.

4. CNN: Cassini finds evidence of hydrocarbon lakes on Titan

Scientists increasingly focus on other bodies in our solar system, and now, on other stellar systems, all in the hope of finding alien life. However, as Ken Ham points out in Any little green men out there?, these scientists who spend millions of taxpayer dollars to find life “out there,” and who would offer ostentatious fanfare over the slightest sign of alien intelligence, are the same who will ignore the abundant evidence for a Designer and Creator here on Earth (see Romans 1:20).

5. CNN: [Latest in conflict between Israel and Hezbollah]

The top story on most news outlets this week has been the continuing conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon. This is yet another reminder that peace on Earth cannot come through man’s attempts, but only comes from above. In this situation of strife, what can we remember? Well, first, Matthew 5:9—we are to be peacemakers. Second, Matthew 5:44—we are to love our enemies. Third, Matthew 24:6–7—war is to be expected in this fallen world. It’s easy to get upset when war comes, for it goes against our God-given understanding of the way things are supposed to be. But by sticking to a biblical worldview, and understanding the Corruption that happened in Eden and the Consummation that God will bring one day, we can trust God to take care of us now and forever.

6. BBC: Geckos inspire 'super-adhesive'

Take a peek at this article, which shows how we are just now beginning to try to copy some of God’s most incredible designs. The BBC also reported on bees’ amazing ability to find their way around, even traveling up to eight miles (thirteen kilometres) away from their home hive. We have many articles on the topic of design in nature. How much more impressive were the original animals God created, before thousands of years of harmful mutations came into the picture? We can only imagine!

7. CNN: California heat wave death toll tops 130 & French heatwave toll reaches 64

Well, when I read about worldwide heat waves, I can’t help but wonder about global warming. You see, I’m no expert on global warming; I only know that the term is passed around frequently these days (that, and I remember my junior high science teacher’s greenhouse explanation).

So, in addition to praying for those afflicted with extreme heat, you might want to learn more about global warming: what it is, what the prognosis is for the future, and what a biblical response to the topic is. I’ve seen a preview of the upcoming fall/winter Answers magazine issue, and am pleased to report that you will find a comprehensive article on global warming in it. So pick up a copy when it comes out, and join me in learning more about what’s causing all the heat!

8. CNN: Seattle stunned by 'bizarre' killings; see also Police: Teen shot at vehicles to 'relieve pressure'

For those of us blessed to live in areas where violence is low, the thought of any murder can be very frightening—of course, in this regard, we must remember Matthew 6:27. But these stories are really just more sad reminders of the nature of man in our fallen state; despite what secular humanists would have us believe, we struggle with the dark consequences of the Fall each day. The world, even for all its technological advances, is not getting better.

I recall thinking these same thoughts when, during the attempted evacuation preceding Hurricane Katrina last year, snipers began shooting at people helping evacuate hospitals in New Orleans. What makes the killings in Seattle so “bizarre,” really, is the seeming randomness of them. Decades and centuries ago, killings were much more about blind passion, greed, revenge, etc.—none of them justifications for murder, but reasons that society could “understand.” For example, if someone killed a bank teller during a bank robbery fueled by the love of money, society wouldn’t condone that, but would at least understand how the murder was rationalized in the killer’s mind.

But as evolution soaks into the minds of millions of people and poisons the conscience of entire generations, we begin to see murder used not as a tool to further avarice, lust, or revenge, but rather, just as an end unto itself. This is why I included the link to the story about Zachariah Blanton, who shot at highway vehicles to “relieve pressure.” You see, as a young person, I recognize an increasingly “Greek” mentality among my peers. I’m told that years ago, when children were taught do not murder, the teacher could point right to Exodus 20:13 and Genesis 4:10 as a justification, and everyone understood that this was a mandate from, literally, the mouth of God.

But when I went through the public school system, the idea of not murdering was either (A) not justified, because it was assumed everyone would agree that it was wrong, or (B) it was justified based on some idea of a “social contract” to respect the lives of others. Regarding (A), it’s only a matter of time before society, as we “progress” farther and farther from Thou shalt not kill, loses the common understanding that “it’s just wrong.” Those who learn the (B) justification will eventually run into philosophical difficulties grasping what makes a social contract binding, especially for a generation already suicidal!

9. The Queens Gazette: Hall of Science Studies How Children Learn

This article really speaks for itself, I’m afraid. Basically, a new project—backed by a $2.5 million grant from the taxpayer-funded National Science Foundation—will “research how children acquire the concepts of biological evolution and look at new ways to engage children in exploring the topic.” The result of this study will be a “traveling exhibition on evolution geared to children and their parents.”

The project is yet another step to further the evolutionary indoctrination children go through in public schools and in the public arena. It’s not enough, humanists argue, to present the theory of evolution—exclusively—in junior high and high school science classes; rather, it must be drilled into the minds of students as young as five (the youngest age this study will target; the oldest age is twelve). I don’t doubt that these efforts are, in a large part, due to the increasing frequency and strength of attacks on evolutionary theory.

At one point, the article states, “Current research in cognitive psychology indicates that if children are introduced to these concepts at an early age, they are more likely to see the natural world through a scientific perspective.” I don’t disagree with the former part; actually, the Bible emphasized that educating children establishes their belief system quite a few years before “current research in cognitive psychology” did! But as for the latter part—will this program make children more likely to see “the natural world through a scientific perspective” or, instead, make them more likely to see the scientific world through a natural[ist] perspective?

And because this program is funded by the US government, those of us who work for Answers in Genesis–USA will be supporting this project!

10. Extreme sports push hearts; see also National Geographic: Nepalese Porters May Be World’s Most Efficient Haulers

While carpooling to work last week with a coworker who helps produce Answers in Genesis DVDs, we had a discussion about what sort of incredible physical abilities Adam (and Eve) must have had. Society spends much time these days looking for the world’s strongest man, trying to set new records for foot races and so forth. But in our conversation, we wondered what Adam could have done physically. How far could he free dive? How fast could Adam run? What astounding, almost “inhuman” abilities, now lost through the Curse and millennia of mutations, did he have?

The so-called “fitness gene” must be a remnant of some of the genes Adam had for participating in “extreme sports” in the Garden of Eden, though Adam’s heart wouldn’t have tired as indicated in the article. And as for the study on Nepalese porters, might Adam have been able to lift loads of several hundred pounds almost effortlessly?


Well, I’m going to call it a wrap for this week! If you see a news story that might merit some attention, let us know about it! And since News to Note is a new feature, don’t forget to tell us what you think. Hope to see you next week!


We have been studying men God admired. Men he mentions by name as having his approval. Not perfect men because outside of the Lord Jesus there are no perfect men, but men God so admired He pointed them out specifically in the Bible as having traits that should be desirable to each and every one of us. Not only desirable, but attainable. Here this morning we see John the Baptist, quirky by the world's standards, eccentric even by Christian standards, but a man God admired.


He was to be separated:

1. From worldliness (exemplified by total abstinence-1:15)

2. To God (exemplified by total obedience-1:15)

3. For witnessing (exemplified by total focus 1:16-17, Jn. 3:30)


Greatness has nothing to do with:

1. Performing miracles (Jn. 10:40-42)

2. Personality manifestations (Mt. 11:7-19)

3. Prolonged life (killed in his early 30s- Mark 6:14-17)


Greatness in God's eye's is:

1. Standing for right (Mk. 6:17-20)

2. Doing God's will (Mt. 12:47-50, Acts 13:25)

3. Serving in faithful humility (Lk. 7:24-28, James 4:4-10)

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Picture of the week

Many believe while on vacation you should do things you normally don't do.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006


Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and possible Republican presidential candidate has gone on record as saying we are already in WWIII. Whether or not he is right for the present time is a moot point for this message. What isn't a moot point is how should Christians live during WWIII? Or before it? Or after it? How?


1. Stand on His foundation (I Co. 10:12, II Tm. 2:14-19, Mt. 7:24-27)

2. Stand in His faith by faith (Rm. 11:20, I Co. 16:13, II Co. 1:24)

3. Stand in His force (I Co. 2:5, Eph. 6:10-14)

While you are standing, be sure to...

II. STICK TO THE PLAN (ACTS 5:20, MT. 28:18-20)

1. Give the Gospel to the lost (II Co. 4:1-6)

2. Give milk to the immature (I Pt. 2:2, I Co. 3:2, Heb. 5:12-13)

3. Give meat to the mature (Heb. 5:14)


1. Focus on it! (Acts 20:24, Eph. 2:2)

2. Pray about it! (II Th. 3:1)

3. Finish it! (Acts 13:25, II Tm. 4:7)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


JAMES 1:16-17

Rick Jackson

Think of that. The unchanging Father. NO variableness! NO shadow of turning (turning can be so slow has to be imperceptible but the shadows tell the story). What a blessing to know that God hasn’t changed!


1. His love hasn’t changed (John 3:16, I Jn. 4:7-12)

2. His longing hasn’t changed (Rom. 5:8, II Pet. 3:9)

3. His loyalty hasn’t changed (I Cor. 1:9, 10:13)


1. Same comfort (II Cor. 1:3-4, Rm. 15:4)

2. Same hope (Rm. 15:4, Acts 26:6, )

3. Same promises (Gal. 3:16, II Pt. 1:4)


When we moved to Tennessee we joined the Highland Park Baptist Church. Before the next Wednesday night they had a “new members class” which Dr. Lee Roberson taught. He stressed five things in that class that he shared with new members for over 40 years as pastor there.

1. Attend church
2. Read the Bible
3. Pray
4. Be a witness
5. Give

These things haven't changed. Every born again Christian ought be a member of a good Bible-believing, Bible-preaching church and be faithful in these 5 areas.

Sunday, July 23, 2006


Rick Jackson



1. He was a prophet (I Sam. 3:19-21; 19:20, II Chr. 35:18, Acts 13:20)

2. He was a priest (I Sam. 2:18, 27-28; 7:9; 13:8-11, Ps. 99:6)

3. He was a judge (I Sam. 7:6, 15-17; 12:8-12, 18)


1. Moses was a faithful man (II Chr. 24:9, I Co. 4:2, Heb. 3:2-5, 16)

2, Moses was a God-respecting man (Acts 7:32, Heb. 11:24-26)

3. Moses was a man of faith (Heb. 11:27-29)


1. Moses was known as an interceder (Ex. 30:30-32, Num. 11:2, 21:7, Ps. 106:23)

2. Samuel was known as an interceder (I Sam. 7:5, 12:23)

3. Jesus is known as an interceder (Heb. 4:14-16, 7:11-8:1, I Jn. 2:1-2)

To be admired by God, strive to be like Jesus!

Saturday, July 22, 2006


Lack of communication during a conflict often causes serious damage to the relationship. Be it friendship, marriage, parents & children or even man's relationship to God a lack of communication is not a good thing.


1. Listening carefully (Pr. 18:13) mouth shut, ears & mind open

2. Speaking carefully (Pr. 29:20, Col. 4:6, Jm. 1:19)

3. Thinking carefully (I Co. 10:12, 13:5, Ph. 4:8)
-Feelings matter but aren't exact, justified or not, they count)

-Uncontrolled anger is dangerous, it creates animosity and distance (Eph. 4:26)

1. Discuss thoughts & feelings without anger (Eph. 4:30-32, Col. 3:7-9)

2. Determine the real cause of anger (Mk. 3:5, Jn. 7:22-24)

3. Decide to apologize, forgive, or both (Luke 6:37, 11:4, 17:3-4)


1. For the sinner (Mk. 2:7-10, Acts 13:38, 26:18, Eph. 1:7, 4:32)

2. For the saint (I Jn. 1:8-9)

3. For the brethren (II Co. 2:7)

Friday, July 21, 2006



Rick Jackson

There are so many theories today concerning F, P, and E that have confused the average Christian as well as turned off any lost person who chances upon them. Many don’t know what to believe. God is not the author of confusion so lets see what He has to say about F, P, & E.


1. Definition-“to have knowledge of things to be”. God is omniscient, He knows everything- past, present, and future. Foreknowledge is His knowing the future. He knows who will be saved and who won’t.

2. Explanation-Foreknowledge is part of an attribute of God (omniscience). Election and predestination are acts of God (not attributes).

3. Application-Foreknowledge does not cause election and/or predestination. It is not a determining or causative factor, it is only knowledge of things beforehand.
-Our scientists have foreknowledge of solar/lunar eclipses
-TV guide
-God has perfect knowledge but it is not causative or God would be the author of sin (I Jn. 1:5)
-God even knows alternate futures, He doesn’t make those happen either


1. Definition-Predestination is the act of God whereby He makes anyone that
trusts Christ to eventually be like Christ.

2. Explanation-P. is never for the lost man. It is only for the saved man (like the
indwelling Holy Spirit). Salvation is a matter of “whosoever will”
God knows who will be saved and has predestined them to be like
3. Exposition-Rm. 8:29a “to be conformed to the image of His Son” Things that
happen to you are going to be used by God to make Christians more like Jesus (Rm. 8:28) a process which will be completed at the rapture (I Jn. 3)
-Eph. 1:25 “unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ” blessings for the saved man, not salvation, is in view here. Our adoption means to make a child “a son”, the Jews “adopt” their own children (bar/bat mitzvahs). Adoption means to declare as a son (Gal. 4). It is the time appointed by the father when his boy ceases to be considered a child and is recognized as a son. We are God’s children by faith in Jesus Christ and will one day be made “sons” before the whole universe (Rm. 8:23) just like Jesus was by His resurrection (Rm. 1:3-4).
-Eph. 1:11-12 “Predestinated according to the purpose of Him” note its for those who are saved “that we should be to the praise of His glory” (Eph. 5:25-27)


1. Definition-New Testament words “chosen, choose and election” are the same.
Old Testament word is simply “chosen”.

2. Explanation-Many feel God chooses some to be saved and some to be lost. E
has to do with service not salvation. Though God intends for all
His children to serve Him. Angels serve Him too (I Tm. 5:21)!

3. Exposition-Rm. 9:9-13 Election has to do with service, not salvation. “The
elder will SERVE the younger” Vs. 13 quotes Mal. 1:2-3 written
centuries after they lived regarding their descendants faith or lack
thereof (like “if any man come unto me and hate not his father and
-Jn. 15:16 Jesus elected (chose) the disciples for service (for 11 of
them their salvation was already settled, Judas was given chances
for salvation while he was serving but never was)
-Is. 41:8 Israel was God’s chosen people, are they all saved? No!
Israel was chosen for service, to give us the Bible and the Saviour!
-Is. 42:1 says Jesus is the chosen servant of God. Chosen for
salvation? No, for service (I Pt. 2:6, Phil. 2:8)
-Eph. 1:4 then means, knowing we would trust Christ He has
chosen us for service and sanctification (2:8-10). Salvation has
been, is now, and always will be “Whosoever will” (Rev. 22:17).

Thursday, July 20, 2006



We often want good times or good things to last forever. We conversely are glad that bad times and/or bad things don’t last. Like the man who said his favorite verse of the Bible was “it came to pass” and he used that to comfort him in troubled times. Fireworks are beautiful and exciting, eliciting oohs and aahs from appreciative onlookers, but they don’t last. Some things do, some things don’t.


1. The fashions of this world (I Cor. 7:31)

2. The lifetime of men (James 1:10)

3. The world as it is (II Pt. 3:10, I Jn. 2:17, Rev. 21:1, 4)


1. The souls of mankind (Mt. 25:46, Lk. 16, Rev. 20)

2. Damnation in Hell (Mk. 3:29, Heb. 6:2, Jude 1:7)

3. Salvation

Mt. 25:46-And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Jn. 3:15-That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Jn. 10:28-And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Jn. 17:3-And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Rm. 5:21-That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rm. 6:23-For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

II Co. 5:1-For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Titus 1:2-In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

Titus 3:7-That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Heb. 9:12-Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

I Pt. 5:10-But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

I J. 5:11-13-And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

I Jn. 5:20-And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.


1. What you do with Christ (Rm. 6:23, Jn. 1:12)

2. What you do for Christ (I Cor. 3:10-13)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Freely adapted from John R. Rice & Robert L. Sumner (see Biblical Evangelist link)

I. Fellowship freely with Christians that live by the Word (Ps. 119:63, Eph. 6:23-23)

II. Fellowship carefully with "weak" Christians (Rm. 14:1-8)

III. Do not fellowship with Christians living in outrageous sin (Rm. 13:8-14, I Cor. 5:11-13, Mt. 18:17, Gal. 6:1) [The object being restoration]

IV. Do not "fellowship" with modernists, cultists, and the lost (II Cor. 6:14-18, II Jn. 7-11, I Cor. 5:9-10) [Obviously we can witness to the lost but that is not fellowship.]

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


HEBREWS 11:20-28


Rick Jackson

I. THE DEATH OF FAITH (V. 20-22, unlike death w/o faith I Th. 4:13)

1. Faith shapes “wills” (v. 20- blessings, last will)

2. Faith secures worship (v. 21, Job 13:15)

3. Faith senses deliverance (v. 22)

II. THE DYNAMIC OF FAITH (V. 23-25- “God over…”)

1. God over government (v. 23-communism, socialism, extreme liberalism)

2. God over position (v. 24)

3. God over pleasure (v. 25)

III. THE DELIVERANCE OF FAITH (V. 26-28)- Faith delivers from:

1. Temporal-ness (v. 26)

2. Fearfulness (v. 27, I Jn. 4:18)

3. Destruction (v. 28, Mt. 10:28, I Th. 5:23)

Sunday, July 16, 2006


Rick Jackson


1. Job would stand for God regardless of others (v. 12-14)

2. Job could positively influence others in almost any circumstances (v. 15-18)

3. Job would trust God until He could understand (v. 19-23)


1. True patience recognizes the end is near (v. 7-10)

2. True patience recognizes happiness is near (v. 11a)

3. True patience recognizes God is near (v. 11)


1. Job trust in God's redemption (1:1-5)

2. God trusted in Job's reputation (1:6-8, 20-22, 2:3, 9-10)

3. God and Job knew Job wasn't perfect (42:1-6)

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Highlighting "Answers in Genesis "

If you haven't noticed, this is one of our links. Very good website. This particular information came from their weekly update email. -Rick

Q: What evidence for evolution do the world’s leading science museums display?

A: We would expect to see abundant evidence in the science museums of Washington D.C., London and so on. However, as we have visited these museums and looked in the glass cases at what scientists have actually found, we’ve never seen any evidence for evolution. The interesting thing is that the so-called evidence is pasted on the glass case—it’s the printed text on the display! But this isn’t evidence; it’s a scientist’s story about the past.

For example, distinct kinds of animals and plants are displayed inside these glass cases—not transitional forms. There’s no real evidence for evolution at all.

Even a senior fossil expert at the British Museum of Natural History in London once admitted that they didn’t have any undisputed transitional forms showing one kind of animal changing into another. These “gaps” in the fossil record overwhelmingly support the creation account. God created—just as the Bible says.


For more information on the lack of transitional forms in the fossil record, read Luther Sunderland’s interview of leading museum paleontologists at Those fossils are a problem.

Evolutionist quote of the week

“Hind limbs of Basilosaurus appear to have been too small relative to body size … to have assisted in swimming, and they could not possibly have supported the body on land. However, maintenance of some function is likely … The pelvis of modern whales serves to anchor reproductive organs, even though functional hind limbs are lacking. Thus hind limbs of Basilosaurus are most plausibly interpreted as accessories facilitating reproduction.”

– Philip D. Gingerich, B. Holly Smith and Elwyn L. Simons, Hind limbs of Eocene Basilosaurus: evidence of feet in whales, Science, Vol. 249, p. 156, July 13, 1990.

Friday, July 14, 2006

"What I AM"

Wednesday, October 20th 2004 (Washington Post)

You’re a Republican???

In today’s America, ask a growing number of high school and college students; their teachers and professors; the self-anointed media elite and/or hard working men and women of all ethnicities, the question, “What is a Republican?”, and you’ll be told “… a rich, greedy, egotistical individual, motivated only by money and the desire to accumulate more and more of it, at the expense of the environment … the working poor ….and all whom they exploit…”

I am a Republican … I am none of those things… and I don’t know any Republicans who are.

WHAT I AM … first and foremost, is a loving husband of some 52 plus years, the father of four and an American who’s proud of his country… and his country’s heritage.

WHAT I AM … is the grandson of immigrants who risked everything, including their lives and those of their children, to escape tyranny in search of freedom.

WHAT I AM … is a man who grew up during the Depression and witnessed, first hand, the effects of the Stock Market crash and the soup lines that followed. I watched as both my parents and grand parents, who had very little themselves, share what food they had with a half dozen other families, who had even less.

WHAT I AM … is someone who worked his way through college by holding down three and four jobs at a time and then used that education to build a better life.

WHAT I AM … is a husband who, at age 24, started his own business for the “privilege” of working 60, 70 and 80 hours a week, risking everything I had, including my health, in search of a better life for myself and my loved ones.

WHAT I AM … is a businessman whose blood, sweat and tears…. and plenty of them…, made it possible for me to provide a secure living, not only for my family and myself, but also for literally hundreds of my employees throughout the years. Employees, who in turn, were able to buy their own homes, raise their own families and give back to their communities and their country.

WHAT I AM … is a man who believes in God; a God who has blessed this country… and all for which it stands.

WHAT I AM … is someone who knows, if you doubt miracles exist in today’s world, you need only to look into the face of those who received them … and the eyes of those who give them.

WHAT I AM … is an American who’s proud that his President embraces a belief in God; proud of a President who understands, as “politically incorrect” as it may be, there is evil in this world and for the security and safety of all freedom loving people everywhere, it must be confronted… and it must be defeated.

WHAT I AM … is an American who takes comfort in the knowledge that our President refuses to allow decisions concerning the very safety and security of this nation, to be governed by the political whims of foreign governments.

WHAT I AM … is tired of hearing from leading Democrats who see only negativity in America; racism in her people; class warfare in her society and “political incorrectness” in her character.

WHAT I AM … is a former democrat who now understands that it is the soldier and not the reporter that guarantees us our freedoms of press, speech and dissent.

WHAT I AM … is a man who believes in the sanctity of life. A man who is repulsed by the pandering of the political left for votes, at the expense of the unborn.

WHAT I AM … is a husband and father who believes in the sanctity of marriage and the preservation of the family unit.

WHAT I AM … is a movie go-er who is repulsed by those insecure, socially inept, elementary thinking, ego-inflated “entertainers” who have appointed themselves “experts” in the fields of national security and geo-politics and then use their forum to attack this nation, its leaders and its actions…. much to the delight and encouragement of our enemies.

WHAT I AM … is an American who understands the difference between “censorship” and “choice”. Evidently, these individuals do not, because when these same “celebrities” receive public ridicule for their offensive actions, the first thing they yell is “Censorship!”. What they seem incapable of understanding is… the right of free speech and dissent is shared equally by those offended… as well as those who offend. I support and will continue to support those films and performers whom I choose to … and refuse to support those I don’t. It is my right as an American … a right I will continue to enthusiastically exercise.

WHAT I AM … is a voter, tired of politicians, who, every time their voting records are subjected to public scrutiny, try to divert attention from their political and legislative failures by accusing their opponents of “attack ads” and “negative campaigning”…. and the news media who allow them to get away with it.

WHAT I AM … is a Catholic who loves his God and his Faith… and who’s been taught to respect all religions whose teachings are based in love, peace and charity. As such, I am embarrassed and ashamed of those individuals, in both private and public life, whose decisions and actions are devoid of any sense of character or morals; individuals who are only driven by what’s best for them … rather than what’s right … often times at the expense of many …. including our national security.

WHAT I AM … is a realist who understands that the terrorist attack that murdered hundreds of innocent Russian children could have occurred here, in our heartland. That’s why I sincerely believe America needs now, more than ever, a President who sees with a clear and focused vision and who speaks with a voice when heard by both friend and foe alike, is understood, respected and believed.

WHAT I AM … is eternally grateful to Ronald Reagan for having the bravery to speak out against Communism and the courage of his convictions in leading the fight to defeat it; and George W. Bush for the vision, courage, conviction and leadership he has shown in America’s war on terrorism amidst both the constant and vicious, personal and political attacks both he and his family are made to endure.

WHAT I AM … is a human being, full of numerous faults and failures, but a man nonetheless, who, though not always successful, has continually strived to do “what’s right” instead of “what’s easy”. A man who is challenging the religious leaders of all faiths, to not only preach to their congregations the fundamentals of “what’s right” and “what’s wrong”, but to also then hold them accountable for their actions in both the public and private sectors.

WHAT I AM … is disgusted with the Courts who, on one hand, call the murder of a pregnant woman a “double homicide” but then refer to the abortion of her baby as, “pro-choice”.

WHAT I AM … is someone deeply troubled by a political party which embraces a candidate whose primary “leadership” qualities center around his protesting of the Vietnam war and his labeling the honorable men and women who fought in it, (50,000 of whom gave their lives in that action), as rapists, and war criminals. That same political party then stepped forward this year to block the appearance of a true Vietnam war hero, retired Admiral and former United States Senator, Jeremiah Denton, (a man who spent seven years and seven torturous months in a North Vietnam prison), from speaking before an open session of the California legislature as part of that state’s 4th of July celebration. The reason Democrats gave for refusing to allow this American hero to speak before their state legislature was because of the “conservative” nature of his views. As an American, that troubles me deeply ….as well it should you.

WHAT I AM … is a man who feels the need to spend, $104, 655.60,(tax paid) of his own money, to purchase this advertisement, in order to set the story straight. Some may say this money would have been better spent feeding the world’s poor. At the risk of sounding self-serving, as an American and as a Republican, for the last six decades of my life, I have done exactly that… and more. Following the examples of my parents and grand parents, I have used my earnings to feed the poor, shelter the homeless, provide housing for the elderly and medical care for the sick….. and continue to do so… and I’m not alone in that work.

WHAT I AM … is someone who is paying for this announcement, at my sole expense, in hopes of opening the eyes of those led blindly by ill-informed elements of our great nation, who, through either ignorance, or malicious intent, repeatedly attack and belittle those of us who belong to a political party that holds true to the belief, “… the rights of the governed, exceed the power of the government”. For those interested, I am speaking only as a tax-paying individual who is in no way associated with The Republican National Committee, nor with any of its directors, or delegates.

WHAT I AM … is a man who understands, “the American way of life” is a message of self-empowerment for all.

WHAT I AM … is an American who is grateful that our nation gives each of us the opportunity of self-determination and the right to benefit from the fruits of self achievement.

WHAT I AM … is an American who wants to preserve that way of life for all who seek it.

WHAT I AM … is blessed to be an American…. and proud to be Republican.

George J. Esseff, Sr.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006



Rick Jackson

1. Compassion (I Pet. 3:8, Jude 22)

2. Holiness (Rm. 6:22, II Co. 7:1, I Th. 4:7)

3. Rejoicing (I Th. 5:16, Ph. 4:4)

4. Interceding (I Tm. 2:1)

5. Strength (I Co. 16:13, Eph. 6:10, II Tm. 2:1)

6. Trusting (Pr. 3:5-6)

So what's the one great underlying theme? Go back and take the first letter of the 6 principles stated. The Theme is CHRIST! He is the source for us of these principles and the chief example of them all (I Pe. 2:21).

1. Mk. 6:34, Heb. 5:2

2. Acts 3:13-15, Rm. 1:4

3. Mt. 18:12-14, Lk. 10:21

4. Rm. 8:26-27, 34; Heb. 7:25

5. Rev. 12:10, 18:8

6. Mt. 27:41

Back in the saddle again

I was out of town on an anniversary trip with my wife (30th)...uh, 30th anniversary not 30th wife. One and only wife. We went to St. Augustine where we had met at Flagler College in 1974. Maybe more pictures later. Rick

Sunday, July 09, 2006


Rick Jackson


I. "MAN" BE CHRISTLIKE (2:19-25) (Biblically based)

1. Let conscience rejoice (2:19-23, Mt. 5:10-12)[Be long-suffering]

2. Live Christ's righteousness (2:24)[Be saved]

3. Let Christ rule (2:25)[Be surrendered]


1. Live the lifestyle (v. 1-2)

2. Love the Lord (v. 3-4)

3. Trust God and do well (v. 5-6)


1. Get to know your wife!

2. Give honor to her physical state!

3. Give honor to her spiritual state!

Saturday, July 08, 2006


Rick Jackson

Ezekiel 14:14-20, Mk. 13:14


1. He purposed in his head (v. 1-4)

2. He purposed in his heart (v. 5-8)

3. He purposed in his humility (v. 9-16)


1. He had the right kind of friends (1:11, 17; 2:13-18)

2. He had the right kind of faith (1:12)

3. He had the right kind of faithfulness (6:1-5, I Co. 4:1-2)


1. He prayed courageously (6:10)

2. He prayed consistently (6:10, I Th. 5:17, Lk. 18:1)

3. He prayed confidently (6:10, 2:19-23) Gave thanks as he prayed (6:7)

The story is told of a Christian man who praised the Lord he was robbed. He was asked how he could thank the Lord for being robbed. He replied, "I thank the Lord that I have never been robbed before, that though they took my money they did not take my life, and I thank God that I was the one being robbed and not the one doing the robbing."

Wednesday, July 05, 2006



Rick Jackson

I. THE WORD OF GOD (v. 1-4, PS. 119:89, JN. 10:35)

1. Always against sin (v. 1-2)

2. Always for forgiveness (v. 3)

3. All given by inspiration (v. 4, II Tm. 3:16-17)


1. A world of possibilities (v. 5-9)

2. A world of potential (v. 10-19)

3. A world of pride (v. 20-26)


1. He preserves His Word (v. 27-28)

2. He punishes the Wicked (v. 29-31)

3. He persists in His Work (v. 32, Ps. 2)

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The UN-ACLU has no clue what this day is all about. These fellows do. God bless our leaders, God bless our troops, and God bless America!

Monday, July 03, 2006


HEBREWS 11:11-19

Rick Jackson

I. THE JOY OF FAITH (V. 11-12)

1. Is our strength (v. 11, Ez. 6:22, Ne. 8:10, Col. 1:11)

2. Is a result of deliverance (v. 11, Lk. 15:10, Jn. 16:21)

3. Is based on God’s faithfulness (v. 11-12, II Co. 1:24, Ga. 5:22, Ph. 1:25, Hb. 12:2)


1. “See” afar off (v. 13)

2. Are persuaded (v. 13)

3. Embrace it (v. 13)


1. The Heavenly land v. 14-16a, Rev. 21:10-21

2. The Heavenly hand (v. 16b, Rev. 21:22-23, Is. 59:1, 62:1-3,66:14)

3. The Heavenly band (v. 17-19, Rev. 21:24-27)

Sunday, July 02, 2006


HEBREWS 11:8-10

Rick Jackson


1. God calls people (v. 8, Mt. 9:13, 11:28)

2. God promises a place (v. 8, Jn. 14:1-6)

3. God keeps His promises (v. 8, Acts 2:39, 13:16-41)


1. Based on promises (v. 9, II Pt. 1:4)

2. Is temporary (v. 9, II Pet. 1:13-14, Rm. 8:17-25, II Co. 5:1)

3. Should be shared (v. 9, II Pet. 1:16-21)


1. The Heavenly city (v. 10, Rev. 21:10)

2. The Heavenly Builder (v. 10, Heb. 3:4)

3. The Heavenly Building (v. 10, Mt. 16:18, I Co. 3:9)

Saturday, July 01, 2006


Rick Jackson

As we approach the 230th birthday of the United States of America let us take the time to consider some American Declarations in the light of Scripture.


In the days of the early church many Christians died because they would not recognize Caesar as a god. They replied in effect, "We have no King but Jesus". In the 1700s when faced with the tyranny of an English crown many of the colonists took up the cry "NO KING BUT JESUS" before, during, and after the Revolutionary War! What did it mean to them and what should it mean to us?

1. We do believe in God (Ps. 146:1-2, Gn. 1:1, Heb. 11:6)

2. We don't believe in the divine right of kings (Ps. 146:3)

3. We do believe the Bible that Jesus is the coming King (II Tm. 4:1, II Pt. 1:11)


1. "We don't have to believe the Bible" (Gn. 2:16-17, 3:1, I Pt. 1:18-25, 5:8)

2. "We don't have to believe in God" (Ps. 14:1, Rm. 1:18-23)

3. "We don't have to believe in Jesus" (Jn. 1:11-12, Ph. 2:9-11)


1. We believe in creation (Gn. 1-2)

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator..."

2. We believe in individual rights (Mosaic Law, etc.)

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men..."

3. We believe in individual responsibility (Lk. 12:48)

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

"We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."