Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Pastor Rick Jackson

On October 31, 1517 "the priest and scholar Martin Luther approaches the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and nails a piece of paper to it containing the 95 revolutionary opinions that would begin the Protestant Reformation."

"In his theses, Luther condemned the excesses and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church, especially the papal practice of asking payment--called "indulgences"--for the forgiveness of sins. At the time, a Dominican priest named Johann Tetzel, commissioned by the Archbishop of Mainz and Pope Leo X, was in the midst of a major fundraising campaign in Germany to finance the renovation of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Though Prince Frederick III the Wise had banned the sale of indulgences in Wittenberg, many church members traveled to purchase them. When they returned, they showed the pardons they had bought to Luther, claiming they no longer had to repent for their sins.

"Luther's frustration with this practice led him to write the 95 Theses, which were quickly snapped up, translated from Latin into German and distributed widely. A copy made its way to Rome, and efforts began to convince Luther to change his tune. He refused to keep silent, however, and in 1521 Pope Leo X formally excommunicated Luther from the Catholic Church. That same year, Luther again refused to recant his writings before the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V of Germany, who issued the famous Edict of Worms declaring Luther an outlaw and a heretic and giving permission for anyone to kill him without consequence. Protected by Prince Frederick, Luther began working on a German translation of the Bible, a task that took 10 years to complete.

"The term "Protestant" first appeared in 1529, when Charles V revoked a provision that allowed the ruler of each German state to choose whether they would enforce the Edict of Worms. A number of princes and other supporters of Luther issued a protest, declaring that their allegiance to God trumped their allegiance to the emperor. They became known to their opponents as Protestants; gradually this name came to apply to all who believed the Church should be reformed, even those outside Germany. By the time Luther died, of natural causes, in 1546, his revolutionary beliefs had formed the basis for the Protestant Reformation, which would over the next three centuries revolutionize Western civilization." [these quoted paragraphs were provided by the website ]

Luther's ideas may have been revolutionary for a Catholic but the Baptists and other groups had always held many of these beliefs. For former Catholics it might have been a reformation, but for those whose colors had never dipped, whose faith had never faltered, whose foundation had always been the solid rock - a refocusing on these truths would be a revival not a reformation. Any Christian who gets away from these basic principles needs to refocus on these truths, repent of his backsliding and get revived by the Word of God, the Spirit of God and do the will of God.

What were the basic 5 tenets of the reformation/revival?


Sola Scriptura does not mean the Bible is the only source of truth, but it does mean it is the only completely authoritative source for truth. And if any other source contradicts the Bible that source, on that point, is wrong. All Truth is God's truth. Truth is of God. God's Word is Truth [Jn. 17:17]. God's way is Truth [Jn. 14:6]. Men's conclusions or interpretations of truth are not always true. The evolutionist and the Creationist both look at the same evidence but their interpretations of the evidence differ. The evidence isn't wrong, the interpretation of the evolutionist is wrong.

The same is true in the areas of religion. When someone attempts to teach against the clear doctrine of the Bible with their own fanciful notions they are wrong. Either deliberately or in ignorance. Often arrogance will not accept their own ignorance even in otherwise "good" Christians. It's their way or the highway. The old maxim is still true, "In major things -Unity, in minor things -Liberty, in all things -Charity." A Jr. High student once confronted his teacher about a class lesson. He said the teacher was wrong in his interpretation. The next day the teacher showed the boy several commentaries that supported his teaching. The boy got mad. His attitude was, "Don't confuse me with the facts, my mind is already made up!" This type of behavior is not limited to 7th graders.

Jesus constantly pointed to the Scriptures as proof of His person, His presence, His power (authority) and His Preeminence! "Search the Scriptures..."


Solus Christus refers to the doctrine of Christ's substitutionary work as being the one and only way for sinners to obtain salvation. Salvation is not found in the Church, good works, the baptismal pool, the 10 Commandments or the Golden rule. All of these are good and right BUT none of these aid in the actual work of the salvation of the soul. Christ's death and resurrection is the complete and only basis for salvation.

The song writer was correct:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.


Sola Gratia refers to the fact that Christ's payment is a free gift and cannot be earned by any supposed merit or works. [Rm. 6:23]

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

IV. SOLA FIDE [EPH. 2:8-9]

Sola Fide refers to the accessing of the free gift of God by faith alone [Rm. 4:1-13].


1 Corinthians 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Soli Deo Gloria completes and summarizes the rest. Think of it, the foundation is SOLA SCRIPTURA -God's Word, SOLUS CHRISTUS -God's Work -Christ did it all, SOLA GRATIA -God's Grace that bringeth salvation to all, SOLA FIDE -God's Way for sinners to access the grace, has to lead directly to SOLA DEO GLORY-God's glory. He did it all, He deserves ALL the glory!

1 Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

Psalm 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

Isaiah 42:12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.

Jeremiah wrote- Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. [Jeremiah 9:23-24]

Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


All of these quotes were gathered from Warren Wiersbe's excellent book Be Obedient. The quotes are Wiersbe's unless otherwise noted.


Many believers will not commit themselves to ministry in one church but move from church to church when pastors and music programs change.

Faith is not believing in spite of evidence; it is obeying in spite of consequence. - G.A. Studdert Kennedy

Life can be difficult, sometimes the enemy comes in like a flood. But then is the time to prove our faith and live our songs. - Amy Carmichael

When circumstances become difficult and you are in the furnace of testing, remain where God has put you until He tells you to move. Faith moves in the direction of peace and hope, but unbelief moves in the direction of restlessness and fear.

You are safer in a famine in His will than in a palace out of His will. It has well been said, "The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you."

Faith is living without scheming. - Pete Quist

A husband out of the will of God can bring untold trouble to his wife and family.

The heart of every problem is the problem in the heart.

Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil's alphabet, the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies. - Robert South

Abraham was separated but not isolated; he was independent, but not indifferent.

The better you know your Bible, the better you are equipped to fight the battle.

If we fail in the battle, it is not the fault of the equipment or the strategy of our Captain. Something is wrong with the soldiers.

"The trouble with the church, " said a pastor friend, "is that there are too many generals and not enough privates!"

Abraham was the father of the faithful. And Lot, his nephew, was the father of all such as are scarcely saved. - Alexander Whyte

Many things in this world are legal as far as courts are concerned but morally wrong as far as God's people are concerned.

Monday, October 29, 2007


It's the job that's never started that takes the longest to finish. - J.R.R. Tolkien

When the waves are over your head they are under His feet! - Jeremiah Dixon

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. - Aristotle

There are two groups of people in the world, One expecting to get to heaven by what they do, the other by what the Lord Jesus did, when He died for our sins, paid our debt in full. - Sumner Wemp

He (Lot) was not the first nor the last to sell spiritual riches for paltry riches of the world. It did not seem a bad decision to him at the time, for as one Bible teacher put it, "His downward path was so gradual and gentle that it seemed quite natural and safe." It was, however, a fatal choice. - John G. Balyo

The will of God is good,
Nothing this truth can dim;
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice with Him. - Anonymous

We sometimes perceive a conflict between our best interests and the will of God, but the conflict is only apparent. Our best interests are always on the side of doing God's will. Whatever loss we may suffer, whatever hardships we must endure, there are compensations and rewards, for eventually we reap what we sow. No man ever cheated himself by being true to the Lord and trusting Him with his well-being. - John G. Balyo

We can no longer live the way we once lived because we no longer are who we once were. - Elmer Delancey

Sunday, October 28, 2007



Pastor Rick Jackson


1. A GENEROUS OFFER [13:5-9]

2. A GIGANTIC MISTAKE [13:10-13]

3. A GRACIOUS LORD [13:14-18]


1. THE FORCES OF WAR [14:1-10]


3. THE FACE OF WISDOM [14:13-16]

Abram trusted God but did his part in preparation. He realized the kind of world he was in while he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.


1. STANDING IN FOR THE SAVIOUR [14:17-19, Heb. 5:5-6, 10; 6:17-20]

2. HONORING THE SAVIOUR [14:20, Heb. 7:1-7]



MARK 6:45-53

Pastor Rick Jackson

34% of Americans say they believe in ghosts, according to a poll by The Associated Press and Ipsos. That's the same percentage who believe in UFOs — exceeding the 19% who believe in spells/witchcraft. 48% believe in ESP.

23% say they have actually seen a ghost or "have been in one's presence, with the most likely candidates for such visits including single people, Catholics and those who never attend religious services. By 31 percent to 18 percent, more liberals than conservatives report seeing a specter."

Those who dismissed the existence of ghosts include Morris Swadener, 66, a Navy retiree from Kingston, Wash.
He says he shot one with his rifle when he was a child.
"I woke up in the middle of the night and saw a white ghost in my closet," he said. "I discovered I'd put a hole in my brand new white shirt. My mother and father were not amused."

3 in 10 have awakened sensing a strange presence in the room... singles are more likely than married people to say so.

14% — mostly men and lower-income people say they have seen a UFO.

Spells and witchcraft are more readily believed by urban dwellers, minorities and lower-earning people. Those who find credibility in ESP are more likely to be better educated and white — 51% of college graduates compared to 37% with a high school diploma or less.

Overall, the 48% who accept ESP is less than the 66% who gave that answer to a similar 1996 Newsweek question.

1 in 5 say they are at least somewhat superstitious, with young men, minorities, and the less educated more likely to go out of their way to seek luck. 26% of urban residents — twice the rate of those from rural areas — said they are superstitious, while single men were more superstitious than unmarried women, 31% to 17%.

The most admitted-to superstition, by 17%, was finding a four-leaf clover. 13% dread walking under a ladder or the groom seeing his bride before their wedding, while slightly smaller numbers named black cats, breaking mirrors, opening umbrellas indoors, Friday the 13th or the number 13.

Generally, women were more superstitious than men about four-leaf clovers, breaking mirrors or grooms prematurely seeing brides. Democrats were more superstitious than Republicans over opening umbrellas indoors, while liberals were more superstitious than conservatives over four-leaf clovers, grooms seeing brides and umbrellas.

The poll, conducted Oct. 16-18, involved telephone interviews with 1,013 adults and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


1. THE WORLD [v. 45-48] physical surroundings create atmosphere

2. THE FLESH [v. 48] physical state causes anxiety

3. THE DEVIL [v. 49-50a] spiritual adversaries take advantage of our weaknesses

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against ° flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.




2 Corinthians 5:6-8 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and ° willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.


Luke 16:22-23 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.




Matthew 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.


Saturday, October 27, 2007

Q: Why does God let violence happen?

A: There have been many episodes of students shooting classmates and teachers to death in America. After one such event, the headline of a newspaper article stated: “Why Did God Let That Happen?”

Why? Because we are all descendants of Adam—we have all sinned against our Creator. Because of our rebellion, God had to judge the world. What we see happening around us should be a reminder that we are living in a fallen, cursed universe. We need to be reminded over and over that it is not God who is to blame.

Not only this, but the increasing violence should remind us of something else. All through history we have seen that the more a nation turns away from God’s Word, the more perverse and violent a culture becomes.

Do you really want to do something to help prevent these kinds of things from happening? Then start teaching your children that the Bible, beginning with Genesis, is the foundation and absolute authority in all areas of life and conduct, that all humans are worthy of dignity and respect (since they were created in the image of God), and that they are accountable to God, their Creator.

This information was provided by Answers In Genesis, an excellent source of material relating to Creation and evolution. Please visit their website using the link in the upper left.

Friday, October 26, 2007

You can not stress the gospel too much

Sumner Wemp Oct 26, 2007 (see link upper left-hand corner)

You can not stress the gospel enough.

"I declare unto you the that Christ died for our sins...and that he was buried, and that he rose again and that he was seen by above 500 people" ! Cor 15:1-6. Time after time you hear people and preachers tell, "You ought share your faith" or "You ought to share Christ." NO. We need to stop saying that. We are to share the gospel! For it is the gospel that is "the power of God unto salvation" Rom. 1:16. If you want to see people get saved, born again, become new creatures, GIVE THEM THE GOSPEL.

Share you faith
It is common to talk about the "Baptist faith" or "Methodist faith" What it implies is the Baptist's or Methodist's doctrine. People are scared to death they are going to have to defend their beliefs. NO. We are to share the gospel not defend or declare or deliver our faith. There is a world of difference and we muddy the waters telling people to "share your faith." The truth is no one ever got saved by us sharing our "faith."

Sharing Christ
People often think they have "witnessed" if they admit they are a Christian or talk about Jesus or talk about church or religion. No, we witness when we tell the gospel.

Share the gospel
The "gospel" means "good news." Boy do we ever have good news for a sin sick, lost world. God has not asked us to share bad news but good news. Please let this soak in until you are so excited about telling family, friends, and foes the good news.

"Christ died on the cross"
Is not the gospel. Those two thieves died on a cross. The good news is not that Christ died for us. Those soldiers are dying for us. The gospel is the Christ died for our sins, paid the debt in full, rose again and was seen by hundreds. Sin is the bottom line problem. Read tracts listen to sermons carefully and it will shock you how often they say "Christ died for us" or "Christ died on the cross" and feel confident they have preached the gospel. THINK. The unsaved person does not have a clue what it really means that Christ died on the cross. The liberals look at it as though He was martyred or showing a great example of love. No, He was dying for your sins and mine. The debt has been paid in full! Now that is good news. The only reason I will not go to hell is Christ for all of my sins paid the debt in full and rose again and was seen by hundreds, the proof he was risen from the dead.

People aften say, "Sumner" you are a great soul-winner. NO. I just give the gospel over and over and as clear as possible. People then believe the gospel and receive the Lord Jesus and their lives are changed. Doesn't that make sense?

Someone said, "You have the best website with more encouragment" Enter the drawings for packs of tracts .Order some for you and your church 1-877-872-2871: Go to Feature Section, read encouraging articles

This is a real encouragement to me. I once had a person tell me I "preach too much Gospel". It dawned on me in all the time I have known them they have never shared with me about when they got to lead someone to Christ. I think Brother Wemp is more Biblical in this matter. I too hate to see a tract without the resurrection. I have had the head of the counseling arm of an otherwise solid ministry write me an ugly letter because I asked them to remember to include the resurrection in their tracts. Brethren, these things ought not so to be!

Thursday, October 25, 2007


Recently I started using a different daily devotional. This one is put out by ICR - The Institute for Creation Research and it is tremendous! I have found it easier to read each devotion as an email (since I check my email everyday anyway) than in booklet form, though it is available that way too! If you'd like to give it a try contact ICR at In the meantime here is another sample of their work (I have posted several previously):

The Joy of the Lord

Then He said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10).

Jerusalem's wall had been completed, God's Word had been honored, and there was a great day of rejoicing. The real joy in the hearts of the people, however, was not their joy--it was the joy of the Lord. They rejoiced because He rejoiced, and they shared His joy.

The Lord's joy is satisfied when His love is received and His purposes fulfilled. "The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing" (Zephaniah 3:17).

To attain His joy, He must first redeem from the penalty of sin and death those whom He had created in His own image. Therefore, He "for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2).

There will be a great day of rejoicing in the age to come when all the redeemed will be presented "faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy" (Jude 24). Until that day, however, "there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth" (Luke 15:10).

Joy is in the Lord's heart whenever His saving grace is received by a believing sinner. That same joy is likewise experienced by each believer whose testimony of life and word brings such a sinner to God.

Jesus said, "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full" (John 15:11). His joy is our joy, and the joy of the Lord is our strength. HMM


Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Pastor Rick Jackson


"We have access by one Spirit unto the Father" [Eph 2:18]

1. Think about Who and what God is

"God is holy" (1 Peter 1:16)
He is "the mighty God" [Isa. 9:7]
He is "the eternal God" [Deut. 33:27]

2. Remember we are to "fear God" [1 Peter 2:17]
It is no wonder that we all feel so unworthy to come to God for "help in time of need" [Hb. 4:16]

3. Learn that "the Holy Spirit helps our infirmities" [Rom. 8:26] and gives liberty, "for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" [2 Cor 3:17] to have access unto the Father.

"This is a reality as we 'walk in the Spirit.' Everything in the Christian life depends on us depending on the Holy Spirit to live the normal Christian life. If you are struggling in your prayer life, you are probably not 'consciously' depending on and 'walking' in the Spirit. We are invited to 'come boldly (not brashly) to the throne of grace that we may obtained mercy and find grace to help in the time of need' Heb 4:12. We have 'access by the Holy Spirit to the Father.' That is not just religious talk, it is the essential ingredient to coming to God in prayer and seeing answers to your prayer. " - Sumner Wemp


"YOU are an habitation of God THROUGH THE SPIRIT" [Eph 2:21, 22]

1. A Christian has been bought with a price! [I Cor. 6:20]

"Your body is a royal palace! You are the Buckingham Palace in the spiritual realm. God, the King of Kings, lives in your mortal body. Isn't that awesome! You and your body are sacred. Now doesn't that sober you and make your body and every place you go sacred?" - Sumner Wemp

It should make us want to sing, "The Lord is in His holy Temple, let all the world be silent."

2. "Glorify God in your body"

"For ye are bought with a price, (the precious blood of Christ) therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" [1 Cor. 6:20]

Glorify God through your eyes in what you see, "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes" [Psalm 101:3] "Look at the things that are eternal" [2 Cor. 4:18]

Glorify God through your ears in what you hear on radio, CD's or tapes! Mark 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

Glorify God through your mouth in what you say, "let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth" [Eph. 4:29] neither griping or gossiping.

3. Glorify God through your mind in what you think about

"Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, think on these things" [Phil. 4:8]

"This book (the Bible) thou shalt meditate therein day and night" Josh 1:8.

Sumner Wemp watched an hour long television program showing all that is done when her Majesty. the Queen comes to the Windsor Castle. He said, "Of course, the palace was a clean as a hounds tooth. It was spic and span, 'fit for a Queen.' Everything was done so Her majesty would be comfortable there, feel at home. How much more should our 'castle' our bodies be kept pure and in order so God will feel at home."


You can please God!

"This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased' Lk 3:22. You are His son, is He well pleased?

1. The carnal minded can't please Him

"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace...So then they that are in the flesh cannot PLEASE GOD. But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" Rom. 6-9.

2. They that are walking the flesh cannot please God.

One of the wonderful ministries of the Holy Spirit, as we walk in the Spirit, is to enable us to PLEASE GOD! Nothing could be finer! The man, Christ Jesus pleased God Jesus, the perfect example, PLEASED GOD

"And the Holy Ghost descended in bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice from heaven, which said, thou art my beloved Son; in thee I AM WELL PLEASED " Luke 3:22.

"And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee" Luke 4:14.

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor"...Luke 4:18.

"My meat is to do the will of Him that sent" John 4:32.

"For I do always those things that PLEASE HIM John 8:29.


"And Enoch walk with God and he was not for God took him" [Gen:5:24]
"By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death and was not found because God had translated him; for before his translation he had this testimony that he PLEASED GOD. But without faith it is impossible to PLEASE HIM." [Hebrews 11:5,6]

Do you want to please God? Deep down inside, do you want to PLEASE GOD? Jesus did it in the "power of the Holy Spirit." We too must PLEASE GOD, by the power of the Holy Spirit. YOU CAN! Are you walking in the flesh, producing the "works of the flesh" lusting for things or "walking in the Spirit" producing "the fruit of the Spirit"?

"The goal of every true disciple is to please God. The Bible is our guidebook, showing us how to do that." - Elisabeth Elliot

Know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come "For men shall be lovers of their own selves" 2 Tim 3:1, 2. "selfishness"

"Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush...Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways and see and ask for the old paths where is the good way and walk therein and ye shall find rest for your souls, but they said, We will not walk therein" [Jer 6:15, 16]

We as Christians must be ashamed of our sins, confess them, forsake them and make apologies and amends for those we have offended to please God. -Sumner Wemp

Most of this material was "borrowed" with permission from Sumner Wemp (see link in upper left corner)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A Rose by any other name...

In a small Midwestern conservative town, a new bar/tavern started building to open up their business. The local Baptist church started a campaign with petitions and prayers to block the bar from opening.

Work progressed, however, right up till the week before opening, when a lightning strike hit the bar, and it burned to the ground.

The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, "...either through direct or indirect actions or means."

The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise, in its reply to the court.

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork at the hearing and commented, "I don't know how I'm going to decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner that believes in the power of prayer and an entire church congregation that doesn't."

Monday, October 22, 2007


Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. - Bill Gates

Critics are a dime a dozen. Any fool can criticize! - Lee Roberson

The will of God is not an option, it's an obligation. - Wendell Calder

We have a troubled world, but we don't have to be troubled. - Fred Afman

God is not neutral! - David Bouler

Pride turned an angel into a devil. - Unknown

There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. - Pr. 12:18

Sunday, October 21, 2007


GENESIS 12:1-31:4

Pastor Rick Jackson


We saw last Sunday night Abram's failure in hesitating. He hesitated in leaving his country [v. 1, 11:31], his kindred [v. 1, 4-5] and his father [v. 1, 11:31-32] as God had said.

1. His separation was a matter of spiritual ties [12:1-3]

Joshua 24:2And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.

2. His hesitation was a matter of carnal ties [12:4, Acts 7:2-4]

3. His dedication was a matter of renewed ties [12:5-8, Acts 7:5]


1. Abram ran from the will of God [12:9-10]

2. Abram ran from the wall of God [12:11-16]

Running away, however, is never the correct way to respond to testings of faith, reasonable as it may seem. - John G. Balyo

3. Abram ran from the witness of God [12:17-20]


You can fail and not be a failure if you:

1. Remember the goodness of the Lord [13:1-2]

2. Return to the will of the Lord [13:3]

3. Repent toward God [13:4]

Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Q: What are “biblical glasses”?

A: Christians need to understand that because the Bible is the revealed Word of God, and a true record of history—we need to look at the world through the Bible. In other words, we should always put on our biblical glasses in order to understand the world.

For example, if you took your children to the Grand Canyon and they asked you how the layers of rock and the canyon formed, what would you say? If you put on your biblical glasses, you could answer this way:

Well, children, those layers contain fossils. The Bible teaches that there was no death before sin; therefore, these layers couldn’t have been laid down millions of years ago—before Adam sinned. But the Bible tells us about a global Flood—this would have created layers burying lots of dead things. And the catastrophic runoff would have carved the canyon.

Here is another example regarding dinosaurs.
When we put on our biblical glasses, we can say much about dinosaurs: they were created on the sixth day, so they coexisted with man; they ate plants before sin; they were on a huge boat that landed in the Middle East; and so on.

By building our thinking on the Bible—beginning with Genesis—we can put on biblical glasses so that we’re always ready to give answers to a world that needs them.

This information was provided by Answers In Genesis, an excellent source of material relating to Creation and evolution. Please visit their website using the link in the upper left.

Friday, October 19, 2007

How to use murder to witness the gospel

How to know
May I tell you how to know for sure you are going to heaven. Then I ask, If you died right now and went up to the gates of heaven and they asked you, Why should we let you into heaven, what would you say. This is the best question I have ever found to get to know where they really stand.

Here are some answers
"I love people", "I am doing all the good I can", "I believe in God", etc. Then I say, "Suppose someone ,molested and murdered you daughter and came before the judge and say, judge, I love people, I am doing the best I can. I do all the good I can. Can the judge say, that is fine, you can go free doing all of that." "I believe in God" and quote back to them why they think that ought to go to heaven. It is amazing how they catch on to this and see how wrong they were.

Never say,
"The first thing you need to realize, you are a sinner." I read every tract I can. Most start out by saying, the first thing you need to know is your are a sinner." When you do that you have slapped them in the face. They become defensive and is why so many never lead someone to Christ

This works
I use this all the time and never have someone not admit they have sinned. I say, "I don't know a thing about you but we are all in the same boat, we have all done wrong, We have all sinned. Haven't we? Saying it like that, I have never had a person not admit they have sinned. Saying "We have all done wrong first, most people equate sinning as murder or rape or some other horrible thing. Then to equate that doing wrong to sin, always gets them to admit they too have sinned.

Good news
Now you are ready to give them the gospel, the good news. Let this soak in. Remember this so you can tell it clearly.

More next time. You are loved by God and me. ABC C. Sumner Wemp Dallas, TX

Special announcement. NO ONE on our team gets one cent from this ministry. We all give into it. A good number have asked about giving to the missions project of getting tracts published in different languages around the world. You can now and get tax credit for it. Send money to "Northside Baptist Church, 3130 Moon Rd. Mesquite, TX 75150. Designate it to Tract Ministry. Every cent goes into this mission's project. We will keep you posted.

We love you. ABC C. Sumner Wemp (see link in upper left corner)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Subject: Lipstick in School

According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington was recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.

Every night the maintenance man would remove them and the next day the girls would put them back.

Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night (you can just imagine the yawns from the little princesses).

To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required.He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.

Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

There are teachers .... and then there are educators

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Pastor Rick Jackson


He is unique. He is singular. There isn't anyone or anything like Him.


A few years ago a businessman told the manager of one of his stores that only one person in that business was irreplaceable. The manager wisely and Scripturally reminded him, none but God is irreplaceable. Presidents come and go, even countries rise and fall, great prophets and Apostles go to their eternal destiny and the work of God continues. The Pastor is not irreplaceable. No position or person is- save God alone.

Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?


People can be brought down low, humbled and disgraced but not so with the Lord.

1 Chronicles 29:11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.

He is bigger than our problems.

3. GOD IS IRREFUTABLE! [IS. 45:18-23]

The hymnwriter Joseph Scriven wrote:

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

II. THE GOD WE SERVE IS FAITHFUL! [1 Thessalonians 5:18-24]

1. GOD THE FATHER IS FAITHFUL! Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

Hosea 11:12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints.

2. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT IS FAITHFUL! 1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

3. GOD THE SON IS FAITHFUL! 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.


1. GOD THE FATHER WILL NOT FORSAKE US! Deuteronomy 4:31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

Psalm 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.


And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

3. GOD THE SON WILL NOT FORSAKE US! [Hebrews 13:5-7]

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer. Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer! In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Give a tract to someone delivering, passing out or selling something

Give a gospel tract to those delivering, passing out, or selling something.

Someone comes to your door, delivering, passing out, or selling something. Have tracts on a table near your door. Thank them for their delivering and then say, "Let me give you something, you will like this, it just tells you how to get to heaven". You don't have to be slick Willie or tricky Dick, just offer them a tract. Wait a few seconds to see if they respond in any way.

The best question
Then I ask, "Can I ask you my pet question?" No one has ever refused when I ask that so I just keep using it. I ask, "Do you know for sure you are going to heaven." very few say for sure they know they are going to heaven. Many will reply, "I hope so, I am doing the best I can. I am trying. I don't know. " Here is the best analogy. "Suppose you ask me, "Sumner, are you married." Here is the clincher, Suppose I answer, "I hope so. I am doing the best I can. I am trying to be, I don't know." Just repeat what thy told you about going to heaven. It works.It is amazing how they catch on to that. You either are or not.

How to know
Can I tell you how to know for sure you are going to heaven. Then I ask, If you died right now and went up to the gates of heaven and they asked you, Why should we let you into heaven, what would you say. This is the best question I have ever found to get to know where they really stand. To be continued.

Sometimes you reap
In a Home Depot I was looking for something and could not find it. Sandy came up and asked, "Can I help you?" I said Sandy, I need a lot of help. She took me right to what I needed. Graciously I thanked her and gave her a gospel tract and said this just tells you how to go to heaven, She blurted out, "I need that." I told her how God loved her and His Son, the Lord Jesus, suffered and died for our sins, paid our debt in full, rose again and was seen by hundreds." She was so ready and prayed out loud right there to receive the Lord Jesus as her Savior with tears in her eyes.

Special announcement.
NO ONE on our team gets one cent from this ministry. We all give into it. A good number have asked about giving to the missions project of getting tracts published in different languages around the world. You can now and get tax credit for it. Send money to "Northside Baptist Church, 3130 Moon Rd. Mesquite, TX 75150. Every cent goes into this mission's project.

We will keep you posted. We love you. ABC Sumner Wemp (see link top left)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A Divine Controversy

Hear ye, O mountains, the Lord's controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the Lord hath a controversy with His people, and He will plead with Israel" (Micah 6:2).

It might not occur to average Christians that God is interested in presenting them with His arguments. They might not think it possible that they are in a state of controversy with God. Certainly the Jewish nation at the time of the prophets needed to be alerted to this fact. God challenged them further: "O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me" (v.3). God wanted to have a candid debate with his people.

The prophet Hosea similarly challenged the people about this divine controversy. "Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land" (Hosea 4:1).

The religious activity of the people in those days had become mere rote rituals without any emotional relationship. The prophet asked them, "Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil?" (Micah 6:7). God's primary desire is for our lives to be in conformity to His will, not for us to give Him a formalistic, token religious devotion. "He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (v.8).

Still today God carries this same desire for a frank, honest dialogue about our spiritual condition. Jeremiah 25:31 states, "for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, He will plead with all flesh." We need to regularly pause, reassess our relationship with God, and prepare for a frank discussion. DW


Monday, October 15, 2007


Yesterday I "celebrated" 15 years as pastor of BBC. I was reflecting on my years here with mixed feelings. Hundreds have been saved through the various ministries over these 15 years but very few of those have translated into current membership for the church. We are a small church.

Why have some not come to our church or not stayed? Some of the people saved didn't live in our area. Some people have gone on to glory, some have sought for churches with more bells and whistles. Some didn't like different church members or even the pastor. It's hard for me to say in some cases.

We rejoice over the missionaries we help to support. We rejoice over the souls saved and lives changed even if they don't join our church. We rejoice in the blessings of God over the years.

We weep over failed opportunities. We weep over those who have forsaken us, having loved this present world. We weep over unintentional offenses that might have caused some weak brethren to stumble.

We continue to stand on the Word of God, the Gospel of Christ and look for the Blessed Hope. We continue to preach the Gospel though we were once told we preach too much Gospel. (Is that even possible? What is that? Too much Gospel?)

Am I a failure? Maybe I am. But that's not for men or me to decide.
Rom. 14:
4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or ° die, we are the Lord's.
9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or ° why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord °, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

Luke 6:42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.

The church had a fellowship meal after the evening service to commemorate my 15 years as pastor. They gave me a nice gift and the fellowship was sweet. One man decided this was the perfect occasion to tell me he and his family were leaving the church (partly due to me, partly due to other things). Yesterday I "celebrated" 15 years as pastor of BBC.

Sunday, October 14, 2007


GENESIS 12:1-3

Pastor Rick Jackson

Almost every day we hear promises. Ads promise us happiness, weight loss, a perfect smile, the toughest truck or even the perfect match in a mate. People promise us their presence, their support, their undying gratitude. Countries promise they won't develop nuclear weapons, they won't restrict freedom of religion, and that all will be well. Ads lie, people lie, countries lie, Satan lies, parents lie, children lie, mates lie, preachers lie, heathen lie, Christians lie but GOD NEVER LIES!

When God makes a promise, He keeps it. When God says it, it's a promise. The Word of God is stedfast and true. If you get nothing else out of this message- get this. God keeps His Word. His promises are true. He does not lie!


The story of Abram is not the story of a perfect man. It is the story of a fallible man with a perfect, infallible God. Abram didn't start out as "the friend of God", he became the friend of God. In many ways he failed. He lied, he feared, he failed to focus on what was important and, as in this chapter, he hesitated.






The nation of Israel qualifies on many levels. For it's survival, for it's strength, for it's history, for it's future... God made of Abram a great nation.


Abram went from a childless, nomad to Abraham, a father of multitudes, a man of wealth and "the friend of God."


Abraham is better known by more people today than Bush, Clinton, or Obama or Osama. He is respected by Jews, Christians and Muslims. His name is great indeed.


Quite literally fulfilled and used both in the Old Testament and New Testament.

Mark 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?

Luke 20:37 Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.


History has shown this to be true in Abram's life and even in the life of his offspring. Nations have been prospered by being kind to the Jews. Egypt prospered under Joseph, Nebuchadnezzar prospered with Daniel, even Rome prospered when it regarded the offspring of Abraham. England and America are but two modern day examples that come to mind.


Even a nation that had been blessed by God for it's treatment of Israel learned the hard truth when it turned from blessing to cursing. Egypt, Babylon, Rome, England, etc. Is America next?



His failures, like our failures are, not what made him who he was, and is, in the eyes of God. It is his faith in God that makes him stand out.

Hebrews 11:8-10 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.



Pastor Rick Jackson

There is a big difference between wants and needs. A child may want to eat candy and cake for every meal but their bodies need a more balanced diet. Some people want to win the lottery but more than one family has found that winning the lottery ruined their lives. What the world the flesh and the Devil wants for Christians is certainly NOT what Christians need!


1. CORRUPTION [8:20-28]

The world wants to corrupt your worship, your witness, your Christianity. "Keep it acceptable to everybody. Don't offend us by praying in Jesus' name, or saying "Merry Christmas" or having a cross on a water tower. Don't get too far from the world. Be ecumenical. Don't preach against sin. Don't go to church too much, once a week is more than enough."

2. CONTAINMENT [10:8-11]

The world doesn't want children to learn the faith. "Let us teach them evolution. Let us teach them our viewpoints. Wait until they're older before you teach them Christianity."
Mark 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

3. COMPROMISE [10:21-27]

The world says, "You can be religious, just don't go overboard! Don't spend too much. Don't tithe. Keep your religion separate from the rest of your life. Don't waste your money on religious stuff."


1. THE BLOOD [EX. 12:3-5 "a Lamb...the Lamb...your Lamb", v. 7, 12-13]

Job 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Revelation 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith,...

2. THE BOOK [12:14]

Proverbs 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.


1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Hebrews 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Q: Uluru—a testimony to Noah’s Flood?

A: Although you may never have heard the name before, Uluru is a monumental testimony to the creation account written in God’s Word, the Bible. In fact, Uluru is the biggest rock in the world and just happens to be the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock in Australia.

This enormous rock rises over 1,000 feet above the desert sands, with many additional layers under the surrounding sand. The evidence indicates that the near-four-mile-thick sandstone layer making up this rock had to be deposited quickly. Evolutionists, though, insist that this landmark formed slowly over millions of years.

However, the sandstone making up this rock, called Arkose, is composed of grains that are of many different sizes and are very jagged. This indicates that the grains were deposited quickly. You see, if the grains had been transported slowly over millions of years, they’d be rounded and sorted—the opposite of what scientists find.

Also, the feldspars in the rock are fresh and shiny. If the rock was millions of years old, they’d have turned into clay!

There’s so much evidence—from all around the world—that fits with the explanation from Genesis about Noah’s Flood. That’s why creation geologists believe Uluru was formed quickly, fitting with what we find in Genesis.

This information was provided by Answers In Genesis, an excellent source of material relating to Creation and evolution. Please visit their website using the link in the upper left.

Friday, October 12, 2007


There was an elderly man visiting a doctor for his check-up. As he was leaving he asked the doctor if he could recommend a specialist for his wife. "What's wrong with her?" asked the doctor. The old man explained that her hearing was getting so bad that it was almost embarrassing.

The doctor said he knew of several specialists that could help but he wanted the old man to do a little test when he got home to help the doctor determine the severity of her hearing loss. The doctor said "When you get home, make sure your wife's back is turned to you and ask her a question. If she doesn't respond walk closer and ask her again. Keep doing this until she answers and let me know the results".

That night when the old man opened the door of his home he could see his wife in the kitchen preparing dinner. She was at the counter with her back to the door. "What's for dinner?" the old man asked. His wife did not respond so he walks to the doorway of the kitchen and asked the question again. Still, he was greeted with silence. This time he walks up just behind her and asks once again "What's for dinner?" His wife spins around a bit agitated and says "For the third time, Fried Chicken!!"

She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter as she'd done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, "But Gramma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!"


After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, "Who was THAT?"


A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"


My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?" I mentally polished my halo while I asked, "No, how are we alike?" "You're both old," he replied.


A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's word processor. She told him she was writing a story. "What's it about?" he asked. "I don't know," she replied. "I can't read."


I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued. At last she headed for the door, saying sagely, "Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!"


When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, "It's no use, Grandpa. The mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights."


When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, "I'm not sure." "Look in your underwear, Grandpa," he advised. "mine says I'm four to six."

A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, "Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today." The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. "That's interesting," she said, "how do you make babies?" "It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'."


Children's Logic: "Give me a sentence about a public servant," said a teacher. The small boy wrote: "The fireman came down the ladder pregnant." The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you know what pregnant means?" she asked. "Sure," said the young boy confidently. "It means carrying a child."


A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties. "They use him to keep crowds back," said one child. "No," said another, "he's just for good luck." A third child brought the argument to a close. "They use the dogs," she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrants..

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Gospel of Prosperity

Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you" (Romans 1:10).

This mention of the word "prosperous" is the first of the only four occurrences of the Greek word enodoo (meaning literally "good journey," but translated "prosper" or "prosperous") in the New Testament. Here it is actually rendered "prosperous journey."

It is obvious that Paul was not praying for his journey to prosper financially, for the next verse indicates his long desire had been to "impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established" (Romans 1:11).

However, the word has come to include any kind of prospering, as in I Corinthians 16:2, when Paul urged Christians to provide financial help for other Christians in need. "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him," he said.

The term can also refer to physical and spiritual health. Its two other occurrences are in III John 2. "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." Unfortunately, certain teachers of these latter days have taken the Biblical teaching of spiritual prosperity to mean financial prosperity, which they teach is the right of every Christian. But this "prosperity gospel" is so clearly unscriptural that it is merely a testimony to the cupidity of the Christians who believe it. "They that desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts," warned Paul (I Timothy 6:9). And to whatever extent God does prosper us financially, it is strictly for the purpose of helping others, not to indulge ourselves. "Charge them that are rich in this world, that . . . they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute . . ." (I Timothy 6:17-18). HMM


Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Pastor Rick Jackson

The New Testament has a lot to say about what we do "in the flesh" or "in the Spirit". When we give in to our carnal desires, our old nature, we are in the flesh. When we listen to the indwelling Holy Spirit, follow the Word of God, honor the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father- we are "in the Spirit." Now the reason I mentioned 4 things about being in the Spirit is it's possible to do right wrongly and thus not really be "in the Spirit".

A lost person can tithe, witness, sing, preach or what have you but it's NOT "in the Spirit." Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

A Christian can do likewise and not be "in the Spirit." Galatians 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

There are many things we should do "in the Spirit". The one I want us to study tonight is the fact that we should: WORSHIP IN THE SPIRIT -

Ironside said, "Real worship is that of the heart, when the Spirit of God takes of the things of Christ and show them unto us. As we are occupied with Him, true praise and adoration ascend to the Father."

I. The right authority [John 4:19-26]

People say, "How do you know you're right and everyone else is wrong?" We don't, we know He's right and everyone else is wrong. Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

II. The right access [Phil. 3:1-16]

Worship is not about what makes us feel good or what we like. True worship is about being and doing what He says is right.

III. The right attitude [Revelation 1:9-18]

Worship is not about lifting us up, it's about recognizing Who He is and what we are!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

If our gospel be hid, Satan did it, he hates for you to witness

Satan blinds the minds
"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest the light of this glorious gospel should shine unto them" and they get saved. 2 Cor.. 4:3,4. Let's face it, Satan is doing all he can to send your family, your children and friends to hell.

"Be sober, serious, because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" 1 Peter 5:8.

Satan binds the minds
He will do all he can to bind your mind and your tongue to keep you from sharing this good news, that God loves you and sent His Son, the Lord Jesus to suffer and die for your sins and mine, paid our debt in full, was buried, rose again and was seen by hundreds. That is the good news, the gospel, the full gospel we are to share. Please don't let him stop YOU. Get in the game. Let's change the world, one soul at a time.

Defeat the devil
You overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of your testimony" Rev. 12:11. As Israel applied the blood of the lamb to the door of their homes, by faith apply the blood of the Lamb to the door of your heart and mind and defeat the devil today. Resist the devil and he will flee from you" James 4:7.

"Obedience is better than sacrifice"
Like Peter, say "At thy word I will" and "let down your nets", go "fishing for men" and see what God will do. Remember the joy it brings to the sinner, to you, to friends and family and to the Lord God of glory Luke 15: 4-7.

I LOVE YOU ABC Sumner Wemp (see link)

"If we are not telling others about God we are not telling God about others".

Monday, October 08, 2007

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Sunday, October 07, 2007



Pastor Rick Jackson

Genesis chapter 10 has been called "The Table of the Nations" and chapter 11 gives the history of the Tower of Babel. These two chapters wrap up the first section of Genesis sometimes referred to as the universal section since it deals with mankind in general. In the last few verses we are introduced to Abram who will change the direction of Genesis. The first 11 chapters cover over 2000 years and the remaining 39 chapters only cover about 350 years. Chapters 1-11 are centered around 4 key events (Creation, the Fall, the Flood and the Tower of Babel) whilst chapters 12-50 are centered around 4 key individuals (Abraham, Isaac, Israel & Joseph). These chapters are like a High School commencement. They spell the end of an era but more importantly, the commencement of a new era. The rise of Abraham brings us closer to the seed of the woman who we learn will also be of the seed of Abraham, Isaac, Israel, and Judah! (Note that Christ will come thru Judah not Joseph but Joseph plays an important part... every part is important but every part is not the same!)

Deuteronomy 32:8 When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.

Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;




J. Vernon McGee notes the work of H.S. Miller, a scholar with a masters in ethnology as giving where the peoples of the world originated. "Russians, Bohemians, Polish, Slovaks, Croatians, etc. came from Magog. The Indians and the Iranic races: Medes, Persians, Afghans, Kurds, etc., all came from Madai. From Javan we have the Greeks, Romans, ...French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italians, etc. Coming from Tiras are the Thracians, the Teutons, the Germans... Scandanavians
(and) ...the English people."


Chapter 10 is a genealogical chapter not a chronological chapter. It is not a full genealogy but a particular genealogy, picking out the necessary individuals. Chapter 11 gives the details only hinted at in verses 5, 8-10, 20, 25, 31-32.



Nimrod is singled out because he evidently was a leader at Babel perhaps the instigator of the tower. He was a mighty hunter (some say of dinosaurs, some say the souls of men, perhaps he used his hunting prowess to impress the men of his day). God noticed what he was doing and at the right time He moved to nip the rebellion in the bud.


From Ham there came the "Ethiopians ...the Phoenicians ...Hittites... Jebusites... Amorites... Girgashites... Hivites... Egyptians." JVMcG




It is thought from the name "Eber" sometimes called "Heber" comes the term "Hebrews"


The line actually begins again at Genesis 11:10!

3. THE PATTERN REHEARSED [v. 25, 31-32]

The division is mentioned again. Is it a land division or a language division is view here. Probably both. Obviously the history of the Tower of Babel is about to be given. When the people separated because of the languages then land shifts undoubtedly occurred (earthquakes, ice bridges melting, erosion of weak land bridges, etc.).


1. THE ATTITUDE [v. 1-4]

Concerning Abraham, Hebrews 11:10 says "For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."

2. THE ALTITUDE [v. 4-6]

Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

3. THE APTITUDE [v. 7-9]


1. THE TALLY OF TIME [v. 10-25]

2. THE TRAIL OF TRIALS [v. 26-32]

In which we meet:

Terah- the man who stopped

Nahor- the man who stayed

Lot- the man who strayed

Abraham- the man who obeyed

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Q: How can death be a “battle” about history?

A: We live in a world of death. Animals die; people die. Death, suffering, bloodshed, violence, and disease pervade the world. How did all this happen? And why do we have a world so full of life and yet totally permeated by death?

If you take the book of Genesis as literal history, then death is an intrusion into this world. The Bible describes it as an “enemy.” The first man, Adam, rebelled against God. As a result, the once-perfect world suffered corruption. The Apostle Paul says the whole cosmos groans because of sin. But the Bible also reveals that, one day, death will be thrown into the lake of fire—there will be a new heavens and a new earth, restored to the way it was before sin.

But if you believe in billions of years for the age of the earth and universe, then you also must accept that the fossil layers, full of dead things, were formed over millions of years before man. Thus, this history, based on man’s beliefs, teaches that death, disease, violence, and bloodshed were around for millions of years before man was created—millions of years before the Fall.
What a stark contrast. The heart of the age-of-the-earth controversy is a “battle” between two histories of death. But think about it: only the Bible’s account concerning death gives us hope.

This information was provided by Answers In Genesis, an excellent source of material relating to Creation and evolution. Please visit their website using the link in the upper left.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Those Whom God Calls Fools

Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? is not He thy father that hath bought thee? hath He not made thee, and established thee?" (Deuteronomy 32:6).

This rebuke was by Moses, as he warned the people of God just before their entrance into the Promised Land. It contains the first use of the Hebrew nabal (translated "fool" or "foolish") in the Bible. Here it is applied to God's chosen people after they had been redeemed out of Egyptian slavery by God. This implies that the most foolish of all people are those who have known about God and His great salvation and yet have turned away from His Word.

Paul writes in similar scathing terms of those who had known of God's great deliverance of their fathers from the evil world before the Flood, and yet then abandoned Him for idolatry. "When they knew God, . . . their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:21-22).

David used the same word about those who decide they can explain things without God, just as do so many intellectuals in modern America. "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. . . . Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God" (Psalm 53:1,4).

Even prophets and preachers can become fools if they follow their own wisdom instead of God's Word. "Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!" (Ezekiel 13:3).

Jesus similarly rebuked even those He dearly loved, because they were surprised and discouraged when He was crucified. "O fools," He said, because they had been "slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken" (Luke 24:25). God help us to maintain believing hearts, not foolish hearts, as we serve Him! HMM


October 2007

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Wrong on Two Counts

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God" (Matthew 22:29).

When the Sadducees, who were the theological, philosophical, and scientific elite of the day, came to Jesus with a trick question in an attempt to discredit Him, He responded with the stinging rebuke in our text. While His response dealt specifically with the fact of resurrection and the nature of the after-life, His two-fold evaluation of self-reliant scholars still fits today, particularly in regard to evolutionary speculations.

By the time Darwin had published his book, Origin of Species, attributing evolutionary progression to natural selection, he had probably become an atheist and so set about to ascribe creation to natural causes. He attributed to nature, abilities which clearly belong to God alone. He knew something of the Scriptures, but his memoirs show that he had little understanding of basic Biblical teaching. He felt that if there was a God, He had little power or had not been involved in the affairs of this earth. Most atheistic evolutionists today follow Darwin's intellectual footsteps.

But what of Christian intellectuals, theistic evolutionists, progressive creationists, or advocates of the framework hypothesis, who claim to know God but yet deny His awesome power in creation? They too reject the clear teaching of Scripture regarding creation, relegating God to the mundane task of overseeing the evolutionary process, reducing His power to something potentially accomplishable by man. Peter aptly describes this attitude when he calls it willful ignorance (II Peter 3:5).

It has been suggested by some that all human error can be traced to one or both of these categories: not knowing (and/or believing) the Scriptures and underestimating the power of God. JDM


From Days of Praise October 3, 2007

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Pastor Rick Jackson

There are two basic sins against the Holy Spirit involving Christians. By that I mean, there are many ways for a born-again believer to sin against the blessed Holy Spirit but they basically fall into two categories.


When we know we ought to do something, either by the Word of God or the leading of the Holy Spirit in another fashion and we don't do what we ought, it is a sin of omission. We are omitting something we should be doing. This quenches the Holy Spirit. When a lost person does this enough he sins against the Spirit, blasphemes the Spirit, and eventually God says, "My Spirit will not always strive with man." When a saved person does this it is another matter.

1. Quenching the Spirit limits God in our lives. [Ps. 78:41, John 7:37-39]

2. Quenching the Spirit limits us in God's service [Rm. 8:4-13]

3. Quenching the Spirit limits the fruits of the Spirit [Gal. 5:16-25]


When we know we should not do something by the Word of God or by the leading of the Holy Spirit and we do it anyway, it is a sin of commission. We are committing an act we should not be doing, we are sinning. This grieves the Holy Spirit.

1. Grieving the Holy Spirit leads to loss of joy [Ps. 51:12]

2. Grieving the Holy Spirit leads to loss of fellowship [Ps. 66:18]

3. Grieving the Holy Spirit leads to loss of usefulness [I Cor. 9:24-27]

Continual quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit will lead to chastening [Heb. 12:6] and eventually an early death [I Cor. 11:30-32]


When you get right down to it, sins of commission and sins of omission are two sides of the same coin. Both displease God by grieving or quenching the Holy Spirit. The solutions are basically the same.

1. Confess the sin [I Jn. 1:9]

2. Forsake the sin [Proverbs 28:13]

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

3. Yield to the Holy Spirit [Rm. 6:11-19, 8:1-4, 26-27]