Sunday, May 31, 2009
Pastor Rick Jackson
I. GOD'S RESPONSE TO ISRAEL'S SIN [v. 1-3]
1. I will keep My Word [v. 1]
2. I will send My Angel [v. 2]
3. I will not go in your midst [v. 3]
II. ISRAEL'S RESPONSE TO GOD'S REACTION [v. 4-10]
1. They Mourned [v. 4a, Mt.5:4]
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
2. They Obeyed [v. 4b-6]
3. They Worshipped [v. 7-10]
Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
III. THE RESPONSE OF AND TO PRAYER [v. 11-23, James 4:16-18]
1. The Rest of Presence [v. 11-14, Hebrews 4:9]
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
2. The Rest of Separation [v. 15-17, I Peter 2:1-12]
3. The Rest of Glory [v. 18-23, Psalm 16:9]
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
May 26, 2009
As I lined up with hundreds of others to get inside London’s famed Natural History Museum to visit its new Darwin exhibition (England is celebrating Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday this year), I couldn’t help but wonder: was this going to be some kind of attempt at mind control? After I went through the exhibition, there was no doubt!
The Darwin exhibit reminded me of one of those bizarre science fiction movies where people line up to be placed in a special machine and emerge like robots; these people now can’t think for themselves, and they end up being like those people who brainwashed them.
In a related way, I found the Darwin exhibit to be a very clever form of mind control, basically consisting of:
1. Setting up straw-men arguments that totally misrepresent what Bible-believing Christians accept.
2. Showing how wrong Christians are for believing the things they supposedly believe (which they don’t believe in the first place!).
3. Convincing visitors that Darwinian evolution is true, and that one is a fool to believe otherwise (and certainly foolish to believe the Bible).
Actually, this kind of mind control is already being used constantly on America’s children through the public education system, the secular media, and science museums (even in many Christian schools and colleges, sadly). Using London’s Darwin exhibition, let’s look at how they are using mind control:
1. Visitors read this display:
Before Darwin was born most people in England accepted certain ideas about the natural world as given. Species were not linked in a single family tree. They were unconnected, unrelated and unchanged since the moment of their creation and earth itself was thought to be so young, perhaps only 6000 years old, that there would not have been time for species to change. . . . Before Darwin, it was still possible to see the world as timeless, eternal and unchanging.
Wrong. That’s a straw man. People who know and believe their Bible are aware that the earth has indeed changed because of what’s recorded in Genesis (the entrance of sin, the event of Noah’s Flood, and its account of the Tower of Babel). Those who believe God’s Word know that two of every “kind” (seven of some) of land-dwelling animal were on Noah’s Ark. All the different species (there can be thousands of species within one kind) of land animals that are alive today descended from the “kinds” that got off the Ark. Yes, animals have changed—and the earth has changed drastically since Adam sinned.
In fact, before Darwin came along, people were breeding different sorts of dogs, cats, pigeons, and so on. Even in the Darwin exhibit, it is stated that “he [Darwin] was aware that people often bred animals with desirable traits and that over time such breeding exaggerated small differences. . . . Dogs were dogs but a tiny lap dog and a large lean greyhound look nothing alike.” I just wonder how many visitors noticed this gross inconsistency.
Of course, everyone knows that animals change. The exhibition’s straw-man argument—that Bible-believers think that animals within a species can’t change—is set up so that the trustworthiness of the Bible can easily be knocked down.
2. Now that the museum visitors are beginning to have their minds controlled to think that Bible-believers don’t accept that things have changed, the exhibition’s mind controllers state:
Discoveries in geology had already challenged the idea that the world and all its species had been created at the same time a few thousand years ago. Fossils clearly show that in past ages the world had been inhabited by different species than those existing today . . .
So, Bible-believers supposedly don’t believe animals change, but Darwin figured out that they do, proving the Bible wrong. These changes were his evidence of evolution (e.g., ape-like creatures turning to people).
This, too, is designed to make London’s museum visitors think that they have to reject the Bible’s account of origins and a young earth.
3. Now, here was the final step in indoctrinating visitors to disbelieve the Bible through mind control. They are indoctrinated to believe in an additional straw-man: creationists don’t accept that new species can form. But we do. We have stated innumerable times that speciation occurs—and that natural selection happens (as we show in a new exhibit at the Creation Museum). But we declare that speciation cannot result in Darwinian evolution— the idea that one totally different kind of creature (not species) changes into a totally different kind (e.g., the reptile kind becoming the bird kind). The London exhibit says:
Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is the only scientific explanation for the spectacular diversity of life on earth. It provides a powerful framework for understanding nature and is one of the essential theories of the very core of science. . . . As Darwin himself anticipated some people have held to the conviction that species are the result of special creation through the action of a Creator. Some find incompatible with their religious beliefs the concept that humans share a common ancestry with earlier primates and that humans and other species evolved over immense spans of time. Creationism, including Intelligent Design, does not offer a scientific alternative to the theory of evolution by invoking the act of a Creator or an Intelligent Designer as the explanation for large diversity.
Sad, isn’t it?
The Bible warns us about such mind controllers at the Darwin exhibition: it is they “who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). Now I ask: to what extent have the mind controllers of this age influenced you and your family, and not just with the creation/ evolution question? Think about it. Then make sure you keep supplying yourself with answers to defend our Christian faith!
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, May 29, 2009
"All God's biddings are enablings." -Frances Ridley Havergal
"A true love of God must begin with a delight in his holiness." -Jonathan Edwards
"The great place in life is the place of God's choosing." - Clarence Sexton
"The will of God for some will be an obscure village or a small town. God's work is not done by our logical schemes and plans; God's work must be done God's way." - Scott Pauley
"As I prayed there alone... He heard my prayer and He came to me on the mountainside. I wanted to serve God and my country too. I only wanted to do what would please Him." - Sgt Alvin C. York
Thursday, May 28, 2009
In Brooklyn, New York, Chush is a school that caters to learning disabled children. Some children remain in Chush for their entire school career, while others can be mainstreamed into conventional schools.
At a Chush fund-raising dinner, the father of a Chush child delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.
After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he cried out, "Where is the perfection in my son Shaya? Everything God does is done with perfection. But my child cannot understand things as other children do. My child cannot remember facts and figures as other children do. Where is God's perfection?"
The audience was shocked by the question, pained by the father's anguish, stilled by the piercing query.
" I believe," the father answered, "that when God brings a child like this into the world, the perfection that he seeks is in the way people react to this child."
He then told the following story about his son Shaya:
One afternoon Shaya and his father walked past a park where some boys Shaya knew were playing baseball. Shaya asked, "Do you think they will let me play?"
Shaya's father knew that his son was not at all athletic and that most boys would not want him on their team. But Shaya's father understood that if his son was chosen to play it would give him a comfortable sense of belonging.
Shaya's father approached one of the boys in the field and asked if Shaya could play. The boy looked around for guidance from his teammates. Getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said "We are losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him up to bat in the ninth inning."
Shaya's father was ecstatic as Shaya smiled broadly. Shaya was told to put on a glove and go out to play short center field.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shaya's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shaya's team scored again and now with two outs and the bases loaded with the potential winning run on base, Shaya was scheduled to be up. Would the team actually let Shaya bat at this juncture and give away their chance to win the game? Surpassingly, Shaya was given the bat.
Everyone knew that it was all but impossible because Shaya didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, let alone hit with it. However as Shaya stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shaya should at least be able to make contact.
The first pitch came in and Shaya swung clumsily and missed. One of Shaya's teammates came up to Shaya and together the held the bat and faced the pitcher waiting for the next pitch. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly toward Shaya. As the pitch came in, Shaya and his teammate swung at the bat and together they hit a slow ground ball to the pitcher.
The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could easily have thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shaya would have been out and that would have ended the game. Instead, the pitcher took the ball and threw it on a high arc to right field, far beyond reach of the first baseman.
Everyone started yelling,"Shaya, run to first. Run to first." Never in his life had Shaya run to first. He scampered down the baseline wide-eyed and startled. By the time he reached first base, the right fielder had the ball. He could have thrown the ball to the second baseman who would tag out Shaya, who was still running. But the right fielder understood what the pitcher's intentions were, so he threw the ball high and far over the third baseman's head. Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second." Shaya ran towards second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases towards home. As Shaya reached second base, the opposing short stop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base and shouted, "Run to third." As Shaya rounded third, the boys from both teams ran behind him screaming, "Shaya run home."
Shaya ran home, stepped on home plate and all 18 boys lifted him on their shoulders and made him the hero, as he had just hit a "grand slam" and won the game for his team.
"That day," said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, "those 18 boys reached their level of God's perfection."
This is a wonderful story but the father is wrong in his conclusion concerning the boys and God's perfection. Certainly what the boys did was a kindness. Some have criticized them for it (http://www.snopes.com/). It is not my intention to do that. I just want to point out several Bible truths.
1. God made man and the world perfect. Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
2. Man chose to follow Satan and brought the curse of sin (and thus imperfection into the world) as taught in Gn. 3, Rm. 5, 8.
3. God loved man so much He promised to provide the only solution to the sin problem [Gn. 3:15, Is. 9:6-7, Phil. 2:9-11].
4. When a person by faith accepts God's provision (Rm. 10:9-13) then, and only then, does he access God's perfection (Heb. 10:14) one day to be actualized with a new body and new mind and NO sin nature (I Cor. 15).
Where is God's perfection? It is found in the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Trust Him today!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Pastor Rick Jackson
I. COMMON SUFFERING [v. 12, Job 5:7]
Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
1. Because of the Wages of Sin [Rm. 6:23, 5:12-14]
2. Because of the World of Sin [Rm. 8:18-23]
3. Because of the Way of Sin [Proverbs 14:12]
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
II. CARNAL SUFFERING [v. 15]
1. Because of Sin [4:15]
2. Because of Faults [I Pet. 2:20, Rm. 3:23]
3. Because of the Law [Gal. 6:7-8]
III. CHRISTIAN SUFFERING [v. 12-19]
1. For the Lord [v. 12-14, 16]
2. For the Joy [v. 13-14]
3. For the Glory [v. 13-16, 19]
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Pastor Rick Jackson
I. THE CORRUPTION OF SIN [v. 21-25]
1. Shown in Passing the Buck [v. 21-23]
2. Shown in Stretching the Truth [v. 25]
"An excuse is a lie stuffed in the skin of a reason" - Billy Sunday
3. Shown in the Weight of Responsibility [v. 25]
Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
Ezekiel 33:6-7 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
II. THE CHALLENGE OF SANCTIFICATION [v. 26-29, 1 Cor. 10:1-12]
1. Will you Come? [v. 26, Mt. 11:28]
2. Will you Go? [v. 27, Mt. 28:18-20]
3. Will you Do? [v. 28-29, James 1:22-25]
III. THE COMPASSION OF SUPPLICATION [v. 30-35]
1. The Prayer of a Broken Heart [v. 30-32, Rm. 9:1-3, Dt. 9:4]
2. The Part of the Book of Life [v. 33]
Psalm 69:28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.
Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Philippians 4:3 And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life.
Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels
Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
3. The Path to the Brink of Disaster [v. 34-35]
Pastor Rick Jackson
Like the Psalms Habakkuk 3 is a song. Like many of the Psalms, it is also a prayer. Like many Bible prayers it asks man's questions and gives God's answers. In Habakkuk 1 the prophet asks God how God can punish His people, though rebellious, with a nation more wicked than they. In Habakkuk 2 God answers the distraught prophet. In Habakkuk 3 the prophet bursts out in song--- his situation has not changed but he has been changed. Oh that we might be changed by the Word of God today!
I. WHERE IS REVERENCE? [v. 2-17]
1. Not in Ignorance of God's Word [v. 2, Pr. 1:7, 9:10]
2. Not in Ignorance of God's Holiness [v. 3-17]
3. Not in Ignorance of God's Purpose [v. 6, 8, 13, 16]
II. WHERE IS REVIVAL? [v. 2]
Oft times we think we don't need revival. I suggest to you that when we think we do not need revival we need it most of all! In revival we:
1. Settle the Question of Ownership - "O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years"
2. Set Aside Sin from our Lives - "O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath"
Hebrews 12:1 ...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us...
Genesis 35:2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean...
Joshua 24:23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.
Judges 10:16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD:
1 Samuel 7:3 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
3. Seek the Blessing of God - "O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy."
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
America needs revival. Florida needs revival. Bradford County needs revival. Bradford Baptist Church needs revival. You and I need revival. Andrew Telford says,
"Revival will do three things for us. it will bring us into:
1. A life of unfailing confidence in God.
2. A life of unreserved commitment to God.
3. A life of unwavering dependence on God.
We need this..."
III. WHERE IS REJOICING? [v. 18-19]
1. In the Lord [v. 18]
Isaiah 41:16 ...thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation...
Joel 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God:
Zechariah 10:7 ...their heart shall rejoice in the LORD.
Philippians 3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.
2. In the Lord's Strength [v. 19a]
Nehemiah 8:10 ... the joy of the LORD is your strength.
3. In the Lord's Direction [v. 19]
Psalm 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Psalm 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
Psalm 119:35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight
Habakkuk 3:19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
In this issue . . .
Q: Ida: the Missing Link at Last?
A: For all the headlines and proclamations, this "missing link" story includes an amazing amount of hot air.
A story we first previewed on May 16 has since rocketed to the heights of media hype as a team of scientists reveals "Ida," the latest and greatest supposed missing link. But does Ida actually support "the evolution of early primates, and, ultimately, modern human beings," as one news outlet reported?
Another reporter raved, "The search for a direct connection between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom has taken 200 years—but it was presented to the world today at a special news conference in New York."
Formally identified as Darwinius masillae (in honor of Charles Darwin), the fossil originated in Germany and is purportedly 47 million years old. One scientist gave the find the nickname Ida (after his daughter).
As for a more level-headed explanation of the evolutionary excitement, the Wall Street Journal reports:
Anthropologists have long believed that humans evolved from ancient ape-like ancestors. Some 50 million years ago, two ape-like groups walked the Earth. One is known as the tarsidae, a precursor of the tarsier, a tiny, large-eyed creature that lives in Asia. Another group is known as the adapidae, a precursor of today's lemurs in Madagascar.
Continue reading our response to the news at Ida: the Missing Link at Last? and Ida: the Real Story of this "Scientific Breakthrough".
News to Note Quick Look
Hyping a lie: The news media has been awash this week in hype over an alleged missing link fossil nicknamed Ida. As it turns out, the fossil wasn't fraudulent, but the hype definitely was. Read more.
Darwin's rats: Is this "super rat" an example of evolution in action, or the result of an information-reducing mutation? Read more.
Also: the choice of life, unsolved evolutionary mysteries, look away, and don't miss . . . . Read more.
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Friday, May 22, 2009
There's an Adrian Rogers quote floating around cyberspace. Perhaps you have received it?
"Friend, you cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. And what one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can't give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody. And when half of the people get the idea they don't have to work because the other half's going to take care of them, and when the other half get the idea it does no good to work because somebody's going to get what I work for. That, dear friend, is about the end of any nation."You can also listen to the actual recording of Dr. Rogers stating this amazing quote.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I. COMMON TEMPTATION [I COR. 10:13]
1. No Person is Subject to Different Sources of Temptation [Lk.11:16, I Co. 7:5, I Th. 3:5, Ja. 1:13-14]
2. No Christian is Subject to Different Styles of Temptations [1 John 2:16]
3. No Christian is Subject to Different Strengths of Temptations [I Cor. 10:13]
II. COMMON SALVATION [JUDE 3]
1. Same for All Persons [Galatians 3:28, Col. 3:11]
2. Same for All People [Revelation 5:9, 14:6]
3. Same for All Ages [ Luke 24:27, Heb. 11]
III. COMMON FAITH [TITUS 1:1-4, JUDE 3-4]
1 The One True God [Dt. 6:4, Is. 44:6-8]
2. The One True Saviour [II Jn. 9-11, Jn 14:6]
3. The One True Salvation [Eph. 4:4-6]
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
We sometimes forget that Bible saints, like the Psalmist, didn't understand why evil seemed to flourish with impunity any better than us. After asking why God seemed to be standing far off, from the human perspective, He really wasn't, the psalmist characterizes evil doers.
Having done this the psalmist then prays to God asking Him to intervene knowing that in His time... He will.
12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
14 Thou hast seen it: for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.
17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.
The truth is that we may not understand all of God's reasoning for delaying judgement.
6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
But we can know with certainty that His way is right, His delays are proper, His manner of dealing will prove to be the best. Do we really want God to judge sin immediately or do we just want Him to judge others' sins immediately?
Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
I have learned to be grateful for the Lord's longsuffering. It allowed this undeserving sinner to come to His matchless grace.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Have you come?
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Much is being said these days about "meeting the felt needs of people," but here [Ex. 32] was a nation that didn't really know what its needs really were. They thought they needed a idol, but what they really needed was faith in their great God who had revealed Himself so powerfully to them. - Warren Wiersbe
Christians aren't people who believe they are without sin; they're people who know they're sinners and are awestruck by God's grace in sending his only Son to take the punishment they deserve. - Columnist/author Ann Coulter
They imagined that a god formed by a "graving tool" was better than Jehovah, -that a calf which they could see was better than the invisible, yet every-where-present, God, - a visible counterfeit, than an invisible reality. - C.H.M.
We have learned that suffering is not the worst thing in the world--- disobedience to God is the worst. - Vietnamese Pastor imprisoned for his faith
If you have vision nothing will frighten you. With His vision, God gives you power. You must not be afraid. - Iranian Pastor
The rest of the quotes are by Paul Harvey:
In times like these, it's important to remember there have always been times like these.
The only people who get hurt on a roller coaster are the ones who jump off.
Like Mark Twain reportedly said about the music of Richard Wagner, "It's not nearly as bad as it sounds."
Be careful...when a government is mocked by its own citizens, that laughter is often the death rattle with which empires die.
It's okay to be worried—that means there is still hope! Let's just worry about the right and important things.
In the history of the world, God often chooses the simple ones to confound the wise.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Upon the day that was appointed for this holy martyr of God to suffer, he was brought out of the prison at eight o'clock in the morning unto the house of the Lord Cromwell, and so carried into his inward chamber, where, it is reported of many, that Cromwell desired of him forgiveness for what he had done. There, at the last, Lambert, being admonished that the hour of his death was at hand, was greatly comforted and cheered; and, being brought out of the chamber into the hall, he saluted the gentlemen, and sat down to breakfast with them, showing no manner of sadness or fear. When the breakfast was ended, he was carried straightway to the place of execution, where he should offer himself unto the Lord, a sacrifice of sweet savour, who is blessed in his saints, for ever and ever. Amen.
As touching the terrible manner and fashion of the burning of this blessed martyr, here is to be noted, that of all others which have been burned and offered up at Smithfield, there was yet none so cruelly and piteously handled as he. For, after that his legs were consumed and burned up to the stumps, and that the wretched tormentors and enemies of God had withdrawn the lire from him, so that but a small fire and coals were left under him, then two that stood on each side of him, with their halberts [A weapon of the 15th and 16th centuries having an axlike blade and a steel spike mounted on the end of a long shaft] pitched him upon their pikes, as far as the chain would reach... Then he, lifting up such hands as he had, and his fingers' ends flaming with fire, cried unto the people in these words, "None but Christ, None but Christ;" and so, being let down again from their halberts, fell into the fire, and there ended his life.
"None but Christ" "No king but Jesus" Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
What is it that drove, and still drives today, men and women, boys and girls, to hazard their lives to proclaim that Holy Name? Perhaps it is the fact that:
I. NONE BUT CHRIST CAN PROVIDE ETERNAL SALVATION [Matthew 1:21]
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
1. There is None But Christ to go To [John 6:67-69]
2. There is None Other Name [Acts 4:12]
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
3. There is None But Christ Witnessed to by All the Prophets [Acts 10:43]
To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
II. NONE BUT CHRIST CAN MAKE ETERNAL SENSE OUT OF SUFFERING
1. None But Christ can Produce that Measure of Joy [Acts 5:40-42]
2. None but Christ can Produce that Measure of Devotion [Acts 21:11-14]
3. None but Christ can Produce that Measure of Esteem [Heb. 11:24-28]
III. NONE BUT CHRIST CAN MAKE ETERNAL BENEFITS OF SERVICE
1. To the Lost [Acts 15:14]
Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Romans 15:9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
2. To the Saints [Hebrews 6:10]
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
3. To the King of Kings [Rev. 22:1-5]
Saturday, May 16, 2009
A: Insisting that the earth and the universe are young, only 6,000 years old or so, does not make the biblical view popular in today’s enlightened “scientific” culture. It would be so easy just to go along with the view believed and followed by the overwhelming majority of scientists—and taught in nearly all universities and museums around the world—that the universe is 13–14 billion years old and the earth 4.5 billion years old.
After all, many Christians and most scientists who are Christians believe in such a vast antiquity for the earth and universe. Consequently, they even insist the days in Genesis 1 were not literal days, but were countless millions of years long. Also, they claim the Genesis account of creation by God is just poetic and/or figurative, so it is not meant to be read as history.
Of course, the reason for insisting on a young earth and universe is because other biblical authors took Genesis as literal history and an eyewitness account provided and guaranteed accurate by the Creator Himself (2 Timothy 3:16a; 2 Peter 1:21). Jesus also took Genesis as literal history (Mark 10:6–9; Matthew 19:4–5; Luke 17:27). So, the outcome of letting Scripture interpret Scripture is a young earth and universe.
Continue reading expert geologist Andrew Snelling’s review in How Old Does the Earth Look?
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Friday, May 15, 2009
I am so dumbfounded at hearing good preachers, preach good sermons and not put the Biblical, Scriptural gospel in them. The sad thing is as Vance Havner said, "They think they have preached the gospel."
Define the gospel. God the Holy Spirit said, "I declare unto you the gospel...how that
1. Christ died for our sins"
2. "that he was buried"
3. that he rose again...
4. that he was seen of Cephas...seen of the twelve...was seen of above five hundred brethren... was seen of James...was seen of me also." Now notice this.
1. "How Christ died for our SINS". The gospel is NOT that Christ died on a cross. those two thieves and thousands of others, died on a cross but NOT for our Sins. Our sins is the whole problem, "the wages of sins is death". The gospel is not "Christ died for us". Those military people are dying for us but not for our SINS. We must make it clear for any unsaved person to understand.
2. "He was buried" for three days, proof He was dead
3. "He rose again." He is alive and still living no other so called god or savior was seen alive from the dead. Not Buddha, not Confucius, not Allah, not any one. Jesus is uniquely God manifest in the flesh. People need to know that. .
4. "He was seen" Proof He is alive. Notice the emphasis on "he was seen." How many times have you heard this said in preaching or in any teaching on witnessing? Is it important" YES. Notice Acts 1:3 "To whom He (Jesus) also shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs being SEEN of them forty days." Do you get any idea being seen was important from that verse in the eternal Word of God? I DO.
Now get this."one must be ordained (to take Judas' place) to be a witness with us of the resurrection...that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship" 1:22-25. Notice "this Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses" Acts 2:32.
"And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raise from the dead whereof we are witnesses" Acts 3:15.
"And with great power gave the apostles; witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and great grace was upon them all" Acts 4:33.
"The God of our fathers raised up Jesus...and we are his witnesses of these things" Acts 5:30, 32.
This is the Biblical, inspired definition of the gospel. Try it and see what happens when you present the Biblical full gospel
Years ago God impressed me with these four points of the gospel and I began to use it. It is startling how many hundreds have said, "I never heard it like that before". I have seen a lot greater percentage get saved.