Monday, August 31, 2009

The Burdensome Stone

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The Burdensome Stone
"And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." (Zechariah 12:3)

The tiny land of Israel is an amazing phenomenon, explainable only in biblical terms. It began almost 4,000 years ago with the family of Jacob (or Israel) and his twelve sons. Most of the contemporary nations at the time--Elam, Chaldea, the Hittite empire, and others--have long been extinct as nations, but Israel is alive and well, and is in fact the very hub of international concern. It has, as God prophesied, become a "burdensome stone for all people."

Israel has indeed become a unique burden to the nations. The whole Muslim world insists that Israel be destroyed as a nation, but Israel is determined to maintain her present boundaries. For 1,800 years, "the wandering Jew" had no true home, yet survived. In accord with biblical prophecy, she had "become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee" (Deuteronomy 28:37).

The city of Jerusalem itself, just since the time of Christ, has been controlled at various times by the Romans, Syrians, Arabs, Crusaders, Egyptians, Persians, and Turks; but never again by the Jews until our own generation.

The problem of Israel and Jerusalem is apparently intractable to the other nations of the world and so must be resolved by God. Zechariah 12 also shows that it will indeed be solved "in that day"--the day when Christ returns. At that time, He says: "I will pour 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" (Zechariah 12:10). In that great day, says Paul, "all Israel shall be saved" (Romans 11:26). HMM

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Sunday, August 30, 2009


Pastor Rick Jackson


1. The Burden of Our Sins [Psalms 38:4]

For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

2. The Burden of Man-Made Religion [Isaiah 58:6]

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Luke 11:46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

3. The Burden of a Sin-Cursed Existence [2 Corinthians 5:4]

For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.


1. The Burden of a God-Appointed Mission [Numbers 4:15]

And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.
Numbers 4:19 But thus do unto them, that they may live, and not die, when they approach unto the most holy things: Aaron and his sons shall go in, and appoint them every one to his service and to his burden:

2. The Burden of A God-Honoring Lifestyle [1 Corinthians 8:1-13]

Acts 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

3. The Burden of A God-Glorifying Attitude [Galatians 6:5]

For every man shall bear his own burden.
2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;


1. With the Lord [Psalms 55:22]

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

2. With the Lord's People [Exodus 18:22]

And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.
2 Corinthians 8:13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

3. With the Lost [Exodus 23:5]

If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

QUESTION OF THE WEEK! - Can you separate the illogic from the logic?‏

Q: Can you separate the illogic from the logic?

A: One of the most common fallacies committed by evolutionists on the Internet is the fallacy of the question-begging epithet. This could be considered a specific sub-type of begging the question (the fallacy of merely assuming what one is trying to prove).

With the question-begging epithet, the arguer uses biased (often emotional) language to persuade people rather than using logic. For example, if a reporter said,

“This criminal is charged with violently murdering the innocent victim,”

she would be using a question-begging epithet because she has used biased language to make a case that is not yet logically established. It would have been more objective for her to say,

“This suspect is charged with killing the other person.”

Some great examples of question-begging epithets can be found on some evolution internet sites—particularly forums or blogs. I saw one example where an evolutionist wrote,

“Our department is becoming infested with creationists.”

The word infested is emotionally charged and portrays creationists in a bad light without making any argument for this. Another writer stated,

“To be a creationist, you’d have to ignore tons of scientific evidence.”

This remark is the fallacy of the question-begging epithet because it uses biased language (and not logic) to suggest that scientific evidence supports evolution.

Continue reading The Fallacy of the Question-Begging Epithet as Dr. Jason Lisle uses examples to explain why the question-begging epithet is “one of the most common fallacies committed by evolutionists on the Internet.” It’s the fifth article in our Logical Fallacies series.

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"Highly Illogical."

Back in the 1960s one of my favorite shows as a 5th grader was Star Trek [the original series] and my favorite character was Mr. Spock. The Vulcan Mr. Spock would often say, "Highly illogical" when commenting on human behavior. Of course you don't have to be a Vulcan or even play one on TV to realize humans are not only highly illogical but are highly emotional and highly unscriptural.

On my way to a men's prayer breakfast this morning I was approached by a man who had left our church and caused (directly or indirectly others to do likewise). I was somewhat wary as he approached me and he said (among other things) that he "still wanted to talk" to me. I was sincerely shocked and said, "Really? Because that's not what you said when Brother "Anonymous" and I called you a couple of weeks ago in tears to try and set up a meeting to work this out. You told me then in no uncertain terms 'there is nothing to discuss.' " Further I had sent him a lengthy letter weeks earlier (than the prayer breakfast) and had gotten no response.

His reply was that "we probably will never agree. I think I'm right and you think you're right." I am still somewhat confused since I have never been told all that I have supposedly done wrong. Remember- there was nothing to discuss. One thing I knew about was that some of the people who left did so because they thought I had "aimed" a sermon at him. In the letter referenced above I wrote this:

Sunday morning’s message was NOT aimed at you in any way shape or form. I can actually prove that as long as you believe that I am an honest man. Let me explain. This past weekend late Saturday afternoon I had already finished Sunday night's message but had yet to finish Sunday morning's. This is not a position we preachers like to find ourselves in (even Spurgeon had this problem occasionally according to a recent biography I read). After midnight I finished! Then I had a strong indication that I should not preach the message I had just labored over for many hours, at least, I should not preach it later that morning. To be quite honest, the reason I felt so impressed was I thought you might think it was meant for you! Ironic, huh? It wasn’t, by the way.So there I sat- tired, frustrated, and confused. I asked the Lord to guide me.

Remember, this is after midnight in the early morning hours of Sunday and I still haven’t slept yet. I pulled out notebooks of older sermons I had preached. Someone once said, "If a sermon is not worth preaching twice, it wasn't worth preaching once." Nevertheless, I try to not repeat sermons very often, and if I do, I try to make sure they are over 10 years old and then I generally revamp them. Hopefully, I have grown in 10 years and have a little more insight.I found two messages, revamped one and laid the other aside "just in case". Sunday morning came and I had no idea which way I was going. Brother Henry [the adult Sunday School teacher] and I shared with each other that we both had problems with our morning messages. It seemed the ol' devil was working overtime. I told him, "I have 3 messages ready and I don't have a clue which one I'm going to preach." He said, "Preacher, I'll pray for you." After Sunday School and deep into the morning service I still had no clue as to which of the 3 messages I was supposed to preach (if any of those) and I finally decided to preach what I thought would be a message of encouragement to all of us. I certainly needed it. I did not have you in mind as particularly needing it because you already told me you weren’t quitting serving the Lord and I believed you. It was the unrevamped message pulled after midnight. I preached it from an outline first preached on April 14, 1999. The only other time I had preached this message was at Camp Blanding to a group of Officer's Candidates (those guys needed encouraging) on June 2, 2002. Apparently some in the congregation needed it, too, as several told me after church the Lord knew they needed it. On Monday night I showed "Brother Anonymous" the outline I preached from Sunday morning, the same one I wrote out by hand way back in 1999. Since I don’t know where you were in ‘99, it seems unlikely that I had you in mind when I wrote it. When I chose it early Sunday morning I wasn’t thinking about anybody. I was just trying to pick a few messages at what I hoped was the Lord’s leading as possibilities for Sunday morning’s 11 AM message and then try and get a little sleep. I even thought I may have to preach one the Lord would give me on the spot! Thankfully that doesn’t happen too often.

How was I to know on the way to church you told your family I was going to preach on “Quitting”? When you said that I didn’t even know what I was preaching. As a matter of fact, Clydie [my wife] noticed during the offertory I was still looking at my notes in such a way she knew that I still did not know at that point what I was preaching right after the special! Did I preach the wrong message? I don’t know. Not according to some. As I was writing this letter I got the following email:

Good evening I was trying to mow a little earlier but the mosquitoes are really bad.

I really am glad that you were lead to the message you preached last week.
It really hit home and it changed my attitude for the better.
I really was feeling down and I’ve had a different outlook all week.
You couldn't have had a better one for the way I was feeling.
I just got my computer up and running. The LAN card went out. Later

The only other thing I can do is tell you honestly--- it was not aimed at you. If it was aimed at anyone in particular… it was aimed at me! Quite frankly I have felt like quitting more than once in the past few years and have to be reminded that God didn’t call me to quit. So brother, if I hurt you Sunday morning it was completely unintentional. You got hit by a stray bullet, perhaps, but not by one that was aimed by me at you.

I told him to feel free to share the letter with the others in his family. He told me this morning that some in his family still believe I was preaching at him on purpose, and so did he. I replied, "I can't help you then. I have explained I didn't. You have to believe I am lying to say otherwise. Furthermore you are judging my motives which the Bible forbids [Mt. 7:1]. The problem is now between you and God."

I did everything I could that Sunday NOT to preach a message he would think was aimed at him and yet he still did. I have discussed this situation with many others from other churches without mentioning names and the response I get is almost aways the same. "You may not have been aiming at him but it sounds like the Lord was." I don't know for sure as that is not my job, that's between them and the Holy Spirit. My job is to preach what I honestly believe the Lord is laying on my heart. I had 3 messages ready to go. That's the one I felt the Lord would have me to preach so I preached it. Several, not knowing of this man's feelings, told me the message was for them and rejoiced! I have to conclude the Lord, as always, knew what He was doing.

I would have thought some of these people would have known me better than to think I would "aim" a sermon at one individual and then that I would lie about it. Another man in my church reminds me repeatedly, "You don't do that preacher. You're just not that way, you're not a striker [1 Timothy 3:3, Titus 1:7]."

In 52 years I have left 5 churches. I left 2 because of clear Bible teachings that I had to obey. I left 2 because I moved from one state to another. I left the other because I had been called by God to go pastor another church. Whenever you join a church you should make it a matter of serious prayer, soul-searching, and obeying God and the Bible. Whenever you leave one--- same thing.

As he left me that morning he told me to have a nice breakfast. With my stomach now in knots I replied, "That is no longer possible." I wasn't trying to be ugly. I was just being honest. I went to the Men's Breakfast and was blessed by the 4 testimonies in the 2 hour meeting but I didn't eat or drink anything. It would have been highly illogical to do so.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Respond to His Word, Obey God!

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Respond to His Word, Obey God!

From the writings of Sumner Wemp

Aug 28, 2009

Respond to HIS Word, obey God!


1. Read His Word. God wrote you a letter, you ought to read your mail
2. Remember His Word, (memorize it). Be like Jesus, He memorized the Bible
3. Rehearse His Word (meditate therein day and night)
4. Respond to His Word (obey God. do what He said) "Simon answered, 'Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.'" Luke 5:5. He did and he caught the biggest catch of his life. This is the greatest verse for Christians to live by.
A good question
"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" Luke 6:46.
Be a doer

"Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does" James 1:22-25. How logical. "Let us reason together says the Lord" Isa. 1:18. Oh how we need to just obey God.

Obey His Word

In Deuteronomy, one of my favorite books, when Israel was about to leave the wilderness, (they were out of the will of God in the wilderness) and going  into the promised land, they were told over and over, to obey God, to observe and do all that God had commanded them to do, that it may go well with them and their children Deut. 4:40.
Meditate on these last five lines. It is the key to the Christian life today.
Saved unto good works

We are NOT saved or kept saved by good works but we are "created in Christ Jesus to do good works" Eph. 2:10.
"Good works don't produce salvation but salvation produces good works."
Prayer:  Father bless Your children and help us to obey You for our good and Your glory. In Jesus name.
O dear people, as you read the Word of the living God, be honest with yourself and just DO WHAT GOD SAYS. When God says, "Pray," pray. When God says "Read," read. When God says, "Give," give.

Praise God every day by being willing to obey what He say to you.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Walk before Me

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Walk before Me
August 27, 2009
"I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect." (Genesis 17:1)
Abraham had been "walking" in the land of Canaan nearly 25 years when God gave this command to him. He had experienced the shameful rebuke in Egypt by Pharaoh and a marvelous victory against Chedorlaomer--and then had demonstrated both humility and obedience before Melchizedek.
God had been explicit in His promises to Abraham, but the promised heir had not yet come. Now, in spite of the awful lapse of faith with Hagar and the nagging burden of Ishmael, God insisted that Abraham "walk before" Him and "be perfect."
The Hebrew language here is unusual. The word translated "before me" is panyim, basically meaning "the face." This is the term used in the first commandment where we are told to "have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3).
In Genesis 17:1, the phrase could well be translated "walk, looking at my face." The first commandment, could also be translated "don't let any other god get between your face and my face."
The implication is obvious. God expects us to live in such a way that His "face" (Person, Character, Presence) is always "before" us so that our "walk" (lifestyle, behavior) is "perfect" (complete, whole, healthy), with nothing inhibiting the relationship "of him with whom we have to do" (Hebrews 4:13).

"Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations" (Genesis 6:9). After warning Israel of the dangers of the pagan nations surrounding them, Moses still insisted that they should "be perfect with the LORD thy God" (Deuteronomy 18:13). No matter what the circumstances may be, if we are looking at God's "face" we will walk perfectly. HMM III

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009


HEBREWS 11:32-40

Pastor Rick Jackson


1. Indecisive Without God [Gedeon and Barak]

2. Inconsequential Without God [Samson, Jephthae, David]

3. Incomplete Without God [Samuel & the prophets]


1. Glorious Victories With God [v. 33-35a]

2. Painful Victories With God [v. 35b-37a]

3. Unseemly Victories With God [v. 37b-38]

Glorious we understand, but painful and unseemly victories? With God yes! Romans 8:31-39,


1. A Good Report [v. 6, 39a]

Good report card does mean graduation day with all its honors, pomp, and ceremony.

Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

2. A Delayed Reception [v. 39b]

3. A Glorious Reunion [v. 40]


No true pastor ever wins people to Christ and disciples them without some opposition and many great disappointments. Being a pastor is two steps forward, one step back. Building disciples takes patience. People do not become godly without fighting the flesh and the world. When people are saved, they are not automatically sanctified and meet for the Master's use. - Pastor Dan Reed

The Titanic weighed hundreds of tons, but the iceberg weighed millions of tons. We are great, but our enemies are much greater. This is why we need God in our lives. - Wayne Burch

We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them and prayed for them and exhorted them and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension and given them what we are able and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt and account us their enemies because we tell them the truth (Gal. 4:16).
Now we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, "in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth" (II Tim. 2:25). - Richard Baxter

May I never presume to think that I am beyond the range of the temptation to betray Thee! May I never think that Thy Word of warning is meant for anyone and everyone except myself. - James Moffatt

Richard Baxter wrote: "It is no easy matter to speak so plainly that the most ignorant may understand us and so seriously that the deadest hearts may feel us and so convincingly that the contradicting cavilers may be silenced. ...If our words be not sharpened and pierce not as nails, they will hardly be felt by stony hearts. To speak slightly and coldly of heavenly things is nearly as bad as to say nothing of them at all."
And Yet when we speak with such zeal, when we take up offerings, when we make pleas, when we use God's Word to pierce the hearts of cold and calloused saints, they often turn on us. They often accuse us. They often turn from us. - Dan Reed

The Bible. It is the most current book in publication. - Henry Hodges

Truth is truth whether or not you believe it. Truth does not require belief in order to be true, but it does deserve to be believed. If we begin crossing a street because we prefer the street to be free of traffic or because it is more convenient to us, we risk being flattened by a bus. The bus doesn't care what we prefer or what is convenient. - Doug Powell

I tell you, every time I come to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ, I preach before the One who not only tries my words, but searches the hearts and tries the reins, and before whom I stand. If my conscience can be satisfied that He is pleased, then I must not give great concern to whoever else may be displeased. - Dan Reed

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Be ye followers of me as I am of Christ

by Sumner Wemp

"Be ye followers of me as I also am of Christ" 1 Cor. 11:1. Can you say that?

"Most Christians live such subnormal Christian lives that if someone lives a normal Christian life, people think they are abnormal" Dr. Chafer, founder of Dallas Theological Seminary.

Jesus said, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men" Matt 4:19. Someone else said, "If you are not fishing for men, you are not following." How many in your church are real "fishers of men?" Kind sir, are YOU a fisher of men? Can you say, "Be followers of me as I am of Christ?" That is how you build your church. Here are three BIG time results.

1. You change people and the world. "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away, all things are become new" 2 Cor. 5:17. Isn't that an ultimate goal of a pastor?

2. Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner (getting saved) more than over ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance (already saved). Lk 15:7. That is a staggering statement. We can also say, "Joy shall be in a church over one sinner getting saved. That should be a passion of ever pastor. Think of the joy in a home when that new baby is born. So it is in a church. Those who fuss and fume are not fishing.

3. Need money in your church? Go fishing for men and you will find the money. Matt 17:27. To God be the glory. Every church I pastored, we had the money. I and our people went fishing for men. "Go thou and do likewise"

"I have learned SO MUCH from the Holy Spirit through you. What a drink of water! Thank you."

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"They rehearsed all that God had done with them" Acts 14:27. They were not boasting. They were telling what God did. How we need to do that today and for it to be just as normal as breathing. When have you seen "a demonstration of the power of God" in your life? We need to tell about it to encourage others to hunger for it. Call 1-877-872-2871 to order my tract "Your Ticket to Heaven" We are seeing the power of God as we use it.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Cure for Spiritual Weariness

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The Cure for Spiritual Weariness

"For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds" (Hebrews 12:3).

Faith in Christ does not make one immune to spiritual weariness and faintness of mind. This condition may arise from frustration at our own natures, our inability to love God as we ought, to pray effectively, to understand the Scriptures or to bear fruit for Him. We may feel that our best efforts to represent God in our community have been of no avail, and very few show by their lives that our witness and ministry have been effective.

Sometimes we may question why God does not choose to favor all those who follow Him with material blessings and pleasant circumstances; but instead, at times, the wicked prosper. Looking at the tide of evil sweeping our world can leave us faint and weary.
But the answer to our dilemma is Christ! Reflection on Him will re-energize even the most discouraged saint, for He "endured such contradiction or opposition of sinners" (text), was victorious, and now promises to lead us to similar victory (see Hebrews 2:17-18; 4:15-16, for example). It will help us to persevere if we notice how He endured, "Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again" (I Peter 2:23), and that He endured it all, not just for Himself or just for His followers, but also for us, who, "when we were enemies of Christ, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son" (Romans 5:10).

The so-called "Hall of Fame of Faith" (Hebrews 11) immediately precedes our text. Reflection on the testimonies of those faithful and victorious warriors, coupled with our example of Christ, will make our greatest burden seem light and should spur us on to even more effective and sacrificial labor. JDM

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Sunday, August 23, 2009


LUKE 24:13-53

Pastor Rick Jackson


1. They were Affected in Their Thinking [v. 13-15]

2. They were Affected in Their Vision [v. 16]

3. They were Affected in Their Attitude [v. 17]


1. Jesus had not Won the Popularity Contest [v. 18-20]

2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2. Jesus had not Met their Expectations [v. 21]

Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

3. Jesus had not Revealed Himself [v. 22-24]


1. An Appreciation for what Christ has Done [v. 17-20]

2. An Assurance that Christ Does Exactly what He said he would Do [v. 25-46]

3. An Application of what Christ wants Us to Do [v. 47-53]



Pastor Rick Jackson


1. He is the Key to Living an Approved Life [Deuteronomy 30:20]

That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

2. He is the Key to Living the Abundant Life [John 10:10]

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Psalm 31:10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

Psalm 65:11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

3. He is the Key to Living a Peaceful Life [Psalm 119:165]

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

28:3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.

29:11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

35:20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

37:37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.


1. Demonstrate Christlikeness [v. 3, 1 Peter 2:21]

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

2. Demonstrate a God-approved Life [v. 4, Eph. 5:10] Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

3. Demonstrate a Man-approved Life (in general) [v. 4, Proverbs 16:7]

When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.


1. Trust God with All Your Heart & Mind [v. 5]

2. Acknowledge God in All Your Ways [v. 6a]

3. Follow God's Directions All Your Days [v. 6b]

Saturday, August 22, 2009

QUESTION OF THE WEEK! - What are your children learning?‏

Q: What are your children learning?

A: After our first child Nathan was born, my wife and I would pray with our baby son—even singing some of our favorite hymns to him. After a few weeks, as our son became more aware of his surroundings and began responding to light, colors, and other things, we began showing him pictures in books.

Each of our five children grew up with creationist resources, such as Dinosaurs: Those Terrible Lizards—the first major children’s book on dinosaurs written by a creationist (Dr. Duane Gish). Now, just because children can’t read a book at a young age doesn’t mean you can’t use it to begin teaching them—particularly if the books have large, colorful illustrations.

We would summarize to them what was written in the book, also pointing to the pictures that accompanied the text. As they gained more understanding, we would read the actual words of the books to them. Eventually, of course, they would be able to read the books themselves. In addition, the Bible was always a major resource we used with them (daily).

Our children grew up enjoying apologetics books that we used to intentionally prepare them to handle the attacks on Christianity and the Bible that they would experience as they grew older.
Although reading such books is not a guarantee of salvation, we do praise the Lord for our children who today still love the Lord and are saved in the Ark of salvation—the Lord Jesus Christ.

Accordingly, it shocked and then greatly burdened me when I read an alarming statistic from pollster George Barna that approximately two-thirds of young people in our churches will walk away from the church. We commissioned Britt Beemer’s America’s Research Group to conduct a national survey to find out why this horrible exodus was happening.

Read on as Ken Ham discusses the importance of training your children in It’s Never Too Early!

Also, see this month’s back-to-school campaign, School: A Battleground?

News to Note Quick Look

Non-life from outer space: Astronomers have once again discovered a “building block” of life in outer space. Read more.

The 150-million-year-old ink: Scientists cannot only write about amazing fossil discoveries; now, they can write with one! Read more.

Also: Jurassic black box, more “evolution in action,” darkness falls on dark energy, and don’t miss . . . . Read more.

Prayer Requests

View the current prayer requests to keep track of and pray for current ministry needs. Thank you!

Answers ... with Ken Ham radio program

Death and suffering—what’s the big picture?
An evolutionary creationist—does it work?
Brain tumors—are they “very good?”
A powerful God—can He overcome evil?
Death and suffering—where’s a God of love?

After Eden

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1 Samuel 19:5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?

Job 2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

Job 9:17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.

Psalm 35:7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.

Psalm 35:19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.

Psalm 69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

Psalm 109:3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.

Psalm 119:78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.

Psalm 119:161 SCHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.

Proverbs 3:30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

Proverbs 24:28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.

Jeremiah 34:22 Behold, I will command, saith the LORD, and cause them to return to this city; and they shall fight against it, and take it, and burn it with fire: and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation without an inhabitant.

Lamentations 3:52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.

Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

John 15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

Friday, August 21, 2009


somewhere in this picture is our youngest daughter who turned 25 today--- not when this pic was taken.


Seven Deadly Sins Message #2 ANGER


INTRODUCTION. The words wrath and anger are closely related in meaning.


1. Anger is a work of the flesh ; Gal . 5 :19,20.

2. Anger is a messenger of death ; Prov. 16 :14 .

3. Anger is a sin that is hated by God ; Amos 1 :11 .


1. It comes through grievous words ; Prov . 15 :1 .

2. It comes through jealousy ; Prov. 6 :34 .

3. It comes through the old nature (flesh) ; Gal . 5 :19,20 .


1. During a time of greed . . . Ahab toward Naboth ; I Kings 21 :4.

2. During a time of reproving . . . Asa toward the prophet ; II Chron. 16 :10.

3. During a time of arguing . . . Elihu toward his three friends ; Job 32 :3..


1. It caused Cain to slay Abel ; Gen . 4 :5-8 .

2. It caused the Jews to slay Stephen ; Acts 7 :54-59 .

3. It caused Haman to conspire against Mordecai ; Esth. 3 :5 .


1. It brings forth destruction ; Col . 3 :6 .

2. It brings forth God's wrath ; Rom. 1 :18 .

3. It brings hard feelings in the family ; I Sam . 20 :30-34.


1. By putting it off ; Col. 3 :8 .

2. By refusing to do evil ; Ps . 37 :8 .

3. By prayer ; I Tim . 2 :8. Prayer comes by knowing Christ.


1. A life of self-control will come ; James 1 :19 .

2. A life of understanding will come ; Prov . 14:29 .

3. A life of fruit bearing will come ; Col . 1 :10,11 .

Dr. Billy Apostolon

Thursday, August 20, 2009


There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect. - Henry David Thoreau

Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

You know things haven't changed today. People still don't like authoritative preaching, but as Woodrow Kroll points out, that's what we still need, preaching like Jesus preaching. - Back to the Bible announcer, June 1994

"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil." - Sarah Palin

A Dog's Purpose
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience. The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.'' Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live. He said, ''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' The Six-year-old continued, ''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.'' - A Veterinarian

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


Animals come into our lives as gifts from God, for companionship, to teach us, and to heal us. They deserve our very best efforts in caring for them. - Dr. Ihor Basko

Proverbs 26:17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

Why Bad Things Happen to Good People #2

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Why Bad Things Happen to Good People #2

From the writings of Sumner Wemp

Aug 20, 2009

Why bad things happen to good people NO. 2 Society


"In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world" John 16:33. We are in the world but we are not of the world John 17:16. There are, by far, more martyrs for Christ than ever before. "You will have tribulations" and we are seeing more of it by the day. Prepare yourself for these tribulations by studying God's Word daily, memorizing scriptures, and through your prayer life.
"Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you" 1 John 3:13. " If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. "Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave is not greater than his master ' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you " John 15:18-20. You can count on that. The more Christ like you are the more conviction you are to this world and they will hate you for it but don't you DARE compromise your convictions and concern for the lost of this world.
Don't ask what's going on when you face fiery trials "Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation" 1 Peter 4:12, 13. Now this isn't popular preaching today. People want to hear health and wealth preaching. The health and wealth preaching just is not reality so be ware. "Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" 2 Tim. 3:12. "For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake" Phil 1:29. BUT, "If we endure, we will also reign with Him" 2 Tim 2:12.
Prayer:  Father bless Your child reading this, who is facing rejection by the world. Give them a double dose of Your love and grace and give them godly friends to encourage them. In Jesus name.

Remember Jesus loves you and died for your sins, paid your debt in full, rose again and wants to be Your Savior and best friend. I love you, all because of Calvary, sumner
Quote:  "As you go through life you are going to have many opportunities to keep your mouth shut. Take advantage of all of them." - James Dent "Even a fool when he holdeth his peace is counted wise

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009


HEBREWS 11:28-31

Pastor Rick Jackson


1. Historically-the New Birth of the Nation

2. Spiritually-the Lesson of the Blood [Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.]

9:25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
13:11-12 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

3. Prophetically-the New Birth of the Believer [1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:]


1. Historically-identification with a new life, leader

2. Spiritually-identification with a new life, leader [Rm. 6:1-6ff]

3. Prophetically-the Baptism of the Believer into a new life, with a new leader [1 Corinthians 10:1-6ff]

III. FAITH & THE NEW LIFE [v. 30-31]

1. Historically-conquering strongholds and open hearts

2. Spiritually-conquering strongholds [Matthew 16:18 ...upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.]

3. Prophetically-that souls may be won to Christ! [Luke 19:1-10]

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Why Bad Things Happen to Good People #1

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Why Bad Things Happen to Good People #1

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Why bad things happen to good people #1


Satan, the wicked one brings tragedies!
"There was a man whose name was Job; and Job was blameless, upright, God fearing, and turning away from evil" Job 1:1. He was called "the greatest of all the men of the East." You just couldn't find a better man.
Then a messenger came to Job saying that all of his farm hands had been killed by the Sabeans. "And while he was still speaking" another messenger arrived saying "the fire of God fell and burned up all his sheep" again a messenger came saying, the Chaldeans stole all his camels and killed all his shepherds and "while he was still speaking" another messenger came and told how his seven sons and three daughters were all killed by "a great wind." And you think you're having a bad day! 1:12-19
Job was then "smitten with sore boils." By now his wife was blaming God and said, "Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die " 2:9. "Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God " 1:22. Here is the clincher. Job did not have a clue as to why all of this was happening to him. Have you been there? I have.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places " Eph. 6:12. Satan and spiritual wickedness is openly at war with Christ and Christians and you had better believe it.
If you are truly seeking God and following His ways you will be targeted by Satan and all of his henchmen just as was Job. BUT, great will be your reward perhaps, here and hereafter, as was Job 42:10.
Churchill so valiantly said, "Never, never, never quit." You and I have read the last chapter of the Book and WE WIN. For sure, "It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus, life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ. One glimpse of His dear face, all sorrow will be erased, so bravely run the race, til we see Christ."
Prayer:  Father, bless Your dear child going through dark waters right now, even as they read this. Give them Your grace and wisdom to honor You and to love You through it all.
Quote:   "The devil has two master tricks.  One is to get us discouraged....the other is to make us doubt..."  -  G. E. M.

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Sinning Against the Lord

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Sinning Against the Lord

"And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die." (2 Samuel 12:13)
A basic truth is expressed in this confession of David's: Every sin--not only the sin of blasphemy or of unbelief--is essentially a sin against the Lord and His nature of absolute righteousness.
This does not mean, of course, that sin hurts no one except God. In David's case, his sin resulted in the murder of a faithful soldier, Uriah; the implication of Bathsheba in David's adultery; and then the death of his infant son. It probably also contributed to the subsequent sins of two other sons of David, Amnon and Absalom.
Furthermore, as Nathan said, it had "given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme" (v. 14).
Nevertheless, it was, above all else, a sin against God. God had chosen David as king and had blessed him abundantly, yet David was not content and elected to make his own decisions in rebellion against the will of God and the Word of God. But when he was made to realize, by Nathan, what he had done, he immediately repented of his sin, and thereby received forgiveness.
God, in His grace, has made a wonderful provision for forgiveness and restoration, because "the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." Therefore, "if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:7, 9).
Confession must be specific and sincere, of course, not general and superficial to be effective. But if this is done, then we can exclaim joyfully with David: "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered," because he first, as he said, "acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid" (Psalm 32:1, 5). HMM

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Monday, August 17, 2009

The Reliability of Nature

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The Reliability of Nature
August 17, 2009
"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." (Genesis 8:22)

We are so accustomed to the regularity of the seasons and the various time-constants of nature (e.g., the length of the day and the year), we rarely stop to think how important all this is. When the sun goes down each evening, we are not disturbed, because we know it will rise the next morning; when winter settles over the hemisphere, we are confident that the spring will return in due time.

But if it were not so, life would soon become extremely difficult. Science and technology, which are based on the assumption that like causes produce like effects, would be impossible. These basic physical constants (the earth's rotation controlling the length of the day, the earth's orbit controlling the year, and the earth's axial inclination controlling the seasons), in turn, control most other physical and biological processes on the earth. Scientists, however, have no explanation as to why these constants are what they are. There is no better answer than that they are gifts of God's grace.

As a matter of fact, this present uniformity of nature dates only from the end of the great Noahic Flood, which marked a tremendous discontinuity in the processes of nature as they had functioned previously. God's promise to Noah of post-Flood continuity, as summarized in the words of our text, has been kept faithfully now for over 4,000 years.

All of God's wonderful creation gives a daily testimony to His faithfulness: "The living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: . . . left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness" (Acts 14:15, 17), and we should thank Him for it! HMM

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Sunday, August 16, 2009


The Prescription for Success

Pastor Rick Jackson


1. Concerning Inside the Tabernacle [v. 1-5]

2. Concerning Outside the Tabernacle [v. 6-8]

3. Concerning the Anointing [v. 9-15]


1. The Framework for Our Lives [v. 16-19, II Tm. 1:5-14]

2. The Furnishings for Our Lives [v. 20-30, II Tm. 3:16-17]

3. The Follow Through of Our Lives [v. 31-33, II Tm. 4:6-8]


1. The Glory of His Person [v. 34-35, Hebrews 12:22-24]

2. The Glory of His Provision [v. 36-37, Hebrews 12:25-29]

3. The Glory of His Presence [v. 38, Hebrews 13:5]



Pastor Rick Jackson*


There are those who deny this. [Gn. 3] "There are no absolutes" "Does that include the statement you just made?" Absolutes in medicine, mathematics, finance, etc. So why not in spiritual matters? Especially in spiritual matters. God has given us THE Truth in 3 editions.

"Either my life is controlled by Truth or it's controlled by lies." Satan tells people, "You can live this way and get away with it." That's a lie!

1. Jesus is The Truth [Jn. 14:6]

2. The Word of God is Truth [Jn. 17:17]

The statement, "The Word of God is true" is a true statement. But that is NOT what we are saying here. This goes deeper than that. Another book may be true, The Story of the Bill Rice Ranch for instance, but it is not THE Truth.

If Jesus is the Truth and the Word is Truth - they go together. Did you know that everything Jesus is the Word is, in its essence?

This is the eternal Word of God.

Psalm 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. He is the eternal Son of God. Both entered the world through the Agency of the Holy Spirit. Both are Light, Bread, Life. How do I feed on Jesus? Through this Book. How do I get to know about Jesus? Through this Book.

3. The Spirit is Truth [I Jn. 5:6] And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Jesus and the Spirit of God will never lead you in a direction in opposition to the Word of God.


1. The Test of Truth is Not the Sensational it is the Scriptural! [v. 1-5]

Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them , I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

2. The Test of Truth is Not the Sentimental it is the Scriptural [v. 6-9]

3. The Test of Truth is Not the Statistical it is the Scriptural [v. 12-18]


Bible writers went through many things to write--- imprisonments, death of loved ones, etc.

1. Work [Pr. 2:1-5]

2. Willingness [Jn. 7:17]

3. World [
John 14:17]

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

*adapted from a Warren Wiersbe message

Saturday, August 15, 2009

QUESTION OF THE WEEK! - How can a Christian survive secular college?‏

Q: How can a Christian survive secular college?

A: I can say from experience that being a biblical creationist at a secular college has its challenges. In addition to the normal academic pressures faced by all students, the consistent Christian must learn to be discerning about the views and interpretations expressed by his or her professors. This requires extra research as well as time (a valuable commodity while in college!). Such intellectual challenges occur in the midst of a social environment that is hostile to Christianity.

Many Christian parents are concerned that such a secular environment may lead their children to walk away from the Church. This concern is justified, since studies have shown that around two out of three Christian students from conservative churches will leave the church when they become adults.

First of all, our research shows that the problem starts much earlier than college. Nearly 90% of those students who leave the church have already begun to doubt God’s Word by the time they graduate from high school. Although they may continue to attend church with their parents, spiritually they are already gone.

Most Christian teenagers do not understand how the Bible connects to the “real world.” They have been taught “Bible stories,” but they have not been shown how the Bible’s history explains the evidence around us—from biology and geology to astronomy. Conversely, public schools use their evolutionary version of history to interpret the present world. So, students are inclined to think that the secular version of history they learned in public school is real, whereas the Bible is just a collection of interesting stories.

Continue reading as Dr. Jason Lisle teaches Christians tips for Surviving Secular College.

News to Note Quick Look

Is their model upright?: “This model should cause everyone to re-evaluate what they’ve said before”—the words of a Duke University professor whose research turns the origins of bipedal walking on its head. Read more.

Hot air over Mars: The fuss over martian methane—which had fueled hopes for life on the Red Planet—may be misplaced, according to a new study. Read more.

Also: against the flow; vestigial ideas; same old, same old; and don’t miss . . . . Read more.

Prayer Requests

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Answers ... with Ken Ham radio program

School’s about to start—I’m worried!
Creation—how many accounts are there?
Atheists—should they use the word “immoral?”
Being a Christian—is it a blind faith?
Intelligent Design—is it Christian?

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.