Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
If following God means you have to compromise with His word then you are not following God. Pastor Mark Williams
We’re not suggesting you move out of the will of God. You be a pastor- you’ve got a fight on your hands. You be a missionary -you’ve got a fight on your hands. It’s going to be rough, tough, don’t do it if you can do anything else! But if the Holy Spirit of God constrains you- don’t do anything else! - Jack Wyrtzen, the man God used to found Word of Life
When God leads, He doesn't always lead over clover. He doesn't lead through pathways strewn with flowers. He doesn'r always lead going downhill. He doesn't always lead by removing the stones. Because everything is going easy in your life doesn't mean my friend, that you're in God's will. - J. Vernon McGee
It is essential at this point to state emphatically that Marx and his comrades, while anti-God, were not atheists, as present-day Marxists claim to be. That is, while they openly denounced and reviled God, they hated a God in whom they believed. They challenged not His existence, but His supremacy. When the revolution broke out in Paris in 1871, the Communard Flourens declared, "Our enemy is God. Hatred of God is the beginning of wisdom." - Richard Wurmbrand
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Pastor Rick Jackson
I. THE COMMONALITIES [v. 10]
1. Common Heritage [Matthew 3:9]
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Matthew 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
2. Common Creation [Acts 17:22-32]
3. Common Problem [Romans 5:12]
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
II. THE CRIMINALITY [v. 11-13]
1. The Charge [v. 11]
2. The Consequence [v. 12-13]
3. The Corruption [v. 12-13] widespread
III. THE CRITICALITY [v. 14-17]
1. God’s Purpose for Marriage [v. 14-15]
2. God’s Hatred for Divorce & Domestic Violence [v. 16]
3. God’s Weariness for Hypocrisy [v. 17]
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Subject: Back at the Ranch - May Letter
Monday, April 26, 2010
A bright side of the Tribulation
"And I saw another angel ... saying, do not harm the earth...til we have sealed the bondservants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them who were sealed one hundred and forty-four thousand from every tribe of the sons of Israel" Rev. 7:2-4.
The Spirit of God is gone but the servants of God are these 144,000 Jews. Many Bible scholars believe that the 144,000 will be Jewish Evangelists, like the Apostle Paul, during the tribulation. He said he was one "born out of due time" 1 Cor. 15:8. Now think about this. The Jews are scattered all over the world. Imagine 144,000 Apostle Pauls preaching all over the world, with the power of God upon them like the Apostle. You talk about revival.
A great multitude saved
"After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands... These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. " Rev. 7:9-14.
Is anyone going to be saved during the tribulation? Yes, a great multitude from every tribe and tongue, under the powerful preaching of these converted Jews who are scattered all over the world and already know the languages.
Then shall the end come
The context is critical here. "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come" Matt, 24:14. This whole chapter is Jesus' answer as to "when shall the end of the world (age) come" vs 3. Jesus is not talking about the rapture but the return to the earth. The whole context is clear about that. More on this later. Too often today people apply it to the rapture and then declare Jesus cannot come until the great commission is fulfilled. NO. If that were so then the coming of the Lord Jesus is not imminent, meaning he could not have come at any time or now! The honest truth is we are a long ways from fulfilling the great commission. We ought to be passionate about trying to fulfill it and get the gospel to every creature. But this passage in Matt. 24 tells us it will be fulfilled during the tribulation. Awesome truth but it all fits. Reread this lesson until it becomes clear to you. Stay with us and see how it all fits.
O dear people. You passion and mine ought to be to get the gospel to that lost person we meet and have a few minuets with now. It may be the last member of the Body of Christ before the rapture. Wouldn't that be phenomenal if your had the privilege of winning the last person to Christ in this age? All because of Calvary, sumner
Prayer: Father, You are not willing that any should perish. Help us to realize that the person you put is with may be the last one to be saved and we must get the gospel to them and give them a chance to go to heaven even as someone gave us the gospel one day. In Jesus name.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010
Pastor Rick Jackson
Memory can be a wonderful thing. Memory can also be a curse. There are some things God tells us to forget. God had Paul say, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” But there are some things God’s wants us to remember.
Exodus 13:3 And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.
Nehemiah 4:14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord…
Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
Psalm 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Psalm 105:5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
Psalm 137:6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
John 16:4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
Hebrews 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Jude 1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
But the one I want you to concentrate on for this message is the very simple, very concise words of the Lord Jesus from Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.
Memories can be a blessing. Remembering can strengthen us in our Christian walk. Remember your salvation! Remember decisions of consecration which you have made: baptism, assurance of salvation, church membership, giving God’s way, witnessing…
But why remember Lot’s wife? It must be important for Jesus to say it. Ut must be important for the Spirit of God to move Luke to record it. There are a multitude of reasons but three must suffice for this message. REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE BECAUSE:
I. THERE ARE DANGERS IN LOOKING BACK [Gen. 19:17, 24-26]
1. The Danger of Lamenting Over Temporal Loss [Phil. 3:7-9, 17-19, 4:11-13]
2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2. The Danger of Worrying About Your Past Mistakes [Phil. 4:13]
If it can be rectified- do it!
If it was a sin- Confess it! 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If it can’t be rectified, and it wasn’t a sin - F.I.D.O.!!!! [FORGET IT & DRIVE ON]
3. The Danger of Worrying About Your Past Mis-steps [Ps. 118:24]
II. THE BEST IS AHEAD
1. We Can Serve Christ [Phil. 3:10-16]
2. We Can Seek Souls [Phil. 1:12-18, 27]
3. We Will See Jesus [Phil. 1:21-23]
III. THERE IS DIGNITY IN OBEDIENCE
1. Obey God Regardless of Men’s Opinions [Gal. 1:10, Acts 5:29]
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
2. Obey God Despite Circumstances [Phil. 4:11-13]
3. Obey God & Rejoice In It [Phil. 4:3-4]
During the War Between the States a messenger from Stonewall Jackson delivered a message to his pastor. An anxious crowd gathered expecting war news particularly since the letter was dated immediately following a major battle. The letter read, “My dear pastor, I recalled today that my gift to foreign missions was due. Find it enclosed. May the day soon come when this war is over… that we may get back to our primary task of saving the souls of men.”
His heart was on the main business.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 21:55:21 -0400
Subject: Celeste is coming homefrom rehab! PTL
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Q: Is there intelligent life in outer space?
A: A number of leading evolutionists, like the late Dr. Carl Sagan, have popularized the idea that there must be intelligent life in outer space. From an evolutionary perspective, it would make sense to suggest such a possibility. People who believe this possibility contend that, if life evolved on earth by natural processes, intelligent life must exist somewhere else in the far reaches of space, given the size of the universe and the millions of possible planets.
One can postulate endlessly about possibilities of intelligent life in outer space, but I believe a Christian worldview, built on the Bible, rejects such a possibility. Here is why.
During the six days of creation in Genesis 1, we learn that God created the earth first. On day four He made the sun and the moon for the earth, and then "He made the stars also" (Genesis 1:16).
From these passages of Scripture it would seem that the earth is very special—it is center stage. Everything else was made for purposes relating to the earth. For instance, the sun, moon, and stars were made "for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years" (Genesis 1:14).
Continue reading as Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, addresses the biblical and theological implications of extraterrestrial life.
Weekly Quick Answer
What should Christians think of Earth Day?
A lot of what is promoted on "Earth Day" (April 22) certainly sounds admirable—such as planting trees, reducing pollution, and conserving natural resources. But many Earth Day celebrations also have evolutionary foundations, and are a doorway to paganism and New Age mysticism.
Christians are to be good stewards in caring for the earth (Genesis 1:28), but we are not to worship it. Instead, we must use it for man's good—and to God's glory.
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Demotion over design?: For an employee of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Los Angeles, sharing his views on the origins issue in the workplace was allegedly grounds for a demotion. Read more.
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Friday, April 23, 2010
And feelings are deceiving;
My warrant is the Word of God--
Naught else is worth believing.
Though all my heart should feel condemned
For want of some sweet token,
There is One greater than my heart
Whose Word cannot be broken.
I'll trust in God's unchanging Word
Till soul and body sever,
For, though all things shall pass away,
HIS WORD SHALL STAND FOREVER!
— Martin Luther
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Pastor Rick Jackson
“Wait Brother Rick, this is for the priests.” “That’s right- but who are the priests today?” “Baptists don’t have priests.” “Wrong. Baptist churches do not have priests, but one of the hallmarks, yea, one of the distinctive of Baptists is that they believe in the Bible doctrine of the priesthood of the believer.”
1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
I. THE WARNING [v. 1-3]
1. If You Don’t Listen [v. 1-2a]
2. If You Don’t Learn [v. 2b]
3. You Will Be Cursed [v. 2c-3]
II. THE WAY [v. 4-7]
1. A Holy Origination [v. 4-5]
2. A Holy Expression [v. 5-6]
3. A Holy Expectation [v. 7]
III. THE WICKEDNESS [v. 8-10]
1. Far Reaching Corruption [v. 8]
2. Far reaching Consequences [v. 9]
3. Far Reaching Considerations [v. 10]
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010