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Q: Are we causing global warming?
A: Many people today are worried that global warming is threatening life on earth. They often blame pollution from modern industry, which is increasing the amount of certain atmospheric gases, such as carbon dioxide, that trap heat. Some individuals have gone so far as to say that we must take immediate action to halt global warming to prevent catastrophic consequences within the next century. What are we to make of such claims?
First, there is evidence that global warming is indeed happening. Virtually all the glaciers in the world have receded in the last century. Measurements indicate that the earth's global average temperature has gone up 1.2°F (0.7°C) since 1880. This really isn't very much of a change, and there is some reason to believe that even that number may be inflated. In any case, there is good reason to believe that the earth has warmed in the last century, if only slightly.
We must understand that the most important natural factor in determining the earth's temperature is the sun. We take for granted that the sun is stable and warms the earth in a uniform way.
For the most part, it does; it is an unusually stable star. But the sun does have natural cycles and minor changes in intensity that affect climate on the earth. One such cycle is the relatively short-term sunspot cycle. However, much longer variations may also exist. There is evidence that such variations have a substantial effect on earth's climate.
Continue reading to learn more about the causes of climate change and what we can do about it in this sneak peak from the summer 2010 edition of Answers magazine.
News to Note Quick Look
The big man of human evolution: He's the new "big man" of human evolution: Kadanuumuu, a purported relative of famous ape-woman Lucy. Read more.
A catastrophe for old-earthers?: With a headline worded as if written by a young-earther, the press release for a new study of Texas's Canyon Lake Gorge reveals that an increasing number of scientists are coming to grips with catastrophic geology. Read more.
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Friday, June 25, 2010
Sometimes we cannot stand prosperity because it leads us astray. - Russell Larramore [Gideon]
The guide for success in the Christian life is always the Bible; the decision necessary for success is always obedience. - Evangelist Troy Carlson
Life in Jesus is not wrapped up in what we do, it's wrapped up in what He did. - Larramore
Spiritual decisions plus spiritual discipline equals spiritual growth. - Pastor Jim Schettler
The point (to consider) is not WHEN you meet God but the fact that you WILL meet God. - Evangelist Bill Rice III
...a wife should submit (to her own husband) in everything, which means all the time. There’s no submitting on the little things and fighting it out on the big things. A wife acquiesces every time there is disagreement. So wives, how are we doing? Are we submitting graciously, just as the church submits to Christ’s headship? Are we submitting in everything so our homes will have the unity God intends? Start now. On the next issue of disagreement, voluntarily defer to your husband’s wishes (you won’t feel like giving in, but do it anyway). There’s a certain freedom in such biblical submission: if a mistake of judgment is made, the responsibility for the error becomes the husband’s; it is the wife’s job simply to defer, and that’s all God expects of her. As I once heard a pastor say (quoting another speaker, without giving credit, unfortunately): “Submission is simply ducking low enough for God to smack your husband.” This, dear women, is freedom. - Kathy Green
You evangelists had better take small meetings and have good meetings than to get big meetings by compromising … You servants of Christ ought to stay true even if you have to go hungry ... Remember, the devil will compromise. God won’t ... Some of our Bible-believing preachers have had their character bankrupted by the pressure of the ecclesiastical machine and without stopping to realize just what they were doing, they have been a party to an influence and dictatorship that chokes the spiritual life out of the churches and suppresses the evangelistic impulses of men who have been called of God to do the job. - Bob Jones, Sr.
[Charles]Spurgeon, on an occasion when he was being criticized for a “sameness” in his sermons, confessed, “Perhaps they are right. It is true that no matter where I take my text, whether it be in the Old Testament or the New, I immediately head across country to Jesus Christ, and preach Him and His saving grace.” What a beautiful example for aspiring preachers in the twenty-first century to follow! - Evangelist R.L. Sumner
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Pastor Rick Jackson
I. THE DAY COMETH [v. 1-3]
1. THE DAY OF FIRE [v. 1, II Thess. 2:18]
2. THE DAY OF FEAR [v. 2, 3:16, II Pet. 1:19, Rev. 22:16]
3. THE DAY OF FEET [v. 3, Ez. 39]
II. THE TIME TO REMEMBER [V. 4-6, 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;
1. THE PROOF OF SIN [v. 4]
2. THE PROPHET OF HOPE [v. 5]
3. THE POWER OF FAITH [v. 6, Mt. 10:34-36 in reverse]
III. THE LORD OF HOSTS [v. 1-6]
1. GOD IS HOLY [v. 1-4]
2. GOD IS MERCIFUL [v. 5]
3. GOD IS GRACIOUS [v. 6]
The final word in the Old Testament is "curse", the New testament opens with the story of the One who will remove the curse.
Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sufficient unto the day is one baby. As long as you are in your right mind don't you ever pray for twins. Twins amount to a permanent riot. And there ain't any real difference between triplets and an insurrection. - Mark Twain, 1879
Like Paul (Rom. 1:13-15; I Cor. 15:1-2), we should also rehearse the Gospel to other believers. It brings encouragement, refreshes and strenghthens other believers to daily consider anew what God has done (and is doing) for us through Jesus Christ. - Stephen Jones
Living in light of the Gospel is not a slogan or a three-step program. It is daily growth in the marvel of what Jesus Christ has accomplished and is accomplishing in believers. - Jones
Man was lost by hearing Satan. He can only be saved by hearing God. - J. Wilbur Chapman
Monday, June 21, 2010
Bill Rice Ranch | 627 Bill Rice Ranch Road | Murfreesboro | TN | 37128
Rapture! How in the world is it going to happen?
Surprise! Swiftly. Shockingly.
"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye" 1 Cor. 15:52.
"The second coming of Christ is mentioned in both the Old Testament and Matthew 24-25 but the Rapture was not revealed until the night before the Crucifixion in John 14:1-3" Dr. John F. Walvoord pointed this out in his book, "Prophecy in the New Millennium." That is quite amazing. There is a multitude of Christians today who do not know about the Rapture or have not had it emphasized enough to be consciously looking for His coming for Believers.
How in the world is it going to happen?
SUDDENLY! The Rapture, the gathering and assent ion of who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, will take place just before the beginning of the Day of the Lord. More on this later. Paul tells us, "Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape" 1 Thess. 5:1-3.
SWIFTLY! "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound" vs.52. No man knows the day nor the hour. "But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief" vs. 4. "So then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober" (be serious about it) vs. 6. The blowing of the trumpet was for the gathering of the people of God Num. 10:2 ff. So it will be at the rapture.
Systematically! "The dead in Christ will rise first" 1 Thes. 4:16. This is all the believers from the day of Pentecost. "For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body" 1 Cor. 12:13. Christ only has one body Eph. 4:4. This takes place at the moment of salvation even as we are "born of the Spirit" at that moment. "If any man be in Christ he is a new creation" 2 Cor. 5:17. Every believer has been baptized by the Holy Spirit or he is not "in Christ."
"Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord." 1 Thes. 4:17. "What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see" and "we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is" 1 John 3:2. What a grand homecoming that will be. Please don't miss it, get in on it right now. Look up all the verses listed on the chart under "Rapture."
Prayer: Father, help your children to be keenly aware that Jesus is coming so we will be ready and waiting with our eyes on You and things above. In Jesus name
And I love you, all because the Lord Jesus suffered and died for our sins, paid our debt in full and rose again so we can be forgiven and go to heaven, sumner.
Do you believe in that alone for your salvation? Believe and pray to receive Him as your Savior right now. "He that has the Son, has life" 1 John 5:12.
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Pastor Rick Jackson
I. WATCH YOUR STEP! [v. 1, II Tm. 4:1-4]
2 Timothy 4:1-4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
“Going to some churches is not only a waste of time; it is wrong. It is wrong to give your approval to a liberal pulpit. It is wrong when you do not give your support to a fundamental pastor who is giving out the Word of God.” - J. Vernon McGee
II. WATCH YOUR MOUTH [v. 2-3, James 1:19]
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
III. WATCH YOUR PROMISES [v. 4-7]
Psalm 66:13-14 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows, Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Pastor Rick Jackson
In 1883 Peter P. Bilhorn was engaged in evangelistic work among the western cowboys. “We had started up the Missouri River for Bismarck, and on Sunday we stopped at a new town, named Blunt, to unload some freight. A crowd of men and boys came down to the wharf. I took my little organ, went on the wharf boat, and sang a few songs—among others the glorious hymn, ‘I’m a child of a King.’ I thought nothing more of the occasion until long afterward, when I sang the same song in Mr. Moody’s church in Chicago. Then a man in the back part of the house arose, and said in a trembling voice: ’Two years ago I heard that song at Blunt, Dakota; I was then an unsaved man, but that song set me to thinking, and I decided to accept Christ, and I am now studying for the ministry.’”
We are told in Col. 3:16, “Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” This is both a Hymn- because it speaks of HIM and a spiritual song because it is a song of testimony. This great old song declares Bible truth for us in a powerful form that is both pleasing to the ear and cutting to the heart. It describes for us the richness of the Father by describing His riches in 5 or 6 categories.
I. THE RICHNESS OF HIS FOOTSTOOL [Ps. 50:10-12, Isaiah 66:1]
Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
Matthew 5:34-35 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool : neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
My Father is rich in houses and lands,
He holdeth the wealth of the world in His hands!
Of rubies and diamonds, of silver and gold,
His coffers are full, He has riches untold.
II. THE RICHNESS OF HIS LOVE [2 Corinthians 8:9]
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
Ephesians 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
My Father’s own Son, the Savior of men,
Once wandered on earth as the poorest of them;
But now He is pleading our pardon on high,
That we may be His when He comes by and by.
III. THE RICHNESS OF HIS MERCY & GRACE [Romans 2:4]
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
I once was an outcast stranger on earth,
A sinner by choice, an alien by birth,
But I’ve been adopted, my name’s written down,
An heir to a mansion, a robe and a crown.
IV. THE RICHNESS OF HIS PLAN [Romans 11:33]
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Romans 9:22-24 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
A tent or a cottage, why should I care?
They’re building a palace for me over there;
Though exiled from home, yet still may I sing:
All glory to God, I’m a child of the King.
V. THE RICHNESS OF HIS WAY [1 Peter 1:3-5]
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
I’m a child of the King,
A child of the King:
With Jesus my Savior,
I’m a child of the King.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Bill Rice Ranch | 627 Bill Rice Ranch Road | Murfreesboro | TN | 37128