Wednesday, August 31, 2011

QUESTIONS ABOUT RIGHT & WRONG

LUKE 6:1-11

Pastor Rick Jackson


I. A QUESTION OF AUTHORITY [v. 1-5]

Sounding right doesn’t always mean being right.

1. The Rules of Men [v. 1-2]

2. The Word of God [v. 3-4]

3. The Person of Jesus [v. 5]

II. A QUESTION OF EXPECTANCY [v. 6-7]

Being Right can sometimes be so wrong.

1. The Custom of Jesus [v. 6a]

2. The Compassion of Jesus [v. 6b-7]

3. The Capability of Jesus [v. 7]

III. A QUESTION OF REALITY [v. 7-11]

Looking right doesn’t mean being right.

1. Lack of Compassion [v. 7-8]

2. Lack of Convictions [v. 9-10]

3. Lack of Common Sense [v. 11, 2 Timothy 3:9]

But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Quotes of the Week

There is a broad distinction between character and reputation, for one may be destroyed by slander, while the other can never be harmed save by its possessor. Reputation is in no man’s keeping. You and I cannot determine what other men shall think and say about us. We can only determine what they ought to think of us and say about us. - J.G. Holland

If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. - Augustine

There is no true fellowship if there is no true "followship." - Rick Jackson

God never seeks to gratify mere curiosity. - H.A. Ironside

You can borrow brain, but you cannot borrow character. - Bob Jones Sr.

I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. - Martin Luther






Monday, August 29, 2011

THE FOLLOWSHIP OF THE GOSPEL

LUKE 5:1-39

Pastor Rick Jackson

You cannot have true fellowship without true followship.

I. THE GROWTH OF FAITH [v. 1-11]

1. The Friendliness of Small Faith [v. 1-3, John 15:14]

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

2. The Foolishness of Small Faith [v. 4-7, 12:28]

If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

3. The Forsaking of Small Faith [v. 8-11]

II. THE GLORY OF FAITH [v. 12-26]

1. Faith Seeks God’s Willingness [v. 12-16, James 1:6]

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

2. God Sees Faith’s Desire [v. 17-20]

3. Faith Glorifies God [v. 21-26]

III. THE GRACE OF FAITH [v. 27-39]

1. Christ Invites Christians to be Sold-Out [v. 27-28]

2. Christ Invites the Lost to be Saved [v. 29-32]

3. Christ Explanation to the Critics [v. 33-39] There is a time to feast & a time to fast.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

THE SPIRIT-FILLED SAVIOUR

LUKE 4:14-44

Pastor Rick Jackson


I. THE SPIRIT-FILLED SAVIOUR FACES NEGATIVITY IN NAZARETH [v. 14-30]

1. The Custom of Jesus [v. 14-16]

2. The Commission of Jesus [v. 17-21, Isaiah 61:1-2]

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

3. The Critics of Jesus [v. 22-30]

II. THE SPIRIT-FILLED SAVIOUR FORGES A CENTER IN CAPERNAUM [v. 31-37]

1. The Astonishment of the People [v. 31-32]

2. The Argument of the Possessed [v. 33-35]

3. The Authority of the Powerful [v. 36-37]

III. THE SPIRIT-FILLED SAVIOUR FINDS THE SICK AT SIMON’S HOUSE [v. 38-44]

1. Their Prayer [v. 38]

2. His Power [v. 39-41]

3. His Purpose [v. 42-44]

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Question of the Week: Why did God design venomous snakes?


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Q: Why did God design venomous snakes?

A: Evolutionary biologists have many unanswered questions about snakes as they attempt to explain the complex predatory structures in terms of random mutations. But the Bible gives an entirely different perspective on snakes. Christian biologists give credit for the incredible design exhibited in venomous snakes to the sovereign Creator and Designer, who "made all things for himself . . . even the wicked for the day of evil" (Proverbs 16:4).
The fact that snakes are efficient killers should not bother us because based on Genesis 1:30 they are not what they used to be. God originally made animals to be vegetarian, not killers, but Adam's Fall changed all that.
Some people have suggested that the snake's ability to kill arose slowly, as a result of mutations and random changes in behavior after Adam's sin. While such thinking may help explain some creatures, it does not help with snakes. Modern snakes display a complex, interconnected network of features that appear specifically designed for killing.
Christians know that God made all things, which must include snakes. But how did snakes become predators (and some of them venomous) if God's original creation was perfect? These harmful designs must have come into play after the Curse. This illustrates the infinite wisdom of God in preparing animals like snakes to survive in a fallen world.

Continue reading to see how a former atheist was convinced of God's design by studying snakes—and how these creatures are a testimony to the truthfulness of God's Word.

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Chick-a-gator: Chickens with alligator-like snouts developed by Harvard evolutionary biologist Arkhat Abzhanov have supposedly "rewound evolution." As evolutionary paleontologist Jack Horner has asserted, "You can't make a dinosaur out of a chicken, if evolution doesn't work." Rewinding evolution would supposedly prove evolution happened in the first place. Read more.

Sulfur-eating sandstone and Mars: In the struggle to see who can find the oldest fossils, the team of Wacey and Brasier has struck a blow using a battery of analytical techniques to authenticate a biological origin for stromatolites from Strelley Pool, Australia. Stromatolites are finely layered dome-shaped structures in sedimentary rocks made by microorganisms including sulfur-eating bacteria and the minerals in which they have entombed themselves. Read more.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Preparation

 
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II Chronicles 12:14 "And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD." 

How long did it take you to get ready this morning? You may not have all the time you want or need, but how long does it normally take you? Some people amaze me in how quickly they can get themselves prepared in the morning! Preparation is important, isn't it? Well, how you appear and smell when your alarm goes off is hopefully different than how you look and smell right now!

Preparation is important in other areas of life. Do you like eggs? Do you like raw eggs? The difference is preparation! II Chronicles 12:14 reminds us that preparation, or the lack thereof, is critical to our spiritual lives. King Rehoboam "prepared not his heart to seek the LORD."  He wasn't evil so much because of what he did do as he was evil for what he did not do.

Do you think Rehoboam ever prepared? Of course! Verse 1 tells us that when Rehoboam "had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him." He prepared ("established") his kingdom and strengthened himself, but he did not prepare for God. Rehoboam prepared, but he didn't prepare for things that were most important.

Your preparations reveal your priorities. Are you strengthening yourself and your position, or are you seeking the Lord? Rehoboam did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord, and the Bible says that "he did evil." What are you doing this morning to prepare your heart today? With the Lord's help, prepare your heart and prioritize your day to seek and serve Him.

 

Prayer Requests: 

1. Revival service tonight in Lyford, IN

2. BRR Elementary Retreat 1 today and tomorrow

3. Ranch evangelists preaching this weekend in Douglas, WY; Dewey, OK; and Heath, OH

 

 

 

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Reflecting God

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II Chronicles 9:8 "Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God. . . ."

Reflecting God

Have you ever been on the receiving end of thorough interview? Perhaps like a Father-in-law-to-be interview? Way back when Sena and I were dating, I had such an interview with my (now) father-in-law. He came on a reconnaissance mission to find out everything there was to know about Wil Rice; I don't know what information his final intelligence report contained, but I do know that I married his daughter!

I think of such an interview when reading about King Solomon's interview with the queen of Sheba. After Solomon "told her all her questions" and she saw the grandeur of Solomon's kingdom, the queen of Sheba concluded, "Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God. . . ." I don't know what the queen of Sheba knew about God before her visit, but Solomon certainly reflected God well to her!

This passage about Solomon reminds us that what we have belongs to God. Solomon was sitting on God's throne, using God's wisdom to rule God's people. You may not have great wealth or wisdom like Solomon, but what you do have completely and entirely belongs to God. When you lose this perspective, you lose the reason for the stewardship that you have!

What we have been given should also be viewed as a token of God's delight, not His drudgery. The queen of Sheba said, "Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee. . . ." Don't be discouraged about the stewardship God has delighted to give you. I know some people that would feel like God was judging them if they worked with junior-aged boys and girls at camp! What God has entrusted to you is not a product of His drudgery or scorn; He has delighted to give you what you have just as He did for Solomon!

If what we have belongs to God and is a token of His delight, then we ought do justice to what He has entrusted to us. Solomon's stewardship included a responsibility to "do judgment and justice." We, too, should do right by what God has delighted to place in our care. Don't squander what God has put in your hand!

You reflect on God, either positively or negatively, by the way you use His stewardship. Solomon certainly reflected God well to the queen of Sheba. How will you reflect on God today?

Prayer Requests:

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2. BRR Elementary Retreat 1 this weekend (8.26-27)

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

GOD’S CHAMPION

LUKE 4:1-13

Pastor Rick Jackson

I. THE PATTERNS OF TEMPTATION

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

1. Lust of the Flesh- physical appetite [v. 1-4, 3:22]

2. Lust of the Eyes-aesthetic nature [v. 5-8, Gn. 3]

3. Pride of Life-spiritual ambition [v. 9-13, 1 Timothy 3:6]

Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

II. THE POWER OF TWISTING

Satan questioned the Father’s love when he tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread. He questioned His hope when he offered Jesus’ the world’s kingdoms this side of the cross. Satan questioned the Father’s faithfulness when he asked Jesus to jump from the temple and prove that the Father would keep His promise. Thus the enemy attacked the three basic virtues of the Christian life- faith, hope, and love. - Warren W. Wiersbe

1. Satan Twists Normal Desires [v. 3, John 8:44]

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Romans 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
1 John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

2. Satan Twists the Word of God [v. 10-11, Ps. 91:11-12, 2 Peter 3:16]

As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

3. Satan Twists the Plan of God [v. 5-8, Acts 13:10]

And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

III. THE PATHS TO TRIUMPH [2 Corinthians 2:14]

2 Samuel 23:10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.
2 Samuel 23:12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.
1 Chronicles 29:11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

1. Jesus Was Spirit-filled [4:1, Ephesians 5:18]

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Romans 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

2. Jesus Was Scripture-filled [4:4, 8, 12, 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.
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith

3. Jesus Was Fully Surrendered [4:1, Colossians 3:17]

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Neglected Conscience

 
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II Chronicles 8:11 "And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharoah out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the LORD hath come."

 

 

 

What comes to mind when you think of King Solomon? Wisdom. Wives. Wealth. (That makes an alliterated three-point sermon right there!) Just think about those three traits for a minute. You would think a man with loads of wisdom would be wise enough to not have seven hundred wives! Sincerely, isn't that at least a little confusing?

 

Solomon neglected to use the wisdom God gave him because he neglected his conscience. The Bible says that Solomon built a separate house for Pharoah's daughter because "the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the LORD hath come."  Solomon's conscience was obviously troubled by this dilemma. If you feel convicted that a holy God will be dishonored by what you are doing, then you shouldn't be doing it yourself!

 

Do you think some politicians have two lives? Of course so! Just watch the news! It is easy to see the wickedness of some politician's secret personal life that contradicts his public reputation. What is not so easy is seeing that same duplicity in my life. It is amazing what we scorn in the lives of politicians that we allow in our own lives.

 

Solomon responded to his conscience superficially and underestimated the danger of neglecting his conscience. How did he get to the place where he had seven hundred wives, including a pagan daughter of Pharaoh? It all started with neglecting his conscience the first time. That is the way sin works; a person does not fall, he slides. A neglected conscience in one area starts the slippery slope into sin. Neglecting your conscience always leads you in the wrong direction, no matter how far down the path you are!

 

Ask the Lord for determination with your conscience. Don't let even one small area of conscience go neglected today! A tender conscience informed by God's Word and His Spirit will be invaluable as you go throughout this week. Whatever you do, don't neglect your conscience today!

 

 

  

Prayer Requests: 

1. Revival service tonight in Lyford, IN

2. BRR Elementary Retreat 1 this weekend (8.26-27)

 

 

 

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[Slice 2533] Of Strawberries and Grapevines (August 23, 2011)

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Of Strawberries and Grapevines
 
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to "U-Pick" berry picking, which is basically a do-it-yourself picking and harvesting of summer's best bounty. My first "picking" experience was with strawberries and from then on I didn't want my berries any other way! I was amazed as I walked the fields filled with ruby-red gems. In one visit, I had picked more than enough for jams, tarts, pies, and smoothies for the next year.
 
Now with all the super-centers and grocery stores on every corner of every street, why in the world would I be so attracted to the inconvenience of going out and picking fruit for myself? Why would I seek out a farm inevitably far away from where I live to slave in the summer sun for strawberries?   
 
When I was out in those fields, I was connected to the process that goes into harvesting food. It was my knees that began to ache from bending over, my hands that occasionally encountered a stinging or biting insect of one kind or another. I became deeply aware of my own tendency to take for granted the food that sits there waiting for me on the over-filled grocery shelves. In searching for just the right berries, I became connected to a part of the journey that our food takes to get to us. I thought of all the people who labor on my behalf so that I might enjoy the beautiful summer berries. Going out and picking strawberries reminded me of the importance of the process and not simply the end product.   
 
As I shared my experience with a friend, she reminded me of a similar comment made by the poet Alison Luterman: "Strawberries are too delicate to be picked by machine. The perfectly ripe ones even bruise at too heavy a human touch. [E]very strawberry she had ever eaten—every piece of fruit—had been picked by calloused human hands. Every piece of toast with jelly represented someone's knees, someone's aching back and hips, someone with a bandanna on her wrist to wipe away the sweat."(1)
 
Despite all appearances to the contrary, food doesn't arrive at our super-centers and grocery stores without the hard work of multiple laborers forming the chain in a vital process. Picking strawberries reminded me of this simple, yet profound truth. The ease of convenience deludes us into valuing the end and not the means, of caring only for the product and not the process.
 
Our busyness and commitment to convenience keep us from engaging in vital processes that inform us of our beginning and guide us to our end, just as they contribute to a general amnesia about what it takes to put food on our tables. Our consumer conveniences often sever us from our vital connections; we forget from whence we have come and to where we are going. We look for the quick fix or the short-cut to the end goal, rather than journeying through many arduous processes essential to our growth and development as human persons.
 
How similarly people of faith often wish for the easy way or the convenience of the "super-center" for spiritual growth. Jesus's frequent use of agricultural imagery should not surprise us. Some of the most beloved images from Jesus's conversations with his disciples evoke the vine and branches from grapevines and vineyards that likely filled the landscape of first century Israel. Growing grapes requires three years to establish a grape planting. Yet, even during the third season, only a limited harvest may be expected from the vines. The first full crop normally takes between four to five years.
 
Perhaps this knowledge can give new insight into his words: I am the vine; you are the branches...Remain in me, and I will remain in you...no branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine...remain in my love...I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.(3) The spiritual life, like our development as human beings, is about the process. Just as in farming, much of that process involves watching and waiting, tilling and cultivating the land, even getting our hands dirty or suffering the wounds inflicted by thorn or insect. There are no short cuts for a bountiful harvest.
 
 
Margaret Manning is a member of the speaking and writing team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Seattle, Washington.
 

(1) "Every Piece of Fruit" cited in Alice Peck Ed., Bread, Body, Spirit (Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2008).
(2) John 15:4-16
 
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Days of Praise
The Face of Jesus Christ
August 22, 2011
 
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:6)
 
The light that shines in the soul of a lost sinner when he first comes to know Jesus Christ can only be compared to the light that Christ called forth on Day One of the creation week. We met this God of glory spiritually when we first beheld in our hearts the face of Jesus Christ.
 
But the face of Jesus Christ was not always deemed so glorious. We read of a time when ungodly men "did . . . spit in his face" (Matthew 26:67), then took a blindfold "to cover his face" (Mark 14:65), and finally, with a rain of terrible blows "struck him on the face" (Luke 22:64). Once His "countenance [was] as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars" (Song of Solomon 5:15), but when they finished their assault, "his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men" (Isaiah 52:14).
 
"The face of the Lord is against them that do evil" (1 Peter 3:12), however, and the time is coming very soon when all those who have turned their faces from Him will call "to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb" (Revelation 6:16). When finally they will have seen the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ in all its consuming strength, not even the world itself could stand, "from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away" (Revelation 20:11).
 
For those who have looked on Him in faith, however, this will not be a time of judgment, but blessing, for "they shall see his face" (Revelation 22:4). The face of Jesus Christ, fierce as devouring fire to those He must judge, is glorious in beauty and love to those who believe. HMM
 
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Quotes of the Week

Anything above burning in hell, is a privilege. - Randy Howard

I bought a can of evaporated milk at the store. When I got home and opened it, there was milk in it, so I took it back to the store for a refund. - Papa J Jackson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is.. to protect themselves against tyranny in government. - Thomas Jefferson

Once rebellious, now redeemed; once repulsive, now accepted; once worthless, now expensive...once dead, now alive---so thankful! (Rom 6:22) - Pastor Scott Mitchell

The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits. - Thomas Jefferson

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it's been found difficult and not tried. - G. K. Chesterton

The church worship service is a huddle. We run the plays during the week. The game is not won in the huddle. - Unknown

Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God. - Jim Elliot

The statistics on death are quite impressive- one out of one people die. - George Bernard Shaw

We are all like the moon. We have a dark side we don't want anyone to see. - Mark Twain



Sunday, August 21, 2011

GOD’S CAUSE



LUKE 3:15-38

Pastor Rick Jackson


I. JOHN’S MINISTRY [v. 15-20]

1. Caused Expectation [v. 15]

2. Careful Explanation [v. 16-18]

3. Condemned Executive Sin [v. 19-20] Sin for the commoner is sin for the king.


II. JESUS’ BAPTISM [v. 21-22]

1. Jesus Endorsed John’s Forerunnership [v. 21, Mt. 3:13-14]

2. John Endorsed Jesus Future Work [v. 21, Mt. 3:15]

3. The Trinity Endorsed Jesus Fully [v. 22]


III. THE GENEALOGY OF THE SON OF MAN [v. 23-38]

1. Care Taken for the Son of Mary [v. 23]

2. Coniah Avoided for the Blood Line [v. 24-34a, Mt. 1:11-12, Jeremiah 22:28-30]

Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not? O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.

3. Connection Made for the Son of Man [v. 34b-38, 19:10]

GOD’S CALLS

LUKE 3:1-14

Pastor Rick Jackson


I. THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD [v. 1-2]

1. God Knows When [v. 1-2a]

2. God Knows Who [v. 2b, Esther 4:14]

For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

3. God Knows Where [v. 2c] God have any trouble finding Moses, Phillip, Joseph, Paul, you?

II. THE SALVATION OF GOD [v. 3-6]

1. Preaching for Results [v. 3]

2. Proclamation of Righteousness [v. 4-5, Psalm 116:5]

Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

3. Presentation of the Redeemer [v. 6, Isaiah 44:6]

Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

III. THE EXPECTATION OF GOD [v. 3, 7-14]

1. God Expects Saved People to be Baptized [v. 3] “the criminal was executed for his crimes”

2. God Expects Saved People to have a Change of Attitude [v. 7-9]

3. God Expects Saved People to have a Change of Actions [v. 10-14, Eph. 2:8-10]

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Question of the Week: How should Christians interpret missing links?


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Q: How should Christians interpret missing links?

A: The news is often full of alleged missing links between dinosaurs and birds, like Archaeopteryx or Sinosauropteryx, or between man and ape-like creatures, such as Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis). Most of the time, secular reports give an "age," not a rock layer. This age is an interpretation of the rock layer where the fossil was found—keep that in mind. This age is not a measured quantity but an interpreted one (from chemical analyses or position in the strata sequence's uniformitarian timeframe).
And how is it interpreted? It is interpreted in light of millions of years being an absolute fact that cannot be questioned. So sometimes you have to do some searching to find out what rock layer the fossil was found in. Sometimes you can do some "reverse engineering" by taking the age and back-translating it to what rock layer the fossil was found in. For example, if someone says the fossil is 73 million years old, then this would be Cretaceous rock.

Continue reading for more information and charts to help you reverse-engineer these alleged ages to a rock layer.

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Bonded bird behavior: Many bird species establish monogamous life-long relationships, but is it boy-meets-girl or boy-meets-buddy? Zebra finches normally pair bond, so Dr. Julie Elie's team at UC Berkeley raised sixteen male finches together to see what would happen. Read more.

Early eel: Dubbed Protoanguilla palau—meaning "first eel"—this little eel is prompting a redrawing of his family tree. Discovered in western Pacific caves 35 meters deep, the eel seems like a patchwork from the eel time machine. Read more.

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