Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Quotes of the Week

It's Christ righteousness that makes us acceptable to God and it is our righteousness which makes us acceptable with man. The world is looking for a Christlikeness in you and me from day to day. - Dr. J. R. Faulkner

Worrying is unbelief parading in disguise. - Faulkner

There is no future for an unforgiving person, only the baleful, crippling reliving of the past. Go on, forgive them. Release it. Let it go. - Scott Mitchell

Someone has said, "A perfect wife is one who doesn't expect a perfect husband." And the opposite of that is true also! - J. Don Jennings

Experience must be tested by the Word of God. Unfortunately, many folk today are testing the Word of God by their experience. My friend, if your experience is contrary to the Bible, then it is your experience, not the Word of God, which is wrong. - J. Vernon McGee

Monday, February 27, 2012



Pastor Rick Jackson


1. The Perspective Without God [v. 1-3, I Jn. 2:16-17]

2. The Pattern Without Man [v. 4-10]

3. The Pointlessness of Accomplishment [v. 11, Ex. 1:8, Mt. 16:26]


1. Life Lived For Subsistence [v. 12-14, Mt. 6:33]

2. Life Permanently Warped [v. 15, Pr. 23:29-35]

3. Life’s Sorrow Increased [v. 16-17, James 3:11-18]


1. An Abundant Life [John 10:10]

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

2. A Work Not in Vain [I Cor. 15:58]

3. A Life with Purpose [Philippians 1:2]

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Sunday, February 26, 2012



Adapted From J.R. Faulkner by Pastor Rick Jackson








Saturday, February 25, 2012

Question of the Week: Why are young people walking away from our churches?

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Q: Why are young people walking away from our churches?

Ken Ham answers: During the past thirty years of traveling the world and speaking in churches, I have been deeply burdened by distraught parents pleading for advice on how to reach their children who were brought up in the church but no longer attend. "How can I reach them? How can we get them back to church?" I have been asked time and time again.
As I saw such patterns across America, Australia, Europe, and the United Kingdom, I was sure there must be a connection. Could it be that the lack of teaching apologetics in our churches, youth groups, Sunday schools, and Bible studies is a major reason why young people leave the church?
I talked with parents and noticed that an overwhelming number of them admitted they didn't know how to answer their children's questions—whether about dinosaurs, the age of the earth, or the origin of the Bible. I also found that most parents believe their children's Christianity won't come under attack until college.
So we contracted with Britt Beemer, from America's Research Group, to formulate questions and survey one thousand twenty-somethings (ages 20–29) who had gone to church regularly as children but no longer attend. They had to have come from a conservative church background so the results would reflect what's happening to children from Bible-believing churches.
The study found we are losing our kids in elementary, middle school, and high school rather than college. And overall, it's because of the lack of teaching apologetics. The younger generations are not being raised to be able to answer the skeptical questions of our time, and so they begin doubting from a very early age whether they can trust the Bible.

Continue reading to learn the details of this telling study—and what you can do about the problem.

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"He that believeth on the Son . . .": A battle is raging in the world of Bible translation, and the issues are more complex than they at first appear. The questions involve fundamental issues of vocabulary and culture, linguistic accuracy and doctrinal purity, the integrity and availability of God's Word. Read more.


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Jimmy DeYoung's Prophetic Prospective

Here's a sample from one of the leading men on prophecy today. Very sound and solid [unlike some others].

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Prophecy Today Devotions  
February 24, 2012  

Jimmy DeYoung
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Revelation 11:12


And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.


For further study - Revelation 11:3-12


As you will notice we have gone to the eleventh chapter of Revelation in our devotions because we are traveling through the book chronologically, not numerically which is the only way to study Revelation and understand the book.


As you read our key verse for today, verse 12, it sounds much like the description of the Rapture, Revelation 4:1-2 and

I Thessalonians 4:16-17.


However a study of the context in this passage of Scripture indicates that this call from heaven saying to the "two witnesses", "come up hither", takes place at the mid-way point of the seven year Tribulation Period, while the Rapture takes place before the Tribulation Period begins.


This passage reveals the prophecy of the "two witnesses", verse 3, and what is involved in their 1,260 day ministry.


Briefly, there will be "two men" who will give some type of a testimony, which is what a witness does, during the first half of the Tribulation Period. They will be protected by the Lord through various means so that they can reach out from Jerusalem to everybody on earth with the "gospel of the Kingdom", Matthew 24:14.


These two will be kept out of harms way and given miraculous powers so that their ministry will be effective. After these two witnesses are killed, verse 7, and before being resurrected from the dead, verse 11, their dead bodies lay in the Jerusalem streets so that the entire world will see them, via satellite. The "earth dwellers" will "rejoice over them and make merry and bring gifts one to another", verse 10.


The world will "party" and "send gifts", happy that the two witnesses have died. Revelation 7:4-8 tells us that 144,000 Jews from the "twelve tribes of Israel" will be saved and then spread out across the world to reach "all" seven billion people on earth with the Gospel message, Matthew 24:14. This evangelism will be as a result of the ministry of these "two witnesses".


Revelation 7:9 indicates that a large number of people will be saved during these terrible days of judgment. This great time of evangelism all taking place after the Rapture of the Church.


Malachi 4:5 tells us that one of the two witnesses is going to be "Elijah". I believe the other is the Old Testament Gentile, Enoch, Genesis 5:19-24. Therefore, there will be a "Gentile witness" and a "Jewish witness" for the Gentiles and Jews that are left on the Earth after the Rapture.


I believe these two witnesses, who have never died, were transported into the heavens, while still alive. They will return to Jerusalem where they set up their Temple Mount headquarters. Then at the end of their ministry, they die, as every man who has ever lived on earth must do, Hebrews 9:27. Then they will be taken back to heaven at the end of their three and a half years of ministry.


Luke 24:4 records that "two men in white apparel" at the entrance to the tomb of Jesus, saw the resurrection. Acts 1:10 also records that "two men in white apparel" watched as Jesus entered the heavenlies from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


These two, I believe, were Elijah and Enoch who saw the resurrection and the ascension of Christ into heaven telling the disciples the Lord would come back the same way He had just departed.


The "resurrection" and the "Lord's coming" is the message of the "Gospel of the Kingdom". This will be the message of these two witnesses to the world. Remember, they are the only two witnesses that saw these things happen.


The prophecy pertaining to these two witnesses will be fulfilled, sooner rather than later. The only thing that must happen before the ministry of the two witnesses is the Rapture, which could happen very soon, maybe today.



PRAYER THOT: Help me Lord to be a witness today of Your soon coming to those who need to know You as Lord and Saviour.


















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Thursday, February 23, 2012


ACTS 17:10-14

Adapted From Lehman Strauss by Pastor Rick Jackson

II Tm. 2:15 commands Christians to study the Bible. Most Christians do not read the Bible, let alone study it, but that does not change the command of God. In Acts 17 we have a simple pattern that may help us to know how to study the Bible.


That means we study it for our own edification & growth in grace. 17:11 “they received the word with all readiness of mind”. The result of devotional Bible study is THANKSGIVING.


“SEARCHED” 17:11. This type is not easy but it is rewarding. It is the result of TOIL.


This means to study the great doctrines and the great themes of the Bible. This involves using some TOOLS to aid in your study to understand the Bible. Build your library [or at least your PC skills] II Tm. 4:13, Acts 17:11 “Searched the Scriptures… whether these things were so”


“Read your Bible every day, praying as you read it. It will guide you all the way, if you’ll only heed it.” This, of course, necessitates TIME. Acts 17:11 “Daily”


Acts 17:11 “Received the word… ready mind… whether those things were so”. This indicates a deep TRUST in the Author of the Scriptures.


We need others to TEACH us. We can all learn from others but we must compare what they say to what we can read. Acts 17:11

Acts 13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

1 Corinthians 12:28 And ° God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

2 Timothy 4:3 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;

Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Hungering Spirit (February 22, 2012)

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The Hungering Spirit
I have pondered long and hard the question of why people turn to God. I remember a woman from Romania telling me that she was raised in a staunchly atheistic environment. They were not allowed to even mention the name of God in their household, lest they be overheard and their entire education denied. After she came to the United States, I happened to be her patient when I was recovering from back surgery. When I had the privilege of praying with her one day, she said as she wiped away her tears, "Deep in my heart I have always believed there was a God. I just didn't know how to find him."
This sentiment is repeated scores of times. More recently, I had the great privilege of meeting with two very key people in an avowedly atheistic country. After I finished praying, one of them said, "I have never prayed in my entire life, and I have never heard anyone else pray. This is a first for me. Thank you for teaching me how to pray." It was obvious that even spiritual hungers that have been suppressed for an entire lifetime are in evidence when in a situation where there is possible fulfillment.
Although I agree that the problem of pain may be one of the greatest challenges to faith in God, I dare suggest that it is the problem of pleasure that more often drives us to think of spiritual things. Sexuality, greed, fame, and momentary thrills are actually the most precarious attractions in the world. Pain forces us to accept our finitude. It can breed cynicism, weariness, and fatigue in just living. Pain sends us in search of a greater power. Introspection, superstition, ceremony, and vows can all come as a result of pain. But disappointment in pleasure is a completely different thing. While pain can often be seen as a means to a greater end, pleasure is seen as an end in itself. And when pleasure has run its course, a sense of despondency can creep into one's soul that may often lead to self-​destruction. Pain can often be temporary; but disappointment in pleasure gives rise to emptiness—not just for a moment, but for life. There can seem to be no reason to life, no preconfigured purpose, if even pleasure brings no lasting fulfillment.
This is why I believe that the intertwining of pain with pleasure is at the root of the human dilemma and at the core of the hungering spirit. People in pain may look for comfort and explanations. People disappointed in pleasure look for purpose. But this is where, I believe, the West has lost its way. In our boredom, we may search for an escape in the strange or the distorted, while God has revealed himself in the person of Jesus Christ.
Only in the Judeo-​Christian worldview is every person understood to be created in God's image, for God himself is a person. Likewise, each person has relational priorities that are implicitly built in, not by nature but by God's design. Consider the tragedy of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Even in that stoic culture, where community rises above everything else, each one who wept was grieving the loss of their own loved ones: They were not grieving just for the total loss of life but also for their personal loss. This is real. It is not imaginary. We stand before the individual graves of the ones we love more often than we stand before a graveyard in general.
But there is more. Personhood transcends mere DNA. There is essential worth to each person. In Christianity, the essence of each and every person and the individual reality of each life is sacred. It is sacred because intrinsic value has been given to us by our Creator, who has revealed himself in the starry skies and upon a nail-scarred cross.
The more I reflect on my own life and interact with others, I am fascinated to see the design God has for each one of us individually, if we would only respond. The truth is that I have known people who in the peak of their success have turned to God, and I have known others, drowning in pain and defeat, who seek God for an answer. Either extreme leaves haunting questions. God alone knows how we will respond to either.
God has created us for his purpose, and relationship and worship are built into this design. God alone can weave a pattern from the disparate threads of our lives and fashion a magnificent design. Perhaps today, if you will stop and reflect on it, you will see that Christ is seeking your hungering spirit.
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A world of difference in what you do

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There is a world of difference in what you do to get married and what you do because you are married. You do not start living together and have children and become a father and a mother to get married. You do that when you have gotten married. You must understand that you get a marriage license, go to the preacher who has authority to marry you, he asks if you take this man/woman to be your lawful mate. You must answer from your heart out loud, "I do" and then he pronounces you husband and wife. Then you live with her and do all those things married couples do. In God's eyes and in our eyes it is the same way about getting saved. 
You must "understand" (Matt 13:23) like the good seed to produce as you ought. Remember the Ethiopian to whom Phillip went, heard him reading the bible and asked if he understood it. He said, How can I except some man should guide me and he invited Phillip to come up and sit with him and "guide him." Many people I find want to know how to get saved. Just yesterday, I had the joy of seeing a lady come to understand how to be saved and had the assurance she was saved and stopped trying to save herself. 
You do not join a church, get baptized, start tithing, start living a godly life to get saved, you understand the Lord Jesus who knew no sin, suffered and died for your sins on the cross, paid you debt in full, rose again and was seen by hundreds. Remember no one saw Allah or Mohammed nor Buddha nor Confucius pay your debt of sin, rise from the dead and was seen by hundreds of people. Now to be saved you must believe God that Jesus did pay for your sins, rose again and was seen alive by hundreds, then Let God know You believe Him and receive the Lord Jesus as your personal savior. For He is the one authority who can pronounce you saved. Then you confess you have received the Lord Jesus as your Savior, Jesus publicly, get baptized and start living a godly life because you are now saved. Doesn't that make real good sense? "For we are not saved by what we do but by what He did for us. I use thi with almost every person I lead to the Lord and it really helps them understand how to be saved. 
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More Than an Academic Question

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More Than an Academic Question
In many ways, I have spent my life as a perpetual student. As a young student, I was always hungry to learn new things—new facts, new information, new tools to help me solve problems. At the time, my focus was on academic learning—I wanted to master a subject area and become an expert at a particular field of knowledge. All of my study focused on this single pursuit. 
What I didn't anticipate, after finishing graduate school, was that very few people were interested in my intellectual knowledge. Sure, many were interested in the information I would transmit through presentations and lectures. But as I began to interact more and more with individuals at my work, I soon realized that for most the questions were not purely academic, but arose from the deepest places of the heart. Academic questions concerning the proofs for the existence of God did not arise as much as questions about whether or not God cared and was involved in human lives. If academic questions arose, they came as a result of personal experience with suffering of one form or another. When fervent prayers did not prevent the cancer from spreading, or the child from dying, or the plane from crashing, or the marriage from failing, the questions came like water bursting through the dam. Is God really there?  Does God even care? If God cares about me, then why doesn't God intervene?
Unfortunately, these questions are not unique in our generation. They have been asked for millennia. The academic term for the problem of suffering is called theodicy. Theodicy is a word invented in the seventeenth century by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, one of the great intellectual thinkers of the Enlightenment period.(1) Theodicy attempts to explain how and why there can be suffering in the world if God is all-powerful and loving. 
Yet behind the intellectual wrangling over this problem, the experience of suffering in light of both the goodness and power of God has caused great difficulty for people who have faith and for those who do not claim any faith. It is reasoned that if God does not prevent suffering and if God does not care about the sufferer, then God does not exist in any meaningful way.
In Mark's gospel, a simple story about a boat caught in a terrible storm provides an altogether different kind of theodicy—one that involves far more than an academic answer. When evening had come, Jesus and his disciples got into a boat, most likely on the Sea of Galilee, in order to go over to the other side. In the course of their travel, a fierce storm arose suddenly and violently. It was so intense that the waves were not only breaking over the boat, but the boat was filling with water and on the verge of sinking. Jesus, asleep in the stern of the boat, was resting soundly when the disciples roused him with their fearful, first question: "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" Jesus doesn't answer their question, but instead answers the wind and the waves, "Peace, be still." His exhortation to the natural elements of wind and water was nevertheless intended for the disciples as well, for he returns their question with a second question: "Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?" To which the disciples reply to one another with the ultimate question, "Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?"
It is not difficult to surmise that the presence of Jesus in the boat would preclude any kind of suffering or disaster. But suffering does come, and the wind roars and the sky turns black, and the storm of all storms appears to envelop the disciples in darkness and terror. And this is the human experience in suffering. We are afraid, we feel alone and we wonder if anyone cares that we are drowning. For people of faith, Jesus, don't you care that we are perishing, becomes an incredulous statement because of the assumption that as Christians we should be immune from the troubles of life. But Jesus's answer reminds us that faith does not insulate us from life's storms. Indeed, as Craig Barnes has written "Faith...has little to do with our doctrines or even with our belief that Jesus could come up with a miracle if he would only pay attention. Faith has everything to do with seeing that we have the Savior on board."(2) 
In the midst of our questions about suffering—academic and borne out of human experience—there is Jesus in the storm of doubt, in the tempest of despair, in the gale of defeat, resting calmly in the assurance of God's care in the storm. His presence with the disciples in the storm gives a provocative theodicy; Jesus is neither removed from suffering nor does he always prevent suffering. And for those on either side of problem of suffering, the more important question may well be: Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? 
Margaret Manning is a member of the speaking and writing team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Seattle, Washington.

(1) Bart Ehrman, God's Problem (New York: HarperOne, 2008), 8.
(2) M. Craig Barnes, When God Interrupts (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996), 138.

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Monday, February 20, 2012


I CHRONICLES 16:1-7, 27

Pastor Rick Jackson

We often glory is such shallow things- sports, celebrities, personal achievements, etc.]

1. This Should Be on Our Lips [v. 8-10a]

2. This Should Be in Our Heart [v. 10-11]

3. This Should Be on Our Minds [v. 12-22]


1. The Glory of His Salvation [v. 23-25]

2 The Glory of His Creation [v. 26]

3 The Glory of His Presence [v. 27]


1. Give Self [v. 28-29, Rm. 12:1-2]

2. Give Submission [v. 30-33]

3. Give Thanks [v. 34-36]

Sunday, February 19, 2012


ROMANS 12:1-12 [Espec. v. 12]

Pastor Rick Jackson


1. The Example of Abraham [Jn. 8:56, Rm. 4:18, Heb. 11:8-19]

2. The Example of Jesus [Heb. 12:2]

3. The Example of Paul [Phil. 3:1, 4:4]


1. For Others’ Sake [II Tm. 2:10]

2. For Christ’s Sake [II Tm. 2:12, Heb. 12:3]

3. For Your Sake [James 1:12, 5:11]


1. For the Meat of the Word [Acts 6:4]

2. For the Master of the Word [Acts 10:7]

3. For the Ministry of the Word [Col. 4:2-4]

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Question of the Week: Do rabbits really "chew the cud"?

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Q: Do rabbits really "chew the cud"?

A: Two places in the Bible include the hare among animals that chew the cud. Deuteronomy 14:7 states, "Nevertheless, of those that chew the cud or have cloven hooves, you shall not eat, such as these: the camel, the hare, and the rock hyrax."
In the modern scientific classification system, animals that chew the cud (cattle, sheep, deer, giraffes, and camels) are called ruminants. Ruminants have four stomach compartments. They swallow their food into one stomach compartment where food is partially digested. Then the food is regurgitated back into the mouth, chewed again, and then swallowed into a different stomach compartment.
Obviously, rabbits do not share the digestive anatomy of modern ruminants. However, to describe rabbits chewing the cud is not incorrect.
Rabbits engage in an activity called cecotrophy, in which small pellets of partially digested food (called cecotropes) are passed through the animal but are then reingested. These cecotropes serve as a very important source of nutrition for the animal.
Is this the same as cud? In the final analysis, it is. Cud-chewing completes the digestion of partially digested food. Why would it be strange to think that centuries ago, the idea of "cud" had a somewhat broader meaning than a modern definition?

Continue reading to see how Scripture is once again validated as scientifically accurate, even in the details of a rabbit's digestive process.

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