Friday, August 31, 2012

Stepping on the Toes of the World

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August 31, 2012  
Jimmy DeYoung
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And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
For further study - Daniel 2:1-45
March 25, 2012 was the 55th anniversary of the signing of the "Treaty of Rome" signed by the European leaders 55 years ago in the city of Rome. More on the significance of this day in a moment, bur first, to our reading for today.
Daniel had been summoned by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to tell him his dream and to interpret the dream for the King. God gifted Daniel with the ability to reveal the dream to the Babylonian King, verse 28, and to interpret it for him.
The dream that King Nebuchadnezzar had was of an image of a man with a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, his belly and thighs of brass, two legs of iron and ten toes of iron and clay mixed. There was a stone that hit the image of the man and broke it into pieces.
These broken pieces were like chaff of the summer threshing floors and the wind carried them away. The stone that smote the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
Daniel's interpretation of the King's dream was actually the revelation of the "empires" of the coming Gentile world powers from the times of Daniel until the times of the return of Jesus Christ. Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar that he was the "head of gold", verse 38, the first of the Gentile world powers.
The passages in Daniel 7 and 8 give us the understanding that the Medo-Persian Empire followed by the Grecian Empire and the Roman Empire would take Gentile history along the way of history, all the way to a time when the "ten toes" would appear. Let me tell you that the "ten toes" are the "Revived Roman Empire" of the future (see my study, "The Daniel Papers").
It was 55 years ago that a group of Europeans met to sign the "Treaty of Rome" in Rome, Italy, that set the stage for the Common Market, which is today the European Union. A close look at the European Union reveals that it is at least an "infrastructure" of the fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy of the "ten toes" which will be ten nations, kings, or regions.
The key verse to notice about this prophecy is verse 44, "in the days of these kings". The God of heaven will destroy them and set up the kingdom that Jesus Christ will rule and reign over at His Return. This interpretation of these prophecies fits the prophecies of John the Revelator in his book of prophecy, Revelation 17.
The evidence is strong that we are living in those days. But remember, before the Lord's Second Coming, seven years before, the Rapture takes place and that could happen today.
PRAYER THOT: Thank you for Daniel's prophecy that helps me understand the Lord's time and that which proceeds His coming back to the Earth. Help me to realize the Rapture could be very close at hand and how then I should live in light of that realization.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

The World's Greatest Resort

Bill Rice Ranch - First Light Devotionals 
John 10:41  "And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true."
If you could go to any resort in the world, where would you go?  Madagascar?  Dillon?  Disney World?  What you say in answer to that question says something about you!  The fact is, you will resort to whatever you see as important.  If you would pick Disney, I know a few things about you already.  If you pick a majestic destination like Dillon, CO, I know something about the things you value.  (That makes two of us!)  A resort is a place you resort to in order to get away from.
Oftentimes God is our last resort instead of our first recourse for the day's needs.  The Bible tells us that the Lord is our shade.  Some days, I pray that He would be my quiet, my shade, and my peace because things tend to get busy, hot, and crowded around here!
To whom or what you resort reveals what is important to you.  In John chapter 10, people were seeking the Lord Jesus because they saw Him as important and as what they needed.  People do not need fancy homilies from a preacher; they need Jesus.  Kids do not need a perfect mom and dad with all of the answers; they need Jesus.  These seekers came to Jesus because of what John had said.  John didn't do any fancy miracles or have any tricks.  He didn't use ventriloquism, chalk talk, or travel with a musical team, either!  He simply spoke the truth about the Lord Jesus.
God did not use John because of his snappy clothes (camelhair), trendy diet (locusts and honey), or lengthy expository sermons; God used John because he was "plugged in" to the very power Source he pointed people to.  Today, others will resort to Jesus if you will tell Him as He is.  Your home needs Jesus as He is.  Your church needs Jesus as He is.  Our great country needs Jesus as He is.  Our world needs Jesus as He is.
To whom will you resort?  When life's problems bear down on you, will you resort to something or someone else besides the Lord?  When you need quiet, shade, and peace, where will you go?  Jesus Christ has the power, provision, and blessing you need that no resort in the world can provide!

Prayer Requests:
1. Services tonight in Douglas, WY; Danielson, CT; LaSalle, IL; and Fort Collins, CO
2. Ranch evangelists preaching this weekend in Yuma, AZ, and Las Vegas, NV
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012


 LUKE 16:19-17:1                                               


Pastor Rick Jackson




1. The Strange Case of King Saul (the Exception to the Rule) [1 Sam. 28:8ff]


2. The Strong Case Against Spiritualists [Dt. 18:9-14]


3. The Stirring Case of Bible Sufficiency [Dt. 18:15-22, Lk. 16:29, 31]




1. A Temporary Torment  [Rev. 20:13]


2. A Terrifying Judgment [Rev. 20:11-13]


3. An Eternal Torment [Rev. 19:19-20; 20:6, 10, 14-15]




1. With the Saints [Lk. 16:22-25; Gen. 25:8, 17, 35:29, 49:29-33; Num. 27:13; 2 Kings 2:1]


2. With the Angels [Luke 15:7,10, 16:22, Ps. 78:23-25]


3. With the Lord [Gen. 5:24, 2 Corinthians 5:6-8]

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Shareholder or Steward?

Bill Rice Ranch - First Light Devotionals 
John 3:27  "John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven."
Are you sharing or stewarding what is Christ's?  John's disciples came to him in John chapter 3 and mentioned that the Lord Jesus was in the same area, doing the same thing as John (baptizing).  Not only were they sharing space and sharing work, now they were sharing converts!  "Behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him."  In their minds, they were sharing with the Lord Jesus, but John had a different answer.
John didn't see himself as sharing Christ's work; he saw himself as a steward.  He said to his disciples, "A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven."  That, my friend, is a different perspective than sharing!
If you see yourself as a shareholder in God's work, you will look at what other people, ministries, and churches are doing and think, "This is not fair."  You might even think that others are not doing their "fair share."  When you share something, you instinctively look at what others have or do compared to what you have or do.
However, you do not share 50% of what is Christ's; you steward 100% of what He has given you.  You can't do better than what God gives you.  You are a steward of His resources, so it becomes mightily important what you do with it!  You are not accountable for what you do not have; you will be accountable for what you do have.  Are you sharing or are you stewarding what is Christ's today?

Prayer Requests:
- Services tonight in Douglas, WY; Danielson, CT; and LaSalle, IL
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Monday, August 27, 2012


ACTS 15:30-16:15


Pastor Rick Jackson



1. Rejoices in Truth [15:30-31]

2. Respects the Truth-givers [15:32-34]

3. Receives the Truth [15:35]



1. Delayed [15:36-39]

2. Determined [15:40-16:5]

3. Denied [16:6-7]




1. Sounded a Great Need [16:8-9]

2. Found Willing Hearts [16:10-12]

3. Expounds the Good News [16:13-15]

Sunday, August 26, 2012


                                         1 SAMUEL 21                                      Pastor Rick Jackson



David wasn’t the only one- this king:

1. Took Their Peace [Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.]

2. Took Their Joy [Proverbs 29:2]

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

3. Could Take Their Lives [20:3]

II. THE KING DAVID LOVED [v. 2-9, Ps. 24:7-8]

1. For His Purpose [v.2, “Is there not a cause?]

2. For His Provision [v. 3-6, Mk. 2:28-32]

3. For His Protection [v. 7-9]


1. David Fled [v. 10]

2. David Feared [v. 10]

3. David Famous [v.11]


1. David Attentive [v. 11-12a]

2. David Acting [v. 12b-13]

3. David Awarded [v. 14-15] the Academy award- but some valuable lessons learned


Now we have seen 4 historical kings but they also can illustrate to us 4 kings we all know…

The King David feared was Saul- Saul represents the world- many Christians are afraid of the world

The King David was- this represents self- too often we have self on the throne- what we want

The King David Faced was Achish- Achish and his people worshipped idols [1 Cor. 10:19-20]-Achish represents the Devil

But it’s the fourth King we must acknowledge, serve and love. King Jesus! Is He king of your life? He should be.

As S.M. Lockridge declared - The Bible says my King is a seven-way king, He's the King of the Jews- that's a racial king, He's the King of Israel- that's a national King, He's the King of Righteousness, He's the King of the Ages, He's the King of Heaven, He's the King of Glory, He's the King of kings, and He's the Lord of lords. That's my King. Well....I wonder, do you know Him?


David said, "The Heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork. My King is a sovereign King. No means of measure can define His limitless love. No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply. No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessings. He's enduringly strong, He's entirely sincere, He's eternally steadfast, He's immortally graceful, He's imperially powerful, He's impartially merciful. Do you know Him?


He's the greatest phenomenon that ever crossed the horizon of this world. He's God's Son, He's a sinner's Saviour, He's the centerpiece of civilization, He stands in the solitude of Himself, He's august and He's unique, He's unparalleled, He's unprecedented, He's the loftiest idea in literature, He's the highest personality in philosophy, He's the supreme problem in higher criticism, He's the fundamental doctrine of true theology, He's the cardinal necessity for spiritual religion, He's the miracle of the age, He's the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him, He's the only one qualified to be an all sufficient Saviour. I wonder if you know Him today?


He supplies strength for the weak, He's available for the tempted and the tried, He sympathizes and He saves, He strengthens and sustains, He guards and He guides, He heals the sick, He cleanses lepers, He forgives sinners, He discharges debtors, He delivers captives, He defends the feeble, He blesses the young, He serves the unfortunate, He regards the aged, He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek. I wonder if you know Him?


Well, my King is the King. He's the key to knowledge, He's the wellspring to wisdom, He's the doorway of deliverance, He's the pathway of peace, He's the roadway of righteousness, He's the highway of holiness, He's the gateway of glory. Do you know Him?


Well- His office is manifold, His promise is sure, His light is matchless, His goodness is limitless, His mercy is everlasting, His love never changes, His word is enough, His grace is sufficient, His reign is righteous and His yoke is easy, and his burden is light. I wish I could describe Him to you, but He's indescribable, He's incomprehensible, He's invincible, He's irresistible.


Well, you can't get Him out of your mind, You can't get Him off of your hand, You can't out live Him, and you can't live without Him. The Pharisees couldn't stand Him, but they found out they couldn't stop Him. Pilate couldn't find any fault in Him. Herod couldn't kill Him. Death couldn't handle Him, and the grave couldn't hold Him. Yea!!!, that's my King, that's my King.

 "Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory Forever"....And ever...and ever...and when you get through with all the forevers, then.... AMEN!....AMEN! Do you know Him?

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Question of the Week: What's in an emerald, and why?

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Q: What's in an emerald, and why?

A: Emerald is the clear green gem and a rare variety of the relatively rare mineral beryl. This fairly hard mineral is composed of four elements—beryllium, aluminum, silicon, and oxygen.
The emerald's beautiful color is due to trace amounts of two other elements—chromium and/or vanadium. These elements give emerald a red fluorescence that enhances the luminosity (brightness) of its blue-green color.
Emerald is the third most valuable gemstone, after diamond and ruby. The highest price paid for an emerald is U.S. $1.5 million for an exceptional 10.11-carat Colombian specimen in 2000. Unlike other gemstones, the color of an emerald is more highly valued than its clarity or brilliance.
This gem is also featured prominently in God's Word, even more than diamonds. For instance, God told Moses to set an emerald among the twelve precious stones, along with a sapphire and a diamond, in the high priest's breastplate.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

From a King to a Prince (Happily)

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Jimmy DeYoung
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Ezekiel 34:30


Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord GOD.


For further study - Ezekiel 34:11-31


As we read the extended portion of our devotional for today there is one thought that is very evident, the Lord God is going to do something as it relates to the restoration of Israel and the setting up of the Davidic Kingdom.


We know this because the Lord God tells us what He is going to do and He makes it very clear not only what He is going to do, but also that He is the One who is speaking.


Between verses 11-29 the Lord repeats one phrase 18 times. The prominent phrase is, "I will", "I will" search out my sheep, verse 11. "I will" seek out my sheep, verse 12. "I will" gather them from the countries and bring them into their own land, verse 13. And "I will" feed them in a good pasture, verse 14


I have only given you four of the eighteen "I will's" of the Lord. These "I will's" are promises of restoring a Jewish people to a nation called Israel. I've often said, if God's Word says something one time, I believe it and that settles it for me. Once God's Word says something eighteen times we must pay attention.


From Ezekiel 1-32 God gave the Jewish prophet, Ezekiel, a "message of retribution". From Ezekiel 33-48 the prophet's message is "restoration", restoring the Kingdom people, the Jewish people; and restoring the Kingdom practices.


Speaking of the Kingdom, the Lord confirms the promise of the yet to come Kingdom, in verses 23-25. The Lord, through Ezekiel, tells the Jews that King David will be resurrected and will become a "shepherd" over the Jewish people.


The Lord tells the reader that the resurrected David will be a "prince", mainly because Jesus Christ is the "King" during the coming Kingdom Period.


The Lord says that there will be a "covenant of peace" made between God and King David. David returns to be a "prince", a co-regent with Christ in the Temple that Jesus builds, Zechariah 6:12.


A spiritual application of these promises, to the Jewish people, for us as Christians, is what God does in the last days with King David. David was a flesh and blood character, a man of like passion, and yet the Lord God returns David to an important place of service during the Kingdom.


God has a plan for each of us. We must be prepared to do His will in our life once we determine what "His will" is for each of us.



PRAYER THOT: Thank you Lord for the opportunity to serve You. Please help me to be the servant that You want me to be, for Your glory.

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