Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jesus and the Flood

Jesus and the Flood

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"For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matthew 24:38-39)
The Lord Jesus Christ not only believed in the special, recent creation of all things by God (note Mark 10:6-8), but also in the worldwide Flood of Noah's day, including the special preservation of life on the Ark. The Flood in which He believed was obviously not a "local flood," for He compared it to the worldwide future impact of His Second Coming.
Neither was it a "tranquil flood," nor a "selective flood," for Jesus said, "The flood came, and destroyed them all" (Luke 17:27). It is clear that He was referring to--and that He believed--the Genesis record of the great Flood! There it says that the whole earth was "filled with violence" (Genesis 6:13), having first been filled with people, and that the resulting world-cleansing deluge was so cataclysmic that "every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth" (Genesis 7:23). Indeed, "the flood came, and took |literally 'lifted'| them all away."
This is what Jesus said, and what He believed, and therefore, those who are truly His disciples must also believe this. The destructive effects of the Flood can still be seen today, not only in the biblical record, but also in the abundant evidences of cataclysmic destruction in the rocks and fossil graveyards all over the world. To refuse this evidence, as do many modern intellectuals, can only be because they "willingly are ignorant," as Peter said in referring to this testimony (2 Peter 3:5). HMM

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013


2 THESSALONIANS 3                                                       Pastor Rick Jackson


I. FINALLY… PRAY [v. 1-2]


1. The Practice of Prayer [v. 1a, 1 Th. 5:17]


2. The People of Prayer [v. 1b, 1 Tm. 2:1-4ff]


3. The Protection of Prayer [v. 2, Matthew 6:13, Luke 11:4]




1.  Faithful [v. 3, 1 Cor. 10:13, 1 Th. 5:24, Heb. 10:23, 11:11; 1 Pet. 4:19, 1 Jn. 1:9 , Rev. 1:5]


2. Working [v. 4, Phil. 1:6]


3.  Directing [v. 5, Lk. 1:79, 1 Th. 3:11]




1. Separate from Disorderly Christians [v. 6-11, 1 Th. 5:14]


2. Don’t Be Disorderly Yourself [v. 12]


3. Don’t Stop Doing Well [v. 13-18]

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


None of us will ever live this day again. - Wendell Kempton

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. - Abraham Lincoln

The most effective, useful Christian is the one who is full of joy! A believer without joy will soon wear out and become defeated. "The joy of the Lord is my strength!" It's not a 'side-benefit,' it makes all the difference! - Pastor Butch Callahan

Beware of singers who make Jesus more than a two syllable word.  - Bruce Lackey [late Tennessee Temple Bible professor]

If our motives are not right, then our ministry will be wrong! - Evangelist Tim Lee

Why spend money you don't have to buy things you don't need to impress people you don't like?" - author unknown [at least to me]

It is a great deal better to live a holy life than to talk about it. Lighthouses don’t ring bells and fire cannons to call attention to their shining; they just shine. — D. L. Moody

Monday, January 28, 2013


2 SAMUEL 18                                                                                                                     Pastor Rick Jackson


I. THE BATTLES OF LIFE [v. 1-8] Every life has battles- getting through them can be made easier by:


1. Preparation [v. 1-2, Luke 14:25-35]


2. Consideration [v. 2-5, Eph. 4:30]


3. Acceptation [v. 6-8, Phil. 4:11]




1.  The Unexpected [v. 9-13]


2. The Uninhibited [v. 14-15]


3. The Unheralded [v. 16-18]




1. Understand Your Message [v. 19-23]


2. Know Your Message [24-32]


3. Recognize the Law of Reaping & Sowing [v. 33]


Acts 5:20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


JOHN 8:12-32                                                                  


Pastor Rick Jackson




1. The Light of the World [v. 12, 9:5]


2. The Truth [v. 13-18, 14:6]


3. One with the Father [v. 19, 14:6-11, Is. 9:6-7]




1.  He came From Heaven [v. 14, 23]


2. He came To Earth [v. 24-28]


3.  He Returned To Heaven [v. 20-21, 26]




1. Men are Lost [v. 7, 23-26]


2. Salvation is in Christ Alone [v. 12, 19, 21-24, 30]


3. Christians should also be Disciples [v. 30-32, Mt. 5:14]

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Question of the Week: When does life begin?

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Q: When does life begin?

A: Although science has shown us the wonderful continuity of the development of life throughout all its stages, science has been unable to define the onset of humanness. However, there is ample information in Scripture for us to determine the answer to this problem.
The Bible contains numerous references to the unborn. Each time the Bible speaks of the unborn, there is reference to an actual person, a living human being already in existence. These Scriptures, taken in context, all indicate that God considers the unborn to be people. The language of the text continually describes them in personal terms.
Since the Bible treats those persons yet unborn as real persons, and since the development of a person is a continuum with a definite beginning at the moment of fertilization, the logical point at which a person begins to be human is at that beginning. The answer is that life begins at conception (using the now older definition of the term, synonymous with fertilization). Frankly, no other conclusion is possible from Scripture or science.
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Wrinkled fingers: Most parents get asked by young children after a long soak in the tub, "Why do my fingers and toes get wrinkly in the water?" Until recently that remained a scientific mystery.
No "curse of Ham": The Creation Museum does not promote the erroneous "curse of Ham."
Cave-baby clone: Could cloning technology resurrect humanity's past, and should it?
Bird teeth: Toothed bird and its dinner add to knowledge of avian biodiversity in the age of dinosaurs.
Forgiveness: In the wake of the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States, we should remember that the 54 million unborn babies that have perished are not its only victims.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Really? REALLY? really?

Over 20 years ago I was leaving my house in Chattanooga, Tn. to walk to work. I came across a running station wagon [remember those?] with several children inside. The mother was on a front porch of my neighbor's house chatting away. I couldn't stand it so I said, "Excuse me ma'am. Your car is running."

 She replied, "I know, I'm standing right here."

 Now "here" was up 5-6 steps to get to yard level, 30-40 feet more to get to the porch steps, 5-6 more steps to get up on the porch where she was. If someone had wanted to steal the car then all she could have done was watch them drive off from the porch! This kind of foolishness with the most prized heritage the good Lord gives us irked me no bounds.

 "Yes ma'am, I can see that. I'll just stand right here until you finish."

 She cut her conversation short, came back down to the car, clearly irritated, and gave me "the glare" [no explanation necessary- if you have been the recipient of one- you know].

 I walked on to work with nary a shred of guilt for having ruined her conversation.

Now what, pray tell, bought this on 20 plus years later that I would write about it? Her tribe has increased. This is not the first story I have seen or read of similar situations... merely the latest.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Love One Another

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I John 4:7  "Beloved, let us love one another: for  love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God."
Have you ever met a stranger with whom you share a mutual friend?  You probably felt like saying, "Any friend of his is a friend of mine!"  That sounds warm and fuzzy, doesn't it?  After all, your mutual friend has exceptional taste in friends (you), right?
However, after talking to this stranger, you find out that he is weird and your assumptions about "any friend of his is a friend of mine" were not true!  Has that scenario ever happened to you?  How could your friend like you and also like this clod!
The truth is, God loves many people whom I do not love.  Now, if God loves them and I do not, He must know something that I have forgotten!  I am to love others because I am loved by God.  I should love because I "be"-loved.  People see God in this world when they see His love through your life (verse 12).
We love God when we love the people that He put here!  You can't love God and hate your brother (verse 20).  No one is more an enemy of God than you were.  When you put yourself into perspective by putting God into perspective, it will help you to see everyone else in the right perspective.  There shouldn't be one person God loves that you do not love!
"Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013


REVELATION 1:6-7, 18                                                   


Pastor Rick Jackson


ajmhvn  amen;  of Hebrew origin; properly, firm, i.e. trustworthy; surely; so be it—49 times=amen,  102 times=verily, 1 time=ever [as in forever and ever].




1. God Incarnate [v. 18, 1 Tm. 3:16]

2. Truth Incarnate [3:14, Jn. 14:6]

3. The Worthy One [5:11-14]




1. The Saviour [1:5-6, 7:9-17]

2. The Redeemer [5:1-14]

3. The Inviter [22:16-21]




1. He Will Come Visibly [1:7]

2. He Will Come Righteously [19:1-4ff.]

3. He Will Come Surely [22:20]

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Quotes of the Week

Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit. - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., March 16, 2006

God is not just interested in what you do. He is interested in WHY you do it. - Evangelist Tim Thompson

Your wrath doesn't work God's righteousness. - Thompson

"The tongue is the dispstick of the heart." a friend of Tim Thompson's

If I can do all things through Christ then I can do things that I think I can't. I can do things I'd rather not. I can know how I can do all things by allowing God to do those things through me. - Evangelist Bill Rice III

The Devil wants you to dwell on the disappointments. - Evangelist Bobby Brindle

Imperfection cannot produce perfection, - Rev. Wayne Vinson

We cannot break God's promises by leaning on them. - Dr. J. R. Faulkner

"all things were created by Him, and for Him". I have a note beside this verse in my Bible, "a created one cannot be the Creator". I don't remember where I got that thought from, but it is true. - Jimmy DeYoung

Salvation is in a Person. And only in a Person. And only in one Person. And that Person is Jesus Christ. - Dr. Raymond Barber

The only subject about which the media displays its ignorance more blatantly than guns is the Bible.  - Pastor R. B. Ouellette (First Baptist Church of Bridgeport)


Monday, January 21, 2013


2 SAMUEL 17:15-18:4                                                                                                                                


Pastor Rick Jackson


I. THE GOOD SOLDIER [17:14-22]


1. The Head must be Right [v. 14-16, 2 Tm. 2:1-2]


2. The Will must be Right [v. 17-19, 2 Tm. 2:3]


3. The Heart must be Right [v. 20-22, 2 Tm. 2:4]




1.  Suicide Assumes an Unpossessed Authority


2. Suicide Assumes Unknown Facts


3. Suicide Assumes no Unintended Consequences




1. Unrevealed Evil [17:24-26]


2. Unforeseen Compassion [17:27-29]


3. Unplanned Organization [18:1-4]

Sunday, January 20, 2013




Pastor Rick Jackson




1. The Fact is-if anyone found Grace it means Grace was Available [v. 8, Titus 2:11]


2. The Fact is-if anyone found Grace it means Grace was Obtainable [v. 8, Hebrews 11:1-2, 4, 33,  39, 1 Peter 2:10, 2 Peter 1:1, James 4:2]


3. The Fact is-if anyone found Grace it means Grace was Universal [v. 8, Titus 2:11, 1 John 2:2, 4:10]




1.  The Source of Grace is the LORD [v. 8, 1 Peter 5:10-12]


2. The Salvation of Grace is of the LORD [v. 8, Jonah 2:9]


3.  The Service of Grace is in the LORD [v. 8-13, Heb. 11:7] Note that the ark was for their good & God’s glory!




1. For the Individual [v. 8, Heb. 11:7]


2. For the Family [v. 8-18, Heb. 11:7]


3. For the Future [v. 8-22, Heb. 11:7] “condemned the world”

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Question of the Week: What are the devastating results of Roe v. Wade?

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Q: What are the devastating results of Roe v. Wade?

A: Tuesday, January 22, will mark 40 years since the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its 7-2 decision in the Roe v. Wade case, in which state laws prohibiting abortions were declared unconstitutional based on an alleged right to privacy in the due process clause of the 14th Amendment. Since that fateful day, over 54 million babies in the U.S. have been legally murdered through surgical abortions—and many more through other means such as abortifacient drugs.
Various liberal groups hail Roe v. Wade as a monumental victory. On the other hand, many Christians and political conservatives view the decision as inherently immoral and an atrocious abuse of the 14th Amendment.
Anniversaries, whether of good or bad occasions, give us a reason to reflect on the results or consequences of those events.
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40 years of killing our unborn: TIME claims abortion rights have been diminished since Roe v. Wade.
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Quasar cluster: Sky Survey discovers a faraway quasar cluster that is too big to exist within the big bang model's assumptions.
Surprise in the rocks: Three-dimensional images of fossil will force evolutionists to revise their terrestrial story, but not much.
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