Thursday, October 31, 2013


1 COR. 15:58      


Pastor Rick Jackson


In the early days of Bradford Baptist Church I used to think Brother Henry Hodges resembled Richard Petty. They both love racing, cowboy hats, and moustaches. Richard Petty is also spokesman for BC Powders- a headache treatment. The Bible teaches us some BCs that help in life’s headaches and Brother Henry loves the Bible. Many headaches could be avoided if we would:


I. Be Consistent


1. God will bless [1 Peter 2:15]


2. Others will take note [ 1 Peter 3:13-17]


3. Decisions will be easier [1 Peter 4:12-19]


II. Be Content


1. With His Provision [Phil. 4:10-13]


2. With Your Possessions [1 Tm. 6:6-10]


3. With His Presence [Heb. 13:5]


III. Be Careful


1. Be Caring [Ps. 142:4]


2. Be Careful [Titus 3:8]


3. Be Compassionate [Jude 22]

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

God Is Near

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Psalm 46:1  "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."


God Is Near


I love Psalm 46!  God does not give us refuge; He is our refuge.  He does not send strength; He is our strength.  He does not give help; He is our help.  The reason God is our refuge, strength, and help, as opposed to merely sending those things, is that He is present.  God is present in time, in place, and in our problems.  He is near!


Have you ever spoken to someone who wasn't "there"?  I mean, they were physically near you, but their attention was somewhere far away.  God is never that way; He is always present.  He is The I AM.  He is here!


God is present here, and God is present now.  He is not confined to a location or by time.  I thank God for the Bill Rice Ranch, but God is not just present here.  God is not just present at your church.  He is not confined to a faraway location.  God is always "here," no matter where "here" is!  There is never need to fear when God is near.


"Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. . . ." (Psalm 46:2)


Prayer Requests:

1. Services tonight in Centralia, ILVandalia, OH; and Paducah, KY

2. BRR Men's Challenge this weekend



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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Man's Grief and God's Compassion

Man's Grief and God's Compassion

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Man's Grief and God's Compassion
"For the LORD will not cast off for ever: But though he cause grief yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men." (Lamentations 3:31-33)
The five chapters of the unique book of Lamentations, written by Jeremiah in his grief over the destruction of Jerusalem, are all written as acrostics, with each verse of each chapter beginning with successive letters of the 22-letter Hebrew alphabet. That is, verse 1 of each chapter begins with the letter aleph, verse 2 with beth, etc. (like A, B, etc. in English). The middle chapter is written in acrostic triplets (the first three verses beginning with aleph, and so on). Thus, chapter 3 contains 66 verses instead of 22.
The three verses of our text are right at the midpoint of this middle chapter, comprising the final triplet of the first half of the book, and thus uniquely constituting its central theme. As such, it could well also be the heart cry of every saint in any age experiencing God's chastening hand.
Although Jeremiah himself had not sinned, his nation had grievously sinned, and thus all Israel had finally come under the rod. Nevertheless, the prophet could assure his people that God still loved them and would renew His compassion even in the midst of their grief. God does not willingly send affliction, for He is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).
When we suffer, or our nation suffers (as it surely will if it continues its present rebellion against God), it is well to remember His promise. "He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever" (Psalm 103:9). It is true that "no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby" (Hebrews 12:11). HMM

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Monday, October 28, 2013


2 KINGS 5                                         

Pastor Rick Jackson




1. A Man of Importance [v. 1]


2. A Maid of Faith [v. 2-4]


3. A Mission of Potential [v. 5-9]




1. He Learned Our Ways are NOT God’s Ways [v. 10-11, 1 Peter 5:5-6]


2. He Learned Anger is NOT as productive as Listening [v. 12-14]


“Everybody has the privilege of going to Heaven God’s way or going to Hell their way.” – Donald Grey Barnhouse


3. He Learned Grace is Just That [v. 15-18]




1. He Lost Because of Lust [v. 19-21, Luke 12:15, James 1:14-15]


2. He Lost Because of Lies [v. 22-25, Heb. 4:13]


3. He Lost Because of Liability [v. 26-27, Heb. 12:5ff]

Sunday, October 27, 2013


MARK 16:27-31


Pastor Rick Jackson




1. He is Coming! [v. 14]


2. He is Merciful! [v. 21]


3. He is Able! [v. 25-26]




1. He Cleanses Us [1:7-9]


2. He Advocates For Us [2:1-2]


3. He Secures Us [5:1, 5, 10-13, 19-20]




1. “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” [Mt. 3:17]


2. “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” [Mt. 17:5]


3. “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.” [Psalm 45:6]


Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Does belief in God violate operational science?

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Q: Does belief in God violate operational science?

A: Critics of the Bible frequently ridicule the apparent lack of a physical source for the light God created on Day One of Creation Week. "Isn't this a violation of operational science?" they ask. In fact, they would accuse us of simply accepting "myth over fact."
While this is a frequently asked question, it also one that we have answered many times, yet the critics are evidently unwilling to consider the biblical answer. All that's required for day and night is that the earth turns while receiving light from one direction. We are not saying the light that was created on Day One and continued to shine until Day Four didn't have a source. Rather, we note that the source of the light for the first three days is not identified in the creation account of Genesis 1.
As to the larger criticism, the origin of the universe is not something that operational science can explain but enters into the realm of religious faith. This failure of operational science to explain the origin of the universe is just one limitation of science. More importantly, it underscores the fact that the universe had to have a metaphysical origin.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Jephthah's Daughter

This is the Biblical explanation. I have been preaching it this way since the late 1970s.
Jephthah's Daughter

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Jephthah's Daughter
"Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering." (Judges 11:31)
The story of Jephthah has been a stumbling block to many who interpret it as teaching that Jephthah sacrificed his daughter to God as a burnt offering. As he was preparing to face the Ammonite armies, he had made the vow recorded in our text, if God would only give him the victory. His only child—a beloved daughter—was then first to meet him at his return, and so it was she who had to be offered.
It should be remembered, however, that Jephthah was a man of true faith (Hebrews 11:32-33), and he would never have vowed to disobey God's prohibition against human sacrifice. The problem is that the Hebrew conjunction waw (translated "and" in our text) is very flexible in meaning depending on context. Here, "or" is better than "and."
That is, Jephthah vowed that whatever first came out to meet him would be dedicated to the Lord: If a person came out (Jephthah was probably thinking of a servant), he or she would be dedicated to God's service at the tabernacle, as Hannah later dedicated Samuel (1 Samuel 1:11). Or if an animal from his flock came out, it would be sacrificed.
His daughter, out of love for her father and gratitude to God for His deliverance from the Ammonites, insisted that her father keep his vow. Since that meant that she, as a perpetual servant at the tabernacle, could never have a husband and children, she "bewailed her virginity" for two months (not her impending death) and then "returned to her father," so that he could keep his vow, and throughout her life "she knew no man" (Judges 11:38-39). Instead of a strange tale of human sacrifice, this is the story of the love of a God-fearing father and daughter for each other and for their Lord. HMM
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