Saturday, December 31, 2016

Question of the Week: What Is Your New Year’s Resolution? 🎊

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Subject: What Is Your New Year's Resolution? 🎊


The beginning of a New Year can be a helpful time to make resolutions. (View in Browser)

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Top 5 New Year's Resolutions
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During this time of year, many people, including Christians, resolve to do something significant or different for many reasons, such as bettering themselves or accomplishing something new. The start of a New Year seems to give us a blank slate to initiate these efforts.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

I shall not go into the argument pro and con, but it is not well proven, I think, that Christmas was a former heathen holiday. But if it were, that would not change the fact that heathen people did something on every day, and we cannot do away with all the days that heathen people used, whether for worship, or for ceremonies about sowing, or about reaping, or about the solstices, or the new moons. We use the same sun that heathen people worshiped, and we love the sun rising and sun setting, though we do not have heathen ceremonies about that. This argument is not important. - John R. Rice

"Best wishes for a happy Christmas." May yours be the joy of loved ones about you, of presents that represent loving thoughts. May you have the beautiful Christmas cards from those who are away, and gifts under the Christmas tree. May the Christmas table be loaded with good things to eat. Yes, we wish you a happy Christmas.
But far more important than these pleasant trappings and customs of Christmas is that you have the Christ of Christmas and His joy. So we wish that the green of the Christmas tree may picture eternal life springing up in your heart. May the lights strung there by loving hands picture Christ the Light of the world, shining in your heart. - John R. Rice

In Rome I went to the little Church of the Holy Stairs and there counted twenty-eight people climbing those long stairs on their knees, many of them stopping to kiss each step before they went on. Sometimes their knees were bloody, oftentimes their faces were raining tears as they climbed on their knees these "Holy Stairs." I do not think it is provable, but it is said these are the stairs brought from Pilate's Judgment Hall in Jerusalem, the stairs Jesus walked that day when He was condemned. I don't think that is true, but these people, bless their hearts, are hungry-hearted and trying to reach God and have peace. Oh, there is a nearer way to God than that! So here is a Ladder to Heaven and anybody may come. Jesus is that Ladder. - John R. Rice

Now one should have a church home. I am sad for those who live where there is no good church where the Gospel is preached. I could not go to a church and hear a man mock at the blood and deny the virgin birth, a man who is really an infidel, though he has on a bishop's robe. I couldn't sit supinely by and hear that kind of talk in a pulpit. I couldn't have fellowship in a church that doesn't believe the Bible and is not for Christ. I feel sorry for anybody who is far off from some good fundamental church. - John R. Rice

Oh, set a time and place and seek the face of God, to praise Him for His mercy, to ask Him for guidance and leadership, and maybe to ask Him for forgiveness and cleansing. - John R. Rice

Here the command is, "Thou shalt not kill." Notice this is after the command, "Honour thy father and thy mother," for the one who grows up with proper obedience and respect for dad and mother will have disciplined character. You are not likely to be a murderer. You are going to have to get that settled early, then you grow good Christian character about other matters. - John R. Rice

We must distinguish between murder and capital punishment. Now, first don't confuse two separate things. Here the Bible says, "Thou shalt not kill." But other Scriptures say that certain people shall be put to death. Now is that a conflict? Oh, no. The word here in "Thou shalt not KILL" is the word for do no murder. There are a number of different words for killing, but they mean slightly different things. You can say kill, or slay, or assassinate, or slaughter, or execute. To execute would mean somebody, by the rule of law, is put to death. To assassinate would mean for political purposes primarily, to kill somebody by assassination. And to slaughter might mean like you kill an animal for beef. But the word here in "Thou shalt not KILL" is the word for murder. "Thou shalt not murder" would be a correct translation here. No Christian or an other person has a right to murder, that is, to kill personally because of your own hate or in your own sense of judgment. That is left for the government. - John R. Rice

Thursday, December 29, 2016



Pastor Rick Jackson


1. I will preach CHRIST [1:17, 23; 2:2] -Bring the lost!

2. I will give you Milk [3:1-2a] -Bring a sincere desire to learn

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. For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. [Heb. 5:12-13]

Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. [1 Pet. 2:1-3]

3. I will give you Meat [3:2] -Be prepared to have to chew (Meditate)

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.  [Heb. 5:14]


1. "I will not DEVALUE my life" [3:10-15]

2. "I will not DEFILE the temple of God" [3:16-17]

3. "I will not DECEIVE myself with the world!" [3:18-23] The world is the problem, the Word is the solution.


1. Be Faithful [4:1-2]

2. Be Forewarned [4:3-13] Things aren't always as YOU think they are!

3. Be Followers! [4:14-17]

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. [I Co. 11:1]

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; [Eph. 5:1]

And he (JESUS) saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. [Mt. 4:19]

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: [Jn. 10:27]

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Daniel's Timeline

From the highly recommended: Prophecy Today <>

Prophecy Today Devotions  
December 28, 2016 

Jimmy DeYoung
Thank you for reading my Prophetic Daily Devotionals! 

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Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

For further study - Daniel 9:1-27

In this ninth chapter of Daniel's prophecy, which follows chronologically Daniel 6, the ancient Jewish prophet is around 85 years old and had just come under the Medo-Persian Empire after seventy years under the Babylonians.

I give you this information because it helps us to see how Bible prophecy helps us to determine where we are on God's "prophetic time-clock".

Verse 2 tells us of what Daniel got from his own devotional time, reading God's Word. Daniel was reading from the book of Jeremiah 29:10 and 25:11, where the prophet Jeremiah, almost one hundred years before the fact, revealed that the Jews would be out of the land of Israel for a seventy year period of time so that the "land of Israel" could get it's "seventy Sabbaths".

By reading God's Word Daniel could determine where he was in God's time. Notice as you read verses 3-23, Daniel, once he realizes where he was in God's "prophetic time," he confessed his sins, the sins of his people and looks for the Lord's direction for his life.

You may not know that there is not one single negative word said about Daniel any place in the entire Bible. There is, by the way, in this chapter a "commendation," from the heavenlies, for Daniel, verse 23.

God gives Daniel a glimpse into the future with the prophecy of the "seventy weeks of Daniel," verses 24-27. God has a "special plan", the seventy weeks of Daniel, (490 years); for a "special people", the Jewish people; and a "special place", the Holy City of Jerusalem; all of these in verse 24.

In this devotional I won't have the time to deal with the entire prophecy that extends from Daniel's day until the day of the Lord's return to earth. I would love to share with you the special blessing of Daniel 9:25-26 where we can see how the Lord set the time when the Messiah would appear on the earth.

The time for the appearance of the Messiah, verse 25, would be after 69 of the "70 Weeks," or 483 of the 490 years of Daniel's prophecy. This timing would be from when King Artaxerxes, the King of Nehemiah's day, gave the command to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls and streets of the city, some time in April 445BC.

The time would extend until the crucifixion of Jesus in April of 30 AD. This passage actually lays out for us when the Messiah would show up in Jerusalem.

In fact, Daniel even added information about the destruction of the Temple, which took place in 70AD, to the time mix. This prophecy pin-pointed the time that the Messiah would be crucified, "cut off", verse 26, and that it had to happen before the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, which was done by the Roman army.

These two verses set the time for the appearance of the Messiah on the earth. Jesus Christ fulfilled every prophetic detail, proving He was the Messiah and that He came right on time, according to Bible prophecy.

Next time we are in Daniel for our devotions, I will look at Daniel 9:27 and be more specific about the Lord's return. All the prophecies of Daniel, referring to the Lord's first coming and what would happen, were fulfilled in every detail. By the way, fulfilled prophecy sets the stage for future Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

Keep your focus on the "special people," the Jewish people, and the "special place", Jerusalem, to know where God is on His time clock.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Thank you Lord for Your prophecies that help me understand the times in which we're living. Help me to live in light of Your soon coming.


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