Saturday, April 30, 2016

Question of the Week- Do Trees Matter?

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Here's Why Trees Matter to God šŸŒ³
Arbor Day: Celebrating God's Design for Trees
Trees: Good Gifts from God
Most of us don't often actively think about trees. But whether you realize it or not, trees are quietly providing mankind with many benefits besides their aesthetic appeal.

Let's consider the prominent role of trees in God's plan, from the Bible's first pages to our modern ecosystems—and even in the gospel.
 
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Friday, April 29, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

No human quality of character can guarantee a happy home. Human love cannot bring happiness. Only the blessing of God can make the home happy. For your mate, choose only one who knows the Lord Jesus and is willing to put Him first in heart and life. - John R. Rice

Any person who marries one of the Devil's children is certain to have trouble with his father-in-law, Satan! - John R. Rice

The second coming of Christ does not mean death, does not mean the coming of the Holy Spirit. No, it is "the Lord himself" who shall descend from Heaven! Jesus is really coming again. - John R. Rice

There is more in the Bible about the second coming of Christ than about His first coming! All the Scriptures about His first coming were fulfilled to the letter. Jesus was literally born of a literal virgin. He was born in a literal town, Bethlehem, as was foretold. He fulfilled literally the promise that He would ride into Jerusalem upon a colt, the foal of an ass. The prophecies that He would have stripes by which we are healed, that He would be wounded for our transgressions, that He would be pierced, that He would be hanged on a tree, that His body should not see corruption in the grave but would arise from the dead -all these were fulfilled literally. So the prophecies about Christ's second coming must be fulfilled just as literally as the promises about His first coming. Jesus is coming again. - John R. Rice

If anyone thinks he has a revelation from Heaven, an impression, a leading of the Holy Spirit that tells him when Christ will return, he is dead wrong. God does not reveal that to anybody. The time of the Saviour;s coming is a tremendous surprise. It will be a glad surprise to those who look for Him, those who are saved and ready for His coming. It may be a sad surprise to others, but it will be a surprise. - John R. Rice

In Mark 13:32-37, the Saviour gives strong warning that His coming will be unexpected, that no man can foretell the time, that all ought to earnestly watch. Jesus said:
"But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."
The angels in Heaven do not know when the Saviour will return!
Even the Son Himself, while He was here on earth and had purposely-limited knowledge, did not know when He would return. Doubtless, now in Heaven, the Saviour knows all the the Father knows and has been glorified with the glory He had with the Father before the world began. But if the perfect Saviour while on earth did not know of the time of His return, any other man who claims to know is presumptuous and ignorant. He is mistaken. No one on earth knows when the Saviour will return. - John R. Rice

Do not fret when you remember that the bodies of some saints may have been dissolved in the waters of the seven seas, or that other bodies have been burned and the gases have been wafted by breezes of the illimitable air and only a handful of ashes remaining may have been sprinkled on a flowing stream. Never mind; the God who made all things and made man from the dust of the earth in His own image knows how to make again the bodies of the Christian dead. And they will be new bodies, glorious bodies without taint, without sickness, without weakness and without the germs of frailty of mortality. - John R. Rice

Thursday, April 28, 2016

God Is Omniscient

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God Is Omniscient
"Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world." (Acts 15:18)
Although the concept of absolute knowledge is general to almost all ideas of God, it is perhaps the most difficult for any human being to understand. Most of us work very hard to obtain knowledge and, in most cases, even harder to retain it. The practical issue with this teaching is we forget that God does not forget!
"The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works" (Psalm 33:13-15). Deep in the heart of every man is the fear that God's omniscience is very real, but we spend much of our waking hours attempting to override that concern.
Yet the Scriptures are absolutely clear. "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: . . . and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works" (Revelation 20:12). "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment" (Matthew 12:36).
Ah, but the wonderful and encouraging side of God's omniscience is that He does know. "O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether" (Psalm 139:1-4).
With that kind of knowledge, it is no wonder that "my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). HMM III
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

FINDING PICTURES


ZECHARIAH 10



Pastor Rick Jackson



I. PICTURES OF DEITY [v. 1-3]



1. The One True God [v. 1]



2. The Many False Idols [v. 2]



3. The Many False Teachers [v. 3, 2 Peter 2:1-3]



II. PICTURES OF CHRIST [v. 4]



1. The Corner [Psalm 118:22, Is. 28:16, 1 Pet. 2:7]



2. The Nail [Is. 22:22-23]



3. The Battle Bow [1 Samuel 17:47, 1 Cor. 15:57]



III. PICTURES OF ISRAEL [v. 5-12]



1. The Change [v. 5-7, Joshua 23:8ff.]



2. The Call [v. 8]



3. The Culmination [v. 9-12]

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Christ the King

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"Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords." (1 Timothy 6:15)
Of the many descriptive titles of the Lord Jesus Christ, perhaps the most significant is that of King, because this speaks of His universal dominion. The day is coming when "every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth" (Philippians 2:10).
First of all, since He created all things, He is the King of creation. "For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land" (Psalm 95:3-5).
In a special sense, of course, He is the King of the Jews. "He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end" (Luke 1:33).
He is also our King of redemption, having set us free from the kingdom of the wicked one. He "hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:13-14).
There is a day coming in which all the kings of the earth shall unite against Him. "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful" (Revelation 17:14). "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron. . . . And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" (Revelation 19:15-16). Until then, let us serve Him as King, and submit to Him as Lord. HMM
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