Sunday, July 31, 2016


 JOB 14:1-2

Pastor Rick Jackson


1. Troubles are sometimes because of our Selfishness [Proverbs 11:23-26]

2. Troubles are sometimes because of our Seeking [Proverbs 11:27-31, Mt. 6:33]

3. Troubles are sometimes Self-inflicted [Proverbs 23:29-35, Galatians 6:7-8]

II. FROM SATAN [includes his servants] 1 Pet. 4:12]

1. His Design – Sin [1 Pet. 5:8, 1 Thessalonians 3:5, Eden, the wilderness]

2. His Desire – Sift [Luke 22:31-32]

3. His Destruction – Sure [Matthew 25:41, Rev. 20:10]


1. For Refinement [Job 23:10-12]

2. For Rebuke [Nehemiah 9:27

3. For Reusing [2 Cor. 1:3-7]

Saturday, July 30, 2016

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Friday, July 29, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

I got married in North Texas where my sweetheart lived. We had been going together for four years. We were married in a country home. An old-time friend, Dr. R.R. Gaines, (I got one of my R's in my name from him), performed the ceremony. Mrs. Rice's three brothers were so broken up that people didn't come around to congratulate us; so we went around to greet them.
My father was there. He looked so grave and serious. I said, "Dad, I think you are worse scared than I am!"
He said, "Yes. When you have been married as long as I have, you would be scared, too!"
So marriage is a serious thing requiring the blessing of God. There are holy bounds and holy plans about it. - John R. Rice

The Scripture said, "Let the wife see that she reverence her husband." "Reverence" seems a strange word. I hear hair-splitters and Hell-raisers and troublemakers and critics say, "You ought not call a preacher a Reverend." It doesn't matter whether you put Reverend before my name when you address a letter to me. But that word is not bad, for a woman is to "reverence" her husband, too. So, if a woman calls her husband "Reverend," she would be right in her attitude. - John R. Rice

I was in Matador, Texas, in a revival campaign. My wife and my two little children were with me. We went to a country home for a lovely dinner. When the meal was served, the lady asked, "Brother Rice, what will you have to drink- coffee or sweet milk or buttermilk or iced tea?"
I said, "May I have iced tea, please>"
She turned to Grace who sat next to me, a little five or six-year-old girl, and asked, "Gracie, what do you want to drink?"
She said, "May I have iced tea, please?"
I interrupted, "Excuse me, may I change my drink? Give me milk, please."
Grace said, "Excuse me, may I have milk, too?"
And we got milk.
Now tea is not bad, but little girls need milk. I wasn't going to say, (and God is my witness, how carefully I have dealt with this all these long year,) "I will drink tea, you can only drink milk." No, sir. I am saying a man is accountable to God to set the pattern for his children and for his home. - John R. Rice

God wants a Christian woman to be subject to her husband. That is what the Bible says and that is the way to peace and happiness in the home. Good women, would you feel better if there were never a policeman? Would you be more comfortable if your children had no teachers in school? Is it better if the church has no pastor? Do you think no one ought to be in charge? Don't talk like a fool. You don't believe that. God's plan in a home is to have peace and joy, with the husband representing God in the home. - John R. Rice

It is a wonderful blessing when little children are born into the world. First, there is the waiting nine months while the baby is formed. Then the people so look forward to the time of birth. First Peter 3:7 says the husband and wife are "heirs together of the grace of life." God gives a man and a woman in marriage the privilege of taking part in creation and bringing into being not only the little body, but in some way a little soul. Of course that miracle is of God; it is God who gives life to the little one. But it is still true that the husband and wife are in a holy business, "as being heirs together of the grace of life." Happy is the man and woman who want children.
Sorry is the woman who wants to be petted and have all that marriage gives, wants the man's support and his name, yet doesn't want to bear him children. You are not normal. You are dodging the privilege God has given to women. - John R. Rice

Abortion is murder. It doesn't fit in with the Bible pattern. It is wicked. It is done by selfish people who want their own way, by a woman who doesn't want to nurse a baby and care for him. She doesn't want those little fingers clinging to her and a little voice calling her Mamma. She doesn't want the responsibility of teaching the little one about the Lord, get him to school and see God make him a preacher or a statesman or a doctor. She doesn't want that. She doesn't want these great blessings.
She wants to be like a prostitute in the home with the pleasures of sex without the duties of marriage and home. So she takes part in the murder of the little one whom she ought to love but whom she rejects. Abortion is the murder of those God has given as "heritage of the Lord." Oh, how serious we ought to take it! God intends people to have children. - John R. Rice

Rejoice, then, in the children whom God gives. They are a blessing from God.
You have to train them, to be responsible for them. The Scripture says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Prov. 22:6). You ought to raise your children for God. Children should obey their parents and should be taught respect for parents and for the teacher and for the policeman on the corner and for the judge on the bench, yes, and for the flag of our government. And they ought to be taught that at home. Oh, set out to rear your children for God. - John R. Rice

Thursday, July 28, 2016

What Is Life?


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What Is Life?
"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3)
We often overlook the fact that the Bible text uses a unique word for "life" that is never applied to plants and vegetation. The word choice of the Holy Spirit is chay (and its derivatives) and occasionally the word chayah. Together, those words are used 763 times in the Old Testament—never applying that quality to plants or vegetation. Plants are food.
Another unique fact about living things is that they move. "God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth" (Genesis 1:21). The Hebrew word is ramas, used 17 times in the Old Testament. It is used to describe birds gliding through the atmosphere. It is used of insects "sneaking" around on the floor of the earth. It is used of large beasts "stalking" and moving freely through the wild lands of the earth. Living things have the ability to move independently. Plants do not.
"The life of the flesh is in the blood," announces Leviticus 17:11. The concept is pretty simple. If a moving creature has blood, it is alive. Life also has nephesh—the Hebrew word for "soul"—perhaps best equated with the self-conscious awareness that "I" exist.
The other noncorporeal term used by the Holy Spirit to describe and define life is the Hebrew word ruwach. Of the 389 times that word appears, it is most often translated "spirit." Lots of mystery here, but it is very clear that living things are not plants!
Humans have all of the above qualities and share them with other living things. But we were especially created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). That makes an enormous difference. HMM III
Adapted from Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis by Dr. Henry Morris III.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016


GENESIS 37:31-35, 42:36-38                                        

Pastor Rick Jackson

Some people know about the Jackson 5, Tom, Marc, Bruce, Becky and myself. Most people did not know that on Feb. 20, 1954 my mother had twins. After 50 years Mom would still grieve for her twins. We have all had loved ones die. It doesn’t matter if it’s been almost 26 years ago like my father, over 10 years ago like my mother or any other measure of time. Sometimes the pain returns. It may be a word, a thought, a smell that jars the memory and sometimes those memories bring a smile but sometimes the pain of losing that person returns. Someone says but Christians aren’t supposed to sorrow as others who have no hope and that is true. But we are allowed to sorrow, but as those that have the blessed hope not like the lost. When the pain returns it can be helpful to remember:


1. Death is an enemy (I Co. 15:26)

2. Death is inevitable (James 4:14, Hebrews 9:27)

3. Death is an instrument of Satan (Heb. 2:14)

Just as we might do well to remember the cost of death and the pain it causes, remember also:


1. Christ (Heb. 1:1-3, 13)               

Life is short, death is sure. Sin the curse, but Christ the cure!

2. Calvary (Heb. 2:9-17)

3. Conquest (Rm. 8:34-39)                           

There is pain but there is the cure, and through the cure we can remember:


1. We know of the Place (Heb. 11:8-10, Jn. 14:1-6)

2. We know of the Peace (Jn. 14:27, Rm. 5:1, Ph. 4:7)

 3. We know the Purpose (I Jn. 3:8, Ph. 1:21)