Friday, September 30, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

The kingdom of Christ will not come until Christ Himself comes. Man fails, the churches fail, the preachers fail, only Christ Himself has not failed. - John R. Rice

Many events in the life of the Antichrist are foretold in the Bible. However, almost without exception they concern that three and one half years in the Great Tribulation which begins in the middle of this week. The first event in the life of the Antichrist which is foretold in the Bible is this treaty or covenant with many Israelites mentioned in Daniel 9:27. The Antichrist will evidently be an Italian, or at least he must come from the bounds of the ancient Roman Empire whose army destroyed Jerusalem in A.D. 70. - John R. Rice

So turning to Abraham the LORD said, "Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know."
God put it in human language as tenderly as a loving God could do. He must seek, with every leniency a righteous God could observe, to find whether Sodom and Gomorrah must be destroyed for the sins the angels had reported to them. One could not say that God did not know. But God used human language to explain the matter to Abraham. - John R. Rice

Oh, the best thing I know about Jesus is that He loves sinners!
That is the complaint the Pharisees made about Him, in Luke, chapter 15: "Why, this Man receives sinners." Oh, I am glad the publicans and sinners gathered in to hear Jesus. - John R. Rice

"And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them."
Yes, He does. You understand, He required that sinners repent. There is Nicodemus, to whom Jesus said, "Nicodemus, you have to be born again or you cannot see the kingdom." He said to a woman taken in the very act of adultery, "Go and sin no more." I don't mean that Jesus took up for sin. I don't mean He played it down. I don't mean it didn't matter to Him. But when a person has a belly full of sin and is sick and tired of his way of sin and comes to Jesus, He meets him with open arms. - John R. Rice

We sometimes may feel a little sensitive about being on intimate terms with Jesus. I have sometimes felt a little strange with people- maybe ignorant people but very fervent people- who would pray, "Dear sweet Jesus...." That is not so bad.
I have six daughters. I remember when Joy was five or six she would ride with me in the front seat. She would stand up and hold onto my ear or tie or pat my neck, then she would say, "My sweet Daddy! My sweet Daddy!" I didn't mind that. And when this poor woman came and touched the feet of Jesus and washed them with her tears, the Lord Jesus loved it. - John R. Rice

A nice Lutheran woman up in Wisconsin wanted to get saved. At her church nobody got saved. What would she do? She thought, if I go to the Holy Land, maybe I could get saved over there.
And a Catholic woman who takes THE SWORD OF THE LORD said, "You ought to go with Brother John Rice. He takes a crowd every year, a very V.I.P. crowd, to go to the Holy Land."
So this Lutheran sent in her reservation. I didn't know then the hungry heart of this woman. She went with us to the Hol...y Land. And in Jerusalem at a gospel service where Rev. Ron English preached, this woman came forward to trust the Lord at the invitation. How happy she was! She talked to me later and said, "Jesus said, 'Seek and ye shall find.' I sought and I found!"
Isn't that strange? God can use a Lutheran woman in a far-off state and a Catholic friend to get her to go on my tour to the Holy Land; she goes all the way over to Jerusalem to get saved!
The Lord is in the business of saving people and He will do anything that anybody will help Him do to get somebody saved. - John R. Rice

Thursday, September 29, 2016


2 CHRONICLES 18:1-32

Pastor Rick Jackson


1. Get Christians to Support Your Agenda [v. 1-2]

2. Religions are Fine; Bible Christianity is a Problem [v. 3-8]

3. Adopt Bible Language Without Meaning What the Bible Means [v. 4-6, 9-11]


1. Ask God to Bless YOUR Decisions [v. 3-4]

2. Ignore God’s Word [v. 28]

3. Take Worldly Advice Over Godly Advice [v. 29-32]


1. Don’t Compromise God’s Word [v. 12-13] Be Faithful to God

2. Don’t Sugarcoat God’s Warnings [v. 14-24] Be Faithful to God’s Word

3. Do Stand on God’s Word [v. 25-27, 19:1-3] when Christians play by the wrong rules they lose

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Not-so Lost 10 tribes of Israel

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Prophecy Today Devotions  
September 28, 2016 

Jimmy DeYoung
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Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.

For further study - II Kings 17:1-23

The year is 722BC, the location is what is today northern Israel, and the situation is Assyria, led by King Shalmaneser, is taking the ten northern tribes, known as Israel, into captivity. Remember, after the death of King Solomon, I Kings 11, the twelve tribes of Israel had divided.

Jeroboam had taken ten tribes out of Jerusalem to the north and established "Israel" with these ten tribes. Rehoboam, the son of King Solomon, remained in the south with two tribes. These two tribes, Benjamin and Judah, became known as "Judah".

A number of years later, the Assyrians came and took captive Israel, these ten northern tribes. The author of II Kings, who is unknown, but a man writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, II Timothy 3:16, reveals the sins of Israel, the reason for their capture.

Verse 7 says it all in the statement that "Israel had sinned against the Lord their God". The manifestation of that indictment was that the ten tribes had feared other gods more so than the Lord their God, verse 7. They also did secret things against the Lord, verse 9. They were involved with idol worship, verse 12. In reality, the bottom line was that they would not listen to the Lord and they hardened their necks against Him, verse 14.

The Lord had warned these ten tribes, Israel, as He always did, by the prophets that this would happen. The Jews failed to repent and return in obedience unto the Lord so He followed through on His warning and allowed their enemies to capture them taking them out of their promised land into Assyria.

By the way, the last three words of verse 23, "unto this day", refers to the time of the writing of II Kings, not until our day. I bring that to your attention because these ten tribes are not the "Ten Lost Tribes of Israel" as some try to say.

The Assyrians took the ten tribes, Israel, into captivity. But remember, the Babylonians defeated the Assyrians and took under its Kingdom all of the people of Assyria including these ten tribes.

These tribes are not lost - they were under the Kingdom of Babylon and representatives of these ten tribes returned to Jerusalem after the Medo-Persian Empire came to place and Cyrus allowed almost 50,000 Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple.

Ezra, chapters 2 and 6, records that all of Israel, all twelve tribes or at least a family or two from these tribes returned to Israel. This is key, in light of the prophecy of Ezekiel 37:15-23, when once again the twelve tribes will be divided into two Jewish states, Israel and Judah.

The truth be known, the Jewish state of Israel today is so divided that Ezekiel's prophecy could happen in the near future. Our reading today helps us to see the background for the future fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Help me, Lord, to not sin against you and have to face Your chastisement.


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Vance Havner Quotes of the Week

Some are always laying foundations but never building thereon. - Vance Havner

Some are... "hypodermic saints," living on shots of religious excitement instead of growing normally by food, rest, and exercise. - Vance Havner

Unless some stabilization is mixed with our salvation, we are going to have a generation of popcorn Christians, popping all over the place. - Vance Havner

It is required in stewards that they be found faithful, not fitful. - Vance Havner

There are too many eagles on hummingbird nests, too big for their current location and seeking great things for themselves, as did Baruch of old. - Vance Havner

Monday, September 26, 2016



Pastor Rick Jackson


1. Israel will be Dispersed [v. 1]

2. Israel will Wholly Return to God [v. 2]

3. Messiah will Return [v. 3a, Jude 14]

4. Messiah will Regather Israel [v. 3b-5]

5. Israel as a Nation will be Saved [v. 6, Jer. 24:7, 31:31-33]

6. Messiah will Punish Israel’s Enemies [v. 7-8, Mt. 25:31-33, 41-46]

7. Israel will Receive Her Full Blessing [v. 9-10]


1. It is Not Hidden [v. 11a,

2. It is Not Far Off [v. 11b-13]

3. It is as Close as You Want It [v. 14-15, Ecclesiastes 12:1, James 4:8]

III. TWO CHOICES [v. 15-20]

1. Life and Good [v. 15-16]

2. Death and Evil [v. 17-20]

Sunday, September 25, 2016


GEN. 12:1, 13:14, 15:5, HEB. 11:10, JN. 8:56

Pastor Rick Jackson


1. A City Left [Gn. 12:1, Heb. 11:8] the world

2. A City Leveled [Gn. 18:17-20, 32-33, 2 Peter 2:6] the flesh and the Devil

3. A City Loved [Heb. 11:9-10, Revelation 3:12, 21:2] spiritual seed as the stars


1. God Will Provide [Gn. 22:7-8, 14]

2. God Will Provide Himself [Gn. 22:1-2, Titus 2:13-14]

3. God Will Provide Himself a Lamb [Gn. 22:8, 13, Jn. 1:29, 36]


1. His Day [Jn. 8:56, Gal. 3:16, 29]

2. His Death and Resurrection [Rm. 4:9-16, Heb. 11:17-19]

3. His Return [Jude 1:14]

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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