Monday, October 31, 2016



Pastor Rick Jackson

I. LIFE’S LESSONS [v. 1-4]

1. God’s People Sin [v. 1-4, 1 Jn. 1:8-10]

2. Sin has Consequences [v. 4, Galatians 6:7, Num. 32:23]

3. God has Compassion [v. 1-3, Psalm 103:13-14]


1. The Inspiration of the Scriptures [v. 4-5] who wrote? Moses/Joshua either way was by revelation

2. The Mysteries of Moses [v. 6-7, Ps. 90:12, Mt. 17:1-3, Lk. 9:28-31, Jude 9 (Satan limited), Rev. 11:3ff]

3. The Time of Mourning [v. 8, Eccl. 3:4, 1 Th. 4:13]


1. No One is Irreplaceable [v. 9, Acts 13:36]

2. The Servant is Not above the Master [v. 10, Matthew 10:24, Heb. 3:1-5]

3. The Will of God is Paramount [v. 11-12, Romans 12:2, Eph. 6:6, 1 Peter 4:2, 19]

Sunday, October 30, 2016



PSALM 116:6-8

Pastor Rick Jackson


1. The Preservation of the Saints [v. 6, 2 Timothy 1:12 , 1 Peter 1:5]

2. The Prominence of Simplicity [v. 6, 19:7, 1 Cor. 1:26-31, Luke 18:17]

3. The Path of Salvation [v. 6, 79:8]


1. Return to Rest [v. 7, 1-4, Gal. 4:9ff]

2. Realize it’s Personal [v. 7, 1-4, 6-7, Rm. 10:9-13]

3. Redeemed by the Bountiful Lord [v. 1-7] rich in mercy, abundant grace, God of all comfort


1. Soul from Death [v. 8-9, 3-4, Rm. 6:23, Rev. 2:11, 20:6]

2. Eyes from Tears [v. 8, Isaiah 25:8, Revelation 7:17, 21:4]

3. Feet from Falling [v. 8-9, 56:13, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Jude 24]

Saturday, October 29, 2016

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Friday, October 28, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

A man came into the Elgin Bible Church as I held meetings there. As I met him at the door, I smelled beer on his breath. He told me he had come to hear me because he understood I was from Texas and he had just returned from taking a trainload of beer to Texas. I told him that I was sorry he was in such a business and offered him a little gospel booklet. He refused to take it and said, "No! What would my friends think of me, knowing I am in the beer business, if I had such things in my pockets?" He said that he had a good job, was making plenty of money; that if he ever decided to give up that job he would turn to the Bible and seek to be saved, but not now. He chose his job, but rejected the Gospel and rejected Christ. - John R. Rice

Many, many poor lost souls follow others into Hell. You want the approval of your sinner friends. You want to enjoy their fellowship and do what they do. And so you reject Christ and lose your soul for the paltry, shabby friendships of people who are no real friends. - John R. Rice

If you believe that the Bible is true, that God loves you, that Christ died for you, that you are a sinner who needs saving, then oh, I beg you in Jesus' name, turn today to Christ for mercy and be saved! Almost persuaded is altogether lost. - John R. Rice

You cannot love the Bible nor meditate in it and follow it and still have your friendships and have your companionships and your philosophy of life molded by the lost crowd, the Devil's crowd. - John R. Rice

I am a poor example. I have begged God to help me understand the Bible and love it and preach it. I once made God a vow to preach everything in the Bible. I am finding to my amazement and somewhat to my joy, that there is more in it than I can ever get to. If the Lord does not let me preach some in Heaven, I won't ever get through everything in the Bible, because I find more in it every day than I can ever tell. - John R. Rice

I am just saying, in nearly every sentence, in nearly every phrase, there are riches in the Bible. That is why I don't like a paraphrased Bible but a translation that says exactly what God is saying, not what somebody thinks He might have meant. Oh, there are riches in the Bible for those who take it to heart and "meditate therein day and night." And there are sweet things there for you. - John R. Rice

Do you want the blessing of God? Then learn to meditate in the Bible. Set out to read it through every year. Nobody is a good Christian who doesn't read the Bible through every year. I find that everywhere I go that over half of the fundamental Christians have not ever read the Bible through one time. - John R. Rice

Thursday, October 27, 2016


Evangelist Troy Carlson
from a message preached at Bradford Baptist Church on 10-13-2016

II COR. 5:14, 17-21

Reconciliation has two modern uses- (1) reconciling your checkbook and (2) reconciling estranged people. Now God has done nothing wrong and God did all the work to bring us into reconciliation with Himself by Jesus Christ [1 Peter 3:18]. Note:

I. The Work that Jesus did was Essential

-because we are sinners [v. 19]
-because we deserve death [James 1:15, Rm. 6:23, Rev. 20:14, Jn. 3:18]

II. The Work that Jesus did was Extreme [Phil. 2:5ff., 2 Cor. 5:21, 1 Cor. 15:1-4, 1 Jn. 2:2, Is. 53:4-7]

III. The Work that Jesus did was Enough [v. 17, Heb. 10:10-14, 1 Pet. 3:18, 1 Jn. 2:1-2, Is. 53:11, Rm. 10:3]

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


1 JOHN 3:1-2

Pastor Rick Jackson

I. WHAT? “we shall be like Him”

1. In His Humanity [Luke 24:34-43]

2. In His Holiness [1 Thessalonians 3:13]

3. In His Glorification [Luke 24:30-31, 36; John 20:19, 26, Acts 1:9]

II. WHEN “when He shall appear”

1. The Risen Lord Will Return [1 Jn. 2:28-3:2]

2. The Sleeping Body Will Arise [Ps. 17:15, 1 Th. 4:13-18]

3. This Mortal Will Put On Immortality [1 Cor. 15:35-57]

III. WHAT NOW? “hath this hope in him purifieth”

1. Purify Yourself [1 Jn. 3:3]

2. Press [Phil. 3:7-15]

3. Plant Yourself [Rm. 6:1-14; 1 Cor. 15:58]

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

JOHN 6:5-14

Evangelist Troy Carlson
taken from a message preached at Bradford Baptist Church on 10-14-2016
v. 14, 40, 47; 20:31 has the emphasis of pointing people to Christ

here then are some lessons for believers:

I. Source Material Never Limits God [v. 5-7]

Remember He made the world out of nothing [ex nihilo] so when He is working on us it is more than He had when He created the world.

II. God's Work in Your Life is Satisfying [v. 11-13]

At the West Branch God did a miracle for buildings so God could do a bigger miracle in changed lives.

III. You Waste God's Blessings when you Fail to Trust Him Next Time [v. 13, Mk. 6:45-52, 8:1-9, 14-21]

"How strangely senseless and stupid you are." - Matthew Henry

Monday, October 24, 2016


DEUTERONOMY 33                                        

Pastor Rick Jackson


1. The Man of God Blessing the People of God before Going to be with God [v. 1]

2. The Message and Motive of God [v. 2-3, sanctified not sinless= Heb. 2:1-2, 1 Cor. 1:1-2]

3. The Man of God and the Inheritance of Israel [v. 4-5, Rm. 3:1-2]


1. Reuben and Judah [v. 6-7]

A quick read through would show you that Simeon is not mentioned by name. In Num. 26 Levi is not mentioned, in Rev. 7 Dan is not mentioned. Possibly because of what Gn. 49:5-7 said and then fulfilled in Joshua 19:1, 9.

3. Levi [v. 8-11]

4. Benjamin [v. 12, Luke 15:3-7]

5. Joseph [v. 13-17]

6. Zebulun and Issachar [v. 18-19]

7. Gad, Dan, Naphtali and Asher [v. 20-25]


1. Israel’s God is Unique [v. 26]

2. Israel’s God is an Eternal Refuge [v. 27-28]

3. Israel’s God is The Saviour [v. 29]

Sunday, October 23, 2016


                                             JOHN 19:8-22                                                    

Pastor Rick Jackson

In this short account during the passion of our Lord we can clearly see (1) the arrogance of men thinking they have power (2) the Sovereignty of God despite appearances to the contrary and (3) the blindness of sinners as they reject their only Hope- the Lord Jesus Christ. I’d like to illustrate these truths through the simple use of the word “No.”


1. NO Room [Luke 2:7]

2. NO Fault [Luke 23:4, 14-15; John 19:4]

3. NO Corruption [Rm. 6:9-10, Acts 13:33-39]


1. NO Respecter of Persons [Acts 10:34-36, Rm. 2:11-16]

2. NO Man but by Christ [Jn. 14:6, Gal. 2:16]

3. NO One Turned Down [John 6:37-41]


1. NO Greater [Heb. 6:13, John 8:56]

2. NO Variableness [James 1:17, Hebrews 13:8, Is. 9:6-7]

3. NO Darkness [1 John 1:5-7, John 1:1-5, 9-14; 8:12, 9:5]

Friday, October 21, 2016


The fact that God put restrictions on what they were doing at Corinth shows us that what they were doing was wrong. When God rebukes what they were doing, it shows it is not miraculous, not God-given. God never gave a miracle and then rebuked somebody for the way he used it. God never gives somebody a miraculous gift and then be angry with the way they use it. No, miraculous gifts don't need rebuking, don't need a restraint put on them; but they did in the use of natural languages over in Corinth. - John R. Rice

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Colossians 2:16-17
Let no man judge you concerning the Sabbath days! That was a shadow which was all right until the coming of Christ, but now He is come and the shadow is fulfilled! Therefore no Seventh Day Adventist nor Jew has the right to pass judgment on any Christian concerning the Sabbath day. The command about the Sabbath day was nailed to the cross [v. 14] with the commands about certain meats and with other ceremonial laws. God does not want Christians to observe the Jewish Sabbath and plainly says so. - John R. Rice

Some people object and say that if you worship on Sunday, you keep a day dedicated to the sun since Sunday was named for the sun. Well, Saturday is named for Saturn! All the days are God's days, and all should be used for Him no matter how they were named. The days of the week do not have now the same names as they had in Bible times, but we do have the same days whether we call one Sunday or the first day of the week, or another Saturday or the seventh day of the week. New Testament Christians met on the first day of the week before it was called Sunday. Jews kept Saturday as a day of rest before it was called Saturday. But what has that to do with us? We settle this by God's Word, not by history. - John R. Rice

Six in the Bible is man's number, and seven is the divine or complete number. Six days of labor followed by the Sabbath of rest pictures man living a perfect life under the law and earning the rest, perfection and salvation pictured by the seventh day. Of course man failed under the law, and no one was ever able to keep it (Acts 15:10, Rom. 3:20, Gal. 3:11). But the New Testament Christian, worshipping God on the first day of the week, means that he already has salvation as a free gift before he did any work, and now being saved, the Christian works the rest of his life to glorify the Saviour he loves. Read Hebrews 4:9, 10. - John R. Rice

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Colossians 2:13-17
That Scripture is talking about the Jewish ceremonial law which was fulfilled and done away with when Jesus died. Gentiles were in "uncircumcision," says the Scripture; the "handwriting of ordinances" of the Jews was against Gentiles and contrary to them. But this "handwriting of ordinances" which was against uncircumcised people, Christ took "out of the way, nailing it to his cross." Certainly that refers to the ceremonial law. Was the moral law done away with when Jesus died? Are men now free from obligation about the commands "Thou shalt not kill," "Thou shalt not commit adultery," "Thou shalt not steal"? You know that we are not free from obligation to do right about such matters. The moral law was not erased, not rescinded when Jesus died. It was not nailed to the cross, crucified, killed. That was the ceremonial law which lost its force when Jesus died because it was already fulfilled.
So verse 16 above plainly says Christians are not to be judged concerning these ceremonial laws. "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days." - John R. Rice

One statement of faith says, "We believe in the perseverance of the saints." I do not! I am not trust in my perseverance. Rather I believe in the preservation of the saints. Psalm 37:28 says, "For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever." Peter did not persevere very well, but he was preserved. And you, poor backslider, are preserved and kept. God has not forsaken you. He loves you yet. Oh, I beg you, come back to the cross and face the dying, risen, living Saviour and confess to Him your backsliding and He will forgive it all. - John R. Rice

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


MATTHEW 13:44                             

Pastor Rick Jackson

This parable consists of one verse and yet there’s a powerful lesson given therein. The problem is that quite a few people over the years have misinterpreted this parable and thus changed the whole meaning. Let us once more use our Bibles and the brains the good Lord gave us and rightly divide the Word of Truth!


1. The treasure in the field is Jesus

2. The man is the sinner

3. The man gives everything to find Christ

Now at first hearing that may sound pretty good. But the fact is it’s about as far off as it can be. The Devil doesn’t want men to understand the Gospel. II Cor. 4:3-6. So what’s wrong with this view? Let’s look at:


1. Jesus is NOT Hidden! (Mt. 5:14-16, Jn. 8:12, 1:4-9)

2. Men are to Herald, not Hide, the Saviour (Mt. 28:19-20, Ps. 107:2)

3. Men do NOT Purchase Salvation (Eph. 2:8-9)


1. The Field is the World (Mt. 13:38)

2. The Man is the Saviour (Mt. 13:24, 37)

3. The Redeemed are the Treasure (Eph. 1:12-14, Acts 20:28, 1 Cor. 6:20, 7:23)

-Note the joy involved (Mt. 13:44, Heb. 12:2)

-Note the price paid was all that He had (I Pet. 1:18-19, Eph. 5:25-27)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

HAVE YE NOT READ? [2nd in an ongoing series]

I was reading an article about presidential candidates and the author referred to one of them as "despotic" and a "villain". He had every right to do so and by definition he hit the nail on the head with the former and, from his point of view, the latter was accurate as well. Whether you or I agree with his labels is NOT what THIS article is about however. In the comment section one person decried the labels and basically said that Jesus would never call any one a name and thus the author should not have either.

When I hear someone espousing what Jesus would or would not do or what Jesus would or would not say I often find myself wondering to what "Jesus" are they referring? Because the Bible very clearly tells us of the actions, attitudes, and sayings of the Lord Jesus Christ and they often are in direct contradiction to what these people appropriating the Name "Jesus" to make their point are saying.

So did Jesus ever call anyone, whether they were present or absent, a name?

He called Herod "that fox" and it certainly does not have the connotation it has now. It was not a compliment.

He called others a "brood of vipers," "hypocrites," "serpents," "blind leaders of the blind," "whited sepulchers," and said they were "child(ren) of hell," and of their "father the Devil."

He even said "ye are not of God" to one group He was talking with. He probably said other things that I am forgetting at the moment. I did not give the references because I figured most of us could stand to read the Gospels again.

Oh, while I am at it- should I mention that making a whip and chasing people out of the Temple and overturning tables was something else Jesus did?

Granted the Lord Jesus had [and still has] perfect knowledge and knew who was a hypocrite [or whatever He chose to call them] and was thus one hundred per cent accurate in his assessment. But the point of this is- we should be careful about saying what Jesus would or wouldn't say unless we have done our homework and even then . . .