Wednesday, July 26, 2017


 Ephesians 4:30

Pastor Rick Jackson


1. Understand That This was Not Always True [John 14:17, Ps. 51:11]

2. Understand the Indwelling Began on Resurrection Sunday (not Pentecost) [John 7:38-39, 20:1-9, 19-22]

3. Understand the Indwelling is Automatic (now) at Salvation [Eph. 1:12-14]


1. Accept that Every Christian is Indwelt by the Holy Spirit [Rm. 8:9-11]

2. Accept that Even Carnal Christians are Indwelt by the Holy Spirit [1 Co. 2:12-3:4, Eph. 4:30, 1 Thessalonians 5:19]

3. Accept that Every Christian is the Temple of God [1 Cor. 6:19]


1. Be Aware that Christians are Indwelt to Glorify God [1 Cor. 6:19-20]

2. Be Aware that Christians are Indwelt to Grant Protection [1 Jn. 4:1-4]

3. Be Aware that Christians are Indwelt to Guarantee Security [Eph. 1:13-19, 4:30]

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


The whole concept of forgiveness IS that you don't deserve it!

His hands were pierced in order that His arms might embrace. -Fred Afman

The Blood must be applied!

When saints die they go to people Heaven. It was the Saviour's wish that His own should be with Him in glory (John 17:24). Thus their death is precious seeing they help the Lord realize His holy wish and will. As each saint leaves earth there is another addition to the Father's joy, the Saviour's delight, and the angels' wonder and delight above. -Herbert Lockyer

The Blood can wash away any sin!
I read a little of the Scriptures before, but preferred other books; but since that time the revelation He has made of Himself has become unspeakably blessed to me,and I can say from my heart, God is an infinitely lovely Being. -George Mueller

Any sin will take you to Hell.
All sin is against God.
All sin is not the same (though all sin is bad).
No sin is too great for Him to forgive.
No sin is too small to not need forgiveness.
Let those be thy choicest companions who have made Christ their chief companion. - Thomas Brooks

To be rightly related to Christ makes you a Christian, To be rightly related to the Holy Spirit makes you a spiritual Christian. -Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer

Let go and let God!

Preacher, you are not the CEO of a Fortune 500 Company: you are the overseer of a family business! -Sumner Wemp

Monday, July 24, 2017



Pastor Rick Jackson


1. A Preacher Commissioned [v. 1-2]

2. A Prophet Prophesied [v. 3-4, Is. 40:3-4, Mal. 3:1, 4:5-6; Luke 1:13-17, 2 Kings 1:7-8]

3. A Preparer Preparing [v. 5-6]


1. The Need for a New Heart [v. 6-8]

2. The Need for a New Birth [v. 9-10]

3. Trust the Saviour or Face the Sovereign [v. 11-16, Ps. 2:10-12]


1. The Recognition of John [v. 13-14]

2. Work of Righteousness [v. 15, Titus 3:5-8]

3. The Reality of the Trinity [v. 16-17]

Sunday, July 23, 2017


MARK 8:34-38

Pastor Rick Jackson

I. A HIGH CALLING [Phil. 3:7-14]

1. Because of Who it’s For [v. 7-8]

2. Because of What it’s For [v. 9-12]

3. Because of Where it’s From [v. 14-14]


1. A Boldness Born of a Relationship [4:8-13]

2. A Boldness Born of Prayer [4:24-30]

3. A Boldness Born of Purpose [4:31-33]


1. From Asking [1:5-8]

2. From Living the Christ Life [4:13-16]

3. From Above [4:1718]

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Question of the Week: Can other religious writings be from God, too? 📚

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The answer seems too simple: other alleged divine writings are not from God because they are not among the 66 books of the Bible, and, in fact, they contradict the Bible. This is a "presuppositional" approach, which means to presuppose that God exists and that His Word, the Bible, is the truth. This is the starting point or axiom.

God never tried to prove His existence or prove that His Word is superior to other writings. So how do we know that other religious writings are not from God?
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Friday, July 21, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

In verse 8 [Romans 4] we learn that this blessed man, to whom God imputes righteousness without works, this blessed man whose sins are all covered and his iniquities forgiven, is blessed even further. To the man who has trusted Christ for salvation, God will not even impute sin! One who depends upon Christ is already forgiven, and praise His dear name, every sin of the future will be charged to Christ's account and cannot be charged against one who has believed in Christ. - John R. Rice

The plain truth is that many, many Christians, before they become well established in the truth of the Gospel, have times of doubt about their salvation. I went through three unhappy years not knowing for sure I was saved. Then I found one day John 3:36 which says, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life." "Then I have it!" I said, and I have never doubted a moment since that time, for I had trusted in Christ. - John R. Rice

The Lord is far more anxious to save sinners than sinners are to get saved. Every single penny of debt that God could demand of a sinner has already been paid by Jesus Christ on the cross. Oh, the grace of God that "saves to the uttermost"! That is, it does all the saving, does it on people who are not fit to be saved, does it on people who ought to go to Hell. God, in grace, loves people who are unlovable, and by His wonderful grace saves everybody who will let Him save them! - John R. Rice

People talk foolishly of "easy believism." Oh, how the old carnal heart likes to make some way for man to earn his salvation, either to earn it by good deeds or to earn it by weeping, or to earn it by great time of emotion, or it may be they would like to earn it by the feeling of assurance. But one who trusts in Christ is saved whether he is sure of it or not. He CAN be sure, if he knows how full is the salvation offered and believes what God said about it. - John R. Rice

Salvation is one thing and assurance of salvation is another thing. Everybody can have both and ought to have. But one who trusts in Christ then and there has everlasting life; then, when he sees what wonderful things God has promised, he can have perfect assurance, too. But salvation comes when one trusts in Christ for forgiveness and the assurance comes when he understands the promises of God about eternal life. - John R. Rice 

Does someone say, "Oh, but if he doesn't live right, he doesn't deserve it"? That is true; he doesn't. Nobody ever got saved by deserving it. You didn't deserve it when you got it; you don't deserve it today; you never have. The only salvation the Bible talks about is salvation by grace for poor, wicked sinners who do not deserve it. - John R. Rice

To delay accepting Christ means one chooses to remain wicked. Don't fool yourself. You say, "I don't have to choose now." Oh, yes, everybody has to choose. You see, if you are not saved, you are lost. If you are not born twice, you are just born once. If you are not already forgiven, you are already condemned. Jesus said in John 3:18, "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." Oh, yes. Already saved or lost. Already on God's side or on the Devil's. - John R. Rice

Thursday, July 20, 2017



by Henry Hodges, Lawtey, FL

The judgment seat, keep it in sight.

Be a good soldier in the fight.

Hold His banner ever so high,

For we shall see Him by and by.

Much to be done, much to be said.

In His Word, we are fed.

The judgment seat, keep it in sight.

Go neither to the left, go neither to the right.

He's in a far country, But is coming back,

His soon return, a Biblical fact!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


                                        MATTHEW 7:1-6                                                               Pastor Rick Jackson

I would love to take credit for this message but I came across it in my files rather anonymously. It had none of my usual references as to who preached it (besides myself twice in the past) and yet I have the feeling it is not totally original with me. But then what really is original? Moody once said, "If a borrowed thought is better than an original one---use it!" I have heard so many preachers in the past that I know much of this information is from at least two to three different sources and so I put it out here with all the honesty of a borrower of knowledge with the hopes it may bless someone else as much as it has me.

There are three different kinds of criticism in this passage and at least one of them is totally justifiable and useful.


1. it Is Forbidden [v. 1]

This is a matter of trying to find something wrong in an area of the unseen. It is negative in every way and it is forbidden by the Lord Jesus. Judging motives violates this direct command of the Lord Jesus. We must be careful not to be guilty of this sin.

2. It Is Faulty - It purports to be able to judge motives which only God can do.

1 Samuel 16:7b ...for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

This is like when some prideful pompous self-righteous Pharisee says, "Oh, you said a bad word, you must not be saved." Or some such nonsense. They would have had a field day when Peter cursed and swore and denied he know the Lord.

Lk. 22:31-32 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not...

3. It Is Foolish [v. 2]

It will turn the eye of God upon you and your sin. This sin often goes unconfessed because the pride of the individual doesn't see it as sin, though it is a stench in the nostrils of a thrice Holy God. [Pr. 24:17-18]

Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease  him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

Dr. Lee Roberson used to say, "Critics are a dime a dozen. Any fool can criticize!" (and often does)


1. Removes Nothing [v. 3]

While he might want to help his brother remove a speck he's more liable to hurt his brother with the beam sticking out of his own eye. The only thing he seems to be able to remove is his own personal responsibility for the way he's living. That beams obscures his vision anyway. Note Jesus says "Why?" Why do you not look in the mirror of God's Word and look at yourself.

Ps. 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

2. Relies On Negativity [v. 4]

With his vision obscured the person given to deluded criticism overlooks the obvious and relies on negativity. They want to tell you what you have wrong in your life but don't see the glaring problems in their own life which ends up ruining their testimony in many cases.

3. Reveals Nature [v. 5]

Some people are "speck hunters" instead of humble servants of Christ. At my first church, we had several boys that were attending church faithfully for the first time in their lives. For some reason their mother, who claimed to be a Christian, started criticizing our church, and trying to get the boys to go to another church. The youngest boy was adamant that he wanted to come to our church, where he had been saved, where he had been baptized, where he was being taught the Word of God. She coyly turned him against us by emphasizing the church building wasn't a pretty red color like this other church. Eventually they all quit church.

"They sing too Loud" or "They don't sing loud enough"

"His sermons are too long" or "His sermons are too short"

"He preaches too many expository messages" or "He preaches too many topical messages"

"The people are too friendly" or "The people aren't friendly enough"

What is all this doing? It is revealing their nature. If you send a buzzard out flying over a beautiful landscape of blue lakes, flowering trees, green meadows, winding paths, etc. what will he tell you he saw? A dead deer with maggots! Why? Because his answer reveals his nature... he's a buzzard!

Don't look for specks. it reveals you have bigger problems yourself!

But there is a third kind of criticism in this passage and it isn't spoken against by the Lord. It is:


Today if you try to stand against sin and say something is wrong someone is almost sure to quote verse 1, "Judge not, that ye be not judged". We've already seen that verse 1 doesn't mean that. In verse 6 you must make 4 different judgements in order to follow the Lord's command. You must judge (1) what is holy, (2) who is a dog, (3) what is a pearl, and (4) who is a swine! In other words, you must make some discriminating judgements!

Example - 2 Cor. 6: 14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

We have a clear command not to yoke up with an unbeliever so we have to make some judgement about what constitutes an unbeliever. What are the fundamentals of the faith, the cardinal doctrines of Christianity, the essential truths that you cannot deny and still have true Bible Christianity? The doctrines that if a person denies he is considered an unbeliever?

Think of it this way. Your vehicle has many things that aren't essential to it though they may be nice to have. The spare tire is not a fundamental. The sound system is not an essential. The air conditioning/heating system is not a fundamental and the same thing could be said about a few other things as well. Nice but not fundamentals. But the motor, the motor is a fundamental. The battery and the gas tank are fundamentals. It will not run without them. they are necessary.

In Christianity, there are certain doctrines which are fundamental. They are necessary. If a person denies them they are not a Christian no matter what they say, they are an unbeliever.

(1) the virgin birth of Christ is a fundamental. If He was born like us He has a sin nature and cannot be the Saviour. (Is. 7:14, Ps. 51:5)

(2) the substitionary death of Christ is a fundamental (II Cor. 5:21)

(3) the bodily resurrection of Christ is a fundamental (Rm. 10:9. I Cor. 15)

(4) the verbal inspiration of the Bible is a fundamental (II Tm. 3:16-17)

These are some of the fundamentals. You cannot deny these and still be considered a Bible Christian. Let me give you three principles.

1. Be Cautious [1 Jn. 4:1]

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

The unbeliever may call himself a modernist or a liberal but remember, he is not ignorant of the truth, he denies the truth! He knows what it says but it rejects it as valid.

2. Be Charitable [1 Cor. 13:4-6]

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Jude 20-22 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference:

Now I am an independent, fundamental, premillennial Baptist but I know others will be Heaven. I expect to see the Presbyterian Evangelist Billy Sunday, the Methodists John & Charles Wesley, and others there!

Dr. Roberson used to say, "I love Presbyterians. I'd like to baptize every one of them!"

"In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity."

You may disagree on some things but our first loyalty must be to Jesus not a church or a denomination.

3. Be Christlike [Hebrews 7:26]

For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

2 Cor. 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Monday, July 17, 2017


MATTHEW 2 [written before 70 AD – Mt. 24:1-2]

Pastor Rick Jackson


1. Those Seeking the King [v. 1-2, Num. 24:17, Dan. 9]

2. Those Opposing the King [v. 3]

3. Those Ignoring the King [v. 4-6, Micah 5:2, Mt. 12:30]


1. Feeling Deceptive [v. 7-8, Jn. 8:40-44]

2. Feeling Delighted [v. 9-11, Ps. 37:4]

3. Feeling Delivered [v. 12]


1. Warned by an Angel [v. 13-15, Hos. 11:1, Lk. 24:27]

2. “Mocked” by the Wise [v. 16-18, Jer. 31:15]

3. Led by God [v. 19-23, Jude 1:14]

Sunday, July 16, 2017


JOHN 14:16-27                                                                   Pastor Rick Jackson

3 things before we get to the main part of the message

1. THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD [Dt. 4:35] Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him
Dt. 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
Is. 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
Is. 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
Mk. 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

The word "one" in these verses speaks of a compound unity (more than one in the one). Sometimes people come to the Scriptures with preconceived ideas and they try to bend the Scriptures (or "wrest" them as Peter says) to fit their ideas. We should always be open to the Scriptures and let them mold our thoughts and ideas. People sometimes get upset with the teacher or preacher for not following their little narrow view when the truth is right there in the Scriptures. Let me give you some examples of the number one being a compound unity at times.
Gn. 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Gn. 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Jn. 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
Gal. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

3. GOD IS ESSENTIALLY ONE AND ALSO IS THREE - God often uses plural pronouns or designations about Himself.
Gn. 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Is. 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
Jn. 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
Jn. 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

-God is infinite and we are finite. He is not limited as we are.
-He has given us the physical example of water (vapor, liquid, solid) to help illustrate the truth of 3 in 1 and 1 in 3 (Father, Son & Holy Spirit).

That brings us to the EMPHASIS of this message, THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD!

If the Holy Spirit is God (and He is) then it goes without saying that He is a person, not a thing. You can grieve the Holy Spirit because He is a person. A "force" or "thing" cannot be grieved.


1. He is Eternal [Heb. 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?]

2. He is Omnipresent [Ps. 139:7-10]

3. He is Omnipotent [Lk. 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.]

4. He is Omniscient [Jn. 14:26, 16:13; I Cor. 2:10-11 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.]


1. He was active in Creation [Gn. 1:2]
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Job 33:4 The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

2. He was active in Christ's Resurrection [Rm. 8:11]
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Acts 5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.

3. He Gave the Word of God [2 Sam. 23:2-3]
The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.


Acts 5:3-4 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

1. In the Great Commission [Mt. 28:19]
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

2. In the Benediction [2 Cor. 13:14]
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

3. In the Declaration of Unity [Eph. 4:3-6]

Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What are the differences between Judaism and Christianity?

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