Monday, September 25, 2017

THE RESPONSE OF THE KING

MATTHEW 11


THAT’S MY KING  
                            

Pastor Rick Jackson


I. THE REJECTION OF HIS HERALD [v. 1-15]


1. The Quest [v. 1-3]


2. The Qualifiers [v. 4-6, Is. 29:18-19, 35:4-6, 61;1-2a]


3. The Questions [v. 7-15]


II. THE RECOMPENSE OF HIS FAVOR [v. 16-24]


1. Their Childishness [v. 16-19]


“Instead of being childlike and humbling themselves, the leaders were childish and stubborn, like children pouting because they could not have their way. The parable in Matthew 11:16-19 revealed the spiritual condition of the leaders, and unfortunately it also reveals the hearts of unbelievers today.” – Wiersbe


2. Their Chances [v. 20, Luke 12 :28]


For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.


3. Their Condemnation [v. 21-24]



III. THE RESPONSE TO THE REJECTION [v. 25-30]


1. Praise to the Father [v. 25-26]


2. Path to the Father [v. 27]


3. Personal Invitation [v. 28-30, 22:8-10]

Sunday, September 24, 2017

WHY PREACH THE BLOOD?

       

Hebrews 9:12-14, 19-20; 10:4, 19, 29; 12:24,13:20                            

Pastor Rick Jackson

With all the other things in the world to talk about why would anyone talk about The Blood? Couldn’t we avoid that subject for something less controversial, less grotesque, less politically incorrect? You know, something more upbeat, something more appealing, something more in tune with our enlightened times? We could try, many do… but we won’t! It’s only controversial if you don’t believe the Bible, it’s only grotesque if you haven’t experienced it, and it’s only politically incorrect if you are theologically incorrect. What could be more upbeat than escaping the wages of sin? What could be more appealing than the abundant life coupled with eternal life? And what could be more enlightening than the light shining through the darkness to show the way? Why preach the blood?

I. THE EXAMPLE OF THE APOSTLES!

1. Paul preached it! (Rm. 3:25, 5:9; Eph. 1:7, 2:13; Col. 1:20-22)

2. Peter proclaimed it! (1 Pet. 1:2, 18-19)

3. John taught it! (I Jn. 1:7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

II. IT IS THE EXPRESS MESSAGE OF THE BIBLE

1. Before the Law (Gn. 3:21, 4:4, 8:20, 22:13-14)

2. During the Law (Lev. 17:11)

3. After the Law (Acts 20:28)

III. IT IS THE EXTREME SOLUTION FOR AN EXTREME PROBLEM

1. Bloodless solutions merely multiply rebellion (Gn. 4:3-8, Heb. 11:4, Rm. 10:17)

2. Christ’s Blood is the ONLY solution (Heb. 9:14, 22, 24-28, 10:19, 28-29)


3.  Christ’s Love & His Blood give a song to the saved! (Rev. 1:5-6, 5:9-10)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Friday, September 22, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

When one walks in to the bank and puts money for deposit under the window, he is asking that the money be deposited and kept for him, but he is also taking a step of faith. One who calls on Christ for salvation has already in his heart trusted Christ. That is why it does not take continued calling or begging. That is why the manner of the calling does not much matter, just so one honestly wants mercy and forgiveness and salvation. - John R. Rice 

Any preacher who pretends that when he sprinkles a baby, he is helping save that baby, is a usurper, a false prophet, pretending to take the place of Jesus Christ, which he cannot do. There is only one mediator, the Scripture says. - John R. Rice

Any mother and father who bring their child for sprinkling or christening, and take solemn vows for the child, are taking on themselves too much. They cannot save the child, they cannot take vows for the child. And if they teach the child that he has become a child of God, or has gained any favor at all with God by being sprinkled as a baby, they are guilty of wicked sin. They may so deceive the child and damn his soul by letting him believe that he has obtained some merit or some standing by that act. - John R. Rice

Even if an adult is baptized, and even baptized in the scriptural form, by immersion, and if the minister teaches that in the act of baptism one receives salvation, then he guilty of claiming for himself that which belongs only and solely to Jesus Christ. "There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." - John R. Rice

Proxy religion is out of the question in New Testament Christianity. Jesus Christ is the only proxy, the only mediator, the only go-between, the only channel of salvation. - John R. Rice

Truly born-again people may have doubts about their salvation because they do not know the plain promises of God's Word. That was true in my case. When I was saved my dad thought I was too young to know what I was doing, so he discouraged me. I went on for three sad years not sure I was saved. Then I got to reading the Bible and found John 5:24 where Jesus promised, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." I KNEW that I had heard the Word of God, had read it many times. I KNEW that I had trusted Jesus Christ the best I knew how. So there suddenly, gloriously, came the assurance that I was really saved! I know I am saved because it is written in the Bible. - John R. Rice

What more do you want if you have the words of Jesus Christ written down in the Bible again and again, saying that the moment you believed on Jesus Christ you get everlasting life? Is not the Word of God enough? If you felt light as a feather, if you saw a great light, if you were moved by intense emotion, would that be better than "thus said the Lord" in the blessed Bible? Jesus said, "Verily, verily." Is not that enough? - John R. Rice

Thursday, September 21, 2017

BIBLE ANSWERS TO BIG QUESTIONS



GENESIS 6:1-7

Pastor Rick Jackson

I. WHO ARE THE "SONS OF GOD" IN GENESIS 6:1-4?

1. SOME GOOD CHRISTIANS THINK THEY ARE FALLEN ANGELS

Here are their main arguments:

-angels are called sons of God in Job 1:6, 38:7
-giants were produced by these demons & women [Gn. 6:4]
-angels are chained for this sin [2 Pt. 2:4, Jude 6]

2. SOME GOOD CHRISTIANS THINK THEY AREN'T FALLEN ANGELS

-good, not fallen, angels are the ones called sons of god [Job 1:6, 38:7]
-people of faith are called sons of God [Jn. 1:12, Gal. 4:4-7]
-Bible doesn't say the giants were offspring of this union but that they existed at the time. Substitute the word "mountains" and see how it still makes sense [Gn. 6:4]
-"mighty men" were the resulting offspring (fresh DNA strands}
-giants exist later without "angelic" help [I Chr. 20:4-8, I Sm. 17=Goliath]
-Jesus said angels don't marry (why would God give them reproductive abilities if He did not intend for them to reproduce) [Matthew 22:30, Psalm 139:14, 1 Cor. 14:33]
-Bible doesn't name the sin in Jude & 2 Peter, it could easily be something else

3. THE BIBLE CLEARLY TEACHES THE "SONS OF GOD" ARE SETHITES

"A text without a context is a pretext". What is the context of Genesis 6:1-4?
-Gn. 4:16-24....... gives Cain's line
-Gn. 4:25-5:32 ...gives Seth's line
-Gn. 6:1-7............gives the mixed line of Cain & Seth and the results of unbridled carnality
-note how men are blamed for this offense [v. 3, 5, 6, 7] and fallen angels aren't dealt with like 3:14-15
-because marriages were based on appearance instead of spirituality the godly dwindled down to one man and his family [v. 2, 8]

II. WHY DESTROY THE WHOLE WORLD? [Gn. 6:7]

1. Many were committing the unpardonable sin [v. 3]

2. Many were becoming famous for their wickedness [v. 4]

3. Majority were no longer even giving mental assent to God [v. 5, Matthew 24:22]

-Ten people could have spared Sodom but eight weren't enough to spare the wicked world.

III. DOES GOD REPENT?

1. In the strictest sense God doesn't change His mind [v. 6-7]

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent:

1 Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

2. God responds Consistently to man according to what man does [James 4:6-8, 1 Samuel 15:11]

It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night

3. God's patience can eventually run out [6:3, Jeremiah 15:6]


Thou hast forsaken me, saith the LORD, thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Truth about Palestine & Israel

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And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.


For further study - Deuteronomy 30:1-10


The passage chosen for our devotional reading today is what is referred to as the "Land Covenant". Maybe in the margin of your Bible or possibly above the first verse of our reading you find, as I do in my King James Scofield Reference Bible, the title of the covenant to be the "Palestinian Covenant".


That is not the title of the covenant, the word "Palestinian" is a man-made word that is a negative word introduced to the Jewish and Christian world in the second century by a Roman Emperor who named the land of Israel, "Palestine".


The Bible never calls the land that God gave to the Jewish people, "Palestine". The land is called "Israel". There has never been a land that God called "Palestine", the Lord calls the land "Israel", Matthew 2:20-21. Please do not refer to the land of Israel as "Palestine" but by it's true Biblical name, "Israel".


By the way, there was never an Arab state of "Palestine" that must be returned to the Palestinian people. From around 1500 AD until 1917 AD the Ottoman Empire, the empire of the nation of Turkey, controlled what is today, the land of Israel. The Turks ruled this land for over 400 years.


Then, until the United Nations gave the Jews this land in 1948, as a nation called Israel, the land was under the sovereignty of the British Empire. There has never been a state, an official government, for the state of "Palestine".


The truth is our devotional reading for today promises to give the "land" to the Jewish people. This "land covenant" includes all of the land that God has promised to the Jewish people, some ten times the amount of land that the Jews now control.

The total amount of land that the Jews will receive according to this covenant will be given to the Jews during the Kingdom period when the Messiah, Jesus Christ, is ruling and reigning from his Temple in Jerusalem.

There will also be a time when the Jews will be brought back into the land of their forefathers, verse 5. The Jews will love the Lord with all of their heart, verse 6, at that time in history. This period of time in the future will be when the Lord Jesus Christ has returned to the Earth to set up His Kingdom.

Until the return of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, the conflict over the ownership of the land will continue and intensify. Though God has promised the Land to the Jewish people they will return to the land of their forefathers only to be almost destroyed by their enemies. This persecution will be used by the Lord to turn the Jews to their Messiah, Jesus Christ.


Remember, seven years at least before Jesus comes back to give His Chosen people, the Jewish people, their land, our Lord will shout and call all Christians up to join Him in the heavenlies at the time of the Rapture, which could happen today.


PRAYER THOUGHT: Thank you Lord for keeping your promises to the Jews and to me as a Christian, especially your promise to call us up to be with you forever more.




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Monday, September 18, 2017

THAT’S MY KING – THE KING’S DISCIPLES

MATTHEW 10



Pastor Rick Jackson

I. COMMISSION FOR PAST APOSTLES [v. 1-15]

1. The Twelve Persons [v. 1-4]

2. The Temporary Parameters [v. 6-10]

3. The Toleration Principle [v. 11-15]

II. COMMISSION FOR FUTURE DISCIPLES [v. 16-23]

1. Be Right [v. 16]

2. Beware [v. 17-22]

3. Be Assured [v. 18-20, 22-23, v. 22 & 24:13]

III. COMMISSION FOR ALL DISCIPLES IN ALL TIMES AND ALL PLACES [v. 24-42]

1. Be Not [v. 24-25, Romans 11:20; 12:2, 16]

2. Fear Not [v. 26-31]


3. Think Not [v. 32-42]

Sunday, September 17, 2017

PILATE’S BIG QUESTION

                                                              

JOHN 18:28-38                                                  

Pastor Rick Jackson

People often say they want the truth but then speak lies. The truth will be made manifest... the lies will be exposed.

Who shot JFK? Did O.J. do it? Was George Reeves death suicide or murder? Where were the WMDs hid? Why do so many teach evolution when they know it can't be right? Everything will be made known.

Luke 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

1 Corinthians 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

It is a rare thing if a message can do more than scratch the surface on Divine truth, but let us notice three things:

I. THE NECESSITY OF TRUTH

1. Truth is necessary for genuine worship [Jn. 4:23-24]

2. Truth is necessary for genuine freedom [Jn. 8:31-32, Rm. 6]

3. Truth is necessary for genuine allegiance [Jn. 8:44-46, 18:37, Acts 19:29ff]

Pilate's question might have been better worded if instead of asking, "What is truth?" if he had asked "Who is truth?" In the Word of God we find:

II. THE EMBODIMENTS OF TRUTH

1. Christ [Jn. 1:14, 14:6]

2. God the Father [Jn. 3:33, 10:30, 17:3]

3. God the Spirit [Jn. 14:17, 15:26, 16:13]

4. God's Word [Jn. 17:17]

The Bible is very clear on the fact that fallen man is NOT the embodiment of truth.
Psalms 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;

But every man has been invited to truth! See the:

III. THE INVITATIONS OF THE TRUTH

1. Come to Christ [Jn. 1:17, 14:6]

2. Come to the light [3:16-21]


3. Come to be sanctified [17:17-19]

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Question of the Week: What Is God’s Biggest “Problem”?



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