Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CHARACTERISTICS OF A BIBLICAL THANKSGIVING



Pastor Rick Jackson

A BIBLICAL THANKSGIVING:

I. IS CHARACTERIZED BY A FREEWILL OFFERING [Leviticus 7:12-15, 22:29]

Psalm 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
Psalm 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
Amos 4:5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

II. IS CHARACTERIZED BY PRAYER [Nehemiah 11:17]

Psalm 116:17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

III. IS CHARACTERIZED BY APPROPRIATE SONGS [Nehemiah 12:46]

Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
Psalm 147:7 Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God
Isaiah 51:3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

IV. IS CHARACTERIZED BY PUBLICALLY GIVING TESTIMONY [Psalm 26:7]

Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 116:12-19 What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the Lord's house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

V. IS CHARACTERIZED BY GOD’S BLESSINGS [Jeremiah 30:19]

2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
1 Timothy 4:1-4 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:


VI. IS CHARACTERIZED BY IT’S ETERNALITY [Revelation 7:12]

Monday, November 20, 2017

THAT’S MY KING – THE KING’S CONDITIONS

MATTHEW 19



Pastor Rick Jackson

I. FOR DIVORCE [v. 1-12]

1. God’s Original Design [v. 1-6]

2. Man’s Wicked Heart [v. 7-8]

3. Christ’s One Condition [v. 9-12]

II. FOR CHILD EVANGELISM [v. 13-15]

III. FOR SALVATION [v. 16-26]

1. Know Who Christ Is [v. 16-17]

2. Know What You Are [v. 18-22]

3. Know Who Really Saves [v. 23-26]

IV. FOR DISCIPLESHIP [v. 27-30]

1. Regeneration [v. 27-28]

2. Remuneration [v. 28-29]


3. Realization [v. 30]

Sunday, November 19, 2017

WHAT SIN WILL DO

                                                                                                                       Pastor Rick Jackson

John 16:8-9 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me;
Romans 3:9 … we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
6:23 For the wages of sin is death;
14:23 whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin
Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
Hebrews 12:1 let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us
James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
1 John 5:16 There is a sin unto death
5:17 All unrighteousness is sin

I. SIN WILL HURT YOU

1. It Will Hurt You Physically [Romans 7:23] it will enslave you

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

2. It Will Hurt You Mentally [Romans 6:16, 20]
Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
1 Corinthians 8:12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
James 2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

3. It Will Hurt You Spiritually [Romans 5:12]

James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

II. SIN WILL HINDER YOU

1. From Receiving Christ [John 3:19]

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
2 Cor. 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

2. From Growing in Christ [1 Peter 5:5 God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.]

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

3. From Serving Christ [Rm. 6:11-20]

II. SIN WILL HAUNT YOU

1. In the Daytime [Is. 57: 20-21]

But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

2. At Nighttime [Dt. 28: 58, 66-67] If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;… And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life: In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.


3. Until Death [Rm. 7:14-25]

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Dr. John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

There are some things that are worse than wars. In God's sight, sin is always worse than bloodshed. Many thousands of the best men this world has ever seen have resolved that it were better to go to the war than be slaves; that it is better to die than lose freedom. In the words of Patrick Henry they said, "Give me liberty or give me death!: War is not necessarily the worst thing in the world. There are times when nations ought to fight. There are times when Christian men ought to go to the army, shoulder arms, obey orders, and if need be, die for their country. - John R. Rice

Certainly no Christian should hate individuals. No Christian ought to take delight in killing. A good father does not take delight in punishing his child although he knows it is necessary and right. A godly physician does not enjoy the pain that he gives in an operation of removing cancer, but he knows that it is necessary and right. A good officer of the law does not take vengeance on a criminal when he arrests him and stops a crime. A preacher does not indicate hate in his heart when he preaches that sinners must be born again or go to Hell. And so no one needs to have hate in his heart to obey the plain command of God about being a soldier when he is called. - John R. Rice

There are such good people, Christian people, who, because they misunderstand the Bible, are outright Pacifists. I can believe a man if he is a noble Christian and lives like a Christian, and if his denominational teaching has been that he should never take part in a war nor serve as a soldier--I can believe he is sincere and I can think that arrangements might be made to give leeway to his convictions. Men ought to obey God rather than men, but my own understanding of the Bible is that if men obey God they will obey the government, too, on this matter. And I have no confidence in a so-called "conscientious objector," who is a friend of communism and who would hinder the American war effort and bring about disobedience and rebellion among the citizenship. - John R. Rice

I have genuine respect for many Mennonite groups and Brethren groups who are conscientious objectors. Unfortunately, they usually turn away from the Old Testament as it it were not the Word of God on this matter and teach that the New Testament contradicts the Old and that Christ teaches a different morality from the Old Testament. On this they are wrong. However, we believe they are generally sincere. - John R. Rice

No one has a right to be unpatriotic or guilty of treasonous activity and claim it is from Christian scruples. - John R. Rice

Let no one take wartime as an excuse to be a rebel against government and thus a rebel against God. Sabotage, giving aid to enemies, strikes, false rumors--these are the works of criminals, not of Christians. I refer to strikes in such cases as would be against the national welfare as they often manifestly are, and as of course they always are if there is bloodshed and hate. To be a good Christian, one must be a good citizen. "The powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God" (Rom. 13:1, 2). - John R. Rice

Can Christians make good soldiers? Or to put it the other way around, Can a soldier in war be a good Christian? The answer is that he certainly can if his heart is right with God and if he is in obedience to his government in a good cause. - John R. Rice

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WHAT ABOUT THE MANSIONS?



JOHN 14:1-6

Pastor Rick Jackson

I. THE MISCONCEPTIONS

1. Each Christian will have a Huge House in Heaven

2. It will be Built by the Materials we send up Ahead of our Arrival

3. It can a “Gold one that is silver-lined”

Note- none of these are Biblical, there are from songs and other sources

II. THE MEANINGS

1. Mansion [v. 2, 23 are the only 2 places in Scripture] mone; a staying, i.e. residence (the act or the place): --abode, mansion. -Strong’s

The English word mansion… originally had the basic meaning of “a dwelling place.” Chaucer wrote (c.1384) that "Everything has its proper mansion (i.e. dwelling place) to which it longs to return." Somewhat later, in the King James translation of the Bible (1611), Jesus says (John 14:2), "In my Father's house are many mansions," assuring the people that there would be dwelling places for them in God's house. But [later] the meaning had narrowed to "the chief residence of a lord; a manor-house."  …eventually, a mansion came to mean a large and stately residence, a rich man's dwelling. - Stephen Trussel

I first became aware of this meaning in a secular college in a secular class, Theatre History. A mansion stage is a stage for theatrical performances. They originated in churches where they were small wooden platforms with supports and a roof. Mansions were stage structures used in medieval theatre to represent specific locations, such as Heaven or Hell. The actors would move between these mansions as the play demanded. In England, pageant wagons were used for the cycle dramas to hold the mansion, the plateau, and a dressing area. These were used to move the scene from one audience to the next, unlike in the church where the mansions were stationary and both the performer and the congregation would move from mansion to mansion. - wikipedia
2. Place [v. 2-3] topos; a spot (general in space, but limited by occupancy; i.e. location (as a position, home, tract, etc.); figuratively, condition, opportunity; specially, a scabbard: --coast, licence, place, plain, quarter, + rock, room, where. -Strong’s
whereas 5561 is a large but participle locality, the idea of empty expanse; room, i.e. a space of territory (more or less extensive; often including its inhabitants):--coast, county, fields, ground, land, region.) -Strong’s

3. Whither [v. 4] hopou; what(-ever) where, i.e. at whichever spot:--in what place, where(-as, -soever), whither (+ soever). -Strong’s

III. THE MESSAGE

“I Need a big house in Heaven” WHY? For all my stuff [what stuff?] to show off [to who?] for my family to live [what family are you referring to?]
“Well, I still want a big house in Heaven” WHY?
“I think I deserve a big house in Heaven” NO. If you get what you deserve you will be in Hell.

1. It’s the Father’s House [v. 1-2]

2. Jesus Prepares It [v. 3]

3. It is so we can be with Him [v. 3b]

4. Only One Way to be there [v. 4-6]


Monday, November 13, 2017

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE KINGDOM, REFLECTIONS OF THE KING

MATTHEW 18           

THAT’S MY KING                              



Pastor Rick Jackson

I. GREATNESS IN THE KINGDOM [v. 1-7]

1. Must be Saved [v. 1-3]

2. Must Be Humble [v. 4, Philippians 2:8]

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross

3. Must be Helpful [v. 5-7, Acts 10:38]

 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

II. PRIORITIES IN THE KINGDOM [v. 8-20]

1. Salvation [v. 8-14] of self, of others

2. Spirituality [v. 15-17, Galatians 6:1]

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted

3. Supplication [v. 18-20, 7:7]

III. FORGIVENESS IN THE KINGDOM [v. 21-35]

1. The Inquiry of Peter [v. 21-22]

2. The Illustration of Perspective [v. 23-24]


3. The Application of the Parable [v. 35]

Sunday, November 12, 2017

WHERE IS GOD?    

PSALM 42:1-3, 2 KINGS 2:11-15                                 



Pastor Rick Jackson



After a tragedy people are often heard to say, “Where is God?” Some foolishly charge God with wrongdoing or lack of right doing. I guarantee you that every child of God who died on 9-11, every Christian who died in any war, accident or storm of nature knows exactly where God is! It is those left behind who ignorantly question what they don’t understand. It is those who in some cases are willingly ignorant that charge God foolishly. Those who know their Bibles know exactly where God is.



I. WHERE IS GOD FOR THE BELIEVER?



1. God is before us- Dt. 1:30-33 (taking point)



2. God is above us- Dt. 4:39 (good vantage point), Ps. 14:2, 102:19



3. God is beneath us- Dt. 33:27



4. God is around us- Dt. 4:39, Ps. 125:1-2



5. God is behind us- Ps. 139:5-10, Is. 30:18-21, Rev. 1:10



6. God is with us- Joshua 1:5, Mt. 28:20, Heb. 13:5



7. God is in us- 1 Co 6:19, Eph. 3:17, Col. 1:27, 1 Th. 1:1, 1 Pt. 5:14 Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.



II. WHERE IS GOD FOR THE UNBELIEVER?



1. He is everywhere- Ps. 139:7-13, Jer. 23:23-24



2. He is separate- Is. 59:2. Heb. 7:26



3. He is near- Is. 55:6-11



III. WHERE IS GOD IN YOUR LIFE?



1. Is He in you? -Rm. 8:9-11



2. Is He in fellowship with you? -1 Jn. 1



3. Is He outside the door? -Rev. 3:20

Saturday, November 11, 2017

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