Friday, November 21, 2014

JOHN R. RICE QUOTES OF THE WEEK

There is no use to try to live a Jesus-life without a Jesus-heart. To make New Year's resolutions and try to be good without having God fix the heart is like tying a different kind of fruit on the same old tree and claiming that the crab apple tree is now a Stark's Delicious. To expect to conquer sin and failure and frustration in one's life without a cure for the heart is like a wolf putting on a sheepskin and claiming to be a sheep. - John R. Rice

The poor, dissatisfied woman of Samaria at the well in Sychar had found no satisfaction in her five husbands and then in an affair with a man to whom she was not married. Whoever drinks of that water, like the water of Jacob's well, will thirst again. So, although the apostles could not understand why Jesus would talk to this shabby Samaritan woman, His heart saw her, convicted her, led her to see her sin and her need, and saved her. The compassionate Saviour is always seeking the heart that wants forgiveness and the man who wants a new heart and a new life. - John R. Rice

This is the richest meat of the Bible, the greatest fact in the Word of God, the sweetest note in the song of angels, the dearest hope of any sinner, the eternal rejoicing of the saints! Christ died for sinners. - John R. Rice

Guilty of treason! The self-wickedness, the rebellion of a heart that will not have God's way, will not have the right way! That is the trouble with every sinner in the world. You wicked rebel against the God who has given you every breath! You ingrate who does not thank the God who has given you every bite of food, who has kept your heart beating-- the One to whom you owe everything! You are a rebel, a spoiled brat who wants his own way! If you are not a Christian that is what is wrong with you. - John R. Rice

One of the first duties of a Christian is to set out day by day to be conscious of God's presence. I would seek it as I read in the Bible. I would open my heart for Him to speak to me. I would take every burden to the Lord. I would confess every known sin. I would draw nigh to God and find how He will draw nigh to you. Every day, "Seek ye the Lord." - John R. Rice

Back when my six daughters were at home, I told them again and again, "If you forget everything else, remember this that your dad said: if there ever comes a time of trouble or heartbreak or when you don't know what to do, call on the Lord." God hears prayer. He hears those in trouble. He hears the orphan. he hears the widow. he hears the oppressed. he hears the poor, the lame, and the blind. - John R. Rice

"Let the wicked forsake his way." That means, forsake your whole outlook. "And the unrighteous man his thoughts." Let the unrighteous man forsake his attitude of mind. Repentance is a translation in the Bible of a little Greek word, metanoia, meaning "a change of mind." It means this: A fellow says, "I was wrong to go away from God, so I will seek Him." He sees that sin is bad, hurtful, and so determines to turn his back on it. That means that I have no right to go on without repenting and so delay my salvation. Repentance is a change of mind - let us say, a change of heart attitude. And so, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts." - John R. Rice

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Amen


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The Amen
"For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us." (2 Corinthians 1:20)
 
The word "amen" is a most remarkable word. It is transliterated directly from the Hebrew into the Greek of the New Testament, then into Latin and into English and many other languages so that it is practically a universal word. It has been called the best-known word in human speech.
 
The word is directly related—in fact, almost identical—to the Hebrew word for "believe" (aman), or "faithful." Thus, it came to mean "sure" or "truly," an expression of absolute trust and confidence. When one believes God, he indicates his faith by an "amen." When God makes a promise, the believer's response is "amen"—"so it will be!" In the New Testament it is often translated "verily" or "truly." When we pray according to His Word and His will, we know God will answer, so we close with an "amen," and so also do we conclude a great hymn or anthem of praise and faith.
 
The word is even a title of Christ Himself. The last of His letters to the seven churches begins with a remarkable salutation by the glorified Lord: "These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God" (Revelation 3:14). We can be preeminently certain that His Word is always faithful and true because He is none other than the Creator of all things, and thus He is our eternal "Amen."
 
As our text reminds us, every promise of God in Christ is "yea and amen," as strong an affirmation of truth as can be expressed in the Greek language.
 
It is, therefore, profoundly meaningful that the entire Bible closes with an "amen." "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen" (Revelation 22:21), assuring everyone who reads these words that the whole Book is absolutely true and trustworthy. Amen! HMM
 

 
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WHY STUDY THE BIBLE

2 TM. 2                                                 Pastor Rick Jackson

 

We make a big deal of the Bible. We encourage people to read the Bible and to study the Bible. Why should we study a book that is 1900 years old in its youngest parts and probably 2000 years older than that in its oldest part- besides the fact that it is more up-to-date than tomorrow’s newspaper, more relevant than todays’ headlines, and more important than any other document on earth- why should we study the Bible? As Paul wrote to Timothy, the last book of the 14 he wrote he is led by the Holy Spirit to give us some insight on this subject. He tells his protégé and us what God wants us to do:

 

v. 1 – be strong…

v. 2 – be committed…

v. 3 – endure hardness…

v. 4 – be focused…

v. 5 – strive lawfully…

v. 6 – be a partaker… [Not “do as I say not as I do”]

v. 7 – consider…

v. 8 – remember…

v. 9 – the Word of God is not bound…

v. 10 – endure all things…

v. 11-13 – it’s not about us…

 

So - WHY STUDY THE BIBLE?

 

1. It is Profitable [v. 14, 3:16]

2. It is Commanded [v. 15a]

3. To Be Approved by God [v. 15, Eph. 5:10]

4. To Be a Worker instead of a Shirker [v. 15, 1 Pet. 3:15]

5. To Not Be Ashamed {v. 15, 1 Jn. 2:29]

6. To Rightly Understand the Bible [v. 15, Heb. 4:12]

7. To Avoid False Teachings & Related Sins [v. 16, 3:4-7, 2 Jn. 9-10]          

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

THE TREATY OF ROME



Prophecy Today Devotions  
2014 
Jimmy DeYoung
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Daniel 2:44 

And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
 
For further study - Daniel 2:1-45 
 
 March 25, 2014 was the 57th anniversary of the signing of the "Treaty of Rome" signed by the European leaders 57 years ago in the city of Rome. More on the significance of this day in a moment, but first, to our reading for today.
 
 Daniel had been summoned by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to tell him his dream and to interpret the dream for the King. God gifted Daniel with the ability to reveal the dream to the Babylonian King, verse 28, and to interpret it for him.

 
The dream that King Nebuchadnezzar had was of an image of a man with a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, his belly and thighs of brass, two legs of iron and ten toes of iron and clay mixed. There was a stone that hit the image of the man and broke it into pieces.

 
These broken pieces were like chaff of the summer threshing floors and the wind carried them away. The stone that smote the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
 
 Daniel's interpretation of the King's dream was actually the revelation of the "empires" of the coming Gentile world powers from the times of Daniel until the times of the return of Jesus Christ. Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar that he was the "head of gold", verse 38, the first of the Gentile world powers.

 
The passages in Daniel 7 and 8 give us the understanding that the Medo-Persian Empire followed by the Grecian Empire and the Roman Empire would take Gentile history along the way of history, all the way to a time when the "ten toes" would appear. Let me tell you that the "ten toes" are the "Revived Roman Empire" of the future (see my study, "The Daniel Papers").
 
 It was 57 years ago that a group of Europeans met to sign the "Treaty of Rome" in Rome, Italy, that set the stage for the Common Market, which is today the European Union. A close look at the European Union reveals that it is at least an "infrastructure" of the fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy of the "ten toes" which will be ten nations, kings, or regions.

 
The key verse to notice about this prophecy is verse 44, "in the days of these kings". The God of heaven will destroy them and set up the kingdom that Jesus Christ will rule and reign over at His Return. This interpretation of these prophecies fits the prophecies of John the Revelator in his book of prophecy, Revelation 17.
 
 The evidence is strong that we are living in those days. But remember, before the Lord's Second Coming, seven years before, the Rapture takes place and that could happen today.

PRAYER THOT: Thank you for Daniel's prophecy that helps me understand the Lord's time and that which proceeds His coming back to the Earth. Help me to realize the Rapture could be very close at hand and how then I should live in light of that realization.
   
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Monday, November 17, 2014

GOD’S MAN- JEREMIAH


JEREMIAH 26

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. JEREMIAH’S CALL [v. 1-6]

 

1. The Commission [v. 1-2]

 

2. The Counsel [v. 3]

 

3. The Curse [v. 4-6]

 

II. JEREMIAH’S CHALLENGE [v. 7-11]

 

1. The Obedience of Jeremiah [v. 7]

 

2. The Opposition of Jeremiah [v. 8-9]

 

3. The Oppression of Jeremiah [v. 10-11]

 

III. JEREMIAH’S CHOICE [v. 12-24]

 

1. Jeremiah’s Duty [v. 12-13]

 

2. Jeremiah’s Determination [v. 14-15, like Moses, Esther, Paul]

 

3. Jeremiah’s Defenders [v. 16-24]

Sunday, November 16, 2014

ISAAC’S CHRISTMAS QUESTION

GENESIS 22:1-19

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. THE QUESTION SHOWS THE CAUSE OF CHRISTMAS [Gen. 22]

 

1. The Pertinent Question [v. 1-7]

 

2. The Prophetic Response [v. 8]

 

3. The Provision Realized [v. 9-14]

 

II. THE QUESTION SHOWS THE CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS [John 8]

 

1. Abraham’s Children [v. 33-39]

 

2. God’s Children [v. 45-55]

 

3. Joy’s Children [v. 56, Gn. 22:14]

 

III. THE QUESTION SHOWS THE CONTINUATION OF CHRISTMAS – Where is the Lamb?

 

1. The Lamb’s Presentation [John 1:29-36]

 

2. The Lamb’s Passion [1 Cor. 5:7]

 

3. The Lamb’s Praise [Rev. 5:6-13]

Saturday, November 15, 2014

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Can we prove the Bible is true?


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