Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BE THE MAN!


[the man/woman God blesses]                                                                                                
 
Pastor Rick Jackson

 

For many years there have been expressions like “You the man!” or something similar. Sometimes it was negative as people opposed “the man”, more often it was positive, “The Man of the Hour” or some such like. What does it take to be the man or the woman that God blesses?

 

I. TO BE “The Man” YOU HAVE TO KNOW OF “THE MAN”

 

1. THE MAN Who was Prophesied  [Zechariah 6:12]

 

2. THE MAN Who was Crucified [John 19:5]

 

3. THE MAN Who was Glorified [1 Timothy 2:5]

 

II. TO BE “The Man” YOU HAVE TO BE SAVED BY “THE MAN”

 

1. You Have to “Hear” about THE MAN [Acts 8:29-37, Rm. 10:13-17]

 

2. You Have to Trust THE MAN [Psalm 34:8]

 

3. You Have to Be THE MAN’s [Psalm 32:2, Rm. 4:6-8]

 

III. TO BE “The Man” YOU HAVE TO BE LIVE FOR “THE MAN”

 

1. Live by the Word of THE MAN [Psalm 1:1ff., Psalm 112:1]

 

2. Live by the Wait of THE MAN [Psalm 37:7, 84:5, 12]

 

3. Live by the Hand of THE MAN [Job 5:17, Psalm 94:12]

 

IN CONCLUSION,

Psalm 128:4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nine Forty-Day Periods


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Nine Forty-Day Periods
"To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." (Acts 1:3)
 
It is interesting how often the Scriptures refer to a forty-day period. There are nine different forty-day periods noted in Scripture (the phrase itself occurs seventeen times), and it may be noteworthy that forty days is one-ninth of the original (and prophetic) lunar/solar year of 360 days (note Genesis 7:11; 8:3-4; Revelation 11:2-3). Thus, the total of the nine forty-day periods equals the ideal year.
 
These nine forty-day periods are as follows: (1) The intense rainfall at the start of the Flood (Genesis 7:12, 17); (2) The first giving of the law (Exodus 24:18; Deuteronomy 9:9, 11); (3) The second giving of the law (Exodus 34:28; Deuteronomy 9:18, 25); (4) The searching of Canaan by the fearful spies (Numbers 13:25; 14:34); (5) The defiance of Israel by Goliath (1 Samuel 17:16); (6) Elijah's journey to Horeb (1 Kings 19:8); (7) Jonah's reluctant preaching in Nineveh (Jonah 3:4); (8) Christ's temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:2; Mark 1:13; Luke 4:2); (9) Christ's post-resurrection ministry (Acts 1:3).
 
Each of these periods was a time of great stress and intense testing for one or more of God's people, except the last. Instead, the final forty-day period, encompassing Christ's ministry to His disciples after His resurrection, was a time of triumph and great blessing. He had come victoriously through the most intense time of stress and testing that anyone could ever experience, and now He could show Himself alive eternally to His disciples and promise them the same victory. Forty days of testing, then forty days of triumph! Even a lifetime of testing is more than balanced by an eternity of blessing. HMM
 

 
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Monday, May 25, 2015

A CHRISTIAN MEMORIAL


 

Psalm 135:13, Acts 10:4

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

“Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.” Someone has said, "Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you; Jesus Christ and the American G. I. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom." For the latter we have a national holiday in which many people forget why they are off, for the former I offer these suggestions.

 

I. STAY CLOSE TO THE CROSS

 

1. Take Up the Cross [Mark 10:21, Galatians 2:20]

 

2. Preach the Cross [1 Corinthians 1:17-18, 23, 2:2]

 

3. Glory in the Cross [Galatians 6:14]

 

II. STAY CLOSE TO THE CHRIST [Eph. 2:13]

 

1. Be Molded in the Love of Christ [Rm. 8:35ff]

 

2. Be Motivated by the Love of Christ [2 Cor. 5:12ff]

 

3. Be Matured by the love of Christ [Eph. 3:17ff]

 

III. STAY CLOSE TO THE COMMISSION

 

1. To Glorify the Father [John 15:8]

 

2. To Please Christ [2 Timothy 2:1-4]

 

3. To Not Offend the Holy Spirit [Ephesians 4:30, 1 Thessalonians 5:19]

Sunday, May 24, 2015

AS OF OLD AT PENTECOST


ACTS 2:1-6                                                          

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

Pentecost is the old Greek and Latin name for the Jewish harvest festival,  Shavuot found in the Old Testament. Shavuot is called the Festival of Weeks; Festival of Reaping, and Day of the First Fruits. When Christians mention Pentecost they usually have in mind the first Pentecost after the resurrection of Christ as found in Acts 2. But that’s where it gets hazy.

 

I. WHAT HAPPENED TO PENTECOST?

 

1. It’s Been Confused- it is NOT the day the Holy Spirt began indwelling believers [Jn. 7:38-39, 20:1, 19-22]

 

2. It’s Been Called- it is NOT the “birthday of the church” – no hint of that in Scripture, see point 1 above

 

3. It’s Been Convoluted- it does NOT say speaking with tongues is THE evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit

 

II. WHAT HAPPENED ON PENTECOST?

 

1. It Was a Day of Fulfilment- Lk. 24:49, Acts 1:1-9, 2:14-21 quoting  Joel 2]

 

2. It Was a Day of Fullness-v. 4, 13ff.

 

3. It Was a Day of Fruitfulness- v. 41

 

III. WHAT HONORS PENTECOST?

 

1. Recognizing it was a Special Day-[#246 Pentecostal Power] “Lord as of old at Pentecost Thou didst Thy power display”]

 

2. Recognizing it was a “Specimen” Day-called by D.L. Moody, John R. Rice [4:8, 23-31, 33]

 

3. Recognizing it is a Supernatural Day- [Eph. 5:18, 6:19]

Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Friday, May 22, 2015

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

To try to make one verse in a chapter contradict other verses is no way to understand the Bible. - John R. Rice

And if I were a judge who sentenced a man to the death penalty, I could still in earnest love go and plead with the man to repent of his sins and trust in Christ. And if he would not repent then, you may be sure that many more years lived in sin would not make him any better or any more likely to be saved. I have had the great joy of winning many criminals to Christ and some of them were facing death. I was not less merciful nor kind because I knew that for the good of society sin must be punished, and God's commands ought to be carried out against murderers. - John R. Rice

Incidentally, when you say that those who obey God, when the government acts for God in putting to death a criminal, are likewise murderers, you talk foolishly. Of course you know that there are more words than one for taking a life because the meaning is different. To slaughter a beast is not murder. The execution of a criminal is not murder. When God kills a sinner, or when government obeying God puts a man to death, that is not murder. - John R. Rice

To recognize a man as a Christian who denies the inspiration of the Bible, the deity of Christ, the blood atonement, the virgin birth, the bodily resurrection, or Christ's literal return, is clearly forbidden in the Scriptures. To yoke up with one who is anti-Christian in these essential doctrines, whether that yoke be in marriage or in a denominational program or local church or evangelistic campaign or in lodges, is clearly forbidden. Any yoke that binds us to fellowship with unbelievers, binds us to respect their opinion, binds us to please and give some control to unbelievers, is a sinful yoke, an unequal yoke, clearly forbidden in the Word of God. - John R. Rice

But to suppose that you can win scientists by watering down Christianity, and that one can appease them and win them by concessions to their unbelief, has been proved long ago as foolish and unsuccessful. We are open to truth from any source. But the Bible is infallibly correct (aside from incidental mistakes of copyists or mistranslations). And science will never bring truth that will discredit the Word of God. - John R. Rice

Anybody who makes one Scripture contradict another Scripture has an ax to grind and is misinterpreting the Word of God. - John R. Rice

What is wrong with the modernist is not his intelligence, but his sin. Education never made a modernist and a Christ-rejecter. There are no facts in science or history which make the Bible unacceptable to an educated man. There is only a wickedness in the heart that turns people away from Christ and the Bible. Jesus very properly said in Luke 24:25, "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken." - John R. Rice

Thursday, May 21, 2015

THE HEART GOD LOVES


JEREMIAH 17:9

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

We sometimes talk about loving God with all our hearts but have we stopped to think about what God of heart God can love? The Bible declares to us that we have, by virtue of being born a sinner, a deceitful heart. What can we do then, by God’s grace, to have a heart that God can love?

 

I. WE MUST HAVE A PURE HEART

 

1. A Pure Heart is One that Will See God [Ps. 24:3-4, Mt. 5:8]

 

2. A Pure Heart is One that Has Called on God [2 Tm. 2:22, Heb. 10:22]

 

3. A Pure Heart is One that Shows God’s Love [1 Tm. 1:5, 1 Pet. 1:22]

 

II. WE MUST HAVE A PREPARED HEART [2 Chr. 12:14]

 

1. By the Word [Ezra 7:10, James 1:22]

 

2. By Humble Prayer [Ps. 10:17]

 

3. By Sanctification [1 Sam. 7:3, 2 Chr. 20:33]

 

III. WE MUST HAVE A PURPOSED HEART

 

1. Purpose Not to Defile Ourselves [Dan. 1:8]

 

2. Purpose to Cleave Unto the Lord [Acts 11:23]

 

3. Purpose to Give Unto the Lord [2 Cor. 9:7]