Tuesday, January 27, 2015

HE CAME TO HIMSELF

Evangelist Matt Downs & Family

Luke 15:11-32

I. The Younger Brother Was Selfish - "Father, Give me..."

1. He was Selfish with His Time [v. 13]

2. He was Selfish with His Money [v. 13-14]

3. He was Selfish with His Desires [v. 13]

II. The Older Brother was Bitter

1. He was Bitter in His Actions [v. 28]

2. he was Bitter in His Words [v. 29]

3. He was Bitter in His Attitude [he was unrepentant]

III. The Father was Loving

1. He was Generous

2. He was Gracious

3. He was Reasonable [Is. 1:18]

Monday, January 26, 2015

I'VE BEEN CAUGHT!

Evangelist Matt Downs

Numbers 32:20-23, esp. verse 23 "...be sure your sin will find you out!"

I. The Sin Of Disobedience [Gen. 2-3] Adam & Eve

II. The Sin of Carelessness [Judges 14-16] Samson

III. The Sin of Thinking I Can Trick God [1 Kings 22:30-38] Ahab

IV. The Sin of Lying [Acts 5] Ananias & Sapphira

V. The Sin of Thinking You are Better Than God's Man [Numbers 16] Korah

The Solution - Pr. 28:13, Ps. 51, 1 John 1:9

Sunday, January 25, 2015

SEEKING THE LOST

Evangelist Matt Downs

Luke 15:1-10

Why seek the Lost?

I. PEOPLE ARE VALUABLE TO GOD

1. The Examples of the Shepherd and the Lady [v. 3-10]

2. God Knows all about Us [Lk. 12:7, Jn. 10:3, 14]

3. He Sent His Son for Us [I Jn. 4:10]

II. THERE IS JOY IN SEEKING AFTER THE LOST [Lk. 15:6, 9; Ps. 126:5-6]

1. It is Work [v. 4, 8, 20]

2. Sometimes it is Hard (but that can be a good thing)

3. It's never Boring (divine appointments, serving Jesus)

III. IT'S WORTH IT! [Lk. 15:10, 2 Cor. 11:23-33]

As the song says, "It will be worth it all when we see Jesus"



Saturday, January 24, 2015

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Does the Bible support slavery and racism?


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Friday, January 23, 2015

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week [this week]

Do not study the Bible with the counsel of the enemies of the Bible. The liberal who would take the crown of deity from the head of the Son of God, who would trample underfoot the atoning blood of our Saviour and who would take up the sneering question of Satan, "Yea, hath God said...?" is no fit teacher of God's Word. - John R. Rice

Here is God's simple way to be saved. You are a sinner, your heart is wrong, you cannot save yourself, you are already condemned. The thing you are to do then, to be saved, is to simply trust the Lord Jesus with that matter. When you do trust Him, then you have God's Promise, "Thou shalt be saved." - John R. Rice

You can believe that a certain physician is a good doctor when you are sick. You can believe that a certain man is a good lawyer without taking him as your lawyer to defend your case. You are not just to believe the truth about Jesus; you are to believe on Him, risk Him, trust Him; and when you do, you are saved. - John R. Rice

One cannot tell a Christian by his fruits because the first fruit, the main fruit of a Christian, is inside, and only God can see the heart. But you can tell a false prophet by his fruit, which is his prophecy--that which he teaches. You can tell a false teacher, and you have a right to judge a false teacher by his fruits, his teaching, the Bible says. [Mt. 7:15] - John R. Rice

You say, "I don't think so much of property rights as I do human rights." But property ownership is a human right. And God requires it. Any philosophy of government that violates this plain order of God--that people may earn or buy property and own it; people may buy it and keep it and use it, and may reap from it, and may invest in it, and earn from the investment--any philosophy that is against that, is against the Bible plan. - John R. Rice

What is the whole plan of Christ, The Bible Christianity? To save people from their sins. Oh, how often that comes up in the Bible! - John R. Rice

You may say, "I don't believe in Hell." What you believe and don't believe doesn't change it a particle. - John R. Rice

Thursday, January 22, 2015

EXAMPLES OF FAITH (3)

HEBREWS 11:22-30

 

I. THE WISE FAITH [v. 22, Genesis 41:8, 33,  39]

 

1. The Wise Faith is a Sound Faith [v. 22a, 13-16, Gn. 50:24a]

 

2. The Wise Faith is a Sure Faith [v. 22, Gn. 50:24, Acts 21:34, 22:30; Phil. 3:1-3]

 

3. The Wise Faith is a Stedfast Faith [v. 22, 6:19, 2:2, 3:6 (firm), 2 Pt. 1:19]

 

II. THE WORKING FAITH [v. 24-28]

 

1. A Working Faith is a Choosing Faith [v. 24-26, Deuteronomy 30:19, Josh. 24:15, 1 Kings 18:21]

 

2. A Working Faith is a Challenging Faith [v. 27]

 

3. A Working Faith is a Committed Faith [v. 28, 2 Timothy 4:7]

 

III. THE WATCHING FAITH [v. 23, 29, 30]

 

1. The Watching Faith is an Observant Faith [v. 23, 27]

 

2. The Watching Faith is an Objective Faith [v. 29, Ex. 14:31]

 

3. The Watching Faith is an Obedient Faith [v. 30]

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week ... Last Week, that is... (Oops)

Oh, then everybody ought each morning to say, "Bless God! Jesus may come today."
As we wake in the morning, our thoughts should be, "Before that sun goes down, I may see Jesus and my loved ones again!" When you go to bed at night and put your head upon your pillow, our thoughts should be, "It may be before morning there would be the glad sound of a trumpet and the dead in Christ shall rise and I will go up in the air to meet Jesus!" - John R. Rice


The Scofield Reference Bible is a good reference Bible, the best in the world, but on this matter it teaches that those seven churches in Asia to whom the letters are address in chapter 2 and 3 [of Revelation] picture the ages from Pentecost down to the coming of the Saviour. It doesn't. Second, the Bible does not say, so no one has a right to make a doctrine which is not clearly stated in the Bible. Third, that violates a very clearly expressed teaching of the Bible, that nobody knows when. You are not supposed to know. Those churches do not represent ages or church history. They were seven literal churches, and the messages given to them fitted them just then. The spiritual impact and lesson is for us, too, but not any date-setting. - John R. Rice
 
Are you looking forward to this blessed hope of Jesus' coming? It is going to be a glorious thing. Blessed for us who are saved. Not blessed for the ungodly, but for those who are saved.
Well, he [Paul] said, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of... Jesus Christ." Won't it be wonderful to see Him, the dear Saviour! I have talked about Him, preached about Him, written poems ...about Him, talked to Him in prayer all these years; but, my, it will be wonderful to see Him! I can imagine a smile on His face when He looks on us. He loves us. In my poor, frail knowledge I can imagine a little bit about Him, but it won't be anything like what He really is! Ah, far beyond what any of us can say- the glorious appearing of the Saviour! We ought to look for that, be glad about it. He is coming! It will be a glorious time. - John R. Rice
 
Christian, Jesus is coming. So you need to put the brakes on. You need to watch what you look at, watch what you read, watch what kind of people you run with. We need to take heed how our thoughts run, for Jesus is coming. The thought part is just as obvious to the Lord Jesus as the outward part. Since Jesus is coming, let us turn away from fleshly lusts and live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world. - John R. Rice
 
We Can Have Help Every Day to Live for God. "But Brother Rice, my situation is hard." It is hard for everybody. The god of this world is Satan. Sure, there are unsaved people around you, but you can live soberly, righteously, godly in this present world. The Lord says, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." Christians can live right. - John R. Rice
 
We take the Bible to be the very inspired, inerrant Word of God as it expressly claims to be in terms that cannot be misunderstood. We believe it is the wholly reliable truth, without any mixture of error, in both the Old and New Testaments as given in the original Scriptures. - John R. Rice
 
The very words are from God in the original manuscripts. When God called a prophet, He promised, "I have put my words in thy mouth" (cf. 2 Sam. 23:2; Is. 51:16; Jer. 1:9; Ezek. 2:7). Then we must believe that God gave the very words, i.e., word for word or verbal inspiration. To sneer at that as "mechanical dictation" is the argument of the infidel. It is not mechanical, though it be dictation. - John R. Rice