Sunday, October 19, 2014

THE POTTER AND THE CLAY

JEREMIAH 18

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. THE FATE OF THE CLAY [v.1-4]

 

1. We are His Workmanship [v. 1-3, Eph. 2:8-10]

 

2. We are to Yield to His Will [v. 4, Isaiah 29:16] Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?

Isaiah 41:25 I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon mortar, and as the potter treadeth clay.

3. We are Walk in His Way [v. 4b, Isaiah 64:8] But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

 

II. THE FACTOR OF CONSEQUENCES [v. 5-10]

 

1. God’s Word [v. 5, 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God…]

 

2. God’s Warning [v. 6-8] Nineveh

 

3. God’s Whipping [v. 9-10, Heb. 6]

 

III. THE FRAMING OF CHOICE [v. 11-23]

 

1. The Foolish Declaration [v. 12]

 

2. The Forgotten Deity [v. 13-17]

 

3. The Future Decided [v. 18-23, Numbers 32:23, Gal. 6:7-10]

Saturday, October 18, 2014

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

Stonewall Jackson was a devout Christian, greatly loved and respected.
Robert E. Lee was one of the greatest Christian gentlemen that America has ever produced, without a flaw in his character. In his case there was no matter of hate or animosity, but of generous love and daily prayer as he tried to do what seemed to him right. General Lee said, "I have fought against the people of the North because I believe they were trying to wrest from the South dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and have never seen the day when I did not pray for them." - John R. Rice


When I was in the army in 1918, I remember how sweet to my soul were the promises of the ninety-first Psalm. I put myself to dwell "under the shadow of the Almighty." I said of the Lord, "He is my Refuge and my Fortress." He covered me with His feathers, and under His wings I trusted and was not afraid. God gave me peace. Then in a strange way, giving me a case of the mumps and sending me to a bas...e hospital, He made me miss the boat to France and I never got overseas. That was not the way I would have chosen. I wanted to go, but God cared for His own. Any Christian who is in the will of God can have sweet peace anywhere and perfect protection. A Christian soldier in the front-line trenches is as safe as he would be at home, if he is in the will of God and trusting. He might die at home, he might die in the battle, but he will not die in either place except it be in God's will, and he can rest assured in that and have sweet peace. - John R. Rice
 
The Bible says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." So only smart people are going to take God's Word and stand by God's standard. A man is a fool to go against God and think he is smarter than God or that he can ignore what God says. - John R. Rice
 
And now, preachers who do not believe the Bible pretend to lead in spiritual things! Those who deny all the essentials of the historic Christian faith are made bishops and go to the biggest pulpits and are officers of the National Council of Churches! Now those who trample on the blood of Christ and spit on the Bible are called Christians! But people who compromise and have small convictions about the Christian religion cannot be trusted to have much convictions about Americanism. Those who are not enemies of sin and Satan and unbelief will not be much enemies of communism and socialism. The drift of America away from God is primarily a religious problem. - John R. Rice
 
Lawlessness begins in the home. Child delinquency begins in the home. Where children are taught to respect and honor and obey the authority of the father and mother, they do not turn out to be criminals.
In homes where children learn the Ten Commandments, learn the moral code of the Bible, learn to pray and sing gospel songs at a family altar, that home does not produce drunkards, adulterers, profane swearers and infidels! - John R. Rice
 
I believe that the continually enlarged national debts in America are wrong and dangerous. I believe that the creeping socialism should alarm Christian people everywhere. I believe the encroachment of the central government on the rights of the states, and the effort of the President and the Supreme Court to control the schools, to change the law by court interpretation, to dictate to state legisl...atures, ought to attract the attention and challenge the best efforts of Christian Americans to correct these dangers and evils. The continual enlargement of our welfare rolls, the encouragement of people to be free-loaders, to believe that the government and the world owes them a living, is wrong. I believe good Christians ought to teach their children better than that and they ought to teach our politicians better, too. - John R. Rice
 
Talk to me no more of "the river of chilly waters!" You cannot frighten me by speaking of "that grim reaper, Death!" Death is not "the king of terrors" any more. I can say with David, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me." And if I die at home or abroad, in poverty or riches, whether famous or infamous, I know that the angels of God will take my spirit at death and carry me straight to Jesus and the Father! I can sing without fear, with the saints of old,

Oh, come angel band,
Come and around me stand.
Oh, bear me away on your snowy wings
To my immortal home.


Praise God for His angels! - John R. Rice

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Friday, October 17, 2014

In Over Your Head?


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Ephesians 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.
 

 

 
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Have you ever been in over your head? Peter certainly knew what that was like. You may recall that he stepped out of a boat that was sitting on a sea full of water, took a few steps, and then was promptly in the water over his head. Of course, he was answering the call of the Lord Jesus Who had that water under His feet, Who had that nature under His control, Who had spoken the worlds into existence, and Who controls it even now.
 
In Ephesians 1:22 it says, "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church." Just like Peter, I sometimes find myself in over my head. I have problems, challenges, and questions that overwhelm me, but nothing ever takes the Lord Jesus by surprise and nothing ever exceeds the power of Heaven. I am comforted to remember that the things that are over my head are under Christ's feet. That is true of you as well. The things that are over your head are under Christ's feet.
 
That truth is part of what forms the truth of God's grace. Verse 19 says, "And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power." That's not a bad definition of grace: His power to us. The things that are over my head are under Christ's feet.
 
Everything you need today is found in Christ, and everything you have that's worth having is from Christ. Ephesians is full of examples of the things we have coming from Christ. In verse 6 we are told that "he hath made us accepted in the beloved one." The Bible says we are chosen "in him" and that we occupy a heavenly position "in Christ." It says that grace comes to us "from the Lord Jesus Christ." I don't know what you face today, but God does, Christ can, and He waits simply for you to ask and obey.
 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Romans 3- still true..

Romans 3:13-14 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lipsWhose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

I was reading a story about Obama and Ebola and saw this little interaction in the comments section.

It's a good thing God never fails. -Person A

Really? So all of the people that have been killed by Ebola... that's what, exactly? A "success" by God? Not that you'll ever answer these sorts of questions. Pinhead. - Person B [makes you wonder if he is calling "Person A" a pinhead or if he is signing his work]
 
My thought exactly. Why interject a mythical (Or tyrannical, depending on your perspective) God into it. I am a Conservative and I am often embarrassed by fellow conservatives who can sat such gibberish as above. "The guy who thought he could make the planet heal and reverse the rise of the oceans surely trusts his own impulses enough to think he can go around laying smooches on people in a potentially compromised environment without anything going wrong for him. If there's one thing Obama trusts, it's Obama's instincts - even if there is no basis whatsoever for said trust." They point out how foolish it is to have faith in Obama but the follow it up with such crap like "God never fails". God,...the guy who kills innocent babies, commands genocide, institutionalized slavery, commanded his followers to take sex slaves and to rip babies from womens' wombs. And what is THEIR basis for having faith in THEIR "Obama" (God) ' [sic] The Pastor says he's a really cool guy and I read some neat stuff about him in a book" - Person C

Let's examine these statements in light of the Truth of God's Word [Jn. 17:17]

"Person A" was absolutely right God never fails.

Deuteronomy 31:6, 8 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

Isaiah 34:16 Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.

Luke 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

"Person B" begins by showing his ignorance- never a good sign. He assumes Ebola is God's fault. God created a perfect world and put a perfect couple in a perfect environment. He gave that couple free will. The couple chose to disobey God and through their sin brought death into the world. The perfect creation was now marred by man's sin and sickness is one of the results. The fault is not God's but man's. God had already planned a perfect solution and even explained that to Adam & Eve- the seed of the woman, the virgin-born Saviour would come and redeem man and even the creation by His vicarious death on the cross and His subsequent resurrection. Creation awaits the day the curse will be lifted in God's good time. [Gen. 1-3, Romans 6-8, 1 Cor. 15].

"Person B" assumes there cannot be an answer or is willing ignorant of the same. This does not show God is wrong, it only proves that "B" is ignorant, arrogant, and sinful. [1 Peter 3:15, 2 Peter 3:5]

Then there is "Person C" who shows a wicked heart at work regardless of political affiliation. My thought exactly. Why interject a mythical (Or tyrannical, depending on your perspective) God into it. [Mythical? Psalm 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. and it is man, not God, that has done abominable iniquity.]
I am a Conservative and I am often embarrassed by fellow conservatives who can sat such gibberish as above. "The guy who thought he could make the planet heal and reverse the rise of the oceans surely trusts his own impulses enough to think he can go around laying smooches on people in a potentially compromised environment without anything going wrong for him. If there's one thing Obama trusts, it's Obama's instincts - even if there is no basis whatsoever for said trust." They point out how foolish it is to have faith in Obama but the follow it up with such crap like "God never fails". [To equate faith in Obama with faith in God is sheer nonsense and wickedness. Obama, who is an obvious fallible human and God who is the infallible Creator are universes apart, not just worlds. And note how he tries to bolster his point with inflammatory and condescending words.] 

God,...the guy [Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?]who kills innocent babies,[Of course he gives no reference for this since the context of the account itself may disprove his point. Besides that, because "Person C" is lost he will not understand that it is better for a child to go to Heaven than to grow up and go to Hell- note, that does not allow for men to kill babies indiscriminately] commands genocide, institutionalized slavery, commanded his followers to take sex slaves and to rip babies from womens' wombs. [once again- no documentation and no understanding of the cultural, spiritual, and historical situation.] And what is THEIR basis for having faith in THEIR "Obama" (God) ' The Pastor says he's a really cool guy [blasphemy] and I read some neat stuff about him in a book" [ignorance, arrogance, blasphemy, wickedness & nonsense. The Bible has many proofs of it's Divine origin and authority. Fulfilled prophecy alone validate the message of the Bible. Are there things in the Bible hard to be understood? Certainly. Would you expect a Book inspired by God to be shallow?  The more I read and study the Bible the more I understand but after reading it from cover to cover over 40 times and studying sections of it even more so I am still learning each and every time I delve into its pages. This poor fellow can hardly be thought an expert and yet he wants to act the part of one. Do not rest your eternal soul in the hands of a fallen sinner, trust the Saviour, grow in His grace and stick with the Book!