Thursday, July 24, 2014

THE UNCHANGING FACTORS IN FACING LIFE

                               ACTS 20:17-24                                    Pastor Rick Jackson

 

Though technology changes we basically face the same kind of life that the Apostle Paul faced over 1900 years ago. Which would be the same kind of life that Solomon faced over 1400 years before that when he rightly observed in Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Therefore, we can glean from the life of Paul the way we should live our own lives under the sun.                                                                                                 Note, first of all:

 

I. PAUL’S TESTIMONY [v. 17-21]

 

1. Live a Life of Christian Consistency [v. 17-18, 31]

 

2. Live a Life of Hard-working Humility [v. 19, 32-35]

 

3. Live a Life that is Biblically Based [v. 20-21, 26-28]

 

II. PAUL’S TESTS [v. 22-23a]

 

1. Ignorance of the Immediate Future [v.22]

 

2. Certainty of Coming Trials [v. 23, 25, 29-30, 2 Timothy 3:12]

 

3. Dying to Self [v. 24a, 1 Corinthians 15:31, Gal. 2:20]

 

III. PAUL’S TASKS [v. 24]

 

1. Finish My Course [v. 24, 13:25]

 

2. Fix My Joy [v.24, Philippians 1:25]

 

3. Fulfill My Ministry [v. 24, 2 Cor. 4:1, 2 Timothy 4:5]

 

2 Timothy 4:7

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

The ballplayer who loses his head, who can't keep his cool, is worse than no ballplayer at all. -- Lou Gehrig

Only God's Word can accomplish God's purposes. - Debbie Burgett

I'm a child of the King. I'd rather be A child of THE King than THE child of A king. - Raymond Barber


Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. -- Calvin Coolidge

Posterity:  you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. -- John Quincy Adams

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. -- Neil Armstrong

If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. -- Henry Ford

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shutting the Kingdom


Shutting the Kingdom

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Shutting the Kingdom
"But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." (Matthew 23:13)
 
Our Lord Jesus pronounced eight "woes" in Matthew 23 on the religious leaders of His day. This one condemns them for refusing the liberty that Christ was bringing with the new covenant.
 
The first "formal" message that Jesus preached was taken from the great prophecy in Isaiah 61: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised" (Luke 4:18).
 
Later, the apostle Paul noted that "before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed" (Galatians 3:23). These self-righteous leaders were so enamored with their positions and prestige that they refused to rejoice in the "liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free" (Galatians 5:1) and kept the prison doors of legalistic self-righteousness shut fast—even against those who were responding to the good news of the Kingdom!
 
It is interesting to note that Jesus condemned both groups (Pharisees and Sadducees) for the same problem. Yet they were much different in their positions. The Pharisees would be analogous to the legalists of our day and the Sadducees to the liberals. Both camps claimed belief in "inspiration" and both camps prided themselves on their knowledge of Scripture.
 
Their common error was distorting the truth of God with interpretations that clouded the message—thereby shutting up the doors out of unbelief that led into the "glorious liberty of the children of God" (Romans 8:21). May God keep us from such confusion. HMM III
 
 
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Monday, July 21, 2014

LIFE OUT OF CONTROL



JOB 1:13-19

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

When we think of life out of control we often think of situations out of our personal control but that is not how the Bible depicts a life out of control. Consider with me:

 

I. MOST PEOPLE LIVE UNCONTROLLED LIVES

 

1. An Unconcerned Life is an Uncontrolled Life [Lk. 12:16-21]

 

2. An Unbelieving Life is an Uncontrolled Life [Mt. 13:58, Mk. 6:6, 16:14, Rm. 11:20, 23; Heb. 3:12, 19, 4:6, 11]

 

3. An Unconfessed Life is an Uncontrolled Life [Pr. 28:13]

 

II. THE WORLD IS INTERESTED                                       [Believe it or not, regardless of what they may say-they are interested]

 

1. The World is Wanting (in more ways than one) [Dan. 5:27, Lk. 15:14]

 

2. The World is Watching [Mt. 5:16]

 

3. The World is Waiting (in more ways than one) [Micah 7:2, Lk. 11:54, Jn. 5:3, Acts 20:3, 20:19, Eph. 4:14]

 

III. THE CONTROLLED LIVES OF FAITHFUL

 

1. A Controlled Life Requires the Saviour [Rm. 10:1-13]

 

2. A Controlled Life Requires the Scripture [Rm. 10:14-17]

 

3. A Controlled Life Requires the Sovereign [Rm. 14:9, 2 Corinthians 10:5, 2 Peter 3:18]

Sunday, July 20, 2014

LET’S TALK ABOUT JESUS


                                             ACTS 8:26-35                                     
 
Pastor Rick Jackson

 

Let's talk about Jesus; the King of kings is He,

The Lord of lords, supreme, throughout eternity

The Great I am the Way, the Truth, the Life, the Door

Let's talk about Jesus more and more!

 

I. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE HANDICAPS OF JESUS

 

1. A Child Conceived of an Unwed Mother [Lk. 1:30-34]

 

2. A Commoner of an Enslaved People [Lk. 2:1-5]

 

3. A Citizen of a Disreputable Town [Jn. 1:45-46]

 

II. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE HOLINESS OF JESUS

 

1. Born Without a Sin Nature [Lk. 1:35]

 

2. Lived Without Committing Sin [Heb. 4:15]

 

3. Lived Without Omitting Righteousness [James 4:17, Acts 10:38]

 

III. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE HUMANITY OF JESUS

 

1. He Left It All [2 Cor. 8:9]

 

2. He Gave It All [Jn. 10:11-25]

 

3. He Paid It All [Mk. 10:45, 1 Tm. 2:6, 1 Jn. 2:1-2]

Saturday, July 19, 2014

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What does it mean to be human?


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Q: What does it mean to be human?

A: What does it take to be human? The ability to walk upright? Small teeth and long legs? A big brain? The ability to use a stone tool, or must one plan, design, and create tools for future needs? Is it the ability to think great thoughts—to contemplate the past, the future, and the meaning of life? Evolutionary anthropologists have now decided that, all things considered, every little step counts.
Evolutionists reconstruct our history as a temporal paleojigsaw of evolutionary innovations. They have no biological mechanism by which all these disparate improvements supposedly come together to produce an evolved human that is better than the sum of his parts. The Bible instead provides us with our Creator's eyewitness account, a history consistent with observable science—living things reproducing and varying only within their created kinds for instance.
From the Bible we know that the Creator of man made Adam from the dust of the ground, breathed into him the breath of life, created Eve from a part of Adam's own body, and declared that He had made Adam and Eve in His own image. He did all this on the same day He created all kinds of land animals. Those who claim God "used evolution," incidentally, are calling God a liar. God's Word leaves no room for an evolutionary origin.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

THE SWORD OF THE LORD AND OF GIDEON


JUDGES 7

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. THE ARMY OF GIDEON [v. 1-8]

 

1. The Courageous Cowards [v. 1-3, 6:33-35]

 

2. The Compromised Cattle [v. 4-5]

 

3. The Committed Canines [v. 6-8]

 

II. THE JOURNEY OF GIDEON [v. 9-19]

 

1. God’s Word Makes the Difference [v. 9-14]

 

2. Gideon’s Worship Manifests the Difference [v. 15]

 

3. General Willingness Multiplies the Difference [v. 16-19]

 

III. THE GOD OF GIDEON [v. 20-25]

 

1. The Sword of the Lord [v. 20-25]

 

2. The Fear of the Lord [v. 14]

 

3. The Glory of the Lord [v. 2]