Monday, June 29, 2015

JESUS IS BETTER THEREFORE LET US…


HEBREWS 4

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

“Now in this section the emphasis is upon the rest which is ours if we trust Christ. Scripture presents a fivefold rest: (1) creation rest, (2) entrance into Canaan, (3) the rest of salvation -Mt. 11:29 (4) the rest of consecration- Mt. 11:29-30, and (5) heaven. Here the writer is talking about the rest of full trusting God, not only for salvation but also for daily living.” – J. Vernon McGee

 

I. LET US THEREFORE FEAR UNBELIEF [v. 1-6]

 

1. Unbelief Will Determine destiny [v. 1-2]

 

2. Unbelief Will Deny God [v. 3-4]

 

3. Unbelief Will Delay Rest [v. 5-6]

 

II. LET US LABOUR THEREFORE [v. 7-12]

 

1. For a Greater Captain than Joshua [v. 7-8]

 

2. For a Greater Usefulness for God [v. 9-11, Eph. 2:8-9, Mt 11:28-29]

 

3. For Obedience to the Word of God [v. 12]

 

III. LET US THEREFORE COME BOLDLY [v. 13-16]

 

1. Our High Priest Knows Everything Necessary [v. 13]

 

2. Our High Priest Has Done Everything Necessary [v. 14]

 

3. Our High Priest Understands Everything [v. 15-16]

Sunday, June 28, 2015

THE LAW OF THE LAND

DANIEL 6:1-10                                                    Pastor Rick Jackson

 

We are not the first to find ourselves at odds with government policies, government pronouncements, governmental edits. What should we do? Hide? Hibernate? Capitulate? Stick our heads in the sand? No- we do our job. We do our duty. We do right.

 

I. WE FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF DANIEL

 

1. We Purpose in Our Hearts [1:8]

 

2. We Proclaim with Our Lips [5:17ff]


3. We Pray to Our God [6:10]

 

II. WE FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF PAUL [2 Tm. 4]

 

1. We Fight the Good Fight [v. 7, 1 Tm. 6:12, Heb. 12:1]

 

2. We Finish Our Course [v. 7, Acts 13:25, 20:24]

 

3. We Keep the Faith [v. 7, Rm. 3:3, 14:12]

 

III. WE FOLLOW THE EXHORTATION OF CHRIST

 

1. Be Salt [Mt. 5:13]

 

2. Be Light [Mt. 5:14-16, Eph. 5:8, 1 Th. 5:5]

 

3. Be Witnesses [John 1:7-8, 15; Acts 1:8]

Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Friday, June 26, 2015

JOHN R. RICE QUOTES OF THE WEEK

Coffee is not like alcoholic beverages; alcohol is not a natural product; it is caused by decay. Coffee on the other hand is a natural product of nature, and I have no reason to suppose that for people to use it for enjoyment and as an aid to digestion is wrong. It never leads to crime. I do not think it ever leads to accidents. it is not a stimulant to sin such as alcohol is. Nor is coffee, when used in moderation, hurtful to the body as tobacco is, sometimes causing cancer. The same is true about soft drinks. Perhaps some people who are trying to reduce ought not to drink them because they contain sugar, but otherwise I know of no harmful effects. - John R. Rice

"How much responsibility do married children have in taking care of parents?" There is still the solemn obligation: "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the lord thy God giveth thee" (Exod. 20:12). I think the proper love would lead one to put up with a good many domineering ways, hard work, and inconvenience to care for parents, especially if they were practically bedfast, or even if they were well. Why cannot a daughter still love her mother, and laugh things off, and go ahead and do right? Oftentimes our prayers should be for grace to meet the problems God has given us instead of to get rid of the problems. Remember that "the trial of your faith worketh patience." Any circumstance would be better than disobeying God. - John R. Rice

One more thing is necessary to overcome this fault of temper and its results. When it causes you to speak sharply to someone or mistreat someone, you must apologize to them. There is nothing that will do so much to overcome a fault as honest confession. That old carnal nature of yours will certainly get tired of having to "shell down the corn" and admit the sin of an ugly temper and unkind words and mistreatment of friends. So learn to say at once, "I am sorry! I should not have said that." - John R. Rice

The word "church" in the Bible simply means "a called out assembly." The Greek word ekklesia, properly translated "church" in the New Testament, once refers to the nation Israel assembled at mount Sinai (Acts 7:38). It is twice translated assembly (Acts 19:39-41), referring to an unsaved mob. Notice that is the only time the word ekklesia is ever translated anything but church. It is used once clearly of all the redeemed who will be assembled in Heaven (Hebrews 12:23). Many other places the word "church" refers to this whole group, including all the saved. The more frequent use refers to a local congregation or a local church like "the church at Rome," "the churches of Galatia," "the seven churches of Asia," or "the church of God at Corinth." The word "church" in the Bible never refers to a group of churches, a denomination. It could not possibly refer to all the Baptists, leaving out Methodists or others; nor to Catholics, leaving out Protestants. It is proper to use the word "church" only about a local congregation or about all the saved who will be assembled together in Heaven. - John R. Rice

All the born-again ones are members of the body and bride of Christ, His church, and we must not try to seize for our own particular denomination that which refers to all the saints of God. - John R. Rice

However, while the word "church" in the Bible usually means a local congregation, it certainly sometimes refers to all the saved who will be caught up to meet Christ when He comes. Hebrews 12:23 speaks of "the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven." Colossians 1:18 says that He, Christ, "is the head of the body, the church." That means all the saved. So we should have fellowship with all born-again Christians who are sound in the faith. - John R. Rice

Concerning instrumental music, the New Testament has no command one way or the other. However, the Old Testament many, many times mentions praising the Lord with instruments, and we have the same God in the New Testament that they had in the Old. Praise is as acceptable to Him now as it was then. The Lord does not discuss whether church houses should have benches or not, whether we should have electric lights or candles in the church houses, or whether we should have a piano or a tuning fork, or neither. When the Bible does not make an issue of something, then Christian people are very foolish to make an issue of it. - John R. Rice

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CHURCHES- TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS


Revelation 2:8-29                           

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. THE CHURCH IN SMYRNA [v. 8-11]

 

1. The Christ [v. 8]

 

2. The Condition [v. 9]

 

3. The Counsel [v. 10, 2 Cor. 4:17]

 

4. The Encouragement [v. 11]

 

II. THE CHURCH IN PERGAMOS [v. 12-17]

 

1. The Christ [v. 12]

 

2. The Condition [v. 13]

 

3. The Criticism [v. 14-15]

 

4. The Counsel [v. 16]

 

5. The Encouragement [v. 17]

 

III. THE CHURCH IN THYATIRA [v. 18-29]

 

1. The Christ [v. 18]

 

2. The Condition [v. 19]

 

3. The Criticism & Correction [v. 20-23, 1 Tm. 2:11-12]

 

4. The Counsel & the Compliment [v. 24-25]

 

5. The Encouragement [v. 26-29]

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CRITICISM

From the highly recommended: davidwood@dwministries.org

 

CRITICISM
- Handling the Hurt -

(It Could Be a Step of Growth)

No one likes to be criticized -- or lied about!  It is discouraging when we are misinterpreted!  It can be depressing when we are disliked without a reason!

ESPECIALLY when it is about the good we try to do --

Notice Jesus' pointed instructions and promise ---

"Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you ... and shall reproach you ... for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold,your reward is great in heaven ..."
Luke 6:22, 23


THE INSTRUCTION:
What are we to do when this criticism and mistreatment comes? Jesus said to "rejoice – and leap for joy". Most of us do not often "leap"; however, there are positive ways in which our joy can be expressed.


Someone else's bad attitude should never get you down! You will just have to let them "enjoy" their misery while you "Enjoy" your walk with The Lord.

NOW, THE PROMISE:
Our Lord tells us that we will have a great reward in Heaven just because someone hated us and reproached us. We do not have to work for that reward – it is already in Heaven waiting for us!!


Those who are persecuted will have great reward. For that reason the Lord tells us to rejoice and leap for joy. Like most steps of growth in our Christian life, a CHOICE is required. This choice affects our behavior and our attitude.

For a little humor, allow me to quote a friend of mine who is now with his Lord in Heaven - Evangelist B R Lakin. He would often say:

"There are three things that you need to do to ensure that you will never be criticized -
– Don't ever have anything
– Don't ever know anything
– Don't ever do anything"


Let's dedicate ourselves to "have" what we have – "know" what we know – and "do" what we do for HIS glory!!

Each of us have a great week before us! Let's be blessed and lay up treasure.

See you next week,

David A. Wood

 



 

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Monday, June 22, 2015

JESUS IS BETTER… WHEREFORE…


HEBREWS 3

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. WHEREFORE- JESUS IS BETTER THAN EVEN MOSES [v. 1-6]

 

1. Jesus was “Sent” Like Moses [v. 1-2]

 

2. Jesus is “Higher” than Moses [v. 3-4]

 

3. Jesus is “Different” than Moses [v. 5-6]

 

II. WHEREFORE- IT IS BEST TO TRUST AND OBEY [v. 7-9]

 

1. The Exhortation From God [v. 7, 4:7, Ps. 95:8]

 

2. The Example of their Ancestors [v. 8-9]

 

3. The Exact One they were Provoking [v. 8-9]

 

III. WHEREFORE- THE CONSEQUENCES ARE DIRE [v. 10-19]

 

1. The Loss of “Rest” [v. 10-11]

 

2. The Steadfastness of Faith [v. 12-15]

 

3. The Sin of Unbelief [v. 16-19]

“Now in this section the emphasis is upon the rest which is ours if we trust Christ. Scripture presents a fivefold rest: (1) creation rest, (2) entrance into Canaan, (3) the rest of salvation,* (4) the rest of consecration,** and (5) heaven. Here the writer is talking about the rest of full trusting God, not only for salvation but also for daily living.” – J. Vernon McGee

*Mt. 11:28          **Mt. 11:29-30