Wednesday, October 01, 2014

NEED AND WANT


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II Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not.
 

Mercy for Ministry


 

There is an amazing gap between what kids want and what kids need. What do kids want? They want sugar. What do they need? They need vitamins. What do they want? They want to stay up until 2 am. What do they need? They need a nap. What do they want? They want to pound their brother. What do they need? They need restraint. There is often a big gap between what I want and what I need.
 
In II Corinthians 4:1 Paul says, "Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not." Now what do we have? We have ministry. We have this day to serve God. What do we do? We persevere and faint not. What do we need? What is in between this ministry and the continuance of it? That is God's mercy, and as we have mercy, we faint not. There is no sustained ministry without daily mercy.
 
What do I want when I serve God? What I really want is credit. I want people to know. Yet if you look at verse 5, Paul says, "For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake." Notice the words "not ourselves," "your servants," and "Jesus' sake." What we want is credit. What we need is mercy.
 
We want ease. We need mercy. Verses 8 and 9 say, "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed." God would rather give you mercy to do what is impossible in your strength, than to give ease and allow you to muddle through life on your own.
 
We want glory. We need mercy. Verse 15 says, "To the glory of God." Earlier in the verse the Bible says, "For all things are for your sakes." So we want credit, ease, glory, and reward, but we need mercy.
 
If you are going to be in this for the long haul, you may need money, rest, help, friends, and occasional recognition and encouragement, but what we need more than anything is not something we deserve. We need something that we do not deserve by its very essence, and that is mercy. There is no sustained ministry without daily mercy.


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BIBLE DINOS


 

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September 2014 
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Job 40:2  


Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
 
For further study - Job 40:1-24
 
This portion chosen for our devotional reading today is a continuation of the conversation between God and Job. Back in Job 38, the Lord responded to Job's concerns of how he was being treated with "where were you, Job, when I created the world especially the earth?" The Lord was reminding Job that He created all things and could take care of him. Again, Job 40 is simply a continuation of that conversation.
 
As we eavesdrop on the talk between God and Job, we can learn some very valuable information about the Lord's Creation that will prepare us for the onslaught of questions from the so-called "educational community" of our present-day world.
 
Let me remind you that Peter warned that there would be those who would deny the Second Coming of the Lord and do so based upon their misunderstanding of how "man" and all of creation came into existence, II Peter 3:3-8.
 
Here in Job, we have the record of the creation by God of the "chief of the ways of God" in creation, verse 19. The creature described in this passage of Scripture is none other than the "dinosaur" referred to as the "behemoth", verse 15.
 
The writer of this book, Job, records the Lord's words that introduced to the world this "colossal beast", the "dinosaur". Notice the detailed description of this massive animal that ate grass, as an ox would, verse 15. This creature had a tail like a cedar log, verse 17, his bones like bars of iron, verse 18.
 
The writer of Job places this massive animal near Jericho lying in the Jordan River and seemingly drinking all the water of the river, verse 23. In the animal world, Job is told that the "dinosaur is the chief of all animals" and that which the Lord wants to show off to mankind. Let me remind you that the Lord created dinosaurs on the sixth day of creation before He created man, Genesis 1:24.
 
Though many of the dinosaurs had disappeared from the earth, soon after the Flood, 4500 years ago, there are still some around today. They are mostly found in Florida and are called alligators.
 
God's detailed information on His creative acts 6,000 years ago recorded in Job 38-41 gives us the Bible information to combat those who deny that our Lord Jesus Christ created the heavens and the earth and all that in them is, Colossians 1:16 and Exodus 20:11.
 
The "Creator" thus then can tell the "creation" of the future He has planned for them. Our Lord knows the "beginning from the end" and has a plan that will unfold in the last days. The next event on His agenda is the Rapture and that could happen today, keep looking up.
 
PRAYER THOT: Thank you, Lord, for the assurances we have as we acknowledge Your creative acts and Your plans for the future as revealed to us in Bible prophecy.
   



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Monday, September 29, 2014

Dinosaurs and the Bible


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"Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: . . . His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God." (Job 40:15-19)
 
In this remarkable passage, the Lord has been urging Job and his three philosophizing friends to consider all the marvelous evidences of God's power and wisdom in nature. Finally, he calls their attention to "behemoth" (from a Hebrew word meaning "gigantic beast"), the greatest land animal God ever made—"chief of the ways of God."
 
Commentators who have tried to identify a living animal as behemoth have called it either an elephant or a hippopotamus, but it is obvious that neither of these animals "moveth his tail like a cedar." The other descriptions are also inappropriate. It should be obvious that the behemoth is an extinct animal, very probably a great dinosaur. This would be obvious were it not for the widespread evolutionary delusion that dinosaurs became extinct million of years ago, with man evolving only about a million years ago. Modern creation scientists, however, have published many well-documented evidences that dinosaurs existed contemporaneously with early humans up to relatively recent times, and that these supposed evolutionary eons of time are pure fiction. Early men, such as Job, could indeed marvel at this gigantic creature of God and also rejoice in God's ability to control the great problems of life as well as His sincere concern with every individual need of His people.
 
It is also worth noting that there are several references to dragons in the Bible, as well as in ancient traditions everywhere, and it is likely these also reflect the memories of dinosaurs retained by early tribes after the Flood. HMM
 

 
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

WHY DOES GOD VISIT US?



PSALM 8

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. GOD VISITS US BECAUSE HE SEES OUR SINFUL ACTIVITIES

 

I once saw a bumper sticker that read, “Jesus is coming soon… and boy is He mad!” Though I would never have that on my truck there is an element of truth in that statement. Psalm 7:11 declares, “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”

 

1. God will visit the iniquity of any land upon itself [Lev. 18:24-20]

2. God will visit the Christ-rejecting heathen without mercy [Ps. 59:5]

Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.

3. God will visit the transgressor, even Christians, with the rod [Ps. 89:30-33, Heb. 12]

 

II. GOD VISITS US BECAUSE HE SEES OUR SERIOUS AFFLICTION

 

1. Jesus came to give redemption [Lk. 1:67-75]

2. Jesus came to give the knowledge of salvation to Israel [Luke 1:76-78]

3. Jesus came to give Light to all [Luke 1:79, Jn. 1:9-14]

 

III. GOD VISITS US BECAUSE HE SEES OUR SIMPLE-MINDED ARROGANCE

 

1. Our arrogance shows in that we are so easily offended [Luke 7:11-23]

2. Our arrogance shows in that we are so easily obtuse [Luke 19:41-44]

3. Our arrogance shows in that we are so easily neglectful [Heb. 2:1-10]

Saturday, September 27, 2014

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Is coffee God’s gift or evolution at work?


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Q: Is coffee God's gift or evolution at work?

A: Plants that produce caffeine offer a memory-enhancing buzz with a little caffeine in their nectar to pollinating bees, which then return again and again. Scientists also suspect caffeine might be a natural pesticide, supposing that the high concentration of caffeine in some caffeine-producing plants' leaves might give a bitter jolt to leaf-chomping insects. Some suspect that rotting caffeine-rich leaves are also a deterrent to the germination of competing plants.
Evolutionists thus cite multiple reasons that natural selection would have favored the prosperity of caffeine-producing botanicals each time the series of enzymes needed for it evolved.
It is indeed a very cool fact, but it isn't molecules-to-man evolution, or even chemicals-to-caffeine evolution. Natural selection could not have produced the information to build the enzymes to synthesize caffeine. The presence of caffeine in many different kinds of plants suggests instead that God designed many kinds of plants with the ability to make caffeine. After all, caffeine may offer many benefits to those plants—positively reinforcing the cooperation of pollinators, discouraging excessive munching by insects, and controlling the growth of competitive plants nearby. This is just a good design, not an example of evolution.
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