Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Pie in the Sky

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  September 2, 2015
Pie in the Sky
"And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God." (Revelation 19:9)
 
Unbelievers sometimes ridicule Bible-believing Christians as being "so heavenly minded that they are of no earthly use" and as waiting for "pie in the sky bye and bye." This canard is, of course, unjustified because the Lord Jesus has told us: "Occupy till I come" (Luke 19:13), and we are also instructed: "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men" (Colossians 3:23). A Christian could—and should—do a better job in his particular occupation than he would ever have done as a non-Christian. All honorable occupations come within the scope of God's primeval dominion mandate (Genesis 1:26-28). "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might" (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
 
Nevertheless, there is indeed a great feast day coming bye and bye, and indeed it will be a great blessing to be "called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb." Presumably those who partake of this wonderful feast will be not only those who constitute His Bride, but also others who are called to be guests at His wedding supper. Since the Holy City is also called "the bride, the Lamb's wife" and since it is inscribed with the names of both the "twelve tribes" of Israel and also of the "twelve apostles" (Revelation 21:9, 12, 14), it is clear that believers from both the pre-Christian and Christian ages will be there. They will all have responded to the Lord's invitation and have had the right attitude of heart and life toward the will of the Bridegroom (Matthew 22:1-14; 25:1-13).
 
Whether some kind of heavenly pie will be served at the Supper is doubtful, but it will surely be a time of great blessing. HMM
 
 
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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Quotes of the Week

We make a fatal error when we think that this world will live forever and we are temporary. The Bible says the opposite: that this world is temporary and we will live forever. - Michael Ramsden

...Christ Himself reigns, but we are to reign with Him from the heavenly Jerusalem above. This, of course, is the New Jerusalem, the Bride, the Lamb's wife of Rev. 19 and 21. It embraces all the heavenly saints, that is, all those who have died in faith throughout the centuries, all who in every dispensation believed God and were therefore quickened by His Spirit. The heavenly Jerusalem is preeminently the Home of the Church and therefore is designated as the bridal city; but saints of all other dispensations who have passed through death and entered into resurrection life will, as one has expressed it, be upon its "Burgess roll." - H. A. Ironside

"The just shall live by faith" (Hebrews 10:38). The quotation is from Habakkuk 2:4, and it is also used in Romans 1:17 and Galatians 3:11. Romans emphasizes "the just," Galatians deals with "Shall live," and Hebrews centers on "by faith." We are not just saved from our sin by faith, we must also live by faith. - Warren W. Wiersbe

True Bible faith is confident obedience to God's Word in spite of circumstances and Consequences. - Warren W. Wiersbe

The world fails to realize that faith is only as good as its object, and the object of our faith is God. Faith is not some "feeling" that we manufacture. It is our total response to what God has revealed in His Word. - Warren W. Wiersbe

The easiest thing in the world is to believe God exists. It requires effort to disbelieve. The interesting thing is that everyone in the world, without exception, starts out believing God exists. It is only when they are carefully trained to disbelieve that they come to the place of declaring God does not exist. - Ray C. Stedman‪

Monday, August 31, 2015

JESUS IS BETTER SO WE SHOULD BE [Part 2]


HEBREWS 12:14-29


Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. AVOID THE PROFANE [v. 14-17]

 

1. The Good [v. 14]

 

2. The Bad [v. 15]

 

3. The Ugly [v. 16-17, Phil. 3:18-19] “You can be so earthly minded that you aren’t any Heavenly good”

 

II. ASSEMBLE WITH THE PERFECT [V. 18-24]

 

1. The Law Frightens [v. 18-21] …as well it should

 

2. The Saints Fellowship [v. 22-23, Philippians 3:20-21]

 

3. The Blood Flows [v. 24]

 

III. ACCEPT THE PROMISE [v. 25-29]

 

1. God Speaks [v. 25, 2:1-3]

 

2. God Shakes [v. 26-27, Haggai 2:6-7]

 

3. God’s Servants [v. 28-29, 9:14]

Sunday, August 30, 2015

THE PRACTICAL PERSONAL POWER OF JESUS


MATTHEW 12:1-14

 

Pastor Rick Jackson

 

I. THE ACCUSATION OF THE PHARISEES [v. 1-2]

 

1. The Leading of the Lord [v. 1] He surely knew they were hungry

2. The Delight of the Disciples [v. 1]

3. The Pickiness of the Pharisees [v. 2]

 

II. THE ANSWER OF THE LORD [v. 3-8]

 

1. He Cited the Historical Books Concerning David [v. 3-4, 1 Sam. 21]

2. He Cited the Law Pentateuch Concerning the Priests [v. 5-6, Num. 28:9-10]

3. He Cited the Prophets Concentrating on Hosea [v. 7, Hosea 6:6]

4. He Cited His Authority Concerning His Deity [v. 6, 8; Gen. 2:1-3]

 

III. THE PRACTICING OF WHAT HE PREACHED [v. 9-14]

 

1. The Pharisees Tried to Trap Jesus [v. 10]

2. The Profit Margin Explained [v. 11-13, James 4:17]

3. The Pharisees Dilemma [v. 14]

 

-they couldn’t argue with the Scriptures Jesus gave

-they couldn’t argue with the Logic Jesus used

-they wouldn’t agree with Jesus

-they resorted to violence

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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Friday, August 28, 2015

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

The truth is, if you see that like it ought to be, it doesn't matter much whether you have money or not; it doesn't matter much whether you have a fine house with three or four bedrooms and bath; whether you have a new car every two years, etc. If a Christian remembers that this is just a little bit of time, just a little practice before the game starts, just the entry hall to eternity, then things here don't matter unless they matter at the judgment seat of Christ. If they are valuable then, that is what we should give our attention to. - John R. Rice

Some others say, "Marriage is not essential if two people really love each other." In the first place, you are talking about the kind of love with no character, with no morals, not a love of unselfish devotion and lifetime pledges. The Bible still says that "marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (Heb. 13:4). - John R. Rice

"Oh, but Brother Rice, different writers sometimes had different vocabularies." Well, did any man or group of men writing the Bible have more sense, more vocabulary than the immortal, eternal God had? The simple truth is, God made the writers. Before they were born He planned their circumstances, their character, their vocabulary. The Scriptures says in Psalm 119:89, "For ever O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven." God inspired people to write down the very words that are already settled in Heaven, the Bible says. This is verbal inspiration, word-for-word inspiration. - John R. Rice

I say, the very words of all the Bible were given from God, breathed out from God. That is verbal or word-for-word inspiration. "Dr. Rice, do you mean science, too, and all the creation?" Yes. "But my teacher said...." Then your teacher is an infidel if he does not believe the Bible. An infidel religion says there is no God. It says the Bible is not true, that man came from an ape-like creature by evolution.
In the first place, that is silly and unproven. Does any intelligent... person in the world believe in a spontaneous generation, that life began of itself, without any Creator? Centuries and centuries have gone by. Ever since Pasteur, every intelligent man has learned that germs come from germs, and that none ever start by themselves. All science has proved that impossible. Do you think one type of animal turned into a distinctly different kind of animal, that which was a dog turned into a cow, by generations and generations- millions of years? You are a fool, for the Bible says, "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken." That is what Jesus said in Luke 24:25. - John R. Rice

Now Romans 3:17 and 18: "The way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes."
The worse thing wrong with America is that people are not afraid of God. They are not disturbed about Hell. They don't believe in the wages of sin. Many think little about breaking the marriage vow. They think little about vandalism, stealing, chicanery, crookedness by which they get money they didn't earn. People think nothing about going on relief rolls, while we work to make a living and provide for them while they loaf. I am just saying, no fear of God, no sense of honor and morality. God knows. That is a complaint about the whole human race. By nature we are sinners. - John R. Rice

I turn to Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
"The wages of sin is death." The Lord doesn't say that God is so angry that He is going to kill you. The Bible says you sowed the seed naturally and there is a certain end to a certain road. If you travel that road, don't blame God where that road leads. "The wages of sin is death." - John R. Rice

Everybody who goes to Hell walks up to the ticket office at the railroad station and buys his own ticket. Everybody who goes to Heaven has to ride on a pass; it is the free gift of God. How often God takes this up in the Bible. - John R. Rice

Thursday, August 27, 2015

How the Earth Is Filled


How the Earth Is Filled
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"For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Habakkuk 2:14)
 
The very first command given to Adam and Eve was: "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth" (Genesis 1:28). This might seem to imply there had been a previous population (so-called "pre-adamites"), but the word "replenish" (Hebrew, male) means simply "fill." Actually, in the King James Old Testament, it is translated by the Old English word "replenish" only seven times, whereas it is translated "fill" or "filled" or "full" some 250 times. The precise meaning is "fill."
 
Even today, with our so-called "population explosion," the earth is far from being filled with people. One thinks of our vast deserts, and inaccessible mountain ranges, plus the frozen wastes of Antarctica, for example. It may, however, once have been filled in the much more habitable world before the Flood, but it also was "filled with violence through them" (Genesis 6:11, 13). This, in fact, was the very reason God sent the great Flood to "destroy them with the earth."
 
The time is coming, however, as seen in Nebuchadnezzar's prophetic vision, as interpreted by Daniel the prophet, when a great stone—representing the future kingdom of God—will have "filled the whole earth" (Daniel 2:35). Then the great doxology of the psalmist will be reality. "And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen" (Psalm 72:19).
 
The prophet Isaiah also spoke of this time. "They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah 11:9). The later prophet Habakkuk in our text beautifully echoed these words of Isaiah. HMM
 

 
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