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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church

Do You Know?

You can have a great deal of knowledge about a great many things, but if you do not know the right things, at the right time, for the right occasion, then it really doesn’t matter what else you do know.

In this world opinions are abundant while convictions are scarce. Opinions are produced by the superficial, while convictions are the result of agonized struggle. Opinions are what we think, while convictions are what we know. An opinion is something that we may change, but a conviction is something that changes us. . .one will die for a conviction, but never for an opinion.

It is refreshing, in the day and age in which we live, to hear someone get up and not just say I think this, or I assume this, or I imagined this, or I guessed this, or I supposed this, or even I believe this, but to say, I KNOW THIS.

Job was that kind of man. Out of the black cloud of his life, came a silver lightning bolt of truth that was so marvelous and so wonderful, that he wanted to make sure that what he had come to believe and know to be true, would be written in stone with a diamond pen. Job 19:23 Oh, that my words were written! What a man says can easily be forgotten, but when you put black ink to white paper, it can stand the test of time.

But Job also wanted his words to be published. Job 19:23-24 Oh, that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! Job wanted to make sure that every generation to come would hear what he had to say.

God granted Job’s request. The sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the rocks, the hills, will all pass away, but these words of Job embedded in the word of God will last forever. Because what he says is not just essential, it is eternal. It is not just important, it is immortal. Because when it comes to the time of your own death, you had better know the things that Job said he knew.

Job 19:25-26 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

There was a seminary professor that had a little child left after the mother and his wife had gone to be with Jesus. She had died as a young woman, and this seminary professor took that little boy to the funeral home to visit the body of that mother lying in that casket. That little child didn’t understand death, and when it came time to leave, he did not want to leave. He said, “Daddy, let’s get mother to come back home with us.” Well, the father tried to explain to the son that the mother couldn’t come home. He said, “Son, we’re going to go home, and God is going to take care of us and we’re going to have to live without mother for a while.” The little boy said to his father. “Daddy I can wake her up. I’ve seen her take naps before. Let’s go wake her up and take her home.”

With tears cascading down his cheeks, he knelt down beside that little boy and turned him around, looked him in the eye and he said, “Son, you can’t wake her up, I can’t wake her up, nobody in this world can wake her up.” But then with big smile on his face he said, “But, son, when Jesus comes He’ll wake her up.” You better know and you better know that you know that your soul has been redeemed. You better know Jesus as your Lord because the Savior will return, and you better know Him when you die, so that your self will be resurrected. Thank God these are things we can know.

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What is Your Colt?

Three friends were discussing death and one of them asked: “What would you
like people to say about you at your funeral?”
The first of the friends said: I would like them to say, he was a great
humanitarian, who cared about his community.
The second said: He was a great husband and father, who was an example for
many to follow,” said another.
The third friend said, I would like them to say, “Look, he’s moving!!”

Bill Wilson pastors an inner city church in New York City. His mission field is a very violent place. He himself has been stabbed twice as he ministered to the people of the community surrounding the church. Once a Puerto Rican woman became involved in the church and was led to Christ. After her conversion she came to Pastor Wilson and said, “I want to do something to help with the church’s ministry.” He asked her what her talents were and she could think of nothing—she couldn’t even speak English—but she did love children. So he put her on one of the church’s buses that went into neighborhoods and transported kids to church. Every week she performed her duties. She would find the worst-looking kid on the bus, put him on her lap and whisper over and over the only words she had learned in English: “I love you. Jesus loves you.”

After several months, she became attached to one little boy in particular. The boy didn’t speak. He came to Sunday School every week with his sister and sat on the woman’s lap, but he never made a sound. Each week she would tell him all the way to Sunday School and all the way home, “I love you and Jesus loves you.”

One day, to her amazement, the little boy turned around and stammered, “I—I—I love you too!” Then he put his arms around her and gave her a big hug. That was 2:30 on a Sunday afternoon. At 6:30 that night he was found dead. His own mother had beaten him to death and thrown his body in the trash. “I love you and Jesus loves you.” Those were some of the last words this little boy heard in his short life—from the lips of a Puerto Rican woman who could barely speak English. This woman gave her one talent to God and because of that a little boy who never heard the word “love” in his own home, experienced and responded to the love of Christ.

What can you give? What is your “colt”? You and I each have something in our lives, which, if given back to God, could, like the colt, move Jesus and His message further down the road.

Jesus said in John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” What is your colt? Your life! What can you give? Everything to Christ!
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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church

Paul said “God forbid that I should sin against God by failing to pray for you.”
We should pray for each other. But what or how do we pray for others more effectively? Let me give you some things based on Colossians 1:9-11 that Paul thought were important traits to pray for believers to possess.

WE SHOULD PRAY THAT THEY WILL BE FILLED – Colossians 1:9 – For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  God wants us to be filled with the knowledge of God’s Will. There is only one place that you are going to get that kind of knowledge and that’s from the Word of God. We should pray that God’s people will desire to read the Bible.
WE SHOULD PRAY THAT THEY WILL BE FAITHFUL – Vs. 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God…
To walk worthy of the Lord is to conduct ourselves in such a way that we glorify the Lord and bring no reproach to his name. Pleasing the Lord is the most important thing in the world. Pleasing the Lord should be our daily goal. As we are faithful as we walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, we will increase in the knowledge of God.
WE SHOULD PRAY THAT THEY WILL BE FRUITFUL –  Verse 10…being fruitful in every good work… Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. It is God’s will for us to be fruitful and glorify Him by our good works. Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is in the Lord. 8 He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.

WE SHOULD PRAY THAT THEY WILL BE FORTIFIED -Vs. 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; In order for the things mentioned here to be true in our lives we must be strengthened by the Spirit of God.  God’s Spirit will surround us with power and might and strength. Zechariah 4:66 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”

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I Can Because He Did.
A new teacher was trying to teach her students how to have self esteem. She started her class by saying, “Anyone who thinks they are dumb stand up!” She didn’t think anyone would stand. She just wanted to make the point that no one was dumb. After a few seconds, Little Johnny stood up. She didn’t know quite what to do. She said, “Now Johnny, do you really feel like you’re dumb?” He said “No, ma’am, I just hate to see you standing there all by yourself!”

There are times when we feel like we’re all by ourselves. As a parent, you might have this feeling once in a while. You try your best to raise your kids. You do everything you can. But they don’t listen to you. And you get so frustrated that you want to throw up your hands and say, “Lord, I can’t do this! I feel like a failed parent! I feel inadequate!”

We’ve all been there. We all know what it’s like to feel a lack of confidence. Like we’re not good enough. At one point, Barbra Streisand went 20 years without giving a public concert. Because she felt inadequate. She’s got one of the most awesome voices in popular music, and even SHE feels inadequate!

One situation where we might feel inadequate is applying for a job. You lose your job, and for the first time in years, you have to prepare a resume and fill out applications. And pretty soon, you’re competing with hundreds of other people for the precious few job openings that are available. You might be tempted to say “I give up! Even if I’m lucky enough to get picked, I don’t know if I can start over and learn a whole new job at age whatever. I feel inadequate.”

That’s why I like Philippians 4:13. It says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Instead of cowering in fear behind our feelings of inadequacy, we can draw inspiration and strength from the adequacy of Jesus Christ! Jesus is the One who gives us the confidence to move forward in faith! Instead of saying ’I can’t do it,’ we should say “I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who gives me strength.” With Jesus Christ in my life, I don’t have to spend the rest of my life feeling inadequate. With Jesus in my life, I don’t have to be a quitter. With Jesus in my life, there’s no mountain I can’t climb. There’s no task I can’t accomplish. There’s no project I can’t complete!”

I can do all things because Christ did one thing. When Jesus died on the cross He cried “It is finished!” What is “it?“ “It” is the work of salvation that Christ proclaimed is done. There is nothing more to add. We can now trust in Him and His finished work. And it is through Him and the power He gives us that we can accomplish mighty things through Him. Paul said “That I may know Him and the POWER of His resurrection.”
Jesus said “Without me ye can do nothing.” I can because He did.

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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church

Shipwrecked Faith
On April 10, 1912 the. Titanic left her harbor in Southampton, England. This was the maiden voyage for the 882 foot long ocean liner that had been billed as unsinkable. She carried with her 2,228 passengers and crew. Most of the passengers had paid thousands of dollars to sail on that great luxury liner. Four days into the voyage, on April 14, 1912 severe ice warnings were received for the area through which the Titanic was sailing. These warnings were ignored, and the Titanic maintained her course for New York harbor. At 11:40 PM the Titanic struck an iceberg on the starboard side of her bow. She began to take on water at an alarming rate and within three hours the Titanic and 1,523 of her passengers were at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Only 705 of the original 2,228 persons survived that great shipwreck.

Since 1912, people have tried to figure out what happened to bring about the demise of a ship call unsinkable. Most people would agree that the tragedy was a mixture of many things including negligence, apathy, greed, pride, and incompetence. In other words, the tragedy could have been avoided had all the proper steps been taken by the captain and crew of the Titanic. But, since those steps were no taken, a tragic loss of life occurred on the cold night in the North Atlantic.

Of course, the Titanic is just one of many famous shipwrecks. Paul later applied his experience to being shipwrecked to how people can suffer a shipwreck in their lives. Timothy 1:19.Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck.

The account of a shipwreck Acts chapter 27 was not put in the Bible to merely entertain us, but it contains several important lessons. This is not talking about losing their salvation, but losing their influence, losing their faith, and giving way to false teaching all due to bad decisions when life’s difficulties and disappointments came their way.

You are headed for a shipwreck when…
Decisions are FORGED in haste.
Decisions are FORMULATED upon human wisdom instead of Godly wisdom.
Decisions are FOCUSED on comfort or convenience.
Decisions are FORMULATED on the majority’s voice instead of the Master’s voice.
Decisions are FOUNDED on circumstances or conditions alone.

Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me.” John 10:27 You want to avoid spiritual shipwreck? Know Christ personally and intimately through reading the Bible and spending time with Him in prayer.
Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is in the Lord. 8 He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.

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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church

World Class Failures

There was a guy, a general, who lost two-thirds of all the battles he fought in the American Revolution. George Washington. But he won the war.

There was another guy who graduated 42nd out of a class of 43. Then he went out and conquered Europe. Napoleon.

There’s a guy who lost almost every election he ran for – 10 or 12 – until finally he was elected President. Abraham Lincoln. He lost more than he won.

Edison tried over 200 different elements before he figured out what was the right element to use in the light bulb. Over 200 failures before he had a success.

In 21 years, Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs but he struck out 1330 times. He struck out nearly twice as often as he hit a home run. He once said, “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from taking a swing.”

A famous novelist in England, John Creasy, got 753 rejection slips from publishers before he published his first book. He went on to publish 564 books. Can you imagine the persistence of the man putting up with over 700 rejections before his first book got published and then went on in his lifetime to publish 500 more?

R.P. Macy failed seven times as an entrepreneur in retailing and then he started Macy’s department store. It’s always too soon to quit. The Bible says we need to stop making excuses, admit when it’s our fault and get on with life. It has been discovered that people who are very good at making excuses are rarely good at anything else.

Galatians 6:9 Let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore my beloved breathren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Let this be your prayer today…Lord help me to be faithful to you in the reading of the word, in prayer, in witnessing, in church attendance, in giving, in work, in health or even in sickness. Let me not make any excuses or attempt to quit when the going gets tough or even when I fail….but help me to have single minded devotion to only you Lord. Philippians 3:13-14……but this ONE THING I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. 14. I press (on) toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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Looking Good

1 Samuel 15:30:”Saul replied, ‘I have sinned. But please honor me before the
elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may
worship the Lord your God.'”

We truly live in the age of self and ego. When you stop to think about it, a
good part of our day every day is spent trying to look good. We get up in
the morning and we shower and shave. For the ladies we have the further
distinction of make-up.

At the end of World War II, General George S. Patton had the occasion to
lament the war’s end in a quiet walk that he took with his friend and mentor
General Omar Bradley. He told “Brad” that he actually was sad to see the war
ending in Europe and that he would miss the “struggle” and the “dynamics” of

Patton related to Bradley how, although he saw the brutality and vanity of
warfare, he had been “born to it” and that was all he had ever known.
Bradley tried to console his old friend by suggesting that he continue on in
Europe and fight the new battles that would surely be emerging as war-torn
Europe struggled to get back on its feet. George wasn’t convinced. “I need
to hear the clash of arms and the sound of bugles.” Patton insisted.

Bradley then reminded Patton that there was still a war going on in the
Pacific and that perhaps General MacAurthur would be needed his help there.
Patton shook his head sadly and quietly replied. “No, Brad. Doug would never
want me there. That would never happen.”

You see, we fought in the same company in World War I; MacAurthur was a
captain, and I was his lieutenant. One day our company was commanded to take
a hill but our troops were pinned down by enemy artillery. When MacAurthur
got the order, he jumped to his feet and charged up that hill urging his men
to follow him. I advanced with him step by step all the way to the top.”
Then Patton added, “MacAurthur never forgave me for that.”

Looking good at all costs is something that all of us are subject to. Saul,
the King of Israel, was as much afflicted by a sense of needing to look good
at all costs as anyone. There was a lot at stake and Saul had to choose
between looking good in the eyes of his peers or looking good in the eyes of
his God. Unfortunately, he chose the former over the latter. He just couldn’t
bear to be humiliated or in any way diminished in the eyes of the elders of
Israel. He was even willing to abandon his eternal relationship with God
just in order to save face in Israel.

Saul failed to understand that God didn’t just want some of his time and
attention. For that matter, God didn’t even want all of his time and
attention. No. God wanted Saul, all of him-his very self!

God accepts no compromise when it comes to ourselves. He wants all of us so
that what we have as “our” self can be destroyed and replaced with “Him”
self. A pretty good trade when you think about it

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Knowledge or Faith?

Some years ago a college student came by his pastor’s office to discuss theological issues.
Eventually the conversation came around to the subject of the resurrection. After all, if you take Christianity seriously, it will ultimately always lead you to the resurrection. “What do you think of the resurrection, he asked. The pastor replied: I believe that it happened in reality and not just in the minds of men. What is your evidence, he asked, like a professor prodding a student. The pastor presented as Exhibit A: the disciples. Twelve men are not going to give up their lives to simply perpetuate that which they know to be a hoax.

“I don’t know,” the young man mumbled. “I just don’t know.” There was his problem. He was seeking knowledge, not faith. You do not say: resurrected Christ, appear to me and then I will believe. It is just the opposite. The resurrected Christ appeared only to those who did believe. Jesus did not reveal himself to the Caiaphas and Pilates and Herods of the world, but only to those who believed, who had faith.

Knowledge about God is good, but you will never experience Him with knowledge. You can only experience God by faith.

Let me illustrate that point by using fishing as an example. Let’s say Knowledge is knowing about fishing and faith is putting a line in the water.

Billy’s father told him when he got big enough they would go down by the river bank and fish. Billy read everything he could about fishing. He had others tell him of their fishing experiences and they told him exactly what to do. Billy had a lot of knowledge about fishing, but still he had never fished. The day finally came and Billy and his father went to the river bank and Billy flung his line out into the water. In a few minutes he felt a tug on his line. He was beside himself with excitement. But his excitement soon turned to disappointment when he discovered he reeled in a big green bag. His father opened it up. Inside was something sealed from the elements. It was paper, green paper. His dad told Billy they had to take this to the authorities immediately. A month later, they discovered that they had found 5 million dollars in cash lost when a stolen armored truck had sunk in the river 15 years ago. As a reward Billy was given $100,000! Billy’s knowledge of fishing would have never have landed a fish, much less a bag full of money. But actually putting a line in the water and fishing paid off in an experience he would never forget.

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Knowledge about God pays off only in facts learned. Faith in our Lord will pay off in things we could never even imagine or think. So which is better, knowledge about God or faith in God?

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Do You Know Who You Are?
One preacher whose wife loved Sean Connery. Every time he would comes on television she would just swoon. Well, the pastor caught her looking at him in that teenybopper kind of way the one night, and he said, “Honey, Let me ask you a question. If you took away Sean Connery’s money, his stardom, his face, and that muscular body, what would you have?” She looked at him and smiled and said, “I’d have you.”

Now you may not have good looks, a great physique, or much money. You may not wear the finest clothes, drive the nicest car, or live in the finest home; but if you are a Christian and know the Lord Jesus Christ, you have a special place in the heart of God.

The average Christian has no idea who he really is in the Lord Jesus Christ. I read the other day a true story of a United Airlines gate agent in Denver, Colorado who was confronted with a passenger who was extremely rude and demanding. A United flight had just been cancelled and this one agent was re-booking a long line of travelers who were very upset and inconvenienced.

Suddenly, an angry passenger pushed his way to the front of the line, stood before this agent at the desk, slapped his ticket down on the counter and said, “I’ve got to be on the next flight and it has to be first-class.” The agent said, “Sir, I’m very sorry for the inconvenience we’ve caused you, and I’ll be happy to try to help you. But you will have to get back in line and wait your turn and I’m sure we’ll be able to work something out.”

Well, this only irritated the man even more; and in a voice loud enough so that everybody could hear him, he said, “Do you have any idea who I am?” Without hesitation, that gate agent smiled, grabbed the public address microphone and said, “May I have your attention please?” as her voice bellowed throughout the terminal. She said, “We have a passenger here at Gate 42 who does not know who he is. He is short, fat and bald with a huge nose. He is wearing an ugly plaid jacket. Plus he is has an obnoxious attitude. If anyone can identify him please come to gate 42.”

That really is a great question. Do you know who you are in the Lord Jesus Christ?
First of all…. you are a saint. Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus. Saint means that you are set apart by God for His unique purpose. There is no one else that can do what you can do.

Secondly…you are Blessed. Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. We are important to God. We are valuable to God. We get every blessing that heaven can give us.

Thirdly… are accepted. Ephesians 1:6 “…To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.” We are fully accepted by God. There is no prejudice with God. The Bible says that…. there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. God will not condemn us but totally accept us with all of faults and failures.

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What Is Man?

Hebrews 2 What is man that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man that Thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels. Thou crownest him with glory and honor and didst set him over the works of Thy hands. Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet for in that he put all things in subjection to him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him but we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

This verse says, Thou madest him. We-we’re not some happenstance. We didn’t come out of some primordial ooze, out of some slime, we have not ascended up the evolutionary scale. We were made by God. God created us and as Ethel Waters said, God don’t make no junk.

We’ve been made by God. Thou madest him and but it is not primarily our physical form that gives us such great value. When God made man, God breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul and it is your soul that makes you of infinite worth. And that’s the reason that Jesus said in Matthew, chapter 16–For what does a man profiteth if he gains the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what should a man give in exchange for his own soul? Your soul is worth more than all the stocks, the bonds, the rubies, the railroads, the emeralds, the schools, the diamonds, the bank accounts, the philosophy, all of it put together. Your soul is of infinite worth. Your soul will be in existence when the sun and the moon and the stars have turned to cinders. Your soul will go endless, timeless, dateless measureless for God breathed into you the breath of life. And you are made in the image of God and you could no more cease to exist than God Himself could cease to exist.

David said, what is man that thou visitest him? That God would visit man. Suppose that you were to get a call from the White House and it said that the President was coming to Martin County and he wants to visit you. Your first thought would be why me? How much more astounding that Almighty God wants to visit with man. He visited with Adam there in the Garden of Eden.

But I want to tell you when Jesus Christ came to this Earth that was God visiting with man. And the thing that dignifies man is that God loves man, that the great God of glory desires your company. Get that in your heart and in your mind, God loves you so much today. I wish I had the elegance, I wish I had the words, I wish I had the emphasis and the emotion to tell you that God loves you and that He desires your company. What is man that thou art mindful of him.

Why should the president be mindful of an ant floating around on a piece of cheese cake on the Atlantic ocean? Why should God be mindful of us is a bigger question. But He is mindful of you. He sees you now, He’s looking at you right now. He desires you, He loves you. God doesn’t love us because we are valuable, we are valuable because He loves us.

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Always Alongside Us

A student named Steve Winger from Lubbock, TX was taking a challenging class in Logic. The course and teacher were known for exacting and demanding exams. The final exam was looming, and the professor mercifully told the class that each student would be permitted to bring in a single 8 x 11 ½ inch sheet with as much information as they could put on that one sheet for help during the test. On exam day, each student came to class clutching their precious pieces of paper with as much information as possible. Some students had crammed lines and lines of font so tiny and so numerous onto that single sheet that you had to wonder how they could read it. But Steve walked in with a single blank sheet and a friend who was a senior student and who had an ‘A’ in logic. Steve bent down and placed that single, blank sheet of paper on the floor next to his desk. His expert friend stood on the paper.

The professor noticed the extra body in the room and asked what he was doing. Steve piped up, “You said we could bring in what ever we could fit on a single piece of paper for help on this test, well, this is my help and he can fit on the paper!” He had followed the instructions to the letter and was the only student in that class to score an ‘A’ since he had his expert friend standing along side him. The Holy Spirit is like that friend, standing along side us, supporting us, and guiding us.

Wouldn’t you love to have a friend who has all the answers? John 15:15
“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what
his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my
Father I have made known unto you.” If Jesus Christ is your Savior then you have
that kind of friend! He knows everything and He makes known the Father’s will to us.

The apostle Paul called himself a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. But according to Jesus
we are more than just servants. We are intimate friends with Jesus Christ. Paul knew
Jesus Christ intimately and served Him joyfully. That’s how we are to serve. Jesus has
called us to a friendship with Himself.

1 John 2:1 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” In this text Jesus is called our advocate. In sports players have an “agent” to represent them to the owners. The agent is always making his client look good. That’s what Jesus Christ does for us. He always makes us look good to the Father. He is always looking out for our best interests. He does not excuse our sin, but He forgives our sin and then before God our righteousness becomes His.

Anyone who knows Jesus Christ as their Savior has the most wonderful friend in the universe. He guides us, He loves us, He stands with us, He will never lie to us and He is going to take us where He is when we leave this world.

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How To Raise The Dead

Ephesian 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. On the tombstone of the whole human race there is this phrase, dead in trespasses and sins. The word “death” means “separation.” Spiritual death. In the Garden of Eden the Lord said in the day you eat thereof you will surely die. They ate thereof and yet when you read the account Adam lived almost 1,000 years after that. God was talking about spiritual death. Here is the young television actress with her vivacious personality and yet she looks very much alive. But according to the Scriptures she is dead and they are dead in that vital area that matters the most—they are dead in their relationship to God.

1 Timothy 5:6 She that liveth in pleasures is dead while she liveth. There are no degrees of death. No one is more dead than someone else. Jesus raised three dead people from the grave. He raised a 12-year-old girl. He raised a teenage boy. He raised a full-grown man named Lazarus. Which one of those three was the most dead? Dead is dead is dead.

A Chinese was talking to an American one day. The American said, “I understand that you people put a nine-course meal on the grave of your departed ones.” The Chinese said, “That’s right.” The American said, “When does your departed one come to eat the nine- course meal”? The Chinese replied, “The same time your departed one comes to smell the flowers.”

You say you haven’t done the bad things a lot of people have done. The Bible says you are dead in trespasses and sins. What a dead person needs is not reformation. They don’t need to spruce up their life a little bit. They don’t need to turn over a new leaf. A dead person needs resurrection. When we want to do a work we try to get the best materials we can find, the purest clay. The finest marble. But when God gets ready to do a work He just uses dead people. In the medical community they can do great things for you. But after you are dead that’s all medical science can do for you. God can take someone who is dead in trespasses and sins and raise them to a brand new life in Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:6. And has raised us up together. So then salvation is not a sick man getting well, it’s a dead man getting new life. He raised me from my deadness of sin, He seated me, I am right now in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus. I’m as good as in heaven as if I had been there 10,000 years.

Verse 7. That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Every soul that is saved is a testimony of the power of Christ to raise us from the deadness of sin and seat us with Jesus in the heavenlies for God in all eternity to show, to display. It’s like in a school. You have a trophy case. There are all the trophies. All the athletic trophies. All the academic trophies. It is a trophy case displaying the exploits and victories and triumphs of the students. God is saying that in eternity He is going to display trophies of His grace. He is going to show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Throughout all eternity you are going to be one of God’s trophies of His riches and His grace and His kindness. God is the only one and the only way to raise the dead. Listen to Pastor Jack’s sermons and read his articles at


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God’s Grace Is Our Assurance
Maybe you doubt your salvation. Every Christian does that. It’s alright to doubt yourself. John the Baptist doubted. Elijah doubted. You can doubt yourself, but don’t doubt in the grace of God. You might say… “It’s just to good to be true. I just don’t deserve it.” You now understand grace. It is too good to be true and you don’t deserve it, that is grace. God’s word says that “Whosover shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Your sins, no matter how great or how small, all were put to death with Jesus on the cross.

Leave your salvation in the hand of Jesus Christ. Listen, you won’t doubt what you don’t have. A man will doubt whether he has enought money pay for a candy bar until he looks into his billfold. He had enough all the time, he doubted himself. You just need enough faith to save you, Jesus will take it from there. Don’t trust in yourself. Trust in Jesus. He will save you, He will keep you. He will hold you in His hand. John 10:28-29 “28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.

I once heard a preacher say that he was so saved he could swing out over hell on a rotten grapevine singing victory in Jesus. Another pastor used to often say, “I know that I know that I know I am saved.”

We can know. We don’t have to walk around asking, “Tell me, Jesus, my Savior, is my name written there?” If Jesus is your Savior then you have eternal life. God’s promise is that we have eternal life and God’s grace is the guarantee of that promise. An elderly man said to H.A. Ironside, “I will not go on unless I know I’m saved, or else know it’s hopeless to seek to be sure of it. I want a definite witness, something I can’t be mistaken about!” Ironside replied, “Suppose you had a vision of an angel who told you your sins were forgiven. Would that be enough to rest on?” “Yes, I think it would. An angel should be right.”

Ironside continued, “But suppose on your deathbed Satan came and said, ‘I was that angel, transformed to deceive you.’ What would you say?” The man was speechless. Ironside then told him that God has given us something more dependable than the voice of an angel. He has given His Son, who died for our sins, and He has testified in His own Word that if we trust Him all our sins are gone. Ironside read I John 5:13, “That you may know that you have eternal life.” Then he said, “Is that not enough to rest on? It is a letter from heaven expressly to you.”

The Bible is God’s letter from heaven and it tells us that if we have put our faith in Christ we have eternal life and can be certain of our salvation.

Eternal life is our promise and God’s amazing grace assures us that we have eternal life. By God’s grace we have been justified. By God’s grace we are made heirs of God. And by God’s grace we are given the assurance of heaven being our eternal destination.

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Give Everything To Me

Margaret Bottome, the founder of “The Kings Daughter’s in America,” had a story that came from her experience while traveling in the Far East. The group she was with required a guide. One of the first things the guide did was to say to the group, “Will you be good enough to give everything to me? I will take charge of everything.” The group handed over to him all their baggage, but some of the ladies kept their handbags. The guide said to them, “You must give everything to me.” The ladies of course protested, but the guide told them that they would be safer with him and they would be safer without them.

A little later they were waiting at a train station for a train. A train came in and the group boarded the train and took a seat. The guide boarded the train and said to the group, “Will you be good enough to get off the train.” They all got off the train and asked why he wanted them to get off. He replied, “That is the wrong train. Will you be kind enough not to go before me, but after me?”

As they continued their journey they began to wonder about their provisions and accommodations once they arrived at their destination. They had met someone that was returning from the place they were going who had told them that there were no accommodations to be found. They asked the guide about the matter but he was strangely silent. When they arrived they found all things ready and rooms prepared for them. The guide said to them, “Perhaps you will trust me to prepare for you ahead.” Then the guide reminded them that he was their guide and as their guide there were three things required: “Give everything to me. Follow me; but do not go before me. Trust me about the hidden things of the future.”

Apart from my salvation, the greatest day of my life was when I realized that the Lord Jesus wanted to be the guide of my life and that there were three things He asked of me. First, He wanted me to give everything to Him. Secondly, He wanted me to follow Him. Lastly, He wanted me to put my future in His hands.

In Luke 9:57-62, we find the Lord Jesus saying, “Give everything to me, follow me, and trust me with the future. verse 57-62: And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Let me sum up these verses. The lesson is that we should do first what we should be done first. What should be done first? Following Jesus! Not what we first want to do, but what HE wants us to do. First things must be first! Following Jesus is the first thing we should do. It is the only thing we should do, It is the only thing we can do!! Give everything to Jesus. Pastor Jack’s sermons and more articles are at



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Get On With It

John 9:4 “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”
Hebrews 2:3 “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.”

Time is running out for you and me. Every day that goes by we are closer to the grave or one day closer to the Lord’s coming to gather His people. That is a fact of life. What we do for the Lord we need to do it now. Jesus knew that His time was short and that He needed to get on with His work for the Lord. The writer of Hebrews warns us not to “neglect” our salvation. The Bible talks about “redeeming the time.“ That is….we should not sit around and waste precious time or opportunities or put off doing what we ought to do. In other words….“Get on with it!”

A college choir was all set to present its package of music in a large church. The program of sacred song was to be carried live by a local radio station. When everything appeared to be ready, the announcer made his final introduction and waited for the choir director to begin. One of the tenors was not ready, however, so the venerable conductor refused to raise his baton. All this time, nothing but silence was being broadcast. Growing very nervous, the announcer, forgetting that his microphone was still on and that he could be heard in the church and on the radio, said in exasperation, “Get on with it, you old goat!”

Later in the week, the radio station got a letter from one of its listeners–a man who had tuned in to listen to the music from the comfort of his easy chair. When he heard “Get on with it, you old goat!” he took the message personally. He had been doing nothing to further God’s work, and this startling message was enough to convict him and get him going again.

Sometimes we need a wakeup call. We need to be reminded that before Jesus left this earth, He gave us all the instructions we need. He told us we should go and make disciples. We need to get on with it! Revive us, Lord! Is zeal abating while harvest fields are vast and white? Revive us, Lord–the world is waiting!

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Newsflash…Some people will never die!
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51 In verse 51, Paul uses the word “sleep” to speak of a believer’s death.

In the Old Testament we see that DEATH IS APPOINTED. We live in a death denying society. A person who has died is said to have ‘departed.’ The person is stripped of his or her name and referred to as a ‘loved one.’

Advertisers do all they can to help us deny the ultimate fact of life. Billions of dollars are spent on a cosmetic industry that promises creams and lotions that will slow the aging process and make the user look younger. Joggers line the roads, often before dawn, and workouts at health clubs have become popular ways to keep the body in shape to prolong life. Many people are giving up smoking to reduce the possibility of heart and lung disease.

But the irreversible fact is that no matter what your diet, no matter how much you exercise, no matter how many vitamins or health foods you eat, no matter how low your cholesterol, you will still die someday, some way. You may add a year, or even a few years to a life, but in the end death will conquer you as it has every person who has ever lived.

The writer of Hebrew’s tells us that death is an appointment that all must keep. When death became a part of the human race through Adam and Eve, it was not long before its reality was felt. I am sure that when Adam and Eve buried their son, Abel, the words of God kept ringing in their ears, “Thou shalt surely die” (Gen.2: 17).

In the first genealogy of the Bible, with almost endless monotony we read of how so and so begat so and so and “he died.” Death has been an inescapable fact since then. We may not like to talk about death, but the simple fact is that death is an appointment we all face.

Yet, when we come to the New Testament we see that there is an exception. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychiatry wrote, “And finally there is the painful riddle of death, for which no remedy at all has yet been found, nor probably ever will be.” Freud was wrong. There is a remedy for death. Paul tells us that “we shall not all sleep” (I Cor.51). There is a generation of people that will not experience death!

In the Old Testament we see Enoch and Elijah, that foreshadowed a generation that will be an exception to what is customary. They were an exception to the frequent presence of death in their day. Neither had to die. Enoch was translated that he should not see death and Elijah was carried up into heaven in a chariot. They did something no one else has ever done, they by-passed the grave.

A rational man may not be able to face death without some apprehension, but the Christian man can meet death without fear or apprehension. A Christian does not have fear death. Death for the Christian is the gateway to an eternal home. It may be that many that are reading this article will one day experience death. But it’s possible that like Enoch, those who are living when Jesus comes will be translated that they should not see death. The believer will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air; raptured out without dying. This is God’s wonderful remedy for death, “We shall not all sleep.” Death has passed upon all men, and all have an appointment with death, but there is a generation that will be an exception. Who knows we might be that generation.

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The Door Was Shut
Matthew 25:11-13 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord open to us! But He answered and said, assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you. Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

By the time the foolish bridesmaids get there it is too late. The last five words of Matthew 25:10 will halt some people for all eternity “And The Door Was Shut”. All who were in were safe. All who were out were lost.

Not only were these bridesmaids shut out from the presence of the bridegroom; they were separated from the wise bridesmaids. When Jesus Christ comes back, families are going to be separated. Husbands and wives are going to be separated. Parents and children are going to be separated. Friends and brothers are going to be separated.

“And The Door Was Shut”. Can I tell you the worst thing that can ever happen to a human being? It is to enter into eternity find the door of heaven shut and to be on the outside looking in. I want to ask you a question. Are you ready? Are you ready to meet Jesus?

In early 1874 an inventor named Elisha Gray transmitted a few musical notes over a telegraph wire. He thought to himself, “if I can send music, perhaps I could send the human voice.” The NEW YORK TIMES reported predictions of a “talking telegraph” and the public began to grow eager for it. Just one-year later Gray believed he had the answer. But inexplicably, he did not put his idea on paper for two months. After finally making a sketch, he waited four more days before he went to the patent office. When he arrived, Mr. Gray was told that just two hours earlier a school teacher had come through that same door with his own sketch and had already applied for the patent. His name was Alexander Graham Bell. When you compared the sketches, Bell’s and Gray’s were identical. The reason we know the name Alexander Graham Bell and until today, never heard the name Elisah Gray is simply because one man seized the opportunity when he could. The other one waited until it was too late. One day the bridegroom is going to come for his bride and when He does you had better make sure you are ready or you will be on the outside looking in. Listen to Pastor Jacks sermons and read articles at



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How To Increase Your Faith

Christian, why does God allow some people to be healthy and some sick? Why do some seem to just skate through life and others stumble through heartache and pain all their lives? Why do evil people seem to get along better than Christians? There are five things we need to know and understand as followers of Christ in order to answer these questions.

First of all…God loves you. No matter what, remember that God loves you. Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Secondly…God is in control and we can trust Him to do what is right in our lives.
Thirdly….God knows you……He knows what you are going through.
Fourthly….God has promised to bring you comfort and give you peace. My peace I give unto you, my peace I leave with you.
Fifthly…I think this is the most important fact…..Don’t try to figure it all out. God has made every life a journey. We all are on our OWN journey. You have your life’s journey and I have mine. Don’t try to compare your life’s journey to others.

Peter was told his future by Jesus. John 21:18-22 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.”

Let me give you a good example of what Jesus meant. In Matthew 11:6” Jesus said….And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” John the Baptist was in prison. He didn’t understand why Jesus didn’t get him out. So he sent some people to ask Jesus if He was the true Christ. John had begun to doubt. Jesus did not chastise John for doubting. He said of man born of women there is no one greater than John. But neither did Jesus get John out of prison and John eventually was beheaded.

You see, Jesus had a greater purpose and plan for John. We should always pray …I know Lord that your plan is best for me and I will not complain or get bitter. Don’t try to figure it all out. God has made every life a journey. We all are on our own personal journey. Again your life’s journey is not like anyone else’s so don’t try to compare your life to others. Jesus told Peter that he shouldn’t be worrying about His will for John, but that Peter should concentrate his life on following HIM!!

You will save yourself a lot of worry and fear in life if you will just do that. Luke 9:23. “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

Can you pray like Job? Though He slay me yet will I trust Him. Would you like to have faith like that? Only when you follow Jesus and keep your eyes on Him can your faith can rise to the level of Job. Check out for more articles and Pastor Jacks sermons and outlines.

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Recognize the presence of Jesus in your life.

That is one of the most vital, dynamic, electrifying, earth shaking thoughts that I can ever give to you. Acts 1:1 “The former treatise have I written unto you of all that Jesus began to do and to teach.”

The idea is not that Jesus is finished. He is still doing and he is still teaching. The Bible says that He was taken up in to heaven in Acts 1:9. But He is still acting, He is still working, He is still teaching. In the Gospels He was here in his physical body. In the book of Acts He is here in his Church body. In the Bible it says “the Acts of the Apostles.” That was put in there by the publisher. This is not the Acts of the Apostles. What you have in the book of Acts is the acts of the Lord Jesus Christ.

What Luke is saying is this…..Jesus is still alive and active, He just has a different body. Where is the presence of Jesus?” IN us. He doesn’t want us to do anything for Him today. He wants to do something THROUGH US! The Bible says it is Christ in us which is our hope of glory. Jesus Christ is alive and he lives in us.

When I was a young Christian I started out wanting to do something for the Lord. But it was a great day in my life when I discovered God didn’t want me to do anything for Him. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t do anything for Him.

You say, “That’s confusing, I thought you’re supposed to serve the Lord.” The Christian life is not difficult, the Christian life is totally impossible! It’s impossible! There is not anybody alive today who can live the Christian life. There’s only one person who ever lived the Christian life, His name was Jesus. And there is only one person who can live the Christian life and his name is Jesus. And if the Christian life is lived where you live it will be Jesus in you living that Christian life. It is Christ in you the hope of glory.

We all know that salvation is a miracle, the new birth is a miracle. And we all know that our Christian life commences with a miracle. But I want to tell you not only does it commence with a miracle, but it is to continue with a miracle.

The very life that I live is to be a miracle life. It is to be Christ in me. The Apostle Paul said in Galatians chapter 2, verse 20, “I am crucified with Christ.” What can a dead man do? Nothing! I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me and the life I now live I live by the faith of the son of god who loved me and gave himself for me.”

There was a preacher in Kentucky who used to keep on his desk an old time leather glove. And each Sunday before he’d go out to preach he’d take that old glove off the desk and he would slip his hand into the glove and flex it several times. Take the glove off and put it on his desk and go back out and preach. Someone said, “Why do you do that.” He said “To remind me of this vital lesson, that that glove is absolutely useless and powerless until my hand is slipped into it. And then I say ‘Oh God, as my hand has activated this glove, I want you Lord Jesus to activate my life.’ And I want you Lord, to enter into me and live your life through me.”

Recognize the presence of Jesus in your life. Nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. For more articles and Pastor Jack’s sermons go to

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The More We Know The Less We know

15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
We are living in an age when knowledge is literally exploding. We have more knowledge at our fingertips than ever before in the history of mankind. Scientific and technical information in 1990 doubled every 5 years. But now knowledge and technical information is doubling every few months because more powerful information systems and an increasing population of scientists.

I was stunned reading recently about how many things are printed in the United States every day. Did you know that every second 3,000 pages of material are printed in the United States? One thousand books are published every day. Did you know that if you took all of the knowledge from the time of recorded history to 1845 and let it equate an inch; then from 1845 to 1945 it would equal 3 inches; but from 1945 to the present it would be longer than the Empire State Building! That is how many facts we are learning. That is how knowledge is increasing, pulling in on us like a tidal wave.

One thing all of this knowledge has taught us, however, is, that nobody can know everything. A census taker knocked on the door of an old backwoods shack up in Appalachia. An old timer came to the door and asked the man what he wanted. “The President has sent us across the country to find out exactly how many people live in the United States” the man said. The old hillbilly said, “Well I’m sorry you came all the way out here to ask me because I ain’t got the faintest idee.”

We know a lot. The more we know the less we know….about this truth. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”

First of all this is a reliable statement. Paul says “This is a faithful saying”. Notice, it’s not that it WAS a faithful saying, it IS a faithful saying. It is authentic. It is up-to-date. It is always true. You know today’s scientific truth will be tomorrow’s superstitious myth. But that is not true of the Word of God. Every statement from the lips of our God is always reliable.

Paul wants us to know that this is not a figment of his imagination. It is not some fancy tale. Peter said in II Peter 1:16:, “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”

But it is also a valuable statement. It is a worthy statement. It is a commendable statement. It is worth your attention. It is worth your allegiance. It is a statement that is as worthy today as it was yesterday and will be as worthy tomorrow as it is today.

It is also an acceptable statement, for it is “worthy of all acceptance”. This is a statement for everyone in every time at every place. You have here the entire Scripture in a sentence. All of the Bible is meant to convey this one truth that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. That single, simple sentence is literally bursting with truth.

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To Really Live You Must Die

How do you live the Christian life? Well, believe it or not, the answer is YOU don’t! Over one billion people have become Christians in the last 2,000 years. But only one person has ever lived the Christian life, and that is Jesus Christ. I am going to make an amazing statement, but I believe it is true. The average Christian knows far more about how to BECOME one than how to BE one.

The average Christian will say, “I’m trying to live the Christian life the best way I know how.” or “I just trying to make it into heaven.” When a Christian makes that statement I can automatically tell them they’re probably not doing a very good job of it.

I heard of a man who was walking by a seaside cliff in the darkness. He thought he knew the path, but the path evidently had fallen away by erosion, and he stepped over the cliff into the darkness. As he was falling he found an overhanging limb; he grabbed hold of it and he was dangling there with his feet in midair.

He began to scream at the top of his voice for help, but no one could hear him. His hands began to get weak, his palms clammy, his fingers began to ache. He said to himself, “I’ve just got to hold on; I’ve got to hold on; I can’t fall.” Beneath him you could hear the roaring waves and he could see in his mind the jagged rocks below, but finally his strength was gone. His fingers relaxed their grip; he slipped and he fell three inches to a solid rock ledge that had been beneath his feet the entire time.

There are so many Christians who know they need to “go out and whip the world,” but they’re exhausted from trying so hard and getting beaten up when they don’t realize the solution lies right at their feet. The single verse that I am going to give you is, in my mind, one of those “must” memory verses. It is probably the most comprehensive, compact, complete description of the Christian life in the entire Bible. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

The truth of this verse is simple: To really Live You must die. That may sound weird, but here is the central fact of the Christian life – If you are going to live the Christian life, you must die. You cannot really live until you die. I know that sounds paradoxical, but it is nevertheless true.

It’s not about you, it’s all about Him. It’s not about your feelings, your ideas, your thoughts, your beliefs, It all about Christ. You must crucify yourself, you must take up your cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23). If you want to truly live, to have peace, joy, purpose, meaning, love, patience, understanding and gentleness you must give up your live and give it to Christ. Paul said For me to live is Christ, and for me to die is gain.

You cannot win in this life until you lose….you must lose your life to Christ in order to live victoriously! To hear or watch Pastor Jack’s sermons, and read more articles go to

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The Fool and His Belief

I read of a pastor who walked by a tavern, and a man wishing to embarrass him, rose and suddenly shouted, “There is no God.” The pastor called to him laid his hand on his shoulder, and said, “Friend, what you have said is not new at all. The Bible said that more than 2000 years ago.” The man said, “I never knew that the Bible made such a statement.” The pastor replied, “Yes, in Psalm 14: 1, ‘The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.’ But there is a great difference between that fool and you. He was quite modest and said it only in his heart; he didn’t go around yelling it out in taverns.”

The word “fool” is a word used to speak of “moral perversity.” It does not refer to man’s intellect, or even his ability to know. For, it is obvious that man is a brilliant creature. But, he is a fool in his thinking toward God. The word for “God” is the Hebrew name “Jehovah.” It is the name that speaks of God in covenant with His people. This is the God who has revealed Himself to His people.

Thus, the fool, or the man who denies God, doesn’t necessarily deny the reality of God, but the revelation of God. In spite of every way that God has revealed Himself to us, this man has the wrong thoughts about Him. He is basically saying, “There is no Jehovah.” “There is no revealed God.” “There is no miracle working God of the Bible.” His perception is false, and his profession is fatal.

Dr. H. A. Ironside was preaching in a large Midwestern city, when he noticed a man in the crowd writing on a card, which he handed to the speaker. The man was Arthur Lewis, a renowned atheistic lecturer; and, he proposed a challenge to Dr. Ironside to debate the subject, “Atheism verses Christianity,” and an offer to pay all of the expenses involved.

Dr. Ironside read the card to his audience, and said, “I accept the invitation on these conditions. First, that you promise to bring with you to the platform one man who was once an outcast, a slave to sinful habits, but who heard your lecture on atheism, and was helped by it and cast away his sins and became a new man, and today is a member of society, all because of your unbelief.” “And, second, that you bring with you one woman who was once lost to all purity and goodness, but who can now testify that atheism came to her while deep in sin, and caused her to become a woman, chaste and upright, all through a disbelief of the existence of God.” “Sir, if you will agree, I promise to be there with one hundred such men and women, once lost, filthy sinners, who heard the gospel of the grace of God, believed it and have found new life and joy in Jesus Christ our Savior. Will you accept my terms?” Needless to say, the atheist walked away.

Society cannot reverse a man’s sinful condition. Medicine has yet to find a cure for it, and self-enhancement seminars, and lectures, are to no avail. The only cure for the fool who denies God is the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God. For Pastor Jack’s sermons, articles and more go to

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When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days; then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, ‘Is there any word from the Lord?’ And Jeremiah said, ‘There is: for,’ said he, ‘thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the King of Babylon.'” (Jeremiah 37:16-17)

Jeremiah was one of the greatest prophets in all the Bible. He was called the weeping prophet, because often his eyes were filled with tears when he saw what was happening to his beloved nation of Israel. Oh, for a Jeremiah today who would weep over the nation of America. As we look at this post modern age, as we look at a culture that is fast becoming something foreign to that which was the culture and the ideals upon which this nation was built, the question comes again, ringing as it did from the mouth of Zedekiah the king, in light of all that is happening in our nation and to our nation, “Is there any word from the Lord?”

Just a few years ago in the Oklahoma Baptist paper, THE BAPTIST MESSENGER, John Yates, the editor, was commenting on the cracking of the foundation and the cracks in the walls of the Washington Monument that stands as a mighty testimony to liberty on the mall in Washington, D.C., our nation’s capitol. He said. “Perhaps you’ve already heard the national media reports regarding cracks that have appeared in the Washington Monument. The 555-foot, 90,000-ton granite marble monument is in the process of its most extensive renovation since it opened to the public in 1888. Several cracks were found, one approximately 40 feet, two others 20 feet and 30 feet in vertical length, starting at the 450-foot level of the Washing Monument. These cracks go completely through the 18-inch thick walls of the monument. There are seventeen cracks in the lower part of the monument.”

He goes on to say, “The cracks in this symbol of our freedom are slight in comparison to the cracks in the moral and social foundations of our nation.” As this monument is found with faults and cracks, it is a modern day parable and message from God to our nation that we have allowed the moral foundation of our nation to crack, that the social foundation of our country is in peril. For our country was founded on principles that are discovered in God’s inerrant, infallible word, and this book will never have a crack in its foundation.

The Bible says, “The flower fades, and the Word of God will stand forever… Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” In the midst of a rapidly changing world and culture and a post modern era, we can be assured that there will never be any change in this book. It is the one unchanging truth that can never have any cracks, errors, or any questionable writing or wording, that it is the absolute trustworthy inerrant infallible Word of God. When we move away from the Word of God, the principles upon which this nation is built are going to crack, because it has moved off its proper foundation. There is a word from God for this country, and it is we need to repent. Repent means to change our minds about Christ. The answer is not government; the answer is Jesus Christ. The answer is not reformation; the answer is repentance of sin and a national turning to Jesus Christ one heart at a time. Check out our website at for sermons, articles, videos, Bible Studies and more.


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Are You Watching?
There are those who not only believe that He is coming and deeply believes that His coming is near, but are greatly affected by His return. In I John 3:3, the Scriptures declare that “every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” John is telling us that if one is really convinced of His return, that conviction will produce an altering of their attitudes and actions. Our belief in the sureness and nearness of His return will be displayed in the way we live.

What if we were informed that Jesus was going to return tomorrow? Suddenly local programming was interrupted and the news anchor said, “Ladies and Gentlemen. We have just learned that tomorrow around noon Jesus is coming back.” Do you think that we would take such news lightly? Absolutely not! I can only imagine the masses of people rushing to the church to get ready. Everyone would be frantically making sure they were right with God.

Of course we know that such a warning can only be imagined. There will be no such warnings. The only warning we will be given is the promise that has already been given in His Word. I cannot say that Jesus will come tomorrow but I cannot say that He will not. If a believer lives with such expectation and awareness, then we know that we must live each day the way we would want Him to find us at His coming. If we really believe that He could come at any time, it will affect our lives.

In 2 Peter 3:12 we see that we are to LOOK FOR HIM. “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” Peter uses two words that describe how we should look for His coming. First, he tells us to “look.” The word means to wait for or expect. Then he uses the word “hasting” that means to long for or earnestly desire. We are to be looking and longing for Jesus to come back.

A fishing fleet neared the Scottish coastal village from which they had been absent for many weeks. The captain scanned the shoreline with his binoculars. “Willie,” said the Captain, “There’s your Freda. And Jock, there’s Mamie and the two children. John, I see. . .” and so on he described the group of waiting loved ones at the wharf. When he was finished, one man asked, “Do you see my wife Captain?” “I’m sorry, Angus, I don’t see her; she’s not there” was the captains answer.

When the ship docked, Angus was the first off the vessel. Hurrying through the crowd, he glanced this way and that looking for his wife. Passing quickly through the village to his house, he opened the door. There was his wife. “Oh Angus,” she said, “I’ve been WAITING for you.” He responded, “The wives of the other men were WATCHING for them.”

Are you watching for the Lord to return? Are you living in expectation that He could come back this day? Do you long for His coming? Is your prayer that of John, “Even so come Lord Jesus” (Rev.22: 20). Hear Pastor Jack’s sermons and read his articles at,

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You Cannot be Neutral About Jesus

A young man was getting ready to go out on the town, and he had his coat and he had his things. He was going out to get drunk and to party. His mother had been praying for him so long. She laid a tract down beside his things there as he got ready to walk out of the house. As he picked up his gloves and his keys, he saw that gospel tract and it infuriated him. That young man said, Listen mama, today when I got off the bus somebody handed me a gospel tract and now I’m getting ready to go out and have a good time, and you hand me a tract. He said, I’m sick of it. Where can I go where no one will give me one of these things? And with a broken heart she said, My son, you can go to hell and no one will witness to you there.

A young lady came to a revival crusade. When the invitation was given the Spirit of God was moving in that crusade. She wept and cried. A personal worker went back to her. She was sitting in the back of the auditorium, and the personal worker said to her, “Would you come to the front and confess Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord?” She said, “Oh no.” There are too many people here. I can’t go up there in front of all of that crowd. Can’t I be saved back here?” And the personal worker said, “No, I’m sorry. If you want to be saved, you’ve got to come to the front“. She said, “Then I’ll not do it.” The next night the invitation was given. Again her heart was smitten and stricken and she knew she needed to be saved, and she was convicted that she needed Christ. The same personal worker went back to her and said, “Young lady, won’t you come to the front, and won’t you con confess Christ as your personal Savior?” She said, “No, please can’t I be saved back here?” And they said, “No, you cannot.” The third night the same thing happened. She was under deep conviction. That personal worker went to her and said, “Young lady would you please come to the front and acknowledge Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.” You know what she said? “Oh, yes I will. I’ll go anywhere. I’ll do anything, if I could just have peace with God.” The worker said, “now you can be saved back here.”

The Bible says, “Whosoever believeth in Him shall not be ashamed.” Do you know what the chief cult in America is? It is the cult of conformity. It’s the god of public opinion. And people are trying to follow what people think. The crowd doesn’t care whether you go to heaven or hell. Don’t try to please them. If you please them and displease God you’ll go to hell. And if you please God, it doesn’t matter who you displease, so put your trust in Jesus Christ.

Pilate said “What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?“ What will you do with Him? You will either receive Him or you will reject Him. You will either honor Him or you will shame Him. You will either crown Him or you will crucify Him. You will either walk under the blood or you will walk over the blood, but you cannot be neutral. You must do something with Jesus Christ. What will you do?

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You Had Better Be Right About Jesus.

John 8:54-58 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

The Pharisees were angered by the implication of Christ’s accusations that their father was the devil and that they did not know God in John 8 verses 44-47 and struck back by accusing Christ of being possessed by a demon and a Samaritan and not a true Jew. They totally insulted the Son Of God. Calling Him a Samaritian was a racial slur.

This world will slander Jesus. TV shows, Documentaries, Scientists, Phsycologists, Religious experts all have accused Jesus of everything from fraud to being a Lunatic.

John 8:49 “Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.” Jesus boldly proclaims that he does not have a devil. He claimed to honor the Father. He accuses the Pharisees of dishonoring Him. Jesus did not come for His own glory but for the glory of the Father. God is the one who is seeking glory and He will be their judge. Did you know that if you do not make Jesus Christ your Savior and if you make Jesus out to be anything less than God in the flesh you have dishonored Him.

Christ showing His true humility in not seeking His own glory. The religious leaders of then and today seek their own glory. They get sucked into the lure of fame and fortune and it clouds their thinking. Jesus did not fall into that trap. But if anyone had a right to glory it was Him.

John 8:50 “And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.”
God will judge those who judge His Son. How are we judging His Son today? Most of this world have judged Jesus unworthy of their allegiance, of their time, of their loyalty. They have slurred Him and dragged His name through the mud of history.

Many have made faulty conclusions about Christ and His work here while on earth. The Pharisees insulted His character. The most lovely, kind, compassionate, gentle, person that ever walked this earth and they compare Him to a devil. God sent His Son to die for us. To give His life a ransom for many. But sadly He was rejected of men. He is still being rejected today. Let me say, that if you are wrong about Jesus you are wrong about everything that pertains to life and eternity!

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How To Be Steady In a Shaky World
Today truth is on a shaky pedestal. There are those who would like to see truth topple to the ground. In this world there are many who will try to deceive you. Paul warns us about the false teachings that abound. A recent survey said that 63 percent of evangelicals believe that there is more than one way to eternal life. 30 years ago there were 5 percent who believed that. 83 percent of evangelicals believe that more than one religion can lead to eternal life. What has happened?

False teaching has infiltrated the church and our world. You are surrounded by more false teaching today than at any time in history. There are more cults around today than at any time in history. There are more challenges to our faith than at any time in history. I would dare to say that it’s tougher to find a true teacher and preacher of God’s word today than at any time in history.

How can we be steady in this shaky world?

2 Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, Follow those things that you have learned from God‘s word are true. Habitually read God’s word. Don’t let false teachers shake you up. If you get shaken go back to the word of God.
…knowing of whom thou hast learned them; Did you learn them from someone who is trustworthy and has shown by their lives that they are God’s servants? Did you learn from someone who preaches and teaches from the Bible? Did you know that the Holy Spirit is our greatest teacher. John tells us I John 2:26-27 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. Jesus said that the Spirit would remind us of the things that He has taught us.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, Inspiration means “God breathed out.” the scriptures through men and that this was not the invention of any man but the Bible is the work of God.
…..and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: The Bible’s most important job is to lead a man to salvation. After that the Bible provides instruction for Christian growth and maturity. Most of the books of the New Testament have warnings against false teaching. If people would just read their Bibles they would not get caught up in false teaching.
2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, a mature Christian. Not able to be led astray. …..throughly furnished unto all good works. The Bible will provide for you a firm, steady foundation for all of life. Hear and see Pastor Jack’s sermons and read his articles on


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Be Ye Angry and Sin Not

When Steve Tran of Westminster, California, closed the door after activating twenty-five bug bombs, he thought he had seen the last of the cockroaches that shared his apartment. When the spray reached the pilot light of the stove, it ignited, blasting his screen door across the street, breaking all his windows, and setting his furniture ablaze. “I really wanted to kill all of them,” he said. “I thought if I used a lot more, it would last longer.” According to the label, just two canisters of the fumigant would have solved Tran’s roach problem. The blast caused over $10,000 damage to his apartment building. And the cockroaches? Tran reported, “By Sunday, I saw them walking around.” Anger is one letter short of danger. Don’t blow your screen door off trying to deal with a cockroach irritation in life.

In one of the episodes of the old “Amos & Andy Show”, Amos had tired of Andy always hitting him in the chest and asking, “Ain’t that right, Amos ?” One day, Amos goes to see the Kingfish. “Look, Kingfish,” Amos asks, showing several sticks of dynamite strapped to his chest. “The next time Andy slaps me on the chest, he’s gonna blow his fool hand off !” Isn’t that the way anger is ? In attempting to hurt another, we always hurt ourselves.

Bedouin camel drivers in the mid-East understand how relationships can get out-of-balance this way. Camels are notoriously moody. Their selfish ways are legendary. From time to time a camel-driver senses his camel is fed-up with the owner. Wanting to head-off an explosion, the owner will hand his own outer coat to the camel. The camel will bite, spit-at, and trample the coat into the desert floor, until all that is left is a thread or two. Once the camel’s anger is spent, the relationship can get back on balance.

Ephesians 4:16 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.
The difference between a camel’s anger and our anger is that we are not camels. We are human beings. We can get angry but we are not to sin in that anger.

But how in the world can we get angry and not say something or do something that is sinful? I’ll tell you how you can be angry and sin not…when you get angry over how someone else is being treated! Jesus cleared the temple in anger because poor people were being exploited. Jesus got angry at the religious leaders because they were deceiving the people.

Not once did Jesus get angry over what someone did to Him! And that’s how we are to be also. That’s the only way you can Be ye angry and sin not!
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Do You Love Yourself?

Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

I was watching a Bonanza episode the other day. Gerald Heskit was the bad guy. He was mortally wounded by a gunshot from Adam and as he lay dying he reflected on the love of Jason, whom he had been sent to kill, for his wife Marion. He said…. “I too knew what love was…I did what I did for love….I was in love with Gerald Heskit.” That was a rather powerful statement for a television show to make. That show was first broadcast in 1960.

Never has there been more truth on TV than in that one statement. “I did what I did for love…for I was in love with myself.”

When Jesus said that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves, He was telling us that we naturally care for our bodies. We feed them, bath them, make them look and smell as nice as possible and be as comfortable as possible. There is nothing wrong with those things. But Jesus was saying that as we take care of ourselves we should be careful to keep the right perspective about ourselves.

Paul said in Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

While it is not wrong to love yourself in the sense of caring for yourself, it is always wrong when we use others or take from others in order to meet our needs. Jesus knew that when you get in the habit of putting yourself first it won’t be long until your need becomes greed. It is a trap that is hard to get out of. The reason being that when we go beyond taking care of our needs, the next progression is to start catering to our greed’s. When our wants become our greed’s they become just as important as our needs, so it won’t be long until we will do anything to anybody in anyway to get what we desire.

The love of money may be the root of all evil, but selfishness is the seed that becomes the root. Keep the right perspective about yourself. The Bible says that “Christ is our life…” Colossians 3:4 This is the right perspective..…it’s not about us, it’s all about Him.

In eternity you will get to be with the one you love most either way it goes. You will either be in heaven with the one you love most…Jesus or in hell with the one you love most…yourself. Hear Pastor Jack’s sermons and read his articles on Listen to him on WSIP FM 98.9 at 10:30 Am every Sunday.

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