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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church
6/16/2021

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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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church
6/9/2021

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 www.tomahwawkmbc.com

 

 

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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church
6/2/2021

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 www.tomahawkmbc.com for more articles and Pastor Jacks sermons and outlines.

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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church
5/26/2021

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 www.tomahawkmbc.com

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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church
5/19/2021

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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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church
5/12/2021

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 www.tomahawkmbc.com

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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church
5/5/2021

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 www.tomahawkmbc.com

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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church
4/28/2021

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 www.tomahawkmbc.com for sermons, articles, videos, Bible Studies and more.

 

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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church
4/21/2021

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 www.tomahawkmbc.com,

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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church
4/14/21

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?

You can listen to Pastor Jack’s sermons and read more of his articles on www.tomahawkmbc.com

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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church
4/7/2021

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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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church
3/31/21

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 www.tomahawkmbc.com

 

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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church
3/24/21

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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Jack Ward, Pastor, Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church
3/17/2021

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 www.tomahawkmbc.com. Listen to him on WSIP FM 98.9 at 10:30 Am every Sunday.

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