True to the Word

by David Jeremiah

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Christians are sometimes questioned about their faith. It happened in the first century as well as in our day, which is why the apostle Peter encouraged believers to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you ” (1 Peter 3:15). But what if you aren’t sure? What if you don’t know an answer to a question? You will never go wrong by simply saying what the Word says—the living and written Word of God.

Jesus called Himself “the truth” (John 14:6) and “He who is true” (Revelation 3:7). Therefore, saying what Jesus said is to say what is true. A Christian will never go wrong by agreeing with Jesus. But Jesus also called God’s Word “the truth.” He knew that the psalmist had written, “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” (Psalm 119:160), and he borrowed those words in His prayer to the Father: “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17). So Jesus called Himself the truth and He called the Word of God the truth. Jesus was the human embodiment of the eternal truth of God. If you want to speak the truth, quoting Jesus and the Bible is the best place to begin. If what we say departs from those two sources, we have departed from the truth.

The truth of Scripture demolishes speculation. R. C. Sproul

Friday Funnies

Missing You

Dearest Lauren,

I’m so sorry for the things I said.  I’ve been unable to sleep since I broke off our relationship last month. I think about you day and night. Your absence is breaking my heart and recently I’ve begun to realize that nobody can take your place. Sweetheart, I miss you so much. Please call me.

All my love,

Robert

P.S. Congratulations on winning last week’s Powerball Lottery.

Tainted Money

Timmy didn’t want to put his money in the offering plate Sunday morning, so his mother decided to use some hurried creative reasoning with him.

“You don’t want that money, honey,” she whispered in his ear. “Quick! Drop it in the plate. It’s tainted!”

Horrified, the little boy obeyed.

After a few seconds he whispered, “But, mommy, why was the money tainted? Was it dirty?

“Oh, no dear,” she replied. “It’s not really dirty. It just ‘taint yours, and it ‘taint mine,” she replied. “It’s God’s.”

Warnings

A state trooper stopped a Congressman for going 15 miles over the speed limit.

After he handed him a ticket, the Congressman asked, “Don’t you give out warnings?”

“Yes, sir,” he replied. “They’re all up and down the road. They say, ‘Speed Limit 65.'”

Bible Study

A More Sure Word! 2 Peter 1:16-21

A great number of people believe the claims of Christianity are just fables, folk tales, and legends. Despite the evidence—often, without any at all—these same people are counting on the idea that the Bible is mostly invention with very little truth. Even in Peter’s day, this was a counter to the preaching of the gospel. Arguments over the reliability of the message had already begun. Not only had some doubted what they’d been told, but others were trying to take advantage of the situation by making up their own stories. This is something Peter will deal with: cunningly devised fables, “clever lies” being told about Jesus.

Peter writes that his personal case for Christ is simple: He saw Jesus’ majesty with his own eyes. He is reporting as an eyewitness. When Peter preached about Jesus’ power and impending return, he wasn’t following someone else’s script; he was speaking from his own experience.

Specifically, Peter will refer to seeing Christ’s “majesty.” Peter was present for an event we commonly call the “transfiguration” (Matthew 17:1–8). This is not the only miracle which Peter saw, nor the only piece of evidence he will use. But, for this event is the clearest example of how he knows—for sure—that what he is teaching is the truth.

While writing to these displaced but saved Jews, Peter directs their hearts toward the Word of God.  If we are to trust in the Lord with all our hearts when we do not understand, we must learn to trust in His Word.

Peter will go back to the past to establish a present truth as he establishes the importance of faith in the Word of God.

1.  First, in verses 16-17, Peter established their faith in God’s Word that was spoken in an audible voice.  Everyone here tonight, if you heard the voice of God and knew that it was He that spoke, would believe EVERY WORD spoken.  Not one of you would have thought that God was too wordy or did not speak as many words as He need to speak.  Not one of you would have said, “God could have said it better this way,” and then re-phrase what He said.  You would take God at His Word and honor every single word spoken.

2.  Second, in verses 20-21, Peter established their faith in God’s inspiration of the Scriptures through holy men of old.  Everyone here tonight believes that the initial inspiration of the Word of God was verbal, plenary, inerrant, and infallible.  Every single word of God!

In verse 16, Peter uses the phrase “cunningly devised fables.”  The word “fables” is used 5 times in the New Testament.

1.  Fable – a tale or fiction.  Also, to teach or instruct a tale or fiction.  Cunningly devised is a tale that has been crafted.  We get a lot of that in politics these days.  You craft a story that presents a deception to the hearer.

2.  The most quoted use of the word “fables” is in 2 Timothy.

2 Timothy 4:1-4  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;  (2)  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  (3)  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  (4)  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

The fables referred to in 2 Timothy had to do with turning those deceived away from the preaching of sound doctrine and the Word of God.  That is where we are today.

Break down verse 19 to get a good grasp upon what Peter is speaking about when he references a more sure Word.

1.  “we have” – to hold or to have in possession

2.  “a more sure” – A stable or firm base

3.  “word” – Logos, the same as John 1:1, in the beginning was the Word.  An utterance or something said.

4.  “prophecy” – to foretell whereas we “forth tell.”  It is a word that knows the future.

5.  “take heed” – not only to have in possession but to adhere to or to apply to oneself.

6.  “light” – a portable lamp, white in lamination.  Psalm 119:105.

7.  “that shineth” – luminous, to lighten or to show, to allow to see.

8.  “dark” – to blow dust or to be dirty.  The meaning is not just an absence of light but something dirty that obscures the light.  Dust storm.

9.  “place” – a condition, not a room.  As Israel sat in spiritual darkness when the First Advent took place, so we also sit in a time of spiritual darkness just prior to His Coming again.

10.  “until” – continuance of time and place.

11.  “day” – ffiguratively a period instead of a 24 hour day.  The Millennium or 1000 year reign; a thousand years is as a “day” with God.

12.  “dawn” – to beam or break through.  To appear.

13.  “The Day Star arise in your hearts” – to bear light.  

14.  Revelation 22:16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.  Isaiah 14:12 when they refer to Jesus as the morning star.  Jesus Christ is the Morning Star!

Victory Baptist Church 22 June 2022 victorypalmetto.com

Wade’s Wednesday

Changing Circumstances

By David Faust

According to a newspaper account, a government agency sent a form letter to a South Carolina man who had died. The letter said, “Your food stamps will be stopped, effective in March, because we received notice that you passed away.” Evidently a kind-hearted government worker had tried to add a human touch by writing, “May God bless you.” Then the form letter continued, “You may reapply if your circumstances change.” It should be noted that thus far, the client has not reapplied.

When we die, could our circumstance change? Yes! Jesus died, and his body was sealed in a garden tomb. But three days later, his circumstances changed! Hundreds saw him alive again—teaching, eating, interacting with his disciples, giving them 40 days worth of evidence that his resurrection was a fact (Acts 1:3).

In the 1960’s Jerry Lee Lewis sang, “There’s a whole lot of shakin’ going on!” On Jesus resurrection day, there was a whole lot of shakin’ going on. Matthew 28 says the ground shook (v. 2).—just as it did a few days earlier when Jesus died on the cross. Also, the guards shook. These seasoned soldiers normally weren’t afraid of anything, but when an angel appeared as bright as lightning, wearing clothes that shone like the sun on new-fallen snow, the guards trembled with fear (vv. 3, 4).

God was shaking things up! Yet, the angel of the Lord “rolled back the stone and sat on it (v. 2). He sat there calm, cool, and confident because God was in control.

We all know what it’s like to be shaken up. A doctor tells us bad news, The stock market dips and dives. War takes the lives of young soldiers. We’re all headed for the tomb, searching in the dim light of dawn for a reason to hope. And then to our surprise, we find God has already been at work. Like the women who came to Jesus’ tomb early on Sunday morning, we’re all “looking for Jesus, who was crucified (v.5). We all need the wonderful news that “he is risen, just as he said” (v. 6).

Our possessions can’t give us hope. When a TV psychic network declared bankruptcy, its lawyer declared, “They made some bad decisions due to unforeseen circumstances.” Perhaps they should have seen it coming.

Despite all the good it does, science can’t give us hope. Noting that the cosmos appears to be flying apart with increasing speed, a science reporter for Time magazine wrote, “Tens of billions of years from now, our Milky Way galaxy will find itself alone in empty space….The stars will simply wink out—and the universe will end, not with a bang but with the mildest of whimpers.”

Without Christ, life is a hopeless end; with Christ, it’s an endless hope. When we have the living Christ as our Savior and Lord, we have “crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24). We are a dying race on a dying planet, but a calm assurance abides when the risen Christ dwells in our hearts. Because he lives, even when we die our circumstances are going to change for the better.

Tuesday With Karen

Thank God for having it all in His hand! KI

Forecast Storms

If forecast storms are coming your way,
Making you worry, how to plan your day;
Trust in the only Master of the sea,
He’s more than able to meet every need!

If forecast storms are due to arrive,
Causing turmoil within your daily life;
Call on God’s name, He hears every prayer,
He’s watching over your life with His care!

If forecast storms are working together,
Part of a violent system of weather;
Put your worry inside the Saviour’s hand,
He has control of what happens on land!

If forecast storms are soon coming near,
Causing your heart concern & great fear;
Call upon God, who divided the Red Sea,
His loving way still brings perfect peace!

Content

Are parents trying too hard to make their kids happy? And is that having the opposite effect? These questions introduce an interview with Lori Gottlieb, author of an article on the subject of unhappy young adults. Her conclusion: Yes. Parents who refuse to let their children experience failure or sadness give them a false view of the world and do not prepare them for the harsh realities of adult life. They’re left feeling empty and anxious.

Some Christians expect that the Lord will be the kind of parent who protects them from all sorrow and disappointment. But that’s not the kind of Father He is. He lovingly allows His children to go through suffering (Isa. 43:2; 1 Thess. 3:3).

When we start with the mistaken belief that it’s an easy life that will make us truly happy, we become weary trying to live out our faulty belief. But when we face the truth that life is difficult, we can invest our lives in the pursuit of a good and godly life instead. That kind of life strengthens us for the times when life is difficult.

God’s goal is to make us holy, not just happy (1 Thess. 3:13). And when we are holy, we are more likely to be truly happy and content.

A contented person has learned to accept the bitter with the sweet.

In The Father’s Hand

In the Father’s hand, there’s power & might,
He rules the world, every day and night;
All things have been by His divine control,
His children, in His hands, He lovingly holds!

In the Father’s hand is wisdom and grace,
Strength for all things we’re given to face;
His hand is always amazingly strong,
Yet loving enough to fix what is wrong!

In the Father’s hand, holy and divine,
There are so many blessings there to find;
He picks us up with a strong arm of care,
Whatever we face, His presence is there!

In the Father’s hand, eternity itself,
He holds the keys to Heaven & Hell;
It’ll be so great, to see God’s holy face,
When Satan’s locked up,forever & always!

Karen Icenhour

Father Knows Best

by: Julia Bettencourt


“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,
saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil,
to give you an expected end. ”   Jeremiah 29:11

When I was little my dad always planted a large garden. Sometimes I think he planted rows and rows of green beans and every other vegetable just to keep us kids occupied by picking, shelling, husking, and snapping. How could we ever get into trouble with all the chores we were required to do?

We really didn’t have much when I was little, but we always did have a roof over our heads and plenty of vegetables to eat. The brown paper grocery bags we’d fill shock full of freshly picked veggies and take to relatives, neighbors, friends, and people in our church were numerous. As I got a little older I never could figure out why my dad would have to plant a garden every year big enough to feed half of Ohio.

There was always something to pick. Rows and rows of somethings. I cherish now all those hours we’d sit snapping green beans with my grandma and mom, and ever who would happen by, but I couldn’t see the future or the need of garden chores then through all the corn silk I was tediously removing from mountains of ears of corn at the time.

Today I am thankful for all the hard work and the discipline I learned from all those chores my father made me do as a kid. Funny how most of those chores seemed to revolve around those big gardens we’d have every year. I’m not even sure that my dad knew he was teaching us kids so much from making us do the things that he did. I do know that my Heavenly Father knows what I’m learning from the garden He’s placed me in.

I’m still picking, shelling, husking, and snapping, only in different ways by the things that lay in my garden path. What is truly amazing is that up ahead are not all the cherished memories like I have of my childhood, my grandparents, and just all those memories of home. Up ahead there are treasures laid up for me “where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” Matthew 6:20. Up ahead there are blessings that God has chosen to put there for me to have. Up ahead there are joys that await me from what my Heavenly Father planned for my life.

When I wake up on days and don’t feel like picking a row of beans or maybe don’t feel like picking those ripe tomatoes off the vine, I hope I’ll be sensitive to the fact that God has a purpose to my life and the situations that he has put there for me to go through. It might be something such as witnessing to someone God’s placed in my path or praying for a particular need, but I hope I’m disciplined enough to know that those chores God gives me need to be done.

It’s so exciting that my Heavenly Father knows today what I’ll need tomorrow. He not only knows what I’ll need tomorrow but also 20 years or 40 years ahead. I used to think of that verse in Matthew 6 as only something more current or more immediate. “…for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” Matthew 6:8. I’ve come to realize that my Father knows not only what my immediate needs are but also what I’ll need even later in my earthly life. It just makes life so exciting to live knowing that each day is planned, prepared, and custom made just for me. Each thing that comes into my life God knows all about before I do.

To me, all this adds up to a wonderful Heavenly Father’s love. I know we all know in our hearts that God holds everything in the palm of His hand and He’s in control and has plans for us, but I don’t think we live like we believe it. Knowing that everything fits together in such a precise way should make us want to take each breath of life and live it more focused on God. I trust that I can do that. I trust I can take all the rows of beans life has to offer and do what is expected of me as a child of God. My Father does know best.

So, are you caught up with your chores?

Friday Funnies

FLOWERS SENT TO WRONG PLACE 

A businessman ordered flowers to be sent to the opening of his friend’s new branch office. When the businessman got there, he was shocked to see the flowers with the inscription. “Rest In Peace.”

 He was so outraged that he stopped at the florist to complain.

 “It could be worse,” the florist said, “Just think: Today someone was buried beneath a floral arrangement with the inscription. ‘Congratulations on Your New Location!’ ”

WRONG E-MAIL

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of their hectic schedules, it was difficult for the couple to coordinate their travel plans. So the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, while his wife planned to fly down the following day.        The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter of her email address, and sent the email without realizing his error.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a Baptist minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack.     The widow decided to check her email, expecting condolence messages from family and friends.

But after reading her very first email, she screamed and fainted.

 The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:    To: My Loving Wife

Subject: I’ve Just Arrived Today

I know you’re surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. Since I’ve just arrived, I thought I would send you an email.

Everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

 P. S. Sure is  hot down here!!!

THE OLD BUSYBODY

A tired pastor was at home resting, and through the window he saw Mrs. Brown approaching his door. She was one of those too-talkative people, and he was not anxious to talk with her. He said to his wife, “I’ll just duck upstairs and wait until she goes away.”
      
An hour passed, then he tiptoed to the stair landing and listened … not a sound. He was very pleased, so he started down calling loudly to his wife, “Well, My Dear, did you get rid of that old busybody?”
      
The next moment he heard the voice of the Mrs. Brown, and she couldn’t possibly have missed hearing him. Two steps down, he saw them both staring up at him. It seemed truly a crisis moment.
      
The quick-thinking pastor’s wife answered, “Yes, Dear, she went away over an hour ago. But Mrs. Jones has come to call in the meantime, and I’m sure you’ll be glad to greet her.”

Bible Study

Believe the Bible 2 Peter 1:16-21
 
The Importance of your Bible:
 
1.  My Salvation depends upon it.  My salvation cannot be trusted if its foundation is flawed.
2.  Sound Doctrine demands it.  My doctrine cannot be trusted if its foundation is flawed.
3.  My Christian growth necessitates it.  I cannot grow to spiritual maturity if my diet is flawed. 
4.  My Daily Walk counts on it.  I cannot follow right if I am not sure of my path.
 
Why do I believe the Bible?  Because what God says about the Bible in the Bible.  THIS IS NOT DIFFICULT! 
 
I am a Bible Believer!  I am a Biblicist: one who completely relies upon the singular of Bible.  What the Bible says is right and final.  Plus nothing, minus nothing, and mixed with nothing. I never want to cast a shadow of a doubt upon the Bible.  I want you to believe it, read it, live by it, and measure all decisions by it.
 
Do not take my word alone for it, read what God said about the Word of God, your Bible.
 
1.  God’s’ Word is Inspired by God!  
2 Peter 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (Moved – to carry, to bring forth, to be driven.  Verbal inspiration: every word; plenary inspiration: full from cover to cover.)
 
2.  God’s Word is Preserved by God!  
Psalms 12:6-7  The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.  (7)  Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. (Preserve – to keep a monument, a watcher.  This is a God Book, not a man book.  The Bible is the Word of God.)
 
3.  God’s Word continues in its Preservation and Inspiration. 
2 Timothy 3:13-17  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.  (14)  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;  (15)  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  (16)  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  (17)  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.  (All the Word of God that he had been brought up with—what he was taught, what he knew, what he believed, and what he personally taught were preserved copies, not original manuscripts.  God called his copies “holy scriptures” and declared them to be “inspired.”)
 
4.  God’s Word is Necessary for our life. 
Matthew 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  (We cannot live by “every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Why would Jesus make such a statement if we do not have it?  “Proceedeth” because it was not completed at that time but today it is finished.)
 
5.  God’s Word is Unfailing. 
Matthew 5:18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.  (The last time I looked, heaven and earth were still here.  Infallible!  That is where I stand.)
 
6.  God’s Word is Very Pure. 
Psalms 119:140  Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.  (No mixture of error.  Inerrant!  That is where I stand.)
 
7.  God’s Word is Protected. 
Proverbs 30:5-6  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.  (6)  Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
 
Revelation 22:18-19  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  (19)  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.  (I fear that many preachers and teachers take these statements lightly.  They add to and take away from the Word of God as their “bibles” change.)
 
8.  God’s Word is both Living and Abiding. 
1 Peter 1:23-25  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.  (24)  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:  (25)  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
 
9.  God’s Word is both Preserved and Sure for our generation.
2 Peter 1:16-19  For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  (17)  For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  (18)  And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.  (19)  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 
 
Conclusion:  I thank God for my Bible.  It is one of a kind. 
You and I Must Have It!  2 Timothy 3:16-17  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  (17)  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Victory Baptist Church 15 June 2022 victorypalmetto.com