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Genesis 2:4-9, 15-18
Made In His Image
September 13, 2015
First Baptist Church
Jackson, Mississippi
USA
What’s the number ...
Thanks To The Members Of
The Committee On Committees
Kendall Smith (Chairman)
Beth Aldridge David Gibbs,
Sherye Green Mike...
Date Time Opponent/Location/Score
08/21 7:00pm Winona Christian 7 – FCA 25
08/28 7:00pm @ Eupora, MS
09/04 7:00pm @ Winona...
1.) Memorize the monthly memory verses and know each month we are hiding
God’s Word in our heart.
http://rejoiceministries...
Sunday
http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.YeZK4m9R0ZovA7PRca4vag&pid=15.1
Joe Young teaches:
Genesis 3
September 20, 2015
Fi...
Life in God’s Garden
8 The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man
whom He had formed. 9 And ...
Genesis 2:7 NKJV
7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his
nostrils the breath of lif...
Professor Richard Lewontin, a Harvard geneticist (and self-proclaimed Marxist), is
certainly one of the world’s leaders in...
Dr. Arthur Guyton is one of the greatest figures in the history of cardiovascular
physiology.
http://dcprinciples.org/memb...
His Textbook of Medical Physiology is the world's best-
selling physiology book and has been translated into
at least 15 l...
Your ears can hear 300,000 different tones.
http://www.listenwhenyourbodytalks.com/wp-
content/uploads/2013/08/hearing.jpg...
The Lord God created the substances, and then He used those substances to
create man.
The Lord God formed man!
The word fo...
http://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.3%2bRcUtTp38nEkNcHIhfHXg&pid=15.1
Man does not just have a spirit, man is spirit.
God is ...
Matthew 10:28 NASB
“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear
Him Who is able t...
http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.CA4izuRVApwN4y1tlLsrlw&pid=15.1
James 2:26 ESV
26 For as the body apart from the spirit i...
What exactly is evil and why does it exist?
Evil is not a thing; it is a lack of a good thing that God made (it is a priva...
Despite the horrible effects of evil on our world, the Christian believer can take
comfort in the words of the Lord Jesus ...
This tree seems to have had the power to convey immortality to man, and as
such is used in Scripture as a symbol of the Lo...
But, if it is a good thing to know the difference between good and evil, why did
God forbid Adam to partake of this fruit?...
That suggests a clue as to what this fruit was and what it did.
How does God know good and evil?
Think about it for a mome...
Yet, as a creature, he has no real ability to maintain this kind of relationship and
thus he is constantly interjecting an...
http://www.politifake.org/image/political/small/1010/narcissistic-narcissist-political-poster-1288131984.jpg
You can find ...
Let’s illustrate it with this true story.
Steve Saint
http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.P6mOrLZCV3ioIF%2bdSQk6ug&pid=15.1
h...
https://lizzyhana.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/stephenie-saint.jpg?w=510
http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.%2frB4kCyXqgPiDcz...
The Thorn
By Martha Snell Nicholson
I stood a mendicant (MEN-di-kuh-nt) of God before His royal throne
And begged Him for ...
Then the destruction, desolation, and heartache of the Garden of Eden will be
reversed, and men shall once again acknowled...
The Plan of Hope & Salvation
John 3:16 NKJV
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoeve...
Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that
God has raised Him...
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  1. 1. Genesis 2:4-9, 15-18 Made In His Image September 13, 2015 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA What’s the number one thing? The Glory of God! http://pabloperez.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/the-glory-of-god-2.jpg 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KFOtNWjTX5s/UdT_aGKSebI/AAAAAAAAAB0/ieKqL_IsJHg/s960/1031-wallpaper-slide-v2.gif September Memory Verse: Psalm 86:11 NIV 11 Teach me Your way, LORD, that I may rely on Your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.
  2. 2. Thanks To The Members Of The Committee On Committees Kendall Smith (Chairman) Beth Aldridge David Gibbs, Sherye Green Mike Lowe, Chris Maddux Jim Merritt, Jr., Elizabeth Rich Eddy Waller Please Pray For The Pastor Search Committee Ross Aven Rodney DePriest Laurel Ditto Susan Lindsay Chris Maddux Joe Young Paul Moak, Jr. (Chairman) Please Pray For Your Church Leadership Committee: Bob Gladney Doug Gunn John Lewis Cille Litchfield David Maron Rance Sapen Catherine Sledge Doug Rule Bob Waller Men's Stories Every Tuesday, 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM All men are invited to a great lunch and devotion Hosted by Hal Warren - First Baptist Jackson's Missions and Evangelism Pastor. Fellowship Hall East 11:15 a.m. - Lunch Line Begins 12:15 p.m. - Program Begins 12:50 p.m. - Dismiss Regular Line: $7.50 Senior Adult: $6.00 Lite Line: $5.50 French Camp Academy http://thehowellfamily.yolasite.com/resources/French%20Camp%20sign.jpg
  3. 3. Date Time Opponent/Location/Score 08/21 7:00pm Winona Christian 7 – FCA 25 08/28 7:00pm @ Eupora, MS 09/04 7:00pm @ Winona Christian 09/11 7:00pm Sebastopol @ FCA 09/18 7:00pm @ Montgomery County (Kilmichael, MS) 09/25 7:00pm McAdams @ FCA 10/02 7:00pm Starkville Academy 10/09 7:00pm @ Nanih Waiya (Louisville, MS) 10/16 7:00pm Noxapater 10/23 7:30pm @ Durant 10/30 7:00pm Ethel (Ethel, MS) Lee Thigpen, the FBJ Community Director, challenged every adult Sunday School class to be engaged in one service project in Metro Jackson before we celebrate Global Missions Week November 6-8, 2015. Lee has complied Service Project Opportunities that we as a Sunday School class can connect with. We may contact Lee Thigpen at 601-949-1932 or lthigpen@fbcj.org to discuss areas of service. Looking Ahead To Upcoming Pulpit Guests Sunday Morning Evening September 13 Dr. Larry LeBlanc Dr. Bill Hardin September 20 Micah Fries Dr. Bill Hardin September 27 Dr. Chuck Lawless Dr. Chuck Lawless Every Adult Sunday School Class has a challenge…. To be Jesus’ hands and feet prior to the First Saturday in November! We have three challenges that the Education Department has placed before us in 2015: http://kazyoung.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Challenge.jpg
  4. 4. 1.) Memorize the monthly memory verses and know each month we are hiding God’s Word in our heart. http://rejoiceministries.org/images/hiding-gods-word-banner.jpg 2.) Share your faith with one person each month and build a relationship with them, so they will become a believer in 2015 as God uses you to plant seeds with that person. Luke 19:11-27 http://beavercreekchristian.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/becoming-a-disciple-maker.jpg 3). Ask two Sunday School class members to share how they have seen God at work during the week. http://www.tillhecomes.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/God_At_Work.jpg
  5. 5. Sunday http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.YeZK4m9R0ZovA7PRca4vag&pid=15.1 Joe Young teaches: Genesis 3 September 20, 2015 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA TODAY Genesis 2:4-9, 15-18 Made In His Image COMMENTARIES Gotquestions.org and Title: The Making of Man Author: Ray C. Stedman Series: Understanding Man Date: January 7, 1968 Genesis 2:4-9 NKJV 4 This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. 7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
  6. 6. Life in God’s Garden 8 The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:4-9 NKJV Genesis 2:15-18 NKJV 15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” 18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Genesis 2:15-18 NKJV http://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.mp%2fSEiPpgmHEIhNhSxRsvw&w=239&h=188&c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&o=4&pid=1.1 4000 B.C. http://www.quiz.biz/uploads/quizz/662885/2_fppu9.jpg
  7. 7. Genesis 2:7 NKJV 7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (soul). The climax of God’s creative work was His extraordinary creation of man. First, He formed man (we are handmade) from the very dust of the ground. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4bxxVHy9XAw/Tn-OBOwLf0I/AAAAAAAAAnQ/6h1f8w7XpOo/s1600/creating_adam.jpg Second, He breathed His own breath into the nostrils of Adam. http://loabusinesscoach.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Breath-of-Life-God-Yahweh-Oxygen-O2-Explained- Animals-Humans-Plants.jpg This distinguished man from all of God’s other creatures for God and God alone created man. Man did not evolve from other creatures; therefore, impersonal forces did not form man. All the atoms, molecules, cells, DNA, lightning - none of those created man. These are only the substances that make up man’s physical body. The Lord God formed man!
  8. 8. Professor Richard Lewontin, a Harvard geneticist (and self-proclaimed Marxist), is certainly one of the world’s leaders in evolutionary biology. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_PhC8rYRfxlc/TABP270vHBI/AAAAAAAABgo/GbJGrbyhZX0/s320/Richard+Lewontin+2003+Jane +Scherr.jpg He wrote this very revealing comment and it illustrates the implicit philosophical bias against Genesis creation—regardless of whether or not the facts support it. “We (evolutionists) are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.” Professor Richard Lewontin Our own Dr. Arthur Guyton teaches us the amazing wonders of this fantastic human body that God so well formed from the common dust of the ground! http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/hp/teachers/bstruble/Images1/Human%20Body.jpg
  9. 9. Dr. Arthur Guyton is one of the greatest figures in the history of cardiovascular physiology. http://dcprinciples.org/membership/obituaries/images/guyton.gif He was born in Oxford, Mississippi, to Dr. Billy S. Guyton, a highly respected ENT specialist, and Kate Smallwood Guyton, a physics and mathematics teacher who had been a missionary in China before their marriage. Arthur Guyton met Ruth Weigle on a bicycle ride and were later married June 12, 1943 (they were married for 59 years until their deaths in a car accident in Pocahontas, MS in 2003).  Ruth’s father was dean of Yale University Divinity School. Dr. Guyton initially intended to be a cardiovascular surgeon but was partially paralyzed after being infected with polio. • He suffered from this infection in 1946 during his final year of residency training in Boston at age 27. Despite his physical disability, he was father to ten children who all went on to become celebrated physicians, eight of his children attended Harvard Medical School. http://www.umc.edu/uploadedImages/UMCedu/Content/guyton_family.jpg
  10. 10. His Textbook of Medical Physiology is the world's best- selling physiology book and has been translated into at least 15 languages. http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1280323459l/1821659.jpg Dr. Guyton’s gifted student, John D. Hall, said in an article in the American Heart Association Journal that Arthur has probably done more to teach physiology to the world than any other individual in history! The modest physician's hallmark discovery was proving that blood flow is regulated by the body's billions of capillaries and not by the heart, as long thought. Dr. Guyton says that: the heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood per day - https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak- ash3/t1/p403x403/1899975_635280866537582_1114739752_n.jpg through 60,000 miles of blood vessels! https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.607996781921175069&w=229&h=175&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7
  11. 11. Your ears can hear 300,000 different tones. http://www.listenwhenyourbodytalks.com/wp- content/uploads/2013/08/hearing.jpg Your eyes can see 7 million shades. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-B3VZwvn28IE/UN3xEEJA48I/AAAAAAAAJgs/_IP2QsXssuk/s640/blue-eye-close- up_46459_600x450.jpg Your lungs have the surface area of a tennis court! https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.607999754036710038&pid=1.7 Composition of breast milk changes! http://www.fashioncentral.pk/images/living-lifestyle/Moms_Saliva_Can_Strengthen_Babies_Immune_Systems.jpg
  12. 12. The Lord God created the substances, and then He used those substances to create man. The Lord God formed man! The word formed is a translation of the Hebrew yatsar, which means “to mold, shape, or form.” It conjures an image of a potter who has the intelligence and the power to form his creation. http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2010/11/07/books/review/Horwitz/Horwitz-articleLarge.jpg God is the Master Potter Who had the image of man within His mind and Who possesses the power and the intelligence to bring that image to life. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/da/14/db/da14db2862929be054417cb28acec3a7.jpg God had both the omniscience (all-knowledge) and the omnipotence (all- power) to do exactly what He wanted. Second, God breathed His own breath of life into man - man is more than “dust” or physical substance.
  13. 13. http://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.3%2bRcUtTp38nEkNcHIhfHXg&pid=15.1 Man does not just have a spirit, man is spirit. God is the Source of life, and He directly places life within man. This breath of life is seen again in John 20:22, as Jesus imparts new life to His disciples: John 20:21-22 NKJV 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Genesis 2:7 tells us that man became a living soul (KJV). • The word soul in Hebrew is nephesh, meaning “an animated, breathing, conscious, and living being.” • Man did not become a living soul until God breathed life into him. As a physical, animate, rational, and spiritual being, man is unique among all living things upon the earth. So, what is the breath of God? It is the life and power of God, given to man to animate him. The Hebrew word for spirit is ruach, which means “wind, breath, air, spirit.” • The life of God lives on and on; the immaterial part of man was designed to live eternally. • The question is where will we live?
  14. 14. Matthew 10:28 NASB “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him Who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” http://eudoranachand.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/fire-mix-11.jpg 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. http://www.identificationtruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/circles1.jpg Hebrews 4:12 ESV 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
  15. 15. http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.CA4izuRVApwN4y1tlLsrlw&pid=15.1 James 2:26 ESV 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. http://lifeofafemalebiblewarrior.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/soul-leaving-body.jpg Genesis 2:15-17 NKJV 15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” "What is the definition of evil?" A dictionary definition of evil is: “morally reprehensible, sinful, wicked.” The definition of evil in the Bible falls into two categories: 1) evil against God (unbelief, idolatry, blasphemy) and 2) evil against one another (murder, theft, adultery). From the prohibition against eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:9), to the destruction of Babylon the Great (Revelation 18:2), the Bible speaks of evil.
  16. 16. What exactly is evil and why does it exist? Evil is not a thing; it is a lack of a good thing that God made (it is a privation). Evil only exists as a privation (or a parasite) on the good. Privation - the state of being deprived especially: the lack of what is needed for existence. As Christian philosopher J. P. Moreland has noted, “Evil is a lack of goodness. It is goodness spoiled. You can have good without evil, but you cannot have evil without good.” Goodness has existed as an attribute of God from all eternity. • While God is perfectly holy and just, He is also perfectly good. • Just as God has always existed, so too has goodness as it is a facet of God’s holy character. The same cannot be said for evil. Evil came into being with the rebellion of Satan and subsequently entered the physical universe with the fall of Adam. As Christian apologist Greg Koukl has said, “Human freedom was used in such a way as to diminish goodness in the world, and that diminution, that lack of goodness, that is what we call evil.” When God created Adam, He created him good, and He also created him free. In creating Adam free, God indirectly created the possibility of evil, while not creating evil itself. When Adam chose to disobey God, he made this possibility of evil a reality. The same scenario had previously played out when Satan fell by failing to serve and obey God. So it turns out that evil is not a direct creation of God; rather, evil is the result of persons (both angelic and human) exercising their freedom wrongly. Evil exists in the same way that a wound exists on an arm or as rust exists on a car. • The rust cannot exist on its own any more than cold can exist without the existence of heat or darkness can exist without the existence of light.
  17. 17. Despite the horrible effects of evil on our world, the Christian believer can take comfort in the words of the Lord Jesus Christ recorded for us in the Gospel of John, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble (tribulation). But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NIV). http://www.happychemo.com/TakeHeartLogo.png More importantly, we look forward with great anticipation to our home in Heaven where the ultimate evil, death, will finally be destroyed along with the “mourning, crying and pain” which it inevitably produces (Revelation 21:4). It is interesting that after this account in Genesis 2, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil disappears from Scripture. http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.AzB5FxAs%2b5BLtUmxQkOCjA&pid=15.1 We do not find it mentioned after that, largely because its effects have become commonplace. But the tree of life reappears again in the book of Revelation.
  18. 18. This tree seems to have had the power to convey immortality to man, and as such is used in Scripture as a symbol of the Lord Jesus Christ. http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.npsoBLdKM4AKDZqShueKPg&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 Paul wrote to Timothy and said of Christ that He "abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel," (2 Timothy 1:18 RSV). As we come to the Lord Jesus Christ, and are related to Him, we experience that which was the capability of this tree of life in the Garden of Eden, from which man was ultimately excluded. We will see more of that in Chapter 3. But what is this "tree of the knowledge of good and evil"? That is the question that looms before us as we look at this chapter - after all, what is wrong with knowing good and evil? Surely it is a good thing to know the difference between good and evil. http://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.Beip7RkPsOZuSMo176JLRg&pid=15.1 Many Scriptures encourage us to become mature enough to be able to distinguish between good and evil and one mark of immaturity in a Christian is that he cannot tell the difference.
  19. 19. But, if it is a good thing to know the difference between good and evil, why did God forbid Adam to partake of this fruit? http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.zBKz7cgr6xmjGcM4tI8aQg&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 We get a little more light if we look ahead to Chapter 3 where, in the story of the fall of man, we have in verse 5 the words of the serpent to the woman. He said to her: Genesis 3:5 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." http://biblia.com/bible/images/500/Ge1.3-5?extension=png&fallbackOnFailure=False Everything the devil says is not a lie. He uses truth, or, rather, misuses truth, in order to draw us on until we become the victims, ultimately, of his lie. But he baits his trap with truth, and here is the truth from the lips of the devil. • "You will," he says, "have your eyes opened when you eat of this fruit, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
  20. 20. That suggests a clue as to what this fruit was and what it did. How does God know good and evil? Think about it for a moment and you will see that God knows evil, not by experience because He cannot experience evil, but He knows it by relating it to Himself. That which is consistent with His character and His nature is good; that which is inconsistent with it is evil. • That which is out of line, out of character with Himself is destructive, evil and dangerous; but all that is in line with His own nature is good. That is how God knows good and evil. He relates it to Himself and God is the only One Who can properly do that. • God is the only Being in all the universe Who has the right to relate all things to Himself because He is the center of the universe! When a human tries it, he or she gets into trouble. The people of God's universe are made to discover the difference between good evil by relating all to the Being of God, not to themselves. When man ate of the fruit he began to attempt to do what God does -- to relate everything to himself. http://kevinmccainstudios.com/wp-content/gallery/illustration/adam-and-eve-illustration.jpg
  21. 21. Yet, as a creature, he has no real ability to maintain this kind of relationship and thus he is constantly interjecting an unbalanced element into life. http://tse4.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.SUzQfRjqCXYkBFD0PT%2by7w&w=272&h=176&c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&o=4&pid=1.1 http://www.getleanin12.com/blog/getleanin12.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/OutOfBalance.gif When man began to think of himself as the center of the universe, he tried to become like God - but it was all a lie. Man is not the center of the universe, and he cannot be. As you trace the course of human history you can see that this is the seductive lie that the serpent has whispered into the ears of men ever since: "You are the center of life. This is your world, everything relates to you. What you like is right; what you don't like is wrong. What you want to do is right; what you don't want to do, then don't let anyone make you do it. You are the center of things."
  22. 22. http://www.politifake.org/image/political/small/1010/narcissistic-narcissist-political-poster-1288131984.jpg You can find this idea throbbing and pulsating throughout the philosophies of men, that man stands at the center of things. • That is the curse that fell upon man when he ate of the fruit in the Garden of Eden. In a psychedelic way his mind was twisted, and he thought of himself as God, and related all things to himself. But when man does this he introduces an eccentric element into life, into creation. The problem with our unbalanced world today is that we have an earth filled with about 7.3 billion eccentrics. That is why everything is always going off in wrong directions. But the glory of the Gospel is that when men are redeemed, through faith in Jesus Christ, they resume once again a balanced life, and everything relates once again to God. • God again becomes the center of things – as He always has been. Though we may struggle to learn this, eventually all the thrust and purpose of the Gospel is here, to put God back into the center of His world and relate everything in our life and in the lives of others to Him and not to us. • What’s the number one thing? It does not make any difference how things affect us but the important thing is, what do they do to God? What is His relationship to these things?
  23. 23. Let’s illustrate it with this true story. Steve Saint http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.P6mOrLZCV3ioIF%2bdSQk6ug&pid=15.1 http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-buuCMGwE260/UyId0EXHX3I/AAAAAAAAJX4/jB7O1qr2OH8/s1600/SteveWao2.jpg http://dogayakacis.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/steve_saint_2.png
  24. 24. https://lizzyhana.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/stephenie-saint.jpg?w=510 http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.%2frB4kCyXqgPiDczwGX8eCw&w=315&h=133&c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&o=4&pid=1.1 http://cbn.pd.ak.o.brightcove.com/734546207001/734546207001_1697506160001_VIDEO-STILL-Newswatch061912-WS-H- 1603-735-1707-639.jpg?pubId=734546207001
  25. 25. The Thorn By Martha Snell Nicholson I stood a mendicant (MEN-di-kuh-nt) of God before His royal throne And begged Him for one priceless gift, which I could call my own. I took the gift from out His hand, but as I would depart I cried, “But Lord this is a thorn and it has pierced my heart. This is a strange, a hurtful gift, which Thou hast given me.” He said, “My child, I give good gifts and gave My best to thee.” I took it home and though at first the cruel thorn hurt sore, As long years passed I learned at last to love it more and more. I learned He never gives a thorn without this added grace, He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face. The Thorn By Martha Snell Nicholson 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NKJV The Thorn in the Flesh 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with (begged) the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NKJV This is what the Scripture means when it says that all of life must be built around the Person of the Lord Jesus in order to make sense. Allow Him to write the next chapter of your life. (See Ephesians 2:10) Ephesians 2:10 NKJV 10 For we are His workmanship (poiēma – POYemmah - poem), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. A day is coming when: Philippians 2:10-11 NKJV 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in Heaven, and of those on Earth, and of those under the Earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  26. 26. Then the destruction, desolation, and heartache of the Garden of Eden will be reversed, and men shall once again acknowledge the centrality of God in life. Then the world shall be filled with glory and righteousness from the river to the ends of the earth. Everything shall be what God intended it to be. But the glory of the Gospel is that this can happen in human hearts right now and this is what the Gospel message is all about. Have you ceased your rebellion against the will of God? Have you stopped trying to be a little god, trying to run things in your own home or office the way you want them to be? https://brianhfontaine.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/to-be-god.jpg Have you crowned Jesus Christ Lord of His empire, where He belongs, and invited Him with gladness to sit upon the throne of your heart and rule there? Have you stopped your grumbling and complaining about all the things that come into your life, that are His choice for you, and begun to rejoice as the Scriptures exhort us, "giving thanks in all things, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18)? Prayer: How we need, our Father, this exhortation to remind us of the one great theme of life -- that life cannot, will not ever make sense, will not cease its endless friction, until it be related to the Person of Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant that every heart here, young and old alike, boy and girl, man and woman, may each in his own way, crown him anew Lord of Lords, King of Kings, and mean it -- to live each day in that holy relationship. We ask in His name, Amen. Title: The Making of Man Author: Ray C. Stedman Series: Understanding Man Date: January 7, 1968 From your friends at www.RayStedman.org
  27. 27. The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 NKJV 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 14:6 NKJV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Romans 3:23 NKJV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a NKJV 23a For the wages of sin is death,  Death in this life (the first death) is 100%.  Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins.  The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8. Revelation 21:8 NKJV 8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Romans 5:8 NKJV 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 6:23b NKJV 23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Revelation 21:7 NKJV 7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”  Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to be saved.
  28. 28. Romans 10:9-10 NKJV 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:13 NKJV 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” If you have questions or would like to know more, please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-949-1900 or http://firstbaptistjackson.org/contact/

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