Independence Day

This week our nation will celebrate Independence Day! Over 200 years ago this country obtained victory over an oppressive nation, thus ensuring our freedom. Freedom is not free. It cost the blood of thousands who died in order for us to be free today. And, it continues to cost the lives and blood of those willing to make the supreme sacrifice for us to remain free. Therefore, it is right and proper that we celebrate this Independence Day by honoring and supporting those who gave their lives for our protection and freedom (Romans 13: 6-7); (I Peter 2: 13-17);(I Timothy 2: 1-2).

Over 2000 years ago there was another one who was willing to make the supreme sacrifice for our freedom, and even greater freedom – victory over sin and death.  “For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2).
Likewise, this freedom did not come without great cost. It cost the blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Acts 20:28).
How does one obtain this freedom? It is clearly through the gospel of Jesus Christ; by “knowing” it (John 8:32) and by “doing” it (Matt. 7:24-27).

One cannot be made free unless they are first willing to humbly and obediently submit to the Gospel of the Lord.

 

By: Jerry L. Jacques

Living a Life the Prepares Us to Serve and to Lead

LIVING A LIFE THAT PREPARES US TO SERVE AND TO LEAD…

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Proverbs 22:6 

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Ephesians 6:4  

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Example of Timothy – 2 Timothy 1:5 – When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

2 Timothy 3:14-17 

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 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. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

TEACHERS

James 3:1, 13

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

2 Timothy 2:14-26 

Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR DEACONS

1 Timothy 3:8-13 

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.    

For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR ELDERS

1 Timothy 3:1-7

This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Titus 1:5-9

For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;

But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

By: Scott Jacques 

Happy Mother’s Day!

“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.”   –   Abraham Lincoln

Just as God has defined the role of the father, He has also made His intentions known regarding the role of a Godly mother. Like so many other clear biblical teachings, the role of the woman is first established in Genesis 2:
Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it . . . Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him . . . ” So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man . . . For t his reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
In the midst of our often chaotic society, it is important to remember that this was God’s good and original design. God created woman to complete what was lacking in Adam, that she might become his helper, that the two of them would truly become one.

Many other passages from God’s Word reveal the role that God has designed for wives and mothers. One of the more pointed and all-encompassing is found in Proverbs 31:10–31. These verses portray a beautiful picture of the woman God designed wives and mothers to be. Here are some excerpts:
An excellent wife, who can find?   Her worth is far above jewels . . . The heart of her husband trusts in her . . . She does him good and not evil . . . she works willingly with her hands…She rises while it is still night and gives food to her household . . . She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard . . . She extends her hand to the poor . . . Strength and dignity are her clothing . . . She opens her mouth in kindness and wisdom . . . She is not lazy…She is respected by her husband and children…..She is praised for her respect of God rather th an vanity and beauty.

God Is Truly Glorified By The Women Who Fulfill Their Role In Being A Christian Wife And Mother. Happy Mother’s Day, We Love You and Appreciate All You Do!  

By: Scott Jacques

Quiet Little Ones in Church

Quiet Kids in Church Service

When I was pregnant with my second sitting in Sunday morning service alone as my husband worked weekends at the time. My sixteen month old son twisting around on my lap, wanting up then down, and playing pickup with toys. It hit me all the sudden that I could not let him do any of this with a new little one to tend to… 

I had watched Super Nanny featuring Jo for a long time and used her techniques on my own children which worked amazingly at home. So when it came time to devise a plan for church services, I followed them again and it works!

 

#1 – Set your expectations and tell your child ahead of time how you wish for him/ her to behave while in service. Explain that this is Mama’s time to listen and learn. Tell them you expect them to be respectful to you and those around them by keeping quiet and sitting still.

#2 – Practice at home, give yourself twenty to thirty minutes each day to sit on the couch with your little one next to you, take this time to read a book or just sit still. Do not use media of any kind for this time, you are not going to be watching TV or on your phone during service so don’t practice that either.

#3 – Teach them a few simple signs for communication during this set quiet time. I choose “all done”, “more”, and “book”.

#4 – Place the child in the pew/ chair next to you in the sitting position, and replace them every time they get up, turn around, or scoot over too much. The key to success in this process is here, following through with this one every time and I mean every time!

#5 – Something dropped is something dropped, don’t give in to the pickup game. The first few times bring extra things to have on hand this enforces the dropped rule while also keeping them engaged to quietness, when something is dropped use the sign language movement of “all done” then allow a few minutes before giving them another item, this shows the child that they are not rewarded for losing the toy but also continuing to keep the settled.

#6 – Say thank you! When your little one has been successful in keeping quiet and sitting still tell them good job! Reward them with your love and attention not a toy or treat as that will become expected.

 

Some keys things to help in your success…

·        Take your child to the restroom before service begins, let them try even if they don’t go explain that this is the time and try to stick to this as a rule that you do not get up during worship time even for the bathroom. Obviously this will very greatly upon the age of your kids, how many you have, are they potty training, any in diapers, medical conditions, and any other personal issues that arise..

·        Don’t give them their entertainment until the preacher begins his sermon. Give them time to just look around and be a little bored, they will be more engaged with their quiet resource when they do receive it.  I would rather have a fussing child in the middle of a song than the sermon. Also this is a shorter time frame for complete quiet instead of the entire service although that is the end goal. Snacks usually keep kids quieter than activities. I always started the snack time when the preacher begin his sermon as to limit entertainment items needed.

 

If you do nothing else, follow rule #4!

 

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By: Lisa Jacques Jones

 

BLINDED BY CIRCUMSTANCES

It is often the case that as we look into the scriptures for truth and guidance that we can be blinded by the circumstances that exist in our lives or the lives of those we love.   Circumstances that will cause us to either ignore or voluntarily resist sound doctrine. Not being blinded by the light but rather being blinded from the light. Much like those described in the following passages of scripture:

Matthew 13:14-15      And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Hebrews 5:11-12     Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

2 Peter 3:16    As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

2 Timothy 3:1-7   This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Timothy 4:3-4     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.

Faithfulness can only exist when with sincerity, we open our hearts and minds to accepting the Word, seeking truth rather seeking justification and comfort in our circumstances.

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, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

James 1:21-25    Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass.  24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.   25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

By: Scott Jacques

BLINDED-BY-CIRCUMSTANCES is a printable version!

Defeat and Defend

Several years ago before television, internet and in some areas – electricity, folks would entertain themselves in the evenings by listening to 15 – 30 minute radio programs on the old battery radio. One such program, as I recall was titled “Mr. District Attorney”. It was a popular radio crime drama which aired in the late 30’s to early 50’s. The opening statement defined the creed and duties of Mr. District Attorney. It went something like this – ‘Mr. District Attorney; champion of the people; defender of truth; guardian of our fundamental rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness: And it shall be my duty as District Attorney not only to prosecute to the limit of the law all persons accused of crimes perpetrated in this county, but to defend with equal vigor the rights and privileges of all its citizens”.

It is the God-Given duty of governing authorities of this world to execute judgment on the evil and protect what is good (Rom. 13). It is the law of the land. In like manner, it is the duty of every Christian to uphold and protect God’s spiritual law by defeating the lawless and defending the righteous. Sin is lawlessness (I John 3:4). False teaching is a sin. Paul said, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:8). He also said, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Rom. 16:17). False teachers indoctrinate others with their false doctrine to the point where it is difficult to teach the truth. Therefore we should condemn and defeat their actions. But, like the prosecutor in our fictitious radio program, we should with equal vigor uphold and support those who preach and teach the truth.

It is sad thing when we read of harmful things some brethren write about other brethren. Often untrue statements repeated by others. Our modern means of instant communication – the internet, websites and Facebook, are excellent tools for teaching and learning, but they can also be used to spread rumors, innuendoes and falsehood with equal efficiency. We should never be guilty of repeating or passing on potentially false and vicious statements without first checking them out to see if what is said is true.

DEFEAT  LAWLESSNESS – DEFEND RIGHTEOUSNESS – INCLUDNG THOSE WHO PROCLAIM IT.

By: Jerry L. Jacques