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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

God Is The Creator of All Things


THIS IS GOD'S CREATION OF THE WORLD AND MAN


 

GENESIS CHAPTER ONE

STUDY CREATION AND THE EVOLUTIONIS

So What About God's Universe


Solar System, Milkyway and Beyond - The best video clips are right here

The last few weeks I have address this issue of the Universe.
Wednesday Evenings have been an interesting time of study.

BE OF GOOD COURAGE IN MINISTRY


BE OF GOOD COURAGE PART ONE from charles e. whisnan t on Vimeo.

For the first time in my long preaching/teaching, I record my message from a small Kodek, which does a great job by the way. And at present I can only upload 1G at a time, that is about 22 minutes in length.

I must confess, I have a hard time when I am preaching to stay focus in my mind. My mind plays all kinds of tricks with me. I keep thinking while I am preaching. Now that should be good, if my thinking is about the sermon content, or the Holy Spirit giving me a sense of understanding about what I am speaking on.

While you are teaching, a number of events are happening in the crowd before you. Youth are talking, someone will get up and go out, others will fall asleep, others look fun, others are wonderfuing what in the world is the Pastor talking about. You know a number of things.

While I have always recorded my message, well since Madison in 1971. I have only one video of me preaching.

I am thinking while I am preaching, is this too long, is this too short. Am I getting the point across, what are they thinking. Boy at times you can get really a bad feeling about your delivery of the message.

Then after the service, I would sometimes just rather go to the office and hid. But that wouldn't be nice.

Usually the folks are nice, and as they are shaking hands they will say, "Good message, pastor." Some will mention the reason they like the message. Some will say, the message was a blessing to them. Some will correct a comment I made. Generally the response is better than I think I should have gotten.

Then after the service on the way home, I ask Charity, "How did I do." That is always a loaded question. She is always honest.

Then I will come home and listen and watch myself preach the message. Of course from a objective perspective. Did I get the content of the passage across? Did I stay the course of the passage? Did I bring home the purpose of the writer? Was the delivery okay? How was I?

Boy! Will they come back next Sunday? You know? Do I really want to put this on the Blogger?

Okay, I am a little hard on myself. I love to preach and teach. I love to present the Word of God. I love to teach the truth. I love to bring truth of the Word into the lives of those who listen to the message each Sunday.

STAY ON THE MEANING OF THE TEXT




Passage Details. Have I heard this a few times. The preacher reads a passage of scripture and then he takes a message of truth that has nothing to do with the intend to the text.:



I have said this statement a dozen times in the passed. I have learned this from my study of preaching and teaching. And on a few occasion I have been guilty of doing it. John MacArthur, Lloyd Jones, John Scott, and many others give this advice.

STAY WITH THE TEXT PLEASE.


  • "It is always tempting to bounce off a detail in the passage and preach a message that may be biblical, but is not the message of this passage. For instance, you might see a theological term that is rich in meaning and you can easily put together a series of thoughts on that aspect of theology. Or perhaps you spot a name of a character that you’d like to speak about. Or maybe there is some other detail in the text that is familiar and lends itself to a message that just falls together easily. Wait. This may be a short-cut, but it is not a good path to take. Instead be sure to study all the details in the passage so that you can wrestle with what this passage is actually saying, not just what words it includes. Using details in the text, but failing to actually preach the text is what I might call pseudo-expository preaching. It sounds biblical, it looks expository, but it has a weakened authority since the message of the text is not the message of the sermon. It takes longer to study a passage through in detail, but it is so worth the effort:" Peter Mead

HEAVEN AND HELL AND WITH & WITHOUT A MEDIATOR

Took this Photo on Satursday
HEAVEN AND HELL

In his little book Fear Not!, an examination of death and the afterlife from a Christian perspective, Ligon Duncan writes about the horrors of hell. Having done so, he offers a final reflection on the ultimate difference between heaven and hell. And, though I've read extensively, I do not recall ever hearing someone express it quite like this. These are words that are worthy of some reflection. Though he has already discussed hell, there is one more thing he wishes to say.
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It is a surprising thing to note, because so often we speak of hell as a place where God is not. Let me, however, say something provocative. Hell is eternity in the presence of God without a mediator. Heaven is eternity in the presence of God, with a mediator.


Hell is eternity in the presence of God, being fully conscious of the just, holy, righteous, good, kind, and loving Father's disapproval of your rebellion and wickedness.


Heaven, on the other hand, is dwelling in the conscious awareness of your holy and righteous Father, but doing so through a mediator who died in your place, the One who absorbed the fullness of the penalty of your sin. Heaven is eternity in the presence of God with the One who totally eradicated sin from your life, the Lord Jesus Christ.



  • Hell is eternity in the presence of God without a mediator.


  • Heaven is eternity in the presence of God with a mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 "He Who Believes in Christ" Part two


John 3:16 Believeth on Jesus Christ Part two from charles e. whisnan t on Vimeo.

A Train Engine or Trees of Beauty




I took these photos this week. I saw this engine while I was driving, and I raced to a stopping place and pulled over to take this photo. Then the trees, Charity and were coming back from Union Mills, and I saw these trees and pulled over and got out to take the photo.

SOCIAL NETWORKING IS NOT REALLY BAD


GOOD MORNING, SOCIAL NETWORKING..... TWITTER AND FACEBOOK. AND Mex Itali Inc.

Yesterday at Mex Itali was a really busy time from 12 to 3. That is the time I clear tables and clean the dishes. But I am a social person, and while the dinning room was filled, I had to talk to friends.

I meet the new preacher from Bigelow Church. he was eating with Ray and Sharon McCoy. I spend some time with them. Jumping up when a table need to be cleaned off. The new preacher went to school at Library U. and knew Dave Adams and was a youth pastor in Virginia. And I have those things in commom with him.

And there are about a dozen or more folks that I just had to talk too. My good friend Mr. Fowler who works for the city And a great Christian, and his dad and my dad had so much in common.

So soical networking takes place in real time with live people. That is good. I called several members of the church, and that is live networking. And then there was Union Mills. Then there was have a quick meal with my father in law, Bob Temple. Cool.

HAS YOU LIFE STYLE CHANGED




HAS YOUR LIFE STYLE OR THINKING CHANGED AS A RESULT OF WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN TONIGHT (EXAMPLE DAVE RAMSEY) OR WHAT YOU HEARD IN THE SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE BY THE PASTOR?




But others do attend a church — physically. They come in, they sit down. They sing, they may give financially. They may look at you, Pastor, as you preach.But you know their heart belongs to another.


Their real pastor isn't you. It's Dave Hunt. Or it's John Piper. Or it's John MacArthur, or Ligon Duncan, or Mark Dever, or David Cloud, or Joel Osteen. Or it's Charles Spurgeon, or D. M. Lloyd-Jones, or J. C. Ryle. Or Calvin, or Luther, or Bahnsen, or de Mar, or R. B. Thieme, or J. Vernon McGee or even Dave Ramsey, or Dr. Phill.


Brother, sister: John Piper isn't your pastor. John MacArthur knows nothing about you. Dave Hunt never got on his knees and prayed for you. Lloyd-Jones won't come to your house when you're recovering from surgery, or one of your children shatters your heart, or your marriage is shaking and rocking and barely hanging on. Charles Spurgeon won't weep with you as you weep.

Charles Stanley while a great preacher, will never come to your house to view you.


Thanks to Dan Philips for these thoughts.

ELDERS NOTES AND CREATION NOTES POSTED

I have posted the Elder's Meeting Notes here:

I have posted the Creation Notes
here

Later Part two of the message Sunday Morning.

THE X'S AND Y'S OF SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP


PASTORAL LEADESHIP AS A FATHER XY IN VIEW Part one from charles e. whisnan t on Vimeo.

NUMBER #1000 Since August 2006 I have posted 1000 articles, videos, photos, etc. What a joy I have had doing this over the last 2.8 years.

Post Number #999 On Blogger



Today number #999... hard to believe since August 2006 I have posted 999 times. What I started out to do was to write a journal about our life in ministry and events with our family. Wild, its have been a great ride. I would have never thought I would have that much to say. Really!


Back in August 2006 I was not sure where the next ministry was going to lead us. Ten years had past since I resigned from FBC in Altoona, Kansas. From Kansas we moved to Lexington Kentucky for five years. Charity was one of the secretaries in Ashland Ave Baptist Church for five years. While I wondered around from job to job, I must have had ten different jobs. What I really moved to Lexington to do, never did work out. While I did work for a while at Ashland Ave for a season, and also for Southern Acres Christian Church for several seasons (school years) and finally ended up teaching an Adult Class at Ashland.

I attempted to pastor a Southern Baptist Church, a failed attempted I must say. Then again I attempted to pastor another SBC, (I don't learn very well), while I loved the opportunity that I had for about six months, again a failed attempted. Both churches had a history of short run pastors and many divisions.

Finally moved to Portsmouth Ohio in March 2002. Another attempt working with a Independent Baptist pastor as an asso. While I would say the church had a rebound, and new life put back into the Sunday School, the pastor was not all that happy with our ministry and asked us to leave. In six months the pastor left the church after 25 years.

So we thought, okay how about a non Baptist church. Interesting. For the next four years November 2004 - January 2008 we attended a church that was a mixed brand of belief. While thinking we would be asked to serve in the church, and were in view of a position for the whole time we were there, they seemed to think we would not fit in very well. Think of that. Finally at the end of the run, we were given a postion, only after a month have it taking away. We finally left. And then the pastor and asso. left shortly thereafter.

Now we come to June 2008. Who would have ever believed that the Lord might not be finished with us yet. I had almost come to the belief that time had run out on ministry. And in the most unlikely time, place and season, the Lord seemed to say, okay Charles, let see if you can handle this assignment.

My father in law was responsible in getting me to preach at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church. Of course I was delighted, shocked, amazed, and pleased, and thrilled. The church was graciously in allowing me to preach for a few weeks, to get used to me, and they were in need of someone to preach. My father in law gave the people the assurance that he didn't want to pastor the church and that he believed I could do a good job for them.

So the church members invited me to pastor the church. I must say I am totally surprise. But what is more amazing I love every week at the church. I might be sixty one now, but I have loved every minute of the experience. The church members have been so great to Charity and I, (of course they love Charity) and they are getting to like me a little.

Its with a passion that I have entered into this ministry. There has been a lot of work and effort to get to this point. And of course there has been a few who have not like our position, and have moved on (those who had left before we came). Those who were there when I came have been so great to work with us in this new ministry.

We have just begun, I believe, we are praying that the Lord really is going to use us and the members of ROJBC to serve Him. The only way any ministry is going to be good, is that the Lord enters in and takes over.


Amen.

WHAT THE WORLD TODAY NEEDS IS

Wordle: WHAT IS MOST NEEDED TODAY




It is the deepening conviction of the writer,
that what is most needed today, is a wide
proclamation of those truths which are the
least acceptable to the flesh.

What is needed today, is a scriptural setting
forth of the character of God--
His absolute sovereignty,
His beyond words holiness,
His inflexible justice,
His unchanging veracity.

What is needed today, is a scriptural setting
forth of the condition of the natural man--
his total depravity,
his spiritual insensibility,
his incurable hostility to God,
the fact that he is "condemned already"
and that the wrath of a sin-hating God
is even now abiding upon him!

What is needed today, is a scriptural setting
forth of the alarming danger which sinners
are in--the indescribably awful doom which
awaits them, the fact that if they follow their
present course only a little further--they shall
most certainly suffer the due penalty of their
iniquities!

THEY DID NOT FIND JESUS AT THE TOMB

THE WOMEN AT THE TOMB OF JESUS

Pastor/teacher Charles e. Whisnant


Easter Sunday April 12, 2009


Jesus is Risen: Matthew 28:1-14, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-10


Earthquake and Resurrection


The empty tomb


Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his garment as white as snow; and the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. And the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going before you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you." And they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshipped Him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they shall see Me." (28:1–10)


THE CORNERSTONE OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST. ALL OUR FAITH AND WHAT WE BELIEVE IS BASED ON THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS.


THE REACTION TO THE RESURRECTION




  1. Rationalism

  2. Unbelief

  3. Doubt

  4. Indifference

  5. Ignorance

  6. Hostility

  7. Faith, Affirm, Application


HOW IS YOUR RESPONSE?


THERE IS NO GREATER EVENT IN HISTORY THAN THIS STORY. It's the theme of the New Testament.


Because of the resurrection we have the beginning of the first day of the week for worship.


The resurrection is the Christian believer's HOPE, and FOUNDATION FOR LIFE. John 11:25.


THE RESURRECTION FROM THE WOMEN'S VIEW


Matthew recorded the reaction, attitude, emotion and feelings of the women who came to the tomb of Jesus and how the women experienced the resurrection of Jesus Christ, their Lord and Savior.


Mary and Mary Magdalene found Jesus' empty tomb



  • The sun had not yet risen in the east, but Mary Magdalene was awake. She had not been able to rest or sleep since Jesus had been crucified She had seen him after he had been beaten and then forced to carry his own cross up the hill to Calvary. That was where they killed him. Now here she was slowly walking toward the tomb where Jesus had been buried. She thought she had run out of tears, but still she cried.
  • When she finally reached the tomb, she discovered the heavy stone that had sealed the entrance had been rolled away. Mary carefully stepped into the cold, dark hole that had been carved out of the rock.

1 In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (the mother of James and Joses) to see the sepulchre. (grave, tomb) Matt 28:1.


Sometime very early Sunday morning, the third day since Jesus had been put in the tomb. At the breaking of light, at the first appearance of daybreak". Thus our Lord rose on the third day; having lain in the grave part of Friday, the whole of Saturday, and part of the following First day.


The Sabbath day, the old covenant came to an end with the resurrection of Jesus on Sunday.. This was the beginning of the new covenant. We begin with the first day of the week not at the end.


WHAT NOW WILL BE THE REACTION OF THE WOMEN WHO COME TO THE GRAVE BELIEVEING THAT JESUS IS DEAD, AND FOUND THAT HE IS GONE.


1A THE EMOTION OF SYMPATHY: Mark 16:1 Luke 23:54 -56



WHY DID THE WOMEN COME TO THE GRAVE? TO BRING SPICES? WHY?


A group of women came to the grave where Jesus was laid. They came not to see the risen Lord but to bring spices and to anoint Him. They had purchased them immediately after the Crucifixion, on the Friday evening, during the short interval that remained to them before sunset, when the sabbath rest began; and that they had only deferred using them to anoint the body till the sabbath rest should be over.


Jewish tradition wrongly held that the spirit of a dead person left the body four days after death because by that time the body had become so disfigured by decay that the spirit could no longer recognize it


So before it came to that they came on the 3rd day to show their love. They didn't have faith in the resurrection, just devotion, love and sympathy, kindness.


WHAT DID THEY DO WHEN THEY CAME TO THE GRAVE? Mark 16:3


"And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?"


They may not have had faith, but they had devotion, and courage.




2A THEY HAD THE EMOTION OF SHOCK: Matthew 28:2 MARK 16.


2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake Matt 28:2. That got their attention.


Exodus 19:18, I Kings 19:11, Joel 2:10, Revelation 6, 8, 11.




THE EARTHQUAKE: 5.1 A sign of His moving in their midst. (Google gives updates).


An earthquake (also known as a tremor or temblor) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. ...




Why the earthquake? "for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven," Matt 28:2


To let Jesus out of the tomb? No. "and came and rolled back the stone from the door,"


NO ONE SAW THE RESURRECTON OF JESUS FROM THE TOMB, GRAVE. NO ONE SAW HIM COME OUT OF THE DOOR.


The angels moved the stone to let the women IN. To let them see that Jesus was already gone.


AND the angel "and sat upon it. Vs 2 he is represented as sitting on the stone outside the sepulchre—




Mary Magdalene came into the garden "and see the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2 Then she run," John 20:1-2 She doesn't see the angel sitting on the stone.




SO the other women came into the garden "4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. Mark 16:4.


THE ANGEL SITTING OUTSIDE THE GRAVE, CAVE, DOOR, ETC.


Matthew 28. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:" Lighting, blazing, essence, brilliance of God, glow of God, the character of Diety, glowing face. Purity, and holiness. The one expressing the glory, the other the purity of the celestial abode from which he came.


Matthew 28:4 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men." (coma you might say.)


THE WOMEN WERE A LITTLE SHOCKED AT THIS. Vs. 5 " And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified." 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. "


JESUS WAS RAISED, 'HE IS ALIVE". Luke 24:5 He is not dead He is alive. HOW? Romans 6:4 and 8:11. "by the power of the Father. And the women remembered. Luke 24:8.


THEN, the angel said COME ON IN, LADIES….. So they went IN.


And the angels showed up on the inside. Luke 24:4-5. One angel at the head and the other at the end of the place where Jesus laid. Here is a symbol of the Mercy Seat. Christ has offered the sanctification for the sin of the world.


THE ANGEL GAVE A THIRD MESSAGE: Luke 24:5-7. "WHY SEEK YOU THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD."


THEN THE ANGEL SAID: 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word Matt 28:7 8.




WHY WERE THE WOMEN THE FIRST TO SEE THE ANGELS AND THE RISEN LORD?


BECAUSE THEY WERE THERE. If you are not there, you are not going to see it.


Personally, I would rather be there experiencing it, than hearing it from someone else.


Personally, I praise God for people who are there:



  1. They are there when the Lord is working

  2. They are there when God's people gather.

  3. They are there when His Word is taught.

  4. They are there to experience first hand the power and moving of God.

THEY SAW IT BECAUSE THEY WERE THERE.


I pray and hope you will be here at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church to see the working of Christ in this place, and not just read what is happening on the BLOG


:THEY DID NOT FIND JESUS

WHY IS TEACHING THE BIBLE IMPORTANT?


WHY DO I TEACH THE BIBLE, RATHER THAN TEACH MY OPINIONS?
Because those whom the Lord has allowed me to teach need to know the way the Lord would lead them into His Will.


True doctrine transforms behavior as it is woven into the fabric of everyday life. But it must be understood if it is to have its impact. The real challenge of the ministry is to dispense the truth clearly and accurately. Practical application comes easily by comparison.


No believer can apply truth he doesn’t know. Those who don’t know the Bible’s principles for marriage, divorce, family, childrearing, discipline, money, debt, work, service to Christ, responsibilities to the poor, care of widows, response to governments, eternal rewards, and other teachings will not be able to apply them.


Those who don’t’ know what the Bible teaches about salvation cannot be saved. Those who don’t know what the Bible teaches about holiness are incapable of dealing with sin. Thus they are unable to live fully to God’s glory and their own blessedness.



THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS



SOME THOUGHTS ON THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST...........

  • "The old sabbath [Saturday, when Jesus was in the tomb] was like a candle lit in the night before the rising and appearing of the sun." (Athanasius, in Thomas Oden and Christopher Hall, edd., Ancient Christian Commentary On Scripture: New Testament II: Mark [Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1998], p. 240)"I, who am the Chief corner-stone, the elect, the precious, lie for a little time within a stone— I who am a stone of stumbling to the Jews, and of salvation to them who believe. The Tree of life, therefore, was planted in the earth, that the earth which had been cursed might enjoy the blessing, and that the dead might be released." (Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical Lectures, 13:35)
  • "Everywhere deceit recoils upon itself, and against its will supports the truth. And observe. It was necessary for it to be believed that He died, and that He rose again, and that He was buried, and all these things are brought to pass by His enemies. See, at any rate, these words [in Matthew 27:63-64] bearing witness to every one of these facts. 'We remember,' these are the words, 'that that deceiver said, when He was yet alive,' (He was therefore now dead), 'After three days I rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be sealed,' (He was therefore buried), 'lest His disciples come and steal Him away.' So that if the sepulchre be sealed, there will be no unfair dealing. For there could not be. So then the proof of His resurrection has become incontrovertible by what ye have put forward. For because it was sealed, there was no unfair dealing. But if there was no unfair dealing, and the sepulchre was found empty, it is manifest that He is risen, plainly and incontrovertibly. Seest thou, how even against their will they contend for the proof of the truth?...Seest thou how they labor for the truth against their will? For they themselves came to Pilate, themselves asked, themselves sealed, setting the watch, so as to be accusers, and refuters one of another." (John Chrysostom, Homilies On Matthew, 89:1)
  • "The Savior is placed in the sepulcher of another, because he died for the salvation of others." (Augustine, in Thomas Oden and Christopher Hall, edd., Ancient Christian Commentary On Scripture: New Testament II: Mark [Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1998], p. 238)"But the height of His glorification had to be preceded by the depth of His passion. Accordingly, He went on to add, 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.' But He spake of Himself. He Himself was the grain that had to die, and be multiplied; to suffer death through the unbelief of the Jews, and to be multiplied in the faith of many nations." (Augustine, Tractates On John, 51:9)"Fear not O bride, nor despair. Do not think yourself hopeless if your bridegroom withdraws his face for a while. All things work together for the good, so that both from his absence and his presence you gain something better....Being absent he will become more desired, and being more desired he will be more earnestly sought, and being long sought more acceptably found." (anonymous, in Thomas Oden and Christopher Hall, edd., Ancient Christian Commentary On Scripture: New Testament II: Mark [Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1998], p. 200)


From an ancient homily (ca. fourth century), attributed in some traditions to Epiphanius of Constantia:

Something strange is happening. There is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the king is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh, and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

He has gone to search for our first parents, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives, Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. [...]

I am your God, who for your sake, have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants, I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. [...]

For your sake I, your God, became your son. I, the Lord, took the form of a slave. I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.


See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back, see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.

I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.
Rise. Let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. [...] The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers, swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.


CAN'T WAIT TO BE AT CHURCH ON SUNDAY..... HE IS RISEN.....FOR ME......

HIS ONLY BEGOTTON SON PART ONE


His Only Begotton Son Part One from charles e. whisnan t on Vimeo.

VACATION 2009 IN TEXAS & MISSISSIPPII & KY.

Becky at the seat where she is working today
This was the breakfast we had at Ellen home, and she made them.

Of course the auto company is having trouble with cars as you can see, we saw a dozen of the truck transportion carring cars.

John 3:16 Notes and Video Coming


Bob Temple and Johnny Edwards Singing from charles e. whisnan t on Vimeo.




HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON: JESUS EXACTLY SUITS US SINNERS
Rivers of Joy Baptist Church Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant
April 05, 2009

Verse 16. For God so loved, &c. -- What proclamation of the Gospel has been so oft on the lips of missionaries and preachers in every age since it was first uttered? What has sent such thrilling sensations through millions of mankind? What has been honored to bring such multitudes to the feet of Christ? What to kindle in the cold and selfish breasts of mortals the fires of self-sacrificing love to mankind, as these words of transparent simplicity, yet overpowering majesty? The picture embraces several distinct compartments: "THE WORLD" -- in its widest sense -- ready "to perish"; the immense "LOVE OF GOD" to that perishing world, measurable only, and conceivable only, by the gift which it drew forth from Him; THE GIFT itself -- "He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son," or, in the language of Paul, "spared not His own Son" (Ro 8:32), or in that addressed to Abraham when ready to offer Isaac on the altar, "withheld not His Son, His only Son, whom He loved" (Ge 22:16); the FRUIT of this stupendous gift -- not only deliverance from impending "perdition," but the bestowal of everlasting life; the MODE in which all takes effect -- by "believing" on the Son. How would Nicodemus' narrow Judaism become invisible in the blaze of this Sun of righteousness seen rising on "the world" with healing in His wings! (Mal 4:2).—Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary


We know what God gives: “His only begotten Son.”
1, Defines Christ’s eternal relationship.“Son” has the meaning of relationship. Christ’s Sonship is a relationship within the Godhead.

“Begotten” “unique, only one of its kind) : to produce especially as an effect or outgrowth

· the meaning of the word μονογενής (monogenes) The meaning is, the son is the only offspring of the parent, not the only existing person of his kind. The Greek word μονογενής is an adjective compounded of μονος "only" and γενος "species, race, family, offspring, kind." In usage, with few exceptions it refers to an only son or daughter. In John's Gospel and First Epistle the same words and concepts are used to describe the special relationship of Jesus to God.
· Jesus had always been, so couldn't become. His Sonship was natural (an affirmation of His deity or 'God' nature).
· This relationship is referred to as 'anthropomorphic', where the God nature is represented in human terms and characteristics.
· The term is seen in the term 'son' the idea of likeness and sameness of nature and equality of being.
· Jesus never became, but IS. 'IS' in terms of His eternity; His sameness with the Father but as two forms of presentation; His Godness; His identical, indivisible monadic, (single cell) begotten Deity; both within Each Other as an inherent dwelling as both Brightness and Light, as the Father is to the Son and as the Son is to the Father. Jesus is
· truly the "only-begotten Son" and true God; both the Son of God and God the Son.

Jesus was neither a descendant of God nor a descendant of man. HE IS GOD. Isaiah 9:6.


THE VIRGIN BIRTH:
· The way whereby, or manner by which God became incarnated. God was manifest in the flesh.
· We believe that God always manifests Himself through the Second Person of the Trinity, hence, God manifest in the flesh is called the SON OF GOD.
· The Spirit of God formed within Mary a body through which God took a human nature in the union with His Divine personality.
· In nature He was God-man, in personality He was God.
· FOOTNOTE:
o We do not have three God’s but one God who is a unity in Trinity.
· The Father alone is not God
o The Son alone is not God.
The Spirit alone is not God. But all three constitute God.
· 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Col 2:8-9 (KJV)
· of the Godhead -- The Greek (theotes) means the ESSENCE and NATURE of the Godhead, not merely the divine perfections and attributes of Divinity (Greek, "theiotes"). He, as man, was not merely God-like, but in the fullest sense, God

Jesus was announced to Mary as the Son of God. Luke 1:35

Jesus was announced to Mary as Saviour. Luke 1:31, Mt 1:21 I Timothy 2:5-6

The Lord Jesus was not the Son of God by His miraculous conception. He was the Son of God before that human birth Psalms 2

Jesus did not become the Son of God by being sent, but because He was the Son of God he as sent. John 10:36.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE ‘ONLY” son of God.


· Angels are called sons of God, by creation
· Adam was called a son of God, by creation
· Believers are called sons of God by regeneration.
· Jesus Christ was a Son in eternity
Jesus was THE Son, not A SON.



2. “HIS ONLY BEGOTTON SON” DESCRIBES GOD’S SUPREME GIFT
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This gift is the Son of God. No other son would do
Only God could have been the Son.

Any other son would otherwise have had to have a Savior.

SIN requires a victim since God is just. “Where is the Lamb? Asked Isaac. God will provide Himself as a lamb.


3. ‘HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON” DISCHARGES GOD’S SAVING PURPOSE.

· AS SOON as sin entered into the world God declared His purpose to send a Redeemer. Gen 3:15.
· I John 4:1214 The Father sent His Son to be a Savior of the world.
· Galatians 4:4-6 we are told God sent forth His son to redeem Romans 8:32

HE WAS BORN THAT HE MIGHT DIE. MINE HOUR

· “Mine Hour” seven times.
· That hour is the hour of His death
o It was for the sake of that hour that Jesus Christ left the bosom of the Father for the womb of the virgin.
o It was this hour that gave value to the blood of the Passover lamb.
o Psalms 22 is pictured of that hour.
o All the prophecies, types, shadows, symbols, met at the cross in that hour.
o That hour when the new covenant was sealed and our salvation secured in the blood of the Son of God.
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4. “HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON” DETERMINES MAN’S ETERNAL DESTINY.
· John 3:16 and John 1:12

FOOTNOTE

i first preached this series in 1972 at Madison Baptist Church, in Minford Ohio, and then in 1992 I used this series at the First Baptist Church in Altoona, Kansas, then April 2009 at the Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford Ohio.

And the understanding that I thought I had in 1972 and 1990 pale's in view of what I understand in 2009.

VACATION 2009

Thanks Ellen for getting this photo of Mom waving bye to Charity and I was we are pulling out. Have I said we had a berry great time on our vacation.




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Vacation 2009 Part Two

We started from Lexington, Kentucky, and talked to Kyle and had a great time.
We had dinner with Becky,
Chad was on vacation
We stopped to see the baby nursery at Eric and Leslie's.
We had a great time at the rest stops.
I do like car transportation trucks

When we arrived in Texas, and Bryan Willams came over he had a gift from me, a collection of
a collectable car that they give to folks.
Of course Brian and April and the kids came over, we ate
Now of course we had a great time with Ellen and Hershele. Great food, great time of rest, talking and taking a ride in a great car
And before we left we had a photo of Mom
She is 86 and will be 87 April 15th
SO FOR A PERSON WHO LIKES TO TAKE PICTURES, I SURE DIDN'T TAKE A LOT.

BUT WE HAD FUN, AND A GREAT TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
WE REALLY MISSED GOING TO ALTOONA.
MAYBE NEXT TIME.

Vacations 2009 part one, the silly stuff

A VACATION THAT HAS FUN, RELAXATION, AND ENTERTAINMENT IS A GREAT VACATION, PART ONE
OKAY TIGER WOODS WON THE ARNOLD PALMER TOURMENT LOVE IT. They are both my best golfers of all time. We were at Ellen's and Mom and watch on the big screen.
Okay, so I sort of like Urm Thurman, all in fun of course, and Ellen wanted to watch Paycheck again.

I have always for some reason like Car transportation trucks, from my youth.

A night shot of Dennis and Susan home around 3:00 a.m. when we left their house


Vacation 2009

GOOD MORNING AGAIN. Thursday we are leaving Dennis and Susan Lugar's home in Mississippi. And we are going back to Lexington, KY.
Wednesday we stayed in Hope Arkansas at Super 8.
And using the computer in the lobby.
Great night.

THE SOUL WINNER'S TOOLBOX EXPLAINED BIBLICALLY


Having attended Hyles-Anderson, in 1980 and following the Sword of the Lord for a number of years in the 60-80's, you get an unbiblical distorted view of the method of how someone comes to Christ in the matter of salvation.

You know the 10,000 baptisms in one year? Seeing on a Sunday 140 kids being dunked in the water. Usually their first Sunday in church, they were "saved" and baptized all in one Sunday. And some were dunked five times in one year.

I have a hard time seeing this method as biblical.

The "Just As I Am", song at the end of a service, "pleading for someone to be saved" method, really is usually so out of the realm of biblical salvation.

The "Go Soul Winning" methods usually are so poorly explained.

"I led 10 people to Christ this afternoon statement" is so out of the text of Scripture.
"We need to see 100 people saved this year in our church." Really? While I would love to see Christ bring unto Himself many, I have no clue how many He will save in a given year.

And the method whereby we count the number of persons that we think have been saved, is so distorted. Really. Yep.

I wish and pray and preach and teach toward the idea that I would like to see people saved. I would like to see Christ bring hundreds to Himself in our church in a year. That would be the greatest desire that I would have.

So what is our responsibility in this matter of seeing a person "get" saved? That is an interesting statement? "Getting one saved." "I need to get someone saved today?" "I am going out and be a soul winner." While I have said those things before. Got to get out on Thursday Night and go Soul Winning. How fun is that?

I am on vacation at my sis's house and I will address this issue next time, or when I get home.

MOM IS DOING OKAY, SHE IS AT THIS TABLE THREE TIMES A DAY.