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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

Overcoming Drug Addiction: Drug Abuse Treatment, Recovery, and Help

Overcoming Drug Addiction: Drug Abuse Treatment, Recovery, and Help

HOW DOES THE SCRIPTURES DEAL WITH ADDICTION? WHAT DOES THE SCRIPTURE SAY ABOUT HABITS THAT ARE IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE THAT ARE HARMFUL?

SINCE IT IS NOW BECOME SO COMMON IN OUR CHURCH FAMILY TODAY ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND IN EVERY CHURCH: MAYBE WE NEED TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE

I know the Bible gives principles to avoid sinful behavior. The Bible clearly gives principles that will guide you into right living.

The Bible does give the results of those who fail to follow the principles of the Word.

Does the Bible give principles how to overcome addiction, (other terms: obsession, craving.Dependence or compulsion?

Okay once you are in this co dependence on something that is not good for you, what do you do to get out of the habit?

Steps biblical of dealing with addiction? What is the Biblical word for addiction?

A Biblical View of Prayer: Testimonies

IX     TESTIMONIES IN PRAYER

1A     BIBLICAL EXAMPLES:

1B    Abraham: Genesis 18:22-33

    

2B    Jacob: Genesis 32:22-32

    

3B    Job: Job 5:8-9

    

4B    Moses: Exodus 32-33; Numbers 11-12; 27:18-23; Deuteronomy 9:20


 

5B    Samuel:1 Samuel 12:23

    6B    Hannah: 1 Samuel 1

    

7B    David: 1 Chronicles 17:16-27; Psalms 34; 4-6

    8B    Solomon: 1 Kings 3:3-14; 8:22-53; 2 Chronicles 6:14-42

    


 

9B    Elijah 1 Kings 17:1; 17-24; 18:36-39

    10B    Hezekiah: Isaiah 37

    11B    Jeremiah: Jeremiah 9:1; 14;17; 33:3

    

12B    Daniel: Daniel 9:1-19; 2:17-23; 6:11-1

    13B    Jonah: Jonah 2

    14B    Habakkuk: Habakkuk 1 and 2

    15B    Anna/Hannah: Luke 2:36-38

    

    

THE PRAYERS OF JESUS CHRIST:

    Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; John 17

1A    THE PLACE OF PRAYER

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2A    THE LENGTH OF PRAYER

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3A    THE ALERTNESS OF PRAYER

  1. LUKE 22:40-44

4A    THE INTENSITY OF PRAYER

  1. Luke 22:41-44

5A    THE SPIRITUAL CHARACTER OF PRAYER

    1    It is worship: Luke 2:27

    2    It leads to thanksgiving: Luke 2:37-38

`    3    God is the object: Luke 6:12

  1. It is related to the Holy Spirit: Luke 3:21

7A    MENTAL DEFENSE OF PRAYER

  1. Lack of prayer leads to fainting: Luke 18:1
  2. Keeping men from fainting and entering temptation> James 1:5-8

8A    SCHOOLING OF PRAYER

    1    John the Baptist taught his disciples to pray: Luke 5:33; 11:1

    2    Luke 11:1-2

9A    DISCIPLINE OF PRAYER

  1. Luke 5:16

10A    POSTURE OF PRAYER

    1    Luke 5:16

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How Then Can We Be Made Right With God

SO HOW CAN WE BE JUSTIFIED WITH GOD? GOD'S WAY OF MAKING PEOPLE RIGHT

In the midst of man's darkness, God came with Light.

"BUT NOW"

Romans 3:21-25

Charles e. Whisnant, August 29, 2010

22 God makes people right with himself through their faith in Jesus Christ. This is true for all who believe in Christ, because all people are the same: 23 Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God's glorious standard, 24 and all need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ. 25 God sent him to die in our place to take away our sins. We receive forgiveness through faith in the blood of Jesus' death. This showed that God always does what is right and fair, as in the past when he was patient and did not punish people for their sins. NCB


 

 22Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:  23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  25Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; KJV

22the righteousness of God(A) through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.(B) For there is no distinction: 23for(C) all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24(D) and are justified(E) by his grace as a gift,(F) through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God(G) put forward as(H) a propitiation(I) by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in(J) his divine forbearance he had passed over(K) former sins. ESV

 

Cross references:

  1. Romans 3:22 : Romans 4:5; 2 Tim 3:15
  2. Romans 3:22 : Romans 10:12; Gal 3:28; Col 3:11
  3. Romans 3:23 : Romans 3:9
  4. Romans 3:24 : Titus 3:7
  5. Romans 3:24 : Romans 4:4, 5, 16; Acts 15:11
  6. Romans 3:24 : Eph 1:7; Col 1:14; Heb 9:15; 1 Cor 1:30
  7. Romans 3:25 : Eph 1:9
  8. Romans 3:25 : 1 John 2:2
  9. Romans 3:25 : Romans 5:9; Eph 2:13
  10. Romans 3:25 : Romans 2:4
  11. Romans 3:25 : Acts 17:30

 


 

Job 9:2 says: 'HOW SHALL A MAN BE JUST WITH GOD?" A quite important question.

  • Job is saying. Because God is the kind of God He is, how can I approach Him. How can I ever be able to approach Him? How could I ever get an appointment with God? He who is so Holy and Powerful?

That's the question; can a man ever be right, justified with a God like that? Is it possible to have a relationship with such a High, Holy God?

  • THE ANSWER IS THIS:     YES.

That is why we have so many religions. Because man seeks to be right with a God he believes to be God. How else can a person escape his sense of meaninglessness? How else can he escape his sense of lostness, a sense of guilt? How else can he eliminate the sense of death and the dread of punishment from a Holy God?

  • Religion suggests to a man how he can be right with God.
    • Doing certain things
    • Human effort
    • Human achievement
    • Works, human activity

BUT THE BIBLE CLEARLY STATES THAT MAN CANNOT DO ANYTHING TO GET IT CORRECT WITH GOD.

Paul has shown this in chapter 1:1 thru 3:19.

  • All people are guilty: 3:9
  • All people will be judged: 1:18
  • All people will be judged by facts:. 2:2-3

The facts are that man cannot keep the Law of God, which was designed to prove that man cannot keep the will of God. So the way to God is not by HUMAN EFFORT. You cannot get there that way.

The Old Testament way to God?

  • Micah 6:6-7-8 Activity of Faith
    • 6Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?  7Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  8He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

BEFORE ROMANS 3:21 YOU ARE REALLY IN THE DARK AS TO HOW YOU ARE GOING TO GET TO GOD. Verse 21 the daybreaks……

"BUT NOW"

As over against that darkness comes this: "How the darkness has been driven out. We have talked about SIN. Now it is time for the dawn of HOPE. It is time for the LIGHT to BREAK.

  • "But now apart from the Law, the righteousness of God has been manifested. NASV 3:21

But
(
de) is a strong adversative (expresses antithesis or direct opposite) marking a dramatic turning point from the "bad news" of man's guilt and condemnation which merits God's wrath to the revelation of the "good news" of God's righteousness now available to undeserving sinful men.

  • The trial is finished. We look for the judge to summon the executioner. But surprise! Grace! Mercy! The Judge informs us that His Son Jesus has already paid our penalty and that He, the Judge, is willing to forgive us and give us the gift of righteousness if we will repent and believe on His Son.

The righteousness of God 1341

  • There is a righteousness, not of man, but of God.

Is manifested 5319

  • It is God who comes to the rescue. He brings deliverance. John 8:12

    12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

A righteousness (means being right) that comes from God and a different kind of righteousness. How different?

  1. BECAUSE OF ITS AUTHOR : Isaiah 45:8

    8Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.

  2. BECAUSE OF ITS NATURE. This righteousness fulfilled both the precept and the penalty of the Law. Matthew 5:20

    20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    This righteousness is the kind that had the ability to fulfill the whole Law without a flaw. Jesus Christ fulfilled the righteousness by keeping the whole Law of God


     

  3. BECAUSE OF ITS EVERLSTING RIGHTEOUSNESS.

    Daniel 9:24Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

    Psalms 119:  142Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

    Hebrews 9:
     12Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.


     

    THAT IS THE KIND OF RIGHTEOUSNESS I WANT TO RECEIVE.

RIGHTEOUSNESS

  • being proper or right in the sense of being fully justified being or in accordance with what God requires) is the quality of being upright.
  • In its simplest sense DIKAIOSUNE conveys the idea of conformity to a standard or norm. In this sense righteousness is the opposite of hamartia (sin), which is defined as missing of the mark set by God. In this sense righteousness is the opposite of hamartia (sin), which is defined as missing of the mark set by God.
  • The sum total of all that God commands, demands, approves, and Himself provides.

Used 60 times in Romans.,

SUNDAY'S GOOD DAY

SUNDAY WAS ANOTHER GREAT DAY IN THE LORD'S HOUSE

The Sunday Bible Study we continued in Proverbs 13:21-24 The wisdom of Solomon on parenting. The Bible as the wisdom for sure. To apply those principles in our lives is another challenge for sure. But we had a great time with our class in dealing with this subject. What is interesting, in our society today, grandparents are raising their grand kids.It is amazing how many are doing this. We have great-grandparents who take care of their grand daughter's child..

The Sunday Morning service was good too. Bill Bower was great in leading us in singing, and Johnny Edwards again was great in playing the piano and singing as usual. My message was from Romans 3:21-26 Maybe the most important verses in the Bible. How Are We Make Right With God? Romans is a great book.

Charity and I had a nice afternoon, nice lunch, and then back to church by 5:30 p.m.

Good service Sunday Night, I spoke on The Eagle. Ten Dangers To Look Out For.

Following the service we had a great time of fellowship. Its good that we can have time to fellowship.

We were back home by 8:30 p.m.

I will be putting the three lessons on Vimeo. Outlines will be posted later. This is going to be a good week.

Bill Bower Speaking at Rivers of Joy.

PASTOR BILL BOWER SPEAKING FROM RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH







Romans 3 21 to 31 project good text

ROMANS 3:21-31

GOD'S WAY OF MAKING PEOPLE RIGHT

Romans 3 21 to 31

ROMANS 3:21-31

GOD'S WAY OF MAKING PEOPLE RIGHT


21But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

22Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

26To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

27Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

28Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

29Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

30Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

31Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.



Charles e. Whisnant Activity on Thursday

Now you know what I do during the day! I was at Chad's house and he beat me twice at ping pong.

ALL THE LIFE OF THE PASTOR/TEACHER EACH WEEK

So what does a preacher/pastor/teacher do? You usually don't really know do you? Oh we are on Facebook every moment of the day? We play golf twice a week. Well no. I text 100 times a day? No. So what do I do?

Usually we don't do what the people want us to do. Do we. I myself don't know what I should be doing all the time. It is usually something I had not planned on doing too.

I know what I need to do each week?
  1. Prepare for the Bible Study on Sunday: Proverbs.
  2. Prepare for Sunday Morning sermons: Romans
  3. Prepare for Sunday Night sermons: Philippians, and others topics
  4. Prepare for Wednesday Night lesson: Biblical View of Prayer
  5. Outlines of all sermons and print them each week.
  6. Video all lessons I do one Sunday and Wednesday
  7. Prepare videos to download on Vimeo and YouTube. At least three 40 minute videos and also special songs by singers at church.
  8. Write articles on my websites.
  9. Presently working on the church financial program.
  10. Oh, cutting the lawn at Union Mills
  11. Oh, cutting the yard at our house.
  12. Watching NCSI on Tuesday.
  13. Checking out e mails
  14. Reading over 110 current blogs each day.
  15. Love searching material on the web about ministry.
  16. Downloading my outlines on Slideshare.
  17. Communicating with my staff of pastors.
  18. Getting Charity coffee in the mornings.
  19. I am getting tired already.




Everette Whisnant




Last week Gary Correll sent me the photos that you will see in this video. Gary went to church with us in Roanoke, Virginia back in 1960's.

Crimson Flood - A Little Bit of Love

Dad Raised Me as a Calvinist and not as a Fundamentalist

MY DAD MIGHT HAVE BEEN A FUNDAMENTALIST BUT HE RAISED ME AS A CALVINIST
I am not sure what bran of Fundamentalism we are speaking of, and there are several, nevertheless, all pastors and their families will have some of their children who are saved and some will never be saved.

 
Children are not saved or lost because of my behavior or what Fellowship I belong to. I could be the worst pastor in the world, and have children who will be saved and love the Lord.

I have learned not to criticize a pastor for the behavior of his adult children. When sons and daughters become adults they are responsible for their life style.

Some of the worst parents can have children who become wonderful godly adult Christians.
I believe God by His power and grace and mercy saves His children. 

All four of my adult children, now say, “Dad, we are responsible for our decisions.”
Sneers and jibes are par for many, but really, it should be grace and thankfulness for God’s wonderful grace and mercy.

My Dad: Everette Whisnant, 1904 to 1966, (original photo)

My Dad's Son. Me

My Dad.
A friend of my Dad said "You Dad was a Calvinist. I never knew that.  Of course I didn't know what a Calvinist was until I heard the term in Seminary.  Dad raised me as a Calvinist, not as a Fundamentalist.  Dad was a Fundamentalist I think, he ran around with them folks. J.F. Norris, John R. Rice, Bob Jones, and the like. He even liked some Southern Baptist folks.  But he just never criticized pastors. And he never said we were saved by works or keep laws. 


Dad and Mom never raised Donald and I and Ellen by rules.  Well, it seemed we could not do anything, like going to movies, etc. but then again Dad did not kill me when I did go to one.


The Lord was gracious in saving me when I was very young, God changed my heart when I was but a small boy.  As a result, I had a heart toward my Dad and Mom, and I had a spirit of love toward them.  I loved to hear my Dad preach and my Mom singing.  

The Lord by His sovereign grace applied His love and grace on me, and enabled me to have the kind of attitude and love for Him, the Word of God, the ministry of preaching and teaching the Word,  that I have had now for fifty seven years of my life. 


I have four adult children, Charity and I tried to raise and teach them right.  We tried to live godly before them.  And we tried hard to teach them the Word of God and how to live.  

But the bottom line is this.  Only God can open their hearts to respond to the teaching of Jesus Christ. Only by His sovereign grace can anyone come to love the Lord Jesus Christ and His Words and Work.

Charles e. Whisnant

THE JOY OF PREACHING AND TEACHING THE WORD OF GOD EACH WEEK

A Biblical Study of Prayer #4

VIIIA    THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF PRAYER

The situation in which we need to pray are as diverse as life itself. Paul says "in everything" Philippians 4:6. Here are a few illustrations:

When you read, I want you to stand, (to be on video). Give an example.

1B    TRIALS:
Psalms 18:6; 34:4-7; 118:5; Psalms 140; 141:1-4; 142:3; 143; 144; Romans 15:30-32; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2

    Example:

2B    DUTIES IN A BROAD-SPECTURM

    1C    PRAY

1D    BEFORE: in preparation: Nehemiah 1:11; Luke 6:12, Romans 1:10

        2D    DURING: Nehemiah 2:4

        3D    AFTER:
Philippians 1:9-11, Colossians 1:9-12

    Example:

3B    RECEIVING CHRIST IN SALVATION: Luke 18:13; Romans 10:13

    Example:

4B    IN FREE MOMENTS OR WHEN WE LIE DOWN TO REST. Psalms 119:62; 148.

Example:    

5B    JUST TO THANK GOD. Lots of times in Psalms.

    Example:

6B    SEEKING WISDOM AND GUIDANCE: James 1:5

    Example:

7B    FOR DISCERNING THE WORD OF GOD: Psalms 119:18; Ephesians 1:15-16

    Example:

8B    FOR VICTORY OVER A LYING, DECEITFUL TONGUE: Psalms 120:1-2

    Example:

9B    FOR OPENING DOORS OF EVANGELISM: Ephesians 6:18-20, Colossians 4:3 and Example

10A    FOR CHOOSING LEADERS: Luke 6:12; Acts 113;1-2;

    Example:

11A    FOR CIVIL LEADERS; 1 Timothy 2:1-2

    Example:

12A    PREACHING GOD'S MESSAGE WITH BOLDNESS AND EFFECTIVENESS: Ephesians 6:19-20; Colossians 4:3-4    

    Example:

13A    FOR OTHER'S PROBLEMS: Deuteronomy 9:20; Numbers 12:11-15

    Example:

14A    FOR THE SALVATION OF OTHERS: Romans 10:1


 

    Example:

15A    FOR THOSE WHO CONDEUM YOU: Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:28

    Example:

16A    FOR DIVINE ENABLEMENT: Psalms 119:28

    Example:

17A    FOR FRUIT: John 15:7-8

    Example:


 

Biblical Prayer

LIVING TO THE GLORY OF GOD DAILY

A STUDY IN BIBLICAL PRAYER

Charles e. Whisnant, July 28, 2010 Part One

1A    THE PLACE OF PRAYER IN OUR TOTAL LIVES


1B    A crutch by some, used little by others. Much in some lives.


2B     The Benefits of Prayer
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1C We gain victory over the devil, and for God. Ephesians 6;12-13

     2C We obtain things by prayer, which is God's appointed means. James 4:2

3C We follow those in the Bible that did pray. Acts 6:2-4; I Thessalonians 3:10; FirstTimothy 1:3

4C We are true followers of Jesus, who made prayer very prominent in our daily lives. Mark 1:35.

5C We have fellowship with Christ in His present ministry. Hebrews 7:25.

6C We lay hold of God's appointed means of receiving mercy and grace. Hebrews 4:16

7C We take advantage of God's appointed means of obtaining fullness of joy. John 16:24.

8C We benefit by availing ourselves of God's appointed means of experiencing freedom from all anxiety. Philippians 4:6-7.

9C We obtain the Holy Spirit in the sense of his ministry of power. Luke 11:13.

10C We gain ourselves of God's means by which our hearts are not overcharged with overindulgence, drunkenness, and cares. Luke 21:34-36

11C We accomplish much through prayer.

1D Prayer promotes spiritual growth as Bible study does.

Prayer helps bring to light hidden sins as we invite God to search us. Psalms 139:23-24.

God washes and cleanses Psalms 51:2.

    Opens our eyes to behold wonderful things in His Word Psalms 119;18.

    Gives us wisdom for a spiritual walk James 1:5.

Imparts strength Pslams 119

Changes us more and more into Image 2 Corinthians 3:18.

2D    Prayer draws on power that enables us to do our work.

3D    Prayer makes use of for the conversion of others.

4D    Prayer brings many blessings to the church. By it people root out heresy, solves misunderstanding, dissolves jealousies, and frictions. Psalms 119:126.

2A    WHAT IS PRAYER


1B    WORSHIPFUL ADORATION (PRAISE)

1C Having a spirit permeated by a sense of God, who he is as the God who hears and answers prayer. Psalms 34:1. 70:4. Psalms 84:4. We can worshipfully praise Him for:

1D     His righteousness. Psalms 5; 145;17; 148:7

2D     His strength and mighty works. Psalms 20:13; 31:4; 43:2; 46:1     

3D     His creation. Psalms 148-149

4D     His kingship. Psalms 5

5D     His lovingkindness, in giving benefits. Psalms 108:1

6D     His building up Jerusalem. Psalms 147. The church. Ephesians 16:18

7D     His giving of His Word. Psalms 147:19

8D    His raising up Israel as his people and the Church. Psalms 148:14, Ephesians 2:11-21

9D    His giving of honor to the godly to participate with Him in judging the nations Psalm 149:5-9 and 1 Corinthians 6:2.


2B     THANKSGIVING:

     Psalms 7:17, Psalms 30:1-4; Psalms 34.

    Psalms 44; 51:17; 75:1. Psalms 136.


3B     CONFESSION

    Of sins. Proverbs 28:13 and 1 John 1:9, Job 42:6; Psalms 25:11


4B PETITION (DIRCT REQUESTS
.)

    Daniel 2:18; 9:16-19


5B INTERCESSION: (PRAYER ON BEHALF OF OTHERS.)