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Hell is real

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

 

            This past week we had a daily reminder of smoke and fire from the old Ames plant fire.  The billowing smoke could be seen and smelled for miles.  The fire, I am told was very hot and difficult to put out due to chemicals stored there.  The Ames fire comes on the heels of the fires in California where many people lost their houses and loved ones.  Fire is very devastating.

            Although these fires have been tragic and caused a lot of destruction the Bible tells us about another fire that will be even more destructive.  The fire of Hell.

God describes Hell in the Bible, so we can understand it and avoid it.  God uses our five senses to help us to understand Hell as a real place of punishment.  We may not understand every aspect of Hell, but we can understand the following:

  • Sight- I can understand darkness, can’t you?  Hell is described as:  blackness of darkness, 2 Peter 2:17; chains of darkness, Jude 6; and outer darkness, Matthew 8:12.
  • Hearing- We can understand and know what pain sounds like, correct?  Hell is described as something we hear:  weeping and gnashing of teeth, Mt. 8:11, Mt. 13:42, and Mt. 25:30.
  • Feeling-  One of the worst injuries one can receive is having our body burned.  We have all touched a hot pan, or hot part on a car.  I know what pain feels like, don’t you?  Imagine your whole-body day in and day out full of the feeling of burning.  This is also how Hell is described:  Unquenchable fire, Mt. 3:12; Eternal fire, Mt. 25:41, 46; and agony, Lk. 16:23.
  • Smell- I know what foul air smells like, don’t you? (How many of us smelled the Ames plant fire?).  Hell has a smell of burning sulfur:  Rev 21:8, “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."
  • Thirst-  I know what is to be thirsty, especially after working in the sun on a hot day.  Hell is waterless: Zec. 9:11, and Lk. 16:24 the rich man wanted to quench his tongue.

Then add to the fact that the Bible states that this torment will last forever and ever as we see in Revelation 20:10. Hell awaits all who live a Christless life. 

Hell is no joke.  Hell is real.  Hell is hot.  Hell is horrible.  Hell is for eternity.  But we do not have to go there.  Christ has provided the way of escape and has provided the forgiveness of our sins.  If you are uncertain where you will spend eternity, will you search the scriptures and listen to what they have to say.  Will you believe in Christ, confess his name, repent of all your sin, and be baptized for the remission of sins into Jesus Christ and live for Him?  (see: Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Rev. 2:10, and Acts 22:16).  Think about it! Mark T. Tonkery

Minute of Meditation: God designed our tongues to be “healers”

Monday, October 16, 2017

 

Scientists have learned that that the human tongue has a special trait that can heal itself quicker than some other body parts. Apparently, there is a natural anti-biotic in our tongues that helps with the healing process. We are constantly taking in all sorts of potentially harmful micro-organisms, viruses, and other things into our mouths. However, God has made us so that our bodies can ward off these harmful organisms before they ever take root in our bodies.

Our tongues can be anti-biotic in another way as well. We can use our words to bring healing to others.  Notice what the Bible teaches,  “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear (Eph. 4:29).  How would our world be different if we used our words to heal and not hurt?

God designed our tongues to be “healers” not destroyers.  How are you using your words to bring healing to others?

I am Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation from the Camden Ave. church of Christ where you are always welcome.

Minute of Meditation: I DONE IT FOR LOVE

Monday, October 16, 2017

One Saturday night, a Christian widow and mother, very busy with house-hold chores, asked her seven-year-old son to polish her shoes. He worked hard on them. Later in the evening, he brought the clean, newly polished shoes to her. She was so pleased she rewarded him with a new, shiny dime.

The next morning, as she prepared for church services, the mother started to put the shoes on. As she slipped her foot in one of them, she noticed a lump in it. Taking the shoe off, she found the dime wrapped in paper. Written on the paper, in her son’s childish scrawl were these simple words, “I done it for love.” - Bulletin Digest

This prompts a question for us all. What have we done for love recently?

  • Have you helped your spouse with the children?
  • Have you given clothes to a person in need?
  • Have you visited those in the hospital?
  • Have you done some work without expecting pay?

Remember what Jesus stated, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35).

I am Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation from the Camden Ave. church of Christ where you are always welcome.

Minute of Meditation: Not the first time that a baby was a Savior

Monday, October 16, 2017

 

            Anissa Ayaca of Los Angeles needed a bone marrow transplant to save her from leukemia.  Her parents, age 44 and 42, had another baby to save her life.

            It is not the first time that a baby was a savior.

The Bible tells us in Gal. 4:4-5 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” 

Hearing these verses, our minds may go back to the words the angel spoke to Joseph about Mary, by saying She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Mat 1:21).

The Bible points out, Christ’s birth was an essential part of God’s plan of Salvation.

Jesus grew and later offered Himself to die upon the cross and then He was raised from the dead on the third day, for the sins of all people. 

Jesus is the Savior of the world.

I am Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation from the Camden Ave. church of Christ where you are always welcome.

Minute of Meditation: The Christian symbol

Monday, October 16, 2017

 

             Every state in the U.S.A. has a state flower and a state tree as their state symbols.  Some states also have a state fish, a state stone, a state song, and even a state insect.  West Virginia is no different; it’s state insect is the honey bee, state flower is the rhododendron, and the state tree is the sugar maple among other state symbols. 

Symbols are powerful reminders of those things that represent us, tell us little about who we are and what we belong to. 

            Christianity has only one symbol.  The cross.  Yet it is even more than a symbol.  It is a way of life.  To be a follower of Christ means a lifestyle of sacrifice, and surrender.

Jesus teaches in Mt. 16:24, “…If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

If one is to follow Christ they must first count the cost. It is more than a symbol.

I am Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation from the Camden Ave. church of Christ where you are always welcome.

 

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