What is the Lake of Fire? The Sea of Fire is a place so big, that there are no shores. No islands of refuge. No stable footing and no reachable surface. There is sulfur. Gunpowder is made with sulfur to increase the heat and explosive nature of the compound. Sulfuric acid has lots of sulfur. Sulfur boils at 850 degrees.
So God is asking for us to imagine a sea of boiling sulfur into which the Devil is cast and sinks. That’s not a comforting thought, unless you hate the Devil.
And this experience of the Devil is permanent. There’s no end to his torment. He is lost under the billowing waves of God’s wrath. He will forever feel like he is burning up. He will forever feel like he is drowning. He will be forever lost to God’s love.
UNRIGHTEOUSNESS and RIGHTEOUSNESS — Romans 1:1-32 by Reverend Chuck Wilson
In a sin-mad world where evil is called good, light is called darkness, moral is called immoral, and the truth of the Bible is called fiction, there seemed to be no good news. In the godless and unrighteous darkness of ancient Rome, the light of the good news of God in Jesus Christ appeared and shown brightly in many lives. BY FAITH, they exchanged the darkness of Satan and sin for the good news of the grace of God and faith in Jesus Christ. BY FAITH, they laid hold of God’s forgiveness of their sins in Christ’s blood. BY FAITH, they came to know the transformation of their lives through the work of the Holy Spirit. BY FAITH, they joined Paul in service to the living God of the Bible. BY FAITH, they cried out to God in Jesus’ name, and they were given Paul’s song of salvation to sing:
Blessed are they
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man
whose sin the Lord will never count against him. (Rom. 4.7-8)
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Suffering with Jesus Reverend Anthony R. Locke March 27th, 2011 www.FirstPresTucker.org at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker How do we find fellowship in the afflictions of Christ? Colossians 1:24-29 English Standard Version 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in…
Apprehended and Apprehending — Philippians 3:1-14 by Reverend Chuck Wilson
Plainly, a clear understanding of faith in Jesus as the only way of salvation was Paul’s focus and concern for the church. Paul says the things he had written are important for the Philippians because of the presence of false teachers. Paul writes, “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision which worship God in the Spirit and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (3.2-3). In other words, because of false teachers, Paul wrote it is imperative we are clear on what we believe.
What we believe about Jesus’ person and work is the foundation of our faith and the standard by which we have unity and fellowship in the church. DELIGHTING in fellowship, GROWING in knowledge, WORSHIPING in the Spirit, and REJOICING in Christ Jesus.
Is My Bible Reliable? — Psalm 119:89-96
Reverend Anthony R. Locke March 20th, 2011 www.FirstPresTucker.org at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Are English Bible’s the Word of God? Psalm 119:89-96 Do I hold in my hand the Word of God? English Standard Version 89 Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. 90 Your faithfulness endures to all…
Easter 2011 ARP Magazine – He is Risen!
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The Dragon Isn’t Above the Law — Revelation 20:1-3
Jesus will orchestrate the Omega of this Creation and declare with absolute finality the destiny of every person.
After the war. After He has changed His blood splattered garments. After He has brought us into His eternal rest. God the Father will reveal a new name by which we will know Jesus.
Today we know Jesus as Redeemer. Jesus is Lord. Jesus is Savior. Jesus is the Lamb and He is a Lion. Jesus is THE Wonderful Counselor. He is Mighty God, Everlasting Father and THE Prince of Peace. Jesus is the Great High Priest. He is the Great Prophet. Jesus is the Great King.
Revelation 19:12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. This name will be revealed!
Maybe His new name will have something to do with reversing the Fall, ending sin and chaining the Dragon.
And Sitting Down They Watched Him There — Matthew 27:35-36 by Reverend Chuck Wilson
The betrayal of Jesus by the Jewish religious and political leaders is a tale of hate and malice. The extent of their perfidy is evidenced by their uncharacteristic setting aside of their cherished traditions of justice and mercy. Demonically driven, they abandoned justice and mercy and embraced treachery and hell. In madness, they howled, “Let his blood be on us and our children.” And ignoring the law of consequences, they cursed themselves and future generations of their children and drank down shame and judgment like wine.
For many, Judas stands as the most craven character in the drama of the Cross. Whatever his reasons, he betrayed his friend and teacher and rejected his Savior and Lord for 30 pieces of silver (the price of a common slave). Indeed, at this point, if there were no other reason for hell than the just disposition of Judas, God would have had to commission an angel to construct the contours of hell and set them ablaze as a fiery maelstrom.
Capturing the Bad Guys (The Gruesome Ending of All God's Enemies) — Revelation 19:11-21
One day soon God will again send His only begotten Son into the physical realm of this planet.
Jesus will show up in all His glory and splendor with orders from the Father to finish out the victory He already won at the Cross.
The rebellion will not be resurrected. God will call the unclean birds of the air to remove the impurity and filth that they leave behind.
This is a glorious victory for our battle scared Lord Jesus.
Peace will be found at the tip of His sword and He will win the battle.
Ordained Into an Honorable Retirement — Ms. Harriet E. Leslie (Sermon Title: The Righteous Deeds of the Saints — Revelation 19:6-10)
Dear Harriet E. Leslie,
February 24th, 2013
You have completed your active service as a servant of the Church. Your sisters and brothers rejoice with you in the blessed evidence of God’s anointing upon your years of faithful ministry. We thank God for your love and dedication to Jesus Christ, and we praise God for the grace that has allowed your ministry to touch so many lives.
Now we come to mark with you the fulfillment of your calling, as the Church confers upon you the status, Honorably Retired. While we know this begins a time of rest and the enjoyment for other callings, we value the experience you have gained and the skills you have acquired throughout your years of ministry.
Therefore, we welcome your continued participation in the life of the church, using your gifts in meaningful ways. You remain a colleague in ministry, and we will continue to seek your wisdom and your fellowship.
May God continue to bring joy and peace to your life, just as you have blessed so many others throughout the years of your life.
May you know the full joy of the Father’s words, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.”
Please send all new prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org Home Bound Church Family & Friends Robbie Blough Betty Wood Harriett Leslie Virginia Black Bunny Hardy Orchard Residents Church Concerns (August 28th, 2016) Paul Benedict fighting cancer. Betty Lovin living with significant leg pain. Louise Mickler (Barbara Welch neighbor) cancer has returned and she is taking chemo.…
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Are the Saints Guilt of Heavenly Schadenfreude? — Revelation 19:1-5
Schadenfreude is that wonderful German term for those who experience wicked glee at the demise of others.
If we see someone suffer, someone that we don’t like very much, and our hearts feel malicious pleasure, then we can be accused of Schadenfreude.
Well, are the saints in this passage feeling that? Are we going to sin a little in our hearts while watching sinners receive God’s judgment?
There is an answer, and it isn’t what you might imagine.
These Are God's Final Warnings in the Bible before the End — Revelation 18:1-24
The Holy Spirit is vexed when pride, greed, lust, envy, anger, gluttony and laziness are at home within our hearts. When these traits increase, we know that the end is near.
These are literally the last words of warning before the end of the world comes.
Are you ready for that final moment? Are you saved? Have you repented of your sin and walked away from a love of this world?
God loves you so much. God has been patient for so long. Will you keep testing His compassion? Will you seek His forgiveness? May God give us the grace to repent right now.
Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It
Marriage is based on the truth that men and women are complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the reality that children need a mother and a father.
Redefining marriage does not simply expand the existing understanding of marriage; it rejects these truths. Marriage is society’s least restrictive means of ensuring the well-being of children.
By encouraging the norms of marriage—monogamy, sexual exclusivity, and permanence—the state strengthens civil society and reduces its own role. The future of this country depends on the future of marriage.
The future of marriage depends on citizens understanding what it is and why it matters and demanding that government policies support, not undermine, true marriage.
Young Pro-Marriage Conservatives Undaunted by the Battle Ahead
They hear that their cause is lost, that demographics and the march of history have doomed their campaign to keep marriage only between a man and a woman. But the young conservatives who oppose same-sex marriage – unlike most of their generation – remain undaunted.
They identify themselves as part of the “pro-marriage movement” and see themselves at the beginning of a long political struggle, much like the battle over abortion. If they can begin shifting the terms of the debate away from gay rights and toward the meaning of marriage, they say, they have a chance to survive short-term defeats.
“The primary challenge that our side faces right now is the intense social pressure,” said Joseph Backholm, 34, the executive director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington. “To the extent that the other side is able to frame this as a vote for gay people to be happy, it will be challenging for us.”
To put it another way, opponents of same-sex marriage say they must argue in favor of traditional marriage, not against gay people or gay rights. “It’s really a broader defense of marriage and a stronger marriage culture,” said Will Haun, 26, a lawyer and member of the Federalist Society.
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Oh, How I Love Your Law Reverend Anthony R. Locke February 27th, 2011 www.FirstPresTucker.org at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Exodus 24:3-8 Comparing the Law with Gospel English Standard Version 3 Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the rules. And all the people answered with one…
A Woman Rides the Beast — Revelation 17:10-18
Everywhere you look people talk about being spiritual. Yoga empties us for spiritual enlightenment. Walking outdoors connects us to the Earth. Buying a hybrid car makes us feel like we are saving the planet.
Many churches participate in meeting spiritual needs without Jesus. They provide religious rituals and sentimental experiences. Churches seek to be relevant to impress and attract “seekers.” Worldly techniques for entertainment are used to grow the financial and congregational numbers.
But, what does Jesus think about this alliance between the World and the Church?
Jesus uses a brutal and graphic allegory to share His thoughts.
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Favored but Frustrated Reverend Anthony R. Locke February 20th, 2011 www.FirstPresTucker.org at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Hebrews 12:18-24 English Standard Version 18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose…
Communist China Happily Claims to Have Only Murdered 330,000,000 Million Babies
Chinese physicians claim to have murdered over 330,000,000 million babies since the government implemented a controversial family planning policy 40 years ago, according to official data from the health ministry.
The Communist government proudly publishes these numbers, yet reporters outside the country believe the numbers to much, much higher.
China’s one-child policy has been the subject of a heated debate. Sadly, world news media are not debating the immorality of these murders, but rather the economic consequences that will arise from an ageing Chinese population. With 34,000,000 million more men than woman, the gender disparity is also a rising concern.
A City on Seven Hills — Revelation 17:1-9, 18
The whole book of Hosea is based on the accusation from God that the people of God had prostituted themselves for what the world had to offer.
God illustrates our sin by commanding one of His very godly men to marry a very silly girl who was in love with this world.
Hosea 1:2 When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD.”
God does shocking things to teach us valuable lessons. This passage is provocative.
The Church that was started in the Book of Acts has now become, like Israel became, an unfaithful spouse.
How many of these harsh accusations could be applied to us?
ARP Magazine on Stewardship
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Alan Avera Leaving Outreach North America
Outreach North America Director Alan Avera has accepted a job as senior executive for Christianity Explored USA’s ministry in North America. He will begin his new job on July 1.
Christianity Explored is a ministry that began 10 years ago at All Souls Church in London, England. The ministry produces tools to help churches in evangelism and discipleship, the primary one being the 7-week Christianity Explored evangelistic Bible study based on the Gospel of Mark.
As the North America executive, Dr. Avera will help increase awareness of the resources available through Christianity Explored, and will help support churches that use Christianity Explored resources.
Book of Common Worship
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Presbyterian Election Explained
Sovereign Grace and the Glorious Mystery of Election by C. J.Mahaney Download this as a PDF First Impressions Author James Cantelon presents this moving and insightful remembrance of his conversion experience: “First impressions are lasting impressions.” So goes the old saying, and I suspect in most cases it is true. My first impression of God is with me to this day.…
Role of a Presbyterian Deacon
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. . . and God Remembered — Revelation 16:17-21
Sometimes my children mess up a LEGO project. I have to disassemble their project until I find the wrong piece in order to fix it. God will disassemble the universe for the same reason.
My children come to me in tears wondering why their project looks wrong and doesn’t work right. In love I have to judge certain LEGO pieces as wrong and then break it apart that it might be corrected.
God is going to judge certain things as wrong. God will then disassemble the sinful things and reassemble the Creation perfect and holy.
That’s the message of all the judgment passages in the Bible. God loves us all too much to let things stay imperfect forever.
God looks forward to the day that your body disassembles into the grave that He might resurrect you into life everlasting.
Don’t fear the tear down. God is a great re-builder!
The Great Harvest of the Earth — Revelation 14:14-20
Jesus holds Death’s sharp sickle. He wrestled it from Death after He was taken down off the cross and lay in the tomb for three days.
All will feel the cutting sickle of death severing them from life as promised in the Garden of Eden.
Our nation celebrates this harsh truth when we sing,
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord: He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword: His truth is marching on.
His swift sword is for death and judgment. That shatters the average image of Jesus.
How should we feel about that? we should sing with gusto, Glory, glory, Hallelujah!
John Calvin Magazine
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Invitations to Repent — Revelation 16:1-16
This passage is one of the most negative chapters in the whole Bible. Let me offer a new view.
When my children disobey, as a parent I place them in crisis through discipline. I might threaten to take away their favorite toy, ground them or spank them. I bring trouble in their life to lead them to repentance.
God did this with the Egyptians. He brought Ten Plagues to upset their life and motivate them to obey His commands.
During the end times God will bring these plagues back. God will bring Humanity into a great crisis that He might lead us all toward the last great invitation for repentance.
Time to Learn the Song of Moses — Revelation 15:1-8
The people of God crossed over the Red Sea on dry ground. When they looked back from the Promised Land, they watched God destroy their enemies and they sang out in victory.
Jesus also walked through the valley of the shadow of death. From the other side He looked back in victory and sang a song of praise that the curse was defeated, the Dragon was crushed and sin was removed.
The Church will join Israel to sing the Song of Moses, but Jesus will join both of us while we sing the Song of Moses . . . and the Lamb!
Why do we use the ESV Bible?
The ARP Denomination has selected the English Standard Version (ESV) as the translation of choice for Synod materials. The First Presbyterian Church of Tucker has also embraced this Bible version. Below is a page from http://www.wtsbooks.com/content/about_esv which explains the benefits of this English version. Blessings to you as God transforms your life with His sacred Word. The English Standard…
The Blessings of Heaven Are Better & the Terrors of Hell Are Worse — Revelation 14:6-13
The Gospel informs us that Jesus has all authority and all power in Heaven and Earth, that the Father has given all judgment to the Son, and that the blessings of God will rain down forever upon those who place their faith in Christ.
These are the Big Promises of the Bible that are planted in Genesis and finally bloom in Revelation.
Jesus promised that it hasn’t entered our imagination how great Heaven will be for those who love God.
Sadly, it also hasn’t entered into the imaginations of men the eternal terrors that await those who reject God’s love.
Do the 144,000 Have a Tattoo? — Revelation 14:1-5
When the 144,000 sing, it sounds like Niagara Falls multiplied by Thunder.
And this congregation wears the Heavenly tattoo. They are filled with moxie and bravado. Who are these 144,000?
The Jehovah Witness Church teaches that only 144,000 will be saved. Wrong answer.
Islam says that these are the 144,000 Prophets of Muhammad. No.
The Church Universal and Triumphant teaches that 144,000 souls were brought back to Earth from Venus. Not even close.
Tim LaHaye thinks that only 144,000 Jews are saved during the tribulation and that they become evangelists before the final Armageddon. Who do you think these people are?
The False Prophet and 666 Revealed — Revelation 13:11-18
Why is it 666?
I am going to give you an answer that is so simple, it stretches credulity. I hope you find it beautiful in it’s simplicity.
6 is less than 7. There are 7 churches, 7 stars, 7 lamp-stands, 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 bowls, 7 horns. There’s the 7 days of Creation. Seven is the number of fullness, the number of completeness. We enter God’s rest on the seventh day.
Humanity is a six. We are created in God’s image, but on the sixth day because we are less than God. The Dragon is a six. He is a fry short of a Happy Meal. He is a day late and a dollar short. He doesn’t measure up to God.
This Demonic Trinity will leave you empty and lost for all they have to offer is 6, 6, 6.
No Beauty In This Beast — Revelation 13:1-10
The Beast is all the nations in opposition to all that is good. All ten nations symbolize the totality of humanity involved in this rebellion, and the seven heads remind us that the Dragon is the Puppet Master.
Which is why this Beast, through the leadership of the anti-Christ and the power of the Kingdoms of the Earth, targets their anti-Christian rage against the followers of Jesus. This is a Demonic Beast who is Hell bent on the Church’s destruction.
Have you ever wondered why the world is so unified in their hostility to the Lordship of Jesus Christ? This vision answers that question.
Make A Joyful Noise — Psalm 100:1-5
Reverend Anthony R. Locke February 13th, 2011 www.FirstPresTucker.org at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Psalm 100:1-5 English Standard Version 1 A Psalm for giving thanks Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! 3 Know that the Lord, he is God!…
Do You Believe in Dragons? — Revelation 12:1-6
At a local mall is a dinner theater called Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. Their building is made to look like an old European castle.
When my sons saw the castle for the first time I nonchalantly told them that we needed to keep our distance because the dragon inside isn’t very nice.
I looked into the rear view mirror and saw their wide eyes and concerned faces. They were terrified of that Dragon!
Do you believe in Dragons? God does. In Genesis 3 God introduces a Dragon who reappears in Revelation 12 and 20.
This Dragon is the real deal. We should be terrified.
Anyone feel the need to start humming A Mighty Fortress is Our God?
Which Politician Stood Before 65 Mill Viewers and Labeled Our National Debt Immoral? — Revelation 11:15-19
When Lot was in front of the people of Sodom, he weakened the message of the Bible so that the people would leave him and his family alone.
Churches do the same thing today. We have lowered our rhetoric against sin.
Maybe this is why there isn’t much persecution of believers in America.
We have stopped saying what God told us to say for our own comfort sake.
Why I Am Participating in Pulpit Freedom Sunday — Wayne Grudem
This Sunday I have agreed to join nearly 1,500 pastors nationwide and participate in Pulpit Freedom Sunday, sponsored by Alliance Defending Freedom. In my sermon, I plan to recommend that people vote for one presidential candidate and one political party that I will name. We will then all send our sermons to the IRS.
This action is in violation of the 1954 “Johnson Amendment” to the Internal Revenue Code, which prohibits tax-exempt organizations like churches from endorsing any candidate by name. But in our nation, a higher law than the IRS code is the Constitution, which forbids laws “abridging freedom of speech” or “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion (First Amendment).
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SAFE! — Psalm 91:1-16 by Reverend Chuck Wilson
by Reverend Charles Wilson
Psalm 91 1:1-16
In 1868, the blind poet and hymn-writer Fanny Crosby wrote these beautiful words:
Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o’ershaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.
Many people are concerned about safety nowadays. We ask questions like:
- What is a safe stock in which to invest?
- Is my money in the bank safe?
- Do I need to build a safe-room in my house to protect me and my family from intruders?
In Psalm 91 God makes promises regarding the safety of the saints. Consider these words from verse #7 . . .
Deuteronomy 5:1-8:20 The Ten Commandments 5 And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the rules that I speak in your hearing today, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them. 2 The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. 3 Not…
Why Does Christmas Come Early for Those Who Hate God's Prophets? — Revelation 11:1-14
The only legal document with measurements that most of us possess is the deed to our homes. Careful measurements were made to determine exact specifications. We identify that area as our possession. God has identified His people by careful measurement.
God’s people are Commissioned to speak the sweet and bitter words of the Unsealed Scroll of Destiny.
The World will not appreciate their words and will work hard to cleanse the culture of their Christian message. When a child of God is martyred, the world celebrates like it’s Christmas. But God has the final word and calls them to their eternal home in Heaven.
Joshua 24:1–Judges 3:11 The Covenant Renewal at Shechem 24 Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel. And they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Long ago,…
Joshua 19:49-23:16 The Inheritance for Joshua 49 When they had finished distributing the several territories of the land as inheritances, the people of Israel gave an inheritance among them to Joshua the son of Nun. 50 By command of the Lord they gave him the city that he asked, Timnath-serah in the hill country of…
Joshua 16:1-19:48 The Allotment for Ephraim and Manasseh 16 The allotment of the people of Joseph went from the Jordan by Jericho, east of the waters of Jericho, into the wilderness, going up from Jericho into the hill country to Bethel. 2 Then going from Bethel to Luz, it passes along to Ataroth, the territory…
Joshua 12:7-15:63 Kings Defeated by Joshua 7 And these are the kings of the land whom Joshua and the people of Israel defeated on the west side of the Jordan, from Baal-gad in the Valley of Lebanon to Mount Halak, that rises toward Seir (and Joshua gave their land to the tribes of Israel as…
Joshua 6:1-8:35 The Fall of Jericho 6 Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. 2 And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march…
California Makes It Illegal to Try and Convert Gays Under the Age of 18
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he had signed SB 1172 which prohibits sexual orientation change efforts for anyone under 18.
Conservative religious groups and some Republicans have argued that banning conversion therapy would hinder parents’ right to provide psychological care for children experiencing gender confusion.
The Encino, Calif.-based National Association for Research and Therapy on Homosexuality said in August that the bill was a case of “legislative overreach,” and Lieu’s claims of harm to children were based on politics, not research.
The effect of the law, in brief, makes it illegal to try and convert any gay person under the age of 18 if your goal is to free them from the sin of homosexuality.