What does the Bible say about thanksgiving?

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

“For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 4:4).

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations” (Psalm 100:4-5).

“Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 7:12).

In the above verses, and many others, we are taught to be thankful unto God for his manifold blessings, as we realize that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17). Thanksgiving is the act of giving thanks to others, but especially to God, as prayers are offered as we express gratitude. Thanksgiving further signifies an acknowledging and confessing, with gladness, the benefits and mercies, which God bestows on all.

We are celebrating Thanksgiving this week. This reminds us of the early settlers of our country and for the blessings of God in their bountiful harvests. For many years there was no regular national Thanksgiving Day, but many people promoted the idea including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who proclaimed the last Thursday in November, 1863, as “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.” Congress ruled that after 1941 the fourth Thursday of November would be observed as Thanksgiving Day, and would be a legal federal holiday.

Our thanksgiving should be continued throughout the year as long as we live. Let us never be like the pig eating acorns, but never looking up to see from whence they come! Ingratitude is a terrible sin, and so unnecessary as Jesus taught in Luke 17:12-19, when the ten lepers were cleansed and only one returned to give thanks.

 

#bible-study, #thanksgiving

What does the Bible say about God’s goodness?

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth” (Exodus 34:6).

“The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5).

“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4).

“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God, on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in his goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off” (Romans 11:22).

The goodness of God means His kindness, benevolence, generosity, grace, mercy, compassion, etc.

The goodness of God is seen in the wonderful ways He provides for us. God “makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). God’s goodness is stated at James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” God provided for our salvation in the gift of His Son Jesus and in Him we enjoy all spiritual blessings” (Ephesians 1:3).

Psalm 31:19 refers to God’s goodness by stating, “Oh, how great is your goodness.” In repetition the song states, “God is so good…He’s so good to me. I love Him so…He’s so good to me.” Surely we can all express our appreciation for the goodness of God by stating, “I know that God is good, because He has been so good to me.” God is good in His greatness, and great in His goodness all the time.

As Romans 2:4 states, the goodness of God should lead us to repent and obey God. But let us not forget the severity of God in that He is strict in His requirement of obedience.

 

#bible-study, #goodness-of-god

What does the Bible say about the miracles of Jesus?

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30-31).

“And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen. “ (John 21:25).

John sent disciples to ask Jesus if He was the Messiah, and Jesus told them, “Tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Luke 7:22).

People marveled when they saw the miracles of Jesus saying, “even the winds and the sea obey Him” (Matthew 8:27). They were amazed and said, “We never saw anything like this!” (Mark 2:12). The Bible says, “they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!” (Luke 5:26).

What is usually referred to as miracles, are also called signs, wonders, and mighty works. The Old Testament tells of miracles, as well as miracles performed by followers of Jesus, but more were done by Jesus than others.

Jesus performed miracles to show that He was the Son of God. His disciples performed miracles to confirm their teachings, and that they were doing God’s will (Mark 16:20).

As noted in the verses above, Jesus did miracles to convince us to have obedient faith in Him that we might be saved from sin and have eternal life in heaven.

As Jesus stated, “I have come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

 

#bible-study, #jesus-miracles

Promises are like pie crusts, easy made and easy broken

As children we made promises to our friends about different things. Throughout the years we no doubt have promised to do things, and whether or not we have kept those promises is only for us to know. Mama always said, “Promises are like pie crusts, easy made and easy broken.” 

I was reading in Genesis recently about Noah and the flood. God made a promise to Noah and to all of us that He would never destroy the earth by water again. He not only said that orally but He backed up His promise with a sign, or a bow in the sky as the Bible says.

I remember standing on the hillside outside mother’s house during the 1990 flood of Elba, Alabama. I watched the water surrounding her house and across the street as far as the eye could see. It was rolling like a mighty river toward town. The sound I shall never forget. For a moment I was frightened. Where would we go if the water kept rising? I tried to think of the highest place even outside of the small town of Elba, and then I remembered God’s promise. 

“And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you and with your seed after you; and with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth” (Gen. 9:9-11)

It is a beautiful promise of God and please read on through verse 17. God made a promise to Noah and all of us and he sealed that promise with a beautiful bow (rainbow). He said He would look upon the bow and remember the everlasting covenant (promise) between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

How beautiful is that? How beautiful is the rainbow we see in the clouds and always marvel at its beauty? How beautiful is it to know that it is evidence of a living God who made the promise to all of us. That is a promise He has never broken nor will it ever be broken. We can believe the promises of God about the rainbow, salvation, and eternity. His promises are not like pie crusts, easy made and easy broken. We can indeed stand on the promises of God.

#bible-study, #flood, #promises, #rainbow

What does the Bible say about the Christian’s real home?

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20)

By faith Abraham, “waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God…These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 3:10, 13).

“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11).

This world in which we live in the flesh is not the Christian’s real home. We are just strangers and pilgrims passing through this world. It may be easy for us in America with all God’s blessings to forget that this earth is not our home. When we are fully convinced that our lives on earth are temporary; that heaven awaits those who faithfully serve the Lord; then we will put God first in our lives. (Matthew 6:33)

When we think on the wonders and glory of our beautiful mansion in heaven, compared to our home on earth, it should help us overcome the infatuation that we obviously have so many times with earthly possessions.

Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth…but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

“Seek those things which are above…set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2).

To think on the words of songs like the following should certainly be helpful:

“This world is not my home, I’m just a passing thro’; my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.”

“Earth holds no treasures but perish with using, However precious they be; yet there’s a country to which I am going: Heaven holds all to me.”

“Here we are but straying pilgrims; here our path is often dim; but to cheer us on our journey, still we sing this wayside hymn.”

“On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand, and cast a wishful eye, to Canaan’s fair and happy land, where my possessions lie.”

Now is the time to prepare for your real homecoming.

 

#bible-study, #home, #homecoming

Inviting people

Years and years ago Doug and I attended a gospel meeting at the Luverne church of Christ in Luverne, AL and heard brother Mid McKnight preaching in a Gospel Meeting. He was talking about inviting people to the services of the church. He mentioned that there might be someone we have invited to church over and over again and they never would come. He said, “On the day of judgement they will wish you had invited them just one more time.”

A friend of mine gave a tract, “Searching for the Lord’s Church” by David Sain to her friend recently. Her friend read it and said she agreed with everything in it except about baptism. She said she doesn’t believe you have to be baptized to be saved. That disturbed my friend because she loves her friend very much. I tried to comfort her with, “(Name withheld), all we are asked to do is present the gospel to people. What they do with it is in their hands.” She put the gospel in her friend’s hands. She did what she could.

Nothing is sweeter than seeing an older couple lead their mate to the Lord, whether it is by the way they have lived before them or by a simple study of the Word of God. And then I have found it interesting to hear what people say after becoming a Christian or after coming up out of the waters of baptism. One lady exclaimed, “Praise the Lord!.” loudly.  A man recently said, “I should have done this a long time ago. I kept my first wife from going to church.”

It is a joyful thing to realize you have played a part in someone becoming a Christian. No doubt many have led others to Christ and never realized it was because of them that someone became a Christian.

Nothing is sadder than thinking that on the day of judgement someone might turn to us and say, “You never mentioned Him to me.” How sad.

So I pose the question to each of us: Are we doing what we can to lead others to Christ whether it be our family, loved ones, or friends?

Use us up in your service, Lord. Use us up.

#christian-living, #evangelism

What does the Bible say about responsibility?

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“When you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do'” (Luke 17:10).

Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37-39).

Responsibility is defined as the state of being responsible or accountable; that for which one is answerable; a duty or trust; ability to meet obligations. Jesus used the word ‘duty’ which is defined as that which one is morally or legally bound to do; obligation. Thus, several words could be used that have similar meanings as does responsibility.

At Luke 17:7-10, Jesus taught a parable about a servant working all day, and at evening rather than being served he will be required to serve others first. Rather than being thanked, it was understood that he had only done his duty. 

Some have made Christianity to be so sweet and sentimental, but Jesus strips away the veneer to expose the real taskmaster of duty.

Sadly, from the time when Adam and Eve sinned, people have tried to blame others or shift their responsibility as Adam and Eve did.

Again, Jesus said, “Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them” (Matthew 7:12). This is known as the Golden Rule, and when we practice it, and what Jesus taught about loving God and our neighbor, it summarizes our duty and responsibility.

This is what life is all about! Faith in God and our obedience involves responsibility.          

 

#bible-study, #responsibility

He carries that weight with him all the time

Tears filled my eyes as I looked into the eyes of a dear friend from long ago. “Where is the lady youbrought to the church?” I asked. She told me and then said, “But it is my husband I’m concerned about.” I asked for more information and she shared how he had become a Christian a few years back. She said he reads his Bible for hours at a time, and worries about all the years he didn’t attend church, wasn’t a Christian, when they were raising their two children. “He carries that weight with him all the time,” she said.

I asked about their grown children and she said the girl attends services but their son doesn’t come at all. The strain in her voice as she talked about their precious children told me she also carries the weight as she recalls the years she begged her husband to come to church with her. We were there. We knew what was going on but he was too busy with his work and fun times to consider living for the Lord. She came. She was faithful, but the children needed their daddy to come also. They needed his example. “The best example for a child is the same sex parent,” Dr. Phil McGraw always says. Their daughter is faithful and their son is not. 

Guilt. Webster states guilt is a sense of having committed a wrong. No doubt God has forgiven this father for his sins but he is having trouble forgiving himself. “For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).

When a baby is born into a family that child deserves to be pointed toward heaven by the teaching of the parents. They are to be loved and molded into a person devoted to God. Parents are to “train up a child in the way it should go,” as the Bible states. Too often young people have not been taught the direction themselves and have nothing to offer in teaching their own offspring. Thanks be to God that this Christian woman set the example before her husband and was faithful, and by her example he became a Christian. 

Tears filled my eyes as I remembered those years and thought of her faithfulness and the good she has done. I held her and said, “Pray. There is power in prayer.” I hope they are both praying for the return of their wayward son and somehow God will remove the guilt that his daddy is carrying all the time.

#christian-living, #guilt

What does the Bible say about the Christian’s calling

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you werecalled” (Ephesians 4:1).

“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling” (Hebrews 3:1).

“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21).

“Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).

People are called by the gospel to become Christians (2 Thessalonians 2:14), and as Christians we have a “heavenly calling” that involves our walking “worthy of the calling with which you were called.”

What does it mean to call on the Lord to be saved? Obviously it does not mean to pray for salvation by calling the Lord’s name because Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). We see then that to call on the Lord means to obey what He has told us to do.

To be forgiven of sin and prepare to go to heaven, we must:

  1. Believe in Jesus as God’s Son (John 8:24);
  2. Repent of our sins (Luke 13:3); 
  3. Confess our faith in Jesus as God’s Son (Matthew 10:32-33);
  4. Be baptized into Christ (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3; Galatians 3:27).
  5. Live as faithful children of God

Jesus said, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).  

 

#bible-study

God can use us all

I am reading the letters that the apostle Paul wrote now and enjoying them very much. It made me think about Paul and him being, what he called, the chief of sinners when he was persecuting Christians.While on the road to Damascus. He was one we probably would have given up on for much less than what he did to persecute Christians. But God can take the meanest, the dirtiest, the ugliest among us and make us clean. That’s what He did with Paul, and just look at what a change Paul made. 

Look where Paul came from: He was born in Tarsus, educated in Jerusalem under Gamaliel. He was a tentmaker by trade. He approved of Stephen’s death and persecuted Christians to their death.

Look where Paul was going: Paul was on his way to Damascus with a couple of friends taking letters written to fellow Jews in Damascus, to arrest Christians and take them back to Jerusalem to be punished. 

Look how Paul was stopped: As he was traveling and coming near Damascus, about midday a bright light from the sky flashed suddenly around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute me?” 

Look how Paul changed: He asked the Lord, “What shall I do, Lord?” and the Lord told him to get up and go into Damascus, and there he would be told everything that God had determined for him to do. He was blind and his companions took him by the hand and led him into Damascus.

Ananias, a devout man according to the Law and was highly respected by the Jews living there. He came to Paul and said, “Brother Saul, receive your sight,” Ananias told him that the God of our ancestors had chosen him to know his will, to see his righteous Servant, and to hear him speaking with his own voice. He said he would be a witness for him to tell everyone what he had seen and heard. Then he told him to arise and be baptized and wash away his sins calling on the name of the Lord (Acts 22:1-16).

Look at the wonderful servant of God Paul became: God used Paul mightily from that day forward. He was a missionary in love with the Lord. He wrote letters to the churches which take up much of our New Testament.

The thing I am thinking about is that God can take the scoundrel, the vilest of sinners, the dirtiest, the ugliest among us and make us clean. He can forgive and forget. That person can become a great servant of God. Let us look at each person we meet through the eyes of our Lord and see in him a soul that is worthy of being saved, and let us go about teaching him the precious gospel of Christ.

#bible-study, #practical-lessons

What does the Bible say about the church of Christ

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr

“The churches of Christ greet you” (Romans 16:16).

Jesus said, “I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18).

“…the church of God which He purchased with His own

blood” (Acts 20:28).

“There is one body” (Ephesians 4:4). God “gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body” (Ephesians 1:22-23).

“And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47).

Often, as in the above verses, Christ’s spiritual body is referred to as “the church” because there were no denominational churches as we have in the world today. The church is also designated as the “house of God,” “bride of Christ,” “church of the firstborn’. These references do not refer to different churches, but to God’s one spiritual kingdom. Each of these Bible designations glorifies God and His Son Jesus Christ.

The Old Testament foretold that the church would be set up during the days of the Roman kings in the city of Jerusalem. Acts chapter 2 shows these events taking place, and for the first time we read of the church being in existence on the earth as people were added to it by the Lord.

We never read in the Bible of anyone ever “joining” the church of Christ, but when people obeyed the gospel the Lord added them to His church.

As the Bible tells of these predictions that were made hundreds of years in advance, we read of them being “at hand” or soon to happen. At Mark 9:1, Jesus said he was speaking to some who would not die until the kingdom came with power. Jesus told the apostles to wait int he city of Jerusalem until they received “power from on high” (Luke 24:49). Acts 1:8 tell they would receive this power when the Holy Spirit came. The Holy Spirit came as recorded in Acts 2, so that is the time when God set up His church.  

 

#bible-study, #church-of-christ

Luke, my favorite doctor

I have approached my Bible reading differently lately in that I decided to read what Dr. Luke, the Physician, wrote. First I read the book of Luke and then continued with the book of Acts. Luke was an eyewitness from the beginning and minister of the word (Luke 1:2).

Luke said it seemed good to him also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first to write it unto Theophilus (beloved of God). Why would he do this? He continued, “That you might know the certainty of those things, wherein you have been instructed.”

I don’t recall much being said about Luke throughout the Bible. But we know from his writings, his knowledge, that he was there, he was listening, he was learning, and he shared what he knew. Other writers, namely Paul, mentioned Luke being with them on occasions, but he must have been a very quiet person. We know he was well learned. What can we learn from Dr. Luke? I suggest:

  1. He was there. He was in the presence of Jesus. He was where the action was going on. We might compare that to our being in regular attendance at all the services of the church. The Bible says “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
  2. He was listening. Smart people listen more than they talk. Someone has said, “I never learned a thing when I was the one doing the talking.”
  3. He was learning. Dr. Luke was smart but he continued to learn. We don’t ever outgrow our need to study the Word of God. There is always something we can learn. God knew if we could read the Bible one time and learn all we needed to know, that we would put it down and never pick it up again. We can always learn something new every time we read from the Bible.
  4. He shared what he knew, and aren’t we thankful he did? To read the book of Luke and continue with reading the book of Acts is wonderful in that one will get the full picture of the life of Jesus and the acts of the apostles in teaching His commands. We can share what we learn from the word of God, in fact that is our marching orders as brother Ira North used to say. We are to go and teach others the gospel of Christ. Luke wrote it because he wanted Theophilus (and all of us) to know the certainty of those things we are taught or read in the Word of God.

Not only are we thankful that Dr. Luke, our brother, was present, but he was listening, learning and was willing to share what he had both seen and heard with all of those who dare to take time to sit down and read his writings. I am most grateful for God’s word.

 

#bible-reading, #bible-study

What does the Bible say about guilt

By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:12; 10:17; Isaiah 43:25).

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

Guilt is defined as, “The fact or condition of having committed a legal or moral offense. A feeling of remorse arising from a real or imagine commission of an offense. Guilty conduct.”

Bible examples of those who felt guilt after they had sinned and before they were forgiven:

  1. Adam and Eve – Genesis 3:7-8
  2. The bad treatment of Joseph by his brothers – Genesis 42:21.
  3. David because of his sins – Psalm 51.
  4. Peter after denying Jesus – Matthew 26:75.
  5. Judas after betraying Jesus – Matthew 27:3-5.
  6. Those who accused the woman of adultery – John 8:9.

We should have guilt because of sin, but when we obey the Lord and are forgiven we should no longer feel guilt. There is an unnecessary problem after we are forgiven; we fail to forgive ourselves and continue to have unnecessary guilt.

Jesus died for our sins in order that we not die. He took our guilt and death, and gave us righteousness and life.

Jesus paid for our sin with His blood, and offers us salvation as a gift. Will you accept His gift, or must you pay for sins with your soul even though Jesus has already paid for them?

Do you have guilt, or have you accepted God’s forgiveness?

 

#bible-study, #guilt

Money talks

Money talks. Oh, I don’t mean literally, but just look at James 2:1-4

“My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” (NIV)

People show more respect for those who seemingly have money. Money talks.

Young people look up to the young fellow who has a beautiful new car. Money talks.

Store employees are more apt to drift toward the customer who is finely dressed as opposed to the poorly dressed customer. Money talks.

Church members sometimes are more receptive to those with money than the man of low estate. Money talks.

But the saddest time that money did its most damning talk was when the Bible says that Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. He went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus, our Lord. The Bible says they were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present (Luke 22:4-6). Money talks.

Satan is behind money talking even today through our thoughts, our actions, our deeds. May we ever keep our hearts right in the sight of God and man.

#bible-study, #money

What does the Bible say about hell

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.

“The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17).

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

At Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells of two men that died. The beggar being obedient to God went to a place of comfort, but the rich man because of disobedience went to a place of punishment and torment. The Bible says, “And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom” (Luke 16:23).

Hell is a very serious subject, but recently Rob Bell wrote the book “Love Wins,” in which he questions what the Bible teaches about hell. The Dothan Eagle, March 28, 2011, carried this account from The Associated Press, Raleigh, NC, which stated, “What does hell mean to you? Is it an endless nightmare for sinners and unsaved souls, as mainstream Christianity has taught for centuries? Or is hell here on Earth, in the distractions, addictions, and emptiness of daily life?”

The article referred to some who agreed with the book, and others who disagreed, but the important thing is what God said about it as recorded in the our Bibles.

Usually the same people who don’t believe what the Bible says about hell do believe in heaven. If we believe the Bible as God’s inspired word we must believe both. You cannot believe in heaven if you don’t believe in hell. Jesus taught much about hell and His teachings are clear. Hell is a real place “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mathew 25:41). Hell is an eternal place of darkness, fire, and pain. In hell there is no rest, relief, or hope.

Indeed God is a God of love, but also a just God who must punish the disobedient and will reward the obedient. If we love God we will obey and live for Him in this life, and live with Him eternally in heaven and escape hell.                                                                        

 

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