Hi Everyone, With the heavy snow and more to come, we are not going to worry about having everything cleared at the church before Wednesday prayer meeting. So we (Pastor Dave & Kerry) are inviting you to our house for prayer meeting. We have plenty of room in the driveway for eight cars anyway. Make sure as you come that you pull up to the garage and close to the car in front of you; this should accommodate everyone. Don’t worry about blocking us in; we’re not going anywhere. I will have the fireplace going, and we will serve hot tea and decaf coffee. (I am going to tell Kerry not to feed you because then you will keep coming back; kind of like feeding a stray.) But other than that please join us in the coziness of the fireplace and the warmth of our great God in a time of prayer and fellowship. Sincerely,Pastor Dave PS If you need access to the church, I have cleared the sidewalks and the steps and porch area. But there are no parking spaces cleared.
Hi All, Since we are not having church tomorrow because of the snow, I would highly recommend this message by Dr. Tim Savage. I listened to this earlier this week. Powerful, powerful message. You will be strengthened. Pastor Dave
The weather outside is frightful. I hope you are inside where it is delightful. We are canceling church tomorrow, January 13, and postponing our annual meeting until next week, January 20. We already have several inches of accumulation and the snow is supposed to continue until about 9 tonight.
Lord willing next weekend will look better and we can have church and the annual meeting.
Also … I will not be able tomorrow to draw our attention to “what happened on this day in 2013”? What was that? You voted and officially called Kerry and me to pastor God’s lovely flock at Faith Fellowship Church of Tennessee, Illinois. Six years. Can you believe it? What a blessing you have been. Look forward to seeing you next week.
In the Love of Jesus Our Savior, Jesus Son of God,
Here are supplemental “fire” verses I made reference to …
(Exodus 3:2 ESV) And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.
(Exodus 19:18 ESV) Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the LORD had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly.
(Exodus 24:17 ESV) Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.
(Deuteronomy 4:11–12 ESV) And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while the mountain burned with fire to the heart of heaven, wrapped in darkness, cloud, and gloom. 12 Then the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but saw no form; there was only a voice.
(Deuteronomy 4:24 ESV) For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
(Deuteronomy 4:32–36 ESV) For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of. 33 Did any people ever hear the voice of a god speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and still live? 34 Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great deeds of terror, all of which the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35 To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD is God; there is no other besides him. 36 Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that he might discipline you. And on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire.
(Deuteronomy 5:4 ESV) The LORD spoke with you face to face at the mountain, out of the midst of the fire.
(Deuteronomy 5:22–27 ESV) These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and he added no more. And he wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me. 23 And as soon as you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes, and your elders. 24 And you said, “Behold, the LORD our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire. This day we have seen God speak with man, and man still live. 25 Now therefore why should we die? For this great fire will consume us. If we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, we shall die. 26 For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of fire as we have, and has still lived? 27 Go near and hear all that the LORD our God will say, and speak to us all that the LORD our God will speak to you, and we will hear and do it.”
(Deuteronomy 9:3 ESV) Know therefore today that he who goes over before you as a consuming fire is the LORD your God. He will destroy them and subdue them before you. So you shall drive them out and make them perish quickly, as the LORD has promised you.
(Deuteronomy 33:1–2 ESV) This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death. 2 He said, “The LORD came from Sinai and dawned from Seir upon us; he shone forth from Mount Paran; he came from the ten thousands of holy ones, with flaming fire at his right hand.
(1 Kings 18:24 ESV) And you call upon the name of your god, and I will call upon the name of the LORD, and the God who answers by fire, he is God. And all the people answered, “It is well spoken.”
(Psalm 29:7 ESV) The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
(Psalm 50:3 ESV) Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest.
(Psalm 97:1–5 ESV) The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! 2 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 3 Fire goes before him and burns up his adversaries all around. 4 His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles. 5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.
(Psalm 104:4 ESV) He makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire.
(Isaiah 30:27 ESV) Behold, the name of the LORD comes from afar, burning with his anger, and in thick rising smoke; his lips are full of fury, and his tongue is like a devouring fire.
(Isaiah 30:30 ESV) And the LORD will cause his majestic voice to be heard and the descending blow of his arm to be seen, in furious anger and a flame of devouring fire, with a cloudburst and storm and hailstones.
(Isaiah 66:15 ESV) For behold, the LORD will come in fire, and his chariots like the whirlwind, to render his anger in fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
***Jeremiah fire in bones … (Jeremiah 20:9 ESV) If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.
*****(Jeremiah 23:29 ESV) Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
(Ezekiel 1:4-5 ESV) As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal. 5 And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness,
(Ezekiel 1:13 ESV) As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches moving to and fro among the living creatures. And the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.
(Ezekiel 1:26–27 ESV) And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. 27 And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him.
(Ezekiel 8:2 ESV) Then I looked, and behold, a form that had the appearance of a man. Below what appeared to be his waist was fire, and above his waist was something like the appearance of brightness, like gleaming metal.
(Ezekiel 21:31 ESV) And I will pour out my indignation upon you; I will blow upon you with the fire of my wrath, and I will deliver you into the hands of brutish men, skillful to destroy.
(Ezekiel 22:21 ESV) I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of my wrath, and you shall be melted in the midst of it.
(Ezekiel 22:31 ESV) Therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I have returned their way upon their heads, declares the Lord GOD.
(Daniel 7:9–10 ESV) As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. 10 A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.
(Amos 7:4 ESV) This is what the Lord GOD showed me: behold, the Lord GOD was calling for a judgment by fire, and it devoured the great deep and was eating up the land.
*** … fire … rocks …(Nahum 1:6 ESV) Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the heat of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.
(Revelation 19:12 ESV) 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.
(Malachi 3:1–2 ESV) Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.
(Matthew 3:11 ESV) I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
(Luke 12:49 ESV) I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled!
(1 Corinthians 3:12–13 ESV) Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.
(2 Thessalonians 1:7–9 ESV) And to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.
(Hebrews 1:7 ESV) Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.”
(Hebrews 12:18–29 ESV) 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 words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. 25 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.
(2 Peter 3:5–7 ESV) For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
(Revelation 1:14 ESV) The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire.
(Revelation 2:18 ESV) And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: “The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.”