Monthly Archives: December 2013

Excerpts from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards …

I maybe shouldn’t admit it but …

I had never read Jonathan Edwards’ famous sermon. But now I have and can confirm first-hand the brilliance of the man, both intellectually and biblically. Anyway, not that JE needs my attaboy but the sermon is pretty excellent and if you haven’t read it, you probably should.

I will share some excerpts.

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.
A sermon by Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758). 
Delivered at the 2nd Meeting House in Enfield, Massachusetts, July 8, 1741.


  • Promising themselves that they shall escape …
    It may be they are now at ease, and hear all these things without much disturbance, and are now flattering themselves that they are not the persons, promising themselves that they shall escape. If we knew that there was one person, and but one, in the whole congregation, that was to be the subject of this misery, what an awful thing would it be to think of! If we knew who it was, what an awful sight would it be to see such a person! How might all the rest of the congregation lift up a lamentable and bitter cry over him! But, alas! instead of one, how many is it likely will remember this discourse in hell? And it would be a wonder, if some that are now present should not be in hell in a very short time, even before this year is out. And it would be no wonder if some persons, that now sit here, in some seats of this meeting-house, in health, quiet and secure, should be there before tomorrow morning. Those of you that finally continue in a natural condition, that shall keep out of hell longest will be there in a little time! your damnation does not slumber; it will come swiftly, and, in all probability, very suddenly upon many of you. You have reason to wonder that you are not already in hell. It is doubtless the case of some whom you have seen and known, that never deserved hell more than you, and that heretofore appeared as likely to have been now alive as you. Their case is past all hope; they are crying in extreme misery and perfect despair; but here you are in the land of the living and in the house of God, and have an opportunity to obtain salvation. What would not those poor damned hopeless souls give for one day’s opportunity such as you now enjoy!


  • However unconvinced you may now be of the truth …
    However you may have reformed your life in many things, and may have had religious affections, and may keep up a form of religion in your families and closets, and in the house of God, it is nothing but his mere pleasure that keeps you from being this moment swallowed up in everlasting destruction. However unconvinced you may now be of the truth of what you hear, by and by you will be fully convinced of it. Those that are gone from being in the like circumstances with you, see that it was so with them; for destruction came suddenly upon most of them; when they expected nothing of it, and while they were saying, Peace and safety: now they see, that those things on which they depended for peace and safety, were nothing but thin air and empty shadows.


  • No, I never intended to come here: I had laid out matters otherwise in my mind …
    But the foolish children of men miserably delude themselves in their own schemes, and in confidence in their own strength and wisdom; they trust to nothing but a shadow. The greater part of those who heretofore have lived under the same means of grace, and are now dead, are undoubtedly gone to hell; and it was not because they were not as wise as those who are now alive: it was not because they did not lay out matters as well for themselves to secure their own escape. If we could speak with them, and inquire of them, one by one, whether they expected, when alive, and when they used to hear about hell, ever to be the subjects of misery: we doubtless, should hear one and another reply, “No, I never intended to come here: I had laid out matters otherwise in my mind; I thought I should contrive well for myself — I thought my scheme good. I intended to take effectual care; but it came upon me unexpected; I did not look for it at that time, and in that manner; it came as a thief — Death outwitted me: God’s wrath was too quick for me. Oh, my cursed foolishness! I was flattering myself, and pleasing myself with vain dreams of what I would do hereafter; and when I was saying, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction came upon me.


REVISED Order of Service for December 29, 2013

REVISED Order of Service
Faith Fellowship Church of Tennessee, IL
December 29, 2013


  • Welcome & Announcements
  • Song / Joy to the World / 270
  • Choir / Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Chorale / Geoffrey White Family
  • Congregational Prayer
  • Song / Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You / 271
  • Offering / Doxology / Josiah White
  • Choir / Little Baby Jesus, Born in Bethlehem
  • Choir / Away in a Manger
  • Dave / Who Is This Boy?
  • Message / The First Coming of Christ – A Savior Is Born / Luke 2:1-20
  • Song / Sing We Now of Christmas / 275
  • Family of God

This Sunday is now last Sunday …

That might be last Sunday is now this Sunday … Hmmm …

  • Will be regular times for all the services:
    Sunday School @ 9:30 am
    Morning Worship @ 10:30 am
    Evening Fellowship @ 6:30 pm

Just a “heads up” for any interested parties.

Since we had to cancel services last Sunday – December 22, 2013, we are going to have those services on this Sunday – December 29, 2013 with a few modifications.

So the choir will sing in the morning and (hopefully) evening services. And we will have the music and fellowship time during the evening service. Please bring finger foods. And if you really want to bring a lemon meringue pie, who I am to discourage God working in your life in such a way.


Good thoughts … Time Magazine – Rick Warren interview …

10 Questions with Rick Warren
The preacher, AIDS activist and author talks about his diet book, his son’s suicide and Christmas parties

A new year is coming up. If you could get people to change one thing, what would it be?
I’d get them to stop believing everything they think. We lie to ourselves more than anybody else. Jesus said the truth will set you free — but first it makes you miserable.,33009,2160966,00.html


I love reading God’s Word – Let’s do it together.

Kerry and I are going to read the Bible through this year using a plan from the Discipleship Journal. We are going to be reading in the New American Standard Bible.

Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan

I have ordered 25 copies of this so anyone who wants one, let me know. If you are in the church I will hand deliver. If you are not in the area, I will mail it to you. I am not able to copy and post this as a PDF as NavPress does not allow the free distribution of this plan. I don’t really understand that, but I try not to judge. I mean that sincerely. I am glad for access to the plan. I chose this particular plan after looking at many different approaches. For years Kerry and I have used the Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan. This is a different plan via the title “Book-at-a-Time.”

  • If you have a mobile device, you can get the Bible app via YouVersion and read and daily track (and check off) your reading via the app. This is what I did for 2013. I really liked being able to do this. With a free account your reading will sync no matter what computer or mobile device that you use. Excellent.

Psalm 1:1–2 (NASB95)

1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.




Hello Everyone!

No services tomorrow Sunday December 22, 2013.


Stan Dixon has been out and the roads are horrible. He has talked to Gerald, and Gerald and Steve discussed. We can’t see any way that things will be any better by tomorrow morning.

So stay inside where it is nice and cozy. Be safe!


Weather & Sunday services … STAY TUNED

Here is what is going on …

  • With the freezing rain, it is questionable whether or not we will have services tomorrow.
  • Gerald White and Steve Sowers will be checking things out early tomorrow.
  • They expect to have an answer for us by 8 am as to whether we cancel services or not.
  • I plan to post the information as soon as I receive it in the morning.