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THE REMEDY FOR HELL

      Sir Francis Newport lived in England in the late 16th and early 17th centuries where he purportedly was the head of an atheist club. To those who gathered around his deathbed, Newport is reported as saying, “You need not tell me there is no God for I know there is one and that I am in His angry presence! You need not tell me there is no hell, for I already feel my soul slipping into its fires! Wretches, cease your idle talk about there being hope for me! I know I am lost forever!”

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A RENDEZVOUS WITH HELL

      Actor Charles Dutton played the role of Baltimore garbage collector Charles “Roc” Emerson in the Fox network dramatic comedy entitled simply “Roc.” The show aired for three seasons in the early 1990s. While I did not watch this particular program on television, I do recall one scene that appeared on my TV screen while I was in the midst of channel-surfing. If my memory serves me correctly, Roc burst through a door at his house and declared something like “Well, I’ll be damned and go to hell.” Through his statement, Roc seemingly was announcing a self-prescribed rendezvous with Hell.

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THE REALM OF HELL

      Earlier this year, Scott Simon of National Public Radio conducted an interview with George Kourounis regarding Kourounis’ visit to the “Gates of Hell” crater in Turkmenistan that has been burning continuously for five decades being fueled by methane gas leaking from a natural gas field. Kourounis is a photographer and explorer in residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society who provided some highlights of his experience in “hell” during this recent interview with Simon.

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THE REALITY OF HELL

      While leading prayer meeting one Wednesday evening years ago, one of the many faithful ladies in the church raised a question in this manner “Preacher, why do preachers not preach about hell much anymore?” Being a young pastor and serving in my first church, I probably was not in the best position to answer her question. Nonetheless, her question caused me to pause to consider several truths about Hell. To this end, the current and subsequent editions of “From Daniel’s Den” will explore several aspects of Hell beginning with the Reality of Hell.

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IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE

      My wife and I purchased our first house about 35 years ago. We were excited about the prospects of home ownership and had been looking at available houses for quite a while. Some considerations included location, cost, and functionality. Newer homes in up-and-coming neighborhoods were smaller and more expensive than older homes in more-established neighborhoods.

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“LOSTNESS: THE WORLD’S GREATEST PROBLEM”

      Paul Chitwood serves as the president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He spoke at both the Pastors Conference and during the IMB report at the recent Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Anaheim, CA. Dr. Chitwood also was a panelist at a special presentation held at the Cooperative Program booth located in the Convention exhibit hall. I heard some of his comments while passing near the CP booth.


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LIVE YOUR CALLING

      During a session of the SBC annual meeting in Anaheim last week I observed a young man (defined as younger than me) wearing a blue t-shirt which presented the exhortation “Live Your Calling.” Later, while walking  through the Convention Center with about 8,000 other messengers, I saw a banner for the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at a distance that offered the same challenge…”Live Your Calling.”

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FATHERS: PREPARING FUTURE GENERATIONS

      Father’s Day is a special time of reflection for me. Father’s Day 2022 is no exception as this year marks the 50th anniversary of my baptism. In fact, both my older brother and I were baptized on that meaningful day in June 1972.

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MEN WHO PROTECT: WATCHING…WARNING…WAITING

      In ancient Israel, watchmen were appointed to stand on the city wall or on a tower as sentinels who protected the city by looking out for possible physical threats and warning the people of potential danger (Isaiah 21:6-7; 2 Kings 9:17).  Watchmen also served as protectors of farms and field by standing in watchtowers and keeping watch for thieves and others who might threaten the crop or the laborers (Matthew 21:3). Failure by the watchmen to be attentive to their task of keeping watch and reporting danger left the community vulnerable to attack and demise.

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MEN OF PRAISE: FRONT AND CENTER

      Likely you have heard the tale of the man who sought to train a new horse by issuing simple commands. Thus, when the owner wanted his young colt to go, he used the command “Praise the Lord!” Similarly, when he wanted the horse to stop, the owner would holler “Hallelujah!”

Read more...

THE REMEDY FOR HELL

      Sir Francis Newport lived in England in the late 16th and early 17th centuries where he purportedly was the head of an atheist club. To those who gathered around his deathbed, Newport is reported as saying, “You need not tell me there is no God for I know there is one and that I am in His angry presence! You need not tell me there is no hell, for I already feel my soul slipping into its fires! Wretches, cease your idle talk about there being hope for me! I know I am lost forever!”

Read more...

A RENDEZVOUS WITH HELL

      Actor Charles Dutton played the role of Baltimore garbage collector Charles “Roc” Emerson in the Fox network dramatic comedy entitled simply “Roc.” The show aired for three seasons in the early 1990s. While I did not watch this particular program on television, I do recall one scene that appeared on my TV screen while I was in the midst of channel-surfing. If my memory serves me correctly, Roc burst through a door at his house and declared something like “Well, I’ll be damned and go to hell.” Through his statement, Roc seemingly was announcing a self-prescribed rendezvous with Hell.

Read more...

THE REALM OF HELL

      Earlier this year, Scott Simon of National Public Radio conducted an interview with George Kourounis regarding Kourounis’ visit to the “Gates of Hell” crater in Turkmenistan that has been burning continuously for five decades being fueled by methane gas leaking from a natural gas field. Kourounis is a photographer and explorer in residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society who provided some highlights of his experience in “hell” during this recent interview with Simon.

Read more...

THE REALITY OF HELL

      While leading prayer meeting one Wednesday evening years ago, one of the many faithful ladies in the church raised a question in this manner “Preacher, why do preachers not preach about hell much anymore?” Being a young pastor and serving in my first church, I probably was not in the best position to answer her question. Nonetheless, her question caused me to pause to consider several truths about Hell. To this end, the current and subsequent editions of “From Daniel’s Den” will explore several aspects of Hell beginning with the Reality of Hell.

Read more...

IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE

      My wife and I purchased our first house about 35 years ago. We were excited about the prospects of home ownership and had been looking at available houses for quite a while. Some considerations included location, cost, and functionality. Newer homes in up-and-coming neighborhoods were smaller and more expensive than older homes in more-established neighborhoods.

Read more...

“LOSTNESS: THE WORLD’S GREATEST PROBLEM”

      Paul Chitwood serves as the president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He spoke at both the Pastors Conference and during the IMB report at the recent Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Anaheim, CA. Dr. Chitwood also was a panelist at a special presentation held at the Cooperative Program booth located in the Convention exhibit hall. I heard some of his comments while passing near the CP booth.


Read more...

LIVE YOUR CALLING

      During a session of the SBC annual meeting in Anaheim last week I observed a young man (defined as younger than me) wearing a blue t-shirt which presented the exhortation “Live Your Calling.” Later, while walking  through the Convention Center with about 8,000 other messengers, I saw a banner for the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at a distance that offered the same challenge…”Live Your Calling.”

Read more...

FATHERS: PREPARING FUTURE GENERATIONS

      Father’s Day is a special time of reflection for me. Father’s Day 2022 is no exception as this year marks the 50th anniversary of my baptism. In fact, both my older brother and I were baptized on that meaningful day in June 1972.

Read more...

MEN WHO PROTECT: WATCHING…WARNING…WAITING

      In ancient Israel, watchmen were appointed to stand on the city wall or on a tower as sentinels who protected the city by looking out for possible physical threats and warning the people of potential danger (Isaiah 21:6-7; 2 Kings 9:17).  Watchmen also served as protectors of farms and field by standing in watchtowers and keeping watch for thieves and others who might threaten the crop or the laborers (Matthew 21:3). Failure by the watchmen to be attentive to their task of keeping watch and reporting danger left the community vulnerable to attack and demise.

Read more...

MEN OF PRAISE: FRONT AND CENTER

      Likely you have heard the tale of the man who sought to train a new horse by issuing simple commands. Thus, when the owner wanted his young colt to go, he used the command “Praise the Lord!” Similarly, when he wanted the horse to stop, the owner would holler “Hallelujah!”

Read more...