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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hell is for Real

Pastor Jeff Lasseigne
July 31, 2014
Matthew 25

Genesis 12:3 NIV
[3] I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. ”

The good news is heaven is for real, the bad news is that hell is for real.

10 Realities About Hell:

Matthew 25:31-34,41,46 NIV
[31] “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. [32] All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. [33] He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. [34] “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. [41] “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. [46] “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. ”

1. He'll is not a myth.

People deny that hell exist so that they can live without feeling accountable to it.

Jesus referred to hell several times.

We live in a society where it is wrong to say anything is wrong.

Many people today say they believe in Heaven but not in hell.

That is not what Jesus says in the Bible.

2. Hell was created by God.

It was a place if punishment.

Matthew 10:28 NIV
[28] Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

3. Hell was not created for people.

We hear people say, how can a living God create hell?
Matthew 25:41 NIV
[41] “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Revelation 12:4 NIV
[4] Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born.

In Genesis 3, the devil was already a fallen angel.

God sent His Son to die for our sin, if we reject that remedy then we are a sending ourselves to hell.

Heaven reminds us that God is living and kind; hell reminds us that God is holy and just.

Luke 16:23-31 NIV
[23] In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. [24] So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ [25] “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. [26] And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ [27] “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, [28] for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ [29] “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ [30] “ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ [31] “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

4. Hell is a place of awareness and torment.

Lazarus was aware of his own torment.

Better to beg bread on earth, then water in hell.

When people are suffering in hell, they are thinking about their family in friends that will join them. That is one of the torments of hell.

There is no such thing as soul sleep.

There are no more chances after death.

5. Hell's location is unknown

Many say it is in the center of the earth.

Revelation 9:1-3 NKJV
[1] Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. [2] And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. [3] Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Others say, maybe it is in a black hole in the universe.

But the Bible does not say for certain where it is.

It does say it is a place of flames and torment.

In hell there is no hope, not even the hope of dying.

6. Hell has degrees of punishment.

Matthew 11:21-24 NKJV
[21] "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. [22] But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. [23] And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. [24] But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you."

Revelation 20:12 NKJV
[12] And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

There is a comfort in knowing that someone evil like Hitler will suffer more than the person that rejects God and does not do other bad things. But there will be torment.

7. Hell gladly accepts anyone.

They will all have in common, rejection of God.

8. Satan is not the ruler of hell.

The day will come where he is the prisoner of hell. Right now Satan is roaming free in earth.

Revelation 1:18 NKJV
[18] I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

9. Hell is eternal.

We hear a lot of non-biblical things that say hell does not exist. There are people who call themselves Christians that deny an eternal hell.

2 Thessalonians 1:9 NKJV
[9] These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

Revelation 20:10 NKJV
[10] The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

We should be moved to pray for people who are lost. We should want to share our faith. We should give thanks to God for saving us.

We do not deserve this love of God.

10. Hell is one of two destinies.

There is no third option.

We can be on a road to destruction and not even realize it.

Ezekiel 33:11 NKJV
[11] Say to them: 'As I live,' says the Lord GOD, 'I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?'

The Lord does not want to see us go to hell. That is why He sent His Son.

John 3:16 NKJV
[16] For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

People will go to hell unsaved, but they will not go unloved.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Evolution - Answers in Genesis

Notes: Evolution - Answers in Genesis
Speaker Dr. Terry Mortenson at
Calvary Chapel Tustin
July 28, 2014

Noah's Flood - four views of the flood
1. Historic global catastrophe
2. Historical local catastrophe
3. Historical global peaceful flood
4. Myth

He is focusing on the fact that it was a global catastrophe

Genesis 6:7,13 KJV
[7] And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. [13] And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Genesis 7:1 KJV
[1] And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

The ark was not a little floating bathtub!

It was one and a half football fields long and half a football field wide. It was about the size of 500 eighteen-wheel trucks.

Character of the flood, it was to destroy the Earth.

Genesis 7:11 KJV
[11] In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

The flood lasted a whole year.

The primary source of the water was probably from fountains of the great deep. Which was most likely some sort of earthquake.

Depth of the flood;
Genesis 7:19-20 KJV
[19] And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. [20] Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

The Rainbow Promise

Universal Terms used 60 times
Duration of Flood
Landing of Ark
Command to repopulate the earth.
All of the people of earth came from the 8 people on the ark.

Billions I'd dead things buried in rock layers layer down by water all over the earth.

Millions of years is really Noah's flood.

Early 18th Century views of earth history
1. Biblical/traditional view earth is 6000 years.

2. Catastrophist view millions of years.

3. Uniformitarian view millions of years, slow gradual change if earth. Started in 1840 at the university level, it was training that this was the correct view.

Quote from a famous British geologist Derek Ager. "We have allowed ourselves to be brain washed into avoiding any interpretation of the past that involves extreme and what might be termed catastrophic"

One said geography is more made up in our minds then in nature.

Anti biblical views come with an old earth.

Biblical views support a young earth.

"Fossilization is a process that can take anything from a few hours to millions of years." This was a quote from an evolutionist, which clearly the second half could not be observed.

How long does it take to form and erode rocks? Professor Coleman said the rock was forming faster than anybody had ever believed possible. With one stone creating itself in 6 months.

How long for erosion? It was proposed that the The Scablands in Washington were eroded in one to two weeks.

The dogma of geologist is Unitarianism.

He says most people are looking through the wrong lenses.

Lack of erosion.
Living ocean bottom ecology
Lack of life disturbance interface
Ripple marks

Evidence of Transport
No tree roots
No animal fossils
No soils

What about radio metric dating methods?

5 eruptions in 1949 to 1975 in New Zealand - those rocks were dated to be about 2.5 million years old.

St Helen rocks were dated to be 340,000 to 2.8 million years old - we saw them made 12 years prior.

Using radioisotope dating is using assumptions.

Romans 1:21-22 KJV
[21] Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. [22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Which authority do you believe?
Infallible word of holy god.
Fallible opinions of sinful men.

Most of the world does not believe the literal interpretation of the Bible.

The more you tell a lie often enough you will believe it.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 KJV
[4] (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) [5] Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

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Matthew 24:37-39 KJV
[37] But as the days of Noe were , so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [38] For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, [39] And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

2 Peter 3:3-4 KJV

[3] Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, [4] And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Power to Change the World

Pastor Greg - July 27, 2014
Acts 1

God does not call to qualify, God qualifies the call.

What happens when you share the gospel and the person says yes? Then you pray with them right now!

You don't send them on their way without praying!

Acts 4:13 NLT
[13] The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.

It's not what you know, it who you know. You personally know Jesus Christ.

When you are asked that question you don't know the answer, pray right there for the answer! Then it is possible that the word from God will come right from you to answer the question.

God empowered the disciples on the day of Pentecost. That same power is here for us today right now.

Is the world shaking us or are we shaking the world?

Acts 17:6 NLT
[6] Not finding them there, they dragged out Jason and some of the other believers instead and took them before the city council. "Paul and Silas have caused trouble all over the world," they shouted, "and now they are here disturbing our city, too.

It was quoted - Organized Christianity that fails to cause a disturbance is dead.

In the year 200, it was quoted - that Christians invaded all of the Roman world. It impacted every nook and cranny of the empire.

The stories in the Bible is the norm! What we have is not, we need to turn back to it.

To set the seen of the passages below; the people saw the Romans kill who they thought would become their king. He did come back after that and appeared in front of thousands of people over 40 days.

Acts 1:6 NLT
[6] So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, "Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?"

Jesus did not come to do that in a literal sense.

Are you missing something, not clearly understanding what God wants you to do?

Matthew 28:16-20 NLT
[16] Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. [17] When they saw him, they worshiped him-but some of them doubted! [18] Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. [19] Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. [20] Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Acts 1:8 NLT
[8] But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Power to live for your faith, die for you faith, live your faith and share your faith.

We often see things done in the name of the Holy Spirit that are just bizarre. Who are those people,why are they falsely doing that? Many of us think if that is the Holy Spirit, we don't want it. But that is not the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said the Holy Spirit is given to us to be a witness to Him.

The Bible says, don't quench the Spirit. Have you done that? It is when you are resisting the Spirit when it is on you to speak of your faith to someone and don't.

Greg says that could be a sin. It could be a sin of omission, because you are doing what you are supposed to do.

Acts 1:8 NLT
[8] But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

The word power in the scripture is defined as "explosive power" not political power to overcome Rome, but the power to speak the gospel.

Acts 2:1-6 NLT
[1] On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. [2] Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. [3] Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. [4] And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. [5] At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. [6] When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.

Nothing like this had ever happened before. This was a super natural action.

Should we expect this to happen today? Yes and no. The flames were most likely unique to that time.

Fire fighters today use "back fire" that is to start a fire to stop a fire, it is a controlled burn.

The Bible is not talking about a wild fire, but a controlled you.

You don't lose control when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you become in control. The Spirit become self control.

Acts 2:38-39 NLT
[38] Peter replied, "Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. [39] This promise is to you, and to your children, and even to the Gentiles-all who have been called by the Lord our God."

Are you plugged in and turned on with the power of the Holy Spirit or are you unplugged and asking why it's not working.

What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit?

Ephesians 5:18-20 NLT
[18] Don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, [19] singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. [20] And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

To be filled is translated in the way that wind fills a sail. It also is sometimes defined as being preserved and filled like salt preserves meat.

God's plan for evangelism is to start where you are.

John 4:34 NLT
[34] Then Jesus explained: "My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.

Some people want to cross the sea for Christ, you need to start by crossing the street.

John 11:22 NLT
[22] But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask."

God gives refills to us over and over again.

Acts 4:29-31 NLT
[29] And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. [30] Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus." [31] After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

God fills you, refills you, fills you and fills you some more.

Any clear thinking Christian wants all the power that God has for them.

Are you asking God for the Holy Spirit to fill you?


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