This Week's Sermon ( 12-6-17 )

" And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  "   Revelation 20:13-15

" And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. "   Revelation 19:20

" And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. "   Revelation 20:10
"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. "   Revelation 20:14
" And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. "   Revelation 20:15

" But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. "   Revelation 21:8

I know hell is not a popular subject today.

Hell is rarely mentioned in sermons nowadays.

There was a time when some preachers were criticized for preaching too much about hell.

People got tired of hearing about hell.

Nowadays, few believe hell exists and even if they do believe hell exists, they think hell is only a temporary place of punishment, not eternal, even though Jesus said it is eternal.

People believe Jesus lied about hell being eternal.

Many people think God is too good and too loving to let anyone go to hell, even though Jesus Himself said that more people will end up in hell than will make it to Heaven.

Jesus clearly said;

" Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  "   Matthew 7:13-14

" Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.  "   Luke 13:23-24

One famous talk show host said to the world - " I cannot believe that a loving God would let anyone go to hell. "

Yes, I talked about God's love for the human race in my last sermon but God still requires humans to believe in one thing and that is His only begotten Son, Jesus, in order to escape damnation in eternal hell.

It is God's love that motivated Him to give Himself in suffering and dying for us in order to keep us out of hell.

Jesus is our only hope in escaping eternal hell.

Whether we choose to believe in Jesus or is up to us.

The choice is ours.

God provided only one way to Heaven and that is through His only begotten Son, Jesus.

We either believe this or we do not.

Jesus is not one of many ways as if He were an option or on a list of multiple choices as some are now believing today.

Jesus is the only way, literally.

And by the way, no human being can earn Heaven. 

We do not make it to Heaven by our works.

No human has good enough works to make it to Heaven.

This is why Jesus had to suffer and die like He did.

We can only make it to Heaven by believing in God's only begotten Son, Jesus and asking Him to wash away our sins in His precious blood, clothe us in His righteousness and bestow His grace and mercy on us.

The apostle Paul called himself a wretched man.

Well, Paul did not know me.

I'm more wretched than he was. 

If God can forgive me for my failures and sins, God can forgive anyone who repents and rests their faith in His only begotten Son, Jesus.

If we choose to take the chance believing someone or something else when we draw our last breath in this earthly life as the rich man did, we will end up where the rich man did.

Jesus said;

" And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.   Luke 16:23-24

I cannot imagine how horrible hell is...even before hell is cast into the lake of fire which seems to be even worse.

My friend, before we die we must believe in Jesus in order to escape this eternal damnation.

After we die it is then too late to change our mind just as it was for the rich man.

Please believe in Jesus and tell others to do the same.

And always keep your faith in Jesus to the end.

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon ( 11-1-16 )

" I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.  "   Psalm 139:14-18

All my life I have never really understood in depth what David meant when he said;

" for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: "

I was recently in a dermatologist's office and while I was waiting I looked at the skin charts he had on the wall. 

I was surprised to see so many layers in the human skin. I never knew how complex the human skin is.

He also had a chart of a single strand of human hair. I did not know how detailed a human hair is.

When the doctor came in I said to him - " God really put a lot into creating us, didn't He. "

His response was - " And that is not the half of it. "

Only God could come up with all the detailed intricacy in our design.

This is why Solomon said;

" The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. "   Proverbs 3:19

My friend, God is more than amazing.

Some day soon, because of my faith in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, I will meet Him in person.

I can't wait.

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon ( 10-11-16 )

" In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God. 

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 

In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 
He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. "   John 1:1-14

I love to watch the Moon grow from a sliver to a full moon.

I look up at the Moon, the stars and planets, and congratulate Jesus for the beautiful job He did in creating everything.

As John said about Jesus;

" All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. "

I look up at the Moon and ask Jesus what He thought of the Moon as He would look up at it while He was here on planet earth 2000 years ago.

He probably thought to Himself, I remember when I created that.

I love this passage in the book of John;

" But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 

And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 
And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. 

And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 
Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. 
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. "   John 20:11-17

Mary recognized Jesus whe He called her by name.

My friend, someday, Jesus will call you and me by name.

Jesus not only created the Moon but He also created Mary...and you and me.

My friend, Jesus is incredible.

There are no words to describe Him.

Praise Jesus forever!

Always believe in Jesus.

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon ( 10-5-16 )

" For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; "   Philippians 1:29

" I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. "   Philippians 4:12

" Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. "   1 Peter 4:19

Jesus never promised that following Him would be an easy row to hoe.

It is easy to say " I'm blessed and highly favored " in the Lord, when you are wealthy, living in a mansion, and have no physical ailments. 

The apostle Paul, who had a relationship with the Lord, knew better. This is why Paul said he lived both in wealth and poverty and could live in both through Christ who strengthened him.

" I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. "   Philippians 4:12-13

My friend, the Holy Bible does not contradict itself. While we are rich in Christ Jesus, blessed, highly favored, and have inherited all things from Him who died for us, the Bible also says we will suffer hardship.

This is why we need to continue in the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ and keep our heart and mind focused on the end.

When you hear of bad things happening throughout the world, we need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are experiencing these bad things.

There is a Hurricane in the Atlantic heading for our east coast.

God has people in this hurricane who need our prayers. We need to acknowledge that these things do happen, even to God's people.

Don't live in denial.

However, even if we go through bad times, always remember that the Lord is good.

No matter what happens to us, the Lord is good.

Keep your faith in Jesus.

Wayne Brown