Reopening the basement
this weekend
“So then you are no longer strangers and
aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the
saints, and are of God’s household,”...
Life Af t e r Life, Pa r t 7
Pa r k Li n s c o mb
Tee n N e w s Yo u n g Ad u l t s
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  1. 1. THE MANC HESTER CHURCH OF CHRIST, MANC HESTER, N H Apr 22, 2009 PAGE 1 Reopening the basement this weekend THE BULLETINManchester Church of Christ 66 Mammoth Rd. Manchester, NH 03109 603.623.5559 Elder’s Link: April Duane Coss – 424-9152 Barry Fogal – 487-2387 If you have any concerns that the elders should be aware of, or need to speak to with them, please contact Lee or Larry this month. Our Worship Services Sunday AM: 8:30 & 11:00 Bible Class: 10:00 Sunday PM: 6:00 Small Groups: West Side Small Group: 6:15PM at Doug Paul’s Merrimack Small Group: 6:00PM at Stuart Peacock’s Nashua Small Group: 6:00PM at Paul Mosier's Wednesday PM Devotional/Bible Classes: 7:00 News Items? Please submit before 11AM each Tuesday. Well, it has been a long, long journey for the congregation since the Sunday night that the city’s sewer backed up into our basement, putting a couple of inches of — well, nasty stuff. But after a complete and thorough cleaning and disinfecting job by ServPro, a complete disposal of everything (including dry wall, woodwork, doors, cabinets, rugs, and everything else) that could have soaked up the — well, nastiness; after meeting for worship in homes, meeting for worship in a movie theater, meeting for Bible classes odd places, a ton of carpentry work; and after a fresh coat of paint on everything, all new flooring (tiles and rugs), and quite a bit of new furniture, we’re finally ready to use our basement again. Hooray!! It certainly has been an unwelcome, long, hard, and patience-trying path to a virtually new basement, but we have one. So, now that we have one, let’s work hard at filling it up. The lost — the people you run into daily, your neighbors, your extended family, your friends, your colleagues — need to learn the God’s gracious message. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16. Since this Sunday is our big relaunch of our congregational pantry ministry, I’ll be preaching from Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. In preparation, give some serious thought to who your neighbor is and what compassionate requires of us practically. Sunday evening will be a continuation of a Sunday evening sermon series on 2 Timothy — chapter 3. Read through 2 Tim. 3 and research who Jannes and Jambres are. If you haven’t made plans to attend to a small group this Sunday evening, join us for some song, prayer, and 2 Timothy 3.
  2. 2. “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,” Ephesians 2:19, NAS95. THE MANC HESTER CHURCH OF CHRIST, MANC HESTER, N H Apr 22, 2009 PAGE 2 Our FamilyOur Family Prayer Concerns Health: Doreen Lee, Pat Arel, Bill Waisnor, Rosemary Landry, Deniza Chase’s niece, Marge Simon, Penny Ranger, Manley Jones, Michael Anderson's brother Leadership: Ministers, Elders, Deacons Evangelism: Bible studies in progress, our website, MNFM, food pantry Return to the Lord: Brethren who have forsaken the assembly Worship Leaders Sunday, April 26, 8:30AM Songs ......................... Doug P. Prayers .................... Mark C. & Larry G. Scripture .................... Mike M. Lord’s Supper ............ Stuart P. Coordinator ............... Doug P. Sunday, April 26, 11:00AM Songs ........................ Rick G. Prayers ....................David S. & Barry F. Scripture ..................... Paul M. Lord’s Supper ............. Gary D. Coordinator ................ Pete S. Sunday, April 26, 6:00PM Songs.......................... Ken B. Wednesday, April 29, 7:00PM Songs.......................... Mark C. Coming up in April... Help needed The Lauzon's will be moving to Dublin, NH this Saturday (April 25th) and could really use some help moving. Please contact Peter (603-305- 5578) or Debbie(603-305-5580) if you are available to help. Canned Food Drive This Sunday(April 26) is the official relaunch of our congregation’s pantry ministry. Bring the food that you pledged on Sunday morning and we’ll place it at the front of the auditorium as an expression and display of our common generous effort to serve the Master. Great thanks belong to the Skerry's and Missy Duer for their efforts in this ministry of love to the congregation and compassionate evangelism to the community. If you haven’t signed up yet, the sign up sheet is in the foyer. What else? Prayers needed Doreen Lee is still at CMC (room C119). Although the new treatment was beneficial to her, it didn't go as well as they had hoped. Please keep her in your prayers and let her know you are thinking of her through calls, cards and visits (she really enjoys seeing people). Building update Currently, we are touching up the painting downstairs, installing carpet in all classrooms and new tile in the hallway. The plumber has finished installing new bathroom fixtures and kitchen sink and all new classroom doors have been installed. We will be t0tally finished by Saturday morning! Saturday at 10AM we will need people here to help unload the trailer and get the rooms back in order. Thank you in advance for your time and patience. If you have any more questions about the progress, please see Lee Davis. Reminder Next Wednesday is a song night. We will be devoting our usual bible class time to singing praises to the Lord. Wednesday Night Supper The Wednesday Night Supper is starting up again. Please remember to sign up on the sheet in the back of the auditorium if you plan to attend. This and that... Ladies Day The Northern Valley church in Lancaster, NH will be hosting a ladies day on Saturday, May 16th . More details can be found on the bulletin board in the foyer. Announcing the 24th annual Northeastern States Men's Retreat. It will be held in Kent, Connecticut on June 12th & 13th . Please the poster in the foyer for more details. Wednesday Night Menu Sausage Eggs with ham Bacon
  3. 3. THE MANC HESTER CHURCH OF CHRIST, MANC HESTER, N H Apr 22, 2009 PAGE 3 Life Af t e r Life, Pa r t 7 Pa r k Li n s c o mb Of all the subjects that I’ve written about in this series of Life After Life, the topic of Hell is the most controversial and sensitive. But it is nevertheless a crucially important biblical doctrine that we mustn’t overlook, whitewash, or candy-coat — doing so benefits no one. Let’s start with definitions. Hell, as I’ve mentioned in earlier articles, is different from Hades. In the NT, the word translated Hell is Gehenna (referring to the Hinom Valley, south of Jerusalem, the city’s garbage dump, a place of perpetual decay and burning); and it is the place in the Bible of eternal punishment for the sinful. On the other hand, Hades is the realm of the spirits of all the dead, good and evil, with compartments of comfort and compartments of discomfort. These definitions are important to keep straight as you read through the KJV, the NIV, and some other translations which don’t make this distinction. So then, with the preliminaries out of the way, let’s ask a few pertinent questions about Hell. “Is Hell real?” Modern popular religionists (and religions) have tried to eliminate Hell from the afterlife, since it is so terrible. To them it simply doesn’t make sense that an all-loving God could send anyone to a place of eternal punishment. But when they argue this, they forget that God is not only a God of love; He is also a God of justice and righteousness (2 Th. 1:6; Heb. 2:2; etc.). Indeed, there is as much or more Biblical proof of Hell as there is of Heaven. Gehenna is used 12 times in the NT, and Hell is referred either directly or indirectly numerous other times (e.g., Mt. 3:11,12; Mt. 7:13,14; Mt. 7:23; Mt. 13:42; Rom. 2:8,9; 2 Th. 1:6-9; Rev. 20:15; etc.) “OK, so what is it exactly?” Hell is Eternal Perhaps the most horrifying part of Hell is that it is eternal, never ending. Punishment can be endurable, if we have hope that there is an end; but Hell has no hope, since it forever (Mt. 25:46; Rev. 20:10-15; et al). Some in an attempt to provide some hope have questioned the definition of the Biblical words for eternity — that in Hebrew the word for eternal (olam) can simply mean perpetual. And it can, of course, such as in Ex. 12:24; 29:9; 40:15; and Josh. 14:9. But it more often means “without end”, as in Gen. 21:33; Psa. 90:2; Psa. 102:27; Micah 5:2; and others. The essential meaning is “eternal”, but (just as in English) context makes all the difference (“Oh, I’ve known him forever!”). In Greek the term (aionos) is much clearer. All Greek lexicographers understand the word to mean “unending” or “eternal”. It is used to describe God’s eternal nature (Romans 16:26; 1 Timothy 6:16; Hebrews 9:14), and Mt. 25:46 uses it to describe the duration of both Heaven and Hell. As Lyons and Butt put it in “The Eternity of Hell” ( 9): If God “lives for ever (aion) and ever (aion)” (Revelation 1:18; 10:6; 15:7), and glory is to be given to Him “for ever and ever” (Revelation 1:6; 4:9-10; 5:13; 7:12), and if the saved “shall reign for ever and ever” with the Lord in heaven (Revelation 22:5), then the wicked assuredly “will be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10; cf. Revelation 14:11). “Forever and ever” is “the formula of eternity” (Vincent, 1889, 2:418). Eternal death, Separation from God As there is an eternal life, so there is also an eternal death; Hell is called the second death (Rev. 20:14). But far from being annihilation (ceasing to exist at all), the second death (eternal death) is like the first death — a separation. Physical death is the separation of body from spirit (e.g., James 2:26), not annihilation; and spiritual death (the second death, eternal death) is separation of spirit from God, not annihilation. For example, we are “dead in our trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1), yet we continue to exist. Paul repeats the idea again in Col. 2:13, and yet we continue to exist. Hell is simply the eternal extrapolation of the separation from God that we are responsible for; in the judgment Jesus tells us that His words to the sinful will be “depart from me” (Mt. 7:23; Mt. 24:41). This, then, is the essence of Hell, eternal separation from God, the very source of life itself. Of course, we might rightly ask, “How terrible will that be?” In this physical world we have not yet fully experienced the complete separation from God — He still causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (Mt. 5:45). But separation from God is terrifying enough that it causes the demons to beg for mercy not to be thrown into the pit before the time (Mt. 8:29). Hell is a spiritual place, and man’s limited physical experiences and vocabulary make it hard to find descriptive words that humans can grasp to describe its terrible nature. Doubtlessly what the Scriptures do is give us human comparisons, metaphors, of the worst things that we can imagine to convey the severity of the punishment of Hell. Darkness and Fire Hell punishment is described first of all as a fierce and unquenchable fire (Mt. 25:41; Lk. 3:17; Rev. 20:10,14,15; etc.). It is also described as black darkness (Mt. 8:12; Mt. 22:13; Mt. 25:30; 2 Pet. 2:17; Jude 1:13; etc.). It has been asked before how there could be such a fierce heat and yet have total darkness, and there are two explanations that can be offered. One: if God is the Creator of a “black hole”, a star so dense that not even light can escape its gravity, God can certainly create a spiritual place of fierce heat and deep darkness. Two: perhaps fire and darkness are merely metaphorical for terrifying things that speak to humans the most clearly — saying metaphorically, “It is so bad that you really, really don’t want to be here.” Of course, if Hell’s description is absolutely literal, it will be bad enough; if it is metaphorical, it could be much worse than God can even describe it to human beings. Suffice it to say that, contrary to popular swaggering boasts about Hell being a party place, it may be where the “in crowd” is, but you won’t want to be there. Who will be there? Satan and his angels will be inhabitants of Hell: "And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever." Rev 20:10. Even death and Hades will be in Hell (eternal separation from God) "Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire." Rev 20:14 — “death itself shall die.” But in terms of humans, lists are found throughout the Scriptures, but let me quote just a few: "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers…" 1Co 6:9,10; "And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them." Ro 1:28-32; "But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." Rev 21.8. Revelation puts it this way, "And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." Rev. 20:15. Now, of course, these lists would include everyone in the world who has ever reached the age of accountability, for “all have sinned” (Rom. 3:23), but there is a sweet caveat "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Rom 8:1.
  4. 4. THE MANC HESTER CHURCH OF CHRIST, MANC HESTER, N H Apr 22, 2009 PAGE 4 Tee n N e w s Yo u n g Ad u l t s T he M a n c h e s t e r c h u r c h o f C h r i s t 66 M a m m o t h R d. M a n c h e s t e r, N H 03109 Our Statistics Sunday Morning Worship (combined) 162 Contribution $4,428.49 Our Congregational Calendar Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 19 20 21 22 Bible class 7PM Happy Birthday: Caroline Apgar Happy Anni.: Tom & Linda Carroll Myron & Gloria Potter 23 24 25 26 Happy Birthday: Leah Chandler Lee Davis 27 Happy Anniversary: David & Sandy Hazelton 28 Happy Birthday: George Abood 29 Bible class 7PM Happy Birthday: Steven Bell 30 1 2