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October 2011 Newsletter

Posted by Firehouse of God Ministries, Inc. on October 1, 2011 at 4:20 PM




Firehouse of God Ministries – Vol. 5 – Issue # 10 October, 2011






What is Yom Kippur? This is a Jewish holiday celebrated this year on October 8th – following is an explanation of what it means to the Jewish people…


Yom Kippur is probably the most important holiday of the Jewish year. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day. Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th day of Tishri. The holiday is instituted at Leviticus 23:26


“Yom Kippur” means “Day of Atonement,” and that pretty much explains what the holiday is. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” to atone for the sins of the past year. This day is, essentially, your last appeal, your last chance to change the judgment, to demonstrate your repentance and make amends.


Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and God, not for sins against another person. To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible. That must all be done before Yom Kippur.


Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath; no work can be performed on that day. It is well-known that you are supposed to refrain from eating and drinking (even water) on Yom Kippur. It is a complete, 25-hour fast beginning before sunset on the evening before Yom Kippur and ending after nightfall on the day of Yom Kippur. The Talmud also specifies additional restrictions that are less well-known: washing and bathing, anointing one's body (with cosmetics, deodorants, etc.), wearing leather shoes (Orthodox Jews routinely wear canvas sneakers under their dress clothes on Yom Kippur), and engaging in sexual relations are all prohibited on Yom Kippur.


As always, any of these restrictions can be lifted where a threat to life or health is involved. In fact, children under the age of nine and women in childbirth (from the time labor begins until three days after birth) are not permitted to fast, even if they want to. Older children and women from the third to the seventh day after childbirth are permitted to fast, but are permitted to break the fast if they feel the need to do so. People with other illnesses should consult a physician and a rabbi for advice.


Most of the holiday is spent in the synagogue, in prayer. In Orthodox synagogues, services begin early in the morning (8 or 9 AM) and continue until about 3 PM. People then usually go home for an afternoon nap and return around 5 or 6 PM for the afternoon and evening services, which continue until nightfall. The services end at nightfall, with the blowing of the tekiah gedolah, a long blast on the shofar.


It is customary to wear white on the holiday, which symbolizes purity and calls to mind the promise that our sins shall be made as white as snow (Is. 1:18). Some people wear a kittel, the white robe in which the dead are buried


Why Christians Should Support Israel - The Apple of HIS Eye...from the web site of John Hagee Ministries


Everything Christians do should be based upon the Biblical text. Here are seven solid Bible reasons why Christians should support Israel.


1 - Genesis 12:3 "And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed." Point: God has promised to bless the man or nation that blesses the Chosen People. History has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the nations that have blessed the Jewish people have had the blessing of God; the nations that have cursed the Jewish people have experienced the curse of God.


2 - St. Paul recorded in Romans 15:27 "For if the Gentiles have shared in their (the Jews) spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things." Christians owe a debt of eternal gratitude to the Jewish people for their contributions that gave birth to the Christian faith. Jesus Christ, a prominent Rabbi from Nazareth said, "Salvation is of the Jews!" (St. John 4:22) consider what the Jewish people have given to Christianity:


The Sacred Scripture

The Prophets

The Patriarchs

Mary, Joseph, and Jesus Christ of Nazareth

The Twelve Disciples

The Apostles


It is not possible to say, "I am a Christian" and not love the Jewish people. The Bible teaches that love is not what you say, but what you do. (1 John 3:18) "A bell is not a bell until you ring it, a song is not a song until you sing it, love is not love until you share it."


3 - While some Christians try to deny the connection between Jesus of Nazareth and the Jews of the world, Jesus never denied his Jewishness. He was born Jewish, He was circumcised on the eighth day in keeping with Jewish tradition, He had his Bar Mitzvah on his 13th birthday, He kept the law of Moses, He wore the Prayer Shawl Moses commanded all Jewish men to wear, He died on a cross with an inscription over His head, "King of the Jews!


Jesus considered the Jewish people His family. Jesus said (Matthew 25:40) "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren (the Jewish people… Gentiles were never called His brethren), ye have done it unto me.


4 - "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee." (Psalm 122:6) the scriptural principle of prosperity is tied to blessing Israel and the city of Jerusalem.


5 - Why did Jesus Christ go to the house of Cornelius in Capernaum and heal his servant, which was ready to die? What logic did the Jewish elders use with Jesus to convince Him to come into the house of a Gentile and perform a miracle?


The logic they used is recorded in Luke 7:5; "For He loveth our nation, and He hath built us a synagogue." The message? This Gentile deserves the blessing of God because he loves our nation and has done something practical to bless the Jewish people.


6 - Why did God the Father select the house of Cornelius in Caesarea (Acts Chapter 10) to be the first Gentile house in Israel to receive the Gospel? The answer is given repeatedly in Acts 10.


Acts 10:2 "a devout man, (Cornelius) and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always." Who were the people to whom Cornelius gave these alms? They were the Jews


Again is Acts 10:4 "… thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God."


Again in Acts 10:31 "… and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God."

The point is made three times in the same chapter. A godly Gentile who expressed his unconditional love for the Jewish people in a practical manner was divinely selected by heaven to be the first Gentile house to receive the Gospel and the first to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.


These combined Scriptures verify that PROSPERITY (Genesis 12:3 and Psalm 122:6), HEALING (Luke 7:1-5) and the OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT came first to Gentiles that blessed the Jewish people and the nation of Israel in a practical manner.


7 - We support Israel because all other nations were created by an act of men, but Israel was created by an act of God! The Royal Land Grant that was given to Abraham and his seed through Isaac and Jacob with an everlasting and unconditional covenant. (Genesis 12:1-3, 13:14-18, 15:1-21, 17:4-8, 22:15-18, 26:1-5 and Psalm 89:28-37.)























October Events and Activities




3rd – Barbara Rodekamp 24th - Brandon Abell

11th – Sharon Tribley 27th – Latisha Evans




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2nd – 12:00 p.m. Oktoberfest at Abiding Word church / 806 E Lynn Blvd – we will be taking the fire truck and inflatables – all are invited to attend

2nd - Day of Prayer for the peace of Jerusalem

2nd – 5:00 p.m.* Firehouse Youth Ministries – NEW! – a group for grades 6-12 will hold initial meeting at the church – see info below for schedule

8th – Yom Kipper – see article on page 1

9th – Clergy Appreciation Day

12th – Columbus Day

16th – National Boss Day

22nd – ** Restart 2011 – Free Concert at the YWCA for youth and adults – sponsored by City of God Church

23rd – “Never Ending Love” – a group of teens from Friendship Temple will be singing at our service

27th – *** 7:00 p.m. Christians United for Israel is sponsoring the event “Night to Honor Israel” at the Adler Theater / 136 E 3rd St / Davenport. Our van will be taking interested people to the event – van will leave the Firehouse at 4:30 p.m. Please sign up if you want to attend and need a ride

28th – 29th – Momentum Youth Convention – being held in Springfield – stay overnight

31st – Halloween


* Firehouse Youth Ministries – beginning Sunday October 9th , 6:00 pm – 7:30pm the group will meet at the church – see Josh Stroud or Clayton Conrady for more information


** Restart 2011 – performing will be “Alert”, “FUE”, “Buffalo Automation”, Mike Swag, “H Street”, “Sir Ramsalot”, and C.Y.i.C Dance Team


*** Honor Israel – a night of celebration, dancing, singing and giving honor to our Jewish friends and the State of Israel


Men’s Ministry – Saturdays at 6:00pm at Council House

Women’s Friendship Circle – Thursdays 7:00pm at the church

Monday – Saturday – Shelter Lunch served

Sunday – 6:00pm – 7:30pm – beginning October 9th – Firehouse Youth Ministries will meet weekly at the church – grades 6-12


September Events & Happenings…


Our church has a new look! Thanks & Blessings to Pastor Tim Wright for doing the painting and to Robert Pyron for doing the prep work – it looks great!


Community Light




























Change in Community Light Feeding Program!


Beginning Monday, October 3rd we will begin serving the meal as follows:


Dinner from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Monday thru Friday

Lunch from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm on Saturday


We will no longer serve lunch Monday through Friday – we will serve lunch on Saturday only.




Cookn’ for Christ!


We are looking for “kitchen angels” – both men and women - to cook and assist with serving the evening meal and cleanup on Thursdays – you can cook it at home and bring it in, cook here in the church kitchen or prepare it and we will pick it up. The food will be provided for you.


You can sign up to do it on a regular weekly basis or you can sign up to do it on an alternate basis, such as once a month (depending on how many volunteers sign up it could be more than a month between) You can also sign up as “stand-by” in the event someone can’t make it.


Do it for Him!


Jesus said: “for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink: “I was a stranger and you took Me in”


Jesus said: “Assuredly, I say to you inasmuch as you did it to one of these, you did it for Me”



Old news items…


Mount Ayr Record-News - Mount Ayr, Iowa

February 21, 1895




Onion sociables are becoming popular in some parts of the country. Six young ladies stand in a row, one bites a piece out of an onion and the gentlemen pay 10-cents apiece to guess who bit it. The correct guessers kiss the other five girls while unsuccessful kiss the one that bit the onion and they are the ones who get 'bit.'


This is published by way of suggestion for those who get up church sociables. There can be no objection raised to the scheme, as there are no blanks in the lottery!


1907 Trivia from Whiteside County genealogy site…


*The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years old.

*Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.

*Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

*A three-minute call from Denver to New York City Cost eleven dollars.

*There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S. , and only 144 miles of paved roads.

*The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

*The average wage in the U.S. Was 22 Cents per hour.

*The average U.S. Worker made between $200 and $400 per year

*A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,

*A dentist made $2,500 per year,

*A veterinarian $1,500 per year,

*And a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.


We’ve come a long, long way in 104 years!


On the lighter side…Christian one-liners:



Give God what's right -- not what's left.


Man's way leads to a hopeless end -- God's way leads to an endless hope.


A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.


He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.


In the sentence of life, the devil may be a comma--but never let him be the period.


Don't put a question mark where God puts a period.


Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to the church for a face-lift.


When praying, don't give God instructions - just report for duty.


Don't wait for six strong men to take you to church.


We don't change God's message -- His message changes us.


The church is prayer conditioned.


WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.



Christian News from onenewsnow.com



U.S. poverty on the rise - Russ Jones - OneNewsNow - 9/19/2011


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation's poverty level is at its highest since 1994, as 46 million citizens reportedly live in poverty.


Some 15 percent of the national population lives in poverty -- that is 46 million in 2010 with a household income of $22,000 or less. This is the highest the rate has been since 1983, when it reached 15.2 percent.


Monica Mills, director of government relations at Bread for the World, says her organization is urging the nation's decision-makers to end hunger in the homeland and abroad.


"There are some really shocking numbers in here that we are moving closer to one in six Americans living in poverty in the United States," she reports.


And Trudy Renwick, director of the poverty statistics branch with the U.S. Census Bureau, says "supplemental poverty measure" will be produced in October. The Bureau contends that if Social Security payments were excluded from income, the number of people age 65 and over in poverty would be 14 million higher in 2010.


"We'll add people's tax credits to their income," Renwick explains. "It will add the value of their SNAP benefits, it will add the value of housing assistance, and, I think just as importantly, it will subtract from the income that we consider your necessary expenditures, like what you pay for child care, what you pay to get to work, [and] your medical out-of-pocket expenditures."

The U.S. Census Bureau also reports that 2010's national median household income of $49,400 was a decline of 2.3 percent from 2009.


Town council fights for religious freedom - Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 9/24/2011


The New York town of Greece is awaiting a federal appeals court decision as to whether it can open public meetings with prayers.


The prayers are offered by invited clergy, but two residents objected and Americans for Separation of Church and State sued. The organization appealed a federal court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the town board's practice.


Alliance Defense Fund attorney Kevin Theriot says that since the nation's founding, public meetings have been opened with prayer -- and there is no legal reason, he expalins, why a town should be denied this right.


“This practice has always been lawful in America, and the district court rightly affirmed its constitutionality in this case last year,” says Theriot.


The attorney adds that "secularist groups might not be happy with [the decision], but an invocation offered according to the dictates of the giver's conscience is not an establishment of religion."


ADF has told the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that allowing government entities to acknowledge America's religious heritage and invoke divine guidance and blessings upon their work has always been constitutional.


Alliance Defense Fund is defending prayer invocations nationwide.


Worshippers can take from NJ church's offering plate this Sunday - Associated Press - 9/24/2011


MORRISTOWN, NJ - When the offering plate is passed this Sunday at Liquid Church in New Jersey, worshippers won't be asked to give, but to receive.


Pastor Tim Lucas says each worshipper will be invited to take out an envelope that has $10, $20 or $50 inside. He says a total of $30,000 will be given away at the church's three locations near New York City.

Lucas calls it "a spiritual stimulus" and says he'll challenge recipients to use the money creatively to show God's love to someone in need.

At a time when people are recovering from flooding, looking for work and looking to Washington for answers, Lucas says he'll remind people that the money in the envelopes says "In God We Trust."


Losing jobs to China - Chris Woodward - OneNewsNow - 9/26/2011


A new study shines light on the number of U.S. jobs lost to China since that nation entered the World Trade Organization ten years ago. The Economic Policy Institute has recently discovered that the trade deficit with China has cost America 2.8 million jobs, most of which were in the manufacturing sector. Scott Paul is executive director for the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), which commissioned the study. He says the problem is a lack of trade balance with China.


"China manipulates its currency, it provides state support for its industrial firms, [and] it keeps our products out of the [Chinese] market," Paul explains. "There is a lot of intellectual property theft. And when you add all of that up together, it's not a level playing field."


So he can think of 2.8 million reasons why the study's findings should catch the attention of American lawmakers.


"2.8 million jobs is equivalent to about two percent of our employment," he calculates. "So if we had balanced trade with China, the unemployment rate would be two points lower today than it is at 9.1 percent." The AAM executive director notes that he does not know anyone who would choose a 9.1-percent unemployment rate over a 7.1-percent rate.

And even though China owns some of the U.S. debt, Paul adds that the East Asian country currently sends one-third of its goods to the U.S. market. He decides that that gives America a measure of leverage.



Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.
















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