|Posted by Firehouse of God Ministries, Inc. on August 6, 2012 at 9:55 PM|
Volume 5 - #8 August 2012
Firehouse of God Ministries
306 5th Ave / Sterling, IL
Do you know how the Disciples and Apostles died?
Apart from Judas Iscariot, the Bible does not tell us how any of the disciples died.
Matthew 27:5 says that Judas threw down the silver in the Temple and went and hanged himself. The priests took the blood money and bought the potter's field, which they called the field of blood. Acts 1:18 has a different story, that Judas bought a field with the reward of iniquity, and fell headlong, bursting asunder and all his bowels gushed out. Because of this, the field was called the field of blood. In other words, neither Matthew nor Luke knew how Judas Iscariot died, but Matthew seems to have got his story from the Book of Zechariah. Various traditions have grown up around the supposed deaths of other disciples, but there is no evidence that supports those traditions. Here are some of these:
Peter - widely believed to have been either beheaded or crucified (upside down) in Rome.
Matthew - arrested in Ethiopia and there nailed to the ground with short spears and beheaded.
John - John faced martyrdom when he was boiled in a huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The Apostle John was later freed and returned to what is now modern-day Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.
James, the brother of Jesus (not officially an apostle) - thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat him to death with a club. This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the temptation.
Bartholomew, also know as Nathanael - a missionary to Asia, he witnessed in present-day Turkey and was martyred for his preaching in Armenia, when he was flayed to death by a whip.
Andrew - was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Greece.
Thomas - stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church there.
Matthias (the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot) - stoned and then beheaded.
Paul - tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67.
There are traditions regarding the other apostles as well, but none with any reliable historical or traditional support.
St. James (son of Zebedee) was beheaded by King Herod in Palestine
St. Philip was crucified. St. James the Less (son of Aphaeus) was thrown from the pinnacle of the temple at Jerusalem and dispatched with a club where he fell, or crucified or stoned.
St. Simon was crucified.
St. Jude was "cruelly put to death" by the Magi of Persia, or crucified.
We do not know how any of the disciples died. Even Judas, the only disciple whose death is mentioned in the Bible seems to have died in two quite different ways: In Matthew's Gospel, Judas returned the money to the priests and then hanged himself. They bought a piece of land for the burial of Gentiles. In Acts of the Apostles, Judas did not return the money, bought himself some land with the money, but fell down headlong and died.
The Acts of the Apostles specifically records the death of James the son of Zebedee – Act 12:1 And at that time Herod the king threw on his hands to oppress some of those of the church. Act 12:2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
Many traditions grew up in the second and third centuries about the glorious and noble deaths of the disciples, but none seems to be based on fact. If even the biblical record, written within a hundred years of the supposed event, contains contradictions about the death of Judas, then these traditions should be considered as no more than pious preachings, designed to enhance the status of the disciples
August Events & Activities
8th – Andrew Buntjer
9th – Tony Quinones
14th – Ruby Coleman
27th – Sean Broughton
30th – Mark Broughton
17th – Pastor Brian
17th – Cory & Alicia Olalde
Let’s Feed the Children – every Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday
4th – 10:00am – 2:00pm Albany Outreach event
5th – Friendship Day
7th – 5:30pm-7:30pm – National Night Out – we will have inflatables in Wallace, Douglas & Lincoln Park **
15th – 6:30pm-8: 30pm Rock River Christian Center / Rock Falls Kids program – we are taking inflatables
16th – last Let’s Feed the Children
17th – 12:00pm - Let’s Feed the Children Volunteer Appreciation lunch at 1st Christian Church / 3400 1st Ave / Sterling
**National Night Out – A community event to be held at Wallace Park, Douglas Park, Propheter Park & Lincoln Park. The event is being held to strengthen communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and their local law enforcement. The goal is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs and send a message that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
5:30-6:30 social time / 6:30-6:45 presentations
Bring your own chair – lemonade & cookies provided
Matthew 5:16 let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father
Homeless Coordinator – Mike Russell
Men’s Rescue Mission Coordinator – Barb Evans
Council House Caretaker – Robert Pyron
Dinner/Lunch Shift Leaders – Mike Russell, Keven Miller, Marcia Rodekamp, Barb Evans
Youth Leader – Josh Stroud
Assistant Youth Leader – Clayton Conrady
Children’s Church Coordinator – Erin Stroud
Old News Items
Postville Herald, Allamakee co. Iowa
Thursday, March 10, 1921
The State Tramp Law
"Any male person 16 years of age or over, physically able to perform manual labor, who is wandering about, practicing common begging, or having no visible calling or business to maintain himself, and is unable show reasonable efforts in good faith to secure employment, is a tramp, and any person convicted of being a tramp shall be punished by imprisonment at hard labor in the county jail, not exceeding ten days, or by imprisonment in such jail in solitary confinement not exceeding five days."
LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel June 14, 1921
Two of Them Were Staging Race on Main Street
On Thursday evening, Miss Fern Maxwell was arrested by Bert Welsh, motorcycle policeman on a charge of speeding with her automobile on the streets. The officer arrested Walter Hammond at the same time.
According to the officer, the two were putting on a pretty race with their cars on the street. Mayor Cooper assessed a fine of ten dollars and costs each against the speeders
What’s Happening at the Firehouse?
Wow! I am having trouble grasping for words to express this past month. The Holy Spirit is working so fluently in our church. He always wants to, but we have to being willing to hear Him and set aside our own plans to take the steps He is setting before us. It's a daily dying of flesh and personal desires. There is nothing like being inside of the will of our Father. When we fix our minds on Him, the chaos the enemy wants us to fear and focus on disappears in the light of His face. He has never lost control, and there is such an indefinable peace in knowing that. This month in the kid's ministry, we have been going back to the times Jesus walked the earth. Feeling led to introduce the children to who this Jesus is that we serve; there was a more focused and sincere prayer time we experienced with them. I believe this is because they knew Him even better. Let us never stop seeking to know Him better so we can know the difference between the enemy and our God. As we know, the enemy can dress himself quite beautifully making it easier to deceive us. Please pray they are truly learning and hiding away the Word in their heart so they are equipped for the things they may face this school year. God, let them be a light.
We enjoyed a night of fun and worship at a Go Fish Guys concert with ten kids attending. This was a great time of getting to know them even better. Thank you for trusting us with them. It was a blessing!
Friendship Circle – watch the bulletins for the September start-up date
Don’t forget to sign up to cook for the Council House!
The children we sponsor in Haiti always welcome cards & letters – see Annie Vroman regarding any supplies that may be needed
On the lighter side…
The story is told of the Atheist who accosted a preacher. "Do you believe in eternal life?" The preacher has no time to reply. "Well its a load of rubbish!" shouted the Atheist. "I believe in science, evolution, survival of the fittest, and when we die, that's it! No eternal life, no great judgment, and no God!"
The Atheist continues his assault against the preacher repetitiously and tirelessly. "Eternal life! Eternal life! Ha! "Its all pie in the sky when you die." When I die that's it, the end, no eternal life, no nothing.
He continues, until he reaches his climax, "I will be buried six feet under when I die and that's it! Nothing! Caput! When I die I am utterly convinced that that will be the end of me!"
"Well thank God for that" replies the preacher
A man walked into a gift shop that sold religious items. Near the cash register he saw a display of caps with "WWJD" printed on all of them.
He was puzzled over what the letters could mean, but couldn't figure it out, so he asked the clerk.
The clerk replied that the letters stood for "What Would Jesus Do", and was meant to inspire people to not make rash decisions, but rather to imagine what Jesus would do in the same situation.
The man thought a moment and then replied, "Well, I'm sure Jesus wouldn't pay $17.95 for one of these caps."
Mr. Cahn has also written a book by the same name – it is “fiction” but is written as a conversation between the main character and a prophet – everything that is written is word for word what we saw on the video enhanced – gives you time to contemplate the meaning and seriousness as you read.
If you don’t have access to CD player or computer this is an excellent way for you to have the information on hand.
The cost of the book was $13.74 plus tax
Harbinger #1 – The Breach
8 The Lord has sent a message against Jacob;
it will fall on Israel.
9 All the people will know it—
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria —
who say with pride
and arrogance of heart,
10 “The bricks have fallen down,
but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
but we will replace them with cedars. ”
Are we prepared to answer questions?
Many of us here at the Firehouse were brought up in different faiths and some of us had no teaching before coming here – if we are to evangelize, we should all not only be able to answer questions put to us by new Christians and unbelievers but we should all be giving the SAME answer! - Below are some questions for you to contemplate, research the Bible and answer to the best of your ability (without asking Pastor Brian). Write down your answers with Biblical backup and submit them for the next newsletter (there will not be room to print them all). I will also print Pastor Brian’s response to each question.
Will unbelievers be saved on Judgment Day?
Here’s a chance to dig deep into your Bible for an answer (if, indeed there is one). Do you believe they will be saved? Why? Or, why not?
Are there degrees of sin?
Does the Bible say there are degrees of sin? Do you believe that there is and if you do, are there also degrees of punishment?
Once saved, always saved
Do you believe that is true and why do you believe it (or not believe it) – find answers in your Bible
SUNDAY MORNING AT THE FIREHOUSE!