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Hotter Than Hell

Posted on October 6, 2019 at 8:20 AM

Thankfully, beginning with yesterday, we have had a break in the weather, but before yesterday, as you know, it was unseasonably hot around here. It has been so hot that, the other day, one of my co-workers, after coming back inside the building, announced as he was walking past my work station: “Man, it’s hotter than hell out there!’ To which I responded: “ if it is hotter than hell out there, then I think that I’ll just stay inside.” He stopped and looked at me for a moment and then said: “Well, it’s almost as hot as hell.”

You know, in our culture, “Hell” has lost most of it’s meaning. It is used as simply a word of exclamation. It has simply become a figure of speech. It is used to embellish and add color or to emphasize what people are saying. I once heard one person a few years ago announce to all in the break room, (after returning from being outside smoking a cigarette) that it was colder than hell out there. (Now to me, that was kind of no brainer.)

The most amazing use of the word “Hell” that I hear is when a person wants to establish the absolute certainty of something so they say that something is: “as sure as hell”. Ironically, the person making such a statement usually believes that hell is merely a fictional place described in ancient tales, but the Bible speaks much of this place.

Yes, the Bible describes hell as a place of eternal separation from God, a place of eternal punishment, a place of eternal hopelessness. In fact, the Bible tells us that hell itself will be cast into a place that it describes as “The Lake of Fire” a place that was prepared for the devil and his fallen angels. The Bible describes it as a very literal place. The point is simply this, Hell is the place that you don’t want to go to, and it is the place that no one has to go to, after all, that is why Jesus died on the cross.

- Pastor Tim

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