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A Weekly Word from John
The Benevolent Gatekeeper

10/26/2014  The Benevolent Gatekeeper: Revelation 3:7-13

open gateJesus, the holy and true ruler of history, knows the deeds of man, brings certain salvation and holds the future of the Church.

If we are to really understand the letters written to the churches in Revelation we need to first understand the One dictating. John is instructed to write. What follows in every letter is a description of the one who dictates and the instruction that follows. Here in Revelation 3:7-13 we find the same. These are the words of Him who is holy and true and hold the key of David.

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Dead or Alive?

10/12/2014  Dead or Alive? Revelation 3:1-6

manikinSome animals in nature appear lifeless and still as can be, such as a gecko or a jaguar yet they are very much alive. On the other hand, a store manikin although appearing lifelike, is only made of plastic and fiberglass and totally dead.

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Reflections on the Church of Pergamum

09/28/2014  Reflections on the Church of Pergamum: Revelation 2:12-17

Jesus Christ the Victor, Warren Wiersbe cites as the key theme of the book of Revelation. Wiersbe directs our attention to Revelation 17:14

They will make war against the Lamb, (Jesus Christ) but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

As the book opens the reader is encouraged to know that all who read, listen and take to heart all that is written in it will be blessed. Although the contemporary current is to think that the book is the most cryptic, the apostle John wants the reader of this revealing to be blessed and encouraged. 

I believe that the big idea for the church of Pergamum is Christ the righteous and eternal Judge: commends the devoted, rebukes the wayward and rewards the faithful.

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Living in God's Story

10/19/2014  Living in God's Story: Habakkuk 1:5

warIn the stress and challenge of Habakkuk’s day, we see a reflection of our day as well. Destruction, violence, injustice, misery, war, and wickedness. Habakkuk complains to God but does it in faith. The Lord’s reply? ‘Be amazed Habakkuk! I am doing something extraordinary in your day among the nations.’ Judgment will come upon Israel but God will receive glory in the end.

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Overcoming Unholy Toleration

10/05/2014  Overcoming Unholy Toleration Revelation 2:18-29

eating habbitsCertain things in life can be tolerated without causing anyone harm. We tolerate someone’s eating habits; a family member’s laugh; a friend’s dry humor. But when it comes to a healthy, growing church, sinful behavior and compromise should never be tolerated. As the missionary-apostle Paul said to the Galatian Church; ‘Don’t be deceived, God is not mocked; whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.’ The church in Thyatira, although affirmed by the risen Christ for its spiritual growth and progress, had a faction which led many into compromised, unholy living.

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Be Faithful Unto Death

09/21/2014  Be Faithful Unto Death: Revelation 2:8-11

persecutionThe age old question, ‘what are you afraid of?’ can be very revealing. Persecution can create fear in our lives because it comes at a cost. No one wants to suffer unjustly. When we suffer for the cause of Christ, we share in Christ’s sufferings as His representatives. The great comfort for followers of Jesus Christ in our time, as it was in the time of the church at Smyrna, is that God knows our trial and wants to use it to strengthen our faith. God will test us so that we can see what is genuinely in our hearts. 

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