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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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The Unveiling

09/7/2014  The Unveiling: Revelation 1:3

unveiling

The gallery awaits the unveiling of the new painting by the famous artist. As the cloth cover falls to the floor, the crowd is amazed at what they see for the first time. The Apostle John in the book of Revelation fell to the floor like a dead man when he saw the vision Of the glorified Christ. He was more than amazed. He was overwhelmed with the glory of God.

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Never Alone

08/24/2014  Never Alone: John 14:23

 

alone“Leave me alone!” we often here during family skirmishes between teenagers and parents. In spite of this outcry, we all need each other. Loneliness is a major problem in our culture, with many being overwhelmed by it. No man is an island. God never intended us to live life all alone. When do you most feel lonely? What do you do about it? Followers of Christ are never alone. In fact, God has promised to come into our bodies as ‘His Temple’ and to make his home with us. How comfortable are you with the Holy Spirit taking residence in you? Are you confining Him to a broom closet in your life? He wants to fill your earthly bodies with the Fruit of the Spirit.

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The Lampstand of Ephesus

 

09/14/2014  The Lampstand of Ephesus: Revelation 2:1-7

 

lampThe Lampstand was lit and burned constantly in the Tabernacle and the Temple. It was meant to shed light and not to be extinguished. A lampstand is never meant to be hidden so as not to give light. When John received the vision of the Lord Jesus, ‘walking among the lampstands’ the symbol was clarified by the Son of Man (1:13). These would be messages for Seven Specific churches with a timeless message as well for The Church to come. Jesus is the one who holds the messengers of each church in his hand, in a safe place, and He begins with Ephesus. 

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Fruitful or Busy?

08/31/2014  Fruitful or Busy?: Matthew 6:31-34

fruitfulIt’s not always wrong to be busy, but we need to be careful to distinguish busyness from fruitfulness. God wants us to be fruitful, but not busy. As Kevin DeYoung has written in his book Crazy Busy, “Busyness kills more Christians than bullets.” We don’t need to become “terrible sinners” to be rendered useless in God’s work, busyness will do just fine.

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The Gospel of Guilt

08/17/2014  The Gospel of Guilt: Hebrews 19:19-23

gavelThe gavel sounds. The judge declares, “guilty as charged.” In courtrooms all across our country, the determination of guilt is part of justice and the rule of law. Before the holiness of God, like Isaiah, we stand sinful, and therefore guilty of falling short of his glory (Isaiah 6 - Romans 3:19,23 ).

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