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A Weekly Word from John
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.

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. 

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.

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. 

The Unveiling

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


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.

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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