• Laodicea: Listening to Jesus The Amen of God
    Date: Nov 27, 2011

    Jesus came on an unannounced visit to a church in central Asia Minor, two thousand years ago, and then wrote back a startling letter to them about their deteriorating spiritual health. They really should have listened to Him. In that letter Jesus Christ starts with His credentials. The opening words introducing Christ in Revelation 3:14 are like getting an official, hand-delivered letter: with medical diagnosis from the leading doctors of the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, or another a world-renowned group doctors. The medical advice of someone at work or school is nice and possibly helpful. The medical advice of a trusted family member is nicer and even more helpful. But the medical advice, diagnosis, and prognosis from a trained, skilled, qualified, and almost universally trusted medical expert, renowned in their field: is almost beyond foolishness to resist, and dismiss lightly. Revelation 3:14-22

  • Laodicea: The Seven Habits of Sanctified Believers
    Date: Nov 13, 2011

    Today, and every day of our lives, the Cross of Christ is the source of our power to live in this world of sin. Living a life that glorifies God is called sanctified living. Sanctification means that God is leading and controlling our lives. Perhaps the two best descriptions of what we have in Christ are in the epistle or letter to the church scattered through the area of the neighbors of Laodicea. They were the Galatians. Look with me at the best known verse on the cross in Galatian 2:20, where Paul shares his own personal salvation testimony: Galatians 2:20 (NKJV) I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Revelation 3:14-22

  • Philadelphia: Meet the True One, the Key of David Possessor, & the One Who Opens Doors
    Date: Oct 2, 2011

    In a world of uncertainties, lurking disasters, constant unknowns, and endless potential dangers—Jesus Christ told these believers so much like us: here is truth you can hold tightly. Jesus re-introduces Himself, and the promise was in His identity as The Christ. It’s holding on by faith, to who Jesus really is, that changes everything. They needed a reminder of just Who they were listening to. Jesus Christ tells them that He holds the key to everything. Nothing that Jesus Christ opens can be closed; and when He shuts the door to anything—that door can never be opened. That concept is powerful to think about, depending on which side of the door you are on. Christ’s words are either amazingly encouraging: that the door of blessing, ministry, or hope will never be shut; or very soberingly horrible, that the door of life, forgiveness, security, and hope can slam shut to you, and it can never be re-opened. Revelation 3:7-13

  • Philadelphia: How to Build a Quake-Proof Life
    Date: Sep 25, 2011

    The Philadelphian's example as faithful, obedient, serving, and worshipping saints is so powerful. They were not perfect, just forgiven. They were not superior in any way, just responsive to God’s desires for them individually and as a church. Each of these seven letters is a model, example, and symbol of the types of churches and believers that will exist, side-by-side, throughout all the generations of Christ's Church: from Pentecost to the Rapture. In a world that is so needy Christ has left His Church as a light; but some are distracted like Ephesus; and some are deeply persecuted and barely holding on like Smyrna; and others are compromised like Pergamos; and others are harboring secret sins like Thyatira, or dead like Sardis. But one church is vibrant, alive, faithful, evangelizing, worshipping, and doing just what Jesus Christ left them to do. May we all ask the Lord to enable us to choose to live as they lived. Revelation 3:7-13

    Date: Sep 18, 2011

    As we open to Revelation 3:1-6 we are opening to the only time that Jesus declares that a local church is dead, non-responsive to His plans, and non-functional for His purposes. Look back over the text of the letter Christ wrote to them, which we read last time. In those words we find in an event from Sardis’ past, a key that unlocks the message Jesus gave to the saints that were alive in Christ, and listening.

  • Sardis: Where The Great Physician Felt Their Pulse And Declared Them Dead
    Date: Sep 11, 2011

    When we read these words we are not only hearing the report Jesus Christ gives after visiting the fifth of the seven churches, we also get the worst reported condition of any of the seven churches. The other churches were either given a perfect bill of health, or had some struggles with compromise, sin, and disobedience. But Sardis is different. Here: THE GREAT PHYSICIAN FELT THEIR PULSE & DECLARED THEM DEAD

  • Life of David: Making My Seeking of God Personal Like David Did
    Date: Sep 11, 2011

    God named His own Son, “the Son of David” (Mat. 1:1), that in itself, is amazing. The Son of God called the “son of” an angry man, the son of a murderer, the son of a liar, the son of an adulterer, and so on? That is what a Son of David means. But God is a God of forgiveness, new beginnings, and grace. That is what makes David such a compelling figure in the Scriptures: David broke all Ten of the Commandments, and God loved David, called him the man after His own heart, and named Jesus the Son of David.

  • A compromising believer chastened
    Date: Sep 4, 2011

    All of us in Christ's Church are called from darkness to light at salvation; and we are saved from the power of Satan; and we are being transformed into saints of God. That process in called consecration. Last week as we looked at the Church at Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29), we saw that their consecrated lives were slipping because of compromise with sin and false doctrine.

  • Life of David: Embracing God By Declaring Our Love for the Lord
    Date: Sep 4, 2011

    As we open to Psalm 18, we are entering the last days of David. No one else in Scripture has more space devoted to their life other than the Lord Himself. David is God’s object lesson to each of us on: how hard life can be, how much we can struggle, how greatly we can fail—and how incredibly God can use us. As we will see in these 50 verses of David’s longest Psalm, David extolled the Lord as his Master and King. Psalm 18 shows us so clearly how David made it through a very long and difficult life, and then how he went on to overcome feelings of loneliness and uselessness in the waning years of life.

  • Christ’s Last Word to His Church: THYATIRA: JESUS SEARCHES OUR HEARTS & MINDS
    Date: Aug 28, 2011

    As we open to Revelation 2:18-29, we come to the letter to the Church at Thyatira. That term Thyatira is usually a bit foreign to us outside of this chapter. To get our bearings we could also say, we are opening to the geographic area that received more of the books (epistles) of the New Testament than any other geographic area of the ancient world. Have you ever thought about where these letters we hold were first sent?

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