Date: Aug 21, 2011

    The saints at Pergamum had gotten too close to the wickedness of the idol worship around them. They had slowly gotten comfortable going back to the old haunts of those idols they had been saved out of and away from. Then, overcome by the temptations and lusts of the flesh, they gave in to sinful practices. Idolatry is very hard to resist.

  • CHRIST’S LAST WORDS TO HIS CHURCH SERIES The Church at SMYRNA: How to Serve Christ Through Affliction
    Date: Jul 17, 2011

    As we open to Revelation 2:8-11 we are opening to the second of Christ's seven personal letters to individual churches of the late 1st Century. We looked at them as a group, but now we are taking a look at each individual church. As we read these words, the historical context is that the Church at Smyrna was going through the second wave of persecutions that the early church had to endure.

  • Christ’s Last Words to His Church Series: Ephesus: First Love Then and Now
    Date: Jul 10, 2011

    As we open to Rev. 2:1-7 we are reading the personal message in Christ's last words to His Church. These verses are part of a warning about what tripped up the earliest generations of believers. Jesus wanted them, and us, to stay on the right path. These churches were real gatherings of people 2,000 years ago. That means that Jesus saw seven different types of believers gathering at that moment in the history of His church. Have you ever thought about that?

  • Christ’s Last Words to His Church Series: God’s Desire for Christ’s Church Is Crucified Living
    Date: Jun 5, 2011

    This book comes last because it is not only the Conclusion of God’s Word, it is also the Culmination of God’s Plan. We see everything that started in Genesis: the Perfect Paradise of God, the Rebellion and Fall of the Universe into Sin, the Flood of Water Destroying the rebels, and the choosing and saving of the People of the Covenant—all in their final form in Revelation.

  • The Life of David: Learning to Worship the Lord by Viewing Each Day Through the Lens of Scripture
    Date: May 15, 2011

    Application is the best part of Bible study. But, just like a “straight from the garden” meal: there is so much work to do. For food growth or caught, there are many stages to go through. Pick up and clean or wash; cut up and prepare; cook and serve—and then at last: the meal. There is nothing like fresh, home made meals, in all the world. It is the best; and it is hard! The same is true for Bible study. The passage must be hunted, the truths must be dug out and stored, then they are prepared into personally applicable truths, then the meal: the personal prayerful application.

  • Life of David: Learning to View All of Life Through the Lens of Scripture
    Date: May 8, 2011

    Life is hard, as Job 5:7 says: (NKJV) “Yet man is born to trouble, As the sparks fly upward”. Those words come from what may be the oldest book of the Bible, written by Job, who lived just after the Flood at the end of the Ice Ages.

  • Christ’s Last Words to His Church Series: Why Jesus Chastens His Church
    Date: Mar 27, 2011

    As we open to Revelation we open to the longest book written specifically for Christ's Church, containing 22 chapters, and 404 verses: all with the unique target of being given by God to show Jesus Christ to the Church.

  • Christ’s Last Words to His Church Series: When Jesus Visits His Church and Finds Unrepentant Sins
    Date: Mar 20, 2011

    John is staggered, the churches that received the letter Jesus sent them through John, were put on notice, and Church History records the results. Those churches that did not repent have gone extinct, Jesus removed their lamp from the stand, and He had to find others who would stay useful in His sight.

  • Christ’s Last Words to His Church Series: Christ's Chastening & Comforting Work in His Church
    Date: Mar 13, 2011

    Did you know that in less than 60 years, the original edition of Christ's Church had gotten to the point where 70% of the local assemblies were displeasing to God? That’s right 5 out of the 7 churches that Jesus had visited were reprimanded and warned. Christ’s expressed in 5 out of 7 letters His displeasure about the way that were living out God’s plan for their lives.

  • Life of David: Trusting God For All of Life’s Challenges
    Date: Mar 13, 2011

    David learned a lesson in his hard times. That lesson was that life must be lived on purpose for God. Coasting, going along with the flow and living carelessly always leads to wasted life. David wanted to place and keep his trust in the Lord.

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