• How to Survive the End of the World
    Date: Jan 13, 2013

    The Almighty God who sees everything, knows everything, and is infinitely wise, has a plan. That plan involves ending the sin, death, evil, and rebellion in this world. That plan has been written down and is ours today. As we start our study of this next section it reminds us that ONLY God knows the future. No person, no demon, no astrologer, no prophet, no writer, no one but God KNOWS the future. That is one of the most amazing facets of God’s character. He never is surprised. God always knows what WILL happen; and only He knows that. We need to listen to God.

  • The Gospel by John’s Most Amazing Description of Salvation
    Date: Nov 11, 2012

    Each of us as followers of Christ, have been commissioned by Him to spend our lives going and sharing the Gospel. Some of us preach, some of us pray, some of us go to other lands, others of us serve in the nursery, adult, youth, or children’s ministry; but each of us are seeking to be a part of bringing others to Christ.

  • The Rapture is Christ's Intentional Rescue of His Church: From What?
    Date: Apr 9, 2012

    When Peter addressed the most heavily persecuted saints of the 1st Century, living all around the area of the seven churches we are studying in Revelation: he told them a foundational truth. He told them that salvation opens to us life-long lives of hope. The common denominator we find across the pages of the New Testament is a group of saints looking for Christ’s Return. They were trained, taught, and modeled this life of waiting. Waiting for Jesus to return was explained to be their cause for hope. His intentional rescue was promised to keep them from the wrath to be poured out as Christ's 2nd Coming. Note how Paul taught them these were two separate events in his letters to the Thessalonians. Revelation 3:7-13

  • Seven Bad Habits of Believers that Sicken Christ and Make Him Vomit
    Date: Apr 9, 2012

    Perhaps the most unlikely words to be uttered by the Lord Jesus Christ are in our Bibes this morning. Jesus says in modern terms of the church in Laodicea, “You make me sick!” As we open to Revelation 3:14-22, Jesus writes a letter that all scholars conclude is the most piercing, stinging, and scathing letter He ever wrote to any church. Jesus Christ, Lord and Purchaser with His own blood of His Church: is very troubled. For the first time, after six other letters to churches: Jesus has NOTHING good to say about this church. The other six each has something Jesus could commend, but not here. He has nothing good to say about this church. Revelation 3:14-22

  • Beware of Self-Induced Spiritual Blindness
    Date: Dec 18, 2011

    We were each born sitting in the darkness, heading towards the precipice of sin; but we didn’t even know it because we were blind. That’s how we each were found by Jesus Christ, when He saved us. So at the moment of salvation, we are given spiritual sight as a gift from God. The Christmas story gives the clearest picture of how all humans appear in their unsaved state, from God’s perspective. The Gospel is when Jesus Christ shines into our sin-darkened night life with a Sunrise of forgiven Life & saving Light.

  • Getting Clothed for Christ’s Sake Daily
    Date: Dec 11, 2011

    There’s only one portion of God’s Word, specifically written to the Church, by Jesus Christ: Rev. 2&3. Join me as we continue to systematically examine Christ's challenges to this, the seventh and final of the churches. If you had traveled to Laodicea, three things would have stood out to you in the First Century. These three unique features to this city, are the framework of Christ's words we are examining today in Revelation 3:18. These could be called: Laodicea’s Three Key Industries. First, you would have noticed gold in Laodicea. Secondly, you would have noticed Laodicean people were wearing, and shops were selling, exquisite clothing made from a rich black wool. Finally, you would have noticed the sprawling Laodicean campus of the famous medical school and hospital, that specialized in eye care. Jesus Christ told the church at Laodicea that they needed to make three specific purchases from Him. As we read this passage we focus especially on the three items that Jesus specifically pointed out as vital to their spiritual lives. Revelation 3:18

  • Jesus Warns of The Danger of Having Too Much Stuff
    Date: Dec 4, 2011

    Jesus is addressing the condition that the believers at Laodicea had gotten themselves into. They were simply described by Christ as: loaded down with stuff. They could afford all that stuff, they bought all those items with their hard-earned money. They stored their possessions carefully, and used them regularly. But, what the Laodiceans are confronted with by Christ is not that they had so much, but the danger that comes when we have too much stuff. The fact is that in all their careful earning and buying, they had in the process, lost sight of Christ, literally. Jesus Christ warns them, and us, of: The Danger of Having Too Much Stuff Revelation 3:14-22

  • 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

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