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Whoever Has Ears - The Walking Dead

Whoever Has Ears - The Walking Dead

October 31, 2021

The Walking Dead...is that a real thing? Maybe not, but "The Walking Death" may be a better descriptor. The corruption of this world (& religion) does not offer life. It only offers death and darkness. Jesus invites us to bring His life, the Full Life, to this world through the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember, what is in us is what pours out of us...So, rather than being people filled with death and darkness that this world has to offer (The Walking Death), how do we become The Walking Full Life?

Listen in this week as we deal with some hard truths.

In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today.

Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family.

As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?

Whoever Has Ears - UnCorrupted

Whoever Has Ears - UnCorrupted

October 24, 2021

Corruption is a serious issue in the world today. We, as the church, are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in this world. Corruption within destroys our witness to the world.Corruption in our lives and in the church is like a viral infection...It brings nothing but death.

So...how do we "UnCorrupt" ourselves? 

Listen in as we learn from this letter Jesus sent to the church in Thyatira helping them to see, identify, and deal with the corruption that was threatening to kill them, the church, and the community.

In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today.

Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family.

As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?

Whoever Has Ears - Corrupted

Whoever Has Ears - Corrupted

October 17, 2021

Corruption is a serious issue in the world today. We, as the church, are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in this world. Corruption within destroys our witness to the world.

Corruption in our lives and in the church is like a viral infection...A virus is an outside corrupting force that does nothing but bring destruction and death for living things. Allowing anything other than the Fruit of the Spirit into our hearts, minds, and lives will, eventually, bring destruction and death to our lives as individuals and the life, vision, and mission of the church.

In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today.

Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family.

As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?

Whoever Has Ears - Draw the Line

Whoever Has Ears - Draw the Line

October 10, 2021

Have you compromised? If your answer is "yes" or "no", the next question we need to ask is, How does it show in my life?

The church in Pergamum struggled with attempting to "blend" their faithful, Christian life with the worldly life of the culture of Pergamum. Jesus called for the Christian requirement of sharp discrimination between right and wrong living in our lives. Jesus is reminding the church in Pergamum (& us!) to live differently than the culture that surrounds us. So...are we different enough from our culture? Are we LIVING Christ's example?

In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today.

Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family.

As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?

Whoever Has Ears - Myopia

Whoever Has Ears - Myopia

October 5, 2021

Do you have "Spiritual Myopia"? Is eternity out of focus? Are you only able to focus on your life on earth? Do you ever think about how this life might be a process of preparation for the rest of eternity?

The churches in Ephesus & Smyrna struggled in areas that could be characterized by their lack of focusing of what is REALLY important. It is important to find a balance of living "in this moment" while living "for eternity." If we live "for this moment" we can get many of our priorities confused and find ourselves in a cycle of frustration, aimlessness, and hopelessness. God gives us His lenses to help fix our "Spiritual Nearsightedness"...it's up to us if we want to accept His help and live the life He created us to live, for eternity.

In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today.

Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family.

As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?

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