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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?

Whoever Has Ears - Be Faithful

Whoever Has Ears - Be Faithful

September 26, 2021

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?

Step #2 - The church in Smyrna..."Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer" (Revelation 2:10).

Fear is a real thing. Trials, suffering, pain, and other hardships are real things. Although real, they all are temporary. Jesus reminds His Church that He is eternal & the life He offers to us is eternal...both now AND forevermore. The hardships we will face in this life will pass and we have the opportunity to accept His gift of a new resurrection life that will be only good and perfect things. All we need to do is follow Him...to be faithful to Him...and all Jesus IS & HAS is ours!

What are you afraid of? How is that hindering your life now & how is that impacting your following Jesus?

The 1st Love

The 1st Love

September 19, 2021

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?

Step #1 - The church in Ephesus..."You have forsaken the love you had at first" (Revelation 2:4).

What is our "first love"? 

What Would Be Different?

What Would Be Different?

September 12, 2021

What would you do if you knew that Jesus was returning next week?

When reading Revelation, too often we perseverate on all the details of John's poetic imagery trying to "crack the code" and "figure out" the end times...

We lose sight of the importance of Revelation...the hope in the victory and in eternity.

John's prophetic word is a reminder of the greatest challenge we have to face - whether we will remain faithful to God or compromise to the society, culture, ideology of our time!

Why & How Sabbath?

Why & How Sabbath?

August 15, 2021

The questions we are talking about this week are...

   Why do we "Sabbath"?

      How can we do this in our fast-paced world?

In the very beginning God showed us the importance of Sabbath. The 4th of the 10 Commandments is an invitation to remember the Sabbath Day and to keep it holy. Jesus often "withdrew to lonely places to pray" (Luke 5:16) & to be with the Father.

The example has been set for us. So...Why is this important & how do we do it?

Listen in as we learn the what, why, & how of taking a day of personal rest in God's presence.

Comprende (Understand)

Comprende (Understand)

August 1, 2021

Do you need to understand everything in the Bible...

     to believe in God? to follow Jesus? to be Christ-like?

Remembering that the Bible is the story of God and humanity, what does God's Word say about knowledge & understanding...about God and about us? 

Too often, humanity gets our belief and our "understanding" mixed around. We come to this question perfectly backwards!

The answer to this question is, in theory, simple. It is the application that is both difficult and rewarding beyond our imagination!

Join us this week as we learn about "understanding."

Why Do Bad Things Happen?

Why Do Bad Things Happen?

July 25, 2021

Have you ever wondered why bad things happen?

Have you ever asked the question, "If God really is good, how does He let bad things happen?"

We live in a world where bad things...terrible things...happen all the time! 

Why and how does that happen???

Join us this week as we "dive into the deep end" of a very difficult set of questions, comments, concerns, and snide remarks about the church, faith, and a wonderful, loving God.

Attitude of/in Prayer

Attitude of/in Prayer

July 11, 2021

Prayer guides us into the heart & mind of God...

There are 2 aspects of prayer; the words we use & our heart that we bring to our prayers.

This week we talk the attitude we bring to prayer and have while praying.

Our attitude reflects our heart & motivation.

Join us this week as we learn about how to pray & our heart & motivation in praying!

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