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To the Church at Thyatira

To the Church at Thyatira

Thyatira was a city that buffered two larger regions.  It was an outpost city, a military garrison of whatever region was prominent.  It was also home to numerous guilds and trade groups.  More importantly though, it was the place where Christians gathered to follow God. Our Lord introduces himself as the judge and the implementer […]

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To the Church at Pergamum

To the Church at Pergamum

The city of Pergamum was the most distinguished city of Asia.  So said Pliny the Younger, an ancient historian.  The city was wealthy and very focused in their allegiance to the Roman Emperor. To this church, Jesus introduces himself as the one who has the two-edged sword.  This is an offensive weapon designed for more […]

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To the Church at Smyrna

To the Church at Smyrna

The church at Smyrna did not receive any rebukes, only commendation and counsel. Jesus introduces himself to this church as the first and the last, the one who passed through death into life. Both of these titles are fitting in light of Smyrna’s difficult situation.  Jesus can speak to all of us from the standpoint […]

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To the Church at Ephesus

To the Church at Ephesus

The church at Ephesus was the leading church of Asia Minor.  It was the leading city of Rome in Asia Minor.  Paul spent two years there, Timothy pastored there, and eventually the Apostle John would live there.  It was a blessed city.  It was also a thoroughfare of the ancient world. Jesus’ words to this […]

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This is Discipleship – Missional Living

This is Discipleship – Missional Living

Living on Mission through our Missional Communities should look a lot like this:   The Fellowship of the Believers “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. […]

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Entrust the Father with your Shameless Audacity

Entrust the Father with your Shameless Audacity

Jesus tells us a story.  There is a catch, though.  You are in the story.  Here is your situation.  You have company come late at night and you do not have adequate provision.  It is midnight but… your only option is to go to a friend’s house and ask him for supplies.  Swallowing your pride, you […]

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First Things

First Things

We come now to another incident in Scripture, the story of Martha and Mary.  It is a classic in every sense of the word. Here is how it went down.  Jesus comes to Bethany and he stays at Martha and Mary’s house.  It is a big deal!  Martha seems to be the leader of the […]

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Condemnation and Rejoicing

Condemnation and Rejoicing

Condemnation and judgment are words that make us uncomfortable.  Why?  They speak of finality, lack of dialogue, and generally exploit our deficiencies.  However, it does not fall to believers to engage in the work of condemnation and judgment.  This is the work of Christ.  Jesus is very explicit in our passage that judgment falls upon […]

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Direct Talk from Jesus

Direct Talk from Jesus

After feeding the 5,000 Jesus encountered hardness of heart among those who were following him.  John 6 illustrates this rightly.  Jesus then proceeds to stiff-arm the entire bunch to the end that they all went away.  The disciples observed this interaction.  Jesus then quizzes them on his identity.  Who do people say that I am, […]

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Jesus, Author of Confusion, Compassion, and Provision

Jesus, Author of Confusion, Compassion, and Provision

Herod was confused as to who was causing all the commotion.  He had just put John to death but who was doing this?  We speak here of the preaching, the casting out of demons, and the healing of the sick.  We see the confusion that Jesus brings.  He is elusive in that we can’t put […]

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