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Pergamos is Married

To the messenger of the assembly of believers in Pergamos, write this immediately and with urgency.  The very meaning of your name, “married,” reflects an attitude common among you of compromise, acceptance, and tolerance toward…
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Smyrna…….I Know

The ancient city of Smyrna, located just thirty-five miles north of Ephesus, had a long and illustrious history.  The city enjoyed an accessible harbor, a prosperous economy, fertile fields, and close ties with Rome.  It…
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Smyrna is Crushed

To the messenger of the assembly of Christ-followers at Smyrna (whose name reflects the myrrh plant, which releases its fragrance when crushed), write this at once.  This message is directly from the One who is…
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Ephesus: Everything but the One Thing

The seven churches of Asia referred to in the book of Revelation were geographically identified assemblies of ordinary believers.  They each had various conditions of terrain, politics, and economics.  Each received their spiritual identity from…
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Ephesus is Desirable

Ephesus, your assembly is representative of the birth and early years of God’s community, the Church.  From disciples and apostles and from Acts to the epistles, a foundation was established.   You existed in a secular…
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“Seven Churches Journey”

The “Seven Churches Journey” will begin Sunday, September 2nd and continue through December 2nd. There will be blog posts, presentations, dramatic readings and more! Eugene Peterson, in his book, Reversed Thunder/ The Revelation of John and…
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Resurrection, Insurrection

This is the fourth and the last post in a mini-series that began as True Faith, Real Faith.  We have been looking at the foundation and the manifestations of the kind of faith that is…
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Teach Us To Pray

We observed in the gospels that Jesus prayed.  He prayed alone and in most cases, we have no record of what He prayed.  As a devoted Jew, He prayed the Shema every morning and evening. …
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Kingdom Manifesto, Conclusion

Jesus’ use of parables was to provoke thought and action in reference to his kingdom.  Insights that emerge from the parables are lingering and progressive.  Within the nearly forty stories in this genre, the following…
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Kingdom Manifesto

Any study of the person and work of Jesus Christ will prove to be fulfilling and fascinating.  The pursuit of over thirty parables spoken by Christ is no exception.  When responding to an inquiry about…
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