The book of Revelation tells us about the last days before the return of Christ and beyond. The book is written to the church. It begins with letters to the complete church (seven letters). Five of the seven are chastised for wrongdoing and they are told to repent or face the judgment of God. Then, … Continue reading For What We Have Done
Lukewarm is Indifferent Revelation 3:14-16 ESV “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation. “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and … Continue reading The One Who Conquers
2 Corinthians 13:5-6 ESV “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test.” Permissive or Strict? Many … Continue reading Do We Pass the Test?
Joel 2:1-3 ESV “Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming; it is near, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains … Continue reading Sound an Alarm!
Joel 2:28-29 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.” … Continue reading Faithful to His Design
No Longer Walk Like Ephesians 4:17-19 ESV “Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their … Continue reading Genuine Faith Results in Change
Philippians 2:3-4 ESV “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Selfish Ambition What is the reason Jesus died on that cross? Was it not that we might die … Continue reading Don’t Be Selfish
Awake, O Sleeper Ephesians 5:7-14 ESV “Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is … Continue reading Who’s Your Partner?
Imitators of God Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” In Ephesians 4 we read that the truth in Jesus, which we should have heard and learned, is that we, … Continue reading Let No One Deceive You
James 3:13 ESV “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.” Wisdom is not the same as intellectual knowledge. Someone can have a lot of book smarts and not be wise at all. Someone could have a seminary degree in biblical studies … Continue reading Not What You Know, What You Do