“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.“ -Henry Ford
The Church that Made Jesus Sick-The Letter to the Church in Laodicea
We complete our study of the Seven letters to the Seven Church this Sunday. This week is the letter to the Church in Laodicea as found in Revelation 3:14-22. The Christian faith is just one generation away from disappearing. One generation may be deeply in love with Jesus and solidly committed to carrying out his…
Reviving a Dead Church-The Letter to the Church in Sardis
This Sunday we continue studying the Letters to the Seven Churches. This week it is the Letter to the Church at Sardis, Revelation 3:1-6. The church at Sardis had the reputation of being alive—vibrant, Spirit-filled, open to God’s work, obedient to God’s Word. But as Jesus looked at this church, he saw a deeper reality….
Find Us Faithful-The Letter to the Church in Philadelphia
This Sunday we are continuing our study of the “Seven letters to the Seven Chruches” found in Revelation 2-3. this Sunday we will be discussing the letter to the Church in Philadelphia as in Revelation 3:7-13. “The letter to Philadelphia is a letter of undiluted praise.” At least that is how biblical scholar William Barclay…
Finding a Moral Compass-The Letter to the Church in Thyatira
We continue to study the “Seven letters to the seven church” as in Revelation 2-3. This week we take a close look at the Letter to the church in Thyatira in Revelation 2:18-19. It is hard to picture Jesus as an angry person—and yet Jesus often was furious. The difference between Jesus’ anger and my…
Defending Truth in a Culture of Lies: Church in Pergamum
The series “Seven Letters to Seven churches” continues with the examining of Revelation 2:12-17. One of the greatest spiritual tragedies in the church came in the year AD 313. The year before, two men and their armies fought for control of the Roman Empire. Maxentius and Constantine met for battle north of the city of…
The Attractiveness of Suffering-The Letter to the Church in Smyrna
The second letter was to the Church in Smyrna found in Revelation 2:8-11. In the year AD 177 persecution broke out against the Christians living in what is today the French city of Lyon. Christianity had raised the suspicions and hatred of the Roman bureaucrats who governed the city. Have you heard stories through the…
“It is Finished” – Day 2 – Salvation
Today’s study is on the second statement made by jesus as found in Luke 23 where the criminal asks Jesus to “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus responded, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” This message reminds us that it is never too late to come to Jesus in order…
“It is Finished” – Day 1 – Forgiven
This Holy Week, I began working with a devotional put out by CTA, Inc entitled “It is Finished”. The devotional covers the last seven words of Jesus. On this day, we take a close look at the phrase “Forgive them, they no not what they do” from Luke 23.
Friedman on Self-Differentiation
This video is a short version of what Edwin Friedman writes about concerning self-differentiation in leadership from his book entitled Failure of Nerve..