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1/3/2018 Genesis Chapters 8-11

We are blessed to live in the new covenant and, as long as we remain faithful, the promise of an eternal life in the presence of the Lord — all bought by the sacrifice of His Son.  And whenever I see a rainbow I lose a breath not just for the beauty of the colors

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1/2/2018 Genesis Chapters 4-7

Wow!  As we read through several chapter of Scripture each day I think we will continue to see so many major events that it is hard to comment on just one.  Within these verses we could comment on Abel-Cain or Noah’s faithfulness and obedience or a multitude of events.  I’d like to take a look

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1/1/2018 – Genesis Chapters 1-3

Greetings, everyone!   This is Jerry Hiatt and as many of you may know I will supporting the Body in providing commentary on the daily Bible readings.  Now, I will be using the “chronological order” reading program.  So while we will be “in sync” with other folks who are reading “straight through” the Bible, we will

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Revelation 22

“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” “Revelation is focused on the churches in Asia who were about to experience or enter a crisis of faith challenging their faithfulness to God and Jesus. The context is the oppression at the

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Revelation 21

What is promised those who are faithful and have overcome will be truly amazing! We will be removed from this life of pain, sorrow,and death! Satan will no longer be around to torment God’s people. Everything will be NEW! John is saying, it’s like this, but much, much more! The new heaven and new earth

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Revelation 20

In our reading we see the victory of those who were under the altar and had died for their faithfulness. We also see The End – the last spiritual battle, the last day of Satan’s power, and the last day anyone will dwell on the earth! It very important to note, in this text the

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Revelation 19

Our reading is a glorious victory party! In the dark days when the saints were suffering and dying for their faith at the hands of Rome, our Lord’s message was “be patient and remain faithful, in the end you will win!” See, the rider on the horse, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords,

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Revelation 18

In our reading the cry of the saints from chapter 6 is answered and the one left standing is not Rome, but the saints. Thus, the theme of the book- remain faithful no matter the cost and in the end you win! Babylon(Rome) with all it’s power and wealth has fallen never to rise again.

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. I don’t think you can read Revelation and not be struck by this spiritual battle we are in each and every day! Oh, we are told over and over again in scripture that we are in mist of this on going spiritual battle but that battle

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Reflections to consider

When he walked this earth, Jesus was “translating” God all the time. When God got louder, Jesus got louder. When God gestured, Jesus gestured. He was so in sync with the Father that he could declare, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me” (John 14: 11 NRSV). It was as if

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Revelation 17

In our reading it is revealed that the beast is the great city that rules over the earth – Rome! A great harlot who seduces people to worship the beast from the sea. Rome is intoxicated by its power and ability to seduce people and make war on and kill the saints. The Harlot is

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Revelation 16

Our reading reminds us of the of the judgement and plagues that God brought upon Egypt. The image that God will inflict seven plagues (judgments) on them for their sins is classic O.T. imagery – that God’s judgment will be complete! We remind ourselves yet once more that this is deeply and powerfully symbolic language.

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Revelation 15

Our reading declares in very clear terms, judgement is coming! It is judgement eve! The question asked by the Saints who were martyred is about to be answered. “They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”” ‭‭Revelation‬

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Revelation 14

Our reading declares;”Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.” Babylon, the capital of the great empire that swallowed up the remaining Israelite tribes in 597 BC, was the city that remained ever after in the Jewish memory as the city that was cruel, wicked,

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Revelation 13

In our reading the two beasts in this chapter are the agents of Satan to persecute the saints. The text draws from the imagery of Daniel of these ruling powers. There would have been no question in the minds of John’s readers in his day who these two beasts represent – the civil and religious

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. What I am always struck with is the drama portrayed in the book of Revelation. It just reminds me again and again how Satan is all about bring chaos, strife, and drama into the world. As long as the world is being lead astray by him,

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Reflections to consider

It’s a wonderful day indeed when we stop working for God and begin working with God. (Go ahead, read the sentence again.) For years I viewed God as a compassionate CEO and my role as a loyal sales representative. He had his office, and I had my territory. I could contact him as much as

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Revelations 12

We see in our reading the drama that is played out in our lives and in the world around us. Satan (the dragon) who leads the world astray and in the process tries to take out The Savior, the church (the women), and her children (the Christians). Yet, we see that he can not defeat

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Revelations 11

In our reading I believe that it is a vision specifically to comfort the Church. It was a measuring of the inner sanctuary, the altar, and the people who had come to worship. The process of measuring was not only to separate the holy from the common, but also to protect. The thought here is

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Revelations 10

Our reading is more of a transition to the coming message and is a series of pictures. The vision of a mighty angel, the seven thunders, and a little book. John did not record what the thunders said because he heard a voice from heaven commanding him not to write their words down. This first

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