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Revelations 9

In our reading we learn from Rev 9:20 that these seven trumpets of God’s judgment are not total judgments, or the final end of the world judgment, but are warning trumpets calling on the enemies of the saints to repent, which they refuse to do. These trumpets remind us of the plagues that God brought

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Revelations 8

In our reading it is important to note something about figurative language and that is the images portrayed paint a picture that tells a story. These images not only point to a present and future reality but are also used to create emotion! So in these visions not all the pictures and symbols presented to

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. I would suggest a good place to start would the last few chapters we read in Revelations. Chapters 4 & 5 presented two powerful scenes of the supremacy of God and the glory of Jesus. In a world that seems to be out of control, it

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Reflections to consider

“Let he who has ears to hear, use them.” More than once Jesus said these words. Eight times in the Gospels and eight times in the Book of Revelation1 we are reminded that it’s not enough just to have ears—it’s necessary to use them. In one of his parables2 Jesus compared our ears to soil.

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Revelations 7

This reading presents two concepts to God’s people. The first is that God knows who belongs to Him! The image of the angel putting the seal on God’s people, the 144,000, comes right out of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 9:3-6) for the image then and in this chapter is about sealing God’s people before judgment comes. The

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Revelations 6

Our reading today sets the tone for the whole book? In this chapter we see six seals being opened that represents an on going reality that these Christians needed to understand and that is political struggle, war, economic hardship and tragic death (the four horses) will continue in their future (and ours). Even persecution is

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Revelations 5

John present presents to them and us the vision of the “Lamb slain” who is Jesus. The only answer for mankind’s problem and the ONE worthy to redeem mankind. With Jesus is the seven Spirits, a better translation would be the sevenfold Spirit which by all indications is the Holy Spirit. As our reading closes

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Revelations 4

What an amazing scene! Revelations written to a people who were being killed and oppressed for their faith needed to hear a message of hope. Chapter four presents to us the throne of God! We see many of the images presented to us in Isaiah 6:2-3 and Ezekiel 1:4-13 when both Isaiah and Ezekiel when

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Revelations 3

Jesus in our reading told the church in Laodicea “you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Wow! Jesus told these Christians that to Him they were just like that foul tasting lukewarm water! He told them that He knew their deeds and they

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. We have begun to read the book of Revelations. As you read through this book that uses some very figurative language, I would encourage you to see the pictures painted with John’s words, as just that … a picture. Much of the imagery we encounter will

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Reflections to consider

“Of all the times we see the bowing knees of Jesus, none is so precious as when he kneels before his disciples and washes their feet. It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own

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Revelations 2

In our reading Jesus through John now begins to share personal messages to the seven churches of Asia (central Turkey). To each church Jesus declares to them that if they overcome and remain faithful in the face of trials and persecutions … they will be victorious! There have been many times in my life that

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Revelations 1

As our reading opens we find John in confinement on the island of Patmos because his stand for Jesus. It is now late into the 1st century and Rome has begun her persecution against Christians. These are dark days for Christians and I am sure many are wondering why they have to endure such suffering?

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Jude

Jude in our reading adds to the voices of Peter, Paul, and John in their latter letters, beware of the danger that exists within the church. Jude reminds his brethren and us that the truth had been established “once for all” but there will always be those that will come into the church and teach

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2 Peter 3

Peter declares in our reading that we have been forewarned! For there will be a day when all of sudden our Lord will appear and everything will change! For those who have been faithfully walking in the Light – this will be a day of great joy, but for those who continue to walk in

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2 Peter 2

In our reading Peter reminds them and us that the truth and the church is always under attack, both from the outside world and in the fellowship! We see in these latter letters the call for those leading in the body of Christ to stand their ground and protect the body from these attacks. In

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. Peter declared in our reading that our Lord has given us all we need for “life and godliness.” That means our Lord has given us the tools, resources, and power to be transformed into the people He wants to be. There is no limit – He

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Reflections to consider

The crowning attribute of Christ was this: his heart was spiritual. His thoughts reflected his intimate relationship with the Father. “I am in the Father and the Father is in me,” he stated (John 14: 11). His first recorded sermon begins with the words, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me” (Luke 4: 18

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2 Peter 1

The Greek language has two words for the word knowledge. One Greek word means knowledge of facts, the other Greek word Peter uses in our reading is knowledge that has been incorporated into one’s life. A person gets this knowledge when he becomes what he ought to be. The word does not mean a mere

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2 Thessalonians 3

In our reading Paul concentrates on certain members of the church whose behavior urgently requires correction. Most of the attention is given to those who had given up working and were living by the charity of their brothers and sisters, but Paul also discusses those who are willfully disobedient of the instructions and doctrines Paul

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