August 2014

The Church That Makes Jesus Sick

It is quite an indictment to be labeled as a church that makes Jesus sick, but that describes the church in Laodicea. They had lost their witness as either a refreshing, invigorating (cold) community of faith, or a healing, restoring (hot) place. At least three symptoms were present for Laodicea’s malady, and Jesus prescribes at […]



The Church of Possibilities

The church at Philadelphia was rewarded for its faithfulness by the God who opens doors, whose ongoing work in today’s church creates unlimited possibilities for each of us.



The Church of Reputation or Reality

The letter to Sardis serves as a wake-up call to today’s church, challenging us to confront reality rather than resting on our reputation.



July 2014

The Church In A Tight Spot

Pergamum was a city with vast religious options. Believers would face constant temptation to seek fulfillment for their life needs from any number of these gods, and turn their back on Jesus. When we start looking for someone else to full our needs in life, we are traipsing into Satan’s throneroom.



The Seduction of Compromise

When we give in to the seduction to compromise the Word of God spiritual disaster is soon to follow. Hardwork, love, perseverance do not reduce the spiritual destruction to those who lose sight of the truth of God’s word.



The Church Struggling To Survive

Spiritual struggles are not to be feared because they are an opportunity for growth. Those who surrender to cultural seduction will not suffer the persecution, oppression or pressure that will build their faith. Neither will they escape the Second Death.



The Church of Loveless Orthodoxy

Like the church at Ephesus, we sometimes neglect the practice of demonstrating love toward others in exchange for emphasizing correct doctrine.



June 2014

Knowing The One Who Writes

When we no longer stand in awe of Christ, we are only a step away from sin. Jesus presents himself in his full glory to address two crises that result from having too small of a view of God.