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Disciple Up is a Podcast designed to help Empower Disciples to understand and live out their faith in Christ every day.

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Disciple Up is a Podcast designed to help Empower Disciples to understand and live out their faith in Christ every day.

    7 Letters For 7 Churches Pt. 2

    7 Letters For 7 Churches Pt. 2

    Disciple Up # 228
    7 Letters For 7 Churches, Pt. 2
    By Louie Marsh
     
    Intro. Last week we did the first three and I shared a nice graph on the letters in the show notes. This week we’ll be finishing off the last four.
     
    Next week – I might be focusing on what I preached on September 12th – Gender with a special focus on the end of the message which dealt with why we are thinking the way we are in this culture/
     
    Gender & Sanity:
    https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/christschurchontheriver/02_reThink_-_Gender__Sanity.mp3
     
    Last Four Letters:
     
    Website where I got what’s below from: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/end-times/what-do-the-7-churches-in-revelation-represent-summaries-and-explanations.html
     
    Thyatira. The Church that Follows False Prophets (Revelation 2:18-29)  
    Summary and Explanation: Thyatira was a wealthy commercial city. Jesus’ letter to Thyatira praises the church for having grown in faith and service (Revelation 2:19). The church’s downfall was its devotion to a false prophet that led some members to commit idolatry and immorality (Revelation 2:20). Although the false prophet remained unrepentant, Jesus affirms that the congregation can still repent by turning away from the prophet’s ways (Revelation 2:21-22).
     
    The Lord reminds us in this revelation that He will repay each of us according to our deeds (Revelation 2:23). The payment for sin is death. Those who persevere in faith, however, will receive a share of Christ’s messianic authority over all nations and triumph over death (Revelation 2:26-28).
     
    Significance Today: Just as some in Thyatira’s church were led astray by a false prophet, Christians today fall prey to cult leaders, occult practices, and other false teachings. To share in Christ’s victory, we are to avoid these “so-called deep secrets” of Satan (Revelation 2:24) and hold firm to Christ’s teachings.  
     
    Sardis. The Church that is Spiritually Dead (Revelation 3:1-6)  
    Summary and Explanation: Sardis was a city that had endured two surprise attacks despite its fortifications. Our Lord faults the church in Sardis for maintaining an outward appearance of being “alive,” while actually being spiritually dead (Revelation 3:1). Alluding to the city’s history of prior surprise attacks, Jesus warns the congregation to “wake up” and repent, lest he “come like a thief” to bestow His judgment (Revelation 3:2-3).
     
    Those in Sardis who heed Christ’s warning will be “dressed in white,” a symbol of purity and victory, and will be acknowledged in Heaven’s Book of Life (Revelation 3:5).
     
    Significance Today: Today, Christians can fall into the trap that ensnared the church in Sardis if we merely go through the motions of practicing our faith without really feeding our spirit. We can avoid becoming “the living dead” by engaging in our faith through Bible study, prayer, and fellowship.
     
    Philadelphia. The Church that Patiently Endured Despite Weaknesses (Revelation 3:7-13)  
    Summary and Explanation: Philadelphia was home to a synagogue community hostile to Christians. Christ praises the Philadelphians for remaining faithful in the face of trials despite their limited strength (Rev. 3:8).
     
    Jesus does not reproach this congregation but condemns its persecutors. (Revelation 3:9). Christ promises that if Philadelphia’s congregants remain faithful to Him, He will protect them from the “hour of trial” and make them pillars in God’s heavenly temple (Revelation 3:10-12).
     
    Significance Today: The message to Philadelphia shows us the blessings that come when we maintain our faith despite life’s tribulations. In fact, those who persevere despite weaknesses will stand strong as pillars in Heaven.
     
    Laodicea. The Church with a Lukewarm Faith (Revelation 3:14-22)  
    Summary and Explanation: Laodicea w

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    7 Letters to 7 Churches

    7 Letters to 7 Churches

    Disciple Up # 227
    7 Letters to 7 Churches
    By Louie Marsh, 9-8-2021
     
    This is just about the only part of Revelation I will teach on. I’m not quite as bad as Martin Luther about this though.
     
    He put both Revelation and the book of James into the appendix of his New Testament translation into German. He called the book of James, “a right strawy epistle.” And of Revelation he said that “Apostles ought not to write like that.”
     
    I love the book of James and would not presume to tell an Apostle how to write. However, most of the book does leave me pretty cold. But not these 7 little letters.
     
    False view of them as ages of church history. This was around when Luther lived because he accepted it, at least in part. When it really began, I don’t know.

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    Greater Than – Don’t Miss His Rest, Hebrews Chapter 3

    Greater Than – Don’t Miss His Rest, Hebrews Chapter 3

    Disciple Up # 226
    Greater Than – Don’t Miss His Rest, Hebrews Chapter 3
    By Louie Marsh, 9-1-2021
     
    What’s happening??  Last time we did this was Episode 186!
     
    HEBREWS CHAPTER 3
     
    Introduction:
     
    “1Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. 3For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. 4(For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) 5Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, 6but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.” (Hebrews 3:1–6, ESV)
     
    God’s Rest
     
    Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,
          “Today, if you hear his voice,
    8    do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
    on the day of testing in the wilderness,
    9    where your fathers put me to the test
    and saw my works for forty years.
    10   Therefore I was provoked with that generation,
          and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;
    they have not known my ways.’
    11   As I swore in my wrath,
    ‘They shall not enter my rest.’ ”
    12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,
          “Today, if you hear his voice,
          do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
     
    What stops us from seeing this?
     
    Blindness to the issue Pride Peer pressure Comfort zone 16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.
     

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    The DEATH of Our Christian Worldview

    The DEATH of Our Christian Worldview

    Tales From the Scrypt #225
    The DEATH of Our Christian Worldview
    By Louie Marsh, 8-25-2021
     
    Links to Articles:
     
    https://www.theblaze.com/news/over-60-percent-christians-jesus-not-only-way-to-heaven
     
    https://probe.org/introducing-probes-new-survey-religious-views-and-practices-2020/
     
    “1I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:1–5, ESV)
     
    “3But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:3–4, ESV)
     
     
     
     

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    reThinking Evangelism & Other Stuff

    reThinking Evangelism & Other Stuff

    Disciple Up # 224
    reThinking Evangelism & Other Stuff
    By Louie Marsh, 8-18-2021
     
    What’s happening now…
     
    Article I’m Reading From:
     
    https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/august/gen-z-evangelism-faith-conversations-jesus-barna.html
     
    State of the Podcast
     
    https://www.thepodcasthost.com/planning/whats-a-good-number-of-downloads-for-a-podcast/
     
    If your new episode gets, within 7 days of its release:
    more than 26 downloads, you're in the top 50% of podcasts. more than 72 downloads, you're in the top 25% of podcasts. more than 231 downloads, you're in the top 10% of podcasts. more than 539 downloads, you're in the top 5% of podcasts. more than 3062 downloads, you're in the top 1% of podcasts.  
    https://www.buzzsprout.com/global_stats
     
     
     

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    Persecution Watch

    Persecution Watch

    Disciple Up # 223
    Persecution Watch, August 11th, 2021
    By Louie Marsh
     
     
     
    https://www.christianpost.com/news/hindu-leader-calls-for-anti-christian-violence-in-india.html
     
    https://www.christianpost.com/world/american-evangelist-jailed-in-uk-its-getting-very-bad-here.html
     
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/portland-antifa-christian-worship-event-clash-proud-boys
     
    https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/august/mozambique-insurgency-attacks-cabo-delgado-pastors-minister.html
     
    “When we first arrived, our arms were crossed—we were sad and angry,” said another pastor whose family is still missing. He also asked that CT not print his name out of fear of further attacks. “But because we serve, we’re strong. Because we serve, we’re happy. In a time of difficulty or in a time of ease, we will serve the Lord.”
     
    Yet another pastor, who has lost everything, said, “They can burn our houses, they can burn our food—but they cannot burn Jesus out of me.”
     

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