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    Letters From Heaven (Revelation) No.8- Signs of a Dying Church

    Letters From Heaven (Revelation) No.8- Signs of a Dying Church

    What if GraceLife received a letter from Jesus saying “GraceLife is dying! Repent, return to the Gospel, or be judged!”? Is GraceLife a living, vibrant, faithful, obedient church? IF Jesus wrote us a letter, would He list any good works? I worry about this continually. Then I see God use our church for His Kingdom, and my anxiety fades just a bit…for maybe an hour… then I worry about it again. Why do I worry so much? Do any of you ever think about this? If you’re emotionally, spiritually, financially vested in GraceLife, you should ask these questions also. We’re not perfect, no church is, but are we alive? I believe right now, today, we are (More later). Can we stay alive? And What does a dying church look like? Low attendance? No money? Lots of conflict? Are those the proper metrics? Just because a church has lots of people, lots of money, a good reputation in society, looks vibrant, it can be dead. We will see that today in week 8 of Revelation. We will also learn how to assure GraceLife doesn’t become like that.

    • 32 min
    Letters From Heaven (Revelation) No.7- Idolizing Compromise

    Letters From Heaven (Revelation) No.7- Idolizing Compromise

    Every person desires a community that embraces their personal values, enhances opportunity for success or happiness. It’s a natural to desire to live in a world that affirms your core values, protects what’s important, family, faith, success… Its why people move, change jobs, chose a church, become passionate about politics, volunteer, donate to charity. People of all faiths (even atheist), cultural backgrounds, political leanings, (big gov or small) moral values (pro-life or pro-choice) economic philosophy (capitalist or socialist), have passionate opinions for what society should look like. For true followers of Jesus, the gift of faith gives us a desire for a culture that embraces our Kingdom Values. We advocate for them, fight for them, vote for them, proclaim them, hopefully we can change the culture. But one thing 1000’s of years of human history tells us. The world isn’t interested and won’t be until Jesus returns. Until then, this world will constantly pressure us to compromise how we live or what we believe & in exchange for success & acceptance. So, what are we supposed to do, what does Jesus want us to do until He returns?

    • 30 min
    Letters From Heaven (Revelation) No.6 - Two Jesus's

    Letters From Heaven (Revelation) No.6 - Two Jesus's

    (REVELATION 2:12–17) “AND TO THE ANGEL OF THE CHURCH IN PERGAMUM WRITE: ‘THE WORDS OF HIM WHO HAS THE SHARP TWO-EDGED SWORD. [13] “‘I KNOW WHERE YOU DWELL, WHERE SATAN’S THRONE IS. YET YOU HOLD FAST MY NAME, AND YOU DID NOT DENY MY FAITH EVEN IN THE DAYS OF ANTIPAS MY FAITHFUL WITNESS, WHO WAS KILLED AMONG YOU, WHERE SATAN DWELLS. [14] BUT I HAVE A FEW THINGS AGAINST YOU: YOU HAVE SOME THERE WHO HOLD THE TEACHING OF BALAAM, WHO TAUGHT BALAK TO PUT A STUMBLING BLOCK BEFORE THE SONS OF ISRAEL, SO THAT THEY MIGHT EAT FOOD SACRIFICED TO IDOLS AND PRACTICE SEXUAL IMMORALITY. [15] SO ALSO YOU HAVE SOME WHO HOLD THE TEACHING OF THE NICOLAITANS. [16] THEREFORE REPENT. IF NOT, I WILL COME TO YOU SOON AND WAR AGAINST THEM WITH THE SWORD OF MY MOUTH. [17] HE WHO HAS AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS TO THE CHURCHES. TO THE ONE WHO CONQUERS I WILL GIVE SOME OF THE HIDDEN MANNA, AND I WILL GIVE HIM A WHITE STONE, WITH A NEW NAME WRITTEN ON THE STONE THAT NO ONE KNOWS EXCEPT THE ONE WHO RECEIVES IT.’ Imagine a letter like this from Jesus being read aloud in Pergamos, in earshot of those who compromised the Gospel...Can you imagine Jesus starting off by calling your city the place where Satan’s throne is? Imagine Jesus writing a letter to the church in Sarasota, “Repent or I will war against you, I’ll bury you in that quartz white beach sand, I’ll drown you in the Gulf of Mexico.” Would that get your attention? Jesus introduced himself to Ephesus as the one who holds the seven stars & stands among 7 lampstands. Jesus introduced himself to Smyrna as 1ST & the last, the one who died & rose again, sovereign over the faithful. Jesus introduces himself to Pergamos… He has a two-edged sword in His mouth, & He’s not afraid to use it. We often forget there’s two sides to who Jesus is. Yes, He’s the great shepherd, holding the church in His hand...It's true He will never leave or let go of His people. But there is another side to Jesus, the two-edged sword Jesus.

    • 30 min
    Letters From Heaven (Revelation) No.5 - Faith That Conquers

    Letters From Heaven (Revelation) No.5 - Faith That Conquers

    Every follower of Jesus has wondered if they would have what it takes to stand up to real persecution. We imagine scenarios of being forced to choose between our faith or our life, or family & friends lives. It’s a hypothetical situation Americans can’t really answer since we don’t face that kind of persecution & likely won’t. That’s what makes today’s passage so difficult to preach, it’s a situation none of us are ever likely to face. Its much easier to preach about sin in the church, we relate to that! But Jesus doesn’t do that in His letter to Smyrna.

    • 31 min
    Letters From Heaven (Revelation) No.4 - Our First Love

    Letters From Heaven (Revelation) No.4 - Our First Love

    For nearly 6 years GraceLife has lived in a comedy club, an office building, & a strip mall. We were forced love people before a building or the organization, to be Mobile, Organic, Biblical, & Generous. In this way our humble beginnings have been a blessing. They helped us find, and maintain our first love. That first love has been to relentlessly serve hurting people in our community thru love, generosity, & truth. Now with all the exciting things happening, there’s a challenge for GraceLife, as we discuss carpet, paint, chairs, cameras, lights, GLK for our families, parking lots, & everything else… could we be tempted to lose our first love? Let’s go further, If GraceLife closed its doors, would our community even feel the impact? Would anyone even notice? This week starts a section in Revelation containing personalized letters for each of the representative 7 churches. Each letter lists things a church did well, and things that church failed in, all of which are relevant for every church.

    • 33 min
    Letters From Heaven (Revelation) No.3 - The Voice of Resurrection Jesus

    Letters From Heaven (Revelation) No.3 - The Voice of Resurrection Jesus

    Traditionally the picture of Resurrected Jesus in our minds goes back to a 1st century image of Jesus. The stone rolled away, the empty tomb, the women informing the other disciples about the angle & Jesus is missing. We imagine Peter running to confirm it for Himself, we see Jesus, not yet full glorified appearing to His disciples. It’s a glorious image held dear in our hearts, but what if it isn’t the last image of Himself Jesus gave us to remember? This week, Revelation helped me realize I need to upgrade the image of Resurrected Jesus in my heart & mind. A new revelation of who Resurrected Jesus is, what He looks like, what He’s doing right now, & what He will do. This picture of Resurrected Jesus unveiled for us is meant to change how we see Him, even on Easter Sunday.

    • 28 min

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