Thoughts On Revelation (5)

Thoughts on Revelation (5) The first six verses of chapter three are addressed to the church in Sardis. It is the fifth in our study of the letters to the seven churches to which John writes. The letter is short but not so sweet. Jesus says, “I know your reputation as a live and active…

Thoughts on Revelation (4)

Thoughts On Revelation (4) Two of the churches Jesus addresses are similar in several ways. Pergamos and Thyatira were infiltrated by false teaching and immorality. Jesus tells the believers in Pergamos that they dwell in the midst of Satan’s throne. That description is striking and relative to their city. It was said that Pergamos was…

Thoughts on Revelation (3)

Thoughts On Revelation (3) The short letter to the church in Smyrna is addressed to a group of believers in the midst of tribulation and poverty. The Jewish synagogue in Smyrna was composed of Jews who had refused the message concerning the coming of the Messiah. Though they professed to worship God, their opposition to…

Thoughts on Revelation (2)

Thoughts On Revelation (2) The study in Revelation is going really well and is giving much insight into Jesus’ message to His church. We are currently looking at the specific message to each of the seven churches listed in the Revelation. These seven churches were located in Asia Minor, in an area now part of…

Thoughts on Revelation (1)

Thoughts On Revelation (1) For the next few weeks I plan to reflect on the lessons that we learn from the study of Revelation. The book is filled with encouragement to the church in troubled times. For that reason alone it is relevant for the church of the 21st century. We need the sure word…

A Blessed Life (30)

A Blessed Life (30) From Ebenezer to Community Church was an easy transition. I had already built some relationships with folks at Community, and so upon resignation from Ebenezer, our family began attending HCC. This was when the church was meeting at the Corral Center, and was being led by the eldership. There was no…

A Blessed Life (29)

A Blessed Life (29) For the eight years from 1977 to 1985, I was focused and settled in ministry, family life and the community. It was wonderful to have a sense of belonging. I thoroughly enjoyed being pastor of the Ebenezer Church. We had many great meetings with outstanding guest preachers. It was unusual that…

A Blessed Life (28)

A Blessed Life (28) Settled at last. Our move to Mercer County and the call to Ebenezer marked the end of continuous moving and searching for stability. Ebenezer is a biblical word. I Samuel 7:12 says, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying,…

A Blessed Life (27)

A Blessed Life (27) For the first twelve years of our marriage Colleen and I, along with our family, moved at least every two years. Echo Valley Camp was stop number eight on the journey. It was also a destination that would provide time and opportunity for transition to a more settled lifestyle. As previously…

A Blessed Life (26)

A Blessed Life (26) Our time at Echo Valley Camp was filled with adventure. It was also a lot of work, especially for Colleen. We had four small children, and she was mainly responsible for them. In addition to that she ran the camp kitchen during the summer camping season.. Besides being camp director and…