Easter

You Are God’s People

During the Season of Easter, we have been going through 1 Peter.  The Christian’s addressed in this letter are Gentile Christians who live in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.  Peter calls them “God’s chosen strangers living in the world of the diaspora”.  That is, these converts to Christianity have given up status in the …

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Encouraging Words-Part 6

Well, friends, here we are!  The final portion of our journey through Revelation’s highlights!  This Sunday’s passage is Revelation 22:6-21. John is giving the readers and listeners of this letter last minute encouraging words.  He’s giving those who have inflicted harm upon the Church another opportunity for repentance.  He’s reminding Christians to remain faithful.  And …

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Encouragement-Part 5

This Sunday’s passage is Revelation 21:9-22:5.  It places us in the fourth and final Spirit-induced trance.  John’s vision is, most notably, about the New Jerusalem.  It is a New City created by God and descends from the New Heaven onto the New Earth.  It is a huge city!  Bigger than our minds can imagine! And …

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Encouraging Words-Part 4

This week’s scripture is Revelation 21:1-8.  It can be divided up into two parts.  In verses 1-4, there is a voice from heaven that tells John “Look! God’s dwelling is here with humankind.”  John is promised that there will be a new heaven and a new Earth.  The former things will pass away and God will …

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Encouraging Words-Part 3

  Matthias Gerung “Angels Sealing” Revelation 7:1-17 is this Sunday’s passage.  It’s in the middle of John’s second Spirit-induced trance.  We have four angels at the four corners of the earth who are refraining from making tumultuous winds against the world.  Another angel rises up holding “the seal of the living God”.  This angel cries out …

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Encouraging Words: Part 2

  This Sunday’s passage is found in Revelation 5:1-14.  Remember, John is encouraging the 1st century Christians in Rome.  They are facing challenges as they do not worship Caesar, but Jesus Christ.  And John is a prisoner on the island of Patmos. This text is part of another Spirit-induced trance.  His vision describes a scroll. …

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Encouraging Words: Part 1

Happy Easter, y’all!!!  No, it’s not only a day, but it is a season in the Church year that lasts 50 days which then takes us to Pentecost. During the Season of Easter, the Revised Common Lectionary takes us through some highlights of John’s letter of Revelation.  Revelation is a wacky book filled with divine intervention, …

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