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Revelation

We have reached the book of Revelation in our daily Bible reading! Let’s just admit it - Revelation is a very strange book. It’s full of angels and demons, lions and lambs, horses and dragons, ghouls, ghosts, and beasts. It’s a letter that reads more like a live drama that Jesus puts on for John during his time of worship. Traditionally, the last book of the Bible has been called “The Revelation to John”, but the first verse actually begins with the words “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” It’s a revelation of Jesus, by Jesus, and about Jesus Christ. The title is not “Revelations” - even though there is a series of dramatic revelations. Literally, the title means “The Apocalypse.” Sadly, in our time the word “apocalypse” has come to mean, “Oh no! Something terrible is about to happen!” But when Revelation was written, the word simply meant “unveiling”, akin to lifting a cover off a box or pulling back a curtain in the theatre, 'opening up' or 'breaking through.' God gave Revelation to John to show his servants the things that must soon take place.” (v. 1). The book closes by telling the reader that there is a curse if you add or take away from the words in this prophecy - plagues will come in your life, and you will lose your share in the tree of life and the holy city described in this book - (that’s like, heaven!). I don’t know about you, but I want to be a recipient of the blessing, not the curse.

Revelation

We have reached the book of Revelation in our daily Bible reading! Let’s just admit it - Revelation is a very strange book. It’s full of angels and demons, lions and lambs, horses and dragons, ghouls, ghosts, and beasts. It’s a letter that reads more like a live drama that Jesus puts on for John during his time of worship. Traditionally, the last book of the Bible has been called “The Revelation to John”, but the first verse actually begins with the words “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” It’s a revelation of Jesus, by Jesus, and about Jesus Christ. The title is not “Revelations” - even though there is a series of dramatic revelations. Literally, the title means “The Apocalypse.” Sadly, in our time the word “apocalypse” has come to mean, “Oh no! Something terrible is about to happen!” But when Revelation was written, the word simply meant “unveiling”, akin to lifting a cover off a box or pulling back a curtain in the theatre, 'opening up' or 'breaking through.' God gave Revelation to John to show his servants the things that must soon take place.” (v. 1). The book closes by telling the reader that there is a curse if you add or take away from the words in this prophecy - plagues will come in your life, and you will lose your share in the tree of life and the holy city described in this book - (that’s like, heaven!). I don’t know about you, but I want to be a recipient of the blessing, not the curse.

General Epistles

The eight books of the Bible from Hebrews through Jude are often called the “General Epistles” (or letters); and in many ways, they are like the thirteen letters written by Paul.  However, Paul tended to write his letters to a specific church or person; whereas the General Epistles are usually written to broad groups of churches or are not specifically addressed at all.  So before we conclude our reading plan with Revelation, for 7 weeks the Sunday morning messages will focus on one of the readings from the General Epistles.  We hope you are still reading through the New Testament with us; but if not, it is never too late to start or start again.

Good Friday - Hiding - A Holy Week Reflection

Welcome to Hiding: A Holy Week Reflection Tenebrae worship. The term “Tenebrae” is Latin for “darkness.” Tonight we will reflect back on the Holy Week events through the eyes of a few disciples between Good Friday and Easter.

Palm Sunday 2022

Today is Palm Sunday. It’s a day we often see our young children sing and wave palm branches, remembering that first Palm Sunday when large crowds waved palm branches and shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Literally, “Lord, save us!” While this was an incredibly joyful occasion, it was also the day families would be selecting their lamb to be slaughtered for the Passover. Unbeknownst to people, the Father in heaven was revealing His selected “Lamb” of God who would take away the sin of the world. What benefits and blessings there are from this blood that was shared! Today let’s discover some of those blessings.

Paul's letters

The 13 books of the Bible from Romans to Philemon are written by a first-century Christian missionary named Paul. These “books” are actually first-century letters and are often called “The Pauline Epistles.” Nine of these letters were written to some of the earliest churches, churches in Mediterranean cities such as Rome, Corinth, and Ephesus. Four of the letters were written to specific Christians, providing faithful instruction on how to live out and share the Christian faith.

The Acts

Our daily reading plan has led us to the book of Acts.  The author of the book of Acts is the historian Luke, who was inspired by the Holy Spirit to recount not only the accurate details of Jesus’ life in the gospel of Luke, but also the historical account of the birth of the Church in the book of Acts.  The book of Acts is sometimes thought to be named so because it is the “acts” of the Apostles, or the acts of the early church.  Another way of thinking about it is to see the book as a record of the “acts” of the Holy Spirit -- poured out on Pentecost and filling new baptized believers who spread the the good news of the resurrected Christ in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and ultimately to the ends of the earth. There are twenty-nine chapters in the book, but Acts 29 and beyond is still being written today through the lives of all believers today.

Ash Wednesday 2022

As we kick off the Lenten season with Ash Wednesday, we symbolically mark our foreheads with ashes in the shape of a cross. The ashes remind us of our brokenness and sin before God - that without Christ we are merely “ashes to ashes and dust to dust.” The cross symbolically reminds us of the promises of God’s forgiveness received as a result of the sacrifice He paid on the cross. Tonight’s message from Pastor John also kicks off a six-week message series we are titling God Has a Name. These messages are meant to give us a glimpse into the qualities and character of Yahweh, our God, and the grace we can receive through Jesus Christ, His Son.

The Gospels - Luke John

Has anyone been wondering, “What is God up to these days?” The volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and confusion seem to be only growing all around us. Could God be trying to tell us something? Is there a message that could potentially give us some understanding, clarity, and hope? Jesus’ words in John 15 might just be the very message many of us need to hear. The Lord, the God who cares and loves His people, is glorified when His children are fruit producers. How does the Father lead a Christian to produce more fruit in their lives? May the Holy Spirit open our ears to hear Jesus’ answer.

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The Gospels - Matthew Mark

Has anyone been wondering, “What is God up to these days?” The volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and confusion seem to be only growing all around us. Could God be trying to tell us something? Is there a message that could potentially give us some understanding, clarity, and hope? Jesus’ words in John 15 might just be the very message many of us need to hear. The Lord, the God who cares and loves His people, is glorified when His children are fruit producers. How does the Father lead a Christian to produce more fruit in their lives? May the Holy Spirit open our ears to hear Jesus’ answer.

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