has our wealth made us blind?

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As I have been working through my talk on the church in Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) this week, the following quote has been working its way through every corner of my soul…what do you think?

“If the Book of Revelation were written today, and there was a letter to the church in America, I think it would decry the fact that our materialism and wealth have deafened our ears and blinded our eyes to the cause of the poor.”

~Rich Stearns (President, World Vision)

The Revelation part six: Thyatira, the tolerance test

“Truth cannot be sacrificed at the altar of pretended tolerance…Real tolerance, is deference for all ideas, not indifference to the truth.” – Ravi Zacharias

To the church at Thyatira Jesus said that they were more tolerant than He was…that’s something that got my attention! God loves His church too much to let her slouch her way from His presence.

revelation 6 thyatira teaching notes

revelation 6 journey group notes

 

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The Revelation part four: Smyrna, faithful under pressure.

In part five we delve into the church at Smyrna. This is an amazing church who is faithful when the pressure (thilipsis  gk) is on.  Yeshua (Jesus) is holding His church, walking in the midst of His church, and speaking truth and grace to His church so that we (His church) might reflect His beauty, presence, and glory through lives of compassionate love.

revelation 4 teaching outline

revelation-4 JG notes

Revelation Week 4 from Snoqualmie Valley Alliance on Vimeo.

The Revelation part three: Ephesus; All Out of Love

In this episode we look at the message to the first of the seven churches…the church at Ephesus.

The church is called and empowered to be incarnational in our culture. That means we are to be portals through which Jesus continues to live His life. When Christ lives His life in us as us, the context of all our mission is love, just as Christ is love.

Revelation- 3 Message Notes

Revelation-3 Journey Group Discussion Questions

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