Monthly Archives: August 2013

“Heavenly Worship” – Rev. 4 – Sunday 9/1/13

WHEN JOHN WAS TAKEN UP IN THE SPIRIT TO HEAVEN he saw the angelic beings praising God day and night, without stopping. They were joined in their worship by the twenty-four elders. What an amazing time of praise that must be. They praised God for His holiness (“Holy, holy, holy”), His power (“Lord God Almighty”) and His eternal character (“Who was and is and is to come”). They offered all glory, honor, and thanks. They proclaimed He is worthy, and they attested that He is the creator of all things and they further asserted that everything exists by His will. Such will be the activity of heaven. We should get used to praising God now, and enjoy worship. We will be doing a lot of it in heaven. Pastor Chuck Smith

“Heaven’s Throne Room” – Rev. 4 – Sun. Aug. 25, 2013

Verse one of Revelation Chapter four is the defining moment for every person who ever lived by faith in the Living God. This is what every one of us Trust to hear; God’s voice calling us up to the throne room of God and Christ! Chapter four also introduces the third major section of the book of Revelation, the verse begins and ends with “after these things.” After what things? After the church age! Revelation chapters two and three are addressed to the church; and when the church’s ministry and witness on earth is complete, the church will be taken up into heaven in the Rapture.
Jesus will say “Come up here,” and we will be “snatched away” (Raptured) into heaven to be with the Lord (John 14; 1 Cor.15:51,52 and 1 Thess. 4:17). Jesus will take His Bride, the church, out of the world just before the events of the Great Tribulation, and the wrath of the Lamb.(Rev.6:16)

“Lukewarm Laodicea” Rev. 3 Sunday 8/18/13

THE LAODICEAN CHURCH thought they were doing very well, saying: “I am rich, I have become wealthy, and have need of nothing.” But Jesus saw something very different. From the Lord’s perspective they were “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.”
It is not important what I think of myself. But it is critically important what Christ thinks of me. We need to see ourselves through the eyes of Jesus. This is why David prayed; “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Ps.139:23,24)

“Faithful Philadelphia” – Rev.3 – Sunday 8,11,13

IN ALL THE OTHER LETTERS JESUS uses symbols from Chapter 1 to describe Himself. In this letter Jesus makes no reference to that vision. He uses other titles to describe Himself. He tells the church at Philadelphia plainly who He is and what He does. First, He is “the holy one” and “the true one.” His character is without flaw or blemish. And He is the true one, the one behind all that exists. Second, Jesus refers back to a passage in Isaiah 22:17-22 to explain what He does: “I am the one who shuts and no one can open, and opens and no one can shut.” Jesus governs the events of history. He will open some doors; He will close others. No human power can violate what He determines. The church of Philadelphia is one of two churches that come out of dead Sardis (The other is Laodicea). Philadelphia is the church that has been faithful to the teaching of God’s Word, and does not deny His name. This church is small in stature and power, but God has given them love and faith.

“Wake Up or Die” Rev. 3 – Sunday 8,4,13

SARDIS represents that period of church history called the Protestant Reformation. It began in the 1500s and exists through the present day. This movement started with some great men, such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox and others. This church has works, & a name, but Jesus says they will die if they don’t wake up & strengthen the things which remain. The reformation was born out of a love of the Scriptures and a desire to conform to what the Bible said the church should be. The reformers fought against many of the abuses of the Catholic Church. But Jesus said their works (the Reformation) were incomplete because they retained many of the pagan traditions of the Catholic Church, and because of that they developed into an organizational structure that was soon dead. It is sad to see that some churches have become as dead as the church they set out to reform. Jesus said “Remember how you received and heard; hold fast & repent.” Those in dead Protestantism need to go back to their early teachings rooted in the Word of God. If they don’t wake up the return of the Lord will hit them like a thief, for they won’t be ready.