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    • September 2, 2018
    • Introduction
    • Ty Thomas
    • Revelation is probably the most difficult to understand book in the Bible. Although it is an important book it is no more, or any less important than any other book of the Bible. Remember in the apostle Paul's 2 letter to Timothy he states "...All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." (2 Tim 3:16). The book of Revelation was written by the apostle John while exiled on the Greek island of Patmos after being visited by an Angel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the coming months we will be studying this book in greater detail.

  • 2

    • September 9, 2018
    • "Who Says?"
    • Dan Schoepf
    • John was writing to the seven churches in Asia, modern day Turkey. Government officials complained because Christianity was spreading so quickly, pagan temples were becoming obsolete. It was a time of persecution, and any persecution, in whatever form, is no match for our God. That is the most encouraging news, that no matter what our circumstances, no matter how dire our situation, it is good to remember that our God is bigger than any of our trials we are experiencing.

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    • September 16, 2018
    • The Exalted Christ and His Church
    • Ty Thomas
    • If you ever think that once you accept the kingdom of Jesus in your heart, and pledge to follow His teachings, nothing bad will happen to you, or no illness will befall you. Think again. Nowhere in the bible is this promised. Consider the Apostles and how they were treated because they followed Jesus. Paul spent a good portion of his ministry in jail and John tells us in Revelation 1:9 “….(Your)…companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus”. It is impossible to imagine what it would be like to receive a visit from Jesus as John did and to be given a project as big and as important as documenting the vision that Jesus was about to show him.

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    • September 23, 2018
    • A Love Gone Cold
    • Ty Thomas
    • John uses the sandwich approach to correction where one starts with some positive reinforcement, then the behavior, performance or attitude that needs to change and then close with some more positive affirmation. In John’s letter to the Church in Ephesus, he uses this technique perfectly. God knows they worked hard and hated the same things that He does. Then the hammer drops. God is disappointed because they have lost the love for Him they had at first. If the Ephesians don’t change their ways, He will destroy them. Then John closes with the second dose of good news: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, just as God does, therefore those who repent and are victorious, will be in Paradise with God.

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    • September 30, 2018
    • Life In Contrast
    • JT Zahradnik
    • Throughout Christ's ministry, He has shown a heart for the poor, the hurting, persecuted and neglected people among us. His instructions to John in this passage He makes it clear to us that He knows the pain, suffering and the poverty, that the believers in Smyrna were going through for their faith. He told them that they are rich, "For theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3) and not to be afraid, even though they will die, they will receive the victor's crown.

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    • October 7, 2018
    • Bilingual Service: Mission Drift
    • Ty Thomas and Josué Villatoro
    • Remember the mission. Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”. It is easy when we get comfortable with the status quo, that we want things to stay as they are. When things are going well and our church appears to be growing, there is a certain amount of pain in changing what we’re doing. God didn’t say “Go and make disciples until they number 1000, then put up your feet and watch TV”. Ours is not a mission that has a specific time frame, we as Christians need to remember we are in a battle against Satan, and saving souls for God is the objective and we must continue this work until Jesus comes again. Listen as Ty and Josué help us understand our mission.

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    • October 14, 2018
    • When Tolerance Goes Bad
    • Dan Schoepf
    • How would you like your town or city to be called the “..city where Satan lives”. This is what Jesus called Pergamum. Jesus knew what the church of Pergamum was going through and yet they remained true. However there were some in the church that were worshiping Balaam whose goal was to lead the Israelites into a life of debauchery. There were also who obeyed the teaching of the Nicolaitans who had forsaken the truth which is Jesus and associated themselves with those who followed Baal. Jesus’ instruction to them was “Repent” or the consequences will be horrific. If He comes, He will judge the Balaamites and Nicolaitans for their sins and the others for tolerating it.

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    • October 21, 2018
    • The Tolerant CHurch
    • Ty Thomas
    • Last week we explored what happens when a church drifts away from it's mission and we saw that “tolerance” has become a word which enables fluid interpretations of rules, laws and most significantly the bible. This week Ty teaches on the Church at Thyatira, the fourth of seven we'll be studying over the next few weeks. Thyatira was seen as a "Tolerant" church because of their "mission drift". Last week we saw Pergamum described as the city "..where Satan Lives" , and this week we are "..where Jezebel lives". Jezebel, the powerful wife of weak king Ahab, gets away with murder, sexual immorality and much more. Elijah the prophet told Ahab that he and his wife and children would be killed because of their immoral lifestyle

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    • October 28, 2018
    • The Dying Church
    • Ty Thomas
    • There are churches that to the outsider, look alive and vibrant but when seen through God’s eyes are dying or at best are lukewarm. God hates both conditions. His desire is to have a church that continues to search after His heart and continue the Great Commission “Go and make disciples of ALL NATIONS”. This is why we support missionaries around the globe. Faking the “alive and vibrant” look is well demonstrated in today’s lesson where a stuffed and mounted deer head looks as lifelike as it did while alive. Churches that have a heart after God continue to grow, reach out to the lost, the lonely, the poor. To the church in Sardis, Jesus says “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die….”

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    • November 4, 2018
    • Welcome To The Church At Philly.
    • Yenner Wuanti
    • The church at Philadelphia was faithful to God and in this passage, Jesus’ message to John reassures us that He is In control and He alone holds the “key of David”, usually understood to be the symbol of authority. The Church is told of an open door that no one can shut, meaning that true believers will always have access to heaven. He alludes also to the door that He shuts which no one can open, resulting in non-believers never gaining access to heaven. The good news He leaves us with is, He is coming soon so hold on to what you have.

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    • November 11, 2018
    • The Indifferent Church
    • Ty THomas
    • Laodicea was by any measure, a wealthy church. Situated at a major crossroad where travelers criss-crossed the region buying and selling goods and services. While financially prosperous, Jesus found their lack of enthusiasm for Him contemptible and in the letter to the Laodicean church He told them so in no uncertain terms and wanted nothing to do with them. He would spit (regurgitate) them out of His mouth. However, Jesus still wanted to have a relationship with them, but only on His terms and He gives them the conditions they need to meet. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me”.

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    • November 18, 2018
    • Around The Throne
    • Dan Schoepf
    • Imagine how it must feel to be invited into the company of Jesus. Well, in this chapter, Jesus "Invites" John into His throne room, and when John tries to describe the beauty of the throne, he is at a loss for words. No words can adequately describe the sight. The lightening and thunder, the rainbow, the jewels. The four creatures representing power, wisdom, speed and also a creature with eyes all over its body representing awareness. They were all there to worship God. Of all the adjectives they could have used they chose "Holy, Holy, Holy". When things are not going well, remember that God is still on the throne and always will be

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    • November 25, 2018
    • The Throne
    • Ty Thomas
    • The vision of seeing Jesus on the throne must have been exciting for John as he was allowed to see the throne of God. Jesus held in His hand a scroll sealed with seven seals and an angel asked in a loud voice, ”Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” No one was found worthy of opening this scroll and this made John weep. But the Lion of Judah is able to open the scroll. The 24 elders snag a new song: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, Holy, Holy is he””

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    • January 13, 2019
    • Serious Trouble
    • Dan Schoapf
    • The Revelation of Jesus Christ The story so far. If we Christians think the world is going to become a better place by electing politicians with good intentions and motivations, we're in for a rude awakening. We left the series where there is a scroll, a deed to the world perhaps? This scroll has seven seals, seven levels, and it sound like it should be easy enough to open but it isn't. This scroll is a word from God and Jesus alone can open it and this week we find out what lies behind the first six seals