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Apocalypse Now: The Lion Roars

The Throne of God

It is immensely significant that, when John peeped through the open door, the very first thing he saw was a throne, symbol of the sovereignty, majesty and kingly rule of God. His vision has a strong Old Testament background in Ezekiel 1 and Daniel 7, with echoes from Isaiah 6. The throne is mentioned seventeen […]

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Laodicea: Lukewarm

In this message from Revelation 3:14-22 to the church at Laodicea, we consider Christ’s words of serious disgust, yet note the hope he provides as he presents a remarkable remedy.

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Church at Laodicea

“Jesus Christ is either worth everything or He is worth nothing. If He is the true Savior and Lord – the way, the truth, and life – as He claims to be, He is worth everything. He is worthy to be served with our entire soul, entire mind, and entire strength. If He is not […]

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Philadelphia: An Open Door

Jesus calls this small, seemingly insignificant body of believers to go through a great open door into a life of substantive impact. In this sermon on Revelation 3:7-13 we discover the thrill of opportunity the Lord places before us.

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Church at Philadelphia

Philadelphia, situated thirty-five miles southeast of Sardis, was located at the eastern end of a broad valley near the river Cogamis. The city was at the juncture of trade routes leading to Mysia, Lydia, and Phrygia, earning Philadelphia the title, ‘gateway to the East’. Her economic prowess was based on agriculture and industry. Strabo, the […]

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Sardis: In Name Only

In this sermon on the church at Sardis from Revelation 3:1-6, we learn they have a reputation of being alive – a place where things are happening. But they have gone to sleep, and they need to wake up. Unless action is taken quickly they will wither on the vine.

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Church at Sardis

The residents of Sardis knew very well what had happened to their city six hundred years before the Christian gospel reached them. The city had been thought, for a long time, completely impregnable. It was secure, sitting on top of its steep hill. Attackers might come and go, but the citizens were quite content to […]

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Thyatira: Necessity for Holiness

It is God’s purpose to make us holy, Satan is resolved to frustrate it. And if the devil cannot destroy the church by persecution or heresy, he will try to corrupt it with evil. In this sermon we look at Revelation 2:18-29 and discover the way of holiness.

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Church at Thyatira

In his commentary on the book of Revelation, James Hamilton quotes an account told by Joseph Ellis in Founding Brothers. He writes: “In 1780 Maj. John André was captured while attempting to serve as a British spy in league with Benedict Arnold to produce a major strategic debacle on the Hudson River at West Point. […]

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