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Church at Pergamum

The seven messages from Jesus to the churches of Revelation seem to be organized in the form of a chiasm. The term chiasm refers to the Greek letter chi, which is shaped like an ‘X’. If you’re not familiar with the term, think of a picture frame. A picture frame has an outer wooden piece, […]

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Smyrna: Faithful unto Death

Polycarp was in his twenties when this letter (the book of Revelation) came to the church of Smyrna, and he died when he was eighty-six. On February 22, AD 156, this venerable bishop, who had fled Smyrna at the urging of his local church, was tracked down in a hiding place twenty miles from Smyrna. […]

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Going on Mission with Richy

Greetings and grace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God for your faithfulness to Redeemer and her ministry. And it brings me great joy to share with you an opportunity we have to partner with one of our own and a need far away from us. As you may […]

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The Church at Ephesus

Wouldn’t it be amazing if Jesus Himself would write a personal letter to you and your church evaluating your spiritual progress, telling you, in his great love, both your strengths and weaknesses, and then call you to some specific action? Wouldn’t you be fascinated to hear such a letter read to your church? Well, that […]

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The Christ Among the Lampstands

There’s never been a more dangerous time for the church. It’s swimming against the moral tide of culture, and is, frankly, struggling to keep its head above water. From the outside it faces growing oppression from tyrannical rulers and the reality of increasing persecution at the hands of an anti-Christian majority. From within, some church […]

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The Christ of the Lampstands

It is – ultimately – a vision, a concept of Christ himself that gives power to New Testament Christianity. In this sermon on Revelation 1:9-20, we consider the vision of the glorious Christ disclosed empowering the church.

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The Christ of the Lampstands

It was Sunday. The young Ugandan school teacher was in a rebellious mood. He had stamped out of church earlier that day, enraged by the Christian message he had heard. The rest of the Sunday he had spent drinking. Just then a friend rode up on a bicycle and spoke to him. “When I was […]

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A Concise Overview of the Book of Revelation

Letters to Churches (1-3). Jesus is the glorious Son of Man, who is present by his Spirit in his churches (1:9-20). He knows their situation and their deeds as they are attacked by religious deception, persecution, and the seduction of pleasure, affluence, comfort, and conformity (2-3). Seals (4:1-8:1). Jesus is the victorious Lion because he […]

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Apocalypse Now: The Lion Roars

On November 27, 1989, the day when Communism fell in Czechoslovakia, a church in the capital city of Prague erected a sign. For decades, the church had been forbidden any publicity, but with the winds of freedom blowing, the Christians posted three words, which summarized not only the New Testament in general but the book […]

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Made Like Him, Like Him We Rise

How do you read the signs of the times? A day when the strong moral core of a culture is eroding from the inside out. A people once made strong through self-denial in pursuit of a higher goal now weakened with excess and indulgence. An economy that was once the envy of the world now […]

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