The Nicolaitans

Who are the most dangerous people in the church?

In The Revelation we read: But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. [Revelation 2:6 KJV]

The Nicolaitans taught liberal living. Sin is ok and causes grace to abound. They would turn the heart of believers by encouraging sexual sin. They would entice and seduce and draw people away while pretending to be a blessing.

The Lord hates this!

The Nicolaitans – Broadcast for October 22, 2014
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Lost Your Way?

Have you ever been lost?

In The Revelation we read: Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. [Revelation 2:5 KJV]

The proud Christians in Ephesus did everything right accept Love. The remedy for them was to remember when they did love, to imitate their first actions and to change their hearts. Repentance exceeds admission, it provokes change. They must act or lose their light. I will come quickly the Lord says. The time for repentance seems long but judgment is swift.

Lost Your Way? – Broadcast for October 21, 2014
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First Love

Love is more than a feeling.

In The Revelation we read: Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. [Revelation 2:4 KJV]

These words written to a near perfect church. Everything about that church spoke of their zeal and loyalty. Perfectly in order in all things accept one, affection.

Love and faith go together, but faith without love is like a marriage without love. Commitment is commendable but without the affections of love it is all obligation and no compassion.

First Love – Broadcast for October 20, 2014
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The Lord Knows Your Works

The Ephesian church did things right!

In The Revelation we read: I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. [Revelation 2:2-3 KJV]

Good works, toiling with evil, patient for deliverance, rejecting evil people and false apostles. You couldn’t pull the wool over their eyes, they were too well taught.

But something was missing in this church. They had duty, truth, patience but they lack the one thing that made all of this meaningful: Love. Without love it’s all just a bunch of noise.

The Lord Knows Your Works – Broadcast for October 17, 2014
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Ephesus

The church in Ephesus had great pedigree. Paul had ministered and held a school of ministry; Aquila and Priscilla with Apollos labored; Timothy pastored and John preached in this church as bishop of the churches of Asia.

In The Revelation we read: Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; [Revelation 2:1 KJV]

The Lord had some things to say to this pedigreed church, that were privileged to hold sound doctrine. Return to the first things.

Ephesus – Broadcast for October 16, 2014
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What Are These?

Have you ever had a question answered before you asked it?

In The Revelation we read: The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. (‭Revelation‬ ‭1‬:‭20‬ KJV)

John saw amazing things as eternity was revealed to him. He saw Jesus in amazing glory holding stars and standing among golden lampstands. “What are these?”; John must have wondered. The answer; the seven stars are the angles of the seven churches. The seven lampstands are seven churches that John gave oversight to. The Lord held the leaders of those churches in His right hand. He stood among the churches being the light that shone through each one.

The mystery was solved. These are the church through the ages and their light is in danger!

What Are These? – Broadcast for October 15, 2014
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How do you write about eternity?

In the Revelation we read: Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; (‭Revelation‬ ‭1‬:‭19‬ KJV)

John was in the Spirit seeing Jesus and was about to be shown the unfolding of the end of time. “Write these thing down” he was told. The things he had witnessed, was seeing and would see. The Revelation is an eyewitness account by the man who had walked with Jesus.

John had seen miracles, had seen Jesus walk on water, had feed the thousands as Jesus multiplied the little and meet the need of the many. Now he is told to write these things recorded in the Revelation so that we can see what was and what will be.

How do you write about eternity? – Broadcast for October 14, 2014
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The Keys

Jesus has life within himself.

In the Revelation we read: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (‭Revelation ‭1‬:‭18‬ KJV)

He who laid down His life and rose up from the grave has power over life and death. He can reverse death, open the grave, and set the captive free.

He holds the keys to open and close at will the grave, death, eternity. That’s our Jesus!

The Keys – Broadcast for October 13, 2014
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He That Liveth

The dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (‭1 Thessalonians ‭4‬:‭17‬ KJV)

In the Revelation we read: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (‭Revelation ‭1‬:‭18‬ KJV)

Some if us will die and on that day we will rise from the dead. We will have lived, been dead and then will live again forever.

Jesus said, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.

He That Liveth – Broadcast for October 10, 2014
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Seeing Jesus Again

What was it like for John to see Jesus again many years after He ascended into heaven? He was terrified!

In the Revelation we read: And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: (‭Revelation ‭1‬:‭17‬ KJV)

John had walked with Jesus every day, was one of three in Jesus’ inner circle, had seen Jesus transfigured and yet he fainted with fear.

John believed Jesus to be the Son of God by faith but now He saw Jesus in His eternal glorious form. His faith had become sight. The Lord touched John and strengthened him to look into eternity.

Seeing Jesus Again – Broadcast for October 9, 2014
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