Rev. 2:2 I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. In reading the initial verses of comment made to the church of Ephesus, it sounds as though they’ve got their act together.  They worked diligently, they were perseverant and very discerning. Could it be that all…

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Rev. 2:1 These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands. In reading the book of Revelation, keep in mind that the entire book is written to the seven churches referenced in chapters 2 – 3.  As we read the these…

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Rev. 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” John records Jesus self-description in this verses.  Contemplating these characteristics it came to me; just because something is “true” doesn’t make it TRUTH.  Truth is eternal! Truth is a Person,…

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How much strength is required as we live for the Lord that will open doors?  Strength comes through exercise, yet every strong person wasn’t always strong.  In fact most strong people were weak at some point in their past. How did they get strong? Rev. 3:8   “I know your works. See, I have set before…

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Jude 1: 3, 4  Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. In this brief book of the New Testament we’re admonished to “contend…

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2 Peter 3:18   But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. These are some of Peter’s last words prior to his martyrdom in Rome.  These words are exhortations on how to live in a culture that is counter to the culture of the Kingdom of God and have particular…

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There are occasions in life that we need deposits of courage, or if you will to be “encouraged”.  The writer of Hebrews (3:13NAS) exhorts us to “encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” How do we make deposits of courage into others or in ourselves? David’s life shows a…

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Rom. 16:6  you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Life in the Spirit is a life walking in obedience to the promptings by the Spirit of God and the Word of God. …

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Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. David understood that gratitude was the gate providing entrance to the manifest presence of God. One graphic event in the life of the Lord that is recorded when He ministered healing to ten lepers.  Recall…

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Heb. 10:23   Let us  hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Have you ever found yourself wavering while standing in faith?  Been there and done that and have a tee shirt or two. The writer of Hebrews gives us an insight as how to stand fast in the midst…

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