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Revelation 3:7-13, Part 2 “Tests”

In Revelation 3:10 Jesus tells the church at Philadelphia that because they have persevered, He would “keep” them “from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” Much discussion has been made about this verse; about its implications in light of the return of...

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Connections Women’s Group: Joanne Ellis-Dileo

This month at Connections we had the joy of hearing from Joanne Ellis-Dileo. Joanne leads the Thursday night praise service at the Beverly Presbyterian Church with her husband Tom. A mom, stepmom, and grandmom, she is passionate about God‘s presence, His Word, and His people. Visually impaired since 2001, she is grateful for the people...

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Revelation 3:7-13 ” Sovereignty, Perseverance and Protection, Part 1”

In Revelation 3:7-13, Jesus sends a message to the church in Philadelphia. He does three specific things in the message; He reminds them of His sovereignty, He acknowledges their perseverance and He promises them His protection. In their weakness, they have held onto their faith and lived faithful to His name, even while facing great...

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Connections Women’s Group: Melissa Kulynych

This month our speaker at Connections was Melissa Kulynych. Check out the audio recording of her message on “Hope and Grace at Christmas: Reflections from Luke…The Beginning of the Nativity Story” below

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Revelation 3:1-6 “Dead”

Have you ever bitten into a piece of fruit that looked to be ripe and ready to eat only to find that it was soft, sour or simply spoiled? At best it’s disappointing, but at its worst it can be sickening. In Revelation 3, Jesus spoke to the church in Sardis saying, “you have a...

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Revelation 2:22-29 “Tolerance, Repentance and Rewards”

Have you ever wondered why it’s so important to resist Satan and reject sin? Usually we talk about this in terms of avoiding punishment. We tell people not to sin so that they won’t go to hell, face punishment or be judged by God. Even in the practical sense we try to explain the dangers...

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Revelation 2:18-29 “Tolerance and Judgement”

Leadership coach Mary Marshall wrote, “You become what you tolerate.” What we make room for eventually takes over. In our passage, Jesus sent a message to the leaders of the church at Thyatira rebuking them for tolerating a sinful person that was teaching a dangerous doctrine. Once again, we are faced with a church that...

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Connections Women’s Group: Joanne Barnett

This month our speaker at Connections was Joanne Barnett. Check out the audio recording of her message below or follow the link to see the video on our Facebook page Joanne serves as the administrative pastor of Faith Covenant Fellowship Ministries in Burlington where her husband, the Reverend William Barnett, Jr., is the Senior Pastor....

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Revelation 2:12-17 “From Repentance to Reward”

We love the idea of God fighting for us. As Israel stood with the Red Sea in front of them and the army of Egypt chasing from behind them, Moses said, “The LORD will fight for you.” Nehemiah told the people rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, that when they heard the sound of the trumpet...

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Revelation 2:12-17 ” Pergamos, Balaam & Accountability”

Imagine being faithful enough to endure persecution, but not enough to accept accountability; holding fast to Jesus’ name, but not to His Word. That’s exactly where the church of Pergamos found themselves in Revelation 2:12-17. Jesus commended them for being faithful in persecution, for holding fast to His name, for keeping the faith while living...