Revelation 5:7-10 “Focused on the Lamb”
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Revelation 5:7-10 “Focused on the Lamb”

When Jesus taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”, He was teaching us perspective. Our prayers are not to inform heaven of what’s happening on earth, but to bring what’s happening in heaven to earth. In Revelation 5, we are given a picture of...

Revelation 5:1-7 “The Lion is the Lamb”
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Revelation 5:1-7 “The Lion is the Lamb”

Tonight, our study of the book of Revelation takes us to chapter 5 and introduces us to the Lamb. As we’ve talked about so many times, the entire letter is about Jesus, it is “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”, but as we dig through it, Jesus is revealed in many different ways. He has introduced...

Lent Blog: Hungry to be Satisfied
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Lent Blog: Hungry to be Satisfied

If you are like me, you grew up in a section of Christianity that did not observe Lent. I’m from a background that largely did one of two things with Lent, ignored it as unnecessary or rejected it as religious, or for some, probably sacrilegious. For those that aren’t aware, Lent is a nearly 6-week...

Revelation 4:1-11, “Heaven is Focused and Stable”
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Revelation 4:1-11, “Heaven is Focused and Stable”

The book of Revelation begins this way, “The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him to show his servants things which must surely take place.” Chapter 4 is the beginning of “the things which must surely take place.”  

Revelation 3:14-22, “The Other Side of Rebuke”
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Revelation 3:14-22, “The Other Side of Rebuke”

Jesus gave the church at Laodicea probably the most famous rebuke of all times, “I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” As we talked about two weeks ago he used an analogy that they were familiar with. He said, “I could wish you were cold or hot so then because you are...

Blog: Death Still Stings
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Blog: Death Still Stings

A few weeks ago, I was with a friend just after his father passed away. Another friend lost her grandmother, a third had a cousin that unexpectedly and tragically died. In the middle of these losses in the lives of my friends, one of the pastors from my teen years went home to be with...

Revelation 3:14-22, “Awareness”
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Revelation 3:14-22, “Awareness”

Jesus’ final message to the churches of Asia Minor contain two of His most famous but most misunderstood and misused statements of the entire letter. He told the church at Laodicea, “I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My...

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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...