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Revelation - The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus

Revelation – The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus

And so it begins.  The first of the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation. The one to the church in Ephesus.  Jesus had some good things to say to them.  And some bad things.  But then another positive statement.  The Ephesian church certainly wasn’t in the worst condition of the seven.  But then, it wasn’t the best either.  So there’s plenty to look at.

The title – The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus – is taken from the section titles in two different translations.  I chose to do that because I think it gives a a direction to start with while examining this letter.  Not that it’s the only direction.  But it’s one that people who did the New King James Version thought was important enough to include, as opposed to the NIV usage of just the location in their section title.

Each day has enough trouble of its own

Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Isn’t that the truth?  I’m guessing pretty much everyone reading this feels that way.  It’s true.  But do you know where it comes from?  Further, why it was said?  I’ve known the where part for decades.  I’ve been learning the why part for the past ten years.  From my dogs.  All five of them.

No – you’re not in the wrong place.  This is about Jesus and Christianity.  And dogs.  Why not?  Dogs are part of God’s creation too.  In fact, back when the movie version of The Shack came out, I wrote the following as my conclusion to what I titled, Why God is a curvy, black woman in ‘The Shack’?

Should God choose to present Himself to me as a dog (if He hasn’t already) – I would totally understand why, and be thrilled that He chose to present Himself in a way that was not in the least threatening to me.

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