On Divisions in the Church

Revelation - The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus

Revelation – The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus – (1) Intro

And so it begins. The first of the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation. The Letter 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. Both for the church in Ephesus at the time and for us today.

What happened to Christian transformation - becoming more Christ-like?

What happened to Christian transformation – becoming more Christ-like?

What happened to Christian transformation? You know – becoming more Christ-like? It used to be important. But now, does it mean anything more than switching to a church that we like better? One that supports our view of God, the way we created Him? That’s as opposed to a church that teaches and helps us to become more like Jesus. The Jesus Christ who’s the namesake of the Christianity.

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.

Suffering for doing good

Suffering for doing good

If you’ve got that feeling to do good things, even with the potential cost to you, with no ulterior motives, with nothing but unselfish love for someone like your elderly neighbors that you’re shopping for, why not acknowledge that’s God?  Jesus told us He’d try to get our attention.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

Why not open that door and start bringing an end to the suffering for doing good?

beer, biscuits and butter - is that settling for less

Beer, biscuits and butter – is that settling for less?

Beer, biscuits and butter – is that settling for less?  Some people will ask, “less than what?”  Others will just say, “I’m fine with that.”  How about you?  Is that enough to make you happy?  Keep you happy?  Or do you want more?  A whole lot more?

It seems weird – a site about religion talking about beer, biscuits, butter and bourbon.  Relax, I’m not going to get into the evils of drinking and eating unhealthy food.

No, we need to consider something Jesus said.  Something we probably just assume means we can eat whatever we want.  But Jesus points out a whole new category of things that we should have been watching out for all along.  But probably didn’t.  Check it out.

can you accidentally build on rock

Christians – can you accidentally build on rock?

Can you accidentally build on rock?  If you’re not Christian, you probably won’t get the point of the question.  But please, read on.  Learn what it’s about and why I ask.  If you are Christian, you should get it.  But, have you ever really thought about it?  Or do you just assume you’re building on rock?

Here’s what “build on rock” is about.  It’s something Jesus said.  Something about the “wise man”, meaning the one who truly follows Jesus.  Someone who believe what Jesus said.  In fact, who believes it so much that Jesus’ teachings guide their life.  Not just someone who says a few words and hopes they’re saved.  Someone who lives out their faith.  And their faith is based on what Jesus taught.

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