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Revelation (Part 8): Jesus, to the church at Thyatira
August 06, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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The book of Revelation has a very particular intent: to reveal Jesus Christ to us. The letter that Jesus sends to the church at Thyatira reveals a side of Jesus that we are not very comfortable with. The Jesus who will come with Justice, Judgement, Wrath, and Holiness: He is the Son of God. In this letter to Thyatira, Jesus has a charge against the church: they tolerate a false prophetess, who is teaching acceptance of sexual immorality and idolatry. So Jesus is going to come and bring sickness and suffering to the Jezebel, and Jesus is going to kill her disciples dead. And He does this so that all the churches will know that He is the judge, and that he takes this very seriously... deadly serious. In our current North American culture, there is a movement called "Progressive Christianity"... it is a false teaching, deep truths of Satan: it accepts and celebrates Homosexuality, and it is inclusive of a lot of faith journeys... for these false teachers, Jesus is not the only way: there are many paths to God. This is exactly the type of teaching that Jesus intensely condemns in this letter. And Jesus warns the churches not to tolerate people who believe these things and teach these things, because Jesus is going to bring wrath against them.

Revelation (Part 7): Jesus, to the church at Pergamum
July 08, 2019 10:19 AM PDT
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This week we consider the letter that Jesus, the one who has the sharp double edged sword, wrote to the church at Pergamum. Jesus knows that the city of Pergamum is the city where Satan dwells and has his throne. It is a place of intense persecution against the Christians, and Antipas has already been executed for his faith in the city. Yet the church has remained faithful to Jesus, and has not renounced His name. Nevertheless, they are tolerant of those (who call themselves Christians) who celebrate and accept sexual immorality. And Jesus says the church must repent, or else he will come with that sword of judgement against the church and destroy it.

Revelation (Part 6): Jesus, to the church at Smyrna
July 02, 2019 06:14 AM PDT
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Today we consider the letter that Jesus sends to the church at Smyrna in Revelation chapter 2. The church there is struggling with poverty, yet they are rich. They are being slandered by false Jews, and they are being put in jail and even killed for their faith in Jesus. So who is the real Israel of God? Who is the synagogue of Satan? Are we willing to be faithful to the cross of Christ, to be put in jail for our faith, to be killed for Jesus? Then we will receive the crown of life...

Revelation (Part 5): Jesus, to the church at Ephesus
June 25, 2019 09:03 AM PDT
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Today we consider the letter that Jesus dictated to John, that is for the church at Ephesus. Jesus tells the church there that they are doing many things well: enduring under difficult circumstances, discerning false apostles, doing good deeds... But He holds one thing against them: They have fallen from their first love. They need to repent or else Jesus will eliminate them as a church. But they have something going in their favour... they hate the practices that Jesus hates...

A Father's Message
June 18, 2019 06:44 AM PDT
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Pastor Mike Hotson preaching on Father's Day: while we take time to honour fathers, we also have to remember that we have a Father in heaven. When we pray... we say "Father"... But it is limiting to think about Father God in the categories of our earthly fathers. Whether we have positive experiences with our fathers, or negative experiences, God is ultimately more holy and awesome than those experiences.

Revelation (Part 4) Jesus, and the 7 churches
June 11, 2019 09:41 AM PDT
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Today we consider Revelation chapter 1, starting at verse 9, all the way to the end of the chapter. We take a moment to consider John, the human author of the book of Revelation, his context, and his audience: the seven churches. But the main figure in this passage is someone like the son of man, among the seven lamp stands.

Revelation (Part 3) Jesus, the faithful witness
June 04, 2019 05:32 AM PDT
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Today we consider Revelation 1:4-8. The focus of this sermon is Jesus, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over all of the kings of the earth. The passage begins and end with the title of God, Him who is, who was, and who is coming. We also consider what it means to "be a witness" in the book of Revelation. It is not really about doing evangelism. Being a witness is about remaining faithful or loyal, verbally, in the midst of opposition and in the face of imminent death.

Revelation (Part 2) So we can keep the words
May 27, 2019 12:15 PM PDT
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So we begin by looking at the first three verses of the book of Revelation. The book begins with the word "Revelation", which means the unveiling or the revealing. And the book is not, first and foremost, the revealing of the end of the world... it is actually a revelation of Jesus Christ. God is revealing something about Jesus. There is going to be a revelation of Jesus in this book to the readers. And this revelation of Jesus is what will help God's people endure through what must soon take place. The choice of the people, here, is to keep the words of this revelation: of this prophecy. And in order to keep these words, we need to obey these words.

Revelation (Part 1): The Approach
May 21, 2019 11:26 AM PDT
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We begin a year and half long sermon series on the book of Revelation. This sermon is about preparing ourselves with some foundations of how we will approach the book. Instead of attempting to interpret it through the eyes of one of the four predominate views of Revelation (Preterist, Historicist, Futurist, or Idealist), we will attempt to understand what the original author intended to teach to his original audience. We believe that the Holy Spirit inspired human authors to write God's word for us. This means that the original author's intent is the Holy Spirit's intent for us. And there are themes in Revelation that relate to our lives: dealing with Fear and Pride in our lives. Yet the ultimate answer is found in Jesus. Come Lord Jesus! Amen.

Teen Challenge
May 07, 2019 08:25 AM PDT
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We heard several testimonies of men who have struggled with addiction, and have seen victory through the power of the Holy Spirit and a living relationship with Jesus Christ! It is so important that when we see people struggling and broken, we don't pre-judge them or look down on them, but instead look AT them, and see them through the eyes of grace and love and dignity... and bring them hope through Jesus Christ!

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