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Revelation (Part 24): The Beast from the Sea
January 20, 2020 12:07 PM PST
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Today we consider the first ten verses of Revelation chapter 13. Satan begins his rage against the churches, and he calls forth a beast from the sea to accomplish his furious purpose. For the initial audience (the 7 churches that the book of Revelation was written to), that beast was Rome, or the Roman Empire. And the whole known world at that time was in awe of Rome, and assumed that Rome was unconquerable. And Rome was about to bring persecution, captivity, and even death, to those early Christians. This called for patient endurance, and faithfulness on the part of the saints.

Revelation (Part 23): Her Offspring and the Dragon
January 16, 2020 09:32 AM PST
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In this sermon we consider the second half of Revelation Chapter 12. Satan, the red dragon, has been frustrated, and has lost battles with God. He could not defeat faithful Israel, he could not devour Jesus, he could not beat the archangel Michael... and so, filled with fury, the Devil turns his focus against the church: Those who keep God's commands, and are faithful to the testimony about Jesus.

Revelation (Part 22): The Woman and the Dragon
January 07, 2020 09:13 AM PST
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This sermon considers the first 6 verses of chapter 12. We learn that a woman is about to give birth to a son, Jesus. But this isn't Mary, the woman represents faithful Israel. And waiting to devour this child is a red dragon, Satan. But he will fail...

Matt Trussell, on Walking in the Light
January 07, 2020 09:10 AM PST
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One of our Elders, Matt Trussell, preaching on the importance of confessing our sins to one another, so we can have fellowship with one another, and walk in the light. We glorify God in our weakness, and it is important to be honest about our sins, in order to establish authentic disciple making relationships.

Revelation (21) The Seventh Trumpet
December 23, 2019 09:16 AM PST
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Today, as we celebrate the advent of love, we consider the second portion of Revelation chapter 11. And it may seem strange to consider the second coming of Jesus during the Christmas season, but the early Christians focused entirely on the second coming when they were celebrating Advent. So, we will read Revelation, and we will learn about the fulfillment of the coming Kingdom of God, the fulfillment of His final judgement, and the call of love. This love is the expression of God's love for us in Christ Jesus... the love that pleads with us to believe in Jesus and be saved.

Joy in the Midst of Sorrow
December 17, 2019 09:08 AM PST
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Today we light the advent candle of Joy, and we want to have an authentic joy in our lives... the joy of the Lord... which is our strength... And yet, there are many of us that struggle with sorrow, loneliness, and grief... How can we have joy in the midst of this sorrow? Jesus calls all who are weary and burdened to come to Him, and He will give them rest. As Christians we do not grieve like those who have no hope... we grieve like those who have hope... and we do not grieve along... we grieve together... we rejoice together... we pray together... as a family...

The Things We Hope for our Children
December 10, 2019 09:52 AM PST
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Pastor Mike Hotson encourages us from the book of Ephesians... both for our own biological children, and for our spiritual children in the Lord. We have been given a spirit of love, of power, and of sound mind...

Revelation (Part 20): The Two Witnesses
December 02, 2019 09:32 AM PST
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Today we consider the second half of the interlude between the 6th and the 7th Trumpet in Revelation chapter 11. This focuses on the tale of the Two Witnesses, that God has chosen to prophecy, dressed in sackcloth, to the people who are trampling Jerusalem. A lot of the things discussed in this chapter are deeply rooted in allusions to the Old Testament: to Ezekiel and to Jeremiah. And who are the two witnesses? They are the witnessing Church... the true Israel of God, and they have a task to speak their testimony and to prophecy the coming wrath of God and the salvation through Jesus until they die. Our testimony is not complete until we die, so if we are still alive, we still have a task to do!

Revelation (Part 19) The Angel and the Little Scroll
November 26, 2019 05:56 AM PST
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Today we consider Revelation chapter 10, the first half of the interlude between the 6th and the 7th Trumpet. In this passage, a mighty angel gives John a little scroll to eat, which will be sweet to his mouth, but sour to his stomach. In order to understand this passage, we need to understand that this section is a direct allusion to Amos and Ezekiel from the Old Testament. The point is that we must to speak the gospel to people who do not want to listen. And while the gospel is beautiful and sweet to us, it fills us with some fear, and sits sour in our stomachs, at the prospect of speaking about the coming wrath of God to those people we know around us.

Revelation (Part 18): The 1st Six Trumpets
November 19, 2019 05:36 AM PST
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In this sermon we consider the plagues of the first 6 Trumpets. We take a look at the literary structure of the trumpets, and see the similarity of the seals and the trumpets. This similarity points to escalation and cyclical repetition. The 6 trumpets are 6 plagues that correspond to the plagues of Exodus that God sends against Egypt in order to set His people free. In revelation, God is responding to the prayers of the persecuted Christians, in order to dispense judgement and wrath on their behalf. And the end of all of these plagues, those who are still alive still do not repent and turn to God.

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