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Smyrna: The Faithful Church – Revelation 2:8-11

In the second and third chapters of Revelation are letters from Jesus to seven of the first century churches in what is today Turkey.  While I believe these letters were addressed to real churches of that day, I also believe they have great application to our churches today.  The second of these was to the church of Smyrna. “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about …

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Continue in your Faith – Colossians 1:22-23

Once saved, always saved!  I grew up hearing this repeated over and over, like a mantra.  The problem is that it’s deceiving.  Most people I hear using the phrase are referring to salvation as being something that happened at some point in the past, an event that makes ones eternity secure regardless what might happen later.  And it gives peace to those who love a believer who has turned from the truth.  But no matter how sincere and real a persons commitment to God was in the past, salvation is not a single point in time event. 22 But now …

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The Little Church That Could

This past Sunday Sue and I visited with what is arguably the smallest church in the association; and one that many would call the weakest and most insignificant. This is a church that was on the verge of closing a year ago, deep in debt, with only a handful of members, and on the verge of losing their pastor. Many people had written them off, giving them no chance of survival.