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Red Hills Church - Messages

Pastor Marshall Ochs | August 7, 2022In this message, Pastor Marshall teaches from Revelation 1. In the late first century, the Apostle John was exiled to Patmos. Rome was persecuting Christians and the church was experiencing massive tribulation. An angel visited John and gave him a revelation of Jesus Christ, and instructed John to share the revelation with the church. Chapter one covers a robust theology of God from the Old Testament and a picture of Jesus as divine warrior. This image of Jesus is meant to comfort and convict the church. We serve a victorious God who instructs us to fear not.

Martyrs on SermonAudio
Postcards from Patmos: Dear Pergamum

Martyrs on SermonAudio

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 57:00


A new MP3 sermon from Indian Hills Community Church is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: Postcards from Patmos: Dear Pergamum Subtitle: Postcards from Patmos Speaker: Jesse Randolph Broadcaster: Indian Hills Community Church Event: Sunday - AM Date: 7/31/2022 Bible: Revelation 2:12-17 Length: 57 min.

Immorality on SermonAudio
Postcards from Patmos: Dear Pergamum

Immorality on SermonAudio

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 57:00


A new MP3 sermon from Indian Hills Community Church is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: Postcards from Patmos: Dear Pergamum Subtitle: Postcards from Patmos Speaker: Jesse Randolph Broadcaster: Indian Hills Community Church Event: Sunday - AM Date: 7/31/2022 Bible: Revelation 2:12-17 Length: 57 min.

Compromise on SermonAudio
Postcards from Patmos: Dear Pergamum

Compromise on SermonAudio

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 57:00


A new MP3 sermon from Indian Hills Community Church is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: Postcards from Patmos: Dear Pergamum Subtitle: Postcards from Patmos Speaker: Jesse Randolph Broadcaster: Indian Hills Community Church Event: Sunday - AM Date: 7/31/2022 Bible: Revelation 2:12-17 Length: 57 min.

The UnSafe Bible
Welcome to Patmos Part 3

The UnSafe Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 26:00


Do you have worries that you can never seem to get past? Are there fears that you've let consume you because you've never been able to overcome them? In today's message, Pastor Ken wants you to know that if you put your trust in God, you have nothing to fear. He is sovereign over all, the beginning and the end. Don't keep letting the things of this world get to you and cause panic and fear in your life. Let God save you through His perfect love. You always have and always will be on His heart. Follow Him into eternity.

Indian Hills Community Church
Postcards from Patmos: Dear Pergamum

Indian Hills Community Church

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 57:00


The message to the church at Pergamum contained commendations, criticisms and the corrections that were needed. The underlying problem confronting the church then is rampant in the professing church today. While the specific details may be different the outcome presents the same danger to the church. That danger being tolerance resulting in compromise that corrupts the doctrine, the practice, and the very lives of the believers coming under its influence. The bible alone must be the authoritative word for the church and the standard by which all teaching and practice is evaluated.

The UnSafe Bible
Welcome to Patmos Part 2

The UnSafe Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 26:00


Have you ever been doing things on your own, only to have something out of nowhere completely change everything about your life? In today's message, Pastor Ken wants you to know that you need to give it all to God and let Him guide your life. He has a divine plan for you and the plans of your own will never be good enough. Follow God and His will for your life will take you to places you could never have dreamed of. Even when we don't understand why God is doing what He's doing, He has the best plan for us and we need to submit.

The UnSafe Bible
Welcome to Patmos Part 1

The UnSafe Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 26:00


There are so many different views on the book of Revelation. Some people choose to center their life around it, while others completely ignore it. In today's message, Pastor Ken wants you to know that the book of Revelation is very real and at some point in time, trials and tribulations will come. As Christians, we need to have a mindset like John's. Instead of worrying about how awful things might be for you on this earth, look to His kingdom and rest in the peace that one day you will join Him.

Philosophically Poetic
I Know Your Deeds (The Book Of Revelations)

Philosophically Poetic

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 29:25


While on the island of Patmos, John received a “revelation of Jesus Christ” and learned that those who read and keep this revelation will be blessed. John testified that Jesus Christ is resurrected and is the “prince of the kings of the earth,” that His blood cleanses from sin, and that He will come again. In the midst of the faithful Saints, John saw the glorified Savior holding the keys of death and hell.

Confident Collective
96. Obsessed with Rest & Romance: Greek island getaway, talking about sex, running into an ex, learning to chill

Confident Collective

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 40:22


Kristina's enjoying her second week of rest and romance in the Greek islands. She talks about how nice it was to have a couples getaway with Steve in Patmos, and the importance of making time for your relationship especially after having kids. Raeann is embracing LA while she's still there, and recaps running into an ex at a concert. Then, find out why she's making a public apology to Bumble. Raeann and Kristina discuss how chill European culture is versus the go-go-go mentality of the US. In our “ask away” segment, hear Raeann and Kristina's advice for talking about sex with your partner, navigating having a different sex drive than your partner, and releasing timelines when it comes to getting pregnant.   “You have to release yourself from the set timelines of when you thought you should be doing certain things.” - Kristina   What we talk about: Importance of slowing down Raising a toddler on vacation The worst facial Kristina has ever had and the product she used to save her skin What we love about European culture The most toxic, misogynistic guy on Tik Tok Ask Away: Talking about sex with your partner   “(In America) our whole system and lifestyle is built in a rush… In Copenhagen there's a designated time to have a sweet treat, slow down and chill. I want that to be my lifestyle constantly.” - Raeann   New podcast episodes of Confident Collective drop every Tuesday.   Resources: Relationship Q+A with Dr. Viviana Kristina's product: the feelist most wanted facial oil  Raeann's product: silver chain concho belt Follow us on Instagram: @confidentcollective  Follow the Hosts/Founders: @kristinazias & @raeannlangas Learn more: https://www.theconfidentcollective.com/ Stay in the know with our newsletter! 

Indian Hills Community Church
Postcards from Patmos: Dear Smyrna

Indian Hills Community Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 57:00


The believers at the church at Smyrna received commendation for their loyalty and faithfulness to their Lord. In so doing they were willing to suffer rather than compromise or capitulate to the pressures of the times they lived in, neither socially nor politically. We read and learn from them yet today when we too who are local congregations of the universal church of Christ are and will increasingly face such pressure to conform to what would be a denial of our Lord. May He find us faithful as they were, even unto death.

Saint of the Day
St Irene, Abbess of the Convent of Chrysovalantou (912)

Saint of the Day

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 1:36


"Saint Irene, who was from Cappadocia, flourished in the ninth century. Because of her great beauty and virtue, she was brought to Constantinople as a prospective bride for the young Emperor Michael (8422-867); however, as St Joannicius the Great foretold, it was God's will that she assume the monastic habit instead. She shone forth in great ascetical labors, and suffered many attacks from the demons; while yet a novice, she attained to the practice of St Arsenius the Great, of praying the whole night long with arms stretched out towards Heaven (see May 8). God showed forth great signs and wonders in her, and she became the Abbess of the Convent of Chrysovalantou. She was granted the gift of clairvoyance and knew the thoughts of all that came to her. She appeared in a vision to the king and rebuked him for unjustly imprisoning a nobleman who had been falsely accused. Through a sailor from Patmos to whom he had appeared, St John the Theologian sent her fragrant and wondrous apples from Paradise. She reposed at the age of 103, still retaining the youthful beauty of her countenance. After her repose, marvellous healings beyond number have been wrought by her to the present day." (Great Horologion)

Devarim
Da Galiléia a Patmos Mateus 26 parte 2 EP #34

Devarim

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 7:21


#mateus #talmidim

Devarim
Da Galiléia a Patmos Mateus 26 parte 1 #33

Devarim

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 4:13


#patmos #mateus #talmidim

Philosophically Poetic
The Final Countdown (The Book Of Revelation)

Philosophically Poetic

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 22:34


While on the island of Patmos, John received a “revelation of Jesus Christ” and learned that those who read and keep this revelation will be blessed. John testified that Jesus Christ is resurrected and is the “prince of the kings of the earth,” that His blood cleanses from sin, and that He will come again. In the midst of the faithful Saints, John saw the glorified Savior holding the keys of death and hell.

Indian Hills Community Church
Postcards from Patmos: Dear Ephesus

Indian Hills Community Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 60:00


The letter to the church at Ephesus containing the message sent from Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Church commended them for doing well in many areas of ministry. Receiving this letter some plus years after the church was started they likely were surprised to read the criticism levied at them. Christ called them out for having -left Him- as -their first love.- Having identified what needed to be corrected for the church to continue to be what it was to be He also gave them the challenge to repent and do the deeds they had done at first. What had become true of that church, while they were busy and would have looked like a church that was doing well, was known by their Head whom they could not fool or go through the motions. -These clear commendations and admonitions should be taken seriously by every church today to evaluate how ministry is going, why and who for.

Rockhills Church
Summer Journeys Week Eight - Island Getaway

Rockhills Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2022 37:57


Lead Pastor Adam Harris gives us a peek into what John saw as revealed by God while he was imprisoned on the island of Patmos.

Partakers Church Podcasts
Church History Part 4

Partakers Church Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2022 7:00


Church History Part 4 Church Persecution and Growth ~ Today in Part 4, we look briefly at the scattering of the church and the church's relationship with the governing force which was the Roman Empire! The church at the time seems to be in a bit of a rut. They still haven't spread far and wide from the centre, Jerusalem. They still did not understand that the Gospel message of Jesus Christ was for all of humanity, ultimately including the Gentiles! So God brings out his plan. Enter Saul the Persecutor (Acts 8:1-4)! God used the persecution upon the church by Saul to scatter the Church! As they went out eluding persecution, they preached the Gospel effectively! ~ We read in the book of Acts how the Gospel had spread to: Samaria - Peter, Philip and John evangelised. Gentiles - Peter and Cornelius evangelised. The Gospel message also spread out to Antioch, Phoenicia & Cyprus - part of the uttermost (Acts 11:19-30) Within 10 years of its birth, the Church was thriving in Antioch. Missionaries from Cyprus were the first to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Greeks in Antioch. Barnabas goes to Antioch ~ Then God seemingly pulls another surprise out of the hat! Saul, the main persecutor of the church, has a life-changing encounter with the risen and ascended Jesus Christ! Paul becomes a follower of Jesus, accepting that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Christians were claiming! WOW! Saul changes his name to Paul and he becomes God's man to reach out to the Gentiles, the non-Jews! WOW! Good one, God! ~ Paul was God's chosen instrument to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 9:15). It was Christianity and its Gospel of Grace versus Judaism and the Levitical Law. Paul took up the challenge. We read through the Book of Acts and in his letters, that Paul engaged in 3 missionary journeys over a period of about 12 years. ~ Quelle Surprise! Galatia (South Turkey), Cyprus, Galatia 46-48 AD Acts 13-14 Macedonia, Greece & Corinth 49-52 AD Acts 15:39-18:22 Ephesus (3 years and briefly to Greece 53-57 AD Acts 18:23-21:16 ~ For the first 30 years of its birth, the Roman empire viewed Christianity as a part of Judaism and was therefore tolerated by the Romans. During this period however, Paul was teaching that Christianity was separate as an ongoing religion from Judaism. This was to cause some trouble particularly with the Roman Empire! Judaism was an accepted and declared a 'legal' religion by the Romans. This was most unusual, as the majority of religions were banned except for the Roman state religion. During this time Rome had a great fire and was burned in 64AD. The Roman Emperor Nero blamed the Christians because they were intensely disliked. ~ It was into this context that Peter writes to encourage the Christians (1 Peter 1:3-7). Shortly afterwards in 70AD, the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, and Judaism was finished as a major religion within the Roman Empire. ~ Intense persecution of the Christian Church by the Romans occurred over the next 3 centuries. Here are a few examples of how certain Roman emperors dealt with Christians. Domitian (81-96), liked to be known as our 'Lord and God' and during his reign, the Apostle John was exiled on Patmos. Trajan (98-117) corresponded with Pliny the Younger, governor of Bythinia, on how to deal with the rapidly spreading Christianity. Decius (249-251) Supported the theory "One empire/One religion". In 250 he passed an edict that everyone had to worship the state gods and receive a certificate to signify that they had done so. Many Christians suffered intensely for refusing. However some Christians worshipped the state gods and later repented. The Church split over the question of whether these people should be allowed back into fellowship. Diocletian (284-305) - In 303 he ordered the destruction of all Church property and Scriptures. He ordered that everyone worship the state gods or face execution. This saw the most intense persecution of the Church. ~ As we see, the church is under pressure from outside forces in the Roman Empire. That was to be expected as Jesus Himself taught that this would occur. But there was also extreme pressure from within the church, particularly threatening to the unity it had enjoyed! But what happens? Well for the answer to that, you will have to come back tomorrow! Tap or click here to save this as an audio mp3 file

Devarim
Da Galiléia a Patmos Mateus 25 #32

Devarim

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 6:44


#mateus #talmidim #talentos #virgens

Indian Hills Community Church
Postcards from Patmos: Prologue (Part 3)

Indian Hills Community Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 57:00


Jesus Christ was revealed to John in the revelation given to him at Patmos as the preeminent one, in His glory, and fully worthy and deserving of all reverence. John's response to this revelation was to record it as he was told and utter humility. The majesty, the power, and the authority of Jesus Christ as He is today in heaven is truth for all time, for all people, and especially for believers to keep these truths of who He is at the forefront of thinking and daily living.

Devarim
Da Galiléia a Patmos Mateus 24 parte 2 #31

Devarim

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 5:38


#mateus24 #talmidim #jesusvoltara

Patmos
Episode 13: The Pattern of the Pharisees

Patmos

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 23:26


Conservatives recognize something is deeply wrong in our society, but they are getting the prescription wrong by mimicking the pattern of the Pharisees. Seeking an Earthly Messiah. Connect With Me: Twitter: @paracelsusburns If you are interested in participating in the Patmos community I have a Locals.com community that is currently outside the Silicon Valley Censorship… Continue reading Episode 13: The Pattern of the Pharisees The post Episode 13: The Pattern of the Pharisees first appeared on Patmos.

Devarim
Da Galiléia a Patmos Mateus 24 parte 1 episódio #30

Devarim

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 3:01


#mateus24 #talmidim #devarim

The Gary DeMar Podcast
The Martyrdom of Antipas

The Gary DeMar Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 31:11


Gary answers a listener question about the supposed historical fact that Antipas (mentioned in Revelation 2:13) was martyred in the mid-90s AD under Domitian. If true, this would mean the book of Revelation was written after the destruction of the city and the temple in AD 70. Preterists maintain that the book was written during Nero's reign in the mid-60s AD. So which view is correct and why does it matter?

Charlas Pastor Luis Salas, Iglesia ETP
EL OLAM - El Dios Eterno

Charlas Pastor Luis Salas, Iglesia ETP

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 55:06


Génesis 21:33.Este árbol se levantaba como memoria y como señal en uno de los lugares donde Abraham y Dios hablaban; Jehová Dios eterno (El Olam), un nombre divino que para Abraham significaba la naturaleza inquebrantable y perdurable del pacto que Dios había celebrado con él.Dios tiene su propio sentido del tiempo: «… para el Señor un día es como mil años, y mil años como un día». Dios tiene un tiempo perfecto: nunca es temprano ni nunca es tarde. Dios nunca tiene prisa, pero siempre llega a tiempo.El hombre creó su propio tiempo con el fin de saber su pasado, su presente y para tratar de saber que hay un futuro; al hacerlo el hombre metió a Dios en el tiempo y creemos que Dios está en el tiempo; pero no, Dios no está en el tiempo; Dios es el mismo ayer, hoy y siempre porque Dios está en la eternidad, Dios está fuera del tiempo y mas allá; El es Eterno. Isaías 57:15.El Olam es el nombre hebreo de Dios que significa “Que no tiene principio ni fin”, El Dios Eterno que dura para siempre, se encuentra fuera y más allá del tiempo. El Olam… El Eterno, el Dios que no cambia, El Dios que es y que será, el que “siempre está”, asi que no estamos solos, El Olam está con nosotros todos los días de nuestra vida.La etimología de la palabra OLAM va todavía más allá de denotar solamente ETERNIDAD, significa también: EL DIOS DEL PROPÓSITO, Dios no juega a la suerte con nosotros, nuestro nacimiento y nuestra vida no son un accidente ni mucho menos un error, tal vez algunas personas no hayan sido planeados por sus padres, pero si fueron planeados por Dios, Dios diseñó cada característica de nosotros, estatura, color de piel, tipo de ojos, color de  cabello, cada mínimo detalle él lo sabe, en el libro de los Salmos 139:14-16, Dios se lo reveló al rey David.Por tal razón Dios no crea al hombre al azar, estamos aquí para hacer cosas sobrenaturales,  Jesús lo declaró en Juan 14:10-16.Dios tiene planes en el presente y un futuro contigo y conmigo, por lo tanto El Olam que está desde el principio hasta el fin no nos dejará, El lo escribió en Deuteronomio 31:6, Deuteronomio 31:8, Josué 1:5, Mateo 28:20 “y he aquí yo estoy con vosotros todos los días, hasta el fin del mundo”.El olam, El Dios Eterno no solamente es un lugar en el tiempo, sino es el sitio de donde todo lo que existe en la actualidad ya ha existido y lo que está torcido se endereza: Eclesiastés 3:15 “Aquello que fue, ya es; y lo que ha de ser, fue ya; y Dios restaura lo que pasó”, hoy es el día en el cual vamos a entrar a El Olam, al Dios Eterno y Dios va a restaurar todo lo que está torcido en nuestro propósito y en nuestro destino y vamos a colocar las promesas que están escritas en Su Palabra y cada una de ellas se cumplirán en nombre de Jesús por amor a Su nombre.En la Palabra de Dios varios de los hombres que creyeron en Dios les fue dada Palabra que salió de la boca de Dios y se cumplieron a cabalidad, Abraham, Moisés, Josué, profetas con Isaías, Jeremías, y el más grande cumplimiento de Su Palabra de lo que fue escrito acerca de Jesús, todo se cumplió.Hoy vamos a entrar por las puertas eternas asi como lo hizo Juan en la isla de Patmos, Apocalipsis 4:1-2, entra por la puerta abierta que está en el cielo, Jesús es la puerta estrecha, Mateo 7:13-14 “Entrad por la puerta estrecha; porque ancha es la puerta, y espacioso el camino que lleva a la perdición, y muchos son los que entran por ella; porque estrecha es la puerta, y angosto el camino que lleva a la vida, y pocos son los que la hallan”, Jesús es la puerta, Juan 10:9 "Yo soy la puerta; el que por mí entrare, será salvo; y entrará, y saldrá, y hallará pastos”, Salmos 23…Y allí, en la corte celestial y delante del trono establecido en el cielo, y en el trono, uno sentado, semejante a piedra de jaspe y de cornalina…En Su mano derecha un libro… tu libro y el único digno de abrir el libro “El León de la tribu de Judá, la raíz de David, el Cordero como inmolado, que tiene 7 cuernos y 7 ojos, los cuales son los siete espíritus de Dios que han sido enviados sobre la tierra; el que fue inmolado y con Su sangre nos ha redimido para Dios y nos ha hecho para nuestro Dios reyes y sacerdotes; el toma tu libro en Su mano y va a restaurar todo lo que pasó. Señor colocamos cada promesa que nos has dado, y vas a enderezar todo lo torcido en mi vida, todo lo que está ocurriendo en mi vida fuera de mi propósito lo vas a restaurar, lo vas a enderezar, así como lo hiciste con la mujer del flujo de sangre (12 años), con la mujer encorvada (18 años), con el paralítico de Bethesda (38 años), acuérdate Señor de todas mis ofrendas que subieron delante de ti como olor fragante, Señor tu me has dado promesas asi como le diste promesas a Abraham y las cumpliste, de mi dijiste en Jeremías 39:17-18 “…pero te libraré de aquellos a quienes tanto temes. Como has confiado en mí, te daré tu vida como recompensa; te rescataré y te mantendré seguro. ¡Yo, el Señor, he hablado!'”, hoy es el día de tu salvación y tu sanidad… Espíritu Santo ven, muestra tu poder; Señor muestra tu gloria sobre tu pueblo… Hoy pronunciamos las buenas noticias a los pobres, hoy viene consuelo a los de corazón quebrantado, hoy proclamamos que los cautivos serán liberados y los prisioneros serán puestos en libertad, el Señor declara que a todos  los que se lamentan que ha llegado el tiempo del favor del Señor junto con el día de la ira de Dios contra sus enemigos, a todos los que se lamentan en Israel se les dará una corona de belleza en lugar de cenizas, gozo y bendición en lugar de luto,  en su justicia, serán como grandes robles que el Señor ha plantado para su propia gloria. Reconstruirán las ruinas antiguas y seremos llamados sacerdotes del Señor, ministros de nuestro Dios y nos alimentaremos de los tesoros de las naciones y nos jactaremos de sus riquezas.

Devarim
Da Galiléia a Patmos Mateus 23 #29

Devarim

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 6:51


#mateus23 #talmidim #devarim

Devarim
Da Galiléia a Patmos Mateus 22 #28

Devarim

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 7:30


#mateus22 #talmidim #ieq

Indian Hills Community Church
Postcards from Patmos: Prologue (Part 2)

Indian Hills Community Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 61:00


Six truths about Jesus Christ are identified and discussed in detail in this message. Christ is the giver of grace and the provider of peace. He is the Davidic heir, He loves us who are believers, He has appointed us, He is coming again, and He is the fulfillment of all things.

Rick Renner Podcast
Monday - John on the Isle of Patmos

Rick Renner Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 28:30


While the apostle John was exiled on Patmos as a political prisoner, the Holy Spirit allowed him to see Jesus as he had never seen Him before.

Rick Renner Podcast (audio)
Monday - John on the Isle of Patmos

Rick Renner Podcast (audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 28:30


While the apostle John was exiled on Patmos as a political prisoner, the Holy Spirit allowed him to see Jesus as he had never seen Him before.

First15 Devotional
God's Heart to Meet With The Man John on Patmos

First15 Devotional

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 9:03


As we wrap up our week on God's heart to meet with man, today we'll look at the encouraging story of John on the island of Patmos. Right when we think we're unusable, a season is too dry or we're past our prime, God comes and speaks fresh life and vision. If you find yourself like John on Patmos today, I pray God brings a new word of courage and life to you despite your season. Our Scripture for today comes from Revelation 1:17-19, and today's worship is Communion by Bryan McCleery. --   Faith doesn't happen on its own. It's a byproduct of time spent experiencing the faithfulness of our God. It's a gift given to us by the Giver of good gifts, himself.    It was a supernatural faith that allowed Paul to sing even while in chains. It was supernatural faith that allowed Peter to proclaim the gospel, even unto death. And it's supernatural faith that will carry you to and through the greatest gospel opportunities in front of you.    We pray our printed devotionals, Faith and Trust, help people like you experience the life changing reality that faith and trust have on your everyday life.     With Faith you'll:    Discover a Biblical framework for living faithfully Study powerful moments of God's faithfulness in scripture Tear down personal strongholds in your life where you struggle with faith Develop a lifestyle of faith, that weathers the storms of life   And every dollar you give today goes to help more people like you experience the nearness and love of our God.    Everything changes when we learn to trust and become filled with faith in our good, good God. Get your copy at supportfirst15.org! 

Indian Hills Community Church
Postcards from Patmos: Prologue (Part 1)

Indian Hills Community Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 57:00


The Lord of the Church gave His evaluation of the churches so addressed in the letters and in so doing, His evaluation of all churches in existence until His imminent return. Who is the Lord of the Church and by what authority does He so speak to the churches is presented in this prologue to the series of messages that will be centered on the first three chapters of the Revelation from Jesus Christ.

Charlas Pastor Luis Salas, Iglesia ETP
Un Milagro en Tu Boca

Charlas Pastor Luis Salas, Iglesia ETP

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 56:50


Salmo 107:20.Cada uno de nosotros tiene un destino y propósito registrados en un libro que se encuentra en el cielo, en este libro se encuentra la razón por la cual fuimos creados y existimos en el cielo, esto fue revelado al Rey David y lo dejó escrito en libro de los Salmos 139:15-16.Además de esto, cada oración, cada palabra y cada acción que tu has ejecutado se encuentra en un libro de memorias, mire Malaquías 3:16-18, el salmista lo declaró en el libro de los Salmos 56:8 “Mis huidas tú has contado; Pon mis lágrimas en tu redoma; ¿No están ellas en tu libro?”. El anhelo del corazón de Dios es que cada propósito y destino se cumpla en medio de nosotros y en medio de Su pueblo; que cada promesa que Él nos ha dado se cumpla en medio de nosotros, lo vemos a lo largo y ancho de la Palabra de Dios, ejemplo de esto es el pueblo de Israel, Dios no descansó hasta cumplir la promesa que le dió a Abraham, a Isaac y a Jacob, de darle a sus descendientes la tierra prometida y Dios no va a descansar hasta llevarnos a nuestro destino para cumplir nuestro propósito.El problema es nuestro enemigo el diablo, su deseo es “Matar, Robar y Destruir”; al mantenemos fuera de nuestro destino, entonces se detendrán los propósitos en nosotros ya que nuestro destino y los propósitos de Dios están irrevocablemente unidos. El enemigo usa dos armas contra nosotros las cuales generan argumentos y el derecho legal para traer destrucción a nuestra vida, familia y descendencia:  Una de sus principales armas para hacer esto son las maldiciones, maldición es *una fuerza espiritual usada por el enemigo para tergiversar tu futuro, el de tu familia y tu descendencia*. Cuando una maldición está operando, las personas experimentan frustraciones y fracasos porque nunca pueden alcanzar sus propósitos, las cosas nunca parecen funcionar bien y al eliminarlas de nuestra vida, familia y descendencia llegará la libertad para caminar hacia el futuro que Dios ha planeado para nosotros, recuerda que Dios tiene un plan de bendición para cada uno de nosotros, esta escrito en libro de Jeremías 29:11 "Porque yo sé los pensamientos que tengo acerca de vosotros, dice Jehová, pensamientos de paz, y no de mal, para daros el fin que esperáis”. Prepárate para el futuro de bendición que Dios ha escrito en los libros del cielo para ti. Las Palabras: En el libro de Proverbios 18:21 “La muerte y la vida están en poder (en manos) de la lengua… Y el que la ama comerá de sus frutos”, todo lo que sucede en nuestra vida pasa por nuestra lengua, la bendición o la maldición, la muerte o la vida, tu escoges que anhelas para tu vida, tu hogar y tu descendencia. Debemos romper la autoridad CON QUE TE LIGASTE CON TU LENGUA Y LA QUE TUVO LA PERSONA SOBRE TI A TRAVÉS DE SU LENGUA, debemos romper las maldiciones proferidas, auto impuestas o impuestas por personas de autoridad. La clave para hacer frente a las fuerzas adversas que trabajan en nuestra contra es eliminar sus derechos legales. Las maldiciones solo pueden operar desde una posición legal. Proverbios 26:2 “Como el gorrión en su vagar, y como la golondrina en su vuelo, así la maldición nunca vendrá sin causa”, esto nos da una idea del funcionamiento de las maldiciones; Como gorrión que revolotea, como golondrina que vuela, así la maldición no se posará en nuestra vida, familia y descendencia sino hay una causa o un derecho legal.Hoy es el día en el cual vamos a derribar los argumentos y el derecho legal que el enemigo ha usado para destruir el propósito que Dios tiene para nuestra vida, familia y descendencia ya bien sea en nuestra linea generacional o por pecados o por injusticias o por palabras; en el libro de Juan 19:30 “Cuando Jesús hubo tomado el vinagre, dijo: Consumado es. Y habiendo inclinado la cabeza, entregó el espíritu”, todo fue consumado por Jesús en la cruz del calvario, la cruz permitió que el veredicto que hay contra nosotros no se ejecute y no tenga efecto. las enfermedades, la ruina, a través de Su sangre todo el argumento levantado contra nosotros se rompe en el nombre de Jesús, está escrito en el libro de Colosenses 2:13-15.Ministración: Colócate en pie, está escrito en el libro de Zacarías 4:6 “No con ejército, ni con fuerza, sino con mi Espíritu, ha dicho Jehová de los ejércitos”, hoy el Espíritu Santo te va a guiar a ver el futuro de todas las oraciones y peticiones que has hecho, de todas las promesas que el Señor nos ha dado a través de Su Palabra y de Sus profetas, solo tenemos que buscar “El lugar secreto”, en el libro de los Salmos 91:1 y 9 está la Palabra revelada, tenemos que hacer al Altísimo nuestro lugar de habitación, nuestro lugar secreto, entonces vendrán todos los beneficios: Salmos 91:2-16, "Dios no se ha olvidado de mi, el Señor me ayudará, Él está haciendo cosa nueva, Él está abriendo camino en el desierto”.Vamos a ese lugar en adoración y exaltación a nuestro Dios, ven Espíritu de Dios y llévame al Lugar Santísimo así como lo hiciste con los profetas que tu llamaste, con Juan en la isla de Patmos, Apocalipsis 4:1-6, “Todo argumento legal, todo veredicto o mandato legal que se ha levantado contra nuestra vida, familia y descendencia fue destruido en la cruz y a través de la sangre derramada se rompe todo el argumento legal que el enemigo levantó contra mi vida, mi familia y descendencia, hoy declaramos La Palabra de Dios en Isaías 54:17.Hoy clamo al Señor con mi voz y Él hoy me oye desde Su santo templo: Señor tu propósito está en mi, tu reputación está en mi, tus promesas están en mi y tu cumples lo que prometes porque no eres hombre para mentir ni hijo de hombre para que te arrepientas; tu dijiste y no harás?, hablaste y no ejecutarás?, Señor tu eres un Dios de Pactos y tu cumples tus pactos, si se cumple lo que ha escrito el hombre de autoridad en la tierra el propósito que está escrito en el cielo cuando viste mi embrión en el vientre de mi madre no se va a cumplir, levanta tu voz en oración “Ahora, pues, yo te ruego que sea magnificado el poder del Señor, como lo hablaste, diciendo: Jehová, tardo para la ira y grande en misericordia, que perdona la iniquidad y la rebelión, perdona ahora la iniquidad de nosotros según la grandeza de tu misericordia”. Tu eres Jehová Tsidkenu, tu eres mi Señor, mi Justicia”.Señor abre mi libro, tu eres el único digno de abrir mi libro, Apocalipsis 5:6-10.

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
June 23: 2 Kings 11–13; Psalm 142; Revelation 1

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 15:42


Old Testament: 2 Kings 11–13 2 Kings 11–13 (Listen) Athaliah Reigns in Judah 11 Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal family. 2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the king's sons who were being put to death, and she put1 him and his nurse in a bedroom. Thus they2 hid him from Athaliah, so that he was not put to death. 3 And he remained with her six years, hidden in the house of the LORD, while Athaliah reigned over the land. Joash Anointed King in Judah 4 But in the seventh year Jehoiada sent and brought the captains of the Carites and of the guards, and had them come to him in the house of the LORD. And he made a covenant with them and put them under oath in the house of the LORD, and he showed them the king's son. 5 And he commanded them, “This is the thing that you shall do: one third of you, those who come off duty on the Sabbath and guard the king's house 6 (another third being at the gate Sur and a third at the gate behind the guards) shall guard the palace.3 7 And the two divisions of you, which come on duty in force on the Sabbath and guard the house of the LORD on behalf of the king, 8 shall surround the king, each with his weapons in his hand. And whoever approaches the ranks is to be put to death. Be with the king when he goes out and when he comes in.” 9 The captains did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded, and they each brought his men who were to go off duty on the Sabbath, with those who were to come on duty on the Sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest. 10 And the priest gave to the captains the spears and shields that had been King David's, which were in the house of the LORD. 11 And the guards stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, from the south side of the house to the north side of the house, around the altar and the house on behalf of the king. 12 Then he brought out the king's son and put the crown on him and gave him the testimony. And they proclaimed him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and said, “Long live the king!” 13 When Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she went into the house of the LORD to the people. 14 And when she looked, there was the king standing by the pillar, according to the custom, and the captains and the trumpeters beside the king, and all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets. And Athaliah tore her clothes and cried, “Treason! Treason!” 15 Then Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains who were set over the army, “Bring her out between the ranks, and put to death with the sword anyone who follows her.” For the priest said, “Let her not be put to death in the house of the LORD.” 16 So they laid hands on her; and she went through the horses' entrance to the king's house, and there she was put to death. 17 And Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and people, that they should be the LORD's people, and also between the king and the people. 18 Then all the people of the land went to the house of Baal and tore it down; his altars and his images they broke in pieces, and they killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And the priest posted watchmen over the house of the LORD. 19 And he took the captains, the Carites, the guards, and all the people of the land, and they brought the king down from the house of the LORD, marching through the gate of the guards to the king's house. And he took his seat on the throne of the kings. 20 So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet after Athaliah had been put to death with the sword at the king's house. 4 Jehoash Reigns in Judah 21 Jehoash5 was seven years old when he began to reign. 12 In the seventh year of Jehu, Jehoash6 began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba. 2 And Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all his days, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 3 Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away; the people continued to sacrifice and make offerings on the high places. Jehoash Repairs the Temple 4 Jehoash said to the priests, “All the money of the holy things that is brought into the house of the LORD, the money for which each man is assessed—the money from the assessment of persons—and the money that a man's heart prompts him to bring into the house of the LORD, 5 let the priests take, each from his donor, and let them repair the house wherever any need of repairs is discovered.” 6 But by the twenty-third year of King Jehoash, the priests had made no repairs on the house. 7 Therefore King Jehoash summoned Jehoiada the priest and the other priests and said to them, “Why are you not repairing the house? Now therefore take no more money from your donors, but hand it over for the repair of the house.” 8 So the priests agreed that they should take no more money from the people, and that they should not repair the house. 9 Then Jehoiada the priest took a chest and bored a hole in the lid of it and set it beside the altar on the right side as one entered the house of the LORD. And the priests who guarded the threshold put in it all the money that was brought into the house of the LORD. 10 And whenever they saw that there was much money in the chest, the king's secretary and the high priest came up and they bagged and counted the money that was found in the house of the LORD. 11 Then they would give the money that was weighed out into the hands of the workmen who had the oversight of the house of the LORD. And they paid it out to the carpenters and the builders who worked on the house of the LORD, 12 and to the masons and the stonecutters, as well as to buy timber and quarried stone for making repairs on the house of the LORD, and for any outlay for the repairs of the house. 13 But there were not made for the house of the LORD basins of silver, snuffers, bowls, trumpets, or any vessels of gold, or of silver, from the money that was brought into the house of the LORD, 14 for that was given to the workmen who were repairing the house of the LORD with it. 15 And they did not ask for an accounting from the men into whose hand they delivered the money to pay out to the workmen, for they dealt honestly. 16 The money from the guilt offerings and the money from the sin offerings was not brought into the house of the LORD; it belonged to the priests. 17 At that time Hazael king of Syria went up and fought against Gath and took it. But when Hazael set his face to go up against Jerusalem, 18 Jehoash king of Judah took all the sacred gifts that Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah his fathers, the kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own sacred gifts, and all the gold that was found in the treasuries of the house of the LORD and of the king's house, and sent these to Hazael king of Syria. Then Hazael went away from Jerusalem. The Death of Joash 19 Now the rest of the acts of Joash and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 20 His servants arose and made a conspiracy and struck down Joash in the house of Millo, on the way that goes down to Silla. 21 It was Jozacar the son of Shimeath and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, who struck him down, so that he died. And they buried him with his fathers in the city of David, and Amaziah his son reigned in his place. Jehoahaz Reigns in Israel 13 In the twenty-third year of Joash the son of Ahaziah, king of Judah, Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned seventeen years. 2 He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin; he did not depart from them. 3 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he gave them continually into the hand of Hazael king of Syria and into the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael. 4 Then Jehoahaz sought the favor of the LORD, and the LORD listened to him, for he saw the oppression of Israel, how the king of Syria oppressed them. 5 (Therefore the LORD gave Israel a savior, so that they escaped from the hand of the Syrians, and the people of Israel lived in their homes as formerly. 6 Nevertheless, they did not depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, which he made Israel to sin, but walked7 in them; and the Asherah also remained in Samaria.) 7 For there was not left to Jehoahaz an army of more than fifty horsemen and ten chariots and ten thousand footmen, for the king of Syria had destroyed them and made them like the dust at threshing. 8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz and all that he did, and his might, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 9 So Jehoahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria, and Joash his son reigned in his place. Jehoash Reigns in Israel 10 In the thirty-seventh year of Joash king of Judah, Jehoash8 the son of Jehoahaz began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned sixteen years. 11 He also did what was evil in the sight of the LORD. He did not depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin, but he walked in them. 12 Now the rest of the acts of Joash and all that he did, and the might with which he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 13 So Joash slept with his fathers, and Jeroboam sat on his throne. And Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel. The Death of Elisha 14 Now when Elisha had fallen sick with the illness of which he was to die, Joash king of Israel went down to him and wept before him, crying, “My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” 15 And Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and arrows.” So he took a bow and arrows. 16 Then he said to the king of Israel, “Draw the bow,” and he drew it. And Elisha laid his hands on the king's hands. 17 And he said, “Open the window eastward,” and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot,” and he shot. And he said, “The LORD's arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Syria! For you shall fight the Syrians in Aphek until you have made an end of them.” 18 And he said, “Take the arrows,” and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground with them.” And he struck three times and stopped. 19 Then the man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck down Syria until you had made an end of it, but now you will strike down Syria only three times.” 20 So Elisha died, and they buried him. Now bands of Moabites used to invade the land in the spring of the year. 21 And as a man was being buried, behold, a marauding band was seen and the man was thrown into the grave of Elisha, and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet. 22 Now Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz. 23 But the LORD was gracious to them and had compassion on them, and he turned toward them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, nor has he cast them from his presence until now. 24 When Hazael king of Syria died, Ben-hadad his son became king in his place. 25 Then Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again from Ben-hadad the son of Hazael the cities that he had taken from Jehoahaz his father in war. Three times Joash defeated him and recovered the cities of Israel. Footnotes [1] 11:2 Compare 2 Chronicles 22:11; Hebrew lacks and she put [2] 11:2 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate (compare 2 Chronicles 22:11) she [3] 11:6 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain [4] 11:20 Ch 12:1 in Hebrew [5] 11:21 Jehoash is an alternate spelling of Joash (son of Ahaziah) as in verse 2 [6] 12:1 Jehoash is an alternate spelling of Joash (son of Ahaziah) as in 11:2; also verses 2, 4, 6, 7, 18 [7] 13:6 Septuagint, Syriac, Targum, Vulgate; Hebrew he walked [8] 13:10 Jehoash is an alternate spelling of Joash (son of Jehoahaz) as in verses 9, 12–14; also verse 25 (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 142 Psalm 142 (Listen) You Are My Refuge A Maskil1 of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer. 142   With my voice I cry out to the LORD;    with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD.2   I pour out my complaint before him;    I tell my trouble before him. 3   When my spirit faints within me,    you know my way!  In the path where I walk    they have hidden a trap for me.4   Look to the right and see:    there is none who takes notice of me;  no refuge remains to me;    no one cares for my soul. 5   I cry to you, O LORD;    I say, “You are my refuge,    my portion in the land of the living.”6   Attend to my cry,    for I am brought very low!  Deliver me from my persecutors,    for they are too strong for me!7   Bring me out of prison,    that I may give thanks to your name!  The righteous will surround me,    for you will deal bountifully with me. Footnotes [1] 142:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term (ESV) New Testament: Revelation 1 Revelation 1 (Listen) Prologue 1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants1 the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. Greeting to the Seven Churches 4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail2 on account of him. Even so. Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Vision of the Son of Man 9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” 12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. Footnotes [1] 1:1 for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for servant later in this verse [2] 1:7 Or mourn (ESV)

Arena do Futuro – Áudios Novo Tempo

Apocalipse 22:6 – Estas palavras são fiéis e verdadeiras. O Senhor, o Deus dos espíritos dos profetas, enviou Seu anjo para mostrar aos Seus servos as coisas que em breve devem acontecer. Estas palavras seguem imediatamente a visão de João, da Nova Terra. Enquanto esteve em Patmos ele aprendeu quão bem as coisas poderiam ir […] O post Em breve vai acontecer! apareceu primeiro em Rede Novo Tempo de Comunicação.

Tempo de Refletir
Em breve vai acontecer!

Tempo de Refletir

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022


Apocalipse 22:6 – Estas palavras são fiéis e verdadeiras. O Senhor, o Deus dos espíritos dos profetas, enviou Seu anjo para mostrar aos Seus servos as coisas que em breve devem acontecer. Estas palavras seguem imediatamente a visão de João, da Nova Terra. Enquanto esteve em Patmos ele aprendeu quão bem as coisas poderiam ir […] O post Em breve vai acontecer! apareceu primeiro em Rede Novo Tempo de Comunicação.

Tempo de Refletir
Em breve vai acontecer!

Tempo de Refletir

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022


Apocalipse 22:6 – Estas palavras são fiéis e verdadeiras. O Senhor, o Deus dos espíritos dos profetas, enviou Seu anjo para mostrar aos Seus servos as coisas que em breve devem acontecer. Estas palavras seguem imediatamente a visão de João, da Nova Terra. Enquanto esteve em Patmos ele aprendeu quão bem as coisas poderiam ir […] O post Em breve vai acontecer! apareceu primeiro em Rede Novo Tempo de Comunicação.

St. Andrew United Methodist Church Sermons
Revelation (Contemporary Service, Rev. Jimmy Decker preaching on 6/5/2022 9:30:00 AM)

St. Andrew United Methodist Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 29:25


John of Patmos, or John the Revelator, offers us the final piece of scripture to round out the bible. The book of Revelation has long been the most misunderstood aspect of scripture since its inception. It is and apocalyptic writing that was customary at the time. Apocalyptic in this context is not world ending destruction however, but instead it is a great unveiling of previously unknown information. In this case, it is full of fantastical imagery, wild prophecy, and laced through it all is the image of Christ and his final redemption of the world. Much like every other book of the Bible, the words in these pages are historical, contextual, and relevant to our daily lives. The imagery of the beasts in Revelation are specific references to worldly people, groups, and events happening to the early church when this was written. WYet we can find meaning in those images for our lives as well. The questions for us to ponder in this book is why it was written, what were all these confusing symbols representing, and what do they mean for us today. More importantly, how do we understand the importance of revelation today? What is the difference between the words of these pages, and the words of the preachers of St. Andrew? Or any other church leader for that matter? Can we have revelation, and if so, how do we recognize it?  

St. Andrew United Methodist Church Sermons
Revelation (Contemporary Service, Rev. Arthur Jones preaching on 6/5/2022 11:00:00 AM)

St. Andrew United Methodist Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 24:35


John of Patmos, or John the Revelator, offers us the final piece of scripture to round out the bible. The book of Revelation has long been the most misunderstood aspect of scripture since its inception. It is and apocalyptic writing that was customary at the time. Apocalyptic in this context is not world ending destruction however, but instead it is a great unveiling of previously unknown information. In this case, it is full of fantastical imagery, wild prophecy, and laced through it all is the image of Christ and his final redemption of the world. Much like every other book of the Bible, the words in these pages are historical, contextual, and relevant to our daily lives. The imagery of the beasts in Revelation are specific references to worldly people, groups, and events happening to the early church when this was written. WYet we can find meaning in those images for our lives as well. The questions for us to ponder in this book is why it was written, what were all these confusing symbols representing, and what do they mean for us today. More importantly, how do we understand the importance of revelation today? What is the difference between the words of these pages, and the words of the preachers of St. Andrew? Or any other church leader for that matter? Can we have revelation, and if so, how do we recognize it?  

St. Andrew United Methodist Church Sermons
Revelation (Traditional Service, Rev. Arthur Jones preaching on 6/5/2022 9:30:00 AM)

St. Andrew United Methodist Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 20:51


John of Patmos, or John the Revelator, offers us the final piece of scripture to round out the bible. The book of Revelation has long been the most misunderstood aspect of scripture since its inception. It is and apocalyptic writing that was customary at the time. Apocalyptic in this context is not world ending destruction however, but instead it is a great unveiling of previously unknown information. In this case, it is full of fantastical imagery, wild prophecy, and laced through it all is the image of Christ and his final redemption of the world. Much like every other book of the Bible, the words in these pages are historical, contextual, and relevant to our daily lives. The imagery of the beasts in Revelation are specific references to worldly people, groups, and events happening to the early church when this was written. WYet we can find meaning in those images for our lives as well. The questions for us to ponder in this book is why it was written, what were all these confusing symbols representing, and what do they mean for us today. More importantly, how do we understand the importance of revelation today? What is the difference between the words of these pages, and the words of the preachers of St. Andrew? Or any other church leader for that matter? Can we have revelation, and if so, how do we recognize it?  

St. Andrew United Methodist Church Sermons
Revelation (Traditional Service, Lauren Gerlach preaching on 6/4/2022 5:30:00 PM)

St. Andrew United Methodist Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 22:00


John of Patmos, or John the Revelator, offers us the final piece of scripture to round out the bible. The book of Revelation has long been the most misunderstood aspect of scripture since its inception. It is and apocalyptic writing that was customary at the time. Apocalyptic in this context is not world ending destruction however, but instead it is a great unveiling of previously unknown information. In this case, it is full of fantastical imagery, wild prophecy, and laced through it all is the image of Christ and his final redemption of the world. Much like every other book of the Bible, the words in these pages are historical, contextual, and relevant to our daily lives. The imagery of the beasts in Revelation are specific references to worldly people, groups, and events happening to the early church when this was written. WYet we can find meaning in those images for our lives as well. The questions for us to ponder in this book is why it was written, what were all these confusing symbols representing, and what do they mean for us today. More importantly, how do we understand the importance of revelation today? What is the difference between the words of these pages, and the words of the preachers of St. Andrew? Or any other church leader for that matter? Can we have revelation, and if so, how do we recognize it?  

ESV: M'Cheyne Reading Plan
May 30: Deuteronomy 3; Psalm 85; Isaiah 31; Revelation 1

ESV: M'Cheyne Reading Plan

Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 10:45


With family: Deuteronomy 3; Psalm 85 Deuteronomy 3 (Listen) The Defeat of King Og 3 “Then we turned and went up the way to Bashan. And Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. 2 But the LORD said to me, ‘Do not fear him, for I have given him and all his people and his land into your hand. And you shall do to him as you did to Sihon the king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.' 3 So the LORD our God gave into our hand Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people, and we struck him down until he had no survivor left. 4 And we took all his cities at that time—there was not a city that we did not take from them—sixty cities, the whole region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. 5 All these were cities fortified with high walls, gates, and bars, besides very many unwalled villages. 6 And we devoted them to destruction,1 as we did to Sihon the king of Heshbon, devoting to destruction every city, men, women, and children. 7 But all the livestock and the spoil of the cities we took as our plunder. 8 So we took the land at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, from the Valley of the Arnon to Mount Hermon 9 (the Sidonians call Hermon Sirion, while the Amorites call it Senir), 10 all the cities of the tableland and all Gilead and all Bashan, as far as Salecah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan. 11 (For only Og the king of Bashan was left of the remnant of the Rephaim. Behold, his bed was a bed of iron. Is it not in Rabbah of the Ammonites? Nine cubits2 was its length, and four cubits its breadth, according to the common cubit.3) 12 “When we took possession of this land at that time, I gave to the Reubenites and the Gadites the territory beginning at Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, and half the hill country of Gilead with its cities. 13 The rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, that is, all the region of Argob, I gave to the half-tribe of Manasseh. (All that portion of Bashan is called the land of Rephaim. 14 Jair the Manassite took all the region of Argob, that is, Bashan, as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, and called the villages after his own name, Havvoth-jair, as it is to this day.) 15 To Machir I gave Gilead, 16 and to the Reubenites and the Gadites I gave the territory from Gilead as far as the Valley of the Arnon, with the middle of the valley as a border, as far over as the river Jabbok, the border of the Ammonites; 17 the Arabah also, with the Jordan as the border, from Chinnereth as far as the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, under the slopes of Pisgah on the east. 18 “And I commanded you at that time, saying, ‘The LORD your God has given you this land to possess. All your men of valor shall cross over armed before your brothers, the people of Israel. 19 Only your wives, your little ones, and your livestock (I know that you have much livestock) shall remain in the cities that I have given you, 20 until the LORD gives rest to your brothers, as to you, and they also occupy the land that the LORD your God gives them beyond the Jordan. Then each of you may return to his possession which I have given you.' 21 And I commanded Joshua at that time, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings. So will the LORD do to all the kingdoms into which you are crossing. 22 You shall not fear them, for it is the LORD your God who fights for you.' Moses Forbidden to Enter the Land 23 “And I pleaded with the LORD at that time, saying, 24 ‘O Lord GOD, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours? 25 Please let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.' 26 But the LORD was angry with me because of you and would not listen to me. And the LORD said to me, ‘Enough from you; do not speak to me of this matter again. 27 Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward, and look at it with your eyes, for you shall not go over this Jordan. 28 But charge Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he shall go over at the head of this people, and he shall put them in possession of the land that you shall see.' 29 So we remained in the valley opposite Beth-peor. Footnotes [1] 3:6 That is, set apart (devoted) as an offering to the Lord (for destruction); twice in this verse [2] 3:11 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters [3] 3:11 Hebrew cubit of a man (ESV) Psalm 85 (Listen) Revive Us Again To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. 85   LORD, you were favorable to your land;    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.2   You forgave the iniquity of your people;    you covered all their sin. Selah3   You withdrew all your wrath;    you turned from your hot anger. 4   Restore us again, O God of our salvation,    and put away your indignation toward us!5   Will you be angry with us forever?    Will you prolong your anger to all generations?6   Will you not revive us again,    that your people may rejoice in you?7   Show us your steadfast love, O LORD,    and grant us your salvation. 8   Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,    for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;    but let them not turn back to folly.9   Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,    that glory may dwell in our land. 10   Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;    righteousness and peace kiss each other.11   Faithfulness springs up from the ground,    and righteousness looks down from the sky.12   Yes, the LORD will give what is good,    and our land will yield its increase.13   Righteousness will go before him    and make his footsteps a way. (ESV) In private: Isaiah 31; Revelation 1 Isaiah 31 (Listen) Woe to Those Who Go Down to Egypt 31   Woe1 to those who go down to Egypt for help    and rely on horses,  who trust in chariots because they are many    and in horsemen because they are very strong,  but do not look to the Holy One of Israel    or consult the LORD!2   And yet he is wise and brings disaster;    he does not call back his words,  but will arise against the house of the evildoers    and against the helpers of those who work iniquity.3   The Egyptians are man, and not God,    and their horses are flesh, and not spirit.  When the LORD stretches out his hand,    the helper will stumble, and he who is helped will fall,    and they will all perish together. 4   For thus the LORD said to me,  “As a lion or a young lion growls over his prey,    and when a band of shepherds is called out against him  he is not terrified by their shouting    or daunted at their noise,  so the LORD of hosts will come down    to fight2 on Mount Zion and on its hill.5   Like birds hovering, so the LORD of hosts    will protect Jerusalem;  he will protect and deliver it;    he will spare and rescue it.” 6 Turn to him from whom people3 have deeply revolted, O children of Israel. 7 For in that day everyone shall cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which your hands have sinfully made for you. 8   “And the Assyrian shall fall by a sword, not of man;    and a sword, not of man, shall devour him;  and he shall flee from the sword,    and his young men shall be put to forced labor.9   His rock shall pass away in terror,    and his officers desert the standard in panic,”  declares the LORD, whose fire is in Zion,    and whose furnace is in Jerusalem. Footnotes [1] 31:1 Or Ah, [2] 31:4 The Hebrew words for hosts and to fight sound alike [3] 31:6 Hebrew they (ESV) Revelation 1 (Listen) Prologue 1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants1 the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. Greeting to the Seven Churches 4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail2 on account of him. Even so. Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Vision of the Son of Man 9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” 12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. Footnotes [1] 1:1 for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for servant later in this verse [2] 1:7 Or mourn (ESV)

Patrick E. McLean
Nowhere Ch. 18 - Up in Flames

Patrick E. McLean

Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 27:38


Dance crawled until he passed out. He couldn’t say how long he slept, but he was brought back to consciousness by the peaceful sound of his horse cropping grass close to his head. At this he spasmed in fear, rolled onto his back and crab-walked backwards, scrambling for his pistol. His horse looked at him evenly, knowing him for the fool that he was. When Dance realized his situation, he replaced his half–unholstered pistol and said a prayer of gratitude. Then he started looking for his hat.He saw it a few hundred yards out on the prairie next to a burned black circle. He raised his eyes to the horizon and saw the black tower stabbing into the sky. He shook his head and said, “I never did like that hat, anyway.” Then he caught his horse and rode back to town.With Archie in the lead McAllister and ten of the Teamsters crossed the street and made for the Morning Star mine. But before they could get to the mine yard, Jane Siskin stormed into their path. Gone was the dress of the night before and now she was in dusty leathers again. She planted her hands on her hips and said, “Now just where in the hell do you think you're going!?!”Archie said, “And just whom in the hell you imagine you are addressing?""Oh, I ain't talking to you, your highness. These boys in on my payroll and that means they should have the courtesy to inform me before they go off getting in some foolishness. I mean, Clod there don't know no better, but I expected more from you MacAllister.""Enough wi’ your haverin’ woman! My head’s not havin’ ’t this mornin. It’s bright and loud already and your man here is invited us to go for a walk in a nice, cool, quiet cave. So we've decided on a wee stroll." Jane turned her skeptical eye towards Archie.Archie told her of the disappearance of the silver deposits and their replacement with an ancient temple of unknown origin. Jane tried to look tough and unfeeling as he explained, but the memory of the darkness and the vision he had seen there were so fresh in Archie's mind she was captured by his retelling."Besides," concluded Archie, “since the road to Bisbee, and for all we know the entirely of the outside world, is gone, it appears you are out of the freight business and must seek a new line of employment. Might I suggest Archaeology?”"Oh my sweet prince," at Jane with a smile. “It's you who don't get how the world works. Roads and towns come and go, but there is always – always – something that needs hauling. But let's have a look at what's in your root cellar. Then she hooked her arm through his and Archie escorted her across the street as if she had been a guest at the season’s finest ball.As they assembled torches in the yard, Archie looked askance at the miners who stood around in small groups, muttering to themselves, “Bloody fools.”“Why are you so angry at them,” Jane asked, “they're just afraid.”“Superstition offends me. Right to my very core.""You mean to tell me you don't believe in ghosts and spirits?" Asked Jane."Certainly not. I am a natural philosopher. I believe in what I can see with my own eyes, what I can verify with my own senses."“What of God, ye English heathen? Have you seen him?” Asked McAllister good-naturedly as he tied a rag around a length of shattered board.“Carefully recording the wonder of his creation so that we can better understand it, is that not worship?” asked Archie. MacAllister smiled and answered, “Laddie, I’m just grateful when I walk in a church that the roof doesn’t fall in on top of me. They filled a wagon with torches and rolled it as far as the mine tracks would go, then they all lit two torches a piece and advanced into the chamber. The twelve of them spread out in an attempt to fill the chamber with light. But there was something about the darkness. It retreated, but begrudgingly, stubbornly, as if still fighting to clock the secrets of the ancient Temple.Jane asked, "then what was that nasty ol’ DuMont digging up this whole time?"Archie said, "the Miners assure me that there was silver here yesterday.”Jayne said, “Just like the river." McAllister said, “I’ll take a clean river over a foul pit any day."Archie walked along the edge of the room where a great arch opened onto nothing but dark, natural stone. "The curvature of this vault is quite sophisticated, and the interlocking arches would be quite unnecessary if this was merely an underground structure. Which is to say…" Archie trailed off in thought.McAllister chimed in, “Which is to say nothing makes sense to me."Archie outlined what parts of the arch she could reach with his torch and asked, “Doesn't this seem more like a window to you?"“Aye, but it’s daft to build a window underground.”“But it’s not quite underground, is it? Or at least it might not have been when it was built. If we dig away the rock here, this would be open to the sky. We have merely gone into the hill without descending appreciably.” Jane said, “Darling, I love the way your brain is always working, but I don't see why it matters. There ain't no silver here, ain't nothing of value. Just a room we're savages used to kill other savages.""Oh no," at Archie, “Here there is the most valuable commodity of all. Knowledge. And the entertainment of a true mystery. And if your only concern is avarice then what I am saying is that this structure must assuredly have lower levels.""And we’ve a s**t–ton of useless miners out there," said MacAllister."Exactly, now let me see if I can catch a glimpse of the ceiling." Archie strode over to the center of the room and, with a shudder, stepped up on the sacrificial altar. He lifted the torch as high as he could above his head. At first, he thought the darkness was stubbornly congealed above him, like some strange pool of evil night, but as he moved the torch and looked at the shape of the darkness from different angles, he began to see that there was a large mass hanging in the center of the room. “Scaffold, ladders, something to stand on!” cried Archie. Two wooden ladders were brought and lashed together at the top and tethered by rope at the sides. Teamsters held the feet of the ladder on either side of the altar. Torch in his right hand, Archie ascended the shaky, makeshift ladder, white-knuckling the rungs with his left. Perversely, the shape seemed to recede into the darkness above. And Archie felt queasy. He had the feeling that the scale and geometry of this space were wrong, somehow becoming larger the more he advanced into it. “What is it?” cried Jane from below.Weakness washed over Archie and he swayed on the ladder, nearly losing his grip. He pulled himself close to the rungs, and ground his teeth together, forcing his breath through his nose. Without looking up, he climbed the last three rungs and lifted the torch again. The shape was bigger now, and he could almost make it out — almost understand the meaning of its silhouette. If only he could get closer. He stepped even higher on the ladder and now his hips and center of gravity were above the top of the improvised a-frame. His bent knees shook with fear, but he forced himself to stand, holding the torch as high as he could above his head. It started to make sense. There were two long triangles on the bottom, black and covered with tendrils of mold — or was they fur? it was difficult to know because the blackness of this thing swallow the light. He swung a leg over the top of the ladder and put his foot on the topmost rung on the other side. “Be careful!” cried Jane.“I’ve almost made it out…” said Archie as he stood on the wobbling ladder, raising his torch as high as possible into the darkness. The flames from the torch licked one of the corners of the triangles, and there was a sizzling noise, then aroar as the thing caught fire. Flamed rippled up the side of it, and, with a creaking noise, the thing turned its face at Archie and screamed. By the light of his torch and the light of the creature’s own immolation, Archie made out that the thing hanging in the center of the vault was a gigantic bat. It let go of its perch and spread its burning wings, crashing into Archie, shattering the ladder, and sending all of it crashing to the stone below. The Preacher had done a brisk trade all day. Townspeople were flat rattled by the appearance of a river from nothing, then the attack, and the disappearance of the outside world. By now reports had come in of a line surrounding the town beyond which the terrain was different. What was the meaning of this? Was this God’s work or the Devil’s? The End of Days or an unfathomable beginning?In ones and twos they had trickled into his small church all day and by the late afternoon his conversation had turned into an impromptu sermon. The Preacher had never had an experience like this before and can only attribute the words that flowed forth from him as inspired by the Holy Spirit itself. Where there was fear, he sowed hope. Where there was doubt, he sowed faith. "Even the Devil is doing the work of the Lord," he began. "For what can exist without it serving God? That's a hard truth to accept sometimes — may be hard to accept all the time. But God gives us troubles so we can grow. It's might be the end of the world but it’s not the end of God’s plan for you. And you don’t want the end of days to catch you and you be unsaved. ‘Cause you want to be in that number, Lord, when the Saints come a marchin’ in!” “What do you think is going to happen to us?” asked a young woman whose brazen clothing contrasted with her timid manner. A young Magdalene thought the Preacher, cowed by the majesty of a simple chapel.“in this life? Trial, pain, suffering, and death. All that is guaranteed. What is not guaranteed is that you find love and fellowship in the model of Christ. But you can have it. You grow in the world and in Christ to have a full life. But what is an absolute certainty is that you will be tested and then you will die. And after that, well, what happens it's up to you. Eternal damnation or eternal salvation. And as Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’“so the question to ask, my lost and bewildered sheep is not, are we going to die? The question is what happens after that. Are you saved? Have you been saved? Do you want to be saved?"And so it was the Preacher led a procession down to the river’s edge to baptize 13 new souls for the Lord. As he did, he felt proud to be a mighty warrior for Christ.He took off his jacket and waded right through the weeds into the depths of the river. There he raised his hands and cried, "Brothers and sisters, don’t be afraid of the water! Who among ye will go first?" But no one followed. So the Preacher said, "for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so that you might have life eternal. Compared to that wondrous miracle, that most stupendous of gifts, I ask you, why would God not send a river into the desert so that your soul and your soul and your soul might be saved.”The young Magdalene stepped forward shyly then stopped.The Preacher beckoned her, “Come closer dear. There’s no reason to be afraid. The good Lord parted the Red Sea, saved Moses from the Pharaoh, and he said water into the desert that you might not die, but live eternal."Then Preacher looked down at his leg with some alarm, something had brushed by him under the water – a large something, but conscious of the eyes of his flock upon him, he tried to be brave. With a confidence he didn't feel, he called out to the young Magdalene again. "Come on down here, time to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. He’s ready for you darlin’ I promise,” said the Preacher, forcing a smile across his face. She made her way through the reeds and the cold, sucking mud, smiling at the crowd on the bank, then looking down and frowning at what the river was doing to her expensive dress. When she finally stood next to the Preacher he said, “Cross your arms across your chest darlin’.” Then put a hand on her forehead and another hand on the small of her back. “Are you ready to receive Jesus Christ as your personal savior? To receive the gift of Life Everlasting and the eternal love of God?”She nodded. “Are you ready to be born again in the Holy Spirit?”“I am — ahhhhhhhh!” She screamed as something in the water grabbed her leg and dragged her under. In the silence after that horrible scream, the Preacher stood in the water, not knowing what to say. He looked to the believers on shore and saw that they did not understand. And why should they? They had never seen a river baptism. Maybe this was what was supposed to happen. For a moment the preacher found himself, like any desperate performer trying to figure out how to salvage a bit from disaster. Then the creature in the river surfaced in its death roll, flinging the young woman's body into the air for long enough for her to scream in agony and for all to see her broken body washed with a thin mixture of blood and river water. As the screaming began, the Preacher splashed for the shore. Dance had given his horse his head and slumped weakly against the animal’s neck, drifting in and out of consciousness as the horse found his way home. All Dance wanted from the world was to eat some of Speedy Pete’s beans, crawl into the number two cell, lock the door, and sleep secure in the knowledge that the iron bars were enough to protect him from the giant bear of his nightmares. But as he rounded the corner on the main street he saw a group of cowboys on horses in front of the jail.At the head of them sat Nathan Burdock with his hands crossed over his saddlehorn. He yelled into the jail, ”You let my boy out, or this is gonna turn ugly.”Well, thought Dance, at least the jail ain’t on fire.From inside he heard Sleepy Pete's slow drawl, "the sheriff will be back anytime now, you'll see. Then you'll be in all kinds of trouble.""Paw, you get me out of here!" Came Charlie Burdock’s thin cry.“Now, Pete, the Sheriff’s just one man and I don't…" said Nathan Burdock, trailing off when he saw what was left of Dance.Without a word, and without his hat, the Sheriff rode right through the Cowboys, right past Burdock and hitched his horse to the post.“Jesus Christ,” said one of the cowboys.“Fresh from the tomb,” said another, because Dance looked like 20 miles of bad road. Dance paid them none of them any mind. He dunked his head in the horse trough, shook like a dog, then slurped greedily at the water. Nathan Burdock cleared his throat. Then he drew his pistol, cocked the hammer and said, “Sheriff?”Dance turned slowly, holding his hands away from his sides and said, “Why Nathan, I didn’t see you there.” Nathan Burdock smiled and said, “You got my boy in there and I'll be having him.""Don't worry Sheriff, I got a bead on him,” said Sleepy Pete from inside the jail. “Pete, that ain’t reassuring, I know what kinda shot you are,” Dance yelled back at the jail. Then he turned wearily back to Nathan Burdock and said, “Sorry for the interruption, I didn’t want to get accidentally shot.” He swept his gaze across Nathan’s sour-faced ranch hands in front of the jail. “Or on purpose shot, either.” “Just give me my boy and nobody gets shot.” Dance, swayed a little with fatigue and added, “I don’t know what you want that kid for. He’s a real a*****e, I can tell you that.” Nathan Burdock said, “My line’s not long on charm, but I’ll be havin’ him all the same.”“Well, the thing is, I’m supposed to hold him until the circuit court judge comes through from Tuscon. But seeing as Tuscon ain’t there anymore, I guess… s**t… you can have him.” “Whaaaaaaat?” drawled Speedy Pete from inside the jail. “Pete, go on and bring the prisoner out here!”“Sheriff, I don’t think…”“Deputy, it has been a long day and I’m in no mood for an argument.”Burdock lowered his pistol. He looked confused and slightly disappointed to have gotten his way so easily. He was all keyed up for a fight that hadn’t come. He said, “You know, and I know my boy ain’t gonna see no justice from a crooked judge from big-city Tuscon. “Jesus Nate. Take yes for an answer why’dontcha?”“That’s Mr. Burdock to you.” Dance nodded, waving a dismissive hand and said, “Pete, hurry up in there.” Then back to Burdock, “You see, his nickname is of an ironical nature.” Pete unbarred the door. It was a hollow, violent thump that caused the horses and men jump. Burdock’s men were especially skittish with their easy victory, wondering if all this weren’t some kind of strange trick. Pete emerged from the jail with a shotgun and Charlie Burdock in handcuffs. "You sure about this Sheriff? It don't seem right.""Pete, Miguel is dead. And we are in Arizona no more.""Oh no how do you die?""You wouldn't believe me if I told you. So if this old hatchet face b*****d wants to take his jackass kid and ride out of town to get killed – well, saves us tying a noose.”"What are you carrying on about?" asked one of Burdock’s men."Don't pay no mind to his foolishness boys,” said Burdock, not sure what the play was here."I want to hear what he has to say," said another adding, "maybe he can tell us why the little bunkhouse disappeared.""If I had answers, I wouldn't share them with a pack of thugs like you," said the sheriff and he took the shackles from Charlie Burdock's wrists. Charlie grinned at Dance and said, I told you that so I wouldn't hold me, Sheriff." Then he started down the steps.Sheriff Dance’s kick got Charlie square in the right ass cheek and sent him sprawling flat in the street. He turned in the dirt and got up with his fist clenched, mad as hell. But dance just stood on the top of the steps with his hands held out from his sides, smiling like he had won a prize at the fair."Easy boy," said Nathan Burdock."Yeah boy, easy,” said Dance."That's enough out of you!" Burdock snapped at Dance.“Somebody lend me a gun," Charlie said his face red with embarrassment."No,” said Nathan, trying to put a final word to it. One of the ranch hands brought a saddled horse to the front for Charlie. “Sheriff, you cain’t just let him go!” “Pete, there’s no point. There’s no Judge comin’ from Tuscon.” “But he killed a man in cold blood. You cain’t let him get away with that!” Why not, Dance wondered? Hadn’t the man who became John Dance gotten away with it? He's gotten away with killing men all the way here. To this town where everybody smiled when they saw him. Where he had respect and found a way to use violent talents for good. This town and these people, even the roughest of them, generally weren't bad men, and they were still ignorant of how the world had changed around them. Of what they were facing and how lost they really were. This town was gonna fall apart when the truth landed. Charlie snarled, “I didn’t kill nobody in cold blood, he drew first and I shot him.”“You’re that fast, hunh?” asked Dance.“Yes sir, I am! And iff’n you hadn’t blindsided me, I woulda got you too!” said Charlie, ignoring the waiting horse."Let's go home,” said Nathan Burdock.Dance said, “’ cause it's one thing to be steady shooting a man in the back, as you did. But it's another thing entirely to aim and fire when they're shooting back.""They don't get a chance to fire back on account I'm so fast.""Oh boy, you're real scary.""Enough," said Nathan Burdock"Mister, you're lucky I don't have a gun."“is that a fact?" Asked the sheriff. Then he reached out to Speedy Pete’s belt pulled out his pistol.“I forbid this,” said Nathan Burdock.“Forbid what? He’s a free man, just like you wanted. If you got some regrets about his unfortunate character, it's far too late to start raising him now. Here you go, little Burdock,” said Dance as tossed the pistol to the boy. As it flew through the air, there was a tremendous explosion and everyone flinched. Forgotten, the pistol landed in the dirt as everyone turned to see a tremendous cloud of smoke rising up from the Morning Star Mine. The congregation at the water’s edge had recoiled in horror at the gruesome spectacle of the young girl who had tried to give her life to God, but instead had wound up being food for some horrible and still unseen river monster. They pulled the preacher ashore and looked to him for answers, but he had gave none. He ran right through the crowd and kept running up the hill towards the church lost in terror and despair.What was this? The preacher wondered. Oh God, why hast thou forsaken me? That young girl, so beautiful, not innocent of course, but not deserving of this. He remembered the feel of her flesh beneath her dress as she was torn from his grasp. The whole of it was incomprehensible to him. He saw the humble church and ran towards it seeking to take refuge in prayer in the house of the Lord.There was a peal of thunder and black smoke filled the sky. Behind him he heard the screams and cries of the faithful. A cloud of roiling black smoke filled the air and threw it rose a conflagration with wings. As it rose it screamed hatred at all of God's creation. With two mighty wing beats it climbed towards the heavens like something from John of Patmos’ nightmares. On the third beat one of its wings shredded to ash and it spun downwards, out of control, headed right for them. The preacher stopped running thinking that his doom was upon him. He cast his arms out to his side and cried aloud “Take me Lord,” ready to meet his maker.The fiery beast crashed into the church in front of him, pulverizing the chapel with furious beats of its ruined wings. As the steeple fell it burst into flames. The agony of its death throes it screamed at the sky and thrashed what remained of the church to splinters. The scream was so loud it drove the preacher and his followers to their knees, where they clutched their heads against the noise and pain. The bat fell dead in the ruins of the destroyed church. In the silence that followed the smell of burning hair and flesh filled the Preacher’s nostrils.Then the fire leapt to the next building. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit patrickemclean.substack.com

Unlocking the Truth
Jesus' Message to the Seven Churches (Ep. 2)

Unlocking the Truth

Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 47:31


Revelation Chapter 1 John is on the island of Patmos for his faith, he has endured great suffering and persecution for the gospel of Jesus Christ. He writes “I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying “Write in a book what you see.” What John was about to witness is the revelation of Jesus Christ, the things which are and the things which are still to come. This week we will look at the vision concerning the one like the son of man and the seven golden lampstands.

Saint of the Day
Holy New Martyr Pachomius (1730)

Saint of the Day

Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 1:11


Born in a village of Little Russia (now Belarus), he was kidnapped as a boy and sold to a Turkish tanner as a slave. He spent the next twenty-seven years in Usaki in Asia Minor, where he was forced to embrace Islam. After long years of servitude he escaped and, reclaiming his Christianity, went to the Holy Mountain, became a monk and lived for twelve years. Tormented by his former apostasy, he determined to suffer martyrdom for Christ. With the permission of his elder, Joseph, he returned to Usaki and showed himself to his former owner wearing his monastic habit. He was tortured, thrown into prison, and finally beheaded on on Ascension Day of 1730. His relics are buried on the island of Patmos in the Church of St John the Theologian, where they work many miracles.

Saint of the Day
Holy New Martyr Pachomius (1730)

Saint of the Day

Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 1:11


Born in a village of Little Russia (now Belarus), he was kidnapped as a boy and sold to a Turkish tanner as a slave. He spent the next twenty-seven years in Usaki in Asia Minor, where he was forced to embrace Islam. After long years of servitude he escaped and, reclaiming his Christianity, went to the Holy Mountain, became a monk and lived for twelve years. Tormented by his former apostasy, he determined to suffer martyrdom for Christ. With the permission of his elder, Joseph, he returned to Usaki and showed himself to his former owner wearing his monastic habit. He was tortured, thrown into prison, and finally beheaded on on Ascension Day of 1730. His relics are buried on the island of Patmos in the Church of St John the Theologian, where they work many miracles.

Litwithprayer Podcast
Sons of Thunder to the One that Jesus loved

Litwithprayer Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 5:09


Two of Jesus' closest disciples were brothers, James and John, also known as the Sons of Thunder. Their nickname depicted their fiery disposition. On one occasion when Jesus and his disciples were traveling to Jerusalem they stopped in a village of the Samaritans and wanted a place to stay. They were rejected because they were Jews. The Samaritans and Jews did not get along. The brothers asked Jesus if they should call fire down from heaven to consume them because of their disrespect for Jesus. Jesus rebuked them and said, “you do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.” (Luke 9:55) John later became the author of the gospel of John, and 4 more books in the New Testament. Jesus picked John to take care of His mother when they were at the foot of the cross. John was also the only disciple that could not be killed even though he was boiled in oil and forced to drink poison. He was exiled to the Isle of Patmos where he wrote the book of Revelations. It is interesting to note that John called himself, “the disciple that Jesus loved.” Spending time with Jesus was transformative. When Jesus was hanging on the cross, John was the only disciple that was at the foot of the cross with Mary the mother of Jesus, and other women who were followers of Christ. All of the other disciples had scattered because of fear. John had a revelation of how much Jesus loved him and he was not afraid to be by the cross or of the Roman soldiers and the Jewish religious leaders who were responsible for Jesus' death.  In 1 John 4:18, it says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” When we have a deep revelation of how much God really loves us, it is transformative. It's not how much we love Jesus, but how much we understand and know that Jesus loves us so much, more than we could even imagine.Having that confidence that God is for us and not against us and He loves us with all of our faults and shortcomings eliminates guilt, condemnation, and fear.Receiving Jesus Christ as your personal savior is the first step to a transformative life. (John 3:16)Read the rest at: https://litwithprayer.substack.com/p/sons-of-thunder-to-the-one-that-jesus

Redeeming Blood Ministries
On Patmos on Purpose

Redeeming Blood Ministries

Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 42:00


To Seek and To Save Podcast
Victorious Witness: Revelation 1:4-18 Sermon

To Seek and To Save Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 33:18


Sermon preached at Living Savior on 4-24-22. He lives! We live! Scripture from Revelation 1: Revelation 1:4–18 (NIV) — 4 John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. 7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” 9 I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” 12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.