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Blessings of a Regulated Church Life

The book of Judges speaks of a time in the story of the Old Testament nation of Israel that every man did that which was right in his own eyes (Jud 17:6). This verse comes in the middle of a story that reflects the sorry state of spiritual confusion that existed at that time. The main character in the story is a man named Micah. Ironically, his name meant “who is like God.” Yet, despite his name, either through ignorance or because of deception, Micah mixed idolatry into his worship.

Will the Church Need to Go Through the Great Tribulation?

We live in a day when it seems end time prophecies are coming to pass. The Book of Revelation reveals many stressful conditions that will come to pass during a time known as the Great Tribulation. In the Old Testament, that time is described as being the Day of the Lord, or That Day.
The Bible also teaches that Jesus' return for His Bride, the church, is imminent. Do we need to be afraid of the mark of the beast as described in Revelation 13 and referred to in Revelation 14, 15 and 16? Will we experience the great conflicts brought about by the Antichrist?

The Candlesticks

Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works (Rev 2:1-2a).

Why Church Standards?

Many years ago, I wrestled with this question. I distinctly remember asking an older bishop why we as a church have standards. I will never forget his answer, “We have church standards because we have found that if you want to have a plain church, you need to have a written discipline.” In other words, the ultimate goal he had for the church was that it remains plain and separated. His experience was we would not maintain that separation without a written standard.

The Christian Ordinance of Communion

Communion is an ordinance that Jesus Christ instituted and commanded. Jesus and His disciples were gathered to observe the Passover. We can look in on this scene through the writings of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. At some point during the meal, Jesus took the bread, blessed it and shared it with the disciples saying, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).

The Seven Churches of Asia

What does Jesus have to say to the church where I am a member? What is He saying to me as a member? Which characteristics that are expressed in these seven churches are noticeable to me today and the surrounding churches of my era? Will he say: “Notwithstanding I have a few thing against thee”, or … “hold fast and repent”, or “thou… hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name”? May this study of the “The 7 Churches of Asia” be a blessing to the church of today and an encouragement to “him that overcometh”. This is an eight lesson course with questions for each lesson.
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