Church discipline is never a pleasant thing. It weighs heavily on the hearts of church leadership and it is uncomfortable for a church body to endure. That’s by design. It isn’t meant to be pleasant. It is corrective (Proverbs 22:10) and instructive (Proverbs 21:11). Unpleasant as it is, when it is not carried out, the church and its power in the community both suffer. Continue reading
The Letters to the Seven Churches: Background
This letter from John was written to the seven key churches of Asia Minor (modern Turkey). They were representative of the churches throughout the region and were chosen, in part, because they were located in the key cities of Asia Minor’s seven postal districts, making them central points for disseminating information. The order in which these churches are listed is the same order as the postal route. When a messenger arrived at Miletus, he would travel north to Ephesus and then follow a clockwise route to the other six cities. So, when Jesus delivers His messages to the churches, He begins with Ephesus. Continue reading
After declaring His victory over death and that He has taken away all of Satan’s power, the Lord gives John His outline, not just for the Book of Revelation, but for the ages. We serve a Savior Who does not just know the future. He declares it, and no one can stop Him from fulfilling His agenda! Continue reading
The return of Christ will be both glorious and terrifying. It will be glorious in that all of creation will see Him as He is and will clearly recognize Him as the Son of God. More importantly, Israel will at last see Jesus as her Messiah and it will lead to national repentance. In all this, God will be glorified. But this will be a terrifying day as well because in the returning of Christ, the unrepentant will see their judgment. Continue reading
When we look at our circumstances, it’s hard to imagine that the Lord is ever coming back. Thankfully, His return is not based on our imaginations, but on the sure promises of His Word. Continue reading
No church is perfect. So why does God give us the measurements – so to speak – of the perfect church, knowing full well that the people He is dealing with are far from ideal?
Why does the Office of Weights and Measures maintain a standard of weights and measures?
Well, to quote from their site:
“The Office of Weights and Measures promotes uniformity in U.S. weights and measures laws, regulations, and standards to achieve equity between buyers and sellers in the marketplace. This enhances consumer confidence, enables U.S. businesses to compete fairly at home and abroad, and strengthens the U.S. economy.” (Emphases mine. Source: http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/)
Of course, this is an ideal. There are many examples of businesses both small and large cheating, or at least not meeting, the standard. But the standard is there nonetheless to keep people honest and to give everyone as objective a standard as possible to abide by. Continue reading