Lessons from the Church of Ephesus

jesus-with-a-sharp-sickle-in-his-handAs we approach the end of the age there are some very important truths Christians need to bear in mind and they are highlighted in three Scripture passages:

  1. Isaiah 60:1-3  “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.” This is a message to God’s people. Some will go into deep darkness and some will grow brighter with the glory of the Lord. At the end of the age the Lord will arise and shine on His faithful people and they will be shining brighter and brighter. Sadly, the darkness will also be increasing until it becomes “deep darkness”.
  2. Matthew 13:1-9, 36-43 This is the parable of the wheat and the tares. It is spoken to the church. Both wheat and tares will be there side by side until the very end when the angels will gather out the tares and throw them into the fire. The tares look like the wheat but, they do not bear good fruit.
  3. Revelation 22:10-12 “And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still. And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” This is a message from God saying, ‘If you want to be unjust,  go on, live it up, you don’t have long! If you want to be filthy,  be still more filthy. But, if you are righteous, be still more righteous and if you are holy, be more holy.’ In other words it is the parting of the ways. It also points out that righteousness cannot be static – you cannot stand still, you are either becoming more righteous or you are slipping backward. There can be no accommodation with wickedness, you must overcome it.

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7 words to change your life

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Pastor Charles Cooley

“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” – Philippians 1:6

Years ago, in the late 1960’s, I was going through a great trial. I had been saved in 1964 in a little country Lutheran Church at the response to a Lutheran evangelist from Norway. I immediately began studying the Word of God and getting active in my church. By 1967 I began to realize those disciples in the Bible had something more than I did and began actively seeking to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. At that time God sent another Lutheran pastor to our town preaching about the Holy Spirit. In a short time I was filled to overflowing with the precious Holy Spirit and then my adventure with God kicked into high gear! There were prayer meetings complete with healings, deliverance, speaking in Continue reading

It is Time to Chose Whom you will Serve

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Put on the armor of God

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:” – 2 Timothy 3:1

This was Paul’s warning to Timothy. He followed it by a lengthy explanation of the problems that would come and how to counteract them. He then told Timothy that if he would follow Paul’s warning, he would be equipped for victory:

“that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:17

The word ‘perilous’ was translated from a Greek word that meant ‘hard to bear, troublesome, dangerous, harsh, fierce, savage.’ Paul even went so far as to identify the kind of people he was talking about: Continue reading

Be Not Afraid

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Netanyahu before Congress

Recently, the United States Congress heard a message they have not heard very often. It was a message of courage and fearlessness by the Prime Minister of Israel. The basic challenge was “BE NOT AFRAID!” While those exact words may have not been used, they could have. It reminded me me God’s encouragement to Joshua and Hezekiah of the Old Testament. Continue reading