Posts from February 2017

Posts from February 2017

Rev. 14 | Endure To The End

Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…

Revelation 9:20-21 | Don’t Forget the Woe

John was told at the end of chapter eight of Revelation there were three more trumpets to be blown. In fact, three times he calls them woes —“woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets the three angels are about to blow” (8:12). The word “woe” in the Greek is “ouai” and is more than just an expression of a feeling. Woe is a judgment as we read in the Book…

Revelation 7 | Who gets to sing in the choir?

There are many interpretations and much hype about the 144,000 “sealed” persons mentioned in Revelation chapter seven. This same group is also mentioned in Revelation chapter 14, where they sing a song no one else gets to sing. Who are these people? The numbers 12,000 and 144,000 have variously interpreted meanings throughout church history. Some, taking the numbers in Revelation to be symbolic, believe it represents all of God’s people throughout history of the Church (since the number 12 is a…

Revelation 2 | Spiritual QA’s

By: Garner Fritts I have had the privilege for several years now to manage people and critique their performance. We use Quality Assurance forms in my office, or QA’s, to accomplish this. I go through the patterns of making notes about things being done correctly to encourage the one being examined. At the same time, I look for things they are not doing well in order to raise their level of performance. When I administer these to the workers, their…

Love and Truth Belong Together | 2 John 1

The apostle John was known as the disciple whom Jesus loved. He was in the Lord’s inner circle that included Peter, James, and John. He was part of the dynamic brother duo: James and John, who were called the “Sons of Thunder”. In one vivid incident, we observe the siblings exhibiting some truly thunder-like qualities. Jesus and His disciples were traveling through Samaria on their way to Jerusalem when they ran into trouble. Jesus attempted to find one place for…

1 John | Powerful Words for Self-Reflection

The second chapter of 1st John opens with this: “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 1-2). These are not just powerful words from a convincing orator, or a seasoned preacher, but…