Letters to the Seven Churches – Laodicea: The Lukewarm Christian

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The church in Laodicea was somewhat unique among the churches in Asia. Their problem was not external, either persecution or lack of prosperity; their problem was almost entirely internal. They had it too easy. What did this ease do to the Christians there, and how did Jesus address it?

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(This sermon was preached at the Dewey Church of Christ on January 31, 2016.)

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Letters to the Seven Churches – Sardis: Perception vs Reality

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What is the difference between perception and reality? What makes our perception of something closer or farther from the way it really is? And how do these questions impact our relationships with the Father? As we examine Jesus’ letter to the church in Sardis, these questions form a helpful frame for the discussion.

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(This sermon was preached at the Dewey Church of Christ on Janurary 10, 2016.)

Letters to the Seven Churches – Thyatira: Tolerance

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We hate intolerance, yet in Jesus’ letter to the church in Thyatira, tolerance is the sin he condemns them for. The New Testament presents us with an interesting double standard approach to tolerating sin, ending with this denunciation of the church in Thyatira. What about their tolerance was so wrong?

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(This sermon was preached at the Dewey Church of Christ on January 3, 2016.)

Letters to the Seven Churches – Pergamum: An Inconsistent Faith

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Why would someone defy persecution and hold to Christ in the face of death, yet refuse to follow the teachings of Christ? This is just one aspect of an inconsistent faith that Christ addresses in his letters to the seven churches. In this letter, he tells the church in Pergamum exactly what he thinks of this inconsistency.

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(This sermon was preached at the Dewey Church of Christ on December 27, 2015.)