Merging Lives...

Brent Eliason

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Whoever Has Ears - Laodicea
21-11-2021
Whoever Has Ears - Laodicea
This 7th letter to the 7th church of Revelation, the church of Laodicea, is the most stern and the most tender of the 7 letters. Jesus first shares his disappointment with their attitude of compromise. They didn't zealously stand for for Christ & Jesus lets them know that he sees it.  As strongly as Jesus admonishes them, he offers them hope by letting them know how beloved they are. No matter what is in our past, Jesus offers grace, mercy, hope, and love. Jesus loves us too much to leave us where we are. He is always knocking on the door of our heart...waiting for us to hear and respond to him. In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today. Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family. As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?
Whoever Has Ears - The Walking Dead
31-10-2021
Whoever Has Ears - The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead...is that a real thing? Maybe not, but "The Walking Death" may be a better descriptor. The corruption of this world (& religion) does not offer life. It only offers death and darkness. Jesus invites us to bring His life, the Full Life, to this world through the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember, what is in us is what pours out of us...So, rather than being people filled with death and darkness that this world has to offer (The Walking Death), how do we become The Walking Full Life? Listen in this week as we deal with some hard truths. In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today. Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family. As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?
Whoever Has Ears - Corrupted
18-10-2021
Whoever Has Ears - Corrupted
Corruption is a serious issue in the world today. We, as the church, are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in this world. Corruption within destroys our witness to the world. Corruption in our lives and in the church is like a viral infection...A virus is an outside corrupting force that does nothing but bring destruction and death for living things. Allowing anything other than the Fruit of the Spirit into our hearts, minds, and lives will, eventually, bring destruction and death to our lives as individuals and the life, vision, and mission of the church. In the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3), John shares Jesus' words of encouragement and challenge to 7 churches. In this mini-series, "Whoever Has Ears...", we are learning about what Jesus saw in these 7 churches and how his encouragement and challenge applies to us today. Some suggest that the challenges facing these 7 churches show the chronological development of Church history and the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church over time. One could make an argument that the regression of the faith, devotion, and commitment of the Christian Church is simply a reflection of that same regression of the individual/collective members of the church family. As we learn from these 7 churches, an important (& very difficult) thing for us as believers to do is to ask ourselves how many of these boxes (stages of faith regression) can I check, for myself, in my life of faith?