Christ’s Message to the Dead Church – The Compensation (Revelation 3:5)

Jesus’ promise to the true believers in the dead church is three-fold. First, those who walk with him faithfully now will walk with him in white garments. This is a reference to victory, celebration and purity. Look at Revelation 4:4, for the scene in heaven; Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones…

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Christ’s Message to the Dead Church – The Consecration (Revelation 3:4)

Amazingly, there were signs of life in Sardis. A small number of true believers had been watchful. They were fully awake; enough to avoid smearing their garments in the decomposing remains of a once-thriving church. Jesus uses a beautiful figure of speech to describe their purity. These true believers refused to substitute the gospel for…

What I learned from the Life of Hannah

By her own admission, Hannah was oppressed in spirit before God intervened in her life (1:15). She didn’t think she would ever live up to her name, Hebrew for “favor.” Her husband loved her, but she had to share him with another woman. None of the children in the house belonged to her. We identify…

What I Learned from Sarah’s True Belief

By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised (Hebrews 11:11) Sometime between God’s promise to Abraham and the birth of Isaac, Sarah believed in God. Like her husband, she received imputed righteousness. She died at the age of 127,…