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Powered by 4 - July 19, 2011

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Monday, July 19

Resuscitation Needed

today's reading.
Revelation 3:1-6     "And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: 'The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. "'I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead...
Revelation 3

think about it.
What's wrong with this church (3:1)? What does Jesus tell them to do about it (3:2-3)? What hope does He give the faithful (3:4-6)? What's been your experience with churches or believers in this condition?

the blog.
"You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead" (Rev. 3:1). These are piercing words meant to get the attention of the church at Sardis. Jesus is not pleased with their works and He calls them to remember and repent. 

So this church was alive spiritually at some point but has since allowed that passion for Christ to slip away. By appearances though, they're still operating and functional, but their motivation, their passion, what fuels them is no longer living actively for Christ. 

So let's think about how we, individually and as a church body, get started down that path from being alive and vibrant to a near death state. What are some things that might cause this? And on the flip side, what are some things we can do to live vibrantly for Christ? Tami W. 

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