Occasionally when reading the words of Christ we come across some jarring statements. For instance, in Revelation 2:6, Jesus says to the church in Ephesus, “You hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.” Sentences like that should slow us down to consider the powerful concern motivating such strong language. Think of it, “hatred” in this case was praised as godly when directed toward the behavior of a group of false teachers making the rounds in Asia Minor. These Nicolaitans had already made inroads in the church of Pergamum just 75 miles away. Like Balaam of the Old Testament, the Nicolaitans, under the banner of “Christianity”, were persuading God’s people throughout the region that mirroring the culture’s values and indulgent practices was no big deal (Revelation 2:14-15). You can almost hear them, “It’s no big compromise.” “God is forgiving.” “He understands.” “We don’t live under the law.” “Don’t get so uptight about holiness and righteous living.” “Don’t be such a legalist.” As Jude had previously warned, this kind of distortion is insidious – and regrettably it’s been effective. “For certain people have crept in unnoticed… ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality” (Jude 1:4). Of course, we are called to be civil and gracious, but when it comes to this kind of Scripture twisting we need to remember that Christ hates it and so should we.
-- Pastor Mike
Few things have the capacity to shift our moods and capture our hearts like music and from the very beginning, the people of God have expressed worship to God through song. So it should come as no surprise, then, that the longest book of the Bible is actually a collection of lyrics. The book of Psalms is 150 chapters long, filled with poetry and songs from a number of gifted writers. We have taken six of the live sermons on the “most requested” songs of the Bible and put them onto DVD . Get your DVD copy of Israel's Greatest Hits for a donation of any amount this month.
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