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The Letter to Laodicea

To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: Laodicea was a proud and wealthy city situated near a famous hot spring; it was known as a place of cures. It would appear that even the people in the church were … Continue reading

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The Letter to Philadelphia

To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: Preamble (3:7b) These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. The … Continue reading

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The Letter to Sardis

The ancient city of Sardis was built at the top of a very steep hill. Its defensive position was thought to be impregnable, for there was only one small access point which was easily defended, and as a result, its … Continue reading

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The Letter to Thyatira

Thyatira provides an interesting case, well worthy of our study. It was located in a valley that connected two other valleys, and because of its situation, it became a center of commerce and industry. There were weavers and tanners here … Continue reading

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The Letter to Smyrna

Smyrna was the rival of Ephesus, a great and beautiful city built on the slopes rising out of the sea. Its buildings were a sight to behold and it was the most loyal of allies to Rome. Later it would … Continue reading

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The Letter to Ephesus

Ephesus was a great city; a transportation and commercial hub, and the home of the great temple of Diana. We discussed its ancient significance in our study of Ephesians, and as the recipient of one of Paul’s epistles the church … Continue reading

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Mars and the Way we “do” Church

We are at the point where our hypothetical first church on Mars, and our metaphorical naked before God intersect. This meeting place is found when we must ask ourselves what role personal preferences should play in community, specifically in the … Continue reading

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