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In his second letter to Christians in a city called Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul wrote about a man of lawlessness who must appear before Jesus returns.

“Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3–4).1
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img_0410In this post, we will continue our look at Jesus’ letter to the church at Philadelphia. I have found this letter interesting and very deep.

I shouldn’t be surprised, should I? Oh Lord, that we may slow down and study Your Word. My goodness, how I fail to pay attention!

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The Book of Revelation is a gigantic mystery to me, at least in its details. Yes, I’m familiar with the popular church meme that we’ve read the last chapter and the Church wins in the end. However, there is some serious trouble for believers between chapter one and twenty-two, and we should take a careful look at it—especially if we want to be among those who count themselves victorious in the Day of the Lord. Therefore, we are going to look at the seven letters Jesus wrote to the churches. I don’t intend to dig deeply into these letters, but some of the things I read here disturb me—again, concerning the Church.

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Does anything about the Last Days upset me?

Yep. Plenty.

You may respond by saying, “Don’t worry, Jim! We win in the end!”

True, but here is a question Jesus asked that gives me serious pause, and it’s not about earthquakes or rumors of wars:

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I met with a pastor yesterday who is struggling. He’s what is called “bi-vocational,” which means he is trying to start a church and work at a “secular” job at the same time. He’s doing this in one of the poorest parts of our city. I admire him for this.

Regardless of this admiration, his bank account is suffering. He feels like he’s not taking care of his wife as he should. He told me that he has dishonored God.

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