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A Weeping Prophet (Revelation 5:2-4)

John’s response to the double-sided, seven-sealed scroll is curious. We might have expected him to dance with joy at the fact that God has an exhaustive plan for the ages, that the events of history and our lives find a place and meaning within that plan. 485 more words

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A Double-Sided Seven-Sealed Scroll (Revelation 5.1)

As in the previous chapter of Revelation, so here, the setting is the throne room of heaven. But whereas that chapter focused on the “one seated on the throne,” this one focuses on “the Lamb who was slain” (that is, Jesus Christ). 585 more words

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Worshiping God for What He Has Done (Revelation 4:11)

The four living creatures, whose body-covering eyes are fixed constantly upon God, praise him for who he is. The twenty-four knee-bending, crown-casting elders—Israel’s patriarchs and the church’s apostles—praise him for what he does. 467 more words

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Are you man enough to empty the dishwasher?

As I stand before the cupboard, staring at the empty shelf where glasses should be, I know what’s coming. I reach down and open the dishwasher; it’s finished and every dish is clean. 258 more words

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The Posture of Worship (Revelation 4:9–10)

When I was a pastor, I usually sat on the front row. I did this not because I was some sort of liturgical brown-noser, eager to earn worship points from God for my enthusiasm. 475 more words

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Are you an isolationist or a curator?

Two bible study errors:

The “isolationist” is the person who believes all they need is personal Bible study to grow in Godly wisdom. They don’t need hand-holding from a teacher or theologian – they just need a journal, a pen, a Bible and the Holy Spirit. 487 more words

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Worshiping God for Who He Is (Revelation 4:8–9)

Familiarity breeds contempt. At least that is often the case with our relationships. In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis writes, “When two humans have lived together for many years it usually happens that each has tones of voice and expressions of face which are almost unendurably irritating to the other.” 467 more words

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