April 19, 2009


What do we know of Stephen? Not much, from a historical standpoint. We don't know when he was born, or how old he was when he died. We don't know his testimony, as far as how he became a Christian -- though tradition says that he was one of the 70 that Christ sent out. We're fairly certain that he died in either 36 or 37 AD, just based on the material in Acts. From a spiritual standpoint, we know enough. Stephen is an example for us -- he's someone who used what he was given to the glory of God, even though it was certain to lead to his death in the end. more...

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September 09, 2006

Revelation's Seven Churches Part 1: Ephesus

This is a rough transcript of a message first delivered on September 6, 2006 at Fairlawn Baptist Church.

Revelation 2:1-7, ESV
2:1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6 Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’


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