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References: Revelation 2

"You've Got Mail!" That computerized voice surfaces each time I sign onto my e-mail, but not all the mail that arrives is worth my time or interest. Admittedly, I love mail and those who take the time to write gain my undivided attention, especially when it's from someone I deeply love or respect. How much more, then, would I long to know what our Lord, Jesus Christ, would say were He to write to me? Well, the truth is we do have mail from Him, but are we prepared to read what He's written? In what way could these letters to the 1st century Church be relevant to those of us who sit on the edge of the 21st century? As we study these chapters together I believe it will quickly become apparent that the specific issues addressed by the Lord Jesus 2000 years ago are actually timeless in their application. He is writing to some men and women who were living with a sense of triumphant expectation, others who were dealing with failures in their Christian pilgrimage and still others who had begun a slide into laziness. Congregations that were once known for their vibrancy and genuine commitment to Christ had become dreadfully complacent. Do you see your church pictured here? These issues and more are faced routinely by the Church in the 21st century and like those to whom the letter was written, we need someone to come and speak to us directly, calling us to account for our actions. The Book of Revelation has not been given to us to satisfy our curiosity, but rather so that our lives may be changed by it. The risen Lord Jesus has sent the Church some mail and we need to read it carefully and prepare for His arrival. Will we be ready?

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The Hole in our Holiness is that we don't seem to care much about holiness. Or, at the very least, we don't understand it. And we all have our reasons too: Maybe the pursuit of holiness seems legalistic. Maybe it feels like one more thing to worry about in your already overwhelming life. Maybe the emphasis on effort in the Christian life appears unspiritual. Or maybe you've been trying really hard to be holy and it's just not working! Whatever the case, the problem is clear: too few Christians look like Christ and too many don't seem all that concerned about it. This is a book for those of us who are ready to take holiness seriously, ready to be more like Jesus, ready to live in light of the grace that produces godliness. This is a book about God's power to help us grow in personal holiness and to enjoy the process of 
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