And he had in his right hand seven stars… The seven stars are the angels [messengers] of the seven churches…— Revelation 1:16,20 Did you know that Jesus symbolically likened pastors to “stars?” That’s right — that’s what the Bible tells us in Revelation 1:16 and 20. Why did Christ liken pastors to “stars,” and what does this … More Similarity between pastors and stars
Staying In a Place of Faith Rick Renner But without faith it is impossible to please him… — Hebrews 11:6 I am so glad Denise and I chose to obey God when He called our family to move from a comfortable life in the United States into the unknown challenges of ministering in the former … More Staying In a Place of Faith
Do the First Works! Rick Renner Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works… — Revelation 2:5 It’s not enough just to say “you’re sorry.” That is not genuine repentance. Real repentance, as described on March 18 and 19, describes an inward change that results in outward change. Real, … More Do the First Works!
‘From Whence Thou Art Fallen’ Rick Renner Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen… — Revelation 2:5 In yesterday’s Sparkling Gem, we saw that Christ confronted the illustrious church of Ephesus about the fact that they had left their first love. He urged them to put everything on pause and to remember the fiery love … More From Whence Thou Art Fallen…
Remember! Rick Renner Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works… — Revelation 2:5 Have you ever sensed the Holy Spirit pleading with you to return to the on-fire love you had for Him when you first received your salvation? As we saw in yesterday’s Sparkling Gem, that is … More Remember!
Spiritual Gifts Rick Renner For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established. — Romans 1:11 The apostle Paul deeply yearned to meet the believers in Rome because he believed that if he could spend time with them or perhaps if he … More Spiritual Gifts
Spiritual Warfare of a Different Kind Rick Renner Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. — Revelation 2:16 Today the Church is facing a crisis of morals. More and more, society has no stomach for spiritual or moral absolutes. Pastors and spiritual … More Spiritual Warfare of a Different Kind
Prove All Things Rick Renner Prove all things…. — 1 Thessalonians 5:21 I once bought a violin that I was sure was an authentic Stradivarius violin. Of course, if it was real, it was worth several million dollars. Before I purchased it, I studied documents about how to recognize a real Stradivarius compared to a … More Prove All Things
Hold Fast to That Which is Good Rick Renner Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good. — 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Years ago I was invited to have lunch with a man who said he wanted to talk. As I sat with him, he began to tell me the many reasons why he … More Hold Fast to That Which is Good
A New Name – A New Beginning Rick Renner …To him that overcometh will I give…a new name — Revelation 2:17 Very often in ancient society, a person received a “new name” when he achieved a new status or advanced to a higher level of society. The bestowal of a new name normally accompanied a … More A New Name – A New Beginning