Letters from Jesus

What to do When You’re Facing Death

July 7, 2022 // 9 Comments

If you are facing a sentence of death – a bad report, a scary diagnosis, the loss of a business – you would do well to read Christ’s letter to the church at Smyrna. It’s the shortest of the seven Revelation letters, yet death is mentioned three times in four verses. (Bonus fact: the name [...]

How Do We Keep the Word of His Perserverance?

June 21, 2022 // 7 Comments

You know that warning about not adding words to the Bible? I think of it whenever I read passages like this: You have kept my command to endure patiently… (Revelation 3:10a) That’s from the NIV translation and it conveys the idea that you have been commanded to endure life’s struggles with fortitute [...]

What is the Hour of Testing Coming on the Whole World?

March 24, 2022 // 12 Comments

Once again, the world seems on the brink of destruction. Pandemics, terrorism, nuclear threats. Could this be the end? It probably isn’t, but it is an excellent time to discuss “the hour of testing” that Jesus mentioned in his letter to the church in Philadelphia: Because you have kept the word of My [...]

When Jesus Speaks Harshly

July 15, 2021 // 21 Comments

Since I preach grace, I am often hit with the accusation that I have not read the harsh words of Jesus. The argument seems to be that because Jesus spoke harshly to the Laodiceans, Sardians, etc., he’s not as gracious and loving as I make him out to be. Like the Hulk, Jesus has an angry side that grace [...]

Beware the Lord with a Sword

June 16, 2021 // 9 Comments

What will you do with the Lord with a sword? I am referring to the picture of Jesus found in his letter to the church in Pergamum. In it Jesus introduces himself as “The One who has the sharp two-edged sword” (Rev. 2:12). Why is Jesus holding a sword? And what does he plan to do with it? Should I be [...]

What Burdens Does Jesus Place On Us?

April 14, 2021 // 11 Comments

Thyatira is considered one of the bad churches in the Bible. You may recall they had allowed a woman called Jezebel to preach and she led some of the believers astray. So Jesus sent them a letter where he basically says, “I’m going to deal with this.” He ends his letter with this:  I place no other [...]

Who is Alive but Dead?

January 6, 2021 // 14 Comments

If you want Christians to work harder, there are two scriptures you can trot out to boost productivity. The first is the one about being lukewarm; the second is this one from the letter to Sardis: I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. (Rev. 3:1) This passage is usually [...]

What’s so Special about Christ’s Right Hand?

August 27, 2020 // 10 Comments

While writing my book Letters from Jesus, I discovered a lot of gems in scripture. Some of these were hidden in the introductions Jesus gives his letters to the seven churches. Consider this introduction from his letter to the church in Ephesus: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right [...]

Jesus at the Door

July 30, 2020 // 11 Comments

Jesus knows us better than anybody. He speaks our language. He talks to us about things that nobody else cares about. He listens. And he does all this because he loves us. This was something I learned again and again while doing research for my book, Letters from Jesus. The letters from Jesus to the seven [...]

Faithful unto Death?! What if I’m Not? 

July 16, 2020 // 33 Comments

Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10c) But what if I’m not faithful until death? Jesus remains faithful; you still get a crown. A mind untouched by grace twists the promises of Jesus into tests that must be passed and commands that must be obeyed. “Jesus was [...]

What does it Mean to have an Ear to Hear?

May 20, 2020 // 20 Comments

At the end of the Bible we find letters from Jesus to seven churches. At the end of each letter, Jesus says this: He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (see Rev. 2:7a) Do you have an ear that hears what the Spirit is saying? We like to think that we have heard Jesus. But how do we [...]

Who Will Jesus Spit Out?

March 5, 2020 // 12 Comments

“I will spit you out of my mouth.” So said Jesus to the Laodiceans (Rev. 3:16), but apparently he was talking to you. This spitting out passage, is sometimes used to terrorize the bride of Christ. “Fail to perform and the Lord will reject you. If you’re not on fire, you’ll be in the fire!” Such an [...]