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Special Thank You Gift: A Free Book!

June 16, 2010 // 5 Comments

Some time in the next few hours, Escape to Reality will pass the mile-stone of 10,000 hits. I’m a little bit blown away by the fact that people like you keep coming back to read what I write. To thank you for doing this, and to mark the occasion, I would like to give you a special gift – a free book! Now this [...]

Top 12 Derek Prince Quotes

June 8, 2010 // 4 Comments

They say you don’t really know anything until you have to teach it to others. That has certainly been the case for me. I probably learned more of the Bible in my first year of being a pastor than I had in all my preceding years of being a Christian. There’s nothing like being pushed into the pulpit and having [...]

Laodicea, Part 6: Behold, I stand at the door (Rev 3:20)

June 4, 2010 // 6 Comments

Why did Jesus send a message to the Laodiceans telling them they were in danger of being spewed out? What was his motive? This is an easy question. Why does Jesus do anything for us? Because he loves us. Perhaps the Laodiceans were sitting there on Sunday morning listening in terror as their letter was being read [...]

Laodicea, Part 5: Be Earnest and Repent (Rev 3:19)

May 31, 2010 // 7 Comments

The Laodiceans were warned by Jesus that they were on the verge of being rejected. Why? Because they were neither hot nor cold. But as we have seen, this is not about being apathetic (see Part 1 of this series). In fact, the Laodiceans were probably as zealous as Pharisees (see Part 2). They were so caught up in [...]

Bob Dylan: “Saved”

May 24, 2010 // 2 Comments

Today, 24 May, is Bob Dylan’s birthday. Dylan is a living legend. A songwriter for the ages. Even if you’re not a fan you probably know the lyrics to some of his songs. (“Blowin’ in the wind,” or “Knockin’ on heaven’s door” anyone?) He has a voice like no other and his lyrics move the soul. If [...]

Laodicea, Part 4: “Buy” Your Salvation (Rev 3:18)

May 21, 2010 // 16 Comments

The letter to the Laodiceans is just 222 words long. In 47 of those words Jesus describes the Laodiceans and lukewarm and self-sufficient. The thing that made them self-sufficient was that they were lukewarm – they were mixing law and grace and ending up with self-righteousness. (See Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 [...]

Laodicea, Part 3: Who’s Wretched and Poor? (Rev 3:17)

May 18, 2010 // 14 Comments

The Laodicean church was one of the most messed up churches in the Bible. So I guess it should be no surprise that today it remains one of the most preached about churches. We can learn a lot from other people’s mistakes. In Revelations 3:14-21, Jesus gives the Laodicean church a stern warning. It was a [...]

Laodicea, Part 2: What Makes Jesus Sick? (Rev 3:16)

May 16, 2010 // 30 Comments

God never makes us sick but did you know it’s possible for people to make him feel sick? Now there’s a staggering thought. Yet this is exactly the reaction the Laodicean church elicited from Jesus. They were lukewarm and Jesus said their lukewarmness made him nauseous: “Because you are lukewarm, and [...]

The Fear of God in the New Covenant

May 14, 2010 // 16 Comments

Jesus died on the cross to reconcile man to God and so that we might live free from the fear of punishment. Yet the phrase “the fear of the Lord” comes up many times in the New Testament. What does it mean to have the fear God under the new covenant? The following is a special guest post from my friend Ryan [...]