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Friday, February 26, 2010

THE LIVING DEAD/PASTOR'S STUDY

FROM THE PASTOR’S STUDY
Pastor Tom Sawhook
Sunday, February 28, 2010


A Study in the Book Of The Revelation

“THE LIVING DEAD”
  (The Church at Sardis)

Seven features centered around this theme

I.  THE CHIEF INSPECTOR:  LORD JESUS
    Rev. 3:1,  Rev. 1:20, Isaiah 11:2

II.  THE CHURCH:   CHURCH AT SARDIS
    Rev. 3:1, Acts 19:10   "All they which dwelt in Asia"

III.  THE CITY:  SARDIS
       Rev. 3:1
    Background:
      Founded around 12 B.C.,  captial
      Known for Aesops Fables from Sardis
      Gold and silver coins
      Center of wool production--dyeing wool
      Located 30 miles south of Thyratira
      Sardis was built on a hill, 1500 ft. above the lowest area or valley
      They became over confident and were conquered
      Came under Roman rule about 33 B.C.
      Earthquake destroyed the city
      Goddess Sybil - sexual immorality

IV.  THE CONCERN:   
      Centered around:
    1.  Deadness
                     Rev. 3:1 "and art dead"

PRINCIPLE #1
     BE CAREFUL OF RESTING IN ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE PAST, WHILE DOING NOTHING
      IN THE PRESENT.

    Ex.  Husband and wife relationships (the way it used to be)   or in sports (what I used to do)
      Hope that's not a picture of you.  Are you living in the past?

    DEADNESS WAS ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH  UNBELIEVERS:

PRINCIPLE #2
     CHURCH ATTENDANCE-----CHRIST AS SAVIOR =  LOST!! (dead)
     Lost people in churches cater to:
        1) Creeds                2)  Communion
        3) Candles                4) Choir
        5) Carnal challenges (fleshly)
        Ephesians 2:1 - "who were dead in trespasses and sin"
         Rom. 1:16
    2.  Deeds - not completed
          Rev. 3:2  "perfect before God"

PRINCIPLE #3
    REMEMBER, IT'S NOT THE QUANTITY OF YOUR WORKS, BUT RATHER THE QUALITY THAT
    COUNTS BEFORE CHRIST.

    You can do many many works, but if you start then don't complete them, it's not good.

V.  THE COMMENDATION-
      * He commands some for remaining pure.
        Rev. 3:4 "few---have not defiled their garments.."
         Garments speak of character.
         Jude 23  "garment spotted by the flesh"

PRINCIPLE #4
    DON'T LET ANYONE INTIMIDATE YOU CONCERNING YOUR PURITY!

    Young people have so many pressures in our society-----don't let anyone intimidate you!
    Rev. 3:4  "and they shall walk with me in white; for they are worthy"
    Matthew 17:2
     What if I'm not pure?  Confess your sins and start fresh.

VI.  THE COMMAND:
      Make the necesary changes
    Rev. 3:2 "Be watchful"
    Rev. 3:3  "hold fast and repent"

PRINCIPLE #5
    THE LORD IS WILLING TO RESCUE ANYONE WHO WILL COMPLY TO HIS INSTRUCTION.

    Compliance that deals with:
    1.  Reacting with spiritual alertness
         Rev. 3:2  "Be watchful"
        * Poor devotional habits
        *Church attendance
        *Poor choices of friends
        *Poor decisions
    2.  Reviving your spiritual state
       Rev. 3:2  
                       Revive it!
        *Prayer Life
        *Praise Life
        *View of the lost
        *Holiness life
    3.  Returning to the Word
       Rev. 3:3       Rev. 4:12
    The Word can:
        1) Change us
            Psalm 119:9   cleanse his way
        2) Challenge us
           Psalm 119:11     "that I might not sin against Thee"
        3) Counsel us
           Psalm 119:24   "my counselor"
        4) Cheer us
           Psalm 119:47   "I will delight myself in thy commandments"
        5) Comforts us
           Psalm 119:5  "comforted myself"
        6) Calm us
            Psalm 119:65  "great peace have they which love thy law"
    4.  Responding  to the truth
      Rev. 3:3  "hold fast"
        To give heed to, observe, to do, to carry out. 
    5.  Repentance
        Rev. 3:3   Hold fast and repent.
          What happens if they don't repent?
            "I will come on thee as a thief and thou shalt not know what hour I will come unto thee"

VII.  THE CHALLENGE  - Looking forward to the Son's promise

    Marked by:
    1.  Perfect sanctification
       Rev. 3:5  "be clothed in white rainment"
       Rev. 19: 7, 8   "arrayed in fine linen, clean and white"
    2.  Permanent Security
        Lamb's Book of ife
    3.  Pronouncement of the Son
       Rev. 3:5  "but I will confess his name"
       Matt. 10:32  "him also will I confess before the Father which is in heaven"
    Have you confessed Jesus to others??
           Each church has a promise.
                 Listening to the Spirit's exhortation.
                    Rev. 3:6   "He that hath an ear to hear.. "

May we listen and learn and not be side tracked and be the "Church of the Living Dead".
   Let's be alive for Him!!

PASTOR'S STUDY/CORRUPTION AT WORK

FROM THE PASTOR’S STUDY
Pastor Tom Sawhook
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Hamilton, Ohio

 
A Study in the Book Of The Revelation

“CORRUPTION AT WORK”
  (The Church at Thyratira)

TODAY WE'LL BE SHARING 7 FEATURES CENTERED AROUND THE THEME

  Longest letter to the smallest church, but the Lord has plenty to say.
     Revelation 2:18-29

I. THE CHIEF INSPECTOR:  The Lord Jesus
  v. 18
     Coming with authority as the Son of God

II.  THE  CHURCH :  Church of Thyratira
      a.   No Biblical record of its start
      b.  Possibility:   Lydia - Acts 16:14
      c.  Or an extension of the outreach ministry of Paul at Ephesus  (Acts 19:10)

III.  THE CITY:  Thyratira

       1.  From Pergamum, the Roman road curved east and then southeast to Thyatira, approximately
           40 miles away.
       2.  Thyatira was located in a long north-south valley connecting the valleys of the Caicus and
             Hermus rivers
       3.  Thyatira was founded by one of Alexander the Great's successors, named Seleucus.
       4.  It was used as a military outpost guarding the north-south road.  It later changed hands, and came
            under the rule of Lysimachus, who ruled Pergamum.
       5.  Thyatira was the gateway to Pergamum, and the task of the defenders at Thyatira was to delay
            an attacker and thus buy time for Pergamum.
       6.  Unfortunately, since Thyatira had no natural defenses, the garrison there could not hope to hold
            out for long.
       7.  Thus, the city was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt;
       8.   Around 190 B.C., Thyratira was conquered and annexed by the Romans and enjoyed the Roman
             peace.
       9.  The city then became flourishing a commercial center.  Its location on the main north-south road
              now became an asset in Roman times as it connected Pergamum and Laodicea, Smyrna, and the
              interior regions of the province of Asia.
      10.  At the time the book Revelation was written, Thyatira was just entering its period of
             greatest prosperity.
      11.  Thyatira was noted for its numberous guilds (similar to today's labor unions).
      12.  Thyatira's main industry was the production of wool and dyed goods (especially purple goods,
             dyed with purple dye extracted from the madder root).
      13.   There also were guilds for linen workers, makers of outer garments, dyers, leather workers,
              tanners, potters, bankers, slave dealers, and bronze smiths.
      14.  Lydia probably represented her guild in Phillippi (Acts 16:14), showing that Thyratira's market
             extended across the Aegean Sea to mainland Greece.
      15.  Among various gods, the primary god worshipped by the people in Thyatira was the Greek sun
             god, Apollo.
          a.  He was the son of Zeus
    b.  god a prophecy,archery and music
    c.  he had an interest in healing also
    d.  his son was Asklepios: god of medicine and healing (prevalent in the church at Pergamum)
       16.  The pressure faced y the Christians in Thyatira came from the guilds.
       17.  To hold a job or run a business, it was necessary to be a member of a guild.
       18.  Each guild had its patron deity, in whose honor feasts were held---complete with meat sacrificed to idols
              and sexual immorality.
       19.  Christians faced the dilemma of attending those feasts or possibly losing their livelihood.
       20.  The way some believers were respoinding, drew the attention of the Lord.

IV.  THE COMMENDATION:  He commends them for progressing in their spiritual lives.

PRINCIPLE #1
    IN REGARDS TO SPIRITUAL MATURITY, ARE YOU MOVING FORWARD OR BACKWARD?

    Are you moving forward compared to where you were a year ago?  2 years ago?  10 years ago?  15
    years ago?    Or have you gone backward?

    Signs that evidence spiritual maturity:
    1)  Showing love
          We should display :
        *Love for the Savior   I Cor. 16:22
        *Love for the saints     Col. 1:4 , I Peter 1:22
           Not criticism, cynicism, or cutting remarks
        *Love for the sinners   Eph. 2:3-5, Rom. 5:8, John 3:16, I Tim. 1:15
                                    Don't forget---you were once in that category.
    2)  Service
            Service that's:
        *Motivated by love for Christ
                                *Meeting a need
        In church:
        Encouragement, prayer, choir, teacher, elder, deacon, custodian,treasurer,
                                special music,  Jr. church, parking lot, furnace filter, secretary, lawn care
        Out of church:
        Warm smile, kind word, word of encouragement, helping hand, financial assitance,
                                sharing the Gospel, praying with someone, listening ear
        *Minister in the power of the Spirit
        I Thess. 1:5a
                                  Our success comes from who's behind us.  Where's our power source?
    3)  Showing Faithfulness
        Showing faith demands:
        *Convictions (Based on the Word)
        *Christ-like perspective
        *Control of the flesh
    4)  Steadfastness
          "Patience"  -  steadfast or showing perseverence
         Godly steadfastness:
        *Refuses to give up
                                   Some of you may feel like giving up right now
        *Realizes the "big picture"
                   Signs of 'moving backwards'
    1)  Poor attendance
    2)  Marked by spending less and less time with the Lord
    3)  Marked by the things of God no longer holding first place in your life
    4)  Marked by the world having more appeal ato you that the Word

V.  THE CONCERN: Spiritural corruption was being tolerated.

PRINCIPLE #2 
      THE LORD DOES CARE HOW THINGS ARE HANDLED IN THE CHURCH
            v. 20
          1.  Disobedience to the Scriptures
    1) Called Jezebel  a prophetess
    2)  Calls herself a 'prophetess'
                      Self appointed - This problem is the same today in some churches
                     I Tim 2:12  " I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man..."
    3)  "Jezebel" is symbolic name for the character in I Kings 16:30-33
           2.  Deceptive, enticing others to sin
    1)  She might have taught the prevalent Greek philosophy of the day
        * Spirit is good
            *Flesh or body is evil
        *God only interested in the spirit
            *Doesn't matter what you do with your body
                2)  This false teaching certainly would appeal to the believers who knew if they wanted
                     to hang on to those jobs with the local gods, they would have to honor the god of the feasts
        * Accompanied by sexual immorality
           3.  So some believers bought into this false teaching, thinking it would solve their problem with the
                locals gods.  But instead it corrupted them and plunged them into sin.

PRINCIPLE #3
        REPENTANCE IS OFTEN A DIVIDER THAT SEPARATES TRUE BELIEVERS FROM THEM THAT
            ARE NOT.

           1.  When true believers get involved with sin
    *  They are convicted by the Holy Spirit
    *  They sometimes are chastised
    *   They ultimately repent
           2.  Jezebel was a servant of satan, not a servant of the Savior
                Notice her end:
    I Kings 21:23 "And of Jezebel also spoke the Lord saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall
                   of Jezreel"
                 Rev. 2:22, 23  " Behold I will cast her into a bed, and them commit adultery with her into great
                 tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.   And I will kill her children with death: and
                  all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will
                   give unto everyone according to your works."
                  Hell is the destination for  all those who refuse to repent.

PRINCIPLE #4
          REGARDLESS OF THE NATURE OF THE SIN, THE LORD EXTENDS FORGIVENESS TO THOSE
            WHO REPENT.
                     Rev. 2:22b
              1.   These are the believers who were enticed to sin
              2.   He doesn't threaten to send them to hell, but to bring them severe chastising, unless they
                   repent of their deeds.
              3.   Believers can never be sent to hell, because they belong to Christ.
                    Romans 8:1   "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in ChristJesus,
                      who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit."
                     But when we become stubborn in our sin or refuse to repent, we can expect divine
                     chastisement.
    4.   He as we mentioned before, the Lord is gracious and gives us a chance to make things
                      right with Him, regardless of what we have done.
    5.  What's the nature of the sin you've been involved in?:
        *Pre-marital sex
        *Adultery
        *Homosexualism/Lesbianism
        *Porn   
        *Jealousy
        *Bitterness
        *Hatred
        *Gossip/Slander
        *Cheating
        *Lying   
PRINCIPLE #5
     WHILE WORKS CANNOT GET US INTO SALVATION, THEY DRAW THE ATTENTION OF CHRIST
           AFTER SALVATION

              !.   Ephesians 2:8, 9 - For by grace we are saved
              2.  Ephesians 2:10 - After we are saved, our works prove that we are saved.
          1)  The Lord reviews them
            *You in the church
            *You in the community   
        2)  He reviews them to see if they were done out of the flesh or in the spirit
        3)  The Lord rewards them
            * Those done in the energy of the Holy Spirit will be rewarded
                                                    (at the Judgement Seat of Christ)
            * Sometimes the Lord rewards while we're here on earth
                Could be a material reward
                                                                Financial reward
                Good health reward
                Greater usefulness
                Keen insight
         Does your life dispay any good works?  If so, it can draw more attention to Christ.

PRINCIPLE #6
    REGARDLESS OF THE UNCOMMITED, THE LORD KNOWS THE FAITHFUL---REMAIN
                    FAITHFUL TO HIM.

       Rev. 2:24, 25   He wants us to know He's aware, and one day He's coming
    1.  The tendency to get discouraged when others are uncommited, even wanting to give up or quit.
    2.  But the Lord knows and He wants us to remain faithful to Him
    3.  That can change your whole spiritual disposition around in a positive way

VII   THE CHALLENGE
    Centered around:
    1.  Looking forward to The Savior's Promise
        It's a two-fold promise
        1)  Rule With Christ   v. 26, 27
            1.  Those who remain faithful to Christ in spite of their difficult
                                                circumstances in their life, will rule with Him in His earthly
                                                 millenium kingdom
            2.  Those in the millenium kingdom who rebel against Christ's rule, threaten
                                                 His people will be destroyed
            3.  Those who rule with Christ will have delegated authority from Him,
               just as Christ received authority from His Father
               They will help maintain peace and justice.  That's us!!
        2)  Reflect on Christ v. 28
            1.  The morningstar is Christ Himself
                                                         Rev. 22:16
            2.  The morningstar    appears brightest right before dawn
            3.  After Christ comes for us, His church at the Rapture, and then
                                        7 years later after the tribulation,  He will return to earth in all His
                   brightness which will mark the dawn of the new millenium
            4.  We will have the privilege to reflect on Him in all His fulness there and
                throughout the realms of eternity.
    Listening To The Spirit's Message as we stand strong on God's Word

So this morning.. Let's be determined that regardless of what we may be facing in our lives, let's remain
 faithful unto Him.
           One day we'll rule with Him and reflect on Him in all His splendor and magnificent glory....

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ukrainian Easter Eggs II / Made by Georgia

I have quite a collection of eggs that I've made over the years and since I've deleted my website, I wanted to get them up here for future buyers.  
Hope you enjoy them.. 
 

  

  

  

  

  
One side of an ostrich egg

 

  

  

  

  
 
 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  



 

  

  



 


  

  

  

  

  
Pysanky made into ornaments