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Your Faith is Founded upon Understanding

In Devotionalsby Aaron Cozort

Ever stand on sand that moves underneath you? Its hard to stay in one place when your foundation is unsteady. Our faith must be founded on something stronger. Understanding — Divine Understanding revealed in Scripture. Learn more. Text: Acts 17 Location: Collierville Church of Christ For more from Aaron, visit www.cozort.org For more from Collierville Church of Christ, Visit www.colliervillecoc.org

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Summary of the Book of Revelation: Chapter 3

In Articlesby Aaron Cozort

The Dead, The Faithful, the Sickening To Sardis: An assembly with a false reputation.  They think they are a living body of Christ, but Jesus pronounced them dead.  Christians among them are still alive, but without repentance, He is coming with unexpected judgment.  Those whose garments are unsoiled will receive their reward. Promise: To the overcomer – white robes, a name in the Book of Life & their name confessed by Christ (cf. Mat. 10:32). To Philadelphia: An assembly with an open door that no man could shut. Neither humanity nor spiritual beings can overcome the purposes and actions of God.  This church is going through the wringer.  More persecution is coming, but the faithful have a crown awaiting. Promise: To the overcomer – become a pillar in the Temple of God & names written on him. To Laodicea: An assembly that makes God sick.  Apathy reigns in this church.  Prosperity physically, and wretchedness spiritually.  They have an eye affliction; they are blind, deceived by wealth and oblivious to the truth.  Christ is rebuking them, will they repent? He is knocking, will they open? Promise: To the overcomer – a seat with Christ on the throne for the overcomer like Him. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Next week: The Throne Room of God.

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Priesthood: Sacrificing Daily Or Once for All Time

In Devotionalsby Aaron Cozort

If you were a priest of the Israelite nation, your days were filled with sacrifices, sacrifices, and more sacrifices. But Jesus made a sacrifice once for all time. Find out more as Aaron offers a brief devotional thought on the sacrifice of Christ. Text: Hebrews 9:28 For more from Aaron, visit: www.cozort.org. For more from the Collierville Church of Christ, visit: www.colliervillecoc.org.

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Summary of the Book of Revelation: Chapter 2

In Articlesby Aaron Cozort

The Double-Edged Sword Comes Forth A double-edged sword is a description given to the speaking of the word of God from the mouth of Jesus Christ (“The First and the Last …he who lives, and was dead, and… am alive forevermore” – 1:17-18). When Jesus speaks, there will be a separation, an action–an attack against all that is unholy, and protection for all that is holy.  He will speak to the messengers (angels) of the churches, and His words will divide, instruct, rebuke, correct, admonish, and commend. To Ephesus: An “assembly” (church) that labored, endured, and couldn’t stand evil just like their Heavenly Father.  They held to sound doctrine and true apostolic authority.  They had fought without giving up… but, they had lost the most important thing, the reason for doing it all.  Their first love–the Father.  They needed to repent, to return to the first works of Christianity, to return to the love of God (but not cease their other labors.) Promise: To the overcomer – eternal food (cf. John 4:10, 13). To Smyrna: An assembly of the poor, but rich in spiritual things. The “poor church” is defenseless, but God defends them. The “poor church” will suffer, but God will not fail to notice their persecution. The “poor church” will be thrown in prison, and some will die, but God has their reward waiting. Promise: To the overcomer – no second death (cf. 1:18; 2:8). To Pergamos: An assembly dwelling in the stronghold of Satan, in the bowels …