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So this is our next to last week will be spending in this series based in the letters to the seven churches in Revelation the beginning a revelation chapters 2 and 3. So this is I supposed the penultimate letter here. It's next to last and it's the letter to the church in Philadelphia, which is found in Revelation chapter 3 starting inverse 7. So let's read 7 through 13 and as usual will jump back and take a look at what the more of what the Lord might say to us this morning Revelation 3 starting 7 end of the Angel of the church in Philadelphia, right? The words of the Holy One the true one who has the Key of David who opens and no one will shut who shuts and no one opens. I know your Works behold. I have set before you an Open Door, which no one is able to shut I know. That you have but little power and get you have kept my word and have not denied my name behold. I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews and are not but lie behold I will make them come and bow down before your feet and they will learn that I have loved you because you have kept my word and patient endurance. I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world to try those who dwell on the earth. I am coming soon hold fast that you have hold fast what you have so that no one may seize your crown. The one who conquers I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God never shall he go out of it and I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God the New Jerusalem which comes down from my God out of heaven and my own new name, he who has an ear let him hear what the spirit says to the churches. So Philadelphia is near the Aegean Sea. It's very fertile. It is actually the raisin capital of the world. Would you like to be from a city that is known as the raisin capital of the world. I'm from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which is the home of Krispy Kreme donuts. Now Jupiter Donuts, which is now known as Cosmic Donuts because of trademark infringement. I don't know the story. They're find a good degree. Like the folks. I like the people but I used to go to the first Krispy Kreme donuts on planet Earth and if you timed it right and go on a Friday or Saturday right before they close you could you could walk away with with with with a garbage bag full of fresh hot donuts garbage bag sounds gross, but I mean Look inside Donuts. Okay, they were known as the raisin capital of the world cuz they're very fertile and they're very proud of their land their very proud of their city. And there's some more details about Philadelphia that will get into in a little bit. But let's go back to first seven and let's just see how Jesus begins his letter to the church in Philadelphia. And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia, right the words of the Holy One the true one who has the Key of David who opens and no one will shut who shuts and no one opens. These are the words of the Holy One the true one every one of these letters begins extolling the virtues of the heart and the character the nature the power the strength the truth of Jesus. every letter begins with who Jesus is

spinning on on him cuz ultimately it doesn't matter what what the church is or isn't it matters who he is? His eyes like flaming fire he hears he sees all and what he hears and sees in in the church in Philadelphia is actually really awesome. They received no rebuke. The word repent is not in this champ.

They received no rebuke they receive encouragement. And some praise and it's beautiful. The ones that hold the key of David now, this is a unique. Extolling of who Christ is his heart and character nature power the one who holds the key of David. It seems a little random. What is this key of David that Jesus is holding in Isaiah chapter 22

Verse 22 we read this. Isaiah 22 verse 22 and I will place on his shoulder the key of the House of David he shall open and None Shall shut and he shall shut and None Shall open sounds familiar with what we've just read. And also looking 2nd Samuel starting in verse 7.

2nd Samuel 7 starting in verse 5

so God is

speaking with the prophet Nathan

Since this go and tell my servant David thus says the Lord could you build me a house to dwell in to see David wants to build God this house. This Majestic big beautiful house is what David wants to build and he's asking Nathan. He talked to God and let's work out the details and everything, you know, when should we start cutting down trees so I can build this beautiful house for the Lord. But God says go and tell my servant David that says the Lord would you build me a house to dwell in I've not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people from Israel of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling in all places where I've moved with all the people of Israel did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel? Whom I commanded to Shepherd My People Israel saying why have you not build me a house of Cedar now? Therefore thus you shall say to my servant David thus says the Lord of hosts. I took you from the pasture from following the sheep that you should be Prince Over My People Israel, and I've been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you and I will make I will make for you a great name like the name of the great ones of the earth and I will appoint a place for My People Israel and will plant them. So that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more in Violent Men shall afflict them. No more as formerly from the time that I appointed judges Over My People Israel, and I will give you rest from all your enemies moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your father's I will raise up your Offspring after you who show come from your body and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name and I will establish the Throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father and he shall be to me a son when he commits iniquity. I will discipline him with the rod of men with the stripes of the sons of Ben but my steadfast love will not depart from him as I took it from Saul whom I put away from before you and your house in your kingdom shall be made for ever before me your throne shall be established forever in accordance with all these words in accordance with this Vision Nathan spoke to David. Segata saying look I'm going to build the house. And in that house. I'm going to establish your throne and that Throne is established forever. The strong will not disappear from existence. It will always be now, you know, if you're an Israelite, if you're David, you're getting really excited about this cuz Goodwill you're imagining isn't an actual physical Kingdom. That's never going to be conquered an actual physical Temple. That's never going to be torn down and actual physical Throne. It's always been in a descendant of David will always be on that Throne ruling. God is yes speaking to David. Yes. He's he's speaking about Solomon who comes after who built the physical Temple. God is talking about a thrombus also talking about Christ. Really the main point is that Christ will descend from that line of David in that Christ. Will Ascend to that throne and it will be an eternal Throne authority to open and shut the one who holds the key. Ultimately is Jesus. He is the one who holds the key. Jesus builds the house in which he will dwell Jesus builds the throne upon which he will sit and from which he shall reign the Lord builds it.

The Lord builds it Psalm 127:1 unless the Lord builds the house those who build it labor in vain. That was the truth in the prayer that was on all of our lips when we just you know, slapped on a Fresh coat of paint coat of paint in this place. All this is pointless if it's not built by God and for him and for his glory amen So Jesus is saying that Throne that Temple it's mine I built it and I hold the keys to it. so back in verse 7 of Revelation 3

the angel of the church in Philadelphia write the words of the Holy One the true one who has the Key of David who opens and no one will shut who shuts and no one will open Ultimate authority over Christ House rest in Christ's throne. So who has authority over who dwells in his house? He does. He has the key. He is. The one that is Sovereign over those who will dwell in his house in and we forget that. As Christians down through the centuries yo-yoing and in teeter totter and back and forth between theological conviction between label it. However, you want conservative and liberal bring a progressive and in in an orthodox. However, you want to slice it. We have made mistakes on both sides forgetting that it's Christ who holds the key. to his own Temple legal asst and papers have tried to shut out. They whom Christ has welcomed in.

And then those on the other side that the universalists and progressives and liberals have a tried to open up the doors For Those whom Christ will keep out. Forgetting that it's Christ. Who is Sovereign over both? Look at Matthew chapter 23

starting a verse 13. So this is a word for that religious. Who thinks that by obeying the rules that we like? That's how you can gain entrance to the temple of God Matthew 23 verse 13 below to you. scribes and Pharisees hypocrites For you shut the Kingdom of Heaven in people's faces. Were you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in low to you scribes and Pharisees hypocrites? Where you travel across the sea and land to make a single prostatite and when he becomes a prostatite you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourself.

Shutting the door of Christ Temple in the face of those who would who would freely in in in in joyfully enter. Well, then look in Galatians 5 word of rebuke to those who think that the doors just flung wide open to anybody it no matter who they are no matter

Which sounds kind of good at first glance? Listen Galatians 5 starting a verse 19.

Another works of the flesh are evident sexual immorality impurity sensuality idolatry sorcery immunity Strife jealousy fits of anger rivalries dissensions divisions Envy drunkenness orgies and things like these I warn you as I warned you before that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. It doesn't matter if you declared that the door is wide open. I'm sorry. You don't have the key. He does. He says it's shut.

for these look at 1st Corinthians. starting in verse 6 I don't know about you, but I find myself in that list of things. Feel a little uneasy. 1st Corinthians 6 starting in verse 9 or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be deceived neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who practice homosexuality nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor revilers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

and such were some of you

Isn't you never thought that you could be that excited about the tense of a verb?

Paul says and that's what some of you all were. That's who you were.

verse 11 1st Corinthians 6 and such were some of you but you were washed. You were Sanctified you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the spirit of our God.

That's why I can see my own Sinatra on on these lists. But I don't have to despair because that's who I used to be.

With our hearts in the right place in our in our in our in our head slightly Askew, we say things sometimes like I'm just a sinner saved by grace. I'm just a sinner saved by grace. No. You're not you were a sinner. saved by grace now you are declared a saint.

Now the door is open to you because you've been washed.

Butterfree gracious perfect blood of Christ you have been washed. And the door is open. Who opened it? Christ he has the key.

And the righteous justice of God was satisfied on the cross of Christ. and the Victorious Resurrection crisis given the key that was promised and it's his to open. To all who would come won't you come?

Won't you come? The wash clean and Inter so then with joy, you can say that's who I used to be but not anymore.

Understand it at the Live Oaks Bible Church our doors the doors of this building are open to anyone.

You're not a danger to the safety of people in this room are a precious Lambs over the other side of the building. You are welcome in this building. I don't care who you are presently. I don't care who you used to be. I don't care you might be tomorrow. Our doors are open to you. Please come.

Those are the doors to our building. Do you want to enter through the door into the kingdom? You have to go through Christ.

You have to be crucified with him so you could be raised with him.

And you'll be right there when the doors are opened. And welcomed.

He has the key. He has the key. Back in Revelation 3 this is going to be so beautifully poetically important to understand that idea. I've been welcomed through the door. Welcome through the great welcome to the gate in such a beautiful encouragement to the Christians in Philadelphia. Let's continue. Here's a familiar turn the phrase. That makes us go home and I want to come in. Jesus says in verse 8 and Revelation 3. I know your works. Not usually bad news. Is he csis Tiffany? You know your works you want him to know him too. He does already. I know your Works behold. I have set before you an Open Door. Which no one is able to shut.

He is set before them an open door that no one is able to shut white. Why is this so encouraging to the Christians in Philadelphia the Christians in the Church of Philadelphia. They were all Gentile converts. The first Christians were Jews you out because Jesus kind of was one and so were the disciples right? But District in Philadelphia, they're all Gentile convert an end in there being pressed hard to being persecuted by the Jews in Philadelphia that use in their synagogue in in you hear Jesus again referring to them as a synagogue of Satan should not be confused.

behold I have set before you an Open Door, which no one is able to shut why is that so powerfully important well, Unless you're Jewish. You're not welcome in the synagogue. And that's that's that's reflective in in in in a model of the the temple case of the temple in Jerusalem. The architecture of it there were different courts you started in a way on the outside and then you could be in the court of the Gentiles which is like the parking lot. Right since the court of the Gentiles and then there's the court of women congratulations ladies got one step closer and then the court of men and then the court of priests. Then the holy place and then the most holy place or the holy of holies of the court of the Gentiles for the Gentiles were recorded with the women were priests and a holy place.

Where they would do the sacrifices to a holy God, but where is the holy God? In the holy of holies. That's how many doors

are between you Gentile in the Holy presence of God.

So many doors shut in your face.

and yet Christ says I've opened the door for you and no one can shut it. Why is that door? What was the door you remember from the gospel account of the crucifixion when Jesus cried out his last the temple was torn into the curtain was torn into that curtain was in the temple separating the holy of holies from the rest of the world the rest of the universe. The holy spirit of God would reside in the holy of holies separated by a curtain.

that curtain ripped in half from top to bottom Couture That's the open door the open door to the presence of God through the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ because of the Justice satisfied on the cross. The mercy of God is open to all who would Val the need to he who satisfied satisfied that Justin's so no matter how skilfully or or or furiously the Jews so do that curtain back together.

It has been done. It has been finished. It has been accomplished the holy spirit of God no longer resides in a room separated by a curtain behind a door behind a door behind the gate behind a gate the holy spirit of God is present in the lies of all who would bowel the need no one has to be separated from the holy spirit of God who has bowed their knee to him. No one who has been born again to no one who has been washed and and Sanctified and Justified a glorified.

The door is open to all whom God invites to the feet of his son. Is he inviting you? Is he inviting you this morning? to approach his holy presence

back in verse 8

I know your Works behold. I have set before you an Open Door, which no one is able to shut I know that you have but little power. I know who that you have but little power yet. You have kept my word and if not denied my name Jesus knows that these Christians in Philadelphia Philadelphia. They didn't have any power. You're powerless.

according to the world

the church God has not called us to be powerful. He's called us to be faithful.

What the world considers power? weakness

what the world considers wisdom is folly.

We are not called to power. That is something that we have so forgotten in the church so much of the church's Pursuit is is that of power. We want the church to be powerful and some of it comes from a very good heart and because we want rights to be wronged and then we want Christ name to be rightly uplifted. We we want to be able to influence people. But but we pursue power to get those things done when God doesn't call us to be powerful. He just calls us to be faithful. Cuz he's the one that holds the keys to begin with. It's his church. Not ours, and he has called us to be faithful. He is even called us to be successful. He's called us to be faithful. But we are convinced that we need power and in our culture right now power comes from popularity. If you're popular you're powerful. We pursue Fame just for the sake of being famous.

Write Fame is not like The Accidental byproduct of doing something awesome like up of pursuing us a really praiseworthy goal. You reached that goal. I think I spent four and a half hours this week listening to an audio documentary on Goodyear that guy that invented vulcanized rubber.

Why did I do that? I don't know. I don't know it was fascinating and he really he felt he was a Christian dude, and he felt as though the Lord appointed him to bring vulcanize rubber. He didn't know to call it that to bring a stable rubber to the world right now. We know the name Goodyear. Hey popularity used to be a byproduct. Now. It's an actual goal. We want to be popular cuz we feel the snow popularity brings us power and what happens when that pursuit of popularity creeps into the church. How did how does that change the one gospel? How does that change how we paint a portrait of the one Jesus? We start preaching a different gospel. We start paying a picture of a different Jesus because we want him. We need him to be a bit more palatable. a bit more acceptable and we find that we preach a different gospel about a different Jesus. Ultimately, what good does that do us?

Faithfulness is not any guarantee of power. As a matter of fact is it's pretty much a guarantee that you won't be powerful. If you're truly faithful according to the world as though as the world sees it. Watch this in verse 9. What what God does to the powerful and what God does for the week?

Converse 9 I'm good second part date again. I know that you have but little power and get you have kept my word and have not denied my name behold. I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews and are not but lie. Behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and they will learn that I have loved you. So it was so what's with this deal about them saying that their dues but they're not they're Liars but I mean like all the law and religious calendar and and they know nothing on the Sabbath in the you know, the date they do it all all the match nations of all the they do it all. They call themselves Jewish. How are they? Not Jews? How are they Liars? What it's a tiny bit of a confusing passage, but we got to keep going back to it as we have to understand what God is doing here and it's in Romans 9 and forgive me. I tried to figure out just a few of these verses to read and I ended up making a weird swiss cheese version of these past. I didn't read the whole thing Romans 9 * a numbers 4 through verse 13 Romans 9 Serena verse 4 and I mean there's so much that I'm just going to read it and Trust the Holy Spirit near Romans 9 starting at verse 4.

They are Israelites into them belong the adoption the glory the covenants the giving of the law of the worship in the promises to them belong the Patriarchs and from their race. The Jews according to the flesh is the Christ was God over all blessed forever. I'm in but it is not as though the word of God has failed for not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel. C4 not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring butter Isaac shall your Offspring be named? This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise. Are counted is Offspring for this is what the promised said about this time next year. I will return and Sarah will have a son and not only so but also when Rebecca had conceived children by one man are for father Isaac though. They were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad in order that God's purpose of election might continue not because of works, but because of him who calls she was told the older will serve the younger. As it is written Jacob I loved. But Esau I hated. I can't overstate how shocking of a revelation this will be to air quotes the Jews in Philadelphia when this word comes to fruition for them. The turning upside down of things for them is really going to be sobering but we we serve a God that likes to turn things upside down. He's kind of in the habit of doing it for those who follow him your life going to get turned upside down did it not Your desires your goals your expectations the way you thought the universe universe worked when you became in him when you were born again, when the Holy Spirit moved in your heart and you bowed the knee and received the lordship of Jesus like everything got turned upside down. That is what God does.

And this is going to be a very unpleasant Revelation for these Jews in Philadelphia. Because this is the promise that they're waiting to be filled. It's found in Isaiah among many, but let's really quickly. Look at Isaiah chapter 60.

This is what these Jews in Philadelphia and and all Jews are are waiting that the truth of this Isaiah 60 verse 14.

The sons of those who Afflicted you shall come bending low to you and all who despise you shall bow down at your feet. They shall call you city of the Lord. Zion of the Holy One of Israel So they're waiting for these Christians these blasphemers these nut jobs. Who believed in this Jesus who thankfully we crucified one day. God is going to make them come and bow it our feet. It's coming.

Turn it upside down. That prophecy is now an encouragement to the Christians in Philadelphia.

first 10 back in Revolution 3

because

this is going to be true for them. because you have kept my word. about patient endurance

because you have kept my word about patient endurance. I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world to try those who dwell on the Earth.

This is our choice. We can stay faithful to Jesus and his word lose all popularity and power of the world but have the love of Jesus or we can stay popular and Powerful in the world and be destroyed by Jesus. That's losing what was just an illusion of power and popularity.

We can serve the illusion or stay faithful to the truth. And if we are found faithful if we are found to be holding fast to the truth of Jesus to Jesus himself, we will be kept from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, but don't miss this. Jesus is not saying that you'll be kept from all trouble. Because that's another faults gospel that we serve another false Jesus that we serve.

So many of us find ourselves bowing at the feet of the Jesus of prosperity. Which is just another word for power if I have the money and I if I have the help I can chart my own path. Calamity and sickness sadness and in like I don't want to worry about those things cuz I'm going to I'm going to have the money and I'm going to have the health. No, those are just an illusion. We are faithful to him and he does not promise US that will be kept from all trouble. He promises us here. That will be kept from The Trial that's coming the Wrath that is coming. We will be kept from it. Jesus is not promising to save us from present trouble, but from coming Wrath. Because there will be trouble. It's a Vela stration you we all have to keep going back to his Christians when Jesus talks about the wise and foolish Builders went when he's telling us build your house upon the rock not on the shifting Sands because when the storm comes the storm comes to everybody. There will be trouble. Why else would he tell us to hold fast if there was not coming trouble? Why would we have to hold fast if not in the face of trouble?

difficulty pain centers of heartbreak

we are to hold fast in the midst of it.

Here's a story. You're going to hear me. Tell probably 19 1/2 times before I'm dead. I was tubing on the river and six years old. I'm fidgety as you know, 6 year old boys are my dad employees me plus me employee doesn't employ me. What time he pays me to think. He begs me dangle in the tube. You got to sit on the two arms and legs on the tube. I were in the Yadkin river in North Carolina, which looks like it looks like Willy Wonka chocolate. I mean, it's just like it's not clear like the Rainbow River something here and it's dangerous and my dad says you got a ship on the tube don't dangle in it won't you know, what am I? What am I to do? I'm like spinning around and having a great time not paying attention to anything and then all the sudden we come around the corner of the current picks up and I'm down. I'm out of the tube that tube goes flow nozzle. I just come up, you know flailing and Paola around. My dad's watching me the whole time and the next thing I see is my dad's swimming Upstream. And he's pointing and he's yelling the same Tommy get to the Rock get to the rock it to the Rock. I see the rock right there for me to grab ahold of a wrap my arms around and my dad says to me hold on to the Rock. I'm coming. Hold on to the Rock. I'm coming. Came and got me. I spent the rest of the trip on the River City in my father's lap.

What is in store for those who do hold fast and endure?

inverse 12 the one who conquers who endures I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. The one who conquers I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. never never Christian hear me never shall he go out of it? And I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God the New Jerusalem which comes down from my God out of heaven. And my own new name. We have no idea. I have no idea what the weight of the glory of this Proclamation. We just don't know turn to Psalm 27.

Psalm 27 beginning and verse 4

One Thing have I asked of the Lord.

That will I seek after. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord. all the days of my life to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his Temple for he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble. He will conceal me under the cover of his tent. And he will lift me high. upon a rock

What the psalmist is writing is?

Would that I could only just be in God's presence? I just want to be with my God.

If I could only just maybe maybe I could just cower in the corner.

I won't bother and I won't mess with anything. I promise. I just if I could just be in the corner if I could just be with you. I just want to be with you.

Moses, you know cuz I just see your face just a little bit of it. See a little could I just stand in your presence just a little bit.

This is Christ's answer to that plea to that question. If only I could be in your just if I could just be in your presence. Maybe I could just be in the corner.

Have your temple? Jesus says I will make him a pillar. in the temple

Jesus says I won't only allow you to be in the temple. You will be my temple.

You're begging me. Could I just dwell in you? He says I'm going to dwell in you.

Could I just be with you Jesus? Ready in you Saint Christian? You are my temple.

and 1st Peter 2

1st Peter chapter 2 starting in verse 4

as you come to him. a living Stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious you yourself like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Where it stands in scripture behold, I am laying a in Zion a stone a Cornerstone Chosen and precious and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame. So the hour is for you who believe but for those who do not believe the stone that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone. And a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense they stumble because they disobey the word as they were destined to do but you are a chosen race a royal priesthood a holy nation a people for his own possession that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of Darkness Into His Marvelous Light once you were not a people, but now you are God's people once you have not received Mercy, but now you have received Mercy.

back in verse 12 Revelation 3 listen to this

Never shall he go out of it. And I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God the New Jerusalem which comes down from my God out of heaven and my own new name, the city of Philadelphia was leveled by an earthquake and the emperor paid for the city to be rebuilt. So they renamed Philadelphia meiosis area which means Caesars, New City.

And people the world over marveled at this rebuilt City. flowing with wine infravision and they named it in honor of the emperor. And Jesus the Emperor of Emperor's the king of King says you think that's impressive. I'm going to take the rubble of your broken lives. And I'm going to build them as my temple in my city and upon you I'm going to put a name bigger and better than that one. my name

I'm going to call you my name.

Take a look at that City. Revelation 21 starting in verse 1

then I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth for the first Heaven and the first Earth and passed away and the sea was no more and I saw the holy city New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven from God prepared as a bride adorned for her husband and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying Behold The Dwelling Place of God is with man. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and Death Shall be no more neither shall there be morning nor crying nor pain anymore. For the former things have passed away. and he who was Seated on the throne said Behold, I am making all things new. He said write this down for these words are trustworthy and true and he said to me it is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega the beginning in the end to the Thirsty. I will give from the spring of the Water of Life without payment and the one who conquers will have this Heritage and I will be his God and he will be my son.

spray

Beverly and poor

we're outside.

Who would love to just like imagine what it must be inside?

And yet you the king you you left your throne. And you came and you found us and you can you picked us up.

You not only invited us and you carried us in.

You wash this clean?

We gave you our sin and you gave us your robe.

Can you give us a new name? And you built us into the place in which you will dwell forever.

How is that possible? How are you that powerful? How are you that gracious? How are you that loving? How are you that merciful?

You knew full well who we were?

Nelly worry worry wretched we were your enemy. Thank you for loving your enemy. Thank you for dying for your enemy.

I am not who I have made myself to be. I am who you made me to be.

being made

Thank you. May we use it as you are church just never stop praising. You never stop thanking you and never stop learning the reasons we have to be thankful and to praise. It will take an eternity. Thank you for giving us one. We love you Lord Jesus. Thank you for this building in this Gathering. And I pray that you would bring people into your kingdom through our doors.

And that we would see people come to life before our very eyes by your power and by Your Grace by your mercy. Thank you. Or Jesus, thank you. And your name we pray. Amen. So what's going to be the temple and Dwelling Place of Our Savior Jesus Christ? I'm in.

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