Wade Allen on August 19

This past week’s passage (Revelation 5) was an easy passage to preach. The narrative held enough dramatic tension to keep us on the edge of our seats. And then the tension was broken with a powerful scene of worship. The chapter ends with this massive heavenly audience all surrounding the once-slain lamb. If a preachers can’t get excited about Revelation 5, there’s a problem. This week, we flip over to Revelation 6. Let me warn you, this is not as easy passage. While we are glad of a worthy lamb who can open the scroll, the broken seals might surprise us. Instead of awe inspiring scenes of worship, we encounter the dreadful reality of evil. This is on the last time we will encounter such sinister creatures. In fact, we will experience the full display of evil before it is over. As we encounter this text, we will ask questions about the role of evil in the story of God. Let me encourage you to read the chapter as you prepare for worship on Sunday. This is not necessarily good bedtime reading. (Revelation 6 NTE) The next thing I saw was this. When the lamb had opened one of the seven seals, I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, ‘Come!’ And, as I watched, there was a white horse. Its rider was holding a bow. He was given a crown, and he went off winning victories, and to win more of them. When the lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, ‘Come!’ And another horse went out, fiery red this time. Its rider was given permission to take peace away from the earth, so that people would kill one another. He was given a great sword. When the... read more

Wade Allen on August 12

We journeyed with John into God’s throne room this past Sunday. It was a strange and marvelous scene. We were reminded that God is on the throne. Even when it seems that creation is out of control, God is still in charge. This week, we continue the story. In the throne room of God, John is drawn into the question that has been asked throughout all of history. (Revelation 5:2 NIV) “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” Join us on Sunday as we consider the answer to this question. Let me encourage you to read Revelation 5 as you prepare for worship on Sunday. I will provide this chapter for you in the NTE (New Testament for Everyone) translation. See you on Sunday. (Revelation 5 NTE) I saw that there was a scroll in the right hand of the one sitting on the throne. The scroll was written on the inside and the outside, and it was sealed with seven seals. I saw a strong angel announcing in a loud voice, ‘Does anybody deserve to open the scroll, to undo its seals?’ And nobody in heaven or on the earth or under the earth could open the scroll or look at it. I burst into tears because it seemed that there was nobody who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside it. One of the elders, however, spoke to me. ‘Don’t cry,’ he said. ‘Look! The lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has won the victory! He can open the scroll and its seven seals.’ Then I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a lamb. It was standing there as though it had been slaughtered;... read more

Wade Allen on August 05

For the last couple of weeks, we have been moving at neck break pace through the specific instructions to the seven churches (Revelation 2 and 3). If you were not able to join us for either of these sermons, let me encourage you to watch or listen online. We move this week to Revelation 4. This is a dramatic picture of God’s throne room. Let me warn you, there are strange images or representations in this chapter. But don’t worry, we will discuss all of this on Sunday. Let me encourage you to take a few minutes to read the chapter before coming to worship on Sunday. This is a rich chapter. I will provide Revelation 4 in the NTE translation for you to read in this entry. See you on Sunday. (Revelation 4 NTE) After this I looked – and there was a door in heaven, standing open! The voice like a trumpet, which I had heard speaking with me at the beginning, spoke again. ‘Come up here,’ it said, ‘and I will show you what must take place after these things.’ At once I was in the spirit. There in heaven stood a throne, and someone was sitting on it. The seated figure had the appearance of a jasper stone or a carnelian, and there was a rainbow around the throne, looking like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and sitting on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white robes, and with golden crowns on their heads. Flashes of lightning, rumblings and thunderclaps were coming from the throne, and in front of the throne seven lampstands, which are the seven spirits of God, were burning with fire. In front of the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal. In the middle... read more

Wade Allen on July 29

We spent our time together yesterday in Revelation 2. This is a well known part of Revelation. This week, we will continue to discuss the specific words to the 7 churches in Revelation 3. This chapter is slightly more famous than the previous one. Almost all Christians have heard at least one sermon about the church at Laodicea. As I mentioned on Sunday, we are moving fairly quickly through these letters. While we are unable to cover every aspect of each letter, we recognize a consistent pattern. Let me invite you to read Revelation 3 as you prepare for worship on Sunday. I will include the passage in the NTE (New Testament for Everyone) translation. (Revelation 3 NTE) ‘Write this to the angel of the church in Sardis. “These are the words of the one who has the seven spirits of God, and the seven stars. I know what you have done. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen the things that remain – the things that are about to die – because I haven’t found your works to be complete in the sight of my God. So remember how you received the message, how you heard it and kept it – and repent! So if you don’t keep awake, I will come like a thief, and you won’t know what time I’m coming to you. You do, however, have a few people in Sardis who haven’t allowed their clothes to become dirty and polluted. They will be clothed in white and will walk with me, as they deserve. Anyone who conquers will be clothed like this in white robes, and I won’t blot their name out of the book of life. I will acknowledge their name in the presence of my father... read more

Wade Allen on July 22

I am grateful for the Joining God in the Neighborhood team who helped lead our worship yesterday. Let me encourage you to take a look at the remaining opportunities to be involved on the website. This has been a wonderful opportunity for us to learn more about all that God is doing within a few blocks from our church each and every week. This coming Sunday (July 28) we step back into our series on Revelation. We will venture together into chapter 2. Chapters 2 and 3 are perhaps the most familiar chapters of the letter. We often hear preachers admonish modern churches to avoid the fallacies of the seven churches and to live into the compliments that Jesus offers to them. We will be moving fairly quickly through these chapters. We will cover the second chapter this week and the third chapter the following week (August 4). As a general reminder, let me encourage you to take a listen or watch the first two sermons in the series if you were unable to join us in worship. And as you prepare for worship on Sunday, let me invite you to read Revelation 2. I will include it below. (Revelation 2 NIV) “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands: I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from... read more

Wade Allen on July 08

It was a joy to gather together in a combined worship service yesterday. We began our study of Revelation and came together around to the Lord’s table. If you were not able to be with us, I would encourage to you take the time to watch the video or listen to the podcast. It will be important to hear each sermon in this series in order to follow the narrative from week to week. If you miss a Sunday or two, you might feel lost when you return to worship. I would also like to encourage to you to watch a couple of short videos. The Bible Project is a fantastic way to learn more about the big picture of particular themes or books of the bible. They have two videos on Revelation. Explore the Bible Project’s Revelation Videos These videos are very helpful and may be something you want to come back to later in the study. We come to this week to the later part of chapter 1. I would encourage to to read Revelation 1:9-20 as you prepare for worship on Sunday. I will include these verses from the NTE translation for you in this entry. (Revelation 1:9-20 NTE) I, John, your brother and your partner in the suffering, the kingdom, and the patient endurance in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet. ‘Write down what you see in a book,’ it said, ‘and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.’ So I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. As I turned, I saw... read more

Wade Allen on July 02

Just a quick note to remind you that we will be gathering in a combined worship service this week at 10:45 AM due to the holiday weekend. I am excited to let you know that we will also begin our study on the book of Revelation this week. Preparation for this series began several months ago; we are finally diving in this week. We will be easing into the study with only 8 verses this week. Please take a few minutes to read these verses. I will include them here for you in the NTE (New Testament for Everyone) translation. (Revelation 1:1-8 NTE) Revelation of Jesus the Messiah! God gave it to him to show his servants what must soon take place. He signified it by sending a message through his angel to his servant John, who, by reporting all he saw, bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus the Messiah. God’s blessing on the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and on those who hear them and keep what is written in it. The time, you see, is near! John, to the seven churches in Asia: grace to you and peace from He Who Is and Who Was and Who Is To Come, and from the seven spirits that are before his throne, and from Jesus the Messiah, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. Glory to the one who loved us, and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and father – glory and power be to him for ever and ever. Amen. Look! He is coming with the clouds, and every eye shall see him; yes, even those who pierced... read more

Wade Allen on June 10

Pentecost Sunday was a fantastic day. It was a privilege to take part in Lily Rodriquez’s dedication as David and Kelly stood before us committing to raise her in the Lord. We also recalled the story of Acts 2, the coming of the Holy Spirit. We collectively prayed for God’s continual Holy Spirit empowering of our church. What a great time to be together! This coming Sunday is also a special Sunday. It is both Trinity Sunday and Father’s Day. This year, we will consider God’s call for fathers from Ephesians 6:1-4. I hope you will read this passage as you prepare for worship on Sunday. In my sermon preparation for our Revelation series, I came across a new translation by New Testament scholar, N.T. Wright. I have found the language both helpful and fresh. I will include this week’s passage in this translation. It is called The New Testament for Everyone. I hope you have a wonderful week and anticipate seeing you on Sunday. (Ephesians 6:1-4 NTE) Children, obey your parents in the Lord. This is right and proper. ‘Honour your father and your mother’ – this is the first commandment that comes with a promise attached! – ‘so that things may go well with you and that you may live a long life on earth.’ Fathers, don’t make your children angry. Bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. read more

Wade Allen on June 03

This past Sunday, we discussed the implications of Jesus’ ascension. Certainly, Jesus’ life, death and resurrection are essential to our living in the Kingdom of God. As Jesus departs, he teaches his disciples how he has fulfilled the law, the prophets and all that God has been doing since the beginning of time. But there is more to the story. Jesus told his disciples, (Luke 24:49 NIV) I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” This week, we come to the story of Pentecost. For 10 days, the disciples have followed Jesus’ instruction. They have been waiting, worshiping. And then in Acts 2, we read what happens next. Join us on Sunday as we explore the story of Pentecost. Let me encourage you to read the story as you prepare for worship on Sunday. Since the text is long, I will include a link to the passage. Read Acts 2:1-41 read more

Wade Allen on May 28

As we continue to make our way to Pentecost Sunday (June 9), we come this week to Ascension Sunday (June 2). Over the past few weeks, we have been talking about Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances to his disciples. This week, we consider his ascension. I hope you will take a few minutes to read the passage before Sunday’s worship service. Also, just a reminder that we will be serving a light lunch downstairs following the late worship hour to celebrate the baptisms that will take place on Sunday. We hope you will plan on joining us. (Luke 24:44-53 NIV) He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. read more

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