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Seven Letters to Seven Churches-Ephesus Part 7

The only thought I will add to Wally’s is that John, the one who wrote down the words of Revelation, also spent that last years of his life primarily living in Ephesus!

Daniel

Truth in Palmyra

Revelation 2:1-7

“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted” Revelation 2:2-3

The church at Ephesus was, at the time this letter was written, an exemplary example of a doctrinally sound church. They not only understood what was correct and incorrect doctrinally but were willing to examine teachers and speak against those teaching falsehoods.

In some ways, their doctrinal purity might seem surprising. Being in a place which was, as we discussed earlier, the center for the worship of the goddess Artemis(Diana,) would have made the struggle to stay pure both doctrinally and morally difficult. The economic and social pressures in such a…

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VerseD: Proverbs 17:22

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22, ESV

Many things in this life and drive us down and practically kill us. Many other things can lift us up and give us joy.

The joy of the Lord is what gives us hope and makes the problems of life more nuisances (in the grand scheme).