The Revelation of Jesus Christ (4)

Are you battered down?  Backed up against the corner?  Do you need a blessing on this Friday night?  When people need a blessing in Idaho Falls, they sometimes call on people with the supposedly right credentials of priesthood authority.  How about this?  Open up your Bibles.  Turn to the last book.
Our church family memory verse last week was Revelation 1:3.  The trinitarian blessing.  A first of seven beatitudes in the Apocalypse.
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it: for the time is near.
First, it is good to read.  If you want to consider formal Bible reading in your church worship services, tie these seven passages together: Nehemiah 8:2-3, Luke 4:16, Acts 13:15, Colossians 4:16, I Thessalonians 5:27, I Timothy 4:13, and Revelation 1:3.  In times past, I think that the high Anglican, Dean Alford, was right in exhorting the Church of England to incorporate more of the reading of the book of Revelation in their liturgy.
Secondly, it is good to hear.  I bet in ancient times, those believers who didn’t have scriptures in their hands were hanging on every word that was read to them.  How about us in America?  Are we eager to hear?  I prayed for that yesterday during our National Day of Prayer.
Third, keep it.  Hold the words close to your heart.  You will be blessed.  It’s guaranteed.  We are in store for a lot of blessings in future days.
thinking of heart issues,

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