The Abandoned Church (1 of 13) by Ernest Easley

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The Abandoned Church (1 of 13)
Series: Touring the Churches
Revelation 2:1-7
Ernest L. Easley

For the last 28 years in December, the Marietta Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmark and Historical Society have worked together to organize ''The Marietta Pilgrimage, A Christmas Home Tour.''

This tour showcases six private homes in the historic district around the square that are decorated for the season. You can walk through each home and take in the sights and at the same time, pick up a few ideas for decorating your home.

Well, beginning today and over the next several weeks, I want to lead you on another pilgrimage. Rather than ''The Marietta Pilgrimage,'' let's just call it ''The Members Pilgrimage.'' And rather than ''A Christmas Home Tour,'' let's just call it, ''A Christian Church Tour.''

So when you put all that together, you have …

''The Members Pilgrimage, A Christian Church Tour.''

And like most tours, we have a guide to follow and that guide is found in Revelation chapters two and three. So take God's Word and turn with me to the last book of the Bible: the book of Revelation.

Now let me tell you why I'm excited about touring these churches: Revelation 1.3, ''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.

In fact, the book of Revelation is the only book in the Bible that God promises a blessing when we read it, when we hear it and when we ''keep those things which are written in it.''

Now since we're already in chapter 1, look down to verses 10-11, ''I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, 'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,' and, 'What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.''

These are the seven churches that will make up our ...

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