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White stones

Visalia First
August 5, 2017
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08/06/2017 Visalia First: The Church of Pergamum
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson
http://bible.com/events/258906
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Revelation 2:12-17 NLT
“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Pergamum. This is the message from the one with the sharp two-edged sword: “I know that you live in the city where Satan has his throne, yet you have remained loyal to me. You refused to deny me even when Antipas, my faithful witness, was martyred among you there in Satan’s city. “But I have a few complaints against you. You tolerate some among you whose teaching is like that of Balaam, who showed Balak how to trip up the people of Israel. He taught them to sin by eating food offered to idols and by committing sexual sin. In a similar way, you have some Nicolaitans among you who follow the same teaching. Repent of your sin, or I will come to you suddenly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth. “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give some of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it.
http://bible.com/116/rev.2.12-17.NLT
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Heb 4. 2 edged sword

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Jesus Lavishes Compliments

1. I know you live in a SNAKE PIT of hellish workings.
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This is what I like about you. This is what you need to fix.

Snake temple – Askapalaus – if the snake rubbed up against you you would /get your healing
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C.T. Studd – “Some want to live near the sound of a chapel bell but I want to run a mission just a yard from the gates of hell.”

Jesus Lavishes Compliments

2. You have HELD fast to my Name.
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Believe onthe LordJesus and you Will be saved.
Understand the power of Jesus name .

God always pays attention to the hardships of his people

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2. You have held fast to my Name.

a. It is one thing to confess Jesus’ Name for salvation.

2. You have held fast to my Name.

b. It is such a higher level to understand the POWER of Jesus’ Name.

Jesus Lavishes Compliments

3. You did not deny My FAITH.

Jesus Files A Complaint

1. You refuse to correct bad Church BELIEFS and behaviors.
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Numbers 21,22,23
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You allow for the teaching of Balaam. (Numbers 22-25 & 31)
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pilar of fire by night
cloud by day.

Bal aam and the donkey
Donkey wont Move

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Jesus Files A Complaint

2. You are eating food DEDICATED to demons.

“What I am saying is that those who offer food to these idols are united together in sacrificing to demons, certainly not to God. And I don’t want any of you to be partners with demons when you eat the same food, along with the heathen, that has been offered to these idols.” 1 Corinthians 10:20 (TLB)
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agnostic believed weare body and spirit .
could do anything with body…. spirit was for God.

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Jesus Files A Complaint

3. You are pushing this, “ANYTHING-GOES” mentality too far.
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Nicolai+ans
followers of Nicolas ‘ Nicolas started getting them off center . Eating food To demons.

T. V
Internet
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Jesus Provides A Coaching Moment

1. Change your ways and receive a reward.
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The churches aregone – over Run bu Muslims .

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1. Change your ways and receive a reward.

a. Hidden Manna – Receive INSIDE information.
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God nudge. needing someone to bless through. stop living a sinful life and God will bless us.
white stone with a name nobody else knows. Finding your Purpose. God gives a new name . who you listen to matters . Josiah 4 : b
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1. Change your ways and receive a reward.

b. The White Stone – A reward of being in a covenant with God.

1. Change your ways and receive a reward.

c. A New Name – The RESULTS of a life change.

Jesus Provides A Coaching Moment

2. Develop an ear to hear – what Holy Spirit is saying.

Jesus Provides A Coaching Moment

3. It matters who you are LISTENING to.
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listen to the holy spirit.
we have authority in the name of jesus

white stones for team.
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Hosea 4:6 NIV
my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
http://bible.com/111/hos.4.6.NIV

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