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Revelation – Sundays at 10am

Letters…emails…texts—communication means a lot when it's initiated by someone who cares about us. We can easily discard and disregard junk mail and spam that fill our mailboxes and inboxes. But to receive word from someone we know and who knows us…those are the messages we give priority to!

Jesus had something to say to seven of the churches in the first century. He had important things to tell them and told John to record His message. By studying these seven letters, we learn more about the Author of these letters—Jesus. We get to know His character, His heart for us, and how we can fulfill His purpose for His church here and now.

Last Sunday, we ended our study looking at John exiled on the island of Patmos. One Sunday, many years ago, he was in the Spirit, when he heard a voice behind him—a voice like a trumpet!

This past Sunday, we read of how he turned and looked and saw…well, you’ll just have to listen to the message to find out!

Read ahead and join us next week at 10am in the Regency Ballroom, downtown St. Cloud. As you read Revelation 2:8-17, look for the following:

  • Identify the common components of each letter, and…
  • Think of these letters in relation to their corresponding portion of church history.

We hope to see you this Sunday!

41st Annual Mayors Prayer Breakfast

Thursday, November 21st, 6:30am-9:00am
River's Edge Convention Center

Gather together with others from our community to lift local mayors up in prayer and enjoy a delicious breakfast. This year's speaker is Lee Strobel. Lee is the former award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and bestselling author of more than 20 books. For the last 25 years, he has shared the evidence that supports the truth and claims of Christianity, equipping believers to share their faith with the people they know and love. His story was recently made into the motion picture The Case for Christ.

This Sunday, Matt Foster will be giving an announcement with more information about this event and how you can be a part of an opportunity to reach our community for Christ.

As a fellowship, we are called to love and serve one another by the grace God has given to us. There are many opportunities to serve at Calvary Chapel Saint Cloud. Are you interested? To get started, please fill out our online ministry questionnaire and we'll connect with you.
Stop by our bookstore in our 2nd floor office after service on Sunday to browse the great selection of resources. From Bibles and reference books to devotionals and children’s books, there’s something for everyone. All the books are at or below retail and all the Bibles are at or below cost. Suggested donations are on the back of each resource—donations above cost go to support world missions.

Browse the shelves after service on Sunday and set aside some time to enjoy the quiet pleasure of reading a good book!

Be Encouraged

“Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works…”
–Revelation 2:5

Jesus had some really good things to say about the Ephesian church. He knew their works, their patient perseverance, and their labor for His name’s sake—without becoming weary. On the outside, this church looked wonderful! 

But Jesus sees everything—outside & inside. He not only sees our deeds, but also our desires, our motives, our intents. To Jesus, these things are just as important—if not more important—than the deeds themselves.

Jesus saw that the church in Ephesus had left their first love. Outwardly, they looked very active for the Lord—but inwardly, their motivation had more to do with maintaining appearances than a genuine love for the Lord and others. 

Heed the warning from Jesus’ message to the Ephesians: if your service is not first motivated and maintained by love, it profits nothing—no matter how much you get done for the Lord. He does not care how outwardly active you are. He knows your works and He sees what is underneath it all. Thankfully, Jesus gives us the same remedy that He gave the Ephesian church: Remember, repent, and return.

We know the first works of our first love are to talk to God through prayer, to give Him opportunity to talk to us through His Word, and to be part of an open and honest fellowship. Prayer, the Word, and fellowship—it’s the simple recipe for health and maturity for any believer in any situation at any time.

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