Reflexion, A Spiritual Community

Chuck Smith, Jr

Christian based teaching from Chuck Smith, Jr

  • 57 minutes 50 seconds
    Revelation chapters 17-18

     I’m going to begin with a quote by St. Augustine

    In The City of God he traces two cities through world history
    Augustine, “Accordingly, two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly [city] by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the heavenly [city] by the love of God, even to the contempt of self. The former, in a word, glories in itself, the latter in the Lord.”
    - John, the visionary, identifies the heavenly city as Jerusalem and the earthly city Babylon
    • Babylon is featured in chapters 17 and 18, then in chapters 21-22 we visit the new Jerusalem
    - Growing up, I was taught that in these chapters of Revelation, Babylon was the Roman Catholic Church
    • this was reinforced in commentaries and books I read later on
    ◦ but one morning, reading these chapters, I said to myself, |
    “This is not the Roman Catholic Church! If anything, it’s the USA.”
    • now I realize that the city revealed exercises a worldwide and inescapable influence

    3 June 2024, 1:00 am
  • 55 minutes 32 seconds
    Revelation 15-16

     A few years ago, Barry Liesch, a professor at Biola-Talbot University,
    - wrote an article on worship in the book of Revelation
    • he suggested that by using its examples of form, content, and splendor,
    ◦ we might enjoy a more meaningful, intense, and richer worship experience
    • worship here on earth is already a participation in heaven’s worship
    ◦ our prayers are mixed with the incense that burns in heaven (Rev. 8:3)
    - it will not always be a feel-good worship (that’s for sure!)
    • but it would be authentic and appropriate to the moment
    • that’s how I view the song of worship we’ll soon read 

    26 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 55 minutes 18 seconds
    Revelation 14

    I’ve been feeling that talking about the book of Revelation

    Is like trying to practice dream interpretation 
    - how do I make sense out of all these foreign signs and symbols?
    - of course, the bigger question is: what is God’s Spirit trying to communicate to us?

    19 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 54 minutes 43 seconds
    Revelation chapter 13

     I think most anyone reading Revelation sees that it takes a turn in chapter 13

    What stays the same: the dragon (Satan) is still here
    - at least at the start – and he’s continuing his fight against God
    What changes: the dragon, after being defeated three times in the previous chapter
    - now scores a significant victory
    - also, prior to this, his battle has been in the religion arena
    • he tried to sabotage the life and ministry of Jesus
    • but now he changes the battlefield and his strategy

    12 May 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 58 minutes 48 seconds
    Revelation 12

    Yesterday Barb asked me, “Are you still in Revelation?”

    In answered with a weary, “Yes”
    She said, “Oh.” then added, “You’ll probably be in Revelation till the end of the world”

    One of the challenges of this mystical book is distraction
    - the shifting scenes, outrageous creatures, and sudden surprises pull my thoughts in different directions
    • if I blink, my mind turns a corner and I’m on the wrong street
    - John has left us with more than a book of visions
    • Revelation is a rich resource for our spiritual journey
    ◦ it helps us to identify who we are in Jesus,
    ◦ to discover where we are, and where we go from here
    • but to understand it, we need to read in two dimensions
    ◦ events going on in heaven are revealed in symbols
    ◦ these run parallel to events taking place on heart
    What unfolds on earth, mirrors what is going on in heaven

    5 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 54 minutes 39 seconds
    Revelation 11

     We have arrived at the heart of Revelation 

    Not only the middle of the book, but its central message
    - I’m going to take you backstage and show you my work room
    • the Bible is many books and among them, different writing styles
    ◦ there are books of history (written more or less like storytelling), poetry, legal codes, prophetic writings, wise sayings, and letters
    ◦ each literary style has its own form, rules, and devices, and that style determines how it is to be read and interpreted
    • for instance, poetry, wherever it appears in the Hebrew Scriptures, uses lots of parallelism
    ◦ one line is followed by another (or more than one other) line that mimic or react to it
    ◦ sometimes the second line repeats the first line backwards, or uses different words to say the same thing, or intensifies the message of the first line, and so on 

    28 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 42 minutes 34 seconds
    Guest Speaker - Sean Kappauf

    Story of El Sal Prison
    There's something life giving when we choose to be a loving presence. Especially to those who
    have been out-casted.
    I’m addicted to it… but I’m not perfect at it.
    I have a sneaky suspicion that after I share about this, I’ll be reminded of how great it is to be a
    loving presence and then I’ll get into my truck outside and start driving…
    Watch as that just sails away off into the pacific ocean when someone cuts me off
    You feel me on that?
    Wanting to be a loving presence but falling short in the process?
    It's not easy 

    21 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 51 minutes 30 seconds
    Revelation chapter 10

    I get the feeling that when we read the book of Revelation,

    We tend to watch each scene unfold from a safe distance
    - I don’t think it was meant to read this way,
    • we’re supposed to feel a threatening closeness
    • we’re drawn into the dream – it’s our collective nightmare
    - John was certainly more than a spectator
    • characters approach him, converse with, and engage him
    ◦ in this chapter he’ll be told to take and eat what he has been shown
    • we do not merely read the Revelation, we encounter it
    ◦ we go on an adventure through this fantastical other-world

    14 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 1 hour 1 minute
    Revelation 9

    When my children were small, I’d read to them every night

    First from a book of fairytales, then from a Bible storybook
    - we would pray, say goodnight, and turn off the lights
    • we were careful about the last thing that entered their minds before bed
    • I doubt we can prevent our kids from having nightmares
    ◦ but we can do things to help them sleep well
    ◦ and we can comfort them after a nightmare
    - I certainly would have never read from Revelation the last thing before bed!
    • this makes me wonder why God gives us this nightmare stuff
    • anyway, we know that God can make good use of anything

    7 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 37 minutes 21 seconds
    Easter 2024

    They came on the first day of week, first thing in morning

    They knew what spices and ointments to bring,
    - and knew what they were doing – they had done this before
    • what they did not know, was that overnight their world had changed
    • so what they found at the tomb was not what they expected
    - I love the lines:
    Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen
    • they had come to the wrong place, looking for wrong thing
    ◦ they came to a cemetery looking for a dead body
    ◦ but Jesus wasn’t there – and he wasn’t a corpse
    • they were wrong that morning – but not they were not the only ones who were wrong
    ◦ the apostles were wrong to not believe them
    ◦ the two on the road to Emmaus were wrong when they said, "We had hoped" – using the past tense
    (Jesus still was "the one to redeem Israel"; v. 21)
    ◦ the disciples were wrong when Jesus appeared to them and they mistook him for a ghost
    But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit (Lk. 24:37)

    31 March 2024, 4:00 am
  • 55 minutes 10 seconds
    Palm Sunday 2024

    How did Palm Sunday become recognized as a holy day?

    I don’t mean, how did it get put on the Church calendar,
    - but why do we celebrate it?
    • Palm Sunday is not like Christmas, Good Friday, or Easter
    ◦ these were the major events in Jesus’ life and ministry
    • but Palm Sunday is not noteworthy in the same way
    ◦ in fact, if you’ll excuse the expression, it sort of fizzled out
    ◦ by the end of the week, Jesus had been crucified
    - I’ll share with you why I celebrate Palm Sunday
    • because this was only time that Jesus permitted public recognition
    ◦ until now, he told his disciples to keep his identity a secret
    • but on this day he allows people to celebrate who he is
    ◦ he wants this moment in the spotlight – he planned it
    ◦ it’s because Jesus wanted to be recognized that I remind myself to see and worship him for who he is

    24 March 2024, 4:00 am
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