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truth /tro ͞ oTH/  that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. I’m growing a little frustrated these days.  When I was a child, you could rely on the news media to report “the facts and just the facts, Ma’am.”  In the days of Walter Cronkite, et al, the news was considered a reliable source; a place we could go for factual reporting and firsthand, verified accounts.  There were only three channels, after all... However, times - they are a’ changin’.  Is all news reporting reliable?  Is some news reporting reliable?  If you ask Fox, they are the only reliable news source.  If you ask CNN, MSNBC, etc., it’s them.  Yet, someone HAS to be wrong, as what they are reporting varies WILDLY.  If it doesn’t vary wildly, it’s colored with so much opinion and biased nuance, the facts can barely be perceived for the smokescreen of opinion. Here are some examples of conflicting reports, just off the top of my head: 1. Bill Gates is a great guy; a philanthropist with
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Endgame, Part 6 - The Church at Laodicea

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End Game, Part 6 - The Church at Philadelphia

 The Church at Philadelphia Revelation 3:7-13  (NIV) “ To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.   8  I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.   9  I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.  10  Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. 11  I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.  12  The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will t

Endgame, Part 5 - The Church at Sardis

The Church at Sardis Revelation 3:1-6 (NIV) “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits. That is, the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. 4 Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. 6 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

End Game, Part 4 - The Church at Thyatira

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End Game, Part 2 - Stay Faithful - The Church of Smyrna

The Church at Smyrna… Revelation 2:8- (NIV)  “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. 9 I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. 11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.” The church at Smyrna is a breath of fresh air. In fact, even the name means “myrrh” or “ointment.” It was a spice that produced a scent that is described in the Old Testament to have even “attracted” the presence of God. Smyrn