On the Mark July 11th 2010

By Fr. Christopher P. Leighton, July 11, 2010 10:00 am

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


A generation ago a classic western was filmed called “The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly”.  The phrase is still in use in popular parlance.  I am using it here in relation to a preaching series that begins next Sunday, at St. Paul’s, on the seven churches of the Book of Revelation. 

These seven churches receive messages from the Lord Jesus.  Only two churches are praised and not corrected.  The other churches receive affirmation, but each is also criticized – in a couple of cases quite severely.  Therefore, the seven churches are “the good, the bad, and the ugly.”  We will be looking at one church per week for the next seven weeks beginning July 18 with the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2:1-7.

It is interesting that the Lord’s message to each church concludes with the same warning, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches”.  We will let the Lord examine us and affirm us where we may be affirmed, and correct us where we need to be corrected.

Let us grow in the knowledge of God and His Word as we commit to the life of faith – following Him!


Your brother in Christ,


The Rev. Christopher P. Leighton


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