Pentecost Novena: Day One

And [behold] I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for “the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.”

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Revelation Scripture Study Sources

Our Wednesday Night CCM Scripture Study (Wednesdays, 7:30pm) is on The Book of Revelation, and while the text itself is a treasure laden mine, it is helpful to have a good study Bible and a commentary, or two (or more) on hand when taking on this mystical, symbolic, densely poetic apocalyptic work. Here are the sources David’s been using to prepare each evening’s exploration The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ.

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Unlocking the Strange Images of The Apocalypse

While reading up for our next Scripture Study session, I found a really nice summation of an idea we’ve been talking about when looking at the vivid and often bizarre imagery found in the Book of Revelation. “Rather than concealing meaning, the images [in the Apocalypse] reveal meaning by evoking associations in the minds of the readers.” (Craig R. Koester. Revelation and the End of All Things. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B Eerdmans Publishing, 2001. pg 78).

detail from Hans Memling’s Altarpiece of St John the Baptist, right panel (and all following images)
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