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Revelation and Hype Cycles

A look at the seven letters to the seven churches

December 26, 2013

This is from something that I actually started about 7 years ago. That would be two churches before where I am now - and a whole lot of growth later. But - when my wife & I were cleaning up the garage the other day, I saw some of the old stuff and it got me thinking. Then I was cleaning up some stuff off my old computer and came across some more of it.

(2) Jerusalem.

By the time I was done with this, it turned into a 13 part series -
certainly a whole lot more than I was thinking of when I started!

As you go through this, I need to point out that I don’t believe there are too many “right” or “wrong” answers to how we view the 7 letters.  In fact, when I re-did this in 2010, I couldn’t figure out what I was thinking of when I placed some of the churches on the hype cycle diagram you’ll be seeing.  They all made perfect sense to me - at that time.  Now, however - some of them didn’t make any sense at all.

I’m about to use this for a Bible Study group, and I can’t help but wonder - 3 years after the rewrite that you’re about to see - will I be equally confused as to why I put them where I did in 2010?  I guess I’ll find out.

The point is - since this is really a study in where we place ourselves in our walk of faith - our walk with God - our views and feelings about the seven letters almost have to change.  We have new experiences - hopefully a deeper relationship with God - we are more mature in our understanding of Him - things are “different” - not from His point of view - but from ours.  In fact, looking at it now, I suspect the fact that we would not make the same choices as to where to put these churches on the Hype Cycle diagram aren’t one of many signs of our growth.

You may not understand - or have a clue - as to what I’m talking about right now.
Just remember this opening page - and you will understand soon enough.

And then come back in a couple years - and see if you don’t make different choices too.

I invite you to bring the Holy Spirit on this journey through the letters and the hype cycle,
and see where you put yourself in the diagram.
Pray about how you got to where you are -
and how to get closer to where you’d like to be.