There are physiological, psychological, spiritual, and relational benefits to being thankful. Being able to see these benefits is not difficult— being able to be grateful in a world wrought with many challenges can be difficult.
In 1901 a storm forced a group of divers to take shelter on a small island. When the men continued their dive days later, they found that the storm had revealed what would become the largest undersea treasure of ancient artifacts on record.
Many scholars believe that the letter to the seven churches in Revelation prophetically points forward to future periods in the history of the Church and point back in time to periods in Old Testament history. What can we take away from this ancient message to first-century churches?
The Church at Laodicea is said to represent the last era for the current form of the Christian Church. 2000 years ago, the church at Laodicea was sternly rebuked for complacency, compromise, and egregious apostasy. The Church of the last age will suffer the same fate.
Philadelphia was the youngest of the seven cities noted in the book of Revelation. To this church, Jesus offered only words of commendation and promise. Jesus commends this church for its ability to endure, to remain faithful to His Word, and not deny His name.