Sunday, September 16: Dear Church.. I know about your suffering and your poverty—but you are rich!

Smyrna was a large, important city on the western coast of Asia Minor, famed for its successful economy, and excellent schools of medicine and science. The message of Jesus to the church in Smyrna in Revelation 2:8-11 sheds light on the everyday life of a first-century congregation that was experiencing suffering and poverty. Jesus Christians of every time and place that because of he has conquered sin and death we can face the worse the world can throw at us, overcome despair, and rejoice in the riches of his grace.

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