Grace Notes // Rule + Reign with God

Written by Keli Miller


We have what other religions do not have. We know the end of the story. Through visions and prophetic words we have been given an outline of what is to come. A few things we can expect:

  • God dwelling with humanity

  • Every tear and pain will be wiped away

  • The curse will be broken

  • To worship in the presence of our God

  • To be seated with him on tiny thrones

All throughout Revelation we have been repeatedly told that the Kingdom is near, and that the end is coming soon. Almost 2000 years later you begin to wonder: “when this is all going to play out and what does “coming soon” actually mean?”. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to see the original greek text. Surely there was an interpretation error and they meant to say “coming eventually” or something a little more realistic. The excitement of what is coming can often feel so out of reach sometimes. What is the point of the inbetween?

Our task is to live faithfully in the now but not yet. We know the end, we have the Good News already, and now our task is to partner with Him in establishing His Kingdom. He has entrusted us with gifts and given us authority. When I think of this I am reminded of the parable of the talents in Matthew 25. “For everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

The man with one talent did not take responsibility for what he had been given authority over. Whatever his reasons were, fear, selfishness, pride, or neglect, he failed to take responsibility and therefore his master took his authority away.

Friends - in whatever season you are in, I can promise you this - you have been given spiritual authority over yourself, your body, your place of dwelling, your resources, and your gifts . Do you take responsibility in these areas? Have you been faithful with what you have already been given? Be faithful where you are and with what God has given you and you will have more than enough.

In The Word

Revelation 21-22

Matthew 25: 14-30

On The Journey Inwards

What specific things has God entrusted you with?

What areas have  you failed to take responsibility?

What does it mean to live with responsibility as a believer? With authority?

Grace Notes // THE WAY OF THE LAMB

Written by Keli Miller

In The End // Week 5

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.Colossians 2:15

The roaring lion of Judah that we had been waiting for and expecting turned out to be more powerful than ever, in the form of a lamb. The ways of Jesus are completely paradoxical. Through the life of Jesus we learn that the first shall be last, the meek shall inherit the earth and when we lose our life we gain it. None of this should work, how can death lead to life?

“ For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways...As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”

Isaiah 55:8

We seek power and rule by building walls, waging war, and making ourselves larger than others. Engaging in the war of the world and live our lives on the defense. And it is exhausting. The image of the Lamb of God teaches us a better way.  We can learn from his willingness to lay down his life for others. He is quick to welcome sinners and honor them with conversation and gentleness. Even down to his own crucifixion Jesus is leading with grace, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

When I ask myself, how can he love so perfectly? How does His grace never end or fall short? I keep coming back to his perspective. Jesus knew his purpose, his identity and had assurance of how things end. The sin of others did not threaten him. He did not need to be on the defense because he knew the plan and trusted it. Jesus (the Lamb of God)  lived with an eternal perspective and assurance.

Let’s dwell on the significance of John’s vision for a moment. The scroll sits in the right hand of God. The right hand representing the power and authority of God and the scroll representing the ways of God. And who is worthy to open this? No one but the Lamb of God who led through nonviolence and honor. Friends, we are called to follow the Lamb. Let’s put on an eternal lens and lead with love.

In the Word

Ephesians 6:10-18

Romans 2: 3-4

Revelation 5

On the Journey Inward

Are there areas that you are living on the defense?

What weapons have you clothed yourself in?

What does it mean to lead with love today?

Grace Notes // Empires + The Mark of the Beast

Written by Keli Miller


“It’s hard not to be marked by the beast in 2019.” - Chris Moerman

All of my life my eyes have been peeled and on the lookout - skeptical of the number six and hesitant to buy into anything with a chip. It was all a sign that the end was near and the beast was coming. This is yet another example of missing the point entirely. In many ways Revelation is a book of warning, a telling of things to come but one thing that it should never be is a book of fear. Fear is opposing to the very way of God’s Kingdom.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.” - 1 John 4:18

As Pastor Chris explained on Sunday, in the context of the Hebrew culture, 666 would have read as Nero Caesar and represented the empire famous for its stance against Christianity. This cuts through generations, this is God taking His stance against the empires that rise against Him. Then, this represented the Roman Empire. Today, the mark of the beast represents those who have given over to the way of this world. God will always stand against people or things that try to take what is rightfully his.

The beast has marked a lot of things in this world. But what has God marked? What has God set apart? In Revelation 18:4, God’s people are specifically called to come out and separate ourselves,

“Then I heard, another voice from heaven; Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins or receive any of her plagues.”  

It’s easy to look at the ways of the world and wonder if we are missing out, just like the church of Thyatira felt left out and began to question God. When God calls us to separate ourselves He is not withholding from us but protecting us. “Come out of her so that you will not share in her sins or receive any of her plagues.”  We are living amongst the beast, brushing shoulders every day with his ways. As Chris stated Sunday, “It is hard not to be marked by the beast in 2019.”   It starts with the small compromises and doubts growing within us. The way of the World is marked by fear- fear of not having enough and fear of harm. Pushing others down so that we might get ahead. It’s the lie that we have to fight for ourselves.

But the Kingdom of God is marked by trust in God’s promises. We do not need to lie, deceive and push others down but can rest in the victory that has been promised to us and celebrate others success.  Let us leave behind what is the world’s and walk confidently in the direction of Christ, giving to God what is rightfully his, our worship, adoration, and surrendered life.

“Give, then, to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” - Matthew 22:21

On The Journey Inwards

In what ways are our lives marked by God?

Are there areas of our lives that have be “marked by the beast”?

What does a “non-compromised” life look like in 2019?

In the Word

Revelation 17- 18

Matthew 22:15-22

1 John 2:15-17

1 John 5:18-21

GRACE NOTES // What revelation does (& doesn’t) tell us about the end

Written By: Keli Miller


“For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.” Hebrews 10:37

Often times we avoid reading the book of Revelation because it leaves us with worries and concerns. The unknown can be like that, vague and mysterious. I have spent seasons of my life fearing the End Times, convinced it was going to come and I was going to suffer persecution. The burning question (no pun intended) on all of our minds is - “how is this going down”?  We don’t know how this is all going to play out. As much as we want to plan and prepare the fact is we don’t know. Our constant call as Christians is to remain present in the season and day that God has given us. We are instructed not to worry about the future because today’s concerns are enough.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”  Mark 6:33-34

We are called to truly be here, to be present in the work of our day, and present in the community around us.  The Bible promises that we will never know when the End will come. Things will get worse before they get better. Tribulation will happen, but our God wins and we will be reunited with Him.

“Look, God dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4

The posture we are called to is present expectation, to steward each day we are given well and not worry about the future. All the while, remembering that this earth is not our home and we were made for more. As Christians we live in the constant tension of the now but not yet. It’s easy to wish this time away, to think that our time here is meaningless since our final reunion with God is promised. There is a reason for everyday and hour that God has given you. You have a purpose and calling on your life, to worship and honor God through the tension. When we are reunited with Him there will be no need for hope and faith because we will be in the undeniable presence of our God. This is the only time where we can worship, and honor God through the discomfort of the unknown.

In the Word

Revelation 13 & 21

1 Thessalonians 5 1-11

On the Journey Inward

What does being present look like in my current season?

How do I honor God through my expectations and waiting?