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Sunday Nights pastor has been focusing on the seven churches in Revelation. In Rev 2, Jesus speaks to the leader of the church about the condintino of the hearts and lives of the people there. “I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. 5Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. 6But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” WE can adhere to TRUTH and believe all there is to believe & still lose your place. It’s not just about adherence to truth, it’s about love for Jesus. Do we love him like we used to? If the Lord was to speak to me about my relationship with him would he tell me that there are indicators of coolness of heart? Or am I still passionate for the things of God.
Jesus tells the church to do the “things they did at first…” these practices are the indicators of our passion for Christ. Jesus tells us that we can get back in the rhythm of expressing our faith and love to Him. Love for God is not expressed in some technical way, do the “things” you did in the beginning. Maybe you are doing the same things now – they were been done in love then, but now, maybe not so much. What do we need to do to express our love for God? What we need to do is to do the same things we did in the beginning.
I am the Senior Associate Pastor at Cedar Park Church, we are operate under a Cathedral Church Model, where we have branch churches, auxiliary ministries and have the largest Protestant Christian K-12 school in North America.
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