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When Love Grows Cold

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September 21, 2020
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Don Wilton presents a strong expository preaching from God's Word.

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  • Don Wilton: I say this everytime I stand up to share
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  • God's Word, but I'm telling youthis passage of Scripture that
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  • Jesus wrote--and he wrote it--hesaid it--Jesus said every word
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  • I'm about to say--I'mabout to read.
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  • It is just amazing.
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  • So let me read to youfrom Revelation chapter 2.
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  • "To the angel of thechurch in Ephesus--"
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  • By the way, the word angel,angelos, is the word messenger.
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  • To the messenger, to the angelof the church in Ephesus.
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  • So Jesus is speaking to thechurch in Ephesus, and you're
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  • going to hear wordslike the seven stars.
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  • Just--I'm not going to get intodetails here because I know you
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  • don't want that right now, butthe seven stars in Scripture
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  • refers to the leaders of, thestars or the ones that stand
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  • highest and shine brightest.
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  • Seven stars.
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  • So he's writing to sevenchurches that represent all of
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  • us, and he's speaking to theleaders; i.e., to those who
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  • really love the Lord Jesus.
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  • Some people say, "Well, he'sjust speaking to the pastor."
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  • This is--well, he isspeaking to the pastor.
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  • He's speaking to thechairman of deacons.
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  • He's speaking to the elders.
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  • He's speaking to the team.
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  • He's speaking to theSunday school teachers.
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  • He's speaking to themothers and the fathers.
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  • I see so many mothers andfathers here today, who--yes,
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  • you're mothers and fathers, butyou are spiritual leaders in
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  • your home, right?
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  • You are the church leader.
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  • "These are the words of him whoholds the seven stars in his
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  • right hand."
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  • Right hand always signifies theabsolute authority of God in--so
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  • what he's saying here is, "I'mspeaking to you, the church; the
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  • ones that I hold inmy absolute authority.
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  • You are followers of me.
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  • I'm your Lord, I'm your God, andI'm also the one," there it is,
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  • "who walks among theseven golden lampstands."
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  • He refers to the churchas golden lampstands.
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  • What does that mean, thathe's a golden lampstand?
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  • A lampstand--he's talking aboutthe fact that the church is a
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  • light, and it stands on thisgolden lampstand and it gives
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  • light to all around.
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  • Jesus is letting us know thesignificance of the influence of
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  • the church in the world.
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  • All right, now I'm going to readfrom the beginning again and
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  • without interruptionso it's fluid.
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  • "To the angel of the church inEphesus write: These are the
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  • words of him who holds the sevenstars in his right hand and
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  • walks among the sevengolden lampstands.
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  • I know your deeds, your hardwork, your perseverance.
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  • I know that you do nottolerate wicked people.
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  • I know that you have testedthose who claim to be apostles
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  • but are not and havefound them false.
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  • I know that you have perseveredand have endured hardships for
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  • my name and havenot grown weary.
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  • Yet I hold this against you: youhave forsaken your first love.
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  • Remember the height fromwhich you have fallen.
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  • Repent and do thethings you did at first.
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  • If you do not repent, I willcome to you and I will remove
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  • your lampstand from its place.
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  • But you have this in your favor:you hate the practices of the
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  • Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
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  • He who has an ear to hear, lethim hear what the Spirit says to
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  • the churches.
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  • To him who overcomes, I willgive the right to eat of the
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  • tree of life, which isin the paradise of God."
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  • I have been to Ephesus quite anumber of times, and many of you
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  • have been there with me.
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  • It's--even to this day, it'sremarkable going to Ephesus.
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  • It's one of the sevenchurches in Asia.
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  • And back in Paul's day, itprobably had a population of
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  • about 300.000 people.
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  • So it's quite a large place backin Paul's day; quite a
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  • large city.
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  • About 300.000.
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  • Some people say a little moreand some people say a little
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  • less, and it--to the Romansit was a very critical place
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  • because it satright on a junction.
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  • The roadways out of Ephesus andinto Ephesus, it was strategic.
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  • And then given to that too,it also had a very
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  • strategic harbor.
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  • So boats could come in,bring their merchandise.
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  • So in the middle of all thispaganism and the politics and
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  • social upheaval began to riseup a group of believers,
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  • the church.
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  • Actually, some people say thatthe church in Ephesus was the
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  • church that began it all, andthese people were on fire
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  • for Jesus.
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  • They knew.
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  • They knew that Jesus hadforgiven them of their sin.
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  • They knew the differencebetween enjoying life and
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  • sinful pleasure.
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  • They knew what it meant to allof a sudden have real purpose.
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  • They knew that life after deathwas real, that going to be with
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  • Jesus forever was--they knew.
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  • These were a changed people.
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  • They became part ofa golden lampstand.
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  • These people becamesalt and light.
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  • They made a difference.
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  • They operated out of love.
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  • They rejected thehate of the world.
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  • They saw things from God'sperspective, and what he does is
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  • he commends them for seventhings, seven things.
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  • He says, "These seven things--"
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  • I just want you to knowJesus said, "Well done."
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  • Here they are.
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  • Number one, he commendedthem for their deeds.
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  • It's all right there in verse 2.
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  • You can read it.
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  • For their deeds.
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  • Number two, he commendedthem for their hard work.
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  • And that little word there, hardwork, means Jesus looked at them
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  • and he said, "I can seethe deeds of your life.
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  • I watch you.
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  • I see how you reachout to others."
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  • Jesus said, "I commend you."
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  • Number three, fortheir perseverance.
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  • See that word there?
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  • The perseverance means thatyou're willing to keep on.
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  • I commend you today.
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  • We've been doing thisfor over 6 months now.
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  • You're persevering spiritually.
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  • And, you know, he was sayingto them, "You've persevered in
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  • trying circumstances."
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  • Don't kid yourself.
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  • These people in Ephesuspersevered with their Christian
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  • faith in trying circumstances.
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  • He commended them, numberfour, for their intolerance.
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  • How about that for acommendation from Jesus?
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  • Intolerance.
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  • Their intolerance--well,he tells us right there.
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  • He says, "I just want you toknow that I commend you for not
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  • tolerating wickedness."
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  • What a commendation.
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  • No.
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  • They said, "No.
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  • We're not going to putup with evil wickedness.
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  • We're not going to do it.
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  • We got a high holy standardthat comes from Jesus.
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  • We're going to hold to that."
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  • He commended them, commendedthem for the way they test,
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  • their spiritual discernment.
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  • Spiritual discernment, preciousfriends, is a spiritual gift,
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  • and it's an appliedspiritual gift.
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  • It's a wonderful thing.
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  • Parents, you doingthis, aren't you?
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  • Take these things and applythem to your sons and daughters.
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  • As you bring up yourfamily, apply these things.
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  • Jesus was applying this tothe church, to believers.
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  • They--this is gold.
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  • And you begin with these thingsby applying it to yourself.
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  • Number six, their endurance.
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  • There in verse 3,he commended them.
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  • That little word endurancethere--we all know what
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  • endurance is, theability to keep going.
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  • It's very closely alliedto the word perseverance.
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  • And then numberseven--this is a tough one.
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  • Everybody ready for this?
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  • Look at verse 6.
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  • He commended themfor their hate.
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  • Let me read it to you so youdon't think I'm making this up.
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  • Verse 6, "But you havethis in your favor."
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  • I commend you.
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  • "You hate the practices ofthe Nicolaitans, which I will
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  • also--which I also hate."
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  • He didn't say dislike,he said totally reject.
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  • The word hate meansyou totally reject it.
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  • Now we're going to come up withthe Nicolaitans again when we
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  • get to the church at Pergamum.
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  • I'll unpack the meaning of theNicolaitans, but just know today
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  • the Nicolaitans were peoplewho led other people
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  • into immorality.
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  • They were persuasive peoplewho led other people to do the
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  • things they believed.
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  • Have you ever met someone who'spersuasive in pulling people
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  • away from?
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  • They're persuasive.
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  • You've been on that schoolcampus there back in the good
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  • old days in January and Februarywhen you went to the cafeteria?
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  • Remember those days?
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  • It's coming back.
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  • And there he is.
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  • He's standing there, andhe's the popular guy.
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  • Everybody wants to bearound him, around her.
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  • A lot of popular people arewonderful, wonderful Christian
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  • people who influence in theright way, but there are popular
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  • people because of their abilityor their looks or what they do
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  • on the ball field orwhatever it might be.
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  • They're just popular.
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  • They are people--and, boy, dothey just pull people with them.
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  • It's like a pack.
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  • It's like a groupie thing.
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  • Have you ever seen someone who'sgot a groupies following
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  • him around?
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  • And when they follow,it's not good stuff.
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  • It's always on theedge, pulling away from.
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  • By the way, parents,are you listening?
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  • Watch out for peoplelike that with your kids.
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  • They'll suck themdown in a heartbeat.
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  • Don't underestimate that.
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  • Be very careful.
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  • This is a Word forthe church here.
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  • So he's telling us--so what doesJesus tell them in the midst of
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  • all these commendation?
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  • I mean, what can you say?
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  • You know, it's like me.
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  • I'm your pastor and I'm standingup here and I'm just as much a
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  • sinner as anybody else, andI say to you genuinely, "My
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  • people, I just don'tknow how to thank you.
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  • You are being so precious inserving the Lord and
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  • you're giving.
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  • So what am I--thankyou very much."
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  • What am I supposed to say?
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  • Please tell us something.
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  • Well, I don't have anything,but God spoke to the church.
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  • This is what he told them.
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  • Number one, he gave them onescary fact--told them one
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  • scary fact.
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  • It's in the firstpart of verse 4.
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  • He said, "I holdsomething against you."
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  • That's a scary thought.
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  • In all this commendation, canyou imagine Jesus saying to the
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  • church, "I've gotsomething against you?"
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  • That's one scary thought.
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  • Number two, Jesus told them onehard truth: "You've lost your
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  • first love.
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  • You're growing cold.
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  • You're not loving melike you once did."
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  • Can I just have a word for allmarried couples, of which I am?
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  • We all identify with this.
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  • I love my duckling withan unrivaled passion.
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  • We've been marriedfor a long time.
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  • You know I'd be the worst kindof liar if I told you that my
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  • love for my wife has notperiodically grown cold, lost
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  • its fire.
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  • I didn't stop loving her, butmy behavior certainly didn't
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  • reflect the lovethat I have for her.
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  • We all go through that.
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  • I don't know anymarriages that don't.
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  • You know, when you're marriedand you love someone so much and
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  • you live together and you traveltogether and you love together
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  • all these lives; you bringup your children and your
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  • businesses and you have allthese things going on, the ups
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  • and downs of life, right?
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  • You have sickness.
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  • You have things that happenin your life; your children,
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  • struggles, joys, sorrows, and inthe middle of all that your love
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  • for each other beginsto take strain.
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  • You don't spend that muchtime together anymore.
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  • You forget to openthe car door for her.
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  • You don't tell her you love her.
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  • You just assume that.
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  • You don't go and just get thatlittle bowl of flowers once
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  • every now and again.
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  • When it comes to birthdays,well, she'll get over it.
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  • She knows I'm happyfor her birthday.
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  • And you start takingeach other for granted.
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  • Are you there?
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  • We all--who--all of us.
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  • And this is whatJesus was saying.
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  • He said, "Your lovehas grown cold."
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  • So he gives them one scarytruth, and then he gives them
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  • one hard truth, and then hegives them one factual reminder.
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  • He says, "Remember the heightfrom which you fallen."
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  • So in marriage, if we were usingthat analogy--and by the way, we
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  • are betrothed to Jesus.
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  • We are married to Jesus.
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  • We are the bride of Christ.
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  • We have a covenant relationship.
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  • He's put a ring on our finger.
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  • And he says, "Listen, let megive you one factual reminder.
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  • Remember the height?
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  • Go back to when we first met."
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  • I met a precious ladycoming in this morning.
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  • Wonderful.
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  • Just some great friends asI came into Barnett Park.
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  • And one of the ladies looked atme, gave me a fist saying hello,
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  • and she said, "Remember--youknow, you baptized me a week or
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  • so ago."
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  • And her face just lit up.
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  • Remember when you first begandating, you fell in love?
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  • Remember your wedding,remember your honeymoon?
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  • Woo!
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  • You remember all that?
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  • So what happened?
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  • The fizz has got out ofthe bottle, hasn't it?
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  • I mean, you don't evenhold hands anymore.
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  • It's like the way youtalk to each other.
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  • And what about your lampstand?
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  • Your light is notshining in darkness.
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  • So he gives a factual reminder.
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  • He's--by the way, that inand of itself takes you back to
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  • where you need to be to beginback to where you need to go.
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  • He gives one acceptablesolution in verse 5.
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  • He says repent ofthat--now, folks, listen.
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  • Say, "Well, what'sthe solution?"
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  • Repent of it,tell Jesus, confess.
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  • Say, "Lord, I've lostmy first love, I'm sorry.
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  • I ask you to forgive me."
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  • Listen, married couples,look at me here.
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  • The only beginning point inyour marriage is just go to your
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  • wife, to your husband andsay, "I have wronged you.
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  • I'm so sorry, I ask youto forgive me.
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  • You line up all, but now I wantyou to know--remember when I
  • 00:20:53.468 --> 00:20:56.471
  • wanted a cat and you insistedwe get a dog and I've held that
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  • against you for 40 years."
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  • You start lining up all the ifs,buts, and ands, you will never
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  • get back to your first love.
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  • Starting point--everybody,watch me.
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  • Repent.
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  • Cut the junk, all the excuses.
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  • "Well, that preachersaid--I'll tell you everything.
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  • Well, I'm telling mychurch--well, I'm telling you I
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  • went to church one day andthey didn't do this for me.
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  • Well, I want you to knowthat--I'm telling you when this
  • 00:21:32.841 --> 00:21:35.811
  • happened, I," listen, you startlining that up, you're going to
  • 00:21:35.844 --> 00:21:40.415
  • suffer exactly what Jesus saysyou're going to suffer from.
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  • He doesn't say, "I'm going torestore you, taking into account
  • 00:21:45.687 --> 00:21:49.224
  • all your ifs, buts, and ands."
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  • Just repent before God, church.
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  • Then he tells oneserious consequence.
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  • Can't avoid this becausehe tells us right there.
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  • He says, "If you don't do thesethings, I'll come and I'll
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  • remove you--your lampstand.
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  • I'll take away your light."
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  • Not going to takeaway your salvation.
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  • He's going to take awaythe influence of your life.
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  • Have you ever met a person who'sgone through an incredible life
  • 00:22:32.868 --> 00:22:36.905
  • serving the Lord and all ofa sudden something happens?
  • 00:22:36.938 --> 00:22:40.809
  • They serve the Lord, serve theLord, they light, they shine,
  • 00:22:40.842 --> 00:22:43.879
  • they--God has used them andsomething goes down in the
  • 00:22:43.912 --> 00:22:48.383
  • church and theysay, "Forget that.
  • 00:22:48.417 --> 00:22:51.486
  • I'm not going todo that anymore."
  • 00:22:51.520 --> 00:22:53.855
  • And they just losetheir influence.
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  • It's gone.
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  • Have you ever met somebody thatyou've known in the church--in
  • 00:23:00.762 --> 00:23:04.800
  • your church that once upon atime that they had spiritual
  • 00:23:04.833 --> 00:23:11.973
  • influence or what and todayhardly anybody even knows
  • 00:23:12.007 --> 00:23:15.977
  • their name?
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  • Here it is.
  • 00:23:19.181 --> 00:23:24.119
  • That person cannot, "Well,I got my feelings hurt.
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  • Well, I didn't agreewith that decision.
  • 00:23:26.822 --> 00:23:29.024
  • Well, I just want you to know--"
  • 00:23:29.057 --> 00:23:32.194
  • Jesus talking aboutsomething here.
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  • This is powerful stuff.
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  • He's trying to tell us thatour loss of love for him, our
  • 00:23:38.467 --> 00:23:44.005
  • diminished love, the growingcold of our first love can lead
  • 00:23:44.039 --> 00:23:49.411
  • to spiritual apathy.
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  • It can lead toindifference to others.
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  • It can lead to alove for the world.
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  • It can lead to compromise.
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  • Ultimately, folks, if you lookabout the church, it can lead to
  • 00:24:03.158 --> 00:24:06.628
  • the death of the church.
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  • So, church, I'm here tomake an announcement to you.
  • 00:24:10.165 --> 00:24:12.868
  • There are churches all overAmerica today that once upon a
  • 00:24:12.901 --> 00:24:16.838
  • time they were vibrant, theywere serving the Lord, they were
  • 00:24:16.872 --> 00:24:22.043
  • golden candlesticks,and today they are dead.
  • 00:24:22.077 --> 00:24:29.885
  • They shriveled up and they died.
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  • Jesus looks at each one ofus 'cause we are the church.
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  • Church is not a building.
  • 00:24:48.570 --> 00:24:51.306
  • It's us, it's me.
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  • Says, "Man, you just wonderful,but I've got this one thing.
  • 00:24:56.745 --> 00:25:06.087
  • You've forsakenyour first love."
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  • Would you bow your headswith me this morning?
  • 00:25:09.324 --> 00:25:12.727
  • male: What a powerful challenge.
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  • Could it be that you're like me,you're a follower of Christ, but
  • 00:25:14.796 --> 00:25:16.932
  • we need to reignite that spark?
  • 00:25:16.965 --> 00:25:19.601
  • Let's pray to do that.
  • 00:25:19.634 --> 00:25:21.036
  • Or maybe you've neversaid yes to Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:21.069 --> 00:25:22.837
  • It starts today.
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  • Let me pray for you,pray with you right now.
  • 00:25:24.506 --> 00:25:26.274
  • Lord God, we all have messed up,and we turn our back on our sin.
  • 00:25:26.308 --> 00:25:30.078
  • We confess our sin, and weconfess that you are the Son
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  • of God.
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  • We believe that andknow you can change us.
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  • So we ask you to do that.
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  • As best we know how, change us.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen.
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  • If you're getting serious withGod, we would love to walk
  • 00:25:41.523 --> 00:25:43.458
  • alongside you; to pray with you,to put resources in your hands
  • 00:25:43.491 --> 00:25:46.761
  • that will help yougrow in your faith.
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  • You know, it could be thatyou've lost your first love, but
  • 00:25:48.964 --> 00:25:51.533
  • the Lord is not chasing afteryou like an angry father.
  • 00:25:51.566 --> 00:25:55.337
  • He is a loving fatherwith his arms open wide.
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  • Let's reconnect with us as wepray together as a part of the
  • 00:25:57.839 --> 00:26:00.909
  • body of Christ, and just knowGod loves you so much and is
  • 00:26:00.942 --> 00:26:04.379
  • ready to rediscoverthat love with you.
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  • Don: Now, just before we gotoday, I want you to know that
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  • all the things that you've heardtoday, all the preaching, the
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  • teaching, the things that weare suggesting that you take and
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  • make your own, the means bywhich you would grow in your
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  • Christian faith, are all partof what we believe in because we
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  • believe in "The EncouragingWord," this word about God and
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • That's why we've got thatnumber on the television screen.
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  • I've got friends standing by24/7 to talk with you, pray with
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  • you, counsel you, listen to you.
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  • Isn't it wonderful to havefriends like that, 24/7?
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  • So, take that number.
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  • You might wanna jot it down,store it in your phone, keep it.
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  • Anytime, night or day, peoplestanding by to be a blessing
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  • to you.
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  • We are "The Encouraging Word,"because that's who God is, and
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  • we love you so be encouraged.
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