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March 24, 2014
Lighting The Fire Again
Matthew 22

 

Let's continue looking at the Lord's warning to the church at Ephesus (Revelation 2:4). The Ephesians are a model of cooled-down faith. Their fervor is gone, though they’re still going through the motions of serving God and even defending the faith.

 

Christ's warning to the Ephesians extends to modern-day believers whose hearts have grown cold. He looks at distracted and complacent Christians who are laboring for every reason but the right one, and He cries out, "What I want is not your empty service; I want you!"

 

The heart cools gradually as a person gives higher priority to other relationships and activities than to the Lord. Our enemy Satan has subtly shaped how the word 'idol' is perceived. He's limited the definition to false gods. The truth is, anything that distracts from God qualifies as an idol. For example, the god of this age is sports. So many believers know more about stats than Scripture and show more passion in the stands than in a worship service.

 

Returning to a life of passionate service for God begins with repentance. We must assume responsibility for drifting away from our first love. Then, we're to put Jesus Christ back on the throne of our heart and reconnect with Him through regular prayer and Bible meditation.

 

God desires an intimate relationship with every believer. So let me ask you a question: Are you excited about Jesus? Our best and purest devotion will be to whatever or whomever we prioritize above all else. If that is not Jesus, repent and let Him rekindle the flame of your first love.

 

Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.

 

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The book of Ephesians is written to Christians who might be prone to treat their spiritual resources much like miserly people. Such believers are in danger of suffering from spiritual malnutrition, because they do not take advantage of the great storehouse of spiritual nourishment and resources that is at their disposal. No Christian has reason to be spiritually deprived, undernourished, or impoverished. In fact, a Christian has no reason not to be completely healthy and immeasurably rich in the things of God. The Lord's heavenly resources are more than adequate to cover all our past debts, all our present liabilities, and all our future needs - and still not reduce the heavenly assets. That is the marvel of God's gracious provision for His children.

 

Last Week:

 

      We saw in the foundational message for this series that God is the ultimate source of all blessings and we are so graciously chosen to receive them, those who have called on Christ in faith for salvation. God's resources never dry up.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our website, just under the calendar, or by visiting us on iTunes.

 

Next Week:

 

      We will continue our series by looking at the origins of Christ' Church.

 

Upcoming Events

 

March 24 - Ladies Bible Study at 6:30 PM at Linda's house.

 

March 30 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering after Morning Worship Service

 

April 6 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM. Also, Carry In Fellowship Dinner following the AM service.

 

April 19 - Midway Community Easter Egg Hunt at noon. If you are interested in contributing to this event, we are asking for donations of non-chocolate and non-melting candy for our eggs. As well, we are going to need many helpers on the day of the event.

 

April 20 - Easter Services:

  • 8 AM - Sunrise Service
  • 9 AM - Carry-In Breakfast
  • 10 AM - Easter Worship Service
 

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