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10.14.2018

 

 

SERMON SUMMARY: 

Romances tend to burn hot in the beginning and cool down with time. Some have lost so much heat we wonder if there is even a spark left. At this point many leave in hopes of finding a new lover and start the process all over again. Others simply settle for living like roommates. Fortunately, there is another way, and it relates to our relationship with God as much as marriage. What do we do when our love has grown cold? Join us this Sunday as we begin a sermon series on Jesus’ letters to seven churches in the Book of Revelation.

 

 

REFLECTIONS:

Hope is a memory of the future.

—Gabriel Marcel

 

God doesn’t want a roommate…he wants a bride.

—Peter Hiett

 

In God there is no hunger that needs to be filled, only plenteousness that desires to give.

—C.S. Lewis

 

SCRIPTURE:

Deuteronomy 6:1-12

“Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, 2 that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

10 “And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, 12 then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

 

Revelation 2:1-7

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6 Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN:

O Lord, great God,
all holy, Father most gracious,
filled with mercy and steadfast love,
we are embarrassed to come before you,
for we have preferred the ways of this world to your ways

Lord, have mercy.

for we have rebelled against your wisdom
and we have gotten into trouble,

Lord, have mercy.

for we have rejected your fatherly guidance
and have gotten lost altogether.

Lord, have mercy.

To you belongs righteousness, O Lord,
and to us confusion of face.

Lord, have mercy.

O Lord, great God,
all holy, filled with awe, majestic, and awesome
Father, most gracious,
filled with mercy and steadfast love,
incline your ear to our troubles.
Hear us when we pour out our sorrows before you.

Lord, have mercy.

Forgive us,
not on the ground of our own righteousness,
but on the ground of your great mercy
found in the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ,
our Savior and the mediator of the covenant of grace.

Lord, have mercy.

 

 

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