8-4-2017 Real Love Relationship

“So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her” (Genesis 29:20 NKJV). Jacob worked 7 years for Rachel’s father in order to marry her. This was true love, not hormone-driven sex! Movies, television, and music in our day dwell on the fleeting moments of sexual passion and call it “love.” Little wonder, then, that many shape their lives around what they think is “love.” Amnon said he “loved” his half-sister, Tamar, and he raped her. “Then Amnon hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, ‘Arise, be gone!’” (2 Samuel 13:15 NKJV). Is your relationship like Jacob or Amnon: for “love” or “sex?”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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A Personal Revival

You can tell when a doctor is passionate about what they do, can’t you? Have you ever seen an athlete not have passion about playing their game? How did that make you feel; especially if they played for your team???

On and on I could go, but the answers to the questions reveal that passion is visible, passion is a driving force, passion reveals how high and how hot the fire is burning on the inside!

What is our passion like for the gospel, for the church, for the work we’re called to do, for the lost or for the Savior who died for us? Is it visible? Is it dying? Is it moving us along full-steam ahead? Or is our lack of passion just burning up our conscience?

The brotherhood is in the habit of holding “Gospel Meetings,” and there’s nothing wrong with that per say; we have them at Keltonburg too. But to be honest, I believe we need revivals! We need congregational and individual revivals! We need to stoke some fires! We need to take a good long look in the mirror called God’s Word (James 1:21-25).

Are we burning bright for Jesus like John the baptizer did (a.k.a. the baptist; John 5:35) or are we fading out and blending in with the world like Demas did (2 Timothy 4:10)?

Do we need a personal revival? I may be asking the “wrong room,” but maybe this will encourage all of us to keep an eye on what fuel we’re burning and how much of it we have left in the tank.

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Ideas to revive a church? Do everything …

Ideas to revive a church?

Do everything with passion and zeal, for it is written, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…” (Ecc 9.10).

Why do I mention this? Because outsiders notice whether we do things with passion and zeal or not. Members of the church notice it.

Who wants to be part of a church where the members do not appear to care? People want to be around others who believe in what they are doing. If you preach without zeal, or clean the building without zeal, or whatever it is, people will think that you truly do not believe what you say and what you do.

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