Wisdom, joy, and a math teacher.

Before I call out, God hears my prayers. long before I became a believer, God called me. He knew the plans He had for Me, even before my birth. He knew the children I would have and the mistakes I would make and He decided He would love Me anyway.

Thank you Jesus for Your love – you have given me so much to be thankful for. You have changed my life, You have answered my prayers. Even those I have yet to ask.

  • Miranda and Deven, Lord, you called me long before I had a clue. Thank you Father for calling them as well. Even though they don’t know they need you.
  • This school year. We desire it go smooth and that is what our hearts and Minds ask , but Valley Life is Yours . Thank you for opening doors and shutting doors. Lead us Father. Show us how to change the world with these children. Love the grown ups through us. Give us wisdom and abundant joy. And a math teacher.

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Visalia First
July 29, 2017
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07/30/2017 Visalia First: The Church of Smyrna
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson

http://bible.com/events/255502

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A. Four Reasons For Persecution:

1. GOVERNMENT Persecution – I know your sufferings.

A. Four Reasons For Persecution:

2. ECONOMIC Persecution – I know your poverty.

A. Four Reasons For Persecution:

3. RELIGIOUS Persecution – I know the slander against you.

A. Four Reasons For Persecution:

4. PHYSICAL Persecution – You will suffer ten days.

B. Two Responses To Persecution:

1. There is one that ENTICES you to depart the faith. (Reaction)

B. Two Responses To Persecution:

2. There is one that brings you CLOSER to God. (Response)

C. Two Rewards For Overcoming Persecution:

1. You will RECEIVE the crown of life.

C. Two Rewards For Overcoming Persecution:

2. You will escape the second death.

Revelation 2:8-11 NIV
“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.

http://bible.com/111/rev.2.8-11.NIV

John 8:31-47 NIV
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father. ” “Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. You are doing the works of your own father.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

http://bible.com/111/jhn.8.31-47.NIV

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God does a lot of things in our lives . Giving us the crown of life.
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Let your mess become your message… your test…your testimony… 

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Visalia First
July 15, 2017
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07/16/2017 Visalia First: Seven California Christians
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson

http://bible.com/events/248741

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Revelation 2:1-7 NIV
“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far 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. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

http://bible.com/111/rev.2.1-7.NIV

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Victorious – niroco.

96 A.D. johns frame of ref. was very limited .

get the impurities out of the oil. Jesus loves His church .
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The Church of Ephesus

A. Jesus Perceives a PROBLEM With His Church!
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ACTS 19 and 20. Ephesus had good pastors. John in Revelation 40 years later Speaks about the church in Ephesus.

Baptism of Holy spirit . in Eph 19. hands dothe work, bu t they were no longer in love with Jesus.
Weare limited by alackof details

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A. Jesus Perceives a Problem With His Church!

1. You FELL out of love with me.

A. Jesus Perceives a Problem With His Church!

It seems Christ might pass over the sin in a thousand others, but He cannot wink at the failure in the one he is engaged to.”
Charles Spurgeon

The Church of Ephesus

B. Jesus Gives a PRESCRIPTION To His Church!

B. Jesus Gives a Prescription To His Church!

1. REMEMBER the fondness you had at the beginning.
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Remember the love you had at first.

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B. Jesus Gives a Prescription To His Church!

2. REPENT and do the things you did at the beginning.
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serving God is a struggle. ‘ fight your wayto heaven and take as many as you can. fight to take others with you.

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B. Jesus Gives a Prescription To His Church!

3. Return to your first love.

The Church of Ephesus

C. Jesus PERSUADES His Church To Return!

C. Jesus Persuades His Church To Return!

1. I am giving you a WARNING.
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Eph. get back to your first love, or I will remove that candlestick.
Is 9:2 alight that shines in a dark place. None of those 7 Churches are alive today. Modern day Turkey. 90% Islam

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C. Jesus Persuades His Church To Return!

2. I want to give the right to the Tree of LIFE.
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sustenance
Adam and eve ate f rom the tree of knowledge. Same thing We seek today
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C. Jesus Persuades His Church To Return!

3. I want to bring you into the INNER Circle.
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How do we fall into love again? Spend time in the word- Worship – fellowship ‘ – Prayer
choose to love God on a deeper level.
We needmore love to love and forgive others.

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C. Jesus Persuades His Church To Return!

4. Marvelous things are locked in the vaults of God and love is the key that opens the door.

“Life is not designed to give you what you need, but to give you what you deserve.”
Jim Rohn

Loving extravagantly

How can we not love extravagantly , when Jesus gave his all to love us.  He gave his all, to love me, long before I was born, long before I sinned. He died for all of us, regardless of what we believe today.  I am saved, because He died on a cross 2000 years ago.  If I can be saved, anyone can be. 

Lord, who would you have me show extravagant love to, today?  It is much easier when there arent many people at work.   😅

Be with Deven today Lord, speak to his heart. 

Judgement seat of Christ


By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
1 Corinthians 3:10‭-‬15 NIV

http://bible.com/111/1co.3.10-15.NIV

Lord, please continue to use me, that those around me will know you.