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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

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