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Remember- the way in is the way on

“I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
Revelation 2:2-5

It is a truth that is a paradox that we have to remain as children towards God as we mature into sons and daughters, mothers and fathers in the kingdom. It really is all about God's love. We receive the gift, embrace the giver, and give it away. The way is being in love with Jesus and endlessly discovering how wonderful he is. This is Christ-ianity. Church-ianity or Religion is something else.

Eternity

We are eternal beings living in time. If you believe you have received eternal life from God through Christ, then how would that impact how you think and behave now? If, you will live for an unlimited time, how will you be for this limited time? The future impacts the present if you let it. So many things don't matter when you look to eternity and so many things open up.

A prayer for our time

Although our sins testify against us,
O Lord do something for the sake of your name.
For our backsliding is great;
We have sinned against you.
-Jeremiah 14:7

When I ask God to just do something, I'm not being specific with a list of requests. I'm saying that you, God know best and whatever you do will be right. I'm also saying that the situation is so bad that I need God to do something, anything.

And I'm not asking on the basis of my good behavior, or the goodness of my tribe or nation. Our sins are in plain sight. We're not walking close to God.

I and we ask God to move for the sake of his name. What does that mean? I think that means that we ask God to do something on the basis of who he is. He is glorious and he is good. God is not in a bad mood. Only God knows how to bring a backsliding people who are blinded to redemption.

A church is a network of relationships

From Ron McKenzie on "What is Church":

A church is a group of people in fellowship with each other. It should be a network of relationships.
The church consists of people. However it is not just any group of people. It is a group of people who are bound together by strong relationships. To show this more clearly, I will remove the people from the diagram (this is for illustration, I am not saying that they are not important). I have made the lines gold, to show that the relationships are precious.

A church is a network of relationships. The lines on the diagram are just some of the relationships that hold the church together. They are the supporting ligaments which join and hold the body of Christ together in love and allow it to grow up in love in Jesus (Ephesians 4:16) In contrast, relationship…