This week we are starting a brand new seven week series called (for lack of any great creativity) se7en.

We are looking at the 7 letters to the 7 churches in the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3).

We start with the first of these letters from the Apostle John who is writing to the church in Ephesus.

And we will see that Jesus commends the church at Ephesus for things that seem to revolve around doctrinal carefulness.

But while they were faithful to the teaching of Jesus, and very wary of false prophets, their love for Jesus was lacking. They didn’t have Him as their number one priority, and Jesus (through this letter) calls them out on it.

Sometimes, we too are tempted to believe that ‘proper’ belief is all that matters; that we say the right words in the right way at the right time. But when that is at the neglect of proper affection and proper behavior in our relationship with Jesus – he might say to us: “You have forsaken the love you had at first”.

May God bless you as we hear his message, and receive the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Pastor Ben

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