News about the collective work at the Julington Creek church of Christ
and updates on individuals and families.
Volume 1 Issue 4
LIGHTS IN THE
Greg Whipple, an
American preacher, and
his family recently
relocated from Belize to
NE Florida. While their
daughter was in
detainment in Atlanta
experience), she had
Bible studies with other
detainees. How many
of us, being frightened
would even think about
Pete Martindale &
July 15, 2012
Leaving Our First Love
Rev. 2:1-4, "To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: …I know your
deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil
men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles … But I
have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember from
where you have fallen and repent…”
What could a truth-upholding church possibly have to repent of? God’s
answer is: LEAVING YOUR FIRST LOVE. In one generation these
folks went from “On Fire” to “Ho-Hum.” The church’s name was no
doubt listed in the “right” directory. Brethren may have talked about the
“sound church” in Ephesus, but Jesus Christ said they were FALLEN.
Think about that.
I doubt that their falling away was due to immorality or worldliness.
Other churches were judged for that (Rev. 2:20). Something had replaced
excitement and fervency with apathy and ritual. A deep understanding of
God’s word was exchanged for rote learning. Their service to God
became meaningless (Matt. 13:14-14; 15:9).
Sometimes we as God’s people can get in a rut and forget why we are
doing what we are doing. “We’ve always done things this way” doesn’t
lend itself to “becoming all things to all men” so that we can save people
living in a 21st century modern world (1 Cor. 9:21f). One thing about
traditionalism – you can serve God in your sleep. There’s one problem
with that however - God will not accept your service (Isa. 29:13-14).
“You’ve left your first love” means the honeymoon is long over and the
excitement of the relationship has turned to boredom. It needn’t be that
way. We simply need to keep our mission in sharp focus, using God’s
word to help us realign our motives and practices whenever we get out of
SUMMER BIBLE CLASS:
Men: Please sign up to
teach one Wednesday
night class during the
summer. Sign-up sheet is
in the foyer waiting for
C. V. Alexander – Currently confined to home.
Eddie Goff – Doing better; is at the Health Care Center at
Cindy Lindsey – Chemo treatments.
Carol Martindale – Had final chemo treatment last week.
Ellie Taylor – Will have surgery after further consultations.
James Taylor – Recovering from broken hip due to fall.
Betty Toohey – recovering from surgery.
Relatives & Friends:
• Martha Harris – Nita McCain’s sister in Memphis, TN.
• Eleanor Hale, our Shelly’s friend, that God will help her marriage.
• Peggy Kennedy, David Evors’ sister, suffered a stroke and is in
A memorial service for
our sister Myrtle Culver was
held here yesterday. Our
condolences are with the
Culvers at the passing of
Ed’s mother and a sister in
Christ to all of us.
AM – Soldiers Of Christ Arise!
PM – For What Are You Most Thankful?
Julington Creek Church Of Christ
1630 State Road 13 N.
St. Johns, FL 32259
Or, Denny Freeman @ 904-703-2277
Email: [email protected]
Bible Classes --------------- 9:30 AM
Morning Worship --------- 10:30 AM
Evening Worship ---------- 6:00 PM
Bible Classes --------------- 7:00 PM
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