Summary: God wants us to love him passionately, with all of our heart. Using Mark 12:30 and Romans 12:11, Pastor Rick looks at a list of passion killers, things that rob us of joy, and teaches us how to reignite our passion for God. The service ends with communion

It’s not only for the difficult times. It’s also for the good times. Human beings were made for relationships. We’re made to live that way. In a prison, when they want to give somebody the ultimate punishment in a prison, where do they put them? They put them in solitary. Solitary confinement. Because we were made to be around other people. That’s how God created and made us. Whether you’re married or single you need relationships with others. Others who are trying to live with passion for God in their lives, to keep that passion for God real in life.

Having been a pastor for a while now, I’ve seen a lot of people continue with their passion for God and a lot of people lose their passion for God. Those that lose their passion for God there’s a predictable pattern. You can see it the same way almost every time. I’ll tell you where the pattern begins. The first thing that happens is the person stops coming to church. I’m not talking about the ritual of coming to church. I’m talking about they draw back from the relationships of being around other believers. There’s a lot of reasons we tell ourselves that’s ok. Summer... I’ll watch it on the internet... I’ve got other things to do... I’ll get back to it soon... but whatever the reason you start not spending time with other people who have a desire to have passion for God.

The next thing that always happens is your heart starts to turn cold. You start to feel far from God. You start to feel like God’s far from you. What you really need is to be around other people who can warm up the love that you have for God in your life. It’s a need in all of us to be around other people to have this passion for God. If you have no inspiring contact with other believers your heart wills grow cold. It’s inevitable.

Greg Lauri who’s going to be with us next week speaking, was recently interviewing one of the women from the Survivor show, a Christian woman. She’d gone on the show and been told she could bring five things to the island or wherever they were. She said, one of them I want to bring is a Bible. They said, "No, you can’t bring a Bible. Somebody already did that. You’ve got to bring something different." So she went to this island without a Bible, with no Christian relationships and watched what happened to her life. She fell right off the table. Her character began to change, the way she talked, the kind of words she used, the ugly words she used. The attitudes she had towards others, the jealousy, the hatred. All of it immediately came into her life. She told Greg, "I didn’t realize how weak I really was."

I’ll admit it. I’m weak. I’ll admit it. I need relationships with other believers to grow. For better or for worse the only reason I’ve grown as a believer is because I’ve been around other people who are growing as believers. That’s how God made all of us. We need relationships in order to grow. That’s what makes it happen.

Hebrews 10:24-25 "Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let’s not give up meeting together and let us encourage one another."

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Bryan Fink

commented on Feb 4, 2009

I found it excellent. A great help during a time of preacher''s block to help get something going.

Dearl Hardy

commented on Feb 4, 2017

it would make a great series of sermons. Great job

Menton Shields

commented on Mar 1, 2017

Thanks for sharing the great thoughts you have shared with all of us..

Neelima Bn

commented on Mar 2, 2017

Helped me to introspective my life and contemplate on several issues. Thank you

Neelima Bn

commented on Mar 2, 2017

Helped me to introspective my life and contemplate on several issues. Thank you

Kenny Smith

commented on Mar 25, 2017

Thank you so much for your sermons I am a simple lay person who was called to a small Baptist church in the middle of nowhere that had been closed for 15 years with the support of my wife we reopened and have been going again for nearly two years . Your sermons have givin me great ideas and i will make a series out of this for 2 or 3 sundays services and will end with communion service on Easter Sunday. I am bivocational and this helps me to cover more study areas much faster than i could ever have done.

Pastor Pat Whitt

commented on Jul 10, 2017

is it true you want to merge the Christian faith with the muslim faith? And call it Chrislim?

Rodney Stutzman

commented on Jul 29, 2017

please check the scripture references many are wrong address

Todd Ernst

commented on Nov 5, 2017

It's November 5th now and the scripture references are still messed up. They are about 1 chapter off. Please check these. Thank you.

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commented on Jul 4, 2019

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