“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”
—Revelation 2:2-4 KJV
Fountainview Academy: Do You Know My Jesus?
In addressing the churches of Ephesus and Sardis, Christ speaks to those believers stumbling through rocky soil. Bruised, ensnared or nodding into sleep, they’ve slowly stopped listening to the still, small voice.
“Wake up!” Christ shouts. “Return to me. Strengthen what remains.”
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