EKG...Isn't It Time for a Personal Heart Checkup (4 of 7) by Jerry Branch

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EKG...Isn't It Time for a Personal Heart Checkup (4 of 7)
Gerald Branch
John 21:15-23
July 10, 2005

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you."

Most all of us have had an EKG at one time or another.
Resting EKG's were part of our entrance Military physicals.
Doctors today use resting as well as walking EKG's
to see how our hearts are doing.
So, from a medical standpoint,
EKG's are important medical diagnostic tools.

So it probably isn't a bad idea for us to allow the Holy Spirit
to conduct one of His heart checkups one us
every now and then to see how we're doing
in the area of loving Jesus, which is truly our worship.

And we can do the same thing as a church, to let the Holy Spirit
check out whether we're in good health
when it comes to our corporate worship.
The first thing I want us to look at is the thing called 'preparation.'

What do we need to do to get ready for our spiritual EKG?

When we go to the doctor's office,
there's a certain amount of preparation we need to do.
On the internet, the University of Iowa Department of Internal Medicine gives a list of things
the patient needs to be aware of
and tells how the stress EKG is done, and what to expect.
It said,
You may eat a light breakfast or lunch before the test.
Please allow two hours between your meal and the test.
Take your medications as usual.
For some patients, certain medications may be stopped one or two days before the test.
Your doctor will tell you if that is necessary.
Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
You will be asked about your medical history.
Please bring a list of your medications.
You will be told about the test,
then asked to sign a consent form.

For our spiritual EKG, we als ...

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