Bringing Love Back to Life (2 of 3) by Kerry Shook

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Bringing Love Back to Life (2 of 3)
Series: Love and War
Kerry Shook
Ephesians 1:19-20


The Five Phases of Love

Phase 1: Decision

Spiritual compatibility
''Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers ....'' 2 Corinthians 6:14 (NIV)

Life-vision compatibility
''Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?'' Amos 3:3 (NLT)

Phase 2: Delight

Phase 3: Dysfunction

Family issues, personality conflicts, selfishness

Phase 4: Disease

Avoidance, addiction, arguments, animosity

Phase 5: Death

''I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe Him. It is that same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead.''
Ephesians 1:19-20 (LB)

''Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha ... So the sisters sent word to Jesus, 'Lord, the one You love is sick.' ... Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days. Then He said to His disciples, 'Let us go back to Judea.' ... On His arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days ... 'Lord,' Martha said to Jesus, 'if You had been here, my brother would not have died....' Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies ....''
John 11 (NIV)

1. Choose Commitment Over a Counterfeit
''So the sisters sent word to Jesus, 'Lord, the one You love is sick.'' Vs. 3

2. Choose Perseverance Over Perfection
''Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days.'' Vs. 5-6

''So then He told them plainly, 'Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.'' Vs. 14-15

3. Choose Risk Over Regret
''Then He said to His disciples, 'Let us go back to Judea. 'But Rabbi,' they said, 'a short ...


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