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The Lukewarm Church (13 of 13)
Series: Touring the Churches
Ernest L. Easley
I have a question for all you coffee drinkers today: do you like your coffee hot or cold? Like many of you, I believe coffee was meant to be hot; after all, you brew coffee! Yet today, if you go into a coffee shop, you will find some people drinking their coffee hot and others drinking it cold, over ice! But what you won't find is somebody ordering lukewarm coffee.
Coffee was never intended to be lukewarm, that's why microwaves were invented! For years in my study, I had a miniature electric hot plate that my coffee cup set on to keep my coffee hot. There's nothing worse than lukewarm coffee; coffee that is nether hot nor cold.
Well, as we conclude our Tour of the Churches today, we come to the church at Laodicea that was neither hot nor cold; it was a lukewarm church.
Can you image being a part of a church that is meeting in Jesus' Name and to have Jesus on the outside trying to get in? It's like that man who was raised on the other side of the tracks that wanted to join a particular church.
Now the pastor knew that his church wouldn't welcome this man because he wasn't like them. He had a different social standing. So when he walked the isle to join, the pastor said, ''Sir, you really need to think long and hard about joining our church. I suggest that you pray about it and see what God tells you what to do.''
Well, you know what the pastor was doing. He was putting him off. Several weeks passed and one day while walking down the sidewalk the Pastor saw this man approaching him. As they met the Pastor greeted him and asked if he had been praying about joining his church.
The man replied, ''Indeed I have.''
The Pastor then asked, ''Well, what has God told you?''
The man replied, ''Pastor, God told me not to worry about joining your church. That He too had been trying to get in for years and hadn't got in either.''
You would think th ...
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