by Rick Ferguson

Dr. Rick E. Ferguson
Genesis 47:27-31

Have you ever been in one place but your heart was in
another? I am gone on revivals frequently, and on
Sunday morning as I rise to preach to an unfamiliar
congregation I am always excited about preaching but
my heart and mind is with First Baptist Church of
DeSoto. I wonder what we had in Sunday School, how the
supply preacher will do, and if everything is running

You can be assured that when I am somewhere else my
heart is always here.

Do you remember back when you were a teenager and
dating? Did you ever find yourself on a date with one
girl or boy but your heart and mind was really on
another girl or boy?

Ex. I remember a group of young people were going to
Washington State Park to swim one day. I asked a girl
to go with me, and when I went to pick her up there
was fresh oil on the road. My pretty, blue Cutlass F-
85 was getting caked with tar and oil. We went
swimming, but I thought of a reason to leave early and
I believe I asked Rick Francis to take my date home
for me. As I think back, I believe I forgot to tell
him about the fresh oil on her road. My heart was more
with my car than that girl. I think that was the first
and last time I ever had a date with that girl.

Have you ever moved to a new part of the country, away
from home for the first time? Even though you were
living in a new place your heart was still back at
home. Home was really your first love.

That was how old Jacob felt in Genesis 47. He was more
than 147 years of age. He had been in Egypt for 17
years, in the home of Joseph (his favorite son); but
his heart was still back home in Canaan. His first
love and loyalty was to Canaan land. What a beautiful
picture that provides of how the Christian's first
love should be with the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us
think this morning about developing an Undivided
Loyalty to Christ.

You see, many ...

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