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when love grows cold

When love is allowed to grow cold, violence, hate, and all kinds of evil arise. However, let it be said Jesus never condoned violence. In fact, He cared for the oppressed, loved the marginalized, made leaders out of the weak and taught how lives can be transformed through justice, mercy, and faithfulness.

We must realize when love grows cold, mental health, anxiety, lies, and fears arise. When love grows cold, reason, care, wisdom, and dignity start to flee.

It's time to act! Because when love grows cold in a person and the depravity of the situation is identified, positive intervention and action must take place. And today, not enough is being done. We can no longer allow love to grow cold. Hate, murder, war, violence, abuse, bullying, threats, false accusations, and abandonment all have a common thread... they lack love and the power of love’s compassion to bring truth and healing in our wounded world. 

So what are we going to do to warm the love of a world growing cold in its most important virtue? It starts with “me", each of us, then in our own homes, our own neighborhoods, in our schools, on our campuses, in our work places, our own communities large and small. It will take leader’s efforts, government’s input and support, schools, faith communities, plus government and non-government agencies engaging more in helping with people’s life and mental health issues. Some people will lovingly need inpatient services, some outpatient, others counseling. But everyone needs the warmth of love and God! 

We need parents parenting with love, Pastors and faith communities teaching God’s truth on love and sharing love, agencies engaging and counseling in love. And because we care, we as a Nation must help fund it. We don’t need more laws, we need to enforce the laws we already have, holding people lovingly accountable earlier in the process when we can identify one is lacking in healthy love for self and others. The church must play a huge role. We can't allow the love of God in us to grow cold. We must be a big part of the solution and become a refuge where the amazing love of Jesus can be found and experienced that can transform lives to become more like Jesus. Jesus said in John 15:12, “This is My command - Love one another as I have loved you!”  

Church, all of us are His representatives put on this Earth! Each of us must warm our world in love and do a better job wherever our two feet are. It's time for a revival of faith, hope and love... knowing the greatest of these is love!  I refuse to let my love grow cold. Will you make the same commitment? We must remember all evil lacks love; while remembering the devil within his very own name contains the word evil. Pray that hate, violence, murder and abuse stop in Jesus strong name and for a Godly revival of love, truth, support, and accountability to arise to heal our land! May the virtue of love start replacing all evil and violence!!!

Lord, we ask You to give this world as You gave the Israelites in Ezekiel’s time a “new heart” and put a new Spirit in us, removing from us our hearts of stone to give us tender, responsive hearts! This world needs You! Please make Yourself known through us, Your children! As Romans 12:9-12 states, “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”

It is with courage and love that we now rise and take our places against violence, murder & hatred. We must come equipped with the love and peace of Christ Jesus as our weapon against all cold love that the devil wields

Let's pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, we come today with broken hearts and kneel before Your Throne as we look upon the landscape of this country and world, crying out in anguish that love seems to be growing cold. Lord, we are like wayward children allowing hate to rule our hearts. Lord, expose our cold love that is in each of us, deadening love and peace. Forgive us. Lord, have mercy on us as we pray in unity as brothers and sisters in Christ to see Your mighty hand of love and peace reaching out to those in great need. Lord, heal our land.

Jesus it is in Your powerful name that we pray, AMEN.

Essential Rock Church Staff,

John, Bruce, Kody, and Jess

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benchwarmer warriors

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.


James 1:22


James is bringing a powerful message in this verse.  It’s opening our hearts to the realizations that the advancement of the Kingdom of God can not rest on a few shoulders to do the work, but to all who receive the life changing power of the Gospel message.  We are called and supernaturally equipped to work in the trenches for our Lord.  Paul made it clear in Ephesians 4:11-13: 11 And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for works of ministry and to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ.


Do you catch what Paul is saying?  “Until we reach the unity in the faith”.  The operative words are “we and unity”.  Paul is saying, each one of us has been given a gift, assigned an office in the body of Christ, to do the work needed to advance the Kingdom with new believers, bringing the message of not only the life changing power of forgiveness, but also laboring to bring all of us to the unity of faith.


James is telling us, if we only sit and listen to the word of God, living the life of a benchwarmer and do nothing, we are fooling ourselves to think we are contributing to the Kingdom.  Jesus specifically, without any hesitation, gave us a new commandment to live by, a branding of who He is and a distinguishing characteristic of His followers. He instructed us in John 13:34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  And how did He love us?….He gave His life!  So we too are called to give our lives to one another.  When we do that, we carry His brand, His markings, calling us His own.  


We are called to jump in and be a part of the tide that moves the life-giving waters of the gospel.  What good is it to sit on the banks of a raging river watching the lost swimmer struggle to keep his head afloat and only pray that someone will reach in and rescue him from the rage while you sit idly by, warming the bench pew.  Love one another as I have loved you, is the essence of the Gospel.  


Some of us fear getting involved.  Some of us believe we are not good enough or fit for such a calling.  And sadly, some believe it’s either too late or it’s too much an of a inconvenience to move from the bench.  


This one thing that I know to be true, and Paul explains it in Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."  We all have been called to do something for His purpose.  I have found, if we do not heed to His calling, it never goes away.  We have a free will to either submit or reject the calling.  But whatever we choose, God never, ever gives up on us.  We are His own.  So I figure I might as will give up and give in because God will never give in or give up. 


Father, we are such frail, broken people, fearful of being Your hands and being Your voice.  Give us insight through Your perspective to see the work that needs to be done.  Let it soften our hearts and give us the courage to reach out to those who desperately desire and need Your love.  Help us to love our neighbor as ourselves and bring the life changing Gospel to a desperate and dying world that’s just an arm’s length away.  In the love and power of Jesus we pray….amen


R E a d i n g

s c h e d u l e


May 1st: "Home: From Church to Heaven's Home"
Luke 5:22-25 & James 2:14-17
By Elder Todd Vahlsing


May 8th: Diluting Doubt Sermon Series
Part One: "I Believe, Help My Unbelief"
Mark 9:1-29
By Pastor John Slotten


May 15th: Diluting Doubt Sermon Series
Part Two: "When in Doubt...Reach Out!"
Matthew 14:22-33
By Pastor Bruce Komassa


May 22nd: "The Bible - God's Essential Truth!"
by Pastor John Slotten


May 29th: "The Bible - God's Living Word!"
by Brenda Slotten


June 5th: "The Bible - Is…!!!”
(Don't miss this Sunday's Teaching and please bring your Bible)
by Pastor John


June 12th: Walleye Weekend Ecumenical Church Service at Lakeside Park.
(Bring your lawn chair or blanket and grab a shuttle ride to join us on the Lakeside for church in the park! ) 

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We are so excited to announce our New Church Building is Dedicated to the lord!

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