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Falling in Love with God Again On May 2, 1962, a dramatic advertisement appeared in the San Francisco Examiner: "I don't want my husband to die in the gas chamber for a crime he did not commit. I will therefore offer my services for 10 years as a cook, maid, or housekeeper to any leading attorney who will defend him and bring about his vindication." One of San Francisco's greatest attorneys, Vincent Hallinan, read or heard about the ad and contacted Gladys Kidd, who had placed it. Her husband, Robert Lee Kidd, was about to be tried for the slaying of an elderly antique dealer. Kidd's fingerprints had been found on a bloodstained ornate sword in the victim's shop. During the trial, Hallinan proved that the antique dealer had not been killed by the sword, and that Kidd's fingerprints and blood on the sword got there because Kidd had once toyed with it while playfully dueling with a friend when they were both out shopping. The jury, after 11 hours, found Kidd to be not guilty. The attorney Hallinan refused Gladys Kidd's offer of 10 years' servitude. [She was willing to do whatever it took keep that relationship with the one she loved, whatever the sacrifice] Remember falling in love? - When we love someone, what do we do? - When we are in love with someone, how do we behave? - Would you describe the flame of that relationship as cool, warm or hot? What is a “New” love like?- - Describe the flame- red hot - Describe the behavior toward each other - Want to be with them all the time - Can hardly think about anything else - Almost physically hurts to be apart What is a Mature love like?- - Describe the flame- warm glow - Describe behavior toward each other - Comfortable around each other - Enjoy each other’s company - Prefer each other’s company What is a Complacent or Lukewarm love like?- - Describe the flame- cool, barely visible - Describe the behavior toward each other - Don’t really care much if you see them or not - Cordial maybe, but no affection - May even try to avoid them Read verses: Mark 12:29; Deuteronomy 30:20; Psalm 31:23; Psalm 91:14; 1 John 5:3; John 14:21; John 14:23; Matthew 22:37 How would you describe your love for God…New, Mature, or Complacent? Is your relationship with God what you want it to be? God has another promise for us in James 4:8a. “draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. Maybe we need to make a resolution to fan the flame of our love for God this next year. It all starts with prayer and Bible study. Resolve-Commit Resolve to spend time each day with God reading from His word and in prayer. That’s a New Year’s resolution that will bring true joy to your life and that has eternal consequences as well!
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