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Do You Have the First Love


Greetings in the precious name of Jesus,

My, what a wonderful and glorious day it is for us to come together to praise and worship Our Heavenly Father & Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I pray all is well with you and that Our Lord is blessing this day in His goodness and love.

I would ask that you pray for this ministry, that Our Lord will use it to encourage folks, help the lost to find Jesus as their personal Saviour, and to be a blessing to the child of God. Thank you for those prayers.

I would like to begin with these song lyrics as I feel they intertwine with the message today.

First Love

- Verse 1 -

Do you have the first love the Saviour gave you?
When you knelt at the alter that day?
When you cried, Oh Dear Lord, please have mercy;
Save my soul, all my sins take away.

- Chorus -

Do you have the first love the Saviour gave you?
Is that fire still a burning in your soul?
Do you feel the same way, that you did on that day?
Does your zeal keep you pressing towards your goal?

- Verse 2 -

Have you drifted away from the Saviour?
Is the love that you had now grown cold?
Won't you come and return and be faithful?
Now is the time to be bold.

- Chorus -

Do you have the first love the Saviour gave you?
Is that fire still a burning in your soul?
Do you feel the same way, that you did on that day?
Does your zeal keep you pressing towards your goal?


If you have your KJV Bible today Iíll ask that you read with me.

Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Matthew 22: 34, 40
34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets

Yes, ole slew foot was using the Sadducees to put Jesus down but that had backfired and now Satan was using the Pharisees to try and tempt Jesus. They wanted to belittle the power of His word and trip Him up so they could say He wasn't the Son of God. But Jesus saw thru their treachery and silenced them by His answer.

1 John 4:15, 19      We love him, because he first loved us.

15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.


2 Peter 2: 1, 9
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

Folks you and I are in deep, deep trouble in this day and time. We have listened, as a nation to, false prophets offering change to a gainsaying people and filled with promises and lies. They have brought in damnable heresies and worship of a false god and have faith in their dead god and attempting to remove all aspects of and denying the One and True Living God. And this hasnít just happened but has been prying its way into complacent and not wanting to rock the boat folks everywhere.

They have and are filling this nation with their godless people and leaders and at the same time attempting to cram godless issues such as abortion and same sex marriage for the queers down our throats. Even now are they Teaching this lifestyle to our grade school children. No, it wasn't enough to take the True and living God of all creation, this same God who has blessed His children and who has blessed this country out of our schools but now attempting to remove Him from all aspect of our very lives... but think on this a moment.

4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: 

Folks, God isnít asleep; and this I know for sure. But just how far He is going to allow us to go before His wrath and almighty hand of judgment fall upon this nation will be, I donít, nor does anyone else, know. But I do know it is coming. So many folks have lost, if they ever had one; their first love and have turned back into the world and Iím sure God has withheld His wrath for the sake of those faithful souls who worship Him and praise Him only. For the most part, this country is, as were those people waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain with the 10 commandments. These folks have been worshipping the golden calf of ungodly lust and drugs, and greed, false gods of self image, without any family values or thoughts of God whatsoever, and dancing to the tune of Satanís music and bidding.

Listen folks, Iíve been called prejudice because Iíve not stood up for our president or because he is black. Iíve been told that he is a child of God and I should respect him. I still remember the song taught us in bible school. Jesus loves the little children all the children of the world, Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the children of the world. And this is true. God loves His children of which I am one. Why am I His child, you may ask?

Well, One day I confessed my sins before Him, I repented, and begged His forgiveness. In faith I believed in the virgin birth, Jesusí sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection from the dead, and then accepted His Son, Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. At that point in time, I was no longer only Godís creation and a child of Satan, headed for that devilís hell, but I became a bought by the blood, born again, and saved child of God. My blacked with sin filled soul was washed clean by the pure blood of Jesus and then, Holy Ghost filled and sealed.

Yes, Iím sinless and when God looks at oleí Jim Keeling, He doesnít see the sinful flesh because He doesnít look upon sin. And that is why Jesus cried out in; Mathew 27: 45, 54
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Because Jesus had taken all of my sins and your sins and the sins of the world; Thatís why Jesus no longer felt His Fatherís presence! And so what does He see when He looks at me?? He sees His sonís precious blood covering of my soul. That is what He sees and that is what makes me His child...

As for the lost person? Weather he be good in our eyes, bad, or indifferent. God sees a child of Satan who will live with his god [little g], the devil; for all of eternity burning in that lake of fire and brimstone. Yes, Godís creation but a child of Satan because of and after his sin fall in the Garden of Eden which has passed on to all human kind. 

Yes, your heard me right. You canít have two fathers. Either you are a child of God or a child of Satan. Simple as that!  Need scripture? OK

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Do you want to know something else? If our president were to turn from his sin and repent and find Jesus as his personal Saviour, I would call him my brother for he would then be a child of God too. And I believe IF that were to happen, there would be some real CHANGE in this country. A good for America kind of change. Yea, get rid of the garbage kind of change and put God back in His rightful place and over all.

OK, So where does that leave you? Are you a child of Satan and going to spend your eternity with your little god to burn in the lake of fore forever?

OR- Are you going to be a child of God and worship Him and spend all of eternity in Heaven with Him? And so;    

I have to ask: Just where do you stand today? Are you walking a guilty and unrepentant distance from God? OR do you have that FIRST LOVE the Saviour gave you?  Is that fire of the Holy Spirit still a burning in your soul? Are you still pressing toward the goal of service for Our Lord? I pray you can answer YES, Iím still standing boldly for the cause of Christ.
Well Glory!

Well folks, The time seems to slip away so fast so let me say; I do pray that youíve enjoyed todayís message and I do so look forward to having you come again as together we praise, honor, and worship Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Our precious Saviour, Jesus.

And I do Thank you so much for coming and so, until we meet again,

May the angels watch over you this next week and may Our Heavenly Father fill your hearts in His love and give you the victory in Jesus.

And now, with your permission, Iíll sing; Do you have the First love the Saviour gave you.
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       Bro. Jim Keeling






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