2009-01-25 Steve - This is Your Life

Sunday January 25, 2009 – Rick opened the service encouraging the boys to resist temptation by using “The Word”.  His text was the gospel of Luke, chapter 4; the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan.   He emphasized the fact that when Jesus resisted temptation He used “The Word” and we should do the same.  He closed by encouraging his audience to study their bible so they could have victory over Satan.

Our opening prayer was given by a young man enrolled at Pegasus.

Pam open the worship part of the service by leading the boys in singing “My Deliverer” and “You Never let Go”.  Then we were blest by a young man with an exceptional singing voice whose name is Wade.  He sang “Who Am I” with Pam accompanying him on the piano and as he sang the chorus, the audience, in a spontaneous manner, joined in.  It is so heart warming to observe the boys truly enjoying worshiping our Lord.

Pam introduced Leo who has successfully finished the program at Pegasus and will be leaving us.   Once again a long line of young men waited their turn to offer Leo advice, encouragement and thanks.  “God loves you – Now take it and run with it”, “Don’t get into trouble”, “Do good out there”, “Know where you’ve been”, “You turned it around”, “Do what is right” were a few of their comments.   Pam called him her “gentle giant” as Ken asked the audience to join him in prayer for Leo.  Pam closed with “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)”

Leo had requested Pam sing “Draw Me Close to You” in Spanish but Pam thought Ben might be better suited and she was right as Ben opened with “Draw Me Close to You” (sung in Spanish)  and then “Where He Leads me I will Follow” encouraged us in song as “We Follow Him” to look forward to the “Promise Land”.  Pam and Ben blest Leo, blest me, blest the audience and blest the Lord. 

C.J. introduced our guest speaker, Stephen Burnham, Associate Pastor, First Assembly of God Church, Lockhart, Texas.  I have known of Steve for many years through my grandchildren, to whom he ministered to as their Youth Pastor, and I was excited because I knew he could relate to our youth.  I was not disappointed!

At age 28 Steve fit the mold of so many young men, married with two children living the American dream.  He thought he was a good person, good employee, good father and husband when he discovered that in reality there are no good men, they all have sinned and come far short of the glory of God.  He needed redemption and entered a battle with Satan because the evil one knew if he lost Steve to the gospel he would lose many more.  Satan lost and the Kingdom of God gained a new warrior.

He entitled his message “It is Your Life” using James 1.2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,” as his text, calling attention to the fact that trials are necessary to build endurance and strength and make us ready for anything Satan may attempt to put upon us.   Once you make a decision to follow Him you will be tested and these trials make us ready. 

He spoke from Jeremiah 29.11 “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.  Encouraging the boys not to return to their sin, but to realize that they may be tested, but they will not be broken, they may not understand, but they must not give up.  They each have one life to live and it is up to each of them to decide how they are going to live it. 

He spoke of “Self Discipline” defining it as “Doing what you need to do when your supposed to whether you feel like doing it or not!”  A good life requires “Self Discipline” and God is looking for that kind of man to accomplish His purposes. 

He closed with John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  You decide today whom you will serve and that decision will affect the rest of your life. “It is Your Life”.  You make the choice.  No one can make it for you.  He then gave the invitation to receive Jesus Christ and a number of boys raised their hands.