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
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
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.