2009-02-15 CJ - The Cross

Sunday 2/15/2009 – The worship center was full and there was a lot of chatter when C.J. in a commanding voice told those attending that this was their place of worship and deserved some amount of reverence.  As he spoke about our need to have a sincere reverence for God the chatter subsided.

Rick opened the worship speaking about God’s “unfailing love”, something we all crave but are unable to give.  Only God can provide this “unfailing love”!  He used Romans 8:35-39 as his text:

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

He closed by asking the boys to pray that God’s power would be released in their lives.

Lyndee announced that Pam had made it safely to Nashville.  Originally she and two girl friends had planned on driving a 26 foot truck packed with their belongings but the company renting the truck made a mistake and she ended up with a 12 and 16 foot truck.  Was it really a mistake or did God intervene.  The trip took them through some terrible storms and they could barely keep the 12 and 16 foot trucks on the road.  The 26 foot truck could have been a disaster.  “How great is Our God!”

Bruce, a young Pegasus student, read John 15:5-7:

 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!

The “Pegasus Boys Choir” led the singing with Ben playing the piano.  They did a great job singing; “When I Think about the Lord”, “I am not Forgotten”, “Who Am I”; and “I Can Only Imagine.”  At just the right spot Ben soloed “Standing on Holy ground” and “You are my Daily Bread.”  C.J. led us in prayer and Ben closed with “Have Thine Own Way.”

Joe Ramirez from the First Assembly of God church in Lockhart encouraged the boys to get their own testimony and to take all that is happening to them seriously.  He said he regretted it took him so long to find Jesus and asked the boys not to make the same mistake.

Our main speaker was our Pegasus Ministry Leader, C.J.  He moved a large cross on to the front of the stage and began to talk about our accountability to that cross.  He recited Romans 10.9: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”;  and went on to show that Jesus died on the cross because he had to.

He related a story about a young man who had taken his own life believing the lies of the devil and how that same evil could have destroyed us were it not for the cross.  Even though in the end the dumb devil will loose he continues to plague mankind.  He closed telling the boys to realize we were all created for one thing; to glorify God.

Normally Ken would close with the boys reciting the Lord’s Prayer but instead he screened a transparency of the 23rd Psalm and challenged the boys to memorize it.   To demonstrate his point Ken stood with his back to the transparency and began to recite.  Each time he made a mistake the boys would make a loud buzzing sound and he would start over.  To close they recited the 23d Psalm in unison.