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.