2009-03-08 Luis - Rejection

Sunday 3/08/2009 – Rick opened the morning worship services speaking about God’s promises to each of us.  He introduced three young men who have successfully completed the Pegasus program; Christian, Dakota and Justin.  Rick and Ken prayed for each one and Lyndee gave them her blessing by reading read Psalm 20:


In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry.

May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.
May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem.
May he remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings.

May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.

May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.
May the Lord answer all your prayers.

 

Now I know that the Lord rescues his anointed king. He will answer him from his holy heaven
and rescue him by his great power.  Some nations boast of their chariots and horses,
but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.  Those nations will fall down and collapse,
but we will rise up and stand firm.  Give victory to our king, O Lord!   Answer our cry for help.

A resident of Pegasus led us in prayer.

Wade, a resident of Pegasus, spoke about why we gather on Sunday and the purpose of the praise and worship part of our service.  He and Ben led in singing: “East to West” and “Breath”.  Ben sang “It’s My Desire” and “He the Only Reason I Live” interjecting his desire to make Jesus number one in his life.

Our morning speaker was Luis who has been ministering at Pegasus for eight years. He spoke of his love and dedication to this ministry and asked the boys to throw off their rebellion and hard heartedness.   He reminded us that Jesus ministry was rejected by the church of his time:

John 12:37-41 But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him. This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted:

“Lord, who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?”

But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said, “The Lord has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts—so that their eyes cannot see,
and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and have me heal them.” Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he said this, because he saw the future and spoke of the Messiah’s glory.

 

Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our message?
      To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?

Isaiah 6:9-10 And he said, “Yes, go, and say to this people,

‘Listen carefully, but do not understand.  Watch closely, but learn nothing.’
 Harden the hearts of these people.  Plug their ears and shut their eyes.
   That way, they will not see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears,
   nor understand with their hearts  and turn to me for healing.”

He continued by stating we do not gather here to “Play Church”.   God has no religion and there is only one Baptist in heaven; “John the Baptist.”  He invited his audience to make this the day that they turn their lives around, ask forgiveness and welcome Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and to those who profess to be Christians to stop sinning quoting: 

1 John 3:9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.

 

And

 

Rev. 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.

 

Ken closed the service asking if anyone could come up on the platform and quote the 23rd Psalm without error.  A young boy whose name is Joshua answered his request and with a firm voice recited the 23rd Psalm, beginning to end, without error.  Way to go Joshua!