Sunday, April 19, 2009 - The writer of these events goofed
in that he was late to worship service and missed Rick’s opening. He
apologized to Rick who said his opening was very short!
Lyndee opened the singing with “Come, Now is the Time to
Worship”. She was assisted by Cindy and a couple of the boys from
Lyndee spoke of the Friday night bible study where they are
looking at the “Lord’s Prayer” and the different names of God. As an
assignment she asked the boys to choose one of God’s names and write out a praise
or prayer or scripture using that name. One by one the boys came
forward some reciting scripture, others a prayer or praise or a combination of
all three. It was very moving.
Lyndee continued the singing with “Alleluia, Praise Ye the
Lord”, “Lord, there is None Like You” and “Great is our God”.
Cindy prayed for the boys.
Tommy Finfrock from the Gideon’s brought bibles for the boys
and spoke some words of encouragement.
Our speaker for the morning was Robert James who spoke on
how temptation works in our lives, the sorrow of succumbing, the joy of
victory. He talked of our eventual destination, heaven or hell and then
began to teach how Satan works in our lives using his personal testimony as an
example. He spoke of the choice before each of us; giving in to the flesh
or seeking the higher ground.
Life is a battle between our natural lusts and God’s way but
we are not defenseless. Our Lord has given us weapons to defend against
the wiles of Satan and eventually defeat him, the main one being His Word, the
sword of the Spirit. It is Jesus Christ by way of the Spirit that lives
within each of us. We are His kingdom on this earth and we can rule and
have authority over sins of the flesh and Satan himself. It is our
responsibility to be good stewards of these precious gifts by sharing His love
with those he places in our paths.
He spoke of the black hole of sin trapping its victims
pulling them deeper and deeper into that hole. He encouraged the boys to
join the fight and become God’s over comers. You can change your
direction by not giving in to your fleshly feelings, by not acting on your
feelings but on your will. Take authority over your feeling and control
of your will. You can do what is right! You can be victorious!
He closed by telling the boys how special they are to God
and a word of prayer that his message would find fertile ground in their
Before Ken closed with the Lord’s Prayer he provided a
graphic description of a recent kidney stone operation emphasizing how we
respond to pain. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”