2009-05-24 John - Cease the Moment

Sunday May 24, 2009 – Rick and Cindy were out of town on this Memorial Sunday so C.J. provided our opening monologue remembering those who have given their all for our freedom and then asking his audience to turn to Psalms 103:1: Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.  In the middle of all your troubles you can call upon the Lord and He will hear and He will deliver you out of your present trouble. He closed his opening with prayer thanking God for all those men and women who are currently serving in defense of our freedom.

Lyndee led the music part of the morning worship service with “Lord, I lift your Name on High”.  Lyndee spoke of the boys who had left Pegasus and what they were facing in the outside world.  She had one of the boys read John 17: 13-19:

“Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. 14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.

And another read Isaiah 6:1-8:

It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. 2 Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 They were calling out to each other,

   “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!
      The whole earth is filled with his glory!”

 4 Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.

 5 Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”

 8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”

   I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

She continued the singing with “I am Yours Lord” and her version of “Take Me Home”.

Ben blessed us with a patriotic message full of the Spirit of the Lord closing with “Victory in Jesus”.

C.J. read Revelation 22:11- 12:

Let the one who is doing harm continue to do harm; let the one who is vile continue to be vile; let the one who is righteous continue to live righteously; let the one who is holy continue to be holy.  Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.  3 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life. 15 Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie.

He encouraged the boys to realize these were not his words or thoughts… they were God’s warning to all of us and we should surely take heed.

C.J. talked about his morning which started out bad, his shirt was wrinkled and needed ironing and then when he was ready to go, the car wouldn’t start, so by the time he made it to Pegasus his mood was less than joyful.  But then he was talking to one of the boys, whose smile captivated him, he realized that his problems were small and insignificant compared to this young man and yet there he sat grinning from ear to ear.  He ended his talked praising the Lord that he had been set free from all those problems that so easily beset us. 

Our speaker for this morning was John Herrera who opened warning the boys to clean up their act or they would end up like adult sex offenders who have to make public for the rest of their lives their sin.  He offered them the choice of heeding his advice or ignoring it and suffering the consequence.  They were at Pegasus for a purpose; to change; to become what God wants them to be.   He read Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

  For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
 2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
 3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up.
 4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.
 5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
 6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away.
 7 A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
 8 A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.

He encouraged the boys to realize this is their time to heal, to build up, to mend, to love, to seek peace and to turn away from their past.   Seize the moment.  Make it count.  Don’t waste this opportunity.  This is you season where God can change you, heal your hurting heart, forgive your past and make your life worthwhile.

Ken closed with the Lord’s Prayer.