Sunday June 14, 2009 – Rick open our morning worship service
with reference to the subject being studied in the Friday evening bible class;
Temptation. He quoted James 4:7
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he
will flee from you.
He then spelled out an acronym “RESIST”:
R – Recognize the source
E – Expect to win the war
S – Search your heart
I – Imagine the consequences
S – Sense God’s presence
T – Transform your thoughts
He closed his opening with prayer.
Lyndee led in praise and worship with “Hallelujah, Glory
Hallelujah”, “More Power”, “Imagine” and “One Day”.
Lyndee introduced Wade and Joe who have successfully
completed the Pegasus program and would be departing for home. Wade and
Joe shared some of their experiences with the boys in attendance and encouraged
them to hang in there and realize that you cannot make it without God.
Ken blessed Wade and Joe. Lyndee led the worship service singing there
request; “He is the Answer”.
She then invited a young man, Matthew, who had received
Jesus Christ as his personal savior Friday evening, to share his testimony:
“All my life I have been a messed up person, raised on the
streets, doing drugs and part of the gang life. Then on Friday at the bible
study I fell down and cried like I had never cried before. That day I was
trying to talk to God and it was a hot day and all of a sudden a big old wind
began to blow. I knew it was God trying to tell me something,
trying to get me back up on my feet. So I did and that day I received
Christ in my life. I am really happy I did it and the bible study teacher told
me there is going to be a lot of temptations and people trying to bring me down
but now I know that God is going to be there all my life and that is all I have
Ms Cindy told the story of how a dear friend had lost their
son in a tragic accident on the very Friday Matthew had been born again.
His name was also, Matthew!
Lyndee closed the praise and worship leading the boys in
singing “Amazing Grace”.
Our morning speaker was Robert James and his subject was
“The Fear of God”. He started by reading 2 Timothy 3:1-5:
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there
will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their
money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their
parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be
unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control.
They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be
reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They
will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.
Stay away from people like that!
Many believe that these are the last days and Paul is giving
us warning about what to expect. Paul emphasizes that in that time we
will see a “lack of Godly fear”! This fear of God is in regard to retribution
for our evil lives. Man continues to be involved in all types of evil
without any regard for a reckoning. He has no fear of God. Godly
men fear God because they love Him and want to please Him, not unlike a child
who loves his or her parents and wants to please them. It is God himself
who says “the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord”.
Robert quoted Romans 1:21-23:
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or
even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was
like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be
wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the
glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people
and birds and animals and reptiles.
And began to explain how man makes up his own image of God
and begins to contrive his own foolish and evil behavior as acceptable unto
this made up image and gets others to follow these foolish ideas.
Continuing on the theme “The Fear of God” he spoke of how
those who lack this fear follow after the flesh and become disobedient to God’s
natural laws. They fail to realize that the eyes of God are everywhere
seeing good and evil and one day they will have to give account of there evil
He closed by asking the boys to focus on what is good and
right. Seek after wisdom and knowledge by first fearing God.
My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my
2 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.
3 Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.
4 Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden
5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you
will gain knowledge of God.
Ken closed teaching the boys how to sing 1 John 4:7-8.