2009-06-28 CJ - You Are The Light

Sunday, June 28, 2009 – In the audience there was a number of young men new to Pegasus, so Rick made a point to welcome them by highlighting the fact that this worship service was their church and we were here to Minister God’s word to them.  His opening message dealt with how Satan attacks us causing us to respond to our environment in a sinful way.  Only God can give an escape from Satan’s attacks.  He encouraged the boys to do what God has planned for them.

One of the Pegasus residents read Psalms 147:

Praise the Lord!   How good to sing praises to our God!  How delightful and how fitting!
 2 The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem and bringing the exiles back to Israel.

3 He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.
 4 He counts the stars and calls them all by name.
 5 How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!   His understanding is beyond comprehension!
 6 The Lord supports the humble, but he brings the wicked down into the dust.

7 Sing out your thanks to the Lord; sing praises to our God with a harp.
 8 He covers the heavens with clouds, provides rain for the earth,
      and makes the grass grow in mountain pastures.
 9 He gives food to the wild animals and feeds the young ravens when they cry.
 10 He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse or in human might.
 11 No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.

12 Glorify the Lord, O Jerusalem!  Praise your God, O Zion!
 13 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates and blessed your children within your walls.
 14 He sends peace across your nation and satisfies your hunger with the finest wheat.
 15 He sends his orders to the world—how swiftly his word flies!
 16 He sends the snow like white wool he scatters frost upon the ground like ashes.
 17 He hurls the hail like stones. Who can stand against his freezing cold?
 18 Then, at his command, it all melts. He sends his winds, and the ice thaws.
 19 He has revealed his words to Jacob, his decrees and regulations to Israel.
 20 He has not done this for any other nation; they do not know his regulations.

Praise the Lord!

Lyndee was back from a bout with the flu and everyone was happy to have her leading the praise and worship part of our service.  She led the boys in singing; “Magnify the Lord”, “I’ll Fly Away”, I Want to See You”, “You are God Alone” and “Narrow Road”.

Ben Carter blessed us by singing “Surrender to the King”, “He is Lord”, and “Your Still Lord to Me”.  He closed by encouraging the boys to know what it means to experience the presence to the Lord.  It is a matter of surrendering all to him and realizing your need for him.  You are the salt of the earth!  You are His light!  Go and season life and give light that others might see Jesus in you.

C.J. Solis, our morning speaker spoke on the same subject that Ben had sang about; “You are the light or the world.”  He used a common household pest, the roach to illustrate how roaches like the dark and sin likes the dark, how roaches work in secret and how sin works in secret.  His text was John, chapter 3:16-21:

 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

 18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

 And John 1:1-8:

 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him,

and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

 

6 God sent a man, John the Baptist, 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.

We all sin whether in the light or in the darkness, none of us are free from the curse of sin and the root of that sin is pride.  C.J spoke of the sin of one man, Adam; bringing this curse upon us and when Adam was confronted by God he blamed the sin on Eve. 

He asked the boys; does it make you feel good when you sin in secret?  Do you feel remorse even though no one knows or do you repent and ask Jesus to forgive you?  Are you working the program to get out of here or do you truly desire to live a different life?  We live now in a time of grace but there will come a time when we will all have to stand before God’s judgments.  What will be your defense?

If men have one outstanding problem when it comes to avoiding sin, it is sex, many do battle with it day in and day out and it is the reason you are here.  It does not get easier to avoid this sin as you get older.  You had better learn how to deal with it now or it will destroy you and hurt your love ones. 

The staff is here to help you defeat this problem and sad to say; they have job security because when you leave there is someone waiting to take your place. 

He closed speaking of the failure of parents to nurture their children in admonition and fear of the Lord and asked the boys to change the course of their lives so that they might become Godly fathers.

Ken closed the service leading the boys in reciting “The Lord’s Prayer”.