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
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
9 He gives food to the wild animals and feeds the young ravens when
10 He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse or in human
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
18 Then, at his command, it all melts. He sends his winds, and the
19 He has revealed his words to Jacob, his decrees and regulations
20 He has not done this for any other nation; they do not know his
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
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
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
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