Sunday July 5, 2009 – Rick opened talking about the
limitations put on Satan. He is powerful if we give him that power.
1 John 3:7-10 Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive
you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous,
even as Christ is righteous. 8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that
they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son
of God came to destroy the works of the devil. 9 Those who have been born into
God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them.
So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. 10 So now we
can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who
does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to
Rick closed thanking God for our freedom and our country.
Cindy read a verse from the scriptures - 2 Chron 7:13-14:
At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls,
or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. 14
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and
seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will
forgive their sins and restore their land.
Lyndee led praise and worship leading the boys in singing
“Humble Yourself in the Sight of the Lord”, “Proud to be an American” and “God
Ben talked with the boys about how we as Christians do not
realize how precious our faith is until someone attempts to take it away.
We need to appreciate what we have and be on the defense protecting our
liberties in Jesus Christ. How thankful we are for all the blood of all the
young men that gave their lives for America but all of that blood is
not as precious as the blood of our savior, Jesus Christ.
Nations are changed not by new governments but by a new
birth. It is going to take weapons of spiritual warfare to change our
country and those we have influence over. We have to lead by example, at
our jobs, in our dorm rooms, our homes, everywhere.
Ben told of praying during the lunch hour at a bench in the
school yard for the lost souls in his school and how young people would join
him. It was that love he had for his school mates that caused his love
for Christ to grow. The more he loved them the more he loved Jesus.
He told the story of Mary and Martha and how Mary chose to
sit at the feet of Jesus listening to heavenly things while Martha busied
herself with earthly duties. How we need to loose ourselves from these
worldly chains so we can give all to Him who gave all to us.
He spoke of God’s call upon him to enter the battle, not to
win territory or destroy earthly enemies, but to win souls. His war is
with Satan and his weapon is the word of God. He closed asking the boys
to join him, to enlist in his army, to be a soldier for Christ.
Our morning speaker was George Leader. He opened
encouraging the boys to read the “Sermon on the Mount”, Matthew 5,6 and
7. His subject was that portion of that sermon where Jesus speaks about
effective prayer: Matthew 7:7-8:
7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you
ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door
will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks,
finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
George told of a simple example of how he put that scripture
to work seeking an appliance for his son. His prayer was not answered in his
time frame but in God’s frame because he kept on asking and kept on
He quoted John 3:16:
“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
With sincere passion George shared the gospel with his
audience asking them to listen and accept God’s call on their life, talking
about true confession, repentance and faith.
George closed giving examples of how God answered prayer in
his life talking of his grandmother, his wife, his children and even his
dog. All had a part in God answering his prayers because he was faithful
and kept on asking.
Ken closed with a story about God’s ambassador and
then closed with the Lord’s Prayer.