2009-07-19 Rick - Risky Love

Sunday July 19, 2009 – Rick welcomed a full house to join him in worshiping the Lord.  He talked about the Apostle Paul and what made him strong, emphasizing his servant attitude and his passion for the lost.  Paul gave up what he wanted to be able to do what God wanted.  He was more concerned with pleasing God than pleasing man.  What an example for all of us.  Rick closed the opening in prayer asking God to search our hearts and see if we have that servant attitude

Two of the Pegasus residents read the following scripture:

Jeremiah 7:5-8 (New Living Translation)

5 But I will be merciful only if you stop your evil thoughts and deeds and start treating each other with justice; 6 only if you stop exploiting foreigners, orphans, and widows; only if you stop your murdering; and only if you stop harming yourselves by worshiping idols. 7 Then I will let you stay in this land that I gave to your ancestors to keep forever.

 8 “‘Don’t be fooled into thinking that you will never suffer because the Temple is here. It’s a lie!

 

Jeremiah 17:5-8 (New Living Translation)

 5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord.
 6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land.

 7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

 

John 15:5-8 (New Living Translation)

 5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

Lyndee led the boys in worship through singing “Now is the Time to Worship”, Here I am to Worship”, “How Great is My God” and the boys favorite, “Take Me Home”.

Before the morning speaker C.J. spoke to the boys about the roots of their belief emphasizing the foolishness of not believing in God and our need to reverence and respect him.  We pay more attention to the stars of this world than the stars that God created. Now is the time to learn the fear of God.  He talked about a boy who had got into trouble over something as simple as sugar.  He was acting foolishly and unless he changes direction he will head down that crooked path that ends in destruction.  He encouraged the boys to listen to our morning speaker.  Make this the Sunday you decide to change for the better.

The title of the morning message was “Risky Love” presented by Rick Johnston.  He opened in prayer thanking God for the opportunity to present his Word and asking our Father to open our hearts and minds to this message.  Rick read:

John 12:3 (New Living Translation)

3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.

Rick talked about a subordinate of Alco pone, named Artful Eddie, who although very successful in his criminal activities, turned himself in to the police to clean up his name for the sake of his son.  He never saw the results because the mob killed him but his son became all that Artful Eddie could have hoped for.  He was Eddie O’Hara, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.  His name placed on one of the busiest airports in the World; “O’Hara International in Chicago!

What is “Risky Love”?  It is love that is never expected and demonstrated by Mary as she washed our Saviors feet with perfume and dried them with her hair.  This all happened when it was known by all that Jesus was a wanted man and soon to face the Jewish hierarchy.  It was not a time to befriend him and yet Mary decided to take the “Risk”!  “Risky Love” takes that chance.

Don't miss Jesus' prompt defense of Mary.  "Why are you troubling this woman?   She has done an excellent thing for me."

Jesus' message is just as powerful today as it was then.  Don't miss it!  "There is a time for risky love.  There is a time for extravagant gestures.  There is a time to pour out your affections on one you love.  And when the time comes--seize it, don't miss it."

The young husband is packing his wife's belongings.  His task is solemn.  His heart heavy.  He never dreamed she would die so young.  But the cancer came so sure, so quickly.   At the bottom of the drawer he finds a box, a negligee. Unworn!  Still wrapped in paper.  "She was always waiting for a special occasion," he says to himself, "always waiting...."

As the boy on the bicycle watches the students taunt, he churns inside.  That's his little brother they are laughing at.  He knows he should step in and stand up for his brother, but...those are his friends doing the teasing.  What will they think?  And because it matters what they think, he turns and pedals away.

As the husband looks in the jewelry case, he rationalizes, "Sure she would want the watch, but it's too expensive.  She's a practical woman, she'll understand.  I'll just get the bracelet today.  I'll buy the watch...someday."

Someday! The enemy of risky love is a snake whose tongue has mastered the talk of deception.   "Someday," he hisses.

    "Someday, I can take her on the cruise."

    "Someday, I will have time to call and chat."

    "Someday, the children will understand why I was so busy."

But you know the truth, don't you?  You know even before I write it.  You could say it better than I.

     SOMEDAYS NEVER COME. 

And the price of practicality is sometimes higher than extravagance.

But the rewards of risky love are always greater than its cost.

Go to the effort.   Invest the time.  Write the letter.  Make the apology.  Take the trip.  Purchase the gift.  Do it.  The seized opportunity renders joy.   The neglected brings regret.

“There is a time for risky love. There is a time for extravagant gestures. There is a time to pour out your affections on one you love. And when the time comes --seize it, don't miss it.”

Ken closed with a testimony about choosing to acknowledge God and asking him to direct your path.