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
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
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
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
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
"Someday, I can take her on the
"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
But the rewards of risky love are always greater than its
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.