2009-08-02 Robert - Commitment
Sunday, August 2, 2009 – Rick opened asking the boys how their family visits turned out and reminded those who did not have family visiting that there heavenly Father was watching over them.  He reminded the boys about the upcoming concert on Friday evening.  Ms Lindee is still struggling and asked the boys to continue to pray for her complete recovery.

Rick related a story entitled; “The Ant and the Contact Lenses” - About a lady climbing a granite rock who lost her contact lenses in the middle of the climb.  Hundreds of feet up in the air her sight was severely blurred.  She felt the panic rising in her and began to pray finally making to the top she was sad she could not see the beautiful sights from that height.  She prayed that God would help her find her contact lenses and as she took the trail down she ran into a party who had found her lenses.  They had been watching an ant crawling across the ground with her contact lenses.   Her father who was a cartoonist made a drawing of the event with a caption of the ant saying; “Lord, I don’t know why you want me to carry this heavy load but I will do it!”  He encouraged the boys to realize that the load they were carrying might seem heavy but obedience was better than complaining.  That is what submission is all about.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13 (New Living Translation)

 

Rick closed his opening leading the boys in prayer.

Ben encouraged the boys to listen to what those who minister to them, and take heed to their advice.  He challenged them to remember the little things in life so they would not miss out on the big things.  Ben sang “Don’t Let me Miss the Glory”, He spoke of a vision from God regarding a tornado that would destroy a friends house.  He asked God what he should do with the vision.  He told his friend about that vision and that friend believed and took shelter and even though their house was destroyed it did not destroy his friend but instead caused him to concentrate on the important things in life returning to his first love, Jesus Christ.  Ben closed with “Its All About You” and “I Want to See Jesus”.

Our morning speaker was Robert James who talked about how tragedy drives us to God but only for a short period and then we are back to doing things our own way.  Their conviction lasts for a short time but when God convicts his children the change resulting from that conviction is life altering.  God is committed to us so our part has to be a commitment to Him.   He can take a committed person, neighborhood, city, state or country and shape them into something beautiful, something good like a potter shapes a lump of clay in to a lovely vase.  We are the lump.  Life is the wheel and God is the potter.

Robert spoke of how our choices result in our final destination and encourage the boys to make the right choice now.  Now is the time for salvation.  God does not want one of us to perish.  He loves you boys so much that He brought you to this place to give you another chance.  You are in the midst of a battle between good and evil so please choose the good path.  Make a line in the sand and stand on the right side.  Do not cross that line!

I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. 48 But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the Day of Judgment by the truth I have spoken. John 12:47-48 (New Living Translation)

 

Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (New Living Translation)

 

 7 That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice, 8 don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested me in the wilderness. 9 There your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw my miracles for forty years. 10 So I was angry with them, and I said, ‘Their hearts always turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them.’ 11 So in my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.’”

 12 Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. 13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. 14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. Hebrews 3:7-14 (New Living Translation)


 3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
      A time to tear down and a time to build up.
 4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
      A time to grieve and a time to dance.
 5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
      A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
 6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
      A time to keep and a time to throw away.
 7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
      A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
 8 A time to love and a time to hate.
      A time for war and a time for peace.

 9 What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:3-11 (New Living Translation)

Robert closed encouraging the boys to help each other, to study and to stand by God’s word.  Don’t miss out on what God has in store for you.

Ken closed the morning worship having the boys recite the 23rd Psalm.