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.
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
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
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
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.’”
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
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