Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009 –
Rick opened welcoming Ms Lyndee back (Lyndee had struggled with a serious bout
of pneumonia for the last three weeks).
He asked the boys to think about letting the Lord touch their heart this
morning. Make an effort to take the focus
off of you and think about your relationship with Jesus Christ. He led the boy in opening prayer and then
Lyndee invited two young men to read from God’s Word:
1 Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my
whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does
3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
Psalm 103:1-5 (New Living Translation)
5 For Moses writes that the law’s way
of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands. 6
But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who
will go up to heaven’ (to bring Christ down to earth). 7 And don’t say, ‘Who
will go down to the place of the dead’ (to bring Christ back to life again).” 8
In fact, it says,
“The message is very close
at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.”
And that message is the
very message about faith that we preach: 9 If you confess with your mouth that
Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you
will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right
with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. 11 As the
Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew
and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives
generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of
the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:5-13 (New Living Translation)
Michael and James to the platform to be honored for successfully completing the
Pegasus program. They will be going home
during the next week. Each young man gave a few words of personal testimony and
encouragement and Ken prayed a blessing on Michael and James.
Lyndee led the boys
in singing; “Magnify the Lord”, “The Mountains Tremble”, “I am a Friend of God”
and “Above All”.
Ben came on the
platform and began playing a quiet melody, allowing his audience to become
still. After a few moments he began
singing “Jesus, Your Everything to Me” and then moving to “It’s My Desire”
closing with “Your More Wonderful”. It
was a sweet time of worship.
CJ Solis interjected
a short message about the purpose of the Pegasus ministry and why we were
ministering God’s word and why the boys were listening. He told the boys that like it or not they are
going to grow up with or without God and when and if they finish the Pegasus
program they will return to where they came from … with or without God. Their success will be determined by how they
make that choice. He pleaded with them
to make this the morning they accept Jesus Christ as their personal
Our morning speaker
was John Herrara whose subject was “Obedience and Disobedience”. John outlined the results of doing things my
way … disobedience and doing things God’s way … obedience. He spoke of a tragedy that had touched his
life recently. His father’s home, a
central meeting place for his whole family for 30 years, was burned to the
ground. It was his obedience that gave
him the right spirit during that loss and it was his spirit that raised the
spirits of others in his family.
He spoke of the
disobedience of Israel’s
first king, Saul. How God had given him
specific instruction and he decided on his own to only partially obey. Greed and lust caused Saul to disobey God
over 3000 years ago and it is greed and lust that causes us today to disobey
that same God. That disobedience
destroyed Saul’s reign and if we continue to do the same it will destroy our
We cannot continue
to ignore God’s commands without the results affecting our lives. We must be careful of who we are in
Christ. We are his light and like it or
not others are watching us. It is
obedience to God that produces blessing and disobedience that removes those
blessings. Obedience provides security
and peace where disobedience produces fear and chaos. Now is the time to decide to obey the Word of
John talked of the
misfortune of his own upbringing and how it drove him to repeat the same sin
that surrounded him during his early years finally resulting in
imprisonment. It was only when he
receive Jesus Christ that his life changed direction. He spoke of how those early years would have
been so much easier if he had been enrolled in a program like Pegasus.
John spoke of his
love for the bible and how it had become the guiding light in his life. It was in that word that he found the answer
to so many of the problems of life. It
is that word that he dwelled day and night and it the word that brought him
from disobedience to obedience.
The real fight in
your life begins when you finish this program.
It is then that we will find out what drives your life, obedience or
He closed thanking
the boys for listening. He considered it
an honor to speak to them.
Ken closed with the Lord’s Prayer.