2009-08-16 Lyndee - Bridges

Sunday, August 16, 2009 Rick opened our Sunday morning worship reading the scriptures:

7 O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die.
8 First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!  Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. Proverbs 30:7-8 (New Living Translation)

 

He instructed the boys to put these words into practice in during their sojourn at Pegasus and success will be theirs.  Continue after Pegasus and they will become examples to follow.

Lyndee ask two of the boys to read the following scriptures:

1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
  Come before him, singing with joy.  3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
  He made us, and we are his.  We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise.
  Give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good.
  His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

Psalm 100 (New Living Translation) 

 

 1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

 

 4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

 

 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:1-10 (New Living Translation)

Lyndee led the boys in singing “Psalms 100”, “Open the Eyes of my Heart” and “Crucified, Laid behind the Stone”

Ben blest us with “I Sing Praises to Your Name” and “It will Never Loose its Power”.  After he invited the boys to receive a healing touch from the Lord.

 Our speaker this morning was Lyndee and her subject was “Bridges”.  She opened telling the story of Don Piper and how crossing a bridge resulted in a terrible accident where he was pronounced dead.   Another pastor came upon the accident and was impressed by the Holy Spirit to pray for Don Piper even though the EMT’s told the pastor Mr. Piper was dead.  After praying for Don Piper for 90 minutes he came back to life and later wrote the New York Times best seller, “90 Minutes in Heaven” and later another book entitled “Heaven is Real”. The bridges we cross can come from our own choices, a tragedy, God’s intervention and sometimes unexplainable.

That bridge he crossed totally changed his life and your time here at Pegasus is your bridge.  Will it change your life?

Crossing bridges are times of transition.  If the bridge takes us to bad things we want to go back but if the bridge takes us to good things we want to stay. 

Lyndee began speaking about the bridges in her life, of how at age 16 she cared for her 7 siblings as her mother was dying.  How she thought she could fix her life by a good marriage and raising her own family.  She went on relating one failed marriage after another and it was only when she gave up trying to fix things and turned her life over to God and lived by his grace she found purpose and peace. 

She closed by reminding the boys that Christ is the answer to everything you need in your life.

In closing we honored four young men who have successfully completed the Pegasus Program.