Sunday - January 31, 2010 – Our faithful minister, Rick, lost his father on Friday
and in the midst of his grief and preparations for the memorial service he
still managed to show up to open our worship service. Thank you Rick, for
your steadfastness, for your patience, for your faith and most of all for your
love for the boys at Pegasus.
He talked to the boys about the weight of
guilt and how it can affect your life. How does Jesus tell us we can
handle our guilt? The answer is in John 16:33 where our Lord speaks about
the tribulations and trails we all experience in this life but in Him, Jesus
Christ, we can have perfect peace. He tells us to be of good cheer, confident
and undaunted for He has overcame the world. The answer to our struggles
is Jesus Christ and His revelation, the bible.
Cindy led the boys in worshiping the Lord
in song;”I’ll Fly Away”, “Open up the Doors”, “Only Imagine”, “How Great
is our God”, and “My God is Mighty to Save”.
Our morning speaker was Ben Carter.
Before he began his message he ministered to a young man, Jose, who had told me
earlier that morning he wanted to receive Jesus Christ as his personal
savior. I felt so honored that this young man had made it his purpose to
seek me out with this request. Welcome to the Kingdom of God,
Ben’s subject this morning was the
anointing of the Holy Spirit. He took his audience from the promises of
Jesus Christ about the coming of the Holy Spirit, the baptism of the Holy
Spirit at Pentecost and the empowerment of the disciples to His anointing power
available to us today. He used the Old Testament temple architecture to
highlight the difference between the work of the Holy Spirit prior to the
crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord and how He empowers us today.
Ben walked up and down the middle isle of
the auditorium speaking to the boys in a rhythm characteristic of a Pentecostal
preacher. Scriptures flowed from his mouth like a stream full of
rapids. One after another he recited scripture after scripture
interspersed with words of encouragement and warnings with regard to this
At the end he invited the boys to come
forward so that he might lay hands upon them and pray that they would receive
the infilling of the Holy Spirit. One by one they came, standing in a
line that stretched across the front of the chapel. Ben began by laying
hands on two boys and praying that they would receive the Baptism of the Holy
Spirit. Then he moved to the next two boys and so on down the line.
His prayers were never the same but seemed to somehow be tailored to each of
the boys he prayed for.
Thank you Lord for Ben!
Ken closed leading the boys in reciting
the Lord’s Prayer.