2010-02-07 Robert - Your Cross

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010 – Rick opened speaking about the critics of the bible and how we as believers should respond to that criticism.  He spoke of how we as Christians should understand who we are and what each of us should do with that understanding.    He quoted Eph 2:10; “For we our God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works.”   He spoke of Genesis 1:31 which says that all that God had made was good.  As Christians I can know that I am the product of God’s workmanship and created for doing good works.  My life is important to God’s plan and his purpose for me on this earth.  That is what the bible says!  It is our choice to accept it or reject it.  Rick closed praying for the boys.

Cindy led the boys in worshipping God through music singing; “Forever”, “I Am Free”, “Holy is the Lord”, “Trading my Sorrows (Yes Lord)” and “Mighty to Save”.

Cindy honored two boys, Jeremy and Dustin, who had successfully completed the Pegasus program and were heading home in the coming week.  Jeremy quoted a poem that was close to his heart and encouraged his friends to make the right choice and complete the program.  Ken came forward and prayed for Jeremy and Dustin. 

Our morning speaker was Robert James.  His text was Luke 9:23; “If anyone desires to come after me let him deny himself and take up his cross and come after me.  For who ever desires to save his life will lose it, but who ever loses his life for my sake will save it.  For what profits is it to a man if he gains the whole world and is himself destroyed of lost?” 

Robert spoke of the futility of being a celebrity if in the end that is all our life consisted of.  Most of us desire to be accepted by our peers and will mold ourselves to our environment.  That feeling of wanting to be accepted in reality is our desire to be loved and the only eternal answer is to experience God’s love.  It is His Word that speaks love and life into our environment.  Satan will do his best to keep you from experiencing that love, so you must do your best to defeat him by reading the bible and communing with God in prayer.

He closed asking the boys to reach out in faith and hang on to the promises of God.  Build up your faith by fellowshipping with fellow believers and taking part in bible study and Sunday morning worship services.  They killed Jesus because he was speaking truth.  Don’t let the lies of this world destroy you.

Ken thanked Robert and talked to the boys about relationships and told them God’s way to a successful relationship is thinking more of the other one in the relationship than you do of your self.  He demonstrated how a relationship can go askew and gave the boys a laugh by singing “I’m My Own Grandpa”. 

Ken then asked a few boys to come forward to recite the 23rd Psalm from memory.  He closed having all the boys say it in unison.