2010-03-14 C.J. - Whose to Blame

Sunday March 14, 2010 – Rick talked about the solution to all the problems the world puts upon us.  It begins with God and salvation through Jesus Christ.  It is that act that frees us from the power of sin and thus a beginning for freedom from the problems the world may put upon us.  He asked the boys to ask themselves; True or False? To the following:

1. I am a Christian.

2. I do wicked things.

3. I am sexually immoral.

4. I am an idolater.

5. I am a liar.

6. I am a homosexual.

7. I am a thief.

8. I am greedy.

9. I am a slanderer.

10. I am a swindler.

After allowing the boys to ponder these 10 statements he read the following scripture:

1 Cor. 6:9-11   9. 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.

Choose today who you are going to serve … the world or God!

Rick closed in prayer with special mention of C.J. Solis’s wife and Ben Carter.

Cindy led the music part of our worship with “Here I am to Worship”, “You are my King”, “Forever”, “King of Glory” and “My Savior My God” 

Ken prayed for Colton who has successfully completed the Pegasus program and would be going home in the following week. 

Our morning speaker was C.J. Solis.  He opened with a Christian RAP song entitled “Far Away” playing on the loud speakers.  The boys liked it.  After listening to it twice I still cannot tell what the artist is saying.  His daughter had got it at a Christian music festival and loved the message. 

He talked about why the boys were at Pegasus and the fact that many of them blame everyone but themselves for it.  The prisons of this world are full of men and women who do not realize they are there because of their bad choices.  The beginning of healing is the realization of the fact the choices we make have consequences and we are responsible for making right choices.

He used the story of the woman caught in adultery told in John 8:1-11 to relate to the boys that the fact they were caught in their sin and sent to Pegasus was in truth a blessing: 

   Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

 4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

 6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

 9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

 11 “No, Lord,” she said.

   And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

He closed telling the boys that one day we are going to stand before God and He is going to ask us what you did with your life.  What did you do with my son Jesus?  This is not a game.  The enemy continues to attack us and destroy us and all the time Jesus is saying “I do not condemn you.  Go and sin no more.”   God wants you in His kingdom.  He has provided the way.  Your past can be erased and life can start anew.  Don’t wait.  Today is the day.

Something you did in the dark was brought to the light and you ended up here.  Your second chance!  Don’t blow it!

 

Ken closed the service with the boys reciting the Lord’s Prayer.