Sunday March 21, 2010 – Before start of service I found
the audio cord that connects my laptop to the PA system missing so I
had to make a fast trip home for a replacement. Because of that I
missed recording Rick's opening and part of the song
service so this recap will be lacking.
waiting for me to return, Cindy led the boys in singing a couple of
worship songs with out any recorded music. The boys did well,
thanks to Cindy's leadership. She continued with background music
leading the boys in singing "Now is the Time to Worship", "Imagine" and
morning speaker was Robert and his subject was "Suffering".
Robert spoke of two terrible accidents that still physically
trouble him to this day. He remembered feeling terrible pain and
relating it to what is must be like for those condemned to hell.
It was that feeling that prompted him to speak this day about the
power of God and His ability to remove the fear of hell with a promise
of everlasting life in paradise through Jesus Christ.
can rest on the finished work of God. He is bigger than any
problem we might have. Jesus is our advocate continually making request
to God on our behalf. He spoke of all the suffering the apostle
Paul went through and where in Romans 8:17-19 he writes "And since we
are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ
we are heirs of God's glory. But is we share his glory, we must
also share his suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing
compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all
creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal
who his children really are."
this suffering Robert had went through would seem like nothing when he
stood before God in his kingdom. This promise gave him rest in
his suffering. Sometimes our pain can seem overwhelming but if we
can somehow look to what the future holds for us the pain will truly
none suffered like our Lord. Because of that he understands and
is willing to help each of us. No matter what the past was, the
future can be full of love, truth and joy. Don't be afraid to ask
him to intercede on your behalf.
closed relating the story of a man who had spent 25 years in prison
even though he was innocent. When he was finally released he was
asked how he felt about being unjustly sentenced to 25 years in prison.
His answer was; "I am content because I found God in prison."
What a testimony. Use it to find your own contentment.
closing Ken called a young man, Austin, who would be taking his final
lie detector test and possibly going home in the next week, forward to
be prayed for. Another boy, Chase, asked for prayer because he
would also be tested on Wednesday.
spoke for a few minutes on the subject "Where is God". In heaven,
In creation, In Jesus Christ, In love and in you by way of the Holy