Sunday May 9, 2010 – Rick opened the service speaking about
sin and how we deal with it. We are all
sinners and like it or not this plaque called sin will continually harass
us. He said he would speak more about it
later in the service.
Cindy led the boys in singing “Come now is the time to
Worship”, “The King is Coming”, “I am Free”, “He Knows my Name” and “Amazing
Our speaker this morning was Rick Johnson and his message
was entitled “The Civil War of our Souls.” A story written by Max Lucatto. His text was Romans 7:18-25 And I know that nothing good lives in me,
that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I
can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do
what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want
to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does
21 I have
discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I
inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my
heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war
with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within
me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this
life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is
in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to
obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
He spoke of finding a shortcut to work that eased his
morning commute only to find out the short cut involved going the wrong way on
a one-way street. He knew the law said
don’t drive the wrong way on a one-way street but because it made his morning
commute so much faster he wanted to break the law. Like wise we continually devise ways around
God’s law because of self interest or it is easier, or more fun, or less
Before I knew it was a one-way street I was at peace and
happy with my shortcut. Now that I know
the law I am continually tempted to disobey it.
Before coming to Christ we all had our share of shortcuts; immorality
was a shortcut to pleasure, cheating was a shortcut to success, boasting was a
shortcut to popularity and lying was a shortcut to power.
After Christ I continually bump into a spiritual law that
upsets my shortcuts and I am still tempted to take the shortcut. All these years you have been taking
shortcuts but now you see it is wrong.
What do I do? I realize that I do
not have what it takes. It is called the
“Civil War of our Souls”.
How do we win this war?
It is called Grace and the apostle Paul speaks of it in Romans 7:25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our
Ken closed with the boys reciting the 23rd Psalm.