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Prepare Our Hearts For The Ditch
Luke 10:25-37 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).
Lack of compassion, mercy and love. It must be things that are done but not said. A lot of us are talkers but not doers. Anyone can love someone that loves them back but on the flip side it's loving those that don't love back. If we loved as God loves it wouldn't matter about race, money or class. Luke 6:27-36 how many of those can you say you've gotten right and done them according to His word? It's not in a humans mind to be kind to those that hurt us. An excerpt from "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" -Jim Cymbala "Dear God, I know that You died for everyone in my community. I know You suffered, bled and died for every human being walking outside my church. So Lord, tomorrow I pray in the Name of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, call them in; any color, homeless, poor. Bring them in. We'll love them. We'll be Your hand extended to them. We will nurse them. We will bless them. We will weep over them. Send them in, O God, in Jesus' Name." Are you willing to say that prayer? No one was worthy of his love and we were all in the lowest of lowest. When the sinner does come in they all come in, in all forms. We often have stereotyped the unclean and the visual appearance of those that we feel are unworthy of a Gods and our love. Sin comes in a suit and tie or in nothing at all, tattoos from head to toe or not a tattoo at all, from the cleanest to the dirtiest, from no hair to the longest hair. This world is nasty, dirty and stinks but God called us to love the sinners just as He loves them. The problem is that there are no workers, no one to love them that are in the nastiest of ditches. We try to say that we don't have a neighbor but what God says that your neighbor is ANYONE that you pass or meet. Don't we like to make excuses to why we can't help because we've got something to do, we are too busy? We should go out to the hedges, where people hang out and do things in secret and try to bring them to Christ. An excerpt from "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" -Jim Cymbala I've been rebuked by the Lord many times because what I am preaching to you, I've had to learn. I will tell you the story of how God corrected me one day. On Easter Sunday some years ago, we had an outreach in the last service, and a girl in the choir which Carol, my wife, conducts gave her testimony in between some of the songs. She had been saved out of deep sin. Then I preached the Gospel. People came forward. At that time we were having three services a day, each two hours long. That Easter Sunday I was so tired at the end of the day that I just went to the edge of the platform, pulled down my tie and sat down and draped my feet over the edge. The prayer workers were praying for people I had invited to receive Christ. I was sitting there bone tired. There had been lines outside. We had turned hundreds of people away for lack of space. As I was sitting there I looked up the middle aisle, and there in about the third row was a man who looked about fifty, disheveled, filthy. He looked up at me rather sheepishly, as if saying, "Could I talk to you?" We have homeless people coming in all the time, asking for money or whatever. So as I sat there, I said to myself, though I am ashamed of it, "What a way to end a Sunday. I've had such a good time, preaching and ministering, and here's a fellow probably wanting some money for more wine." He walked up. When he got within about five feet of me, I smelled a horrible smell like I'd never smelled in my life. It was so awful that when he got close, I would inhale by looking away, and then I'd talk to him, and then look away to inhale, because I couldn't inhale facing him. I asked him, "What's your name?" "David." "How long have you been on the street?" "Six years." "How old are you?" "Thirty-two." He looked fifty; hair matted; front teeth missing; wino; eyes slightly glazed. "Where did you sleep last night, David?" "Abandoned truck." I keep in my back pocket a money clip that also holds some credit cards. I fumbled to pick one out thinking, I'll give him some money. I won't even get a worker. They are all busy praying with others. Usually we don't give money to people. We take them to get something to eat. I took the money out. David pushed his finger in front of me. He said, "I don't want your money. I want this Jesus this girl was talking about, the One you were talking about, because I'm not going to make it. I'm going to die on the street." I completely forgot about David, and I started to weep for myself. I was going to give a couple dollars to someone God had sent to me. See how easy it is? I could make the excuse I was tired. There is no excuse. I was not filled with the Spirit. I was not seeing him the way God sees him. I was not feeling what God feels. But oh, did that change! David just stood there. He didn't know what was happening. I pleaded with God, "God, forgive me! Forgive me! Please forgive me. I am so sorry to represent You this way. I'm so sorry. Here I am with my message and my points, and You send somebody and I am not ready for it. Oh, God!" And God baptized me afresh with love. Something came over me. Suddenly I started to weep deeper, and David began to weep because he could feel what was happening in me. He fell against my chest as I was sitting there. He fell against my white shirt and tie, and I put my arms around him, and there we wept on each other. The smell of His person became a beautiful aroma. Here is what I thought the Lord made real to me: if you and Carol don't love this smell, I can't use you, because this is why I called you where you are. This is what you are about. You are about this smell. It's beautiful. Christ changed David's life. He started memorizing portions of Scripture that were incredible. We got him a place to live. We hired him in the church to do maintenance, and we got his teeth fixed. He was a handsome man when he came out of the hospital. They detoxed him in about six days. He spent that Thanksgiving at my house. He also spent Christmas at my house. When we were exchanging presents, he pulled out a little thing and he said, "This is for you." It was a little white hanky. It was the only thing he could afford. A year later I had him give his testimony. The minute he took the mic and began to speak, I said, "The man is a preacher." This past Easter I helped ordain David. He's an associate pastor of a church in New Jersey. And I was so close to saying, "Here, take this; I'm a busy preacher." We can get so full of ourselves.
Preached by Tommy Boring on July 26, 2017 (Wednesday).
The Economics of Grace
Matthew 16:24-27 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).
Thinking about profits. The rough definition of what a profit is, it's what left over after giving. A business can not survive without a profit. At the end of your life your profits will be examined. If you owned everything in the world, would it benefit you at death? Think about the things you trade for peace. It's hard to value a profit when you can't understand the cost up front. Your soul is so valuable that God sent His only son to be sacrificed for it. Did you know that when you travel to other countries, our American money means nothing to them? Just the same, when you die, what you owned here on earth means nothing to death, heaven and hell. When God comes to you and calls your name, He's asking you to be saved. He is offering you something that nothing else can give or offer to you. If you accept His offer He will give you "the world", peace, forgiveness, love, joy and ticket to heaven. There is a cost to accepting His offer. It will cost you everything that you treasure. The more you treasure, the harder you life will be until you put God first. So if a man were to gain or own the entire world and lose his soul, what did he profit?
Preached by Tommy Boring on February 15, 2015 (Sunday Morning).
Thirsty?
Matthew 5:6 (Part of the Revival 2013 series).
Heaven is involved in this. We have a promise that if we are hungry or thirsty enough we will be filled. To be blessed of God is a marvelous thing. We don't have to wonder if God will speak to us if we have been born again. Have you ever been really hungry? The Lord always takes care of us. Our faith should be in God and we He can do. He is able to break any stronghold! We should get hungry for righteousness. Aren't you glad he sticks close than a brother. Would you run to The Lord? You would if you were thirsty enough. Your thirst will never be quenched if you don't go to him. You know where the water is so run to it. You don't have to worry about cleaning yourself, The Lord will wash you. He will clean every sin. We have taken so many things for granted. If we can get back to where we need to be with The Lord we will be filled. God loves everyone equally. You don't have nothing if you don't have Jesus. If you won't do it right now you don't know if he will be drawing later. You may be thinking you are hiding something from the Almighty but you can't hide anything from God. He knows what's in your heart and he's come to offer you salvation. If you are sorry you'll come. But, if you aren't sorry enough you won't come. If everything was ok you wouldn't worry. You need God on your side. All that will be saved, will be. He promises not to turn you away. If you repent he will always forgive. If you are ashamed of him he'll be ashamed of you. Bless him in the good days. We are living in the days where everything is fast paced. But, The Lord is simple. You have to realize you need the water. You don't have to keep trying to look right or do right, you can just come as you are. Do everything as unto The Lord. The Lord taught that the least would be the greatest. If you accept it, it will be the greatest gift. If you'll humble yourself in the sight of The Lord you can be saved. You've got to be born of God. Offer yourself before him and God will accept it if it comes from the heart. This living water never leaves! God keeps a record and you are held accountable for every one you've heard. The Holy Spirit draws you through the Son. Simple salvation. When the Holy Spirit comes he will reveal all things. He puts things deep down inside you. If you hide his word in your heart you will not sin. The word becomes so viable you can't live without it. Don't offer sacrifices that are lame. Paul fought a good fight and kept the faith. We need to grab the plow and hold on. You have to get thirsty for the word of God. The word of God won't return void. Pride will be your downfall if you won't turn to God. God looks on the heart. We must decrease and he must increase. You must recognize who he is. He took all our guilty thoughts and sins and died so that we could be healed. For what the law could not do Jesus did. If you are athirst take of this water freely. When God sees the saved he doesn't see filth he sees his son. We are justified- just if I'd never sinned. You need the blood applied and be set free. Pray Holy Spirit search me. Without faith it is impossible to please God. He is that still small voice.
Preached by Jason Blair on June 21, 2013 (Revival).
Opportunity Makes A Thief
Exodus 20:15 (Part of the God's Top Ten series).
Taking anything that is not yours without permission. Is it owed to you? It isn't being used. It won't be missed. They can afford another one. I'm just so desperate. God will provide what we need. We steal from others, yourself and God. You can steal things that are not tangible by rumors and gossiping. Cheating is stealing. Taking a longer break at work than you're supposed to? Steal from your family by sinful spending. Stealing time by wasting it on entertainment. Rob ourselves from joy, peace, happiness and worship by worrying, unrepentant sin and half hearted. Do you tithe and give your offerings according to Gods law?
Preached by Tommy Boring on October 7, 2012 (Sunday Morning).
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