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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).
Is God's Voice Enough?
Hebrews 12:5-11 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).
If you've been born again there will be a chastening to those that do wrong. To those that say they are saved but turn their back and run back into sin, they more then likely haven't been saved. There is not place in the middle to do what you want to do when you're saved. You're either right following what God wants or you're wrong doing what the devil wants. If you can enjoy sin and live in it then you need to dig deeper towards your salvation. We should stop compromising with the world. To some people, God's voice isn't enough to bring them back home. God will scourge His children and it's not fun, if His children continue to disobey Him. Pride is the unwillingness to ask for forgiveness. If you're running from God then you're running the wrong way.
Preached by Tommy Boring on January 10, 2016 (Sunday Evening).
Ministry of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:11-18 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).
The only way to be reconciled is Jesus to sacrifice Himself and for us to accept Him as our savior. Those that live outside of Christ are the enemies. We have the ability to look out amongst our neighbors and have compassion and to love those that are not of God. How can we not care or forgive if we ourselves have been cared for and forgiven? Many things divide us that shouldn't. The problem is not their addictions or sins, it's the fact that the devil has ahold of them thru his stronghold. Christ didn't die for some or a few, He died for ALL that would believe on Him. Living in the ministry of reconciliation means we live in repentance and the care of those that are lost. How many times do we not say anything to those that pass us that are lost? How many times do we allow the devil to control our sharing of Christ? God's love should compel you to put your life on the line to share with others about Christ. To those that hate you, say hurtful things about you, keep in mind that Christ loves them. God's given you the engine and the fuel. Get out of park or reverse and put it into drive and go.
Preached by Tommy Boring on November 1, 2015 (Sunday Evening).
Never Give Up
2 Corinthians 4:6-10 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).
Religion will not change you, it will corrupt you. You must be born again to experience His love. Going through the motions is simply going through the motions. There is no other way to heaven than to be born again. When God saves you, He doesn't save the outward being, the flesh. You may be the most beautiful looking person in the world but the flesh will go back to the dust of the earth when you die. The closer you get to God, the less you'll worry about the flesh. How many hours to we waste feeding the flesh that has nothing to do with God? We are troubled on every side because we live in the flesh. So how do we live without stress? We must turn to the inward, God.
Preached by Tommy Boring on September 9, 2015 (Wednesday).
Weakened Faith (Part 3)
Hebrews 10:32-39 (Part of the Faith series).
What is necessary to not give up on faith? The first thing is to think about it. One must remember and in order to remember, one must think. For those of us that are saved, there will always be some sort of battle where God moved to deliver you. The ones that we loved and were sick. We asked God to heal them and He healed them. There are things that Gods does that we do not understand and force us to ask Him, Why. But it doesn't change the fact that He's God. God doesn't consult us when He wants to do something. The second thing to do is to believe. The saved will say they are ok but when something happens that's horrible, their confidence is shaken. The confidence gets shaken because it didn't work out the way we thought it should had. So how can you believe when it's been stripped away? Don't give up on God but think back to what He said. We do not live an easy life, we will have trials and difficulties. We must believe and take that step of faith to know that God is in full control. Lastly, we must persevere.
Preached by Tommy Boring on August 9, 2015 (Sunday Evening).
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