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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).
To Delay is Dangerous
Luke 19:1-10 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).
Jesus came to save all from the rich to the poor. There is only one category a person can fall in, lost or saved. Some people don't know their lost, they've not come to the age of accountability. Others know and either seek out Jesus or run from Him. There have been a lot of curious people come to Jesus. When you want to be next to Jesus, there will always be obstacles in the way to keep you from Him. The beggars obstacle was that he was blind. Zacchaeus's obstacle was his height, he was short. When you realize that you need Jesus, RUN to Him as fast as you can and don't let anything get in your way. When it comes to salvation, delay is a very dangerous thing. Do you realize that Jesus invites Himself to your heart? All you have to do is either open the door and receive Him or keep the door shut refusing Him.
Preached by Tommy Boring on September 30, 2015 (Wednesday).
Are You Nearsighted Or Farsighted?
Philippians 2:1-4 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).
We should love others more than ourselves. 1 Cor 13 We should be seeking after others to love. Just like our children and our spouse, we will sacrifice to get the things they want. If we are sharing the gospel with others, who is? Jesus' actions where nothing more than His love towards us. It's high time that we as children of God to change and love others more than ourselves. We take what Christ did for us for granted. Just as Jesus in the Garden of Gasemity, seeking and loving others is difficult at times. Do you like your church just the way it is? Do it all for love, no other motivation should be at the thought.
Preached by Bruce Whitehead on March 29, 2015 (Sunday Evening).
Spoiled Brats with Clean Hands
Philippians 2:5-11 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).
Jesus didn't come to earth for himself but for us. Christ came to fulfill the will of God and we should do the same. We should be centered about others and not self. We should be of the same kind of Jesus Christ, seeking others, helping others, serving others. When Jesus, the king of kings was born, He left His riches behind once He became flesh. He was born into poverty. How many times are we worried about ourselves? We should not focus on ourselves. We've all got a problem or two. We at times say we could never be like Christ, but that's not true. To be Christlike we should give unto our neighbor far more than they need. If our neighbor asks for a shirt, we should not only give them our shirt but our jacket too. We often complain about every little thing. But we should stop complaining and realize that's it's not all about us. Others suffer more than we do. How many times do we wake up and the first thing we think of is ourselves? We sometimes think we have are a great Christian, but God says there is no one that is good. How many times are you willing to give up your time for others and Christ? If you seen or knew of someone in need, would you help them? If you knew of someone that were lost, would you love them?
Preached by Tommy Boring on February 15, 2015 (Sunday Evening).
Willing To Lend A Hand
Acts 3:1-11 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).
Our responsibility is to seek out those that need the spiritual uplifting of God. Sometimes people just want someone to care. Doesn't the lost look for something that will bring them peace and joy? God chose to use us to seek out those that need Him. We as Christians are to be the body of Christ and help those in need for them to look not at us, but to Christ. The devil wants everyone to be distracted from looking towards God. We should live our lives so that others are sure that something will happen with Christ. Do you have confidence in your church that they will be obedient to God? God never promised prosperity in your life. Our earthly expectations doesn't compare to what God can give. Sometimes it takes a touch, it may take you to say something.
Preached by Tommy Boring on June 15, 2014 (Sunday Evening).
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