Repentant HeartSun, 25 Mar 2012
Repentant Heart – Formulas are for math and science, not church religion. When you hear good equals bad; or bad equals good; you know someone is messing with religion. It’s like saying one equals anything you want!
Pastor John brings a valid issue to the forefront in today’s sermon, as Easter 2012 approaches. What is in your heart? What is your intention? We all understand that bad things happen to good people. But how many people do things with “good intentions” only to find out that life in this everyday world, messed those intentions up?
Many things are done that can't be undone, but what was you heart's intent? Out of the heart the mouth speaks. Do you have a repentant heart? Christ died for us all. Meet Him at the cross. In a few days there will be 4,000 crosses on the lawn of CHAG symbolizing the daily number of aborted babies in this country. 4,000 different choices, a permanent fix for a temporary perception. Do you get bogged down in this overwhelming world and its human formulas?
The two part sermon today was an illustrated presentation on repentance. Repentance for the nation, repentance for the people we live among, and repentance for ourselves. The true definition is not just God I’m sorry for …….the true definition should be Lord forgive me and show me how to change for the better. It’s good to repent.
The four benefits of Repentance are:
1) I get a new and clear vision of Jesus Christ. In Daniel chapter 10, Daniel got a new and clear vision that he and he alone saw. He repented for the people around him. As a result, toward those who wronged him, his understanding changed.
2) Fear will be removed. When Daniel repented the Lord told Daniel, “Fear Not”. Lose the fear factor!
3) You get a new pair of lips. Isaiah was praying about dwelling among people of unclean lips, and from that he saw the vision of the angel who purified the lips with fiery coals.
4) Receive Peace and Strength. Church is not a circus of feel good for a week; it’s a lifestyle of repentance and strengthening change.
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Read Job 22:1 through 24:25; Acts 5:21–42
June 30 is Meteor Watch Day in the United States, a time for stargazers to celebrate space debris that streaks across the night sky. June is also Turkey Lovers Month, National Accordion Awareness Month, Candy Month, and Fight the Filthy Fly Month. However, the apostles found something better to rejoice over.
The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name (Acts 5:41).
At first glance, the apostles’ experience in Acts 5 seems like a strange cause for celebration. Why would anyone rejoice after being imprisoned and beaten? They may have recalled Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 5:11–12, Jesus said His followers should rejoice and be glad when people persecute them for their faith. In such times, they can cling to the assurance that God will ultimately bless and reward them.
When Christians look at their circumstances from an eternal perspective, every day with Jesus is a reason to celebrate. Even in tough times, you can be sure God will strengthen and care for you.
Challenge for Today: Take time to celebrate God’s faithfulness throughout the day.
Quicklook: Acts 5:32–42
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