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Repentant Heart

Sun, 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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Spiritual Concentration

Read Exodus 10:1 through 12:20; Matthew 15:1–20

Do something repeatedly, and it can become a habit. A habit is something that can be done without concentration. When it comes to spiritual practice, there is a danger of doing the right thing while the mind is elsewhere.

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” (Matthew 15:8).

Sometimes people are simply distracted. Jesus is talking about something more. It is a disconnection between spiritual practice and the condition of the heart, doing the right thing with wrong motivation. The remedy for distraction is concentration. The remedy for disconnection is restoration.

In the act of worship, most people battle with distractibility on occasion. Self-examination keeps that from becoming a habit. If the distraction is about something that can be done later, it may be a good idea to jot it down and move on. If it’s worry, then allow the words in the songs and prayers to penetrate the fear. If it’s a lack of connection, then ask the Lord for a restoration of the vitality of worship.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, move me beyond distraction into worship.

Quicklook: Matthew 15:1–9


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