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 Mark 14:1 through 16:20
The speaker revealed the financial needs of the crisis pregnancy center in her area. Ella desperately wanted to give to this ministry, but there was simply no money in her tight budget. Frustrated and discouraged she almost missed what the speaker said next. “While our financial needs are great, what we need most is for volunteers to organize and manage our clothing bank.” Ella’s heart quickened at the words. She had time to give and was especially gifted at organization. After the meeting she immediately volunteered her services.
“She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial” (Mark 14:8).
Just as this grateful woman poured out her precious gift on Jesus’ feet, so you can use your gifts and talents to honor Him. God does not ask you to do something you can’t. All people have different situations and abilities, but each is uniquely gifted to participate in the work of God’s Kingdom. Instead of becoming discouraged about what you cannot do, do what you can.
Challenge for Today: Look for ways to use your gifts.
Quicklook: Mark 14:3–9
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