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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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A Glimpse of Glory

Read Daniel 5:1 through 7:28

When people look at the world, it is easy to become discouraged. Stories of war, devastating natural disasters, heartbreaking disease, and the general moral decay of humanity fill the airwaves. Even within the walls of the church one can become disheartened by the regular assault of the enemy. Yet, in the midst of the darkness, Christians still have hope.

“He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed” (Daniel 7:14).

Through the Holy Spirit, Daniel was given great insight into the last days. Those prophecies told of difficult days that would bring heartbreak, devastation, and persecution against the people of God.

However, the end of the story is one of ultimate victory for the people of God. Jesus will conquer the enemy and will reign for all eternity. Rest securely in the knowledge that God is supreme and in the end He will be victorious!

Thought for Today: Jesus is your Deliverer and Soon-coming King!

Quicklook: Daniel 7:9–14


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