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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Who Will Help Them?
Read Job 25:1 through 30:31
Peggy, a poor widow, lived on Okie Hill just outside Westport, Oregon. Her rat-infested house stood in shambles. Mold covered the interior walls. The roof leaked during every rainstorm. Her bathroom facility was a hole in the backyard. The county had condemned Peggy’s property and planned to evict her after Christmas. When the local Assembly of God congregation realized her plight, they reached out to Peggy, repaired her home, and upgraded the property. The townspeople watched real Christianity in action—and nodded their approval.
“Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me, because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist them” (Job 29:11–12).
The poor often fall between the cracks. Government agencies are overwhelmed, and society often looks the other way. Christians cannot turn a blind eye. Like Job, we must help the poor, the orphans, and those who have no one to assist them. People pay attention when they see the true gospel demonstrated.
Challenge for Today: Most churches have a benevolence outreach. Ask your pastor how you can help.
Quicklook: Job 29:11–16
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