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Why Unusual Business is Business Unusual

Mark Finley
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An extraordinary mission necessitates an extraordinary commitment with extraordinary sacrifice. Business as usual will never create unusual, life transforming, world changing results. The times demand an unusual commitment to an unusual task.

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Mark Finley

Assistant to President for Evangelism at the General Conference

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  • August 4, 2018
    10:45 AM

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It is well. With my soul. My wife and I have been coming to A.S.I. for well over 25 years and every Convocation is an incredible blessing to us we deeply appreciate a I saw it has been become part of our D.N.A. and we look forward every year to the convention somebody asked me not long ago they said no Pastor Mark you and your wife are a 73 years old and when are you going to retire and I said Where is that verse in the Bible I didn't quite catch that 1 our ministry continues to expand into radio and television ministry around the world are evangelists stick ministry continues to grow I still have a few sermons left in me and so I am just thanking God for the joy of hell for the joy of service we have what we call the Living Hope evangelistic training school if you did not get our little brochure about our classes we run intense classes on how to do health ministry how to do how to be effective in preaching for laypeople current churches on church growth and evangelism The wonderful thing about our cause is that they're all free and Jesus has given us so much that at this point in our lives after 50 years of ministry we want to give away what we have so if you want to sketch of our causes if you haven't gotten 1 we are in Haymarket for Ginia Living Hope School of evangelism and there's a class schedule a little either be at the door if you haven't gotten it let's go our heads and pray and ask the Lord to especially draw a near Father in heaven we thank you for the Word of God we thank you that the word is a creative word. But the seed of the word planted in the soil of the heart is life transformational So if we study your word today I pray thee that you touch our lives come and make creation take place all over again in this auditorium where there is darkness may there be light way there is fairness May the fruits of the spirit grow may there is where there is death may there be new life we pray in Jesus name man however how do you ever noticed how children particularly young boys that can or 11 years old are often quite forgetful now their forgetfulness is selective forgetful and this as a lad of 10 or 11 I had difficulty remembering my chores and mom would often ask Mark if you've made your bed and my response was oh mom I'm sorry I forgot Mark if you clean jury room my response oh mom I'm sorry I forgot mark of you taking up the trash today Mom I'm sorry but I forgot and I remember my mother with a smile would say Mark if you forget 1 more time I'm going to tie a red ribbon around your finger so you'll remember when you get up in the morning no boy 10 or 11 years old wants a red ribbon tied around their finger sometimes we need a red ribbon tied around their finger sometimes we tend to forget the obvious in this is what precisely what 2nd Peter is all about it's about a red ribbon tied around our finger it's about the glory of the 2nd coming of Jesus that's so easy in the hectic pace of the 21st century to forget. It was about 8065 Peter was a prisoner in Rome contam to death by the Roman Emperor Nero he knew that the end was near and there was 1 thing on his mind 1 thing that filled his imagination 1 thing that captured his attention 1 thing that dominated his thoughts 1 truth that swallowed up every other the Christ the love the Jesus that gave his life for him on Calvary's cross the Christ to redeemed him the Christ who accepted him in spite of his failures the Jesus that gave him grace to continue his ministry the Jesus of the 2nd chance this Jesus was coming again and Paul writes to scattered believers throughout Asia in the 1st century but his words ring with eternal relevance in the 21st century they come echoing in Riyadh going down the corridors of time if you have your Bible and I hope you do take it in turn to 2nd Peter chapter 1 in this morning we're going to look at 2nd Peter we look at chapter 1 where Peter talks about the certainty of The Advocate will look at chapter 2 where he talks about the judgment in the light of the Advent we look at Chapter 3 where he talks about the delay of the Advent new confronts the scoffers head on 2nd Peter chapter 1 we look there beginning at 1st 12 Peter writes from Rome he's an old man now his hands are trembling there are deeply etched Alliance upon his face his hair is gray but yet he writes he writes from a passionate heart he writes from a convicted soul there is something the old man wants to say he wants to speak to us here day as I this morning 2nd Peter chapter 1 we look there at verse 12 therefore I will not be a negligent to remind you always of these things though you know them and be a stablished in the present truth. Peter puts it clearly he says I want to remind you of some things some things that are obvious that are so easy to forget the Greek philosophers had a saying in the saying when something like this time wipes out all things Todd wipes out all things the promise of Christ's return came 2000 years ago but in the passage of time in the hectic pace of our society it's easy to have the 2nd coming of Christ some place remotely back there in your brain some place in the consciousness in Peter says 2nd Peter 1 verse 12 therefore I will not be negligent to remind you of all things the passage of time causes us to forget in Peter is concerned not with novelty he's not concerned with some innovative new truth he's concerned about taking the lever's back to the terminal truth of Scripture I'm not here this morning to wow you with novelty I'm not here to to to try to impress you with eloquence or time setting I'm here to remind you of what you know already Jesus Christ is coming again and that coming that coming is the greatest hope of the ages here in chapter 1. Peter discusses the certainty of Christ coming and he's speaking not only to his generation but to ours he's speaking not only to the 1st century but of the 21st century he's speaking not only to scattered believe person Asia but to gathered believe it is an Orlando he writes to remind us of eternal truth of the return of our Lord you know it is so easy to forget life tends to go on as normal the ebb and flow of life seems to be as it always has been we are born we live the decades past we die in Peter shakes us up he says never forget that death is not the end Jesus Christ is coming again it's so easy to forget to become complacent to become half hearted to become lackadaisical in Peter says listen to me there is such a fine certainty all of life is moving to 1 grand glorious climax Jesus Christ is coming again it's so easy to forget life presses in on us there are a family responsibilities financial pressures health concerns and a 1000 other things and Peter says listen to me there's a defined certainty Jesus is coming again in 2nd Peter chapter 1 verse 14 to 16 let's go back and pick up verse 13 the aged warrior of the cross is dying now his strength is ebbing away he's been through the battle his body has been battered and bruised and bloodied he focuses in verses 13 and on wood on the brevity of life now there are 2 interesting words there. Verse 13 yes I think it is right as long as I'm in this tent to stir you up by reminding you know circle the word tent in your mind knowing that I surely must put off my tent again the word tent just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me moreover I will be careful to ensure you that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease no notice what Peter says he talks about the tent he's writing to scattered be leverage in Asia of a Jewish persuasion when Israel wondered in the wilderness they lived in tents and for 40 years they wandered there but they had a destination now notice the 2nd word besides hint that Peter uses it is the word decease you see that there at the end of verse 15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure you always that you have a reminder of these things after my decease. The word decease in the Greek language is the root word for Exodus So what is Peter say just as Israel lived in tents that were temporary dwellings on their way to the promised land during the Exodus so every single 1 of us are travelling through life we travel in these feeble bodies we travel in these frail bodies we travel in these tent like structures but there is a destination that destination is the 2nd coming of Christ that destination is eternity that destination is the promised land we are all on this exodus A Journey Through the Desert of this world where pilgrims passing through this world on the way to glory we have a destination we are not wandering mindlessly to nowhere if life is going nowhere if there is no end in sight if we are drifting aimlessly along in the cosmos life has no meaning you know there are epitaphs on the heaving graves and 1 epitaph goes like this I was not I was I am not so eat drink and be merry because sometime you will be like me what hopelessness I was not I was I am not after death this epitaph so we drink and be merry because 1 day you'll be like me in other words life is not going anywhere Shakespeare once defined a life is this he said it's a tale told by an idiot full a sound and fury signifying nothing. And I read an interesting contest in a college newspaper and the college newspaper offered university students a significant prize if they could define life in 1 sentence and here is the sentence that won the top prize in that contest on a definition of life life is the penalty that we pay for the crime of being born what hopelessness what despair in the secular world today if there is nothing in life to live for but ultimate extinction at the end of the day life has little meaning if all of life is moving to absolute nothingness if time is a fleeting moment if every breath takes us closer to a step of a believing in life becomes a cruel saga of pain suffering and injustice but the aged apostle breathes a breath of hope light pierces the darkness and he says Jesus Christ is coming again that all of life is moving to 1 great glorious climax that 1 day the earth will shake 1 day lightning will flash 1 day the sky will be illuminated with the glory of God and 1 day Jesus Christ will know Peter gives 2 great evidences of that 2nd Peter chapter 1 he gives 2 great evidences of the return of our Lord we start there in 1st 16 and we look at the 1st of those evidences that he gives the 1st witness he says for we have not followed cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power in coming of our Lord Jesus Christ but were eyewitnesses of his glory for we received from God the Father Honor and Glory when such a voice came to him from the excellent glory. This is my beloved Son in whom I will please and we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with him on the mountain Peter says this look I've seen the Corrie of God I've seen the majesty of God I was with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration and I was clothed with the glory of God that was a miniature 2nd coming when God revealed His color through Christ like it to be revealed in eternity that's a witness I saw what Peter says but Peter says Let me give you the 2nd witness of the coming of the Lord drop the let your eyes drop down to verse 19 he says We also have the prophetic word made sure poll says Peter says rather the echo of the prophets the prophets have spoken in the Old Testament Jude 14 Enoch the 7th from Adam prophesied the Lord will come with 10000 His saints the prophets speak David declares some 50 verse 3 our God will come and not keep silence Isaiah cries out in Chapter 35 verse 10 the ransomed of the Lord will come to sigh and when seeking an everlasting joy on their heads Daniel adds let me add my word Daniel says the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed Daniel to verse $44.00 is he speaks Amos speaks Micah speaks so say I speak Peter says the prophets are speaking down through the ages listen to the prophets the prophets speak of the coming of the Lord the prophets speak of the return of Christ each of the gospel writers Matthew Mark Luke John Harold it the angels say at the Ascension of Christ this same Jesus that you've seen go up into heaven shell so in like manner as you see them go into heaven and Jesus Himself says Let not your heart be true of. You believe in God believe also in Me Do you have a troubled heart this morning. A loved 1 has died of cancer a child died prematurely you lost a job your business went bust you went through a tragedy of divorce up seems down and down seems up and your life seems confused Jesus says Let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in Me In My Father's house are many mansions if it were not so I would it told you I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again the 2nd coming of Christ lifts our eyes from what is to what will be they take our eyes off time and they focus them on eternity we look from the mud of the earth to the glory of the joy of Evan hears what Peter is saying Don't lose hope echoing in RI echoing down the centuries through the voice of the prophets the other words Jesus Christ is coming again now 1 of the greatest dangers facing God's people today is a loss a sense of identity a failure to understand who we are and why we're here we exist for 1 prime reason as a church as a people as a denomination to prepare a world for the return of our Lord to reveal his love and grace and goodness and the eternal truth of the gospel to a waiting world in a watching universe and as time passes and the 2nd coming of Christ is still late because the Adventist movement was always in it for the Sprint never for the marathon we were sprinters springing to the end and we're part of a movement that really should not be here that but should be in eternity by now but yet the longer time goes on the more difficult it is to pass on to a new generation the passion the urgency of the 2nd Coming of our Lord and that's why Peter's message is so important because he says Never lose hope. Chapter 1 The certainty of the ad in Chapter 2 he takes on the scoffers and he takes on the rebellious and he says the judgment will come but it is chapter 3 that we want to focus on take your Bible police and turn to 2nd Peter chapter 3 the words of this preacher may not be critically important but the words of Peter are and the Word of God still speaks in the Word of God still changes lives in the Word of God still transforms us inside 2nd Peter chapter 3 we begin with verse 1 B. love it I now write to you this 2nd a pistol of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder that you may be mindful of the words which are spoken by the Holy Prophet So again he's saying I'm taking a back to the prophets Christ indeed is going to come and he's going to come sued Peter is not letting the church forget that Jesus Christ is going to return that he says this verse 3 knowing this 1st that scoffers will come in the last days walking after their own lusts saying where is the promise of His coming for since the fathers fell asleep all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation Peter's point is clear the scoffers can scoff the mockers can mock the ridiculers can ridicule the doubters can doubt the skeptics can skeptics size I hope my english teacher is not here I made up that word. But that does not change the eternal truth 1 whit Jesus Christ is coming in spite of their skepticism Jesus Christ is coming in spite of their mockery His coming is not altered by their unbelief the certainty of Christ's coming is a reality Jesus is coming again and that gives life meaning but Peter says something really fascinating here notice what he says verse 3. Knowing this 1st the scoffers will come in the last days walking according to their own lusts listen to me church our more rabid T. often dictates our theology what you believe impacts how you live but how you live impacts what you believe many a man many a woman reasons the way divine truth not because they don't understand divine truth but because there is some cherished seen in their life that they would have to surrender if they gave up to find if they accept the divine truth if you are struggling with some divine truth ask yourself this question Is it because I do not understand is it more knowledge that I need or is there is some long cherished see in in my life is there some inquiry lifestyle practice is there some questionable behavior is there some deep seated selfish attitude that I'm reluctant to give up often we plateau in our Christian experience not because we need more knowledge not because we don't know enough not because we need to discover some hidden truth but because there is some he hadn't seen in our life some long cherished habit lurking deeply within some attitude of lust so meditative jealousy some attitude of competition with somebody else their attitudes and practices. Not in harmony with God's will that require spiritual surgery in our lives so if we're going to be ready for the coming of Jesus and there are times that surgery is painful I pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to our hearts this morning and reveal any Christ like attitudes in our lives so we can be done with them in the name of Jesus I pray the Holy Spirit will so move among us today here in this place that a reveal Cherry seein that deep down there in the heart deep within the monument and then we can surrender it I pray that the Holy Spirit will so powerfully be present here this morning that we will see or see in surrender our sin and by the grace of God become overcomers What do you say Jared. There's a wonderful statement in the book desire of a Jews and it's like this holiness is wholeness for God It is a surrender of the heart in a life to the principles of heaven can you say that with me this morning holiness is wholeness for God together holiness is wholeness for God It is a surrender of the principles of heart it is a surrender of the heart and life to the principles of heaven what is holiness everybody is wholeness for God It is cooperation and not competition it is surface and not selfishness it is commendation and blessing others when you see them succeed not criticising them it is giving and not grasping it is respect and not revenge for those that do wrong to you it is thankfulness not thought lessness it is mercy not mean this does Jesus have every part of you. Does he have every fiber of your be are you Christ in Christ totally Peter speaks to you this morning what would the old man say if he were here he would say is there anything in your life any cherished sin any selfish attitude anything lurking deeply within that would keep you from being ready for the coming of Christ now Peter a PA employs 3 major arguments against the scoffers he argues from the perspective of him he argues from the perspective of time and he argues from the perspective of the graciousness of God's character take your Bible please and go to 2nd Peter chapter 3 and look at Peter's arguments he 1st argues from the perspective of history we go in to cup verse 3 and then we move on from Verse 3 onwards knowing this verse that the scoffers will come in the last days walking after their own lusts and saying where is the promise of His coming in other words the delay has been so long that Christ may not come for since the fathers fell asleep all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation so the argument of the scoffers is that history is a continuum and there's never been a change that life and history have flown uninterrupted really no Peter meets that argument head on when he says for theists they willingly forget that by the Word of God the heavens were of old in the earth standing out of water he said this is they forget that God created the world that exists at a historical period of time in history God broke through the world was created by God then he says. He argues from creation that He argues from the flood the earth standing out of water by which verse 6 the world that then existed perished in being flooded with water Peter says look we're not skin covering codes We're not some genetic accident God created us God fashioned us we have a purpose and the God that created us is the Christ that is going to come and redeem us then he says God destroyed the world with a flood once you're willingly ignorant you don't know history God created the world it is storable period of time God destroyed the world with the flood Christ came at a historical period of time in Jesus is coming again then he argues from the point of time notice verse 8 but Beloved do not forget that this 1 thing that with the Lord 1 day is as a 1000 years and a 1000 years as 1 day he says they fail to understand God's view of time God's relationship with time is dramatically different than our relationship with God The delay of the Advent is from our perspective but God is doing things in a way that will settle the great controversy in the universe forever the reason we've had to lay of the Advent is because in the divine drama of destiny in the light of the great controversy between good and evil God's love that was revealed on the cross will be revealed in his people before into him and before awaiting world in a watching universe God will have people there are so committed to him that are so transformed by his grace so charmed by his love so attracted by the Cross that they reveal to the world the life of Jesus of unselfish love of kindness and compassion and here. Peter says God's never in a hurry he's dealing with the great controversy in a way that is love and grace and power will be revealed to the universe God's concern is the security of the universe for ever God's concern is that scene never rises a 2nd. Peter says to the scoffers you don't know history Peter says to the scoffers you are staying in God's purposes in time but he says 1 of the thing to these scoffers he says you fail to understand the gracious character of God verse 9 but the Lord is not slack concerning his promises some men counts lack nys but his Lord suffering to us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance the delay of the Advent is not because God is tardy it's not because he's slow to fulfill his promises he is long suffering the long suffering of God refers not only to the patients of God It refers not only to God's desire to save all humanity it refers not only to his gracious mercy it refers not only to his patient longing to see every individual in his kingdom but I refer it refers also to his suffering God is long suffering he suffers alone and he's willing to suffer the pain and the agony of a sinful world to ensure the security of the universe forever this planet in rebellion bring sorrow to God's heart he has endured the pain of seeing for millenniums because of his great love he doesn't want 1 person the last. He is heart is broken over see in his capacity to suffer is in direct proportion to his capacity to love his suffering began the day that scene began in his suffering will never end until the day that sin He is the law had slain from the foundation of the world and when God created the human race he took a risk and that risk was to create human beings with the capacity of choice knowing full well they could make wrong choices and knowing that scene would bring grief to his own heart but love could do no lawyer and as day by day Jesus sees the heartache and suffering in our world his heart grieves and as I say A puts it it all there affliction he was afflicted Ellen White describes it in the book education this way those who think I'm reading Education Page 263 those who think of the result of hastening or hindering the Gospel think of it in relationship to themselves and to the world few give thought of its relationship to God Well heaven suffered in Christ agony but that suffering did not begin or end with this manifestation in humanity the cross and I'm quoting is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that see in from its very inception it's brought to the heart of God Every deed of cruelty every departure from right every failure of humanity to reach the divine ideal brings grief to the greatest motivation to turn loose of see and it's not the fear of hello or the joy of heaven it is the 1 that loves me so much has pain in his heart every time I turn away from him. The greatest motivation to turn loose of sin is seeing Christ on the cross with nails through his hands and a crown of thorns upon his head and blood running down his face and knowing that he bears the sins of full humanity and looking at that cross knowing that my rebellion today knowing that my selfishness today knowing that my creed today brings Crieff in sorrow to his heart Peter comes to a conclusion 2nd Peter 3 verse 10 and 11 in chapter 1 he talks about the certainty of the advent in Chapter 2 he talks about judgment in the light of the advent in chapter 3 he talks about the delay of the advent in the long suffering patience of God and then he says and chapter 3 verse $10.11 but the day of the Lord will come. The delay of the Advent will not take place forever there is a point beyond which God will not allow seen to go there's a point upon which God's people on their knees seeking Him Receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit the gospel is preached at the end of the world but the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens will pass away with great noise the elements will melt with fervent heat both the Earth and the works that are there in will be burned up therefore therefore since all of these things will be dissolved what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct in godliness Peter is urgent appeal in the blazing light of the 2nd Coming of Christ is an appeal to the church today it's an appeal for holiness its appeal for godliness its appeal for a grace that is so powerful and life transforming that it makes you a different man or a different woman. God is a problem and God's Problem is the sin problem seen reigns in the universe and it rains in our hearts and the central issue in the great controversy is over the character of God is the grip of grace greater than the grip of sin is God's love more powerful than selfishness will there ever be a group of people in this world who love Jesus more than they love see and whose hearts are more set on heaven than the things of this world whose minds are more fixed on eternity who live totally dedicated unselfish godly lives of service what can break the hold of seen in our lives what can transform us into His image what can deliver us from the chains of evil that bind us what can release us from the prisons that so often insulative us there is only 1 thing that has the power to do it the cross of Calvary Why is the cross the remedy for the same problem at the cross we see love in action at the cross we see the Deval righteous Son of God suffering in agony pouring out his life for us at the cross we see the just dying for the unjust the righteous 1 dying for the unrighteous the innocent 1 dying for the guilty the obedient dying for the you disobedient at the cross the Son of God bears the guilt the weight the burden the shame the condemnation of our sin. At the cross we are freed from the shackles that bind us at the cross love breaks our hearts at the cross the chains are severed at the cross we are set free at the cross healing grace flows to heal our sins 6 souls Listen to this amazing reference in Acts of the Apostles page 532 before the believer has held out the wonderful possibility of being like Christ oh jesus that can't be me I know myself better than anybody else knows me I know this sinful wicked heart Jesus that can't be me Jesus Notice Jesus will lead us to be obedient to all the principles of his will but of himself man is unable to reach this condition the holiness that God's Word declares he must have before he can be saved is the result of the working of divine grace as he bows in submission to the discipline and restraining influence of the Holy Spirit Now listen to this 1 man's obedience can be made perfect only by the incense of Christ's righteousness which fills with divine fragrance every act of obedience I cannot but he CAN I am not but he is I am weak but he is strong I am frail but he is almighty I am seen folks but he is righteous and as we come to him opening our hearts to Him Jesus says My child I am not only the author of your fee I'm the finisher of it Jesus can finish in you what he began in you when you see your defects when you see your weakness when you struggle with those cherished habits the cross is all sufficient our Savior longs to do something in us so he can do something through us. He wants to do something for us so he can do something with us he wants to change us so we can change the world you have only 1 LIFE TO LIVE time is passing it's the urgent hour it's no longer business as usual it's BUSINESS UNUSUAL the present is rapidly becoming the past and the future is rapidly becoming the present in the flood light of eternity in the blazing light of the coming of Christ will you to US morning make that full complete absolute total radical all out commitment to this Christ of the Cross recently in fact it was last 7th my wife and I were in a little village in England at a place called the Cotswolds where the houses they have stone houses were taking a Sabbath to refresh our souls and I came upon a little stone house and in that stone house there was etched in stone these words every noble life leaves the fabric of it for ever. Into the work of this. Every noble 1. Leaves the fabric of it for ever. Into the work. Of 1 like life to live. What do you know leave behind. What legacy will you leave. What will you we. Into the fabric. Will you live in the joyful light of the 2nd Coming of Christ. Committed to share his love. And his grace with others. Is there anything in your life. Any attitude. Any Habit. Any Cherry sayin. That keep you from being the man the woman. The young person that God wants you. To love that old song come every soul of sin oppress. There's mercy with the Lord only trust Him and only trust. And only trust. That is going to come in saying. I want you to bury your head meditate listen to the words of the song. Speak to your heart Jesus touch you deeply in the. Is there something way down there and it's. Something that keeps you from being. Totally committed to Jesus. Having been holding something back for you. His plans for your life are amazing. Far Greater than you could ever imagine. Listen is that sings about the Spirit of God or. Lower war. Would you like to say to Jesus this morning. Lord the best I know. I'm giving my life to. You know that's all God requires. We don't know everything about ourselves. For us but a memory. The future for you is but a dream. But this moment. This moment is your Would you like to stand and say Jesus the best I know. I'm giving my life to you. And I want to be ready for your return. When we make those kind of decisions. Come to this Christ for all. His arms are open for us. You know I could offer the benediction and we could go out and say that was a nice meeting. But we're too late in earth's history for a nice meeting. I have a special a few. This is not a general opinion. But as I was thinking and praying about this message I have appeal to 3 groups of people. First there is somebody here in this audience. That you have been struggling with something in your life. Not in harmony with God's will. And the Spirit of God this morning is touch you about that saying it may be some habits it may be some attitude. And just now what it's like to. Say Jesus I'm giving nothing to. Giving nothing to you that's going to say 2nd to. Somebody here today that you have been disappointed. Something in your life is disappointed. And that disappointment has your vision of the coming of Christ but you're walking out here with new hope today and you're coming to this altar and you're saying Lord I'm leaving all those disappointed. I'm leaving I'm all behind War I'm coming to you to lay that thing down. Somebody here. That maybe you've never made a full surrender to Jesus and you want to do that today just say Lord I want to be ready for your comic there's something in your life come forget about this already and just come here and. Take Jesus at your somebody that had something in their life that's disappointed you and you've seen that thing and you say I'm laying that down you. Somebody here who's never fully made a decision for Christ you want to make it let's sing Beth if you know the chorus when you're only trust Him only trust Him only trust Him Now let's sing it together with that it's. Just that So forget about the audience just your head and pray God speak your heart let this be a special moment in your life look back on this at a time when God came in touched you when Christ spoke to you. Here is the gracious good news. Jesus wants to save you more than you want to be saved. The longing of Christ is to have you in heaven with him. Heaven's not going to be worth it for him. If you're not there. That's what the cross is all about is desire to have you with me that's what the 2nd Coming of Christ is about he's not coming predominately to burn up a world he's coming to take you home he's coming to take you home in an ancient prophet. 2000 years speaks down through the ages his message comes echoing and react going down the course of time never forget it Jesus is coming for you let that hope inspire your heart let that hope break down every barrier of sin in your life let that hope send you from this place impelled to serve him now and forever let's pray Father in heaven. Thank you. That life is not an endless journey to nowhere thank you that life is not some cosmic joke thank you there we're not moving to oblivion thank you for the pleasant hope that Jesus Christ is coming again. Thank you that you want to sing heaven so badly. That you sent Christ to die. Father the words of the song echo in our hearts we trust you today we come to you today I pray for those at the altar today for the various A Seen be broken down by the shackles of sea and be released. Put new hope in our hearts whether Sven discover Richmond new joy in our souls. Send us from this place is powerful witness is for you now through all eternity man. This media was produced by audio for me and why haven't they been services and industry. If you would like to learn more and. Leave the dumb. Life. Or if you like the free online. Leave the W.W.W. audio for.

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