Sunday 9pm service
June 9, 2013
“I’m searching for a real love”
(My notes on Pastor Karl Lentz preaching) Enjoy!
Some words you have to be careful when you say them because people can take it the wrong way.
( When you’re married be careful what you say)
One word that has been misused is LOVE !
It has been changed around in our community and now people are trying to find the wrong things and love in all the wrong places.
The search could be over if they’d figure out that LOVE is a PERSON, Jesus Christ.
” I found true love when I found the creator of the universe who accepted me the way I was and loved me too much to leave me like that.”
REAL LOVE REVELATION :
You cannot GIVE the love of God (the reason you’re on this earth), and
you cannot SHOW the love of God (the reason you’re in NY)
if you have not experienced his love than you can’t show it.
John 20:1 (MSG)
” The one that Jesus loved.” (I cannot be moved)
The writer of John wrote that in 3rd person.
Confidence and security in God’s love for him, something that this world cannot give you.
How free it is to live with that Security of how much Jesus loves YOU. you can go out and do things and even if you lose, it’s okay because Jesus already won the fight.
At the end of the day you live for the pleasure and journey of one, Jesus.
“Everything around me can be breaking down but my God is immovable!”
Do you have faith that God can throw you so far into things and still be there to catch you?
If you go out in faith and have confidence because your God is the king of heaven and all things, than you wouldn’t worry or fear but have faith in him.
Luke 15:11-32 (MSG)
The Story of the Lost Son
12-16 “So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.
17-20 “That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father.
20-21 “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
22-24 “But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.
31-32 “His father said, ‘Son, you don’t understand. You’re with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours—but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he’s alive! He was lost, and he’s found!'”
Better to be a no name servant in the kingdom of God than a famous wealthy person in the world.
A son who went to “Vegas” lost it all and came back to his father and his dad didn’t see any of that, he was just happy his son was back.
1. Real love doesn’t manipulate.
2. Real love Plans: Don’t hope it happens, you PLAN for it to happen.
You think ahead and make a way.
” I know the plans I have for you” – guess what? God’s not done working in you.
3. Real love waits : The Love of God is irrevocable.
Its always there when we want it. Something about the story, the son believed and knew that his dad was waiting for him and that he could go back home at any point in time.
– Believe that God looks at us like that. God is waiting, waiting, and waiting.
It’s part of our calling also; to give and wait.
The son came back in his own time, he was at the bottom and came to his own senses. And he knew that his father was waiting for him.
Our job is to do what’s right and sometimes wait.
Real love will get us to wait it out.
Can you be the Christian that never turns the light off? Because Jesus never turned it off on us.
4. Real Love Runs: His love is relentless
We serve a God who fought for us. When you’re confident in his love for you, you start doing things BECAUSE he loves you not because you’re seeking it.
We can’t loose anyone else to this mistaken word of love.
Being there and loving them at their worst and loving them at their best.
His real love has to get out to this city!