That's an incredible clip. Wow.
Powerful sermon Sunday! You know when you hear stories like Iron Mike’s, once powerful man on top of the world, now a man who biggest battle is to fight against God! A shell of a man who beat himself down to nothing, an iron man made of straw, a broken man who hate what and who he is, a man so distressed his consuming inward battle brings thoughts of giving up, even ending life, how desperate, how impossible to overcome! Listening to Iron Mike’s desperate testimony actually brought tears to my eyes. In vain, these lost and hopeless folks search anywhere and everywhere for peace and maybe just a taste of temporary happiness. I want to cry from the roof tops and share with them the words of a great man, one of the greatest men who ever lived. A man who once struggled every day with self-condemnation, a man who was pleased with murderer, a man who referred to himself “the chief of sinners.” But this once evil man found deliverance, and forgiveness, peace, and unspeakable joy beyond words in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Here is what this once great sinner said, ‘Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.17-20 But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.21-23 It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.24 I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?25 The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.” Romans 7:15-25 Eugene Peterson’s “The Message”
I don find a casino a curious place to make such an announcement, but I do hope he is able to stay on the course. He certainly was reflective of the 12 step process in his comments.
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