Posted on 12/29/2013 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust
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Great is the Lord God Almighty
Great is the Lord on High
The train of His robe fills the temple
And we cry out highest praise
Glory to the risen King
Glory to the Son, glorious Son
Lift up your heads, open the doors
Let the King of Glory come in
And forever be our God
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
Holy is the Lord on high
Let all the earth bow before You
And crown You Lord of all
Holy and Anointed One
Your name is like honey
on my lips
Your spirit like water
to my soul
Your Word is a lamp
unto my feet
Jesus I love you
I love you
Risen and Exalted One
I EXALT THEE
For thou O Lord art high
above all the earth
Thou art exalted
far above all gods
I exalt thee
I exalt thee
I exalt thee
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Father God, thank You for another Sunday, for another year. Thank You for this chance to be in Your presence and to worship You and You alone. As we turn to Your Word and what You have placed on my heart to share, I ask that You would speak to us as only You can. Open our hearts, minds, eyes, and ears to Your presence. I pray all this in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.
Please be seated.
Today's fire side chat is called “Heart Transplant.” It isn't very long so please stay if you can until the end.
In our world, for a heart transplant to occur someone has to die. It's the way things are. One person dies so another may live.
Jesus died so that we could receive His “heart.”
You see, we weren't born with a “Jesus” heart. Rather, we were born with a heart of stone. A heart that's hard and not easily changed. A heart that only seeks its own desires, pleasures, etc. A self-seeking, selfish heart that knows only to do what it wants.
When Jesus died, it was as if He wanted to transplant His heart into others. He wanted to give His heart of flesh to those who would receive it. So, He held His heart out to everyone and those who received His heart were forever changed. Those who did not, still have hearts of stone.
What are you waiting for? What holds you back from accepting a heart transplant from Jesus?
Maybe you are afraid because when you receive a heart transplant from Jesus your old heart is taken away. It vanishes and a brand new heart is in its place.
It's a huge step to take, getting a heart transplant from Jesus. BUT it is worth it!
2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Well, we can think about the new year coming very soon...in just a few days! 2013 will be over and 2014 will begin. Some of you might make resolutions. Some might not. Some may change something about themselves for the better. Some may stay the same. But when we accept Jesus into our hearts, we change! There is NO way we could stay the same when Jesus changes our hearts from stone into flesh.
With a Jesus heart transplant, everything changes. Situations are seen with a new perspective. When you used to fret and worry, you start to rely fully on God and His plan. When you used to speak words of anger, now you instead speak words of love.
The change doesn't always come immediately. Sometimes the change takes time, but you and those around you will see a difference.
A Jesus heart transplant changes lives. We as Jesus heart transplant “patients” (in other words Jesus followers) can change the world. As we share our experiences as Jesus heart transplant “patients,” others will see the change in us and ask what happened.
Tell them, “I'm a Jesus heart transplant 'patient.' Jesus died in my place. He died to wash the blackness my sins made in my heart. I accepted His heart to replace my old one, the stone heart I had. You can do the same.”
It's the amazing thing. With a Jesus heart transplant, there is no limit to how many heart transplants can occur. His heart lasts forever.
Some of you know the true story of my mom's open heart surgery. It happened in 1998. This January it will be sixteen years since this story took place. No, she didn't have a heart transplant, but as far as I know she still needs one. Her heart is very bad still, but what I wanted to share is that sometimes we need a Jesus open heart surgery.
What is a Jesus open heart surgery you might ask? Well, I see it like this. A Jesus heart transplant is where Jesus takes our old heart made of stone and replaces it with a heart of flesh...His heart.
As God says in Ezekiel 36:26, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
A Jesus open heart surgery is where Jesus opens up our heart to fix anything that needs His special touch.
For example, our heart may be flesh, but we still sometimes sin, right? We still need Jesus to forgive our sins so He operates on us. To give us a clean and pure heart. It's kind of like that song. Purify my heart. Make me as gold and precious silver. Or how about...Change my heart oh God. Make it ever true. Change my heart oh God. May I be like You. Or how about the Keith Green song...Create in me a clean heart, oh God. And renew a right spirit within me.
See what I mean? Jesus open heart surgery is something that happens AFTER a Jesus heart transplant. We need both! A Jesus heart transplant first and then a Jesus open heart surgery will occur every day. These hurt, and they probably always will. They aren't things that will happen without pain, but that's okay, right? If we must suffer for Jesus, won't that be okay?
After all, Jesus suffered much for us so that we could be with Him for all eternity.
There are millions that have already had a Jesus heart transplant. Care to join us? Would you like to see what will happen when you allow Jesus to change your heart?
This altar is open. It's open for Jesus heart transplants and Jesus open heart surgery. Let Him do what only He can do! Let Him touch you in ways that only He can touch you. I know from experience, you will never regret His changing you to be more like Him.
So please come. The altar is open for prayer and ministry. If you need to talk with someone, please instant message one of us on the staff, or if you're not in Second Life or are listening later in the week, go to almcyberchurch.org and contacts us there, and we'll help you the best we can. If you receive a Jesus heart transplant today, either for the first time or even if it isn't the first time, tell someone! :) If you want, tell me. I'd love to hear about it.
After this time at the altar, we will have a fellowship time in the room up the stairs to your left. You are all invited to join us.
Thank you for coming and being with us for our last service in 2013. You are free to leave when you need to do so. May God bless you with His presence today, tomorrow, and in the year to come. Go in peace.