Show 5: Replacing the Power Train
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Kennedy, Kirkpatrick, Madiera & Sprague - Somin from Somewhere
Jon Gibson - Amazing Grace
Crystal Lewis - Oh How I Love Jesus
Michael McDonal - Peace
Bryan Duncan - The Battle is The Lord's
R2R / Replacing the Power Train
Hi, welcome to the next road show, I'm bryan duncan...I guess I would be the facilitator of this show! really I'm just drawing out the directions on a napkin...how to get to a place of peace... and sanity the way I've been told. I'm not there yet either but I can see it from here...and That's a good thing.
Tonight we're replacing the Power Train. The power train is a term they use to describe all the mechanisms that transfer the power of an engine in a car to turn the wheels, so that we can actually get somewhere.
In this case we're Asking God to remove our defects of character... Of course we have to let him be the mechanic and we have to sign the papers acknowledging that he has our permission to start the work.
We're gonna do this because you can't improve a defect... It has to be replaced. Let's all repeat: you can't improve a defect it has to be replaced You can't improve a defect it has to be replaced...
I should note that The replacement parts have to come from somewhere else Here's a song from a band you've never heard of but they sound awful familiar.... Kennedy, Kirkpatrick, Madeira & Sprague sing "if there's any good inside myself... it's coming from somewhere else....
Song (coming from somewhere else) Kennedy, Kirkpatrick, Madeira & Sprague
Bryan duncan on the road to redemption... We're replacing the power train.... Asking God to remove our defective tendencies. For those of you who have no idea what they are... hey Ask your friends. I'm sure they've seen one or two in you. If you don't wanna have that conversation I can read a few to ya that the bible points out in Galatians chapter five... When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, Idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong but those in your own little group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Wow... Hey I didn't write this ya know... I wasn't happy to hear that news either... In times past I considered those some of my strong points. I've seen most of these traits on t.v. In a single beer commercial. They are seen as talents to use to get ahead in some places. If you're honest though you'll recognize something from that list in your own life somewhere. Thank God that as we recognize defects in our own power train... God gives us a kind of rental car while ours is in the shop. It's called grace!
Amazing grace / Jon Gibson
The good news is there's grace for our defects. And you can't improve a defect it has to be replaced... In front of that list of defects I was talkin about in Galatians are these words: So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves. The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict....My desire here is to let the Holy spirit replace my sinful nature...cause it'll change the direction I'm going. And The Holy Spirit is the only thing that can do that. Loving Jesus tends to lead us away from Loving to do evil...
Oh How I love Jesus/ Crystal Lewis
That was Crystal Lewis...Oh how I love Jesus...and with that mind it's time for Life Out Of Step I know a story about a certain mother in law... who shall remain nameless, Who was finally convinced after many years that her life could be much sweeter with less maintenance on things she'd been keepin around for much too long... A house run down... too big with too much yard work...
With a few adjustments and letting go of stuff she no longer needed she could enjoy the freedom of traveling and time spent in community with friends and live in a great little one bedroom bungalow all her own... where someone else takes care of the maintenance and the gardens are always green. It would mean new furniture for living room and kitchen too and she'd be closer to her grandchildren. The only problem... I just love these old Black and gold crushed velvet couches from the seventies... And these yellow glass lamps you can only find in a pawn shop. And that hand push lawn mower rusting in a broken down shed under spider webs and stacks of National Geographic. Never mind that the stove doesn't work... I have this really great hot plate that sits on a broken dishwasher I use for a table. How can I part with all this great stuff in boxes never to be retrieved and soon to be in someone else's yard sale.
Letting go of the past is hard... No doubt about it but the real memories are those we carry in our hearts and photographs don't take up a lot of room. I hear she's happier now than she's ever been... She has a little coffee party on her porch every morning with her many friends in the new community. She joined a singing group that travels around singing her favorite songs from the past at homes for the elderly... She's never missed her accumulation of junk... the stuff she thought was tied to who she was...
Giving up defects of character can feel like a sacrifice of who you are... But they don't really represent you very well... And the happiness of a new community with Christ makes it hard to see the value in the stuff we cling to for so many years...
You're listening to the road to Redemption were nobody's allowed to pull a trailer full of defective junk because defects can't be improved they have to be replaced.
The truth is we'll never replace all our defects..that sort of perfection isn't reached this side of eternity. Like the apostle Paul wrote "I don't mean to say I am perfect but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be..forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize...Replacing our power train will help us win that race. In the mean time we can still have peace in knowing that our all our defects will one day be replaced.
Michael McDonald / Peace
Dear God, Like Michael McDonald just sang I pray
That my way will not be lost from now on til that river's crossed My soul renewed and my spirit free In you I'll find my peace.
thank you for taking me this far on redemption's road. Now I pray for your help in making me be entirely ready to change all my shortcomings. Give me the strength to deal with all my character defects that I have turned over to you. Allow me to accept all the changes that you want to make in me. Help me be the person that you want me to be. In the name of Jesus, my supreme redeemer... amen
Song The Battle is the Lords/ Bryan D
James 1:21 So get rid of all that is wrong in your life, both inside and outside, and humbly be glad for the wonderful message we have received for it is able to save our souls as it takes hold of out hearts
With our power train being replaced and removed of defects... We'll start to notice that we're moving easier in the right direction...we will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it... It is the beginning of our story of redemption.
For I can never forget these awful years; always my soul will live in utter shame. Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord's mercies that have kept us from complete destruction Lamentations 3: 20-22