Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
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Excerpt #4 Pastor Steve Wuori 10/08/09

And the story that he tells that is associated with this is a familiar one, concerning the hundred sheep, one of them gone astray, doesn't he leave the ninety and nine to go into the mountains and seek the one that is gone astray? And if he does find it, verily, I say unto you, he rejoices more in that sheep than the ninety and nine that went not astray? You almost have to look at this same account in the Gospel of Luke to understand exactly what he is saying, because he actually says that this is what this story means and that is that if there are one hundred in the wilderness, in the wild, in the world, living where we live, ninety and nine need no repentance, but one needs repentance. That there is more rejoicing in heaven over that one what repents than over the ninety and nine who need no repentance.

Where is your heart this evening, where is my heart this evening? Where is the heart of anyone that may be here this evening, who has not tasted of the goodness of God, to whom God is just a concept, a thought, a figurehead, a figure of mystery, where you feel that basically you are a good person, that if you were stacked up against others in our society, you would be at least somewhere in the middle, maybe on the high end even, in terms of how good a person you are, how little bad you do. Are you one of the ninety and nine or are you that one, who as the publican, as he went to pray, could only pray, "Lord, be merciful to me a sinner". Remember that there is great rejoicing in heaven, when the Word of God is needed, when the Lord Jesus Christ is needed, when there is even one heart out of an hundred, even one heart that needs forgiveness, that desires to repent, that has godly sorrow for all that they are and all that they do. There is great rejoicing in heaven over that one. And we think that he must be done with the children, but he isn't quite, because he says it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

When we think of the love that Jesus has for children, let us treat them very carefully. We so much take them for granted, as they run around, they make noise, they are a lot of work, and yet, how precious they are, Jesus has said so, we don't have to say that. We don't have to decide that, for Jesus has told us how precious these little ones are. So as we delve now into the adult part of this text we have before us, let us remember that the little children watch, they listen, they hear, they see. Let us remember that all that we do as adults we must reflect upon the effect upon the children. How is their heart being affected? Is it being uplifted in joy? Are they seeing humility and restoration and peace? Or are they seeing strife, confusion and anger?

Pastor Steve Wuori
Posted on 08 Oct 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Excerpt #3 Pastor Steve Wuori
Up in our area (Northern Alberta, Canada) we have a crop called canola, you don't see very much of it here, it is the tiniest little black speck of a seed you could ever imagine, and yet when you look at the plant that grows up about 3 feet high, roughly speaking, it is so thick you can't walk through it. It's a heavy thatch, it is a miracle that combines can take it at the end of the season. It better not be green either, because that combine would jam in no time, it is a heavy thick crop that is produced from the tiny little canola seed. Jesus speaks of the mustard seed, and we hear of the mustard seed ministry and other things. As we think about what a miracle it is, he says that when you consider what the Kingdom of God is like, he said it is like unto a seed of mustard, that when it is sown, and when it grows, it grows to be so great, that even the fowls of the air can lodge within the shadows of it, that mustard seed plant. Across the river (Mississippi) over here there is a beautiful park, I don't know the name of it exactly, but we walked through there and there are 50-60 foot oak trees. And I was thinking about that, that what a tiny little seed each of those trees started from. But they did not spring up over night, they grew and it took time. And we also have to remember that when the good seed of God's Word is sown, it takes time. Often it's reflected upon, that we can't sow and reap with the same hand, but have you ever tried? Have you ever thought that I will speak with someone, the result will be instantaneous, and I can reap the joy of seeing one that has been converted, been repentant right now. I have tried that and I have been disappointed to see that maybe my hand will never reap, my hand will never see or witness the results and it is important to recognize with your children too, that it takes time. And I guess if there is something that I have learned as a parent it is, do not overreact. Don't overreact! We are quick because we know exactly what is right. We will very quickly tell the child, they are wrong, and talking especially if you have older children now, but remember, the seed takes time to grow. But sow that seed within the hearts of the children.

And remember also that as you sow, as it is written by the Apostle Paul, he says, it is sown in weakness. He speaks there of the resurrection, but I believe it applies to the seed also, it is sown in weakness, but it is raised in power. And though you may feel that you are very weak as a sower to your children remember that it is raised in great power. And what a blessing it is when you see that none of your work is evident in that child's heart, but all the work of the good seed of the Word of God. What a blessing! What a rejoicing! What a time then, when we are able to see the hand of God working, even using those who sow in weakness in order that that seed might grow in great strength and power. "For the Son of man is come to save that which is lost." That is so simple a statement, but yet it defines why Jesus came.

Pastor Steve Wuori
Posted on 07 Oct 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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Excerpt #4 Pastor Steve Wuori 10/08/09
- Posted by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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