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Recent Teachings
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March 2019

“Made for More” Series – Passion, Zeal, & Worship

When you think of Jesus, what do you picture? Do you see Jesus as the gentle, quiet man from historic paintings? Or, do you see the Jesus pictured in the Bible – the man who cast out devils, confronted Pharisees to their face, wept with compassion and chased the moneychangers out of the temple? Jesus wasn’t just gentle


“From Promise to Provision” Series – Don’t Settle

It took Israel forty years to reach their destiny of the Promise Land, yet they continue to have faith in seeing God’s promises and new things happen. Understand, God’s promises may take time. You will be tempted to take shortcuts, or pursue plan B. But, beware. Sometimes shortcuts lead you



“From Promise to Provision” Series – Take Another Lap

Following God’s deliverance of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery in Exodus, the Bible says they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. A journey to the Promise Land should have taken days but took them years. Why? Becaus



“From Promise to Provision” Series – Saved But Stuck

Every one of us has baggage things we have done, and things people have done to us. Often, we find ourselves stuck in l





 
PASTOR’S BLOG
 
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“Get Out of the Boat”

And Peter answered Jesus and said, ‘Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water,’ And Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matthew 14:28-29

The disciples headed across the Sea of Galilee by boat in the middle of the night when a sudden storm arose. Fear gripped their hearts when suddenly Jesus came walking on the water toward them. As he drew near the boat, Peter called out to join Jesus on the water. Jesus responded with an invitation, and Peter left the boat walking on the water.

One key principle to take note from this passage is that in order to walk on the water, you have to get out of the boat. Peter would have never walked on the water if he stayed in the boat. He had to get out of the boat. You see, Peter wanted to do more than catch fish. He wanted to do something greater than he could think or imagine. To do something big for God requires a big vision. Of course, walking on the water requires vision and faith to get out of the boat.

When David Livingston was a missionary in Africa, a missionary society sent him this message: “Are there passable roads where you are?” Livingston replied, “I do not want men who will come only if there are passable roads. I want men who will come if there are not roads at all.” In other words, God is looking for men and women who will get out of the boat and move forward toward God’s vision and direction. It is not enough to let someone else blaze the trail; God wants you to be the trailblazer the leader where others have not gone.

The question is where did the vision to walk on water originate? It originated with Jesus. Jesus walked on the water first and Peter saw it with his own eyes. We must recognize God has a vision for our life and what He desires to do in and through us. He is the originator of the vision. Likewise, God has a vision for Life Church for something bigger than we think or imagine. We serve a God who is a big God and has a vision bigger than what we can imagine.

Over the years, I have learned that the size of your vision is determined by the size of your God. How big do you think God is? The issue is not who do you think you are, but who do you think God is? In the vision God has for you, do not limit yourself by saying, “What can I do?” Instead ask yourself, “What can God do in and through me?”

As we read in the passage, Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water. Suddenly the waves became larger. Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and onto the waves, and he suddenly began to sink. When you start looking at the waves instead of Jesus, you will sink every time. There are many distractions that will attempt to cause you to lose focus on the vision. Do not allow fear, complacency, worry, apathy, the enormity of the vision, or any other deterrent keep you from reaching your divine destiny. Remember, Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith. Keep looking to Him, and you will see God’s vision become a reality in your life, family, and church.

As we focus on what God has for our church, we have seen many victories in the past. However, we cannot rest on our victories, but use them to build our faith for even greater things. Rest assured our best days are not behind us; they are ahead of us. As we see God’s promise and vision become a reality this month, let us not limit what we can receive from God by focusing on the waves, but let us focus on God, the giver of the vision. It’s time for us to get out of the boat — our comfort zone and do something great and mighty for God as we continue to change lives for eternity.

Blessings! Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson
 

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“1,000 Opportunities”

“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”– Galatians 6:10
 

Most of us are not doing today impressive, or at least what we would consider impressive. Most of us are not going to speak at a conference, move to another nation to plant a church, or give our lives as martyrs for Christ. But, most of us will have hundreds of opportunities to glorify God through ordinary obedience.

Paul tells us to be aware of the door of opportunity God may open for you. We never know what opportunity God has right around the corner. And, we must take advantage of every door God opens for us.

Throughout God’s Word, you see examples of men and women who seized their opportunities. God spoke to Noah to preach and build an Ark of safety he seized his opportunity. Abraham was called by God to leave Ur with his family and go to a land where he had never been – he obeyed. God told Moses to lead His people from Egyptian slavery – he did. When we take advantage of the open door, not knowing what God will do, great rewards follow when we obey.

What opportunity do you have today? You may have an opportunity to delight in God’s Word and pray for His Kingdom to come. Or, you may get an opportunity to bless, instead of curse, the driver behind you who lays on the horn when you hesitate at the green light.

You might have opportunities to serve your chil- dren by changing their diaper, making their break- fast, wiping their faces and hands, teaching them about Jesus, getting them dressed, picking up after them, reading them stories, taking them to the park, and bathing them.

At your work place, you may have an opportunity to not join in the gossip in the break room, or to rejoice when your boss is difficult. You might have an opportunity to encourage a friend, or to put sin to death instead of giving in to lust or selfishness. You might have an opportunity to humble yourself and ask someone’s forgives. You may have an opportunity to extend compassion to someone or pray for a neighbor.

We will have countless opportunities to rely on Jesus for strength, to thank Him for His goodness, and to believe His Word rather than our circumstances. We will more than likely have opportunities to be kind, forgiving, and patient.

Every day is filled with countless opportunities for ordinary obedience which brings much glory to God. Opportunities to be faithful in little. And though we might not consider all these acts of ordinary obedience to be very impressive, God does not miss one, and He is pleased with each one. Someday we will hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master.”

I encourage you to look for the open doors. Often, the open doors are so obvious that we may miss them. Slow down, listen to Gods voice, and keep your eyes open for opportunities.

Seeking God for New Opportunities!

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson


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“Six Ways To Sharpen Your Family”

“Iron sharpens iron so the man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”Proverb 27:17

As family members, we should sharpen each other as well as our relationships with others. If we allow it, marriages and family relationships become dull and lifeless. To prevent this from happening we must continually sharpen our relationships. You get out of your relationships what you put into them. If you put little in, then you will receive little in return. However, when you make an effort, God will bless your efforts, and you will see a response from your family.

It doesn’t take attending a weekend familyseminar or reading a thick, hard cover book. You can sharpen your family relationships in one minute a day. Let me give you six ways to sharp- en your family in sixty seconds:

Say “Thank You”

Everyone likes to feel appreciated and loved. Thanking your family member for the little things they do may go unnoticed. Let them know youdid, in fact, notice. Or simply say, “You are amazing and I am honored you are in my life.”

Spend Time Together During the WeekIt is easy to get wrapped up in the everyday things of life and go through the motions. Also, it is easy to sit and watch television hours on end without noticing your family members. Let your family members know they are not just part of your week day routine. Take time to engage and be a part of their lives. Send a quick text or make a call to let them know you are thinking about them. A little extra effort will go a long way.

Ask About Their Day Everyone wants to feel important. At the end of a long day, you may not feel like listening to one more issue, situation, or the details of the day. However, take a few moments to ask your family members about their day and really listen. Let them know you care about how they are doing.

Be Affectionate
God created us with the need to be touched and hugged. Physical affection is an important way to show your family members you love them, especially on a day when things go poorly. Take a spontaneous moment to show you love them.

Pray For Them
Pray for your loved ones. Pray for their protection, their needs, concern and anything you know is important to them. Pray God remains the center of their lives.

Encourage Them To Pursue Their Dreams

Throughout our lives, we continue to have new dreams and some old ones which have yet to be fulfilled. Encourage your family member to never lose the gift of dreaming about the future goals, passions, and aspirations. Be a part of helping your family members reach their dreams.

During this month, strive to allow God to do new things in your marriage and family. For the next four Sundays, I will preach a series of messageentitled, “God’s New Things for Your Marriage and Family.” Let us endeavor to put our marriages and families first in our lives. Let us continue…

Seeking God for New Things!

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson


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