“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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“New Things”

Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. Behold, I do a new thing! Now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” Isaiah 43:18-19

Many of us if we are honest with ourselves would admit that we have areas in our lives where we are dissatisfied; made promises we haven’t kept; or experienced failures and set backs. The beauty of Isaiah’s words in this passage are quite simple-”It’s not over until God says it’s over” and “God is more interested in your future than your past.”

In this narrative Israel is being held captive in Babylon and at their lowest point. They are not just discouraged, but fully defeated, deflated, and depressed. At this low point, God sends a word through prophet Isaiah because God knew that His people needed some reassurance. Several truths that give us hope for today from this passage are:

Put the Past Behind You
The prophet tells Israel two things they need to do in verse 18. First, they must forget the former thingsthe miracles, signs, and wonders of yesterday. The Israelites focused so much on what God did yesterday that they did not believe what God wanted to do for them today. Too often, we continue to look to the past victories that we fail to see what God desires to do in the future.

Do Not Dwell on the Past
The second truth Isaiah taught was not to dwell on past mistakes. Their forefathers has rebelled against Moses at Mount Sinai; failed to believe God to provide food and water in the wilderness; and failed to seize the opportunity to conquer the Promise Land. The keys to dealing with mistakes is recognizing them, learning from them and moving on.

A wise proverb says, “If you are looking behind you, you cannot see where you are going”. Whatever your past may be whether it is regrets, mistakes, and failures, ask God to help you forget it and put it behind you. Perhaps, you have some regrets in 2018. Don’t dwell on them, but ask God to forgive you and move ahead in 2019 with victory.

Trust God’s Path Before You In verse 19 the Lord days, “ I am doing something new”. Notice, it is God who does the new work and continues to do the work. While God blessed Israel in their past, He assured them He would do something new and fresh in their future. Sometimes, it may not seem like God is working in our lives, but it doesn’t mean He is not.

Isaiah said it would “spring up” like a blade of grass coming up out of the ground or the opening of a flower. Be watchful and ready for the new things God has for you in 2019. Those things will suddenly spring forth.

One of the things God says He will do is to make a road through the wilderness. The wilderness is untamed, uncharted territory and making a road through it is extremely difficult. God promises to make a path or a road so you can follow Him through the wilderness. You see, God can do the impossible in extremely difficult things. What God is about to do for you and Life Church is more wonderful than He did before.

A second new thing God will do is make a river in the desert. Deserts are dry and desolate places. Perhaps, you feel your life is dry, barren, and not growing. Be encouraged because God is doing a something new. He can make a stream of water flow in you and transform your barrenness into fields of blessings and abundance.

Throughout this year individually and corporate, let us be watchful and ready for the new things God will do in 2019. God wants to give you an abundant life in Christ. Let us not settle for mediocrity. Thirst for the new roads and rivers God has and delight in Him! Until then, let us continue…

Seeking God For New Things!

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson


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