“Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving”

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name! – Psalm 100:4

Some believe Thanksgiving did not originate with the Pilgrims and Indians. Actually, the spirit of thanksgiving is ingrained in the Word of God, and should be a part of our lives on a daily basis.

Here is some food for thought as related by Robert E. Bruce:

“While walking along a busy street one day, I heard someone singing. His sweet voice was distinguishable even above the noise in the traffic. When I located him, I noticed he had no legs, and was pushing himself through the crowd in a wheelchair. Catching up with him, I said ‘I want you to know, friend, to hear singing from a person in your condition gives everyone else a lift.’ He answered with a grateful smile, ‘When I stopped looking at what I had lost and began concentrating on all I had left, I found much for what I could rejoice and be happy. ‘”

When we think about it, we all have much to be thankful for. God has been good to each of us. He has demonstrated to us time and time again His faithfulness. Some people are appreciative by nature, but some are not. We should remember every good gift comes from God, and He is the source, support, and end of all things. The very breath in our mouths is the free gift from God.

This is why the hymn writer wrote, “Count your many blessings, and name them one by one.” What are you thankful for?

 The taxes I pay because it means I am employed

A lawn which needs mowing, windows in need of cleaning, and gutters which need fixing because it means I have a home

The spot I found at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking

The alarm clock which goes off in the early morning hours because it means I am alive

Weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive

Let us continue to be thankful to God and bless His name! God has blessed us with His presence and faithfulness! We love and appreciate every one of you! Many you have a blessed thanksgiving season with family and friends as we thank God for His faithfulness and goodness.

Changing Lives for Eternity!

With Love,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson


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“Let Your Light Shine”

“You are the light of the world… Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which his in heaven” – Matthew 5:14,16

When our girls were small, they often avoided going to bed. They did not like to be in the dark, so light helped them go to sleep. We placed night lights in their bedrooms. When we turned out the main light, the small night light illuminated their rooms, bringing a sense of security and peace.

Light is comforting to all of us. We need light in our lives. In this dark world, Jesus is our light. As our source of light, He brings hope and security. However, we should not keep this wonderful light to ourselves. We are to be “night lights” to others.

Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, described our influence as light in the darkness. As the vessel through which God’s light shines, we are to reflect His light. We must reflect the light of Jesus to the world-the light of salvation, eternal life, and hope. This light should continue to shine. So, do not hide this glorious light. We must be a light in every setting-work, school, the grocery store, post office, family gatherings, and with friends.

God places countless people in your path everyday waiting for you to care enough to offer a warm, genuine invitation to church. Recent studies indicate 25% of people who do not attend church have never been invited. People long to have someone tell them about God and His love. Look for opportunities to let your light shine because God has shone His love into your heart. Let us not be selfish with what God have given us.

Ask yourself,

Have I spoken to someone in the last month about what Jesus means to me?

Have I invited someone from work, school, or family to church?

Have I contacted someone in the last month who has been absent from church to express my concern?

Do I pray for opportunities to share Christ with others?

Let your light shine! Someone is waiting for your invitation. We never know if this may be our last opportunity or their last chance to hear the wonderful message of love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. God is depending on you to be a “night light” to someone. Don’t pass up your “God given opportunity” to share your light.

Until then, let us continue. . . Changing Lives for Eternity! With Love, Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson


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“Make A Difference”

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38

One of the central truths of this scripture is that Jesus made a difference wherever He went. When Jesus passed by, nothing remained the same. His life made an impact on those around Him.

I remember the story of the woman with the issue of blood. Her life had fallen apart. Illness left her physically and financially bankrupt. She resigned herself to living the rest of her life in pain, suffering and rejection, however, one day Jesus passed through her village. She heard the testimonies from others about this man from Galilee and the miracles of healing that he performed. With a crowd of people around him, Jesus passed her way. The desperate woman mustered all the strength she could and pushed her way through the crowds. The only thing she was able to do was to grab the hem of his garment. She came to Jesus as a sick, hopeless, desperate individual, but when she touched the hem of his garment something happened to her life. She was healed. She went home to her family a different woman because, she came in contact with the one who made a difference in people’s lives.

As you read the gospels, you will find that Jesus made a difference in the lives of people. I challenge you to follow the example of Jesus and make a difference! Live a life that will make a difference in your community, family, job, and church.
 
Don’t sit around and complain about what is wrong with America, but go out and make a difference. Don’t complain about what’s happening on the job or in church, but be the instrument of change to make a difference. Rise above status quo and mediocrity and do your best to be and do what God wants you to do. God did not call you to settle comfortably within yourself and pass through life without making a difference, but God called you to be the instrument of change. Don’t wait for someone else to change or for your situation to change, but be determined to change the things that you can, and for God to change the things you cannot.

Do you desire to make a difference in your church? Don’t wait for someone else to catch the burden, because they may never, but be determined that if God wants to use you, you are willing to make a difference.

How can you make a difference? Touch those around you with God’s love. Be an example of God’s grace and mercy. Love your neighbor as yourself and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Remember, everyone can do something. Be a dreamer, and believe God to use you to make a difference.

Until then, let us continue. . . Changing Lives for Eternity!

With Love,
Pastor Terry & Tina Richard


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