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August 2018

“Discovering Your Divine Destiny” Series – God’s Assignment For You – Part II

God created everything for a reason and purpose including you. You are uniquely and wonderfully made by God to fulfill His destiny with specific divine assignments in mind. In this message you will be encouraged to seek after God in knowing without a doubt His divine assignments for your life.



“Discovering Your Divine Destiny” Series “God’s Assignment For You” – Part I

God created everything with an invisible code to become what it’s meant to be. For example, a tomato seed can’t grow into a watermelon. When God made you, He put an invisible code, a plan, for what He wants you to become. A dentist? A lawyer? An athlete? God knows and He loves to reveal His assignment for you.



“Discovering Your Divine Destiny” Series – God’s Plan For You!

God has a plan for your life and every plan He has for you is important. God is no respecter of persons because He has a unique plan and destiny for every individual. Through this message you will discover God’s amazing plan for you as you live your life in His will.



July 2018

“Love Like Jesus”

When we love someone, we become vulnerable. Those we love the most have the power to wound us the deepest. In those times of hurt and pain, how we respond is critical. Will we become resentful, bitter, or unforgiving? Will we disconnect from the person who hurt us? Or will we invite God into the middle of the mess and pain? Through God’s great grace, we can be reconciled to those who hurt us. We can make the choice to love like Jesus loves.



“Keeping Cool When It Gets Hot”

Anger, resentment, forgiveness, and bitterness can destroy the relationships that matter most to us. Often, the damage happens through spoken words and actions taken in the heat of emotions. When you are in the middle of a tense, emotionally





 
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“Don’t Back Up!”

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And, I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots and his horseman.” Exodus 14:14-18

In this passage, God’s people were being pursued by Pharaoh and his Egyptian army. However, only the Lord knew what it would take to deliver his chosen people from slavery. As the Israelites came to the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army behind them and the hills on each side, the only thing they could do was go forward. It was impossible to go back. In actuality, there was nothing to go back to!

In the midst of their dilemma God told them, “Go forward!”. Ultimately, they won the victory over Pharaoh’s great army because God was with them before, during, and after the crossing of the Red Sea.

In spite of the obstacles the enemy has put before you, there is also victory for you if you face every day with the attitude that you are going forward and not back. So, how do you move forward without moving back?

Know that you are heading to something better

Where you are now is only temporary. This is not your final destination. Heaven is our goal and not the things this world has to offer. To move forward you must move out of the place of your comfort. The Israelites became comfortable in Egypt. They were used to settling for leftovers, but, recognize God has better things ahead.

Change your attitude
The Israelites developed a slave mentality. They became content with where they were. People of God sometimes get accustomed to their surrounds or they get used to “hand me downs” even if it’s not the best the Lord has for them.

God has called His people to be the head and not the tail, to be above and not below, to be victorious and not the victim. Your attitude determines your altitude.

Have faith in God and put to use what He has placed in your hand

In this verse, God said to Moses, “Raise your staff and stretch your hand over the sea.” Notice the only thing Moses had was faith in what God had promised and a stick. What has He given you to move yourself and lead others to their destiny? It might be a talent such as singing or playing an instrument, to a trade like carpentry or landscaping. It doesn’t matter what it is, but, use it for the glory of the Lord.

Depend upon God’s favor and not man’s favor

God showed his favor upon Moses and Israel. God desires to show His favor upon you as you walk in obedience to His will.

Depend upon God’s power
As Moses lifted his rod toward the Red Sea, the power of God was demonstrated and the waters parted. Not only does God give you power to overcome the obstacles of life, but He gives you the power to move forward-if you are willing. Be determined to heed the voice of God and not allow anything to stop you from drifting back into the things that once held you down or back.

As we move forward as a church, God has wonderful things ahead for us. With the construction of the West Campus on Potranco Road in progress and God’s dream becoming a reality, we have many things to do. We can’t look back and be distracted, but must move ahead by faith to see in the spiritual what God will do in the natural because the best is yet to come!

With Love,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson


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“Near The Cross”

Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother’s sister (Salome), Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother and the disciple standing by, whom He loved (John)… -John 19:25-26

When Jesus was crucified, there were a number of people who stood near the cross. We pray and sing, “Keep me near the cross”, but what does it really mean to be near the cross where Jesus was crucified? I am not speaking about a literal, physical presence, but I am referring to a spiritual positiona special relationship to Jesus Christ.

John gives us insight by name to several people who stood near the cross when Jesus faced the crucifixion. From these we can understand what it means to be near the cross.

Mary MagdaleneA Place of Redemption

Luke 8:2 tells us that Mary Magdalene was a woman whom Jesus had cast out seven demons. She had been in bondage to Satan for a long time, doing terrible things. Then, Jesus came and cast out the demons and delivered her from bondage.

When a person trusts in Jesus Christ for deliverance, these same marvelous changes take place in their life. The individual goes from darkness to light; from the power of Satan to the power of God; from being guilty to experiencing forgiveness; and from being spiritually impoverished to becoming spiritually wealthy. That is what Jesus did for Mary Magdalene. Standing near the cross, Mary saw the price paid for her deliverance. Jesus died that we might be redeemed and bought back from bondage. It is no wonder that Mary stood near the cross, because she had experienced deliverance from sin and the gift of salvation.

SalomeA Place of Rebuke

Who is Salome? Most Bible scholars identify her as Jesus’ mother’s sister, the wife of Zebedee and the mother of James and John. As the mother of James and John, she was one who asked Jesus a very selfish request: “Can my two sons have places of honor in God’s Kingdom?” Jesus’ response to her was, it is not His to give away. Salome forgot the cost of the reward. There are many times that we can be selfish in our desires, thinking about ourselves. As we draw near to the cross, we see Jesus and not our selfish ambitions and motives.

Mary, the mother of Jesus 

A Place of Reward Mary was Jesus’ earthly mother. He did not ignore her on the cross, but rewarded her by sharing His beloved disciple with her. Why did Jesus reward her? Because of the suffering Mary was willing to endure. She suffered shame, reproach, and gossip when she was found to be with child while engaged to Joseph. She suffered emotionally as she felt the climax of Simeon’s prophecy concerning the death of her son and as she watched her innocent son suffer and die in a public and shameful death. Jesus felt her sorrow and suffering as He hung on the cross and He rewarded her. Likewise, He rewards those who suffer with Him; then we shall reign with Him.

JohnA Place of Restoration and Responsibility

For John, to be at the cross was to stand at a place of restoration and responsibility. John stood at the cross restored, for he, along with the other disciples, had forsaken Jesus and fled for their lives at the garden of Gethsemane. However, John returned to the cross restored and forgiven. Jesus gave him the responsibility to care for His mother. As we stand near the cross, it is a place of restoration and responsibility as Jesus forgives and restores us in our relationship to God. He gives us the responsibility to be an example and tell others of the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

As we prepare for Easter, let us keep our eyes and hearts near to the cross as we recognize what Jesus did for all of us. The cross is a place of redemption, rebuke, reward, restoration, and responsibility. Let us value the great love that Jesus has for us. Until then, let us continue…

Changing Lives For Eternity!

With Love,
Pastors Terry & Tina Richardson  


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“Every Tribe, Every Nation”

“But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me
the commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go! – John 14:31
 

As Jesus met with his disciples in the Upper Room the last week of his life on earth, in brief synopsis He gave them the heart of God: Missions! He said, “that the world may know.” Jesus did not mean just knowledge of His Father, but that every tribe and every nation might know the Father intimately and closely in fellowship and communion. You see, that is still God’s desire: every tribe, tongue and nation would know Him.

Missions must continue to be our focus because how will the world “know” Him unless we tell them. We can no longer hide behind the security and safety of the church walls, but we must arise and go.

Consider the following: If the world’s population was reduced to only 100 people in this world –

  • 66 people out of the 100 would not be Christians;
  • 2/3 of all people groups of the world have never heard about Jesus Christ – the Savior of the world;
  • 70 out of the 100 would be illiterate with no reading or writing skills;
  • 50 out of the 100 would go to bed hungry; and
  • 80 out of the 100 would live in substandard housing.
Here in the passage, we briefly see three insights:


Insight #1: Jesus’ Claim

Jesus’ claim was that He loved the Father. He was in love with His Father. Church, we must have a fresh love and passion for our Heavenly Father. Jesus wanted everyone to know His Father as He has known Him. Let us “know Him and make Him known.”

 

Insight #2: Jesus’ Command

Jesus’ claim led to His command. His command was to show the world the love of His Father through Him. That is our command as well: to tell and show others the wonderful, steadfast, unceasing love of God. We cannot hide what Jesus has done for us, but we must proclaim Him in being obedient to the command of Christ. You see, the Great Commission is not the Great Option or the Commission of Omission. This command is for all believers to tell of the love of the Father and show his love to all. We must rise and go!

Insight #3: Jesus’ Commitment

When you are obedient to Jesus’ command to rise and go, you can have the confidence that you are not going alone. In this verse, Jesus said, “let us rise.” What this means is that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, comes along side of you equipping and empowering you to do what He has called you to do. For it is by His Spirit, that spiritual walls fall, and the captive is set free.

Be sure to be a part of our 2018, Mission Convention, “Every Tribe, Every Nation” the first Sunday of March as we focus on the harvest fields of the world. I am very grateful to all of our missionaries who make tremendous sacrifices to go to every tribe and nation. Let us remember to cover them in our prayers and with our financial support. Our missionaries are counting on us. Remember, every one of us is called to be missionaries wherever we go – whether at home, school, the market place, or work place. There must be an urgency about God’s mission to arise and go so that every tongue and nation may know and confess Jesus Christ as Lord! Until then, let us continue. . .

Changing Lives for Eternity!

With Love,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson


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