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September 2018

“The Anointing” Series – The Anointing Makes The Difference

There’s a difference between simply being good and gifted at something and being anointed. If we are not careful, we can rely upon our own abilities, rather than depending upon God’s anointing. In this message, Pastor breaks down the importance of the anointing on your life and the difference the anointing makes.



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.





 
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“POWER FOR PURPOSE”

“And ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you and you shall be my witness…” Acts 1:8

 

Before Jesus ascended to Heaven, He told his disciples to tarry in the city of Jerusalem until they received power from on high. This power promised to the disciples would be given them for the purpose of being bold witnesses.


People often think of the Holy Spirit’s empowerment in terms of sign, wonders, and spiritual gifts. However, the word translated for “power” in Acts 1:8 also means “ability” and applies in practical ways to everyday life.

The Holy Spirit supplies whatever it takes to helps us accomplish what is needed. The Holy Spirit enables ordinary people to do extraordinary things. He empowers our witness in what we say. As He did for the New Testament Christians following the Day of Pentecost, the Spirit gives us the internal motivation and unction to speak about Jesus. This is our vocal witness. Our message is Jesus. It is the Christ-centered message the Spirit will honor and use. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would glorify Him. After the Day of Pentecost, the first Christians boldly and clearly witnessed about Jesus as He promised they would.

The Holy Spirit also helps us in how we speak – to communicate Christ as Paul did “in power and in the Holy Spirit with full conviction.” The Spirit moves us in our witness with a sincere, compelling passion because of how we say something communicates as much as what we say. The apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Thessalonica: “Our Gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.”

 

You see, unfortunately, many equate being a witness merely with their speech, or what has come to be termed “witnessing.” But effectiveness in reaching the spiritually lost requires a witness beyond words. This is our vital witness.

Finally, our witness is comprised of who we are. The validity of our witness depends on character. This has always been true. However, in culture that is increasingly skeptical of Christianity, it is even more critical. The context of our message will be greatly hindered if our manner and our actions are inconsistent with our words. People are watching your life to see what is different. Do they see the difference in your life? Can they see Jesus in you? This is our valid witness.

Jesus clearly stated to his church that the essential purpose of Spirit’s empowerment is to be Jesus’ witnesses. The Holy Spirit baptism opens the way to a life of victorious living and powerful witness in what we say, how we say it, and who we are.

On Sunday, June 4th, we celebrate Pentecost Sunday with Evangelist Scott Camp. Seek God for a fresh outpouring and infilling of His Spirit in your life. What God did in the book of Acts, He can do for you. Also, June is the month we celebrate Father’s Day. My prayer for every dad is to experi- ence the freshness of God’s Spirit in his life and in his family. Let us be reminded that God has fresh living waters for you and for Life Church. Until then, let us continue. . .

Changing Lives for Eternity!

With Love,

Pastors Terry & Tina Richardson


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“Perplexed At The Tomb”

“And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.“ Luke 24:2-4

On Sunday morning, the women who followed and loved Jesus decided to go to the tomb where He was buried. When they arrived at His burial place they “expected” to find a big stone covering the grave. Instead, to their utter confusion, the stone was rolled away and the grave empty. The Bible says, “they were perplexed.”

Have you ever found yourself “perplexed” by circumstances in life? I know I have. I expected one thing, but got something totally different. You work hard to do a good job. You expect a promotion and a raise, but instead the boss puts a friend in the position that was promised to you. Or worse, you get let go. You are confused, perplexed and extremely upset.

We can all identify with the perplexity of the women who made it to the tomb. They had just two days prior buried a friend in a tomb, and returned 48 hours later to find the body gone. When the women told the disciples that Jesus’ body was missing, they were confused.

The ladies were emotional and grief stricken; the men doubted their story because it was confusing. In fact, Luke tells us that the “words of the women seemed to the apostle as idle takes, and they believed them not.” Not only was everyone perplexed and confused, but the apostles thought the ladies made the whole story up.

There’s a big lesson for you and me. When things don’t meet our expectations, we all can be con- fused. And confusion leads to distrust. At the tomb, we find two men sent from Heaven, reminding the perplexed women of Jesus’ words: “In three days I will rise.” But, sadly, fueled by false expectations and overwhelming disappointment, the women became confused and forgot Jesus’ words.

The women weren’t the only ones to forget what Jesus said. When Jesus’ disciples head their story, they too, forgot Jesus’ words and decided not to believe what the women said.

To the point, that hours later when two of Jesus’ followers were headed home to Emmaus, they were still in such a confused state that they not only forgot all the words in Scripture Jesus told them, which pointed to his death, they forgot Him. When Jesus joined them on their journeytheir perplexity and confusion blinded them so much they didn’t recognize He was right by their side. I think we all can admit that in life when we face disappointments it can lead to sorrow, confusion, grief, and regrets.

The apostle Paul, in writing to the Christians living in Corinth during very trying times, has heaven’s answer to the perplexity and confusion we face.

Paul points out that in our lives we may be “afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair.” (II Corinthians 4:8) Why not? Because He says, even in our “earthen vessels” we can show God’s transcendent power. We may be confused and perplexed by difficult circumstances we face, but when we do not let these tragedies make us lose our grip on God, we are showing His power working in us. If it’s our power we’re trusting, we do get confused. We think that the news of Christ’s resurrection is nothing but an “idle” tale. But when we remember Jesus’ words, we are empowered by the Source that is greater than our disappointment, sadness, or confusion.

When you are on your “Emmaus” roads of life questioning, confused or perplexed, be grateful and thankful that Jesus never leaves you or forsakes you, but walks with you step by step even when you can’t feel or see Him. There may be times in your life that Jesus is silent, but He is never absent! In perplexities when you do not know what to do or understand what is going on, be patient and calm by the thought that “what is hidden from you is not hidden from Him.” Until then, let us continue. . . Changing Lives for Eternity!

With Love,
Pastors Terry & Tina Richardson


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“Expect More – 2017”

“Enlarge the place of they tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations; spare not, lengthen they cords, and strengthen thy stakes; for thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.” -Isaiah 54:2-3

As we turn the calendar page of a new year, the Word of the Lord to Life Church is “Expect More”. God wants to do exceeding above all what we can even think or imagine, but it begins with our level of expectation.

The prophet, Isaiah, wrote about a people who experienced spiritual barrenness and dryness. They were searching for meaning and purpose. There was a genuine hunger and thirst for God. In the midst of their cry to God, God spoke to them to expect more by:

Enlarging:

First, they must enlarge the place of their tent. God wanted to do bigger and better things in their lives. Like Israel, God wants to do greater things in you and His Church. However, to make this a reality we must expect more and enlarge our capacity for God. We must have a sincere hunger and thirst for Him in our lives and in our church. As we enlarge our place for God, He will speak things into your spirit as you believe and expect Him for bigger things.

Stretching:

Not only must we enlarge our capacity for God, but secondly, we must stretch forth the curtains. This means we must expand our influences. Everyone of us has a sphere of influence. Let us influence our community by showing concern for others and expanding our circle of love to be inclusive rather than exclusive. Our community-Valley Hi and the Potranco area-needs us to be a Godly influence of holiness and righteousness. We cannot afford to sit backAllowing the enemy to reek havoc upon our communities. We must rise up and expect more of God’s anointing on our lives and stretch forth our cords to influence those around us.

Strengthening:

Finally, Isaiah says to strengthen our stakes. This refers to stretching our faith and commitment: stretching our faith to believe God for the impossible; stretching ourselves in prayer, worship, service, and giving. After all, God blesses the church and believer that willingly offers himself as a living sacrifice.

God has given the divine directive for us to enlarge our tent and expect more from Him as He enables us. Throughout this month, seek God as to how He would have you enlarge your tent-your capacity for God, stretching forth your curtains, influencing those around you in a positive way, and strengthening the stakes-the commitment you will make to God be what He wants you to be and expect more from Him.

When we enlarge the place of our tent, stretch forth the curtains of influence, and strengthen the stakes of faith and commitment, we will see the spiritually desolate communities of San Antonio come to life with the presence of God. We will see spiritual blind eyes open, and those who are captive set free. As we look ahead throughout the beginning of January, let us endeavor to expect more as we enlarge our tent. Of course, enlarging our tent takes a step of faith and commitment. God has made a promise to us as we follow Him in enlarging our tent, we will break forth on the right and the left and God will gives us an inheritance of souls. Let’s join together, expect more, and enlarge God’s tent!

Expect More in 2017!

With Love,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson

 

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