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May 2021

Mothers Day @ Life Church – Help I Need A Hankie!

Listen to this powerful Mother’s Day message as Pastor Tina shares with us that there is a day coming, when “God will wipe away every tear from your eye; and there will be no more death, no more sorrow, no more crying, and no more pain; because the former things – temptation, sin and sickness – are over


“What To Do . . . When People Speak Bad of You”

Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God”. So how should we respond to someone who is critical or who speaks negatively about us? Our Pastors will share five practical ways on how to positively respond to unresolved conflict and why we should strive to be peacemakers in our lives. You don’t want to miss the powerful and encouraging message about overcoming criticism.


April 2021

“What Do You Do When People Speak Bad Of You”

At one time or another, we have all found ourselves on an unanchored boat drifting on a lake or river.  Drifting is something that may occur without notice, often slow and subtle. Likewise, if we are not careful, in our relationship we God, we may drift away from God without any warning.  In this message, you will find out what do you do when you are drifting away from God and not drawing near to Him.





 
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“Don’t Become Bankrupt”

Previously, I wrote a blog for the church website entitled, What Measure of Love This Is. While studying and preparing the blog, I fell in love . . . again . . . with 1 Corinthians 13 – The Love Chapter. No matter what Bible version you prefer, the bottom line is that without love, we have nothing.

I am not a wealthy person according to the world. There have been times in my life where I could buy whatever I wanted/needed. Unfortunately, I did not use wisdom, nor was I a good steward of my time, money, and talents. Bankruptcy was the only option. Now, as a senior citizen, I realize I should have enlisted financial assistance. However, amassing money and material items means nothing in the perspective of eternity. We must have love.

One verse of the Love Chapter in particular stood out to me, and it has resonated in my heart and soul. While I prefer King James, as I prepared the blog, the Holy Spirit led me to The Message. Verse 3 says: If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

“I don’t necessarily care for her.” I’m bankrupt without love.

“They are an odd couple.” I’m bankrupt without love.

“I get so angry with him.” I’m bankrupt without love.

“She hurt my feelings. I don’t like her anymore.” I’m bankrupt without love.

“I thought she was my friend. Now she doesn’t need me. No one cares about me.” I’m bankrupt without love.

“Oh, Father, forgive me for failing in not loving unconditionally.” I’m bankrupt without love.

“You sent your Son to teach us how to love unconditionally. I’m bankrupt without love.”

Bankrupt with out love.

Without love, anything we do is, as Paul wrote, sounding brass and tinkling cymbals. I’m bankrupt without love. l have resolved to love . . . regardless. Love is the symphony of eternity. Don’t become bankrupt.
 

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Marilyn Emswiler

 

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“Like Them Instead Of Like Him”

As you grow and mature as a child of the Most High God, you begin to see the battle beginning to change from the enemy of your soul trying to convince you God is not real to convincing you, you cannot be anything like Jesus. God has revealed himself in too many ways, answered too many of your prayers, and has provided in ways your mind would or could never imagine the things you have asked Him for. And since you know  you know  you know  God is who He says He is, you are beginning to see you are who God says you are. And so, the focus of the enemy has shifted from attempting to tell you God is not real, to now attempting to make you believe you are just like everybody else. The enemy wants you to be like them instead of like Jesus. The Word of God says, “For whom he (God, himself) did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son (Jesus, the Christ) that He (Jesus, the Christ) might be the firstborn among many brethren (sisters). (Romans 8:29 [Emphasis added])

Since the enemy can no longer convince you, God is not who He says He is, he now tries to convince you that you cannot think like the Lord thinks. The Word of God says, “Let this mind (way of thinking) be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5 [Emphasis added]) The enemy cannot convince you that God is not all powerful, so he tries to convince you that you are just like everybody else. You do not have any power or authority to do anything in this world. The Word of God says, “Behold, I give unto you (this means you) power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 [Emphasis added]) Since the enemy cannot convince you Jesus is not Lord to the glory of God, the Father, he turns the table. Now he is tempting you that you are not Jesus, and  you cannot do what Jesus did. Listen to me! The devil is a liar. In God’s Word, Jesus himself said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you (yes, he is talking to you), He (she) that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he (she) do also; and greater works than these shall he (she) do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12 [Emphasis added])

Listen to me! Since the enemy of your soul can no longer convince you that God is not who He says He is, he has now changed up his strategies against you. He is now attempting to convince you that you are just like everybody else. The world, your flesh (feelings and/or emotions), and the devil wants you to think, act, and believe you are just like them. Because if you are just like them, then you can be nothing like Jesus. You are a joint heir to the throne of God, my brother. “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; . . .” (Romans 8:17).  You are the apple of God’s eye, my sister.  “. . . for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.” (Zechariah 2:8) When you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you became a new creature. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17) You are not like them; you are created in the image of God. And you must make a decision, you must purpose in your heart, no matter what they say, no matter what they think, no matter how you feel, you have to purpose in your heart, not just in your mind, you are a child of the Most High God. You are like Him and you are not like them.

King Nebuchadnezzar took four young men from the tribe of Israel: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. He attempted to change their names: Daniel to Belteshazzar, Hananiah to Shadrach, Mishael to Meshach, and Azariah to Abednego. In changing their names, King Nebuchadnezzar wanted to convince them they were like the people called Chaldeans. Just as Nebuchadnezzar tried to change these four men into being like everybody else around them, the enemy of your soul is wants to convince you that you are just like everybody else around you. But the devil is a liar. You have to purpose in your heart  you are not like them (the world, the flesh, and the devil). You are like Him (Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the living God). No, you are not the Son of the living God, but you are a child of the living God made in His image. For it is written: “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (Daniel 1:8 [Emphasized added])

When Daniel purposed in his heart, he was not like everybody else, the Word of God says:

And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm. (Daniel 1:19-20)

These four men of Israel were better than those who were considered great in Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom. You are not like them. So purpose in your heart to be like Jesus. Watch the hand of God mold you into the image of His Son.

Be Blessed!
 
By 
 
Erick Young
 
 

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“For Yourself But Never By Yourself”

There is a shift in the atmosphere. For the last several years, it has appeared the world, the flesh, and the devil had control over the land. Darkness has taken over many homes, neighborhoods, cities and states. During this time, we have experienced rage, hatred, division, racism, greed, deception, manipulation, and all kinds of darkness. But there are many who have made a decision about their lives. No matter what goes on around them, what anybody says, thinks or feels about it, you have made the decision in your heart, mind and soul, you are not going to live this life anymore for God. You have made the decision to live this life with God. And since the enemy of your soul cannot do anything about the decision you made, those around you who have not chosen to live a life with God will begin to make you feel and/or think you are in this by yourself.

I don’t know who I am talking to, but the reason they want you to think or feel you are in this by yourself is simply to change the decision you made to live a life with God. Because when you live a life with God, God himself begins to reveal secrets and truths of living this life in the power and the authority of His might. He reveals the secrets to overcoming fear. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) He reveals the secrets of making the devil run from you instead of you running from the devil. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) He reveals the secrets of wisdom for any situation the world, the flesh, or the devil brings your way. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him (her) ask of God, that giveth to all men (women) liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him (her). (James 1:5 [Emphasis added]) Because you made the decision yourself to live this life with Him, He reveals the secret you have more power and authority than any of your enemies. “Behold (because you made the decision to live this life with God), I (Jesus, the Christ) give unto you (yes, you) power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 [Emphasis added])

Listen to me! Even knowing all this, the enemy will still try to convince you that you have to live this type of life by yourself. If the devil can get you to think you are the only one living a life with God, it opens the doorway for the spirit of loneliness. This is the strategy of the enemy of pulling people away from you which have not chosen to live a life with God. But let me reveal a truth why those people are stepping away from you. It is not because they don’t live like you, or they don’t like you. It is not just because you are so different from them as the devil is whispering in your ear. Here is the truth why people are walking away from you because you made the decision to live this life with God. “They zealously affect you, but not well; yea they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.” (Galatians 4:17 [Emphasis added]) When you make the decision to live this life with God, God puts forth his hand. You reach out and grab his hand, and know you know God is with you every step of the way. The Word of God says, “And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. (Habakkuk 3:4 [Emphasis added])

You cannot fall for the trap of the enemy who says you are in this walk with God by yourself. The devil is a liar. In these last days, God is revealing who his true children are. He is pulling His church together to reveal, not only the secrets of His kingdom, but also the secret strategies of the kingdom of darkness operating against the body of believers in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Continue to go to church, to bible study, to surround yourself with those who have made the decision to live this life with God. You are not in this walk by yourself. For it is written:

Then Daniel went to his house, and he made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions. That they (not Daniel by himself) would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then (when they prayed together) was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of Heaven. (Daniel 2:17-19 [Emphasis added])

The Church Jesus is building is beginning to rise in the darkness, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Yes, you made the decision for yourself to live this life with God. But you will never have to live this life with God by yourself. We have a saying at Life Church, with Pastors Terry and Tina Richardson, that no one walks alone.

Arise, son of the living God; arise, daughter of Zion. You are not by yourself. Not only is God with you but His church – not the church the man built – but the Church He is building is with you as well. You made the decision to live this life with God for yourself, but you are never by yourself.

Be Blessed!
 
By 
 
Erick Young
 
 

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