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March 2018

The Amazing Love Story

God’s love for you is so deep you cannot find the end of it. In this message from the life of Hosea we see that regardless of how deep a valley of trouble we find ourselves in, God will always provide a door of hope. Nothing can separate you from His love.



The Greatest Crime

In this message Pastor will share with you the Christian’s greatest crime. It is not being faithful to church or serving the church, but our greatest crime is not sharing our faith. Jesus attached an urgency to the Gospe



The Missionary Dropout

Every Tribe, Every Nation – 2018 Mission’s Emphasis with Reverend Dr. Doyle Jones.  





 
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“Altered At The Altar”

“And Abraham removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east, and there he built an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord.” – Genesis 12:8

Throughout Scripture we see the importance of the altar. The altar was a meeting place where God met with man and man met with God. It was also a place of sacrifice, surrender, and worship.

In these passages, Abraham responded to the call of God, taking his family and leaving what was familiar the Ur of Chaldees – and went to a land where he had never been. As God led him, Abraham came to a place called Sychar. There, he surrendered himself to God and God appeared unto him. Following his time of consecration, Abraham built an altar and called on God.

Later, in Genesis 22, Abraham and Isaac ascended up Mt. Moriah to worship God. There, on top of the mountain, Abraham and Isaac built an altar. God met them there, providing a sacrifice reaffirming that He is Jehovah Jireh the God who provides.

We see in I Kings 18, the Israelites had neglected and forsaken the altar, turning their hearts towards Baal. There, at Mt. Carmel, Elijah rebuilt the altar, offering a sacrifice and calling out to God in repentance on behalf of the Israelites for their idolatry. Following his prayer, God opened the heavens and consumed the sacrifice by fire. Notice, the altar is a powerful place.

A long-standing conviction we must have as a church is the priority of the altar in personal and corporate worship. It is a marvelous moment when the Holy Spirit moves upon hearts and lives of the people and takes them to a time of saying, “Yes, Lord”, in response to working of the Holy Spirit.

In our services, when a call to the altar is issued, people may kneel at their pews or bow their heads. That is fine in many cases because the important thing is to spend time in prayer. However, there are occasions when publicly stepping out and moving to the altar in obedience to the voice of the Spirit is important. This literally, and spiritually, signifies the person’s determination to fulfill what God is impressing on his or her heart. Testimonies abound of people whose lives were transformed during a time of meeting God at the altar.

Let me encourage you to keep the altar at the focus of your life. As the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart, respond to the altar call for it is the culmination of all that God is speaking to you. It is your act of responding to the truths and principles of God’s Holy Word. In that moment, the Holy Spirit deals directly with your heart, mind, and soul as you are touched by the life-changing Word.

Often, we hear the phrase “oldfashioned altar” used, usually in reference to its timelessness. Though the altar is timeless, there is nothing old-fashioned about the altar. It is a place where God continues to meet with people of all generations who come and seek His help and grace.

Keep the altar as the centerpiece of your life. Your life will be strengthened immeasurably as you obey the voice of the Spirit and commit to His leading. Decisions made at the altar will impact those who respond. Transformed disciples will rise from their knees knowing the reality of God’s love and grace and determined to fulfill their promises to Him. Until then, let us continue…

Changing Lives for Eternity,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson

Senior Pastor


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“Live the Life”

“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord… They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT

Even before the creation of the universe, God had you in mind and planned you for His purpose! You are not a biological accident; neither are you a mistake or did you enter into this world by chance or happenstance. Your life has purpose because God has given meaning to your life. God has called you to live your life with purpose and direction. When you live out God’s calling in your life you will be productive and blessed.

It is imperative for every person to know and understand their purpose for existence. When an individual does not understand his purpose for being, he will wander aimlessly though life being driven by outside forces. You see, you will find some in life are driven by the outside force of guilt, spending their entire lives running from regrets and past mistakes. Others are driven by resentment or anger. They hold on to past hurts and pains, either internalizing their anger or exploding it on to others. Thirdly, you will find people imprisoned by fear keeping them from becoming what God intended for them to be.

Others find themselves driven by the outside force of materialism. This drive for material things perpetuates the misconception that having more will bring happiness and security; however, we must realize one’s value is not measured by what is attained in life. One is valuable because God created him to be valued and to live his life fulfilling God’s call.

On the other hand, when you live the life God has for you becoming who God has called you to be, you will find meaning and fulfillment. God’s first call for your life is to be loved by God. That is the bedrock for everything that happens in your life.

Remember, you were created and called to be loved by God.

Secondly, to live the life God has called you to live, you must belong. You were not made to go through life alone on your own. You weren’t made to go through life lonely. God created you to belong – to belong to Him and His family, the Church. Not only are you called to belong, but, thirdly, God has called you to “become.” “Becoming” means becoming all that you are in God. It means growing and maturing in your faith. No longer being a “spiritual” baby but becoming a disciple and follower of Jesus.

Fourthly, to live the life God meant for you to live, God has called you to be a blessing to others. We serve God by serving others. God has given you unique gifts and abilities to help build His Family. God has blessed you with your spiritual gifts, your heart, your abilities, your personality, and your experiences. God wired and shaped you to serve Him. When you become a blessing to others, God will bless you. Finally, to live the life and to become who God wants you to become, recog- nize you are called to be sent by God on a mission. Your mission is to share what Christ has done in you and through you.

God wants you to live your life with purpose and meaning; to be fruitful and productive. It is the only real way to live. It is said of David that he was a man after God’s heart. Why? Because according to Acts 13:36, he “… served his own generation by the will of God.” David dedicated his life to fulfilling God’s purpose on earth. There is no greater reward than serving God’s purpose in your generation.

During this month at Life Church, I challenge you to be a part of the Live the Life series. Join an Empower class or small home group, commit to serve, or join an outreach ministry sharing the wonderful love of God. Invite your family and friends to be a part of this exciting journey at Life Church as we live the life!

Changing Lives For Eternity,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson


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“Waters That Unite”

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

In the New Testament, baptism identifies Christians with their Lord publicly. Jesus gave his disciples their final instructions: Go into all the world and make disciples – followers of Jesus – of all people. Once people became followers of Jesus, they were to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Too often baptism is seen as waters that divide. We see in Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church, instead of unifying the people, baptism was dividing the church. In response to the news that the Corinthian church was fractured based on the following personalities and who baptized them, Paul reminds them of their unity in the Gospel. He then reproves them for the way baptism was dividing them, and in the process presents several truths about baptism: Baptism Identifies Us With Christ

The Corinthians made the mistake of identifying their baptism with the person who baptized them. However, baptism does not connect us to the individual who immerses us; baptism is the way Jesus gave his disciples the means to identify with Him. He could have said build an ark, or move to Israel, or stop cutting your hair, but he said baptize or immerse new believers in water. You see, baptism is what marks Christians and divides them from the world, symbolizing unity in Christ and bringing visible unity to Christ’s church.
 
Baptism Doesn’t Save You; It Announces Salvation
 
When you are water baptized, it is because you are already saved. The act of baptism doesn’t save you. It is God’s grace through faith by which a person is saved. Baptism is an individual announcement to family, friends, the church and the world that you are no longer following yourself, but you are following Jesus Christ. It is a public announcement of an inward work of God in the heart of the believer. When I was 17 and just beginning to learn how to walk with God, I was asked if I wanted to be baptized. I certainly did. Somewhere during that year, God opened my eyes to see my need for Jesus and filled my heart with faith. I spent weeks preparing to give my testimony, so that before entering the water I would testify of what Jesus had done in my life. The visible act of baptism was personalized by the verbal announcement I made just before. In every baptism, the individual makes a public confession of their sin and their need for a savior. Baptism symbolizes the Gospel – that we believe the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 
Baptism Follows Belief
 
Believer’s baptism, defined as baptism following belief, is the pattern in Corinth. Acts 18:8 says, “And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.” This follows the regular pattern in Acts: the gospel preached, people believed, and they are baptized. To a church divided by the practice of baptism, Paul emphasized their belief in the Gospel. In Corinth, the people had lost sight of Christ’s cross, the Father’s calling, and the Spirit’s illumination. For that reason, Paul called the church to look at the real meaning of baptism – not to forgive sins, but to identify with Christ in obedience as well as to reflect on the powerful work of salvation in the heart of the believer. Today, baptism is both overemphasized and under emphasized. Some make baptism necessary for salvation which is unscriptural, while others put no barrier around baptism, letting anyone who wants to dive in. While baptism is not essential for salvation, it is essential for the health and witness of the church as we celebrate with joy new life in Christ.
 
Changing Lives for Eternity,
Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson Senior Pastor

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