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March 2019

“Made for More” Series – Passion, Zeal, & Worship

When you think of Jesus, what do you picture? Do you see Jesus as the gentle, quiet man from historic paintings? Or, do you see the Jesus pictured in the Bible – the man who cast out devils, confronted Pharisees to their face, wept with compassion and chased the moneychangers out of the temple? Jesus wasn’t just gentle


“From Promise to Provision” Series – Don’t Settle

It took Israel forty years to reach their destiny of the Promise Land, yet they continue to have faith in seeing God’s promises and new things happen. Understand, God’s promises may take time. You will be tempted to take shortcuts, or pursue plan B. But, beware. Sometimes shortcuts lead you



“From Promise to Provision” Series – Take Another Lap

Following God’s deliverance of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery in Exodus, the Bible says they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. A journey to the Promise Land should have taken days but took them years. Why? Becaus



“From Promise to Provision” Series – Saved But Stuck

Every one of us has baggage things we have done, and things people have done to us. Often, we find ourselves stuck in l





 
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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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“Home Remedies”

“And thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might… And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house,  and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” – Deuteronomy 6:5-7

With television shows like Desperate Housewives, Wife Swap, The Bachelor, and The Simpsons, our view of what “family” is about can become distorted. However, from the very beginning of human life, God created the family as the basic foundation of society. We were created as relational beings, dependent on one another.

It is the relationship between the husband and wife, parents and children, and sibling to sibling which provides love, strength, and support to each other. Moses knew this, too. Moses, in leading the nation of Israel, had the awesome responsibility to convey and model God’s guidelines for a healthy family. With moral decay and spiritual erosion in our society, God has a remedy for the home, our marriages, and families, which include:

Live a Righteous Life Moses was speaking in this passage to mothers and fathers. There are two things I have realized as a parent. First, the parental path is never ending. There is always a bend in the road, a valley to cross, and a hill to climb. How we travel the parental paths makes all the difference in our children’s’ lives. Only you, as a parent, can set the pattern for your children.

Love the Lord We must model our love for the Lord to our children. In reality, through your relationship with God, you are teaching your children what God is like. Earthly fathers mirror a heavenly Father. Parents should love and forgive one another.

You see, there is a huge difference between “church going parents” and “Christloving parents.” What our children need to see in our homes are parents who have passionate relationships with God. It’s not the value or equity of your house which matters; it’s the worth of the love demonstrated in your home that counts.

Teach the Right Lessons The primary responsibility of mom and dad is to teach their children the right lessons to grow and mature to be godly adults. Often, parents leave this up to the school or church; however, the home is the child’s first classroom. Teach your children that actions have consequences and that character counts. Stress in your family to love and forgive. Our homes are where our children learn basic skills of respect, kindness, and obedience to authority. Teach your children what to do, how to be disciplined, and to seek God. As Moses pointed out, teach and model the love of God to your family.

February is known as the month of love, but love should be demonstrated every day of the year. Show God’s love and compassion for one another. God wants your house to be more than a house – He wants it to be a home of love.

Finally, I encourage you to hear my Sunday series, “Home Remedies” because God has the remedy for healing and wholeness for our marriage and family relationships. It is my desire to see the marriages and families of our church grow stronger together with the Lord. Until then, let us continue …

Changing Marriages and Families! We love you!

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson


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“Suddenly…”

“…they were all in one accord…suddenly…” Acts 2:2,3

Much of life is waiting for something to happen. Minutes turn into hours, hours into days, days into months, and months into years. Waiting too often becomes more about the clock seeming to stand still. Where is that moment when it turns and what you have been waiting for “suddenly” arrives?

Throughout the Scripture God intervened suddenly in the middle of many difficult challenges, as well as, in daily life. God has a never ending supply of suddenly breakthroughs for His people. God knows we certainly need them.

In many biblical examples the “suddenly’s” were preceded by a godly person or group of people seeking the Lord, praying, and trusting in God from time of prayer until the answer manifested. It’s during those times we must not be weary, but persevere by faith. Even though there is a waiting period for the answer, when it does come it often appears “suddenly”.

We see that on the Day of Pentecost, Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high. They gathered in the upper room and prayed and sought God when suddenly there came from heaven as of a mighty rushing wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire and it sat on each of them. When did it happen? It happened suddenly.

In Acts 9, Saul was on his way to Damascus when he experienced a “suddenly” when a bright light shined down from heaven and blinded him and he heard the voice of the Lord speak to him. Years later after his conversion and his name changed to Paul, he and Silas were imprisoned. The Bible says instead of being

depressed and disappointed they prayed and sang praises unto God; and the prisoners heard them. And, what happened next? Suddenly there was a great earthquake and the foundations of the prison were shaken and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s bands were loose. It was a suddenly moment. Notice, the “suddenly” happened as a result of praying and singing praises to God while still in prison.

You may ask, “Where is my suddenly moment?” Be confident that God is a God of the “suddenly”. God has “suddenly” breakthroughs for you. Don’t break down before God suddenly brings you to your breakthrough. It’s at the moment in the natural you are about to give up that God steps in suddenly.

Sometimes, God chooses to bring your “suddenly moment” after a time of waiting. Abraham was very old before he saw his “suddenly” moment arrive with the birth of his son, Isaac. Moses was 80 years old before God raised him up to deliver the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years before they experienced the Promise Land.

Understand, God always has a season of preparation before you experience your “suddenly”. During the season of waiting, continue to pray, worship and sing praises unto God. Do not be weary or fainthearted because God can do anything, anywhere. There are no limitations to God.

Perhaps, you have been in a season of waiting for days, months, or even years. During 2018 expect God to do the suddenly because when the suddenly comes, it come quickly. Your suddenly God breakthroughs are on the way, if you faint not and continue to have faith and trust in God.

Expecting the Suddenly in 2018! Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson


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