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April 2020

Life Church Online Service – The Battle In Your Mind

Join us online as we continue the Sermon Series entitled: Winning the Battles of Life. God has given us divine weapons to demolish spiritual strongholds as we wage war against the devices of the enemy. Today Pastor Terry will talk about winning The Battle In Your Mind. Remember, the Bible says “the battle doesn’t belong to you; it belongs to the Lord.” Trust God to be with you and fight your battles!


Life Church SA Online Service – “Winning the Battle Over Fear”

Watch our online service, as we begin a new Sermon Series entitled: Winning the Battles of Life. In the midst of the pandemic of the Coronavirus and financial struggles taking place, it is important to remember that you are victorious and can overcome every battle you face. Through this series, you’ll learn how to win the battle over fear, your mind, and how to break through any challenges that come your way. The Bible says “the battle doesn’t belong to you; it belongs to the Lord.” Be encouraged because God is with you and will fight your battles!


Life Church Online Easter Service

Watch our special Easter Service where we celebrate Jesus, our risen Savior! There is an illustrated sermon, with special music and a powerful message entitled: “The Unending Reach of God.” You will leave with your hope renewed and your souls refreshed!




 
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“The Seed — the Word of God”

This morning, I am thanking God for His presence and power in our services yesterday, thanking Him for doing what only He can do, thanking Him for shining a Light on what I (each of us) need to do to cultivate a heart of good soil. I’m asking Him to show me the rocks I need to remove (to be honest, I’ve seen them before, have inventoried them on many lists, but sadly, they are still present). I’m asking the Holy Spirit to increase my resolve and strengthen my determination to remove those rocks; tote those rocks to the rock pile, for the glory of God. Build a monument with them. Declare, “look what the Lord has done.” (OK, I’m chasing a rabbit. A message for another day.) And, I am thanking Him for giving me (each of us) the strength to fight off the enemy, not only in our lives, but in the lives of those we love as well; protecting the Seed that lays exposed on top of wayside soil. I am thanking Him for Living Water that softens the soil of my life. My dry and thirsty soul. And that’s when He nudged me, prompted me, spoke to me…to tell you this.

Seed has been sown in your life and in the life of those you love. The Seed — the Truth, the Word of God — contains within it everything necessary and required for the fruition (a mighty harvest) of the promises of God’s Word. And, for many of us, the required moisture is a combination of Living Water and tears. Many many tears.

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:5,6 (I confess, I’m a King James girl, but look at a few other versions. It’ll make you shout. I promise.)

Check it out…God’s Word say, “shall doubtless come again.” That’s a guarantee like no other guarantee. Be encouraged. Be determined. YOUR HARVEST IS IN THE GROUND!
Regards,
Pastor Tina Richardson

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“The Power In A Name”

More Than a Dwelling Place
The Power in a Name.

Like many of you, the past few months have tested my faith and stamina. We are witnessing exponential cases of a deadly virus. The Fourth Estate reaches new heights daily with biased reporting. Places of business are closed or are operating at a reduced capacity. Mob mentality has raised its ugly head in major cities not only in the United States but around the world. Even our houses of worship have restrictions placed upon them as to the number of attendees allowed for a service. One thing, though, I have noticed. Through countless Facebook posts, conversations with family and friends, and tele-evangelism, Psalm 91 has become the stalwart and steadfast Scripture passage God’s children are standing on during this period of turmoil. Not since World War II has a passage of God’s Word been more quoted, typed, referred to, recited, and shouted.

Certainly, none of us are excited about the virus, or the mobs, or the media. And, we are saddened our church cannot meet as we did in 2019. But we must recognize God is in control. He is not sitting on the throne wringing his hands. His children, though, have a natural tendency to hunker down and become withdrawn, thereby missing what God is doing amid the situation. When we reach that point, our goal should be to reprogram the mind. Get rid of the negative. Stand up and shout: The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. (Psalm 18:2) The louder we shout, the more the enemy hooks it out of Dodge City. The enemy cannot abide our offering praises of triumph to our God. This psalm reminds us we are wrapped under the wings of God’s splendor and glory. As we wrap ourselves in His majesty, His wings become a supernatural force field and a physical place of refuge. He spreads his wings across the heavens like a curtain. “1Bless, Adonai, my soul! Adonai, my God, you are very great; 2you are clothed with glory and majesty, wrapped in light as with a robe. You spread out the heavens like a curtain, . . .” (Psalm 104:1-2, CJB**) When we are feeling far from God, we can imagine wrapping ourselves with His light, His glory, His splendor as though we were dwelling in His sanctuary under His warm, protective wings.

When one studies Psalm 91, you encounter the author’s use of four distinct names of God. In Verse 1, Moses wrote: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Most High, or in Hebrew, Elyon, suggests a Supreme being – one who is above all things – signifying his majesty, sovereignty, and pre-eminence. This name was first used in Scripture in Genesis 14:18, which describes Abraham’s encounter with Melchizedek. In lait terms, the “secret place” speaks to protection. Are you protected where you dwell? Is your gate firmly closed and locked, repelling the enemy of self-doubt, anger, or those pesky “what ifs?” Or is your dwelling place with the Most High who promises to protect and keep you? One of the most significant things to realize is God’s refuge is for everyone, no matter how meek or powerful. King David is the epitome of this statement. He was undoubtedly the most powerful man in Israel, and yet he often wrote of his need to flee to God as his refuge. In Psalm 61:4 (NIV***), David, at one of the lowest points in his life, wrote: “I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.”

The second name in this verse is the Almighty, or in Hebrew, El Shaddai. The primary meaning suggests a God more powerful than a human’s imagination can possibly fathom. And, this God is undoubtedly and unequivocally capable to supply every need. Whatever you may encounter in life, through His name and His power, there is no circumstance or situation He cannot overcome. The Almighty is a strong, mighty, powerful God. He is the One whose great wings carried His people out of Egypt. “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. (Exodus 19:4) This is the God that parted the Red Sea. He controls all of creation. He provided manna for the Israelites as they wandered in the desert. Once the Israelites reached safety, the Almighty gathered them to Mount Sinai and placed them under His wings of authority. The Lord protected, provided, and nurtured the Israelites because He had great plans for them. “5Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” (Exodus 19:5-6) Simply stated, there is no disease (physical or emotional), especially COVID-19, no financial situation, no relationship problem (marriage, family, friendship, employee/employer) that the Almighty considers too hard. Remember, He has your name written in the palm of his hand.

In Verse 2, Moses wrote: I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. The third name Moses uses, the Lord, is personal. Relational. Deep, personal meaning. A personal and relational God? How is that possible? Conceivably, it is the same way one develops familial relationships and friendships. Many of us have nicknames we use for certain people in our lives. A nickname is special, holding a different meaning, and indicating a different type of relationship. In Judaism, the Lord was considered a sacred name. Moses met the Lord at the burning bush as described in Exodus 6:2. Let your imagination expand for a moment. You are Moses, once a prince in Egypt, now shepherding sheep on the backside of the desert. Something in the distance catches your attention so you decide to go look. You find a bush burning . . . well, at least you think it is burning. Suddenly, a voice comes from the bush, telling you first: “Take off your shoes. You are on holy ground.” The Voice continues, giving you instructions regarding His people. He then declares he is the “I Am.” God – Yahweh, Jehovah, or the Lord – stepped down from heaven to personally speak to Moses. It would not be the last time Moses and the Lord would have an encounter. The Lord – omnipotent, omniscient, all-powerful, divine ruler – not only knows how many hairs are on our head, what makes us joyful or scared, and who bottles our tears – desires an intimate relationship with His creation. The Lord is our good, good Father. “(For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.” (Deuteronomy 4:31)

The fourth name in this passage is my God, or in Hebrew, Elohim. This name appears in the first Scripture of the Bible in Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God. The first and the last; the Alpha and Omega. He is the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Moses declares my God in whom he trusts is the same God who created all things, and my God is forever faithful to His creation. His promises are yea and Amen! This is when my heart begins to sing: All my life you have been faithful. All my life you have been good, so good. With every breath that is within me, I will sing of the goodness of God. (Goodness of God; Written by Ed Cash, et al).

Within two Scripture verses the beauty of God is displayed. He is the merciful God, the God who never fails and never forsakes. For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people. (I Samuel 12:22) The fact that the Lord is pleased to make me his people makes my feet dance. But did you know that Psalm 91 also holds promises? Follow me in my next blog as we traverse along the Promise Trail.

Under His Wings,
Marilyn Emswiler


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“A Weapon Seldom Used”

There is a weapon given to every child of God that is rarely used. Many of us (that includes me, too) do not use this weapon. We do not know how to use it. We do not know when to use it. And, we have no idea of why we should use this powerful weapon given to us. When you properly use this weapon, it will silence your enemy. When used properly this weapon will frustrate and/or confuse your enemy. And, when used properly this weapon will even send the enemy who came to frustrate you and cause you to fear to just walk away from you. I know that right now what is going on in this world everyone is saying you must stand up and speak out about all that is going on. Listen to me! The devil is showing up in this form in our nation. God has shown me that Revelation 12:10 (KJV) is manifesting right before our eyes that says “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” [Emphasis added]

The enemy is showing up in this form all over the world and has a bow he uses to shoot arrows of accusations to every person he can hit. This is what you are seeing in our world today. Innocent white people being accused of something they have not said or done. Innocent black people being accused of something they have not said or done. The accuser of the brethren does not care what color you are, or what race you are. He does not care about where you are from, or how educated or uneducated you are. The enemy of your soul does not care if you believe in God or not. As a matter of fact, the devil does not care if you believe in him or not.

In this season, he is hurling arrows of accusations against any one he sees. The Spirit of the Lord says to you today: When those arrows of accusations come your way, use the weapon I gave you and it will prevent those arrows from penetrating the armor I have given you. What is this weapon, Pastor Erick? Because I am being accused of things I have not done, and I am being accused of things have not said, and it is making me so mad. The powerful weapon God has given you will stop the arrows of accusations the devil is hurling your way is this: HUSH YOUR MOUTH. This world is telling you to speak up for yourself when you are being falsely accused. But the Spirit of the Lord says when the arrow of accusation comes your way, HUSH YOUR MOUTH.

This world will tell you to speak your mind. Your flesh will tell you to give them a piece of your mind. And the devil is egging you on to fight by defending yourself. But, the Word of God says, “A fool uttereth (speaks) all his mind; but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.” (Proverbs 29:11, KJV [emphasis added]) It has taken me over 22 years in being in a relationship with the Lord and he has taught me how to use this weapon. The Word of God says in Ecclesiastes 3:7(KJV) “. . . a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.”

Let me share the wisdom I have obtained when accusations are being hurled your way. You can stop them dead in their tracks by using this weapon the Father has given you: HUSH YOUR MOUTH. A minister/pastor came into our church several years ago and began to help the pastor of the church. He began to hurl accusations against me, saying I was messing with women, playing politics with the people to get them to like me, and all other kinds of evil and bad things. The pastor of the church came to me and said, “Erick, do you want to meet with this person and confront them and get to the bottom of this? We can all get together and get this mess cleared up.” By the wisdom of God, I looked the pastor in the eyes and said, “What for? None of these accusations are true, Pastor. I do not have nothing to say to him about the accusations he has made against me.” At the end of the day, because I used the power of hushing my mouth, the pastor who was accusing me of all those things to the pastor of the church said either Erick has to go or I am going. My pastor looked him in the eyes and said, “Erick is my son. He is not going nowhere because he has not done anything wrong.” The one the enemy used to hurl accusations my way ends up leaving the church. So, when I speak to you about the power of HUSH YOUR MOUTH, I am not just speaking from something I heard or read. I am speaking from experience of using this weapon a many time.

When the enemy of your soul hurls arrows of accusation your way, use the weapon the Father gave you: HUSH YOUR MOUTH. It is written:

“And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders (when the enemy hurled the arrows of accusations towards Jesus), he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? (Don’t all these arrows of accusation effect you in any way?) And he (Jesus, the Christ) answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.” (Matthew 27:11-14, KJV [emphasis added])

When the enemy hurls arrows of accusation your way (accusing you of things that are not true) do not use the wrong weapon of defending yourself against those accusations. Use the weapon of HUSH YOUR MOUTH and watch those accusations turn into dust and blow away. Jesus loves you, and so do I.
Be Blessed!
Erick Young


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