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March 2019

“From Promise to Provision” Series – A Place Called Wit’s End

Have you ever found yourself at a place called “Wit’s End”? Wit’s End is a real place where your mind and your life race so fast that you are not able to keep up. In this message Pastor will give you practical principles on how you can navigate through the wilderness of life and experience God’s peace and rest when you are at “Wit’s End.”



February 2019

“God’s New Things For Your Marriage & Family” Series – God’s View On Parenting

God listens, understands, loves and disciplines us as His children. Through this message, you will gain valuable insight about God’s per- spective on parenting, how to experience His love as a Father and then, consider how to apply those lesson in your own family.


“God’s New Things For Your Marriage & Family” Series – God’s Hand On Your House

Raising children or sustaining a marriage in a wicked world requires more than our own effort. It requires the supernatural intervention of the hand of God. In times of family struggles, He doesn’t leave us helpless, but longs to work alongside us.


“God’s New Things For Your Marriage & Family” Series – Marriage is God’s Idea

When it comes to our marriages, we must live our lives on guard, proactively protecting the gift God has given us. In this message with Pastor Terry, you’ll learn God’s basic principles of marriage and how your marriage is worth the effort. God has great plans for you and your spouse. Don’t give up now.




 
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“What Are You Waiting For?”

“…Simeon, and the same was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel” Luke 2:25b

“And she (Anna) coming in that instant gave thanks unto the Lord and spake of Him to all them that looked for the redemption in Jerusalem.” Luke 2:38

Christmas is often associated with waiting. One Christmas when I was growing up, I really wanted a “Rock-em-sock-em” Robot. I dropped little hints everywhere. I wrote letters to Santa, cut out pictures from the Sears catalog, and even tried to be extra nice to my brother days before Christmas-which was not easy to do!

When Christmas finally came, I jumped out of bed and ran to the Christmas tree. When I opened the gifts, there was a “Rock-em-sock-em” Robot! It was worth waiting for!

As we look ahead to Christmas, what are you waiting for? Are you longing for anything special? What are you expecting to receive?

In Luke’s Gospel, we see two characters who made their appearance in the final acts of the Christmas drama. One is Simeon, and the other is Anna. They do not appear in any of the nativity scenes or in many Christmas cards, but they are significant in the first Christmas. Both of them were waiting for something; they were waiting for someone.

Luke uses a Greek word of anticipation which identifies these two as waiting with expectation for the coming of the Messiah. It literally means they were “alert to His appearance, and ready to welcome Him.” Simeon looked for the coming of Christ who would bring comfort. Among the Jews of Simeon’s day, one of the popular titles of Messiah was Comforter. We realize one of the universal human needs is comfort. We all struggle with loneliness, emptiness, insecurity, and desperation. In fact, the Christmas season is a critical time for those suffering with depression.

The Holy Spirit prompted Simeon to go to the temple courts at the right time on the right day when Joseph and Mary would bring Jesus to the temple. When Simeon looked at the six week old baby Jesus, he knew God’s promise was kept. Here was Emmanuel, “God with us” to provide comfort, peace, and joy. Simeon reached down, took Jesus in his arms and began to praise God for the Promised One had come to bring comfort to us all.

The other Christmas character waiting with anticipation was Anna. After her husband died, she dedicated herself to fasting and praying in the temple. The Bible says she never left the temple, but worshipped day and night. She was looking for the same person as Simeon. However, instead of comfort, she was looking for forgiveness. She was looking for the One who would bring redemption to Jerusalem.

The word “redemption” is related to the thought of captivity. The Old Testament Passover and the release of Israel from Egyptian slavery stood in Anna’s day as the ultimate redemption and the symbol of God’s power to release captives. The Passover pointed ahead to the day when God would provide deliverance from the slavery of sin through His Son, Jesus. When Anna saw Jesus, she thanked God, and spoke to Him to all who waited for redemption. Here at last, was the one who would save His people from their sins.

What are you waiting for this Christmas? Jesus provides all we need. If you need comfort and peace, He will give you comfort. If you are plagued with guilt because of something you have done, or the way you are living, Jesus brings forgiveness and redemption from all our sins. There is no better time to find comfort or forgiveness than this Christmas.

May you have a wonderful Christmas. Remember to thank Him for the comfort and forgiveness He brings into our lives! Changing Lives for Eternity! With Love, Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson


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“Cleansing Power”

“In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” -I John 1:7

Most of us wash our hands a number of times throughout the day because they get dirty. We either take a bath or shower, and put on clean clothes every day for the same reason. After working in the yard or being outside in the heat, it doesn’t feel good to be hot and dirty. It’s refreshing and feels good to be clean. We are happier and so are those around us when we are clean!
 
Of course, it is important to keep ourselves clean, but soap and water only work on the outside. It is extremely important that we keep ourselves clean on the inside, too. We need to think of it more often than we do because the real measure of a man depends on the inside, not what you see on the outside. But, how can that be accomplished? We can’t do it on our own. We need something more because washing with soap and water, even with a scouring pads, doesn’t reach the filth on the inside.
 
So, how can we get clean on the inside, that is, spiritually clean? The Bible says that nothing but the blood of Jesus Christ can make us clean spiritually. At first, that may be difficult to understand because we naturally think of blood as something that is messy and needs to be cleaned up itself rather than being a cleansing agent. But as you think about it, blood is what physically cleans our bodies on the inside. As the blood carries carbon dioxide back to the lungs to be expelled, it then carries fresh oxygen from the lungs back to the rest of the body. It is a never ending cleaning cycle.
 

If blood cleanses us physically, then it would be reasonable to believe that blood cleanses us spiritually. However, it is only blood that is spiritually pure and undefiled that can make us spiritually clean. It is only the blood of Jesus Christ, who “knew no sin that He might become sin for us” that we can be made spiritually clean.

 

What a wonderful gift we have been given! To know as the song we proclaim: ”What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” There is no other cleansing agent that is able to eradicate the pollution of sin from your life but His blood. How precious is that blood which not only covers your sins, but completely washes your sins away!

 

Let us never take His blood for granted or deny the power of the blood! The blood of Jesus shed over 2,000 years ago on the cross at Calvary is still powerful in 2017. His blood can remove every wrong or impure thought from your mind. It can cleanse you of every misdeed and every wrong or impure thought from your mind. It can cleanse you of every misdeed and improper motive of your heart. Allow God to apply this precious blood to your life!

 

May we continually be grateful to God for His precious gift of His Son and His blood that purifies and cleanses our hearts. Let us continue to offer up our praise and worship with thanksgiving to our God for the many, many blessings He gives us. We love and appreciate every one of you.

 

With Love,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson


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“I Must…”

“I must work the works of Him who sent me, while it is day, the night cometh when no man can work.” – John 9:3

In John 9, a blind man was brought to Jesus. His disciples wondered why he was born blind. Jesus replied, “in order for the glory of God to be manifested,” which is the reason why Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him who sent me.”

According to God’s Word, when Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, he was under such tremendous pressure that his sweat became great drops of blood. He was forced to carry the cross – the cross on which he would be nailed. As Jesus carried the cross, his body gave out. His knees gave way. He collapsed, but he never quit. He knew he must do the work while the opportunity was available.

Simon, a bystander, was told to shoulder the cross of Jesus. Together, they carried the cross to Calvary. Jesus did not quit until the “I Must” of the cross was accomplished. Hebrews 12:2 says, “…Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross.” In spite of the agony, pain, and suffering of the cross, Jesus endured for he knew the joy which was to follow: the joy of knowing God’s plan of salvation was complete, the joy of the resurrection, and the joy of being reunited with the Father.

Jesus calls you and me to take up our cross and follow Him. He did not say it was easy, but he promised we would never carry the cross alone. God desires for each of us to discover the “I am” of who we are in Christ. Once we make that discovery, like Jesus, we come to the “I Must” in order to change lives for eternity.

God has used more than one “I Must” moment in the life flow of Life Church to impact others.

When we see hurricanes, flooding, and devastation in South Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean “we must” send help and resources to these areas to reach out with love and compassion. When we see the spiritual darkness of people groups around the world, we must support missionaries to bring the good news of and send mission teams to reach out. When we see families and lives torn apart by strife and division, we must pray and intercede. When we see human needs around us, we must do something as we show God’s love and compassion.

To do nothing is to miss God’s opportunity to do something. It is the love of Christ which compels us to live and encourage one another. We must work the works of Him who sent us. Jesus was faithful to complete what God sent Him to do, no matter how hard or difficult. Likewise, we must finish the work of Him who sent us because there will be a time when we cannot work. Let us continue our labor for the Lord while the opportunity is still available.

Until then, let us continue. . .

Changing Lives for Eternity!

With Love,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson


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