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October 2017

“In Due Season” Series – A Word In Due Season

God wants His people to learn how to speak a word in due season. A due season is a time where God has scheduled things to come to you– it’s the right time. In this message Pastor will encourage you to remain faithful during the mundane times because your kairos moment is coming.



“In Due Season” Series – The Power of Expectation

When people are in a place of expectation, the Lord will pour out His Spirit. In this message, learn what happens when we approach God in expectation. There is nothing standing between you and your miracle with the exception of expectation. God has been faithful in the past; He will be faithful in the future. Expect it!



September 2017

“The Doorkeeper” Series – Get Up, Get Out, Get Free

As Pastor Terry concludes this series, you will see the doors to your destiny are already unlocked. It is time to take courage and walk by faith. The enemy may say, “Go no further.” Our God says, “Keep moving.” Discouragement and intimidation may try to hold you back, but if you will continue to take one step, God will take two. The favor of the Lord is going before you to open the doors of your future.





 
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“How Could He Help Me”

Have you ever been asked the question: How could Jesus help me? Maybe this question has been roaming around in your head. How can Jesus help me? Now, I know you will get the spiritual answer because He is the Son of the Living God and He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I know you will get a spiritual answer like “not by power nor by might but by His Spirit.” Those are all true. But, I just want to talk to your natural mind today which just may open the door of your heart and soul. Let it get into your spirit how Jesus Christ can help you (and any other person) when you turn to Him for help.

The Humanity of Jesus

You have heard of all the spiritual reasons how Jesus can help you, but the natural reasons why He can help you is this: He was a human being just like you. Jesus got hungry just like you get hungry. “And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.” (Matthew 4:2; KJV) You thought you were the only one that got tired? Jesus got tired just like you. “Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, therefore, being weary with his journey (emphasis added), sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.” (John 4:6, KJV) In his humanity Jesus, the Son of the Living God, had to even sit down and take a rest. I know you think Jesus walked on a cloud and the music of harps played while he walked. But you need to know that in His humanity there were things that bothered him just like things bother you. “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he (Jesus the Son of the Living God) groaned in the spirit, and was troubled (emphasis added).” (John 11:33, KJV)

As a matter of fact, religion paints the picture of Jesus as this big powerful, non-emotional character when, in reality, He cried just like you and I. “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35) You think you are the only one that gets angry, in His humanity Jesus got angry just like you. “And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts . . . “ (Mark 3-5, KJV) You think you are the only one who really doesn’t feel like doing what the Father told you to do. I know this may sound flat out wrong because religion has taught you it was easy for Jesus to do everything the Father told Him to do because He was God. But in His humanity (being that He was all human as well as all God) His flesh (feeling and/or emotions) fought against doing what the Father told Him to do. Pastor Erick, I do not believe that. Listen to me. Just because Jesus did everything the Father told him to do does not mean he did not struggle with it in his natural body.
Here, take a look.
“And he (Jesus Christ) was withdrawn from them
about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed
saying, (now listen to what Jesus prayed to the
Father) Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup
from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be
done. And there appeared an angel unto him from
heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony
he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat was as it
were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
(Luke 22:41-44, KJV)

You see, it is not just because Jesus is the Son of the Living God that He can help you. But everything you are going thru, everything you went thru, and everything you will go thru, Jesus has been there and done that. This is what the Word of God means when it says “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15, KJV)

When Temptations Come

Now, you might say Jesus never had to deal with drugs, porn, drunkardness, greed, pride, theft, rape, or things like that. You are looking at the details of the sins when you mention all those things. It is not the details of sin that he had to deal with. The Word of God says he was tempted at all points – not all the details of sin. What does that even mean, Pastor Erick? There are three points that you will be tempted to sin against God. Found in 1 John 2:16 (KJV), “For all that is in the world , the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” Jesus saw things that attracted the natural human eye, but he stayed one with God, the Father. In His humanity, he was tempted to fulfill the lust of the flesh (do what he felt like doing) but He stayed one with the Father. Jesus knew he could call on a legion of angles to take out his enemy, but he did not let the pride of life take over him, He stayed one with the Father. I do not know who I am talking to but the thought of how can Jesus help me may have developed in your mind. And, the Holy Spirit of God says to you today Jesus can help you because He has been through what you are going through.

In his humanity he experienced all the points of sinning against God, but He stayed one with God, the Father. Not only can He help you not to fall into temptation if you cry out to him, but He will help you stay one with God. The only reason the world, your flesh or the devil tempts you is to get you separated from God, the Father. Therefore Jesus prayed this prayer for you in John 17: 20-23 (KVJ):

“Neither I pray for these alone, but for them (this means
you) also which shall believe on me through their word;
That they all (this means you) may be one; as thou,
Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they (this means
you) also may be one in us: that the world may believe
that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou
gavest me I given them; that they may be one, even as
we are one: ; I in them, and thou in me that they (this
means you) may be made perfect in one; and that the
world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved
them, (this means you) as thou hast loved me.

You may not know this but according to what you just read, God, the Father loves you just like he loves Jesus. When you truly accept that Jesus hung, bled, and died for all of your sins, and then got up early that Sunday morning with all power in heaven and earth, and now sits at the right hand of God, the Father, which is the position of authority.

When you turn to him, He can help you through anything the world, your flesh or the devil throws your way. Not just because He is the Son of the living God, but also because He has gone through every temptation that the enemy of your soul will throw your way. But the secret is you must turn to him. You must call on the name of Jesus. You must cry out, “Lord Jesus, HELP ME!” For it is written,

“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like
unto his brethren (just like you and I), that he (Jesus
the Christ) might be a merciful and faithful high priest
in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for
the sins of the people (this means you and I). For in that
he (Jesus the Christ) himself hath suffered being
tempted, he (Jesus Christ) is able to succour (help)
them (this means you) that are tempted.” (Hebrews
2:17-18, KJV)

The reason Jesus can help you is not only because He is the Son of the living God, but He has gone through everything that you are going through. Cry out to the Lord Jesus for help. He knows exactly what to do to keep you one with God so that you do not fall to the temptations of the world, your flesh (feelings and or emotions), or the devil. That is how Jesus can help you.
Be Blessed!
Erick Young


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“We Live”

Growing up in an Assembly of God church Testimony Time was a vital part of the service, especially on Sunday night. I loved hearing precious saints tell of what God had done for them. Testimonies would cover every facet of life – sickness, financial needs, deliverance, employment, unsaved children, etc. One thing I loved was hearing dear saints so assuredly proclaim their belief in eternal life. I clearly remember Hattie McDonald boldly declaring she had been saved at the age of 6. She would tell how she walked with the Lord every day. When she died in her nineties, she was still praising God. Why? Because she knew the One who gave her eternal life. She lives! Another dear saint, Hazel McGarrigle, never – and I mean never – missed an opportunity to tell what the Lord had done for her. She, too, boldly declared how God delivered her from a drunkard’s life. Harrisburg Hazel wandered Navigation Street in Houston, going from bar to bar. Her husband would go find her, bringing her home. But, God! He reached down into the gutter, set Hazel on the Solid Rock, and she never looked back. Only eternity will tell of the numerous lives she helped change during her prison ministry. She lives! God’s Word says in John 11:26: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
Several years ago, I sat at Hangar Clinic, waiting for my initial evaluation for a new knee brace. The lobby was fairly empty, except for two gentlemen. Both men were amputees and were patiently waiting for their sessions. As they began talking, I could not help but overhear their conversation. It was amazing. The men began encouraging each other. One man was wearing a prosthetic as he had lost his leg to bone cancer on his 51st birthday. The other gentleman lost his foot and part of his lower leg to diabetes following a broken foot. His session was going to be a prosthetic fitting.
I marveled as I listened. These men were not sad or in despair. They were not wringing their hands. The man who lost his foot said the night before surgery he had the best night’s sleep since he had hurt his foot. Though their stories were different, the end result is that they survived and are living. In fact, they talked about the commercial that airs where a family is in a serious accident. As the tow truck driver delivers the totally damaged car to the salvage yard, he tells a co-worker: They lived. The more these men talked, the more evident it became they intend to live their lives to the fullest regardless of their limitations. They both said if the limbs had not been amputated, they would be dead. They live!
As I sat there, the spiritual impact struck me like a bolt of lightning: We Live! We hear sermons about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. He came alive at the sound of the Master’s voice calling him out. He lives! Oh, how I look forward to sitting with Lazarus in heaven and hearing his testimony. The martyrs of the Early Church, cruelly persecuted and murdered, sang praises as they were burned at the stake. They live! Missionary Jim Tucker gave his life in the Congo jungle delivering God’s Word to the Mau Mau tribe. He lives! Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Luthern pastor who staunchly opposed the Nazis reign of terror, was sent to a concentration camp and hanged. He lives!
Today, we face a world-wide pandemic. Our country is under attack by those who prefer mob rule and anarchy. The very values and principles upon which this country was founded are being abased at every level. We are restricted from being with family and friends. Assembling together for worship is restricted. Still, We Live! No matter what trials, tribulations, and trepidations we go through on earth – We Live! If we die before He comes to take us home – We Live! Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior – We Live! God’s Word says in John 11:25: . . . I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. Regardless of our failures – We Live! Divorce, financial ruin, catastrophic health – whatever comes your way – We Live! We serve the God of the irreversible! For in him we live, and move, and have our being. (Acts 17:28) For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:8)
Jesus Christ came to this earth to give us life – more abundant life. We live! When it is all said and done – WE LIVE! Talk about a testimony. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11)
* All Scripture references are King James version.

Because He Lives,
Marilyn G. Emswiler


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“Because He Cares, We Care”

“Casting all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you.” I Peter 5:7

The man walked down the road. The dust from the many travelers choked him, and the flying gnats bit at him unmercifully in the heat of the day. As the travelers went by, his hoarse throat cried out, “Unclean! Unclean!” The crowds quickly moved to the far side of the road. Inside, the pain of rejection and guilt ate away his soul as surely as the leprosy ate at his body. He knew he was cursed, and he know no one cared.

One day, the crowd was unusually large. People were shouting a name and others seemed to be in frenzy, pushing and shoving to get near the one called Jesus. Some even dared to call Him Messiah. The leper had heard of Jesus, His miracles and His compassion. If the stories were true, if He were the Messiah, then surely the he could heal. The Messiah could command this awful curse of the body and soul to dry up. Surely, the Messiah could care even about a leper. Then, he saw Him. For a moment, Jesus stood alone, as if waiting just for the leper.

The leper ran, stumbled, and then crawled to the feet of Jesus. He forgot about his cry, “Unclean!” He could only say with head bowed low, “Lord, if you are willing, make me clean.” The silence of the next few seconds seemed like an eternity. His heart pounded like a drum inside. He waited to hear harsh words of scorn and rejection as he heard so many times before.

Suddenly, he felt something no leper could feel. It was the touch of another’s hand. It sent a flood of emotion like liquid fire to the very core of his soul. Then, Jesus spoke, “I am willing. Be cleansed!”

Tears washed down the leper’s dirt stained face. The scales of leprosy fell from not only his body, but his heart and soul as well. Jesus cared! Jesus cared!

Because He cares, we care! People in our lives and around us need to experience the care of Jesus. They must know that we, as a church, care for them. We must be the extended hands of God’s grace and mercy to those around us. We must provide the touch which says, “Jesus cares! We care!” People are not interested in how much we know or what our credentials are. They really want to know and experience that someone cares. If we don’t care, then who will?

I am so excited about a new ministry we are about to launch at Life Church: Community Connection. During our morning services, we will be sharing about this concept. Over time, I have become concerned about us not being connected consistently with all our Life Church family. The busyness of the world we live in has made us become somewhat disconnected, and that is not good. We see each other on Sunday, but then part as soon as the last amen is said.

Here at Life Church, we are a family and want to be known as a place where love abounds. I desire for every individual who considers Life Church their church to care for one another by giving in Christian love to a relationship in times of weakness and strength. I would love for you to be a part of this ministry. Join with us in prayer as we launch this ministry, watch for upcoming details about Community Connection, and don’t miss the upcoming Sunday morning services to become acquainted with the Community Connection or listen to them online at www.lifechurchsa.com.

Finally, lift up our eyes and look around to those needing a touch – physical, emotional, or spiritual touch. Be Jesus with skin on. Don’t be afraid to reach out and care. Because He cares, we care! Until then, let us continue….

With Love,
Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson


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