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August 2019

I’m About That Action – “Why You Need To Be Water Baptized”

Jesus’ last words to the disciples were to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In this dynamic message, you will learn the meaning and importance of water baptism as well as understanding that water baptism is an act of obedience, identification, and celebration. Through water baptism we celebrate the believer’s new faith in Christ while obeying the Lord and identifying with Jesus as Lord and Savior.



July 2019

Lies People Believe Series – “There Will Be No Rapture of the Church”

The enemy has convinced many people these days that there will be no rapture of the church.  That there is no blessed hope for christians.  However, that is far from the truth. Through this message you will be challenged to believe what the bible says about the blessed hope and believe that Jesus is coming back very soon for his church. 
 


Lies People Believe Series – “Miracles Have Ceased”

One of the lies people believe is that God’s miracles have ceased to function; however, God is no respecter of persons. What God did yesterday, He certainly is able to today. In this message your Faith will be increased through God’s Word as you believe God for your miracle.



Lies People Believe Series – “Seven Lies We Believe About Ourselves”

Not only does Satan use strategies of deception to cause confusion, people also believe lies about themselves. Giving into these untruths will cause you to miss God’s destiny and plan for your life as well as hinder your joy and peace. Through this message you will be challenged to believe what God says about you and who you are in Christ.





 
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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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“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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