Author: Rich Wilkerson

Being a parent is not easy. It takes time, dedication, effort, strength, love, patience, and so much more. But having access to both parents or having strong parental role models can be vital to a child’s development. As we approach Father’s Day, I have a special message for all of the Dads out there and for those who fill that role for children who need a father figure. #DadsMatter! I can’t think of a single part of my life more difficult and rewarding than being a Dad. But I wouldn’t trade a minute of it! This weekend, I would like to ask you to join me as we honor those men who step up and accept the call to be a Dad! In Ephesians, Paul notes that the command to honor your father and mother is the first commandment with a promise. Children honor their parents so “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” As Followers of Jesus, we do not need to be told about the importance of fatherhood. Scripture is filled with dozens of verses on fathers and the responsibilities of fatherhood. Fathers are essential to the well being of their children. You and I are doubly blessed because we have access to our Heavenly Father and because He models for us what fatherhood should look like. As our Heavenly father: He is the source of our existence. He provides for us. He corrects us. He loves us unconditionally.   How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!" (1 John 3:1) As we prepare to honor Dads this weekend, take a moment to honor God by reading these verses: Matthew 6:9-13 1 Corinthians 8:6 Galatians 4:6 Hebrews 12:5-11 1 John 3:1, 9-10   Happy Father’s Day from the most blessed “Dad” in the world! - Pastor Rich...

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage” (John 14:27). We take this time each year to celebrate the hard work and dedication our graduates have put into their academic pursuits. What an accomplishment! They are entering a new season of life, ready to take on new challenges and step into new opportunities. When you look at being a graduate that way, aren’t we all graduating into new opportunities and seasons of life? Just as I would say to each of those graduates, I want to say to each of you: Live a Life that Matters. Seize those opportunities and embrace the season you are entering. Here are three ways you can live a life that matters: Live with Passion Jesus says in John 10:10, “I came so that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Embrace the awesomeness of our world, enjoy yourself, and share that passion by living the life Jesus calls you to. Live Life with Humility Paul writes in Philippians 2 that even though Jesus was God’s Son He took on the very nature of a servant. He humbled Himself even to the point that He died for you and me! Put other’s interests before your own. Do for others what no one else will. Live Life with Purpose If you are a Follower of Jesus, your life does not belong to you. “If anyone is in Christ you are a new creation, the old has gone the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Your new life is a life of meaning, a life of purpose. Live it!  ...

Stay on your GREEN. Because the grass is not greener on their side. Shades vary. One day green is brown and brown then becomes green. Manage your own green-brown because there’s nothing different on the other side of the fence but trouble. I’m positive. Here’s the word: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Gen. 2:15)...

I EXPECT miracles from God. I don’t just hope for them. I don’t just pray for them. I believe in faith that God can do anything, remove any roadblock, and turn any situation around, even things I would never think of! I’m defining a miracle here as “an intervention in the natural universe by God, a phenomena that transcends natural laws, or a divine act by which God reveals Himself to people.” God created everything, and He has the power to change that creation. Natural laws do not constrain Him, they are His laws! Perhaps the greatest miracle is when He chooses to reveal Himself to people directly. What a blessing! The Bible is full of miracles. Look at Daniel and his miraculous protection from the lion. God used Moses for a whole string of miracles: the plagues that led to God’s people being released from slavery, drawing water from stone, the parting of the Red Sea, miraculous provision in the desert, and the gifting of the Ten Commandments. During Jesus’ time we see healing and casting out of demons, water turned into wine, Peter walking on water, and thousands fed by bread and fish that would barely feed a family. Scripture is quite literally one miracle followed by another. God doesn’t change. His miracles do not stop. So don’t doubt for a moment that miracles are taking place all around you! Are you looking for a miracle in your life today? What are you praying for? Are you asking because you hope God will grant that miracle, or are you believing in FAITH that He is sending someone right now to work that miracle in your life?! Nothing is impossible with God, NOTHING! I am Positive!...

REST! That’s right, just REST. It’s Memorial Day, so take time to stop and REST. There will be time tomorrow to get back at it, but today REST. Today it is illegal to worry! Things like stress, bills, no money, kids, work ...

Did you know that almost a third of the Bible is prophecy? In the Old Testament, prophecies were given as guidance to the people. God used prophets as His messengers to His people. Through them, He warned of what would happen if the people didn’t stop worshiping other gods. The prophets told of the trials the people would face for turning away from God. And in the darkest times, they foretold the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus, messages of hope for the people. But prophecy didn’t stop after Jesus returned to Heaven. In the New Testament, the word of prophecy was a positive word that people could run to, not something they were afraid of. The power of the Spirit inspired (and still inspires) messages intended to edify and encourage the Church. According to St. Paul, prophecy is given to confirm and encourage and can only occur in a place and at a time that Jesus is known as Lord and honored as such (1 Cor. 12:1-3). So why did the New Testament Church need prophets, and why do we need prophecy today? For guidance and direction. Face it, we get busy and sometimes we neglect the need to listen for the guidance of the Spirit. In those times, and in those times when the Church as a whole needs direction, prophecy provides the clarity we need. We see this in the New Testament as the Church was starting to grow. Prophecy guided them as they dealt with persecution, hardship, and teaching a new way of life. It does the same for us today. To instruct the body of Christ. In the Old Testament we see many instances where God used prophets to instruct the people, and Jesus continues to gives guidance through prophecy. What a blessing that we can always count on His instruction! As a means of revelation. One thing we will never be able to fathom is God’s complete understanding of what will happen when. The Book of Revelation is a great example. Even though we can hold that prophecy in our hands, it is impossible for us to fully understand parts of it at this time. Even when we can’t understand, however, Jesus works through prophecy to set a path for us that leads us to His side. To build the Church. As the Body of Christ, we work as one. Our goal is to spread the message of Jesus to all corners of the earth. Prophecy guides us as we do that, and it helps open doors and hearts to Jesus’ message and love.   I am so incredibly thankful for the gift of prophecy in our lives! It offers hope, guidance, instruction, and encouragement no matter what we are facing. Through it we can discern God’s desires for our lives and it helps us as we share Jesus’ never-ending love with the world. Today I will say a special prayer for a new generation of prophets to guide all Followers of Jesus as we continue on with our task. Will you join me?...

Good Morning. YOU are not ALONE! I’m serious, the Holy Spirit is with you this very minute! I’M POSITIVE! I know this because Jesus promised that He’d be with us. It’s in The Word. Here’s Jesus speaking of the Holy Spirit. “But You know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:17b)...

All week long, “Thank God For Trouble!” It will work a character trait in your life called PERSEVERANCE. Brilliant people who PERSEVERE win in the end. I’m POSITIVE. Here’s the word. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2-3)...