Author: Rich Wilkerson

Did you know we are called to both TITHE and GIVE? What’s the difference you ask? Tithing is an act of obedience, mandated in Scripture. Tithing is giving a portion of everything you have back to God. The act of tithing reminds us that God is our provider and that He has called us to support His works. Giving, on the other hand, is an act of the HEART. In Exodus 25:2, God told Moses: “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.” When we are prompted by the Holy Spirit, we are called to open our hearts and give freely. Here is what Scripture says about GIVING: “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9-7) “A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.” (Prov. 18:16) “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your...

Where there is a will there is a way. Don’t throw this old saying aside because right now, in the heat of your battle, you have to WILL it to victory. If you WILL, the WAY will appear! I’m Positive! Here’s the WORD: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Gal. 6:9)...

Do you feel overwhelmed by stress and pressure? Stress is nothing new for Followers of Jesus. Scripture is full of encouragement for those who are dealing with the trials and tribulations life brings. And that encouragement is always based on faith. I want to share with you today a few lessons about dealing with stress that we can learn from just one of those encouraging verses. “For this reason, brothers and sisters, during all our distress and suffering we have been comforted and greatly encouraged about you because of your faith [your unwavering trust in God—placing yourselves completely in His loving hands]” (1 Thess. 3:7, AMP). Recognize your stress, don’t ignore it! “during all of our distress and suffering” Stress has a way of sneaking up on us, and by then it is already overwhelming. When you examine your life and acknowledge what is causing your stress, you can deal with it before it takes over. Keep Psalm 119:143 at the front of your mind as you face your stressors. “As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.” You will be comforted. “we have been comforted and greatly encouraged” You are not alone. No matter how hopeless your situation may seem in...

It’s your time to THRIVE not STRIVE. You hear it all the time. The struggle is real, trust the process, don’t sweat it! But how about working to THRIVE. So much of the STRIVE saps you of real living. Decide, “With God I will THRIVE!” I’m POSITIVE! Here’s the WORD: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” JESUS (John 16:33)...

Do you ever have one of those days when you just feel like a failure? You lose your temper with your kids. You said something nasty when someone took “your” parking space. A loved one is dealing with a critical illness and it seems like you can't do anything to help. Maybe you lost it for a minute when your boss wanted you to completely redo the project you had spent hours perfecting. It happens to all of us. Life gets a little too hard, too overwhelming, and just too much. There are days when all we can do is sit down, have a good cry, and then look at everything with fresh eyes. I want to encourage you today to not give up or give in when the going gets tough. God never promises that life will be easy, but He does tell us that He has “plans to give you a future and a hope …” (Jer. 29.11). It’s okay to go to your quiet place and have a good cry. Clear out the frustration, the anger, and the pain so you can start to move forward again. Because God has a PLAN FOR YOU! Verses to help you let...

Every time you win just say “God Did It.” Give Jesus all the credit and your stock will RISE. Take all the credit and you’ll join the rest at the BOTTOM. I’m POSITIVE! Here’s the word: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6)...

Here is thought that I want you to carry with you this week: God’s House is not a PLACE TO GO … it is a BODY to which WE BELONG! We, together, form the house of God. We meet in a building each week and worship Him, but the people who are in that building form the house, the BODY to which WE BELONG. As a Family here at Trinity, we come together to build, strengthen, and grow the church because we have A Heart For His House. We do this with ATTITUDE, with a GOAL, and with PASSION! Our ATTITUDE: An Honest Love “They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty” (2 Kings 12:15). This is a recounting of the story of King Joash and his desire to repair the Temple of the Lord. The men receiving the money to do the repairs were not required to account for the money they received, because they acted with COMPLETE HONESTY. Here is a little history for this verse. Joash was only seven years old when he began to reign in Judah. His father, Ahaziah, was wicked, as was...

What mountain is in your life today? Let me remind you that Jesus still moves mountains. He will help you, but you must accept His challenge today! I’m POSITIVE!! Here’s the word: “You can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.” (Mt. 21:21b)  ...

Have you found your purpose in life? Our desire to find our place or purpose in this life has led to a multi-million dollar marketplace. We can buy books, fill out online surveys and tests to discover our talents, find our “true personality” through quizzes in magazines, take classes on goal setting and defining mission, attend seminars, or work with a life coach. All of us want to know why God put us on this earth. We are on a crusade to understand the meaning of our existence. Do you want to know a secret? We work too hard at it. The answer is so simple, in fact, that most people never find it, even though Jesus has already given us the answer! Jesus wanted His disciples to understand their purpose. He wanted them to have no doubts about what He required of them. In John 15:4 He told them to, “Remain in Me.” Some versions of the Bible translate it as “Abide in Me.” This may be one of the most profound and beautiful commands in Scripture. In one phrase He takes away all of the noise and complexity of life. Our purpose is to exist in HIM. Our meaning in life should...