Author: Rich Wilkerson

What one thing could you change that would elevate everything about you? “What If” you just decided to elevate. There’s just one change you’ll have to make. I’m POSITIVE! Here’s the word: “As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.” (2 Chronicles 26:5b)...

This weekend we celebrate 20 years of ministry with you, our wonderful Trinity family. Around this time during each of those 20 years, I have shared my vision for the church with you. Vision is essential to a church. It is dynamic and changes with the needs the church serves. This means the vision must be renewed and adjusted to remain relevant to what the community needs. The concept of vision is not something I’ve created. In fact it can be found throughout Scripture: God shares His vision for Abraham in Genesis 12:1–3 (the Abrahamic covenant). God communicates His vision for His people through Moses in Exodus 3:7–8 and Deuteronomy 8:7–10. The "joy" Jesus looks forward to while enduring the cross is the vision of His return to His Father’s side in heaven (Heb. 12:2).   The vision I share this Sunday is OUR vision. It is what our church, Trinity Church, will work to accomplish in the coming years. We need each other if we are going to create significant change for Jesus! Our shared vision helps us create energy! In Nehemiah's day the people had no vision. Jerusalem was in ruins, and not a single person was doing anything about it (Neh. 1:...

Your best shot at Winning Is Losing. Sometimes the harder you try the more stuck you get. Give in and trust the God who gave you the dream. Seriously! I’m Positive! Here’s the word: "Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it!" (Mt. 10:39)...

What is your definition of VICTORY? Many people are being taught that victory is when you or I get OUR will or desires. That, my friend, is not TRUE VICTORY! Victory is when God’s plan brings Him glory. Victory is when your life and your work are given completely over to Jesus. Because when that happens, God can work miracles in and through your life! Look how Paul describes our Victory in Jesus in I Corinthians: When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15:54-57) God gives us victory through Jesus. Life isn’t about us figuring it all out. Life isn’t about us trying to win. We find victory only in Jesus through God. John 11:25 says, “...

Be Quick Today! Be quick to Laugh Be quick to Learn Be quick to Love Be quick to Forgive Be quick to Lean In Be quick to Pray Be quick to get Wisdom ...

What are you “Pressing” toward today? In Philippians 3:14, the Apostle talks about pressing toward the mark or the prize. He is alluding to the white line, or mark, the runners in the Olympic games used as the finish line. In those early Olympics, same as today, the runner who crossed the line first won the prize. The prize Paul is “pressing” toward is Jesus. The word used for "press" in this verse means "strong exertion." Like a runner, Paul was physically and mentally feeling the strain of reaching for his goal. But He knew he was close. He could sense the end, and he knew he must press through the exhaustion and pain to reach his prize, the end of his race. Are you in a situation where you can see your goal, or the end of your trial, but the exhaustion and pain is creeping in and threatening to pull you off course? Now is the time for you to dig in and press on. Now is when you learn what it means to walk by faith and not by feeling. Maybe you find yourself dragging burdens, sins, or other things along. Maybe you can see the goal but forget why you...

Believe for Better. Believe you can do better. Believe your family can do better. Believe your job is going to get better. Decide you will make the change for BETTER! I’m Positive You Can Do Better. Here’s the Word: “And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.” Titus 2:7, NLT...

Why is vision so important? Every year we talk about vision at Trinity. The vision for the church unites us to a common goal. Your personal vision does the same for your life. It guides you away from the past and keeps you moving toward the future God has planned for you. At one time, the people of Israel had a real problem. They had no vision for their lives—no dreams, no goals. Like us, they knew who had created them, they knew their history and they dwelled on their past, but they could not figure out where they were going. Everything in their lives was based on what they had seen and could see. The problem they faced was they did not know how to look to their future with FAITH. These people had a close relationship with God. They understood that His plan for them was great. They were His chosen people after all! Yet they still wandered around in the wilderness for forty years on a journey that should have taken about eleven days. Why? Because they had no vision. They couldn’t see beyond their past and what was happening to them right at that moment. It’s easy to judge them,...

The word for today is MULTIPLICATION. Maybe you’ve been adding and subtracting when you should have been dividing and multiplying. God’s multiplication always comes through division. Plant some of what you’ve got somewhere in order to divide and conquer. Soon you’ll see things multiply around you. I’m Positive! Here’s the word: “But the word of God grew and MULTIPLIED!” Acts 12:24...

Do you ever get stuck in the past? If we are honest with ourselves, we all do. But here’s the lesson I want to share today. God wants you to leave the past behind and press on toward the future He has waiting for you! “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13b-14 Dwelling on what has happened in the past gets you just about as far as worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow. God created this day for you. There are lessons to learn, victories to win, and steps you can be taking to get to that amazing future that waits for you. I read once that, “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday!” Two things struck me when I read that statement. 1) How much energy do we waste worrying about tomorrow when we could be praising God for what He is doing RIGHT NOW? Look around you. Count your blessings, look for miracles (because if you look I guarantee you will start to see them), and give praise to God for how He is moving in your life. 2) NOTHING,...