Author: Rich Wilkerson

When you hear the word FREEDOM, what does it mean to you? It might mean freedom FROM something: substance abuse, illness, debt, incarceration, or toxic relationships. It might mean the freedom to DO something: practice your faith, walk down the street without fear, spend time with your kids, or express yourself. Every single one of those things is important, but freedom, TRUE freedom, is so much more. And it is important for us Followers of Jesus to remember that our freedom wasn’t free. The entire Gospel shows us how we can have TRUE freedom. When Jesus was just starting His ministry, He quoted Isaiah’s prophecy that He had been sent to “proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18). In that moment, He made it perfectly clear that our freedom exists because of our relationship with Him. Even more, He says it is available only to those who “hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). You might think that freedom means the ability to do whatever you want. Jesus, through His Word, teaches us that TRUE freedom begins with a loving,...

You will move out of the Valley and onto the Mountaintop soon. It’s where God has called His people to live. You must stand high in order to be on the lookout for Victory. It’s on the way! I’m POSITIVE! Here’s the Word: “I have posted WATCHMEN on your walls, Jerusalem; (insert your city name here) they will never be silent night or day.” (Is. 62:6a)...

Jesus has washed you CLEAN! This statement is true of every Follower of Jesus. We are clean because of our relationship with Him, because we have accepted Him as the leader of our lives. This is a lesson the leaders of the Early Church struggled with. At the time Jesus was born, there was a definite divide between God’s people—the people of Israel—and the Gentiles. God’s people followed a strict set of laws and purification rites to ensure they maintained a level of purity acceptable to God. Their laws covered everything from what they ate to when they washed and what they wore. As the Gentiles did not follow these laws, they were considered unclean. Contact with a Gentile in certain situations, such as taking a meal with them, meant the Jewish person was by association unclean and had to be purified through sacrifice before entering the Temple, the House of God, once again. Jesus changed all of that. He was the ultimate sacrifice, and through Him any person who accepted his Salvation became clean and pure enough to stand in His presence. After Jesus death and resurrection, some of the disciples who ministered to the Gentiles taught them and had meals...

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...