Author: Rich Wilkerson

God tells us in His word that having faith in Him will see us through even the greatest of trails. He doesn’t promise there will be no trails. In fact, a study of Scripture gives examples of the troubles we may face, shows how others have responded to those trials, and most importantly gives us HOPE that God will faithfully walk with us through even the darkest times. When we respond in faith, accepting the Hope and Peace only He can give us, we become an example to others of God’s Love for all humankind. Scripture promises us certain rewards when we accept His Hope and share it with others. • We are promised the perseverance, character, and hope that comes from the indwelling Holy Spirit. (Rom. 5:3-5). • We are able to witness the greatness of Christ’s glory as He walks with us and shields us, resulting in a joy that shines out from us like a beacon, drawing others close to Him. (1 Peter 4:12-13) • We become stronger because we have allowed God to work through our weaknesses. (2 Cor. 12:9-10) • Through our faith, we are promised a heavenly reward. (Matt. 5:11–12) • Most amazing of all is the promise of abiding...

You’ve heard it said that all good things must come to an end, but I don’t believe that’s true. The Bible says, “And now these three remain (last forever): faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13). There were some who didn’t believe Robyn’s and my love would last, but 45 years later where are those people? Because we’re still IN LOVE! I’m POSITIVE, some “Good Things” last forever! Just Keep Loving! ...

The WILL of a man or woman is potentially full of both good or bad intentions. But make NO mistake, anything really good or really wretched starts with Your WILL. To do anything really good, YOU have to have God say “I WILL help You.” As I write this morning, I’m thinking that you have unusual potential for GOOD! In fact, “I’m POSITIVE of That!” So today decide. ”I WILL ...

What is a Jesus Follower to do when faced with disappointment, disaster, and despair? We know from Scripture “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). Yet when we encounter difficulties and tragedy we often ask “Why?” The truth is we may never understand why something bad happens. Sin and free will are not caused by God, but the results of sin and free will can still be used by God for good. As we choose to trust God and accept the grace He gives us in these situations, the Holy Spirit will work in us and we will gain Hope. Here are ways you can endure tragedy and trials through God’s grace:   Give thanks. Being thankful in a difficult situation is sometimes the most difficult thing you can do. Scripture is very clear about this, though: “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thess. 5:18). To be thankful rather than to complain takes a conscious act of the will, but it opens the door for God to directly act in your life.   Rejoice! We are instructed to rejoice in...

Do you believe things happen by accident? I DON’T either. That means God has a plan for You and Me! Here’s how it works. You and I do what we know to do without quitting, then, when we least expect it and in His perfect TIMING, it happens. “IT” is the thing you needed to happen but didn’t know how or when. It could be today. Why? Because “There is a TIME for everything” (Ecc. 3:1a)....

Partnership is a concept we usually think of in worldly terms like business partners, two or more people undertaking a venture together that features risk and/or profit. Partnership from a biblical standpoint is different. It isn’t based on potential profit, or a risk/reward analysis. Biblical partnership is based on love. In fact, Jesus says love relationships/partnerships are of extreme significance (Mark 12:28-34). The greatest example of partnership in the Bible is that of The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who provide a perfect model of partnership for us. They exist in complete harmony, each supporting the others in all ways. We see examples of their relationship throughout the entirety of Scripture (Gen. 1:26-27; Matt. 28:19; John 14:26; 15:26; 1 Pet. 1:2; Rev. 1:4-5). What makes their relationship significant to our understanding of partnership is that God also calls us, His children, into a relationship with Him, He calls us to partner with Him to fulfill His plan for redemption, and He mandates that we watch over His creation (Gen. 1:28; Ps. 8:3-8). Jesus reaffirmed our relationship when He said, “All authority in heaven and earth is given to me. Therefore (you) go and make disciple of all nations … and surely I...

7 Things That Take Absolutely NO Talent! Promote Jesus Today Love People Today Be Generous Today Do Your Best Today Serve Others Today Honor Everyone Today Pursue Passion Today Key Verse: Colossians 3:23 “Whatever You do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Let’s just give it all we have each day this week. AND ...

I hear people say all the time, “I wasn’t WRONG!” The truth is they probably weren’t wrong, they were only half right! THINK AGAIN. Is there another side to the story? Think about this for instance, one’s view of sociology is often tied to their political persuasion, and vice versa. And, if you think about it, they’re not wrong they’re only half right. There’s ALWAYS another side to the story. So before you jump to conclusions this week, THINK AGAIN! There’s always another side to the story. So Think Again!...

Somebody once said, “If you can’t handle STRESS, you’ll never manage SUCCESS!” There are a couple of quick things I want to say about STRESS. 1) Stress is a layering of issues in your everyday life that build up to the point that you feel as though you’re “ON EDGE.” When that happens to me, I stop what I’m doing and stand up. I take three deeps breaths and hold each one for a short while, and then I walk. Walk until you can think clearly. 2) Stress can produce FEAR. We’ve heard it before, FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. When that happens, begin to confess out loud, “Lord I know you won’t put more on me than I can handle today!” That’s in reference to the powerful promise found in 1 Corinthians 10:13! Today, should the STRESS get you down, 1st - Walk It Off, then 2nd - Confess It Off! Remember, SUCCESS is heading YOUR way! Pastor Rich...

Somebody once said, “If you can’t handle STRESS, you’ll never manage SUCCESS!” There are a couple of quick things I want to say about STRESS. 1) Stress is a layering of issues in your everyday life that build up to the point that you feel as though you’re “ON EDGE.” When that happens to me, I stop what I’m doing and stand up. I take three deeps breaths and hold each one for a short while, and then I walk. Walk until you can think clearly. 2) Stress can produce FEAR. We’ve heard it before, FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. When that happens, begin to confess out loud, “Lord I know you won’t put more on me than I can handle today!” That’s in reference to the powerful promise found in 1 Corinthians 10:13! Today, should the STRESS get you down, 1st - Walk It Off, then 2nd - Confess It Off! Remember, SUCCESS is heading YOUR way! Pastor Rich...