Entries by Pastor Dickie

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Jesus’ death and resurrection make us acceptable to God.

Would you be surprised to know that most people do not accept themselves? I’ve been a pastor now for over 30 years and I’ve talked to thousands of people, and I’ve found that most people really don’t like themselves inside. They wish they were different. They wish they looked different. They wish they acted different.

Need some GOOD NEWS?

When the criminal hanging next to Jesus on the cross asked Jesus to remember him, Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).

With his response, Jesus was also giving us four characteristics of salvation that we can trust and believe in.

First, he said “today.” That means salvation is immediate. The moment you ask Jesus Christ to save you, it is done. When you die, you either go straight into the presence of God or you go straight into separation from God.

It’s here! Starts TONIGHT!

Can you believe it?

Tonight at 7pm is our first service celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus!

I’m looking forward to the Resurrection Celebration we have planned for you and the friends you’ll bring with you this year. Our service is going to be AMAZING!

Are you ready for this?

Tomorrow we begin the first of 8 Bethlehem Easter services. Have you invited anyone to come with you?

At our Easter services, we have had hundreds of people open their lives to Christ- because YOU invited them!

This year, I will be speaking a message of encouragement to show how God, through the Resurrection, gives us a chance to start over and enjoy a new relationship with him.

Do you Google?

Once I typed the phrase ‘fresh start’ into Google on the Internet. It brought up 485,000 links! Evidently, a lot of people would like to have a fresh start in life. They think, “I’ve blown it, I’ve messed up, I’ve really made a mess of things in my life. I’d like a fresh start.”

Jesus is in the business of giving people a fresh start. The apostle Peter says, “Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life, and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven (1 Peter 1:3-4).

Myths that make us miserable…

There’s a myth that says I have to clean up my act before I can come to God. “I’ve got to get it all together. There are a few things I need to get right in my life first, and then I’ll come to God.”

It’s like brushing your teeth before going to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned, or washing the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, or picking up the house before the house cleaner gets there! Why would we do this?


It’s worth keeping the peace.

Relationships are always worth restoring.

Life is all about learning how to love, and God wants us to value relationships and make every effort to maintain them instead of discarding them whenever there is a rift, a hurt, or a conflict.

In fact, the Bible tells us that God has given us the ministry of restoring relationships. For this reason a significant amount of the New Testament is devoted to teaching us how to get along with one another.

Can you live free of fear?

The Bible says in 1 John 4:18, “Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear”.

How do you learn to live in God’s love so that you can live free of fear?

Every day, you have to surrender your heart to God.

Do you need to be baptized?

Could it be that God may be calling you to get baptized this Easter Weekend?? We are baptizing at our South Campus at 7PM on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday morning at 9:30 & 11. We are also baptizing at our West Campus on Sunday morning at 8:45 & 10:15!!

Baptism is not some optional ritual to be delayed or postponed. It signifies your inclusion in God’s family. It publicly announces to the world, “I am not ashamed to be a part of God’s family.” Jesus commanded this beautiful act for all in his family.