God is always ready to give you another chance.

We’ve all been irresponsible. We’ve all messed up. The Bible tells us, “Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins” (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

God doesn’t want you living with a heavy guilt trip about all the irresponsibility in your life. Guilt destroys your confidence, damages your relationships, keeps you stuck in the past, and even hurts your health. I read a report a few years back that said 70 percent of people in the hospital could leave if they knew how to resolve their guilt.

God wants far better for your life than that. You don’t want to live with guilt. And here’s an important truth to always hang on to: You don’t have to.

God wants you to live with a sense of promise and hope. God can even bring good out of the stupid decisions that you’ve made in your life if you’ll give those failures to him.
How do you do that?

Admit to God you’ve made a mistake. It doesn’t surprise him. And it won’t change his perception of you. I hope you’ll take this step today. When you do, here’s what you can expect from God:

  1. God forgives instantly. The very moment you admit your sin to God, he forgives you.
  2. God forgives freely. You don’t need to earn it, and you’ll never deserve it.
  3. God forgives completely. He wipes your sin absolutely clean.

If you’re mired in guilt and shame, it can be tough to get out of.  You’ll tell yourself that you blew it, so you’re bad. Since you’re bad, you believe you’ll blow it again. It’s a nasty cycle from which we often can’t seem to escape — at least not on our own.

You need a power beyond yourself. You need a Savior. You need Jesus.

DO NOT MISS OUR SERVICES TOMORROW FOR FRIDAY NIGHT CHURCH AT 7PM! WE HAVE KIDS PROGRAMMING TOO!

Email Tammy and me with your requests. We are praying for you!

Have a Terrific Thursday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

When life seems to be falling apart, your most “spiritual” decision may be a surprise: Get alone with God, and wait.

The Bible says in Lamentations 3:28, “When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The ‘worst’ is never the worst”.

Most of us don’t know how to “enter the silence.” We’re always anxious. We don’t like to wait on God because it stresses us out. We like to be in control.

What does it mean to wait on God? You sit down, close your mouth, and just listen to God. You may read your Bible. You may pray. But most all, you’re quiet in front of God.

Anxiety comes when we’re not “waiting for hope to appear,” as Jeremiah tells us. God wants to talk to us. God wants to give us the hope we crave. But we’re often way too busy. All of our circuits are busy! When God calls, we’re on a different line.

If we want to listen to God and experience the hope he has for us, we have to get alone with him. We must “enter the silence” and be ready to hear him.

Jesus also said this in Matthew 6:6: “Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace”.

Get honest with God, and your focus will shift from just seeing your problems — no matter how overwhelming they seem — to the grace of God.

Lamentations 3:25-26 says, “The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in him, so it is best for us to wait in patience — to wait for him to save us”.

The same is true for us. No matter what obstacle you’re facing, wait for God’s timing. He’ll time your next move perfectly.

Tammy and I are lifting you up in prayer as you wait on God- email us your requests.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

How do you know when hope has died in your life? You start using the word “never”.

I’m never going to get married. I’m never going to graduate. I’m never going to get well. I’m never going to get out of debt. I’m never going to be able to let go of my past and forget all of that shame and heartache. I’m never going to be able to change. I’m never going to see this situation turn around. That’s when hope has died.

What do you do when your hope dies? Romans 4:18 says, “Abraham, when hope was dead within him, went on hoping in faith . . . He relied on the word of God”.

When you are at a dead end, you need the Bible. Read it. Study it. Memorize it. Think about it. Write it down on little note cards, and go over it.

The Bible is full of promises. You rely on the Word and trust in its promises, and it will revive you emotionally. Nothing else is going to encourage you like the Bible. When you rely on the Word of God, you don’t panic because you’re reminded that even though something is out of your control, it’s not out of God’s control.

A dead end is a test of your faith. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:17, “While God was testing him, Abraham still trusted in God and his promises, and so he offered up his son Isaac”.
God said he wanted Abraham to sacrifice his son, and Abraham didn’t blink an eye. He didn’t panic because he remembered what God could do, and he relied on what God had promised him.

What happens when God takes your most precious dream and wants you to give it up? Can you do that in faith? You’re at a dead end, and God’s going to deliver you if you give the right answer.

You may be at a dead end now, and it seems there is no way out. But things are never as bleak as they seem. You’re looking at it from the human viewpoint rather than God’s viewpoint.

Romans 4:20 says, “Abraham never doubted. He believed God, for his faith and trust grew ever stronger, and he praised God for this blessing even before it happened”.
A promise is only as good as the character of the person who makes the promise. The Bible says God cannot lie because he is complete truth. If he makes a promise to you, he’s going to fulfill it. It will happen exactly as he has said. When you’re at your dead end, trust in God’s truth!

Tammy and I are praying for YOU! Email us with your requests – we are here for you!

Have a Tremendous Tuesday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Life often brings you matters that are difficult to swallow, like a sickness, a job loss, or the death of a friend or family member. Those pills are tough going down, and we often choke on them.

Rest assured that God is up to something good in your life even if you can’t see it. God is actively working to bring good out of whatever happens in your life. To hold on to hope in the midst of tough times, you’ll need to grab a hold of this truth.

The Bible says it this way: “We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).

The Bible isn’t saying that every event in your life will be good. You and I both know that’s just not true. But it does say that when you put your whole life together, every piece of it works together for good. It’s like making a cake. You may not like the taste of each ingredient, but when it’s all put together, you can’t keep your hands off of it. God wants to bake an amazingly tasty cake with your life, and he wants to use even the distasteful and bitter elements to do it.

God also doesn’t say that everything works together “like we want it to” or that every story will have a happy ending. The reality is not every business decision will make you a million dollars. Not every couple that gets married will live happily ever after. Not every child will become captain of the football team.

Instead, the verse reminds us that we can have absolute confidence that the Master Designer of the universe causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God. (By the way, this promise is for “those who love God,” not for people who don’t know God yet.)

Hope isn’t the same as optimism. It isn’t the belief that something bad will turn out well. It’s the absolute confidence that every part of your life ultimately makes sense regardless of how it turns out this side of eternity.

From our vantage point, life looks like a mess at times. But God’s view from Heaven isn’t the same as ours.

You can’t even imagine the good that God has in store for your future. In Jeremiah 29:11b God says, “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future”.

Your future is in God’s hands — and there’s no better place for it to be!

What a GREAT day we had at church yesterday! If you missed it, you can catch the message on our Website, on our YouTube Channel, or on our App. 

Email Tammy and me with any prayer requests- We love YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

God knows everything that gets you stressed. For instance, many of us today are concerned about the economy, and so we have financial fears.

And then we act as if God is unaware of our bills? “Don’t you see, God? I’m going under! I’m not going to make it!” We’re trying to stretch and make ends meet. We get uptight, upset, and we worry.

When we think that God doesn’t know what’s going on in our lives, then we think we have to take matters into our own hands. In effect, we’re saying, “I’ll be God.”

Worrying is taking responsibility for things God never intended you to have.

The truth is God is aware of all your needs.

He’s aware of every single need you have: financial needs, spiritual needs, sexual needs, social needs, emotional needs. In fact, the Bible says God knows what you need before you ask.

Prayer is never giving information to God. He already knows what’s going on in your life.

What’s the use of praying, then? God’s waiting for you to ask Him for help. The Bible says, “You have not because you ask not.”

We will have an INCREDIBLE time of prayer, a time of worship, a time of encouragement at Bethlehem TODAY…DO NOT MISS OUR SERVICES!

I can’t wait to see you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

God wants you to ask him for help when you are in trouble. He says, “Call on me in times of trouble. I will rescue you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15).

I call this a “microwave” prayer because it is quick and to the point: Help! SOS! Mayday!

For instance, when temptation strikes and you don’t have time for a long conversation with God, simply cry out! David, Daniel, Peter, Paul, and countless others have prayed this kind of instant prayer for help in trouble.

The Bible guarantees that our cry for help will be heard because Jesus is sympathetic to our struggle. He faced the same kinds of problems we do. He “understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

If God is waiting to help us, why don’t we turn to him more often? Honestly, sometimes we don’t want to be helped! At that moment we think we know what’s best for us — that we’re more qualified than God is. At other times we’re embarrassed to ask God for help. But the Bible says, “Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it” (Hebrews 4:16).

God’s love is everlasting, and his patience endures forever. Ask him for help and then watch how He provides!

DO NOT MISS OUR SERVICES TOMORROW! IT WILL BE INCREDIBLE!

Email Tammy and me with any prayer requests you have.

See you in the morning! Have a Great Saturday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Be patient with God and with yourself.

One of life’s frustrations is that God’s timetable is rarely the same as ours. We are often in a hurry when God isn’t. You may feel frustrated with the seemingly slow progress you’re making in life.

Remember that God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time. He will use your entire lifetime to prepare you for your role in eternity.

The Bible is filled with examples of how God uses a long process to develop character, especially in leaders.

He took 80 years to prepare Moses, including 40 in the wilderness. For 14,600 days Moses kept waiting and wondering, “Is it time yet?” But God kept saying, “Not yet.”

Contrary to popular book titles, there are no “Easy Steps to Maturity” or “Secrets of Instant Sainthood.” When God wants to make a giant oak, he takes a hundred years, but when he wants to make a mushroom, he does it overnight.

Great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Be patient with the process.

James advised, “Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed” (James 1:4).

Don’t get discouraged. When Habakkuk became depressed because he didn’t think God was acting quickly enough, God had this to say: “These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” (Habakkuk 2:3)

Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go.

You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.

Years ago people wore a popular button with the letters PBPGINFWMY. It stood for “Please be patient. God is not finished with me yet.”

God isn’t finished with you, either, so keep on moving forward. Even the snail reached the ark by persevering!

We are praying for you!  Invite someone to church with you TONIGHT!…Our services are going to be powerful and the Word that God has given me will be life-changing for you…I Promise!

If you need prayer, email Tammy and me with you requests…HOPE TO SEE YOU TONIGHT AT 7PM!!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

The world defines freedom as a life without any restraint: “I can do anything I want to do and say anything I want to say without anybody telling me what to do.”

Everybody else may get burned by you, but you get to do it your own way. The world says you can have your freedom, but only by being totally selfish.

Yet, the Bible says the Only Way to True Freedom is through Jesus: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

Real freedom is freedom from fear, where you’re truly free from guilt, worry, bitterness, and death.

You’re free to quit pretending because you’re free to be yourself.

How do you get rid of those kinds of fears? By letting God love you!

The apostle John teaches that “there is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18).

When you realize how much God loves you, you’ll begin to live in true freedom. In fact, you worship God when you recognize that “God is love.” It is an act of worship to agree that he is a loving, caring, generous God and that we can “rely on the love God has for us” (1 John 4:16).

DO NOT MISS OUR SERVICES THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT 7PM!  THE MESSAGE WILL BE FOR YOU!

Email Tammy and me with any prayer requests you have.

Have a Tremendous Thursday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

THERE IS ENORMOUS POWER IN YOUR WORDS!

If you’re going to become a person of faith, you have to change the way you talk.

You have to announce it in order to experience it.

Sometimes speaking in faith appears totally foolish, totally arrogant, and totally out of touch with reality to people who don’t understand faith. Abraham knew about this. God came to Abram one day and said, “Abram, I’m going to change your name from Abram to Abraham.” Abraham means “the father of a great nation.”

There was only one problem: Abraham was 99 years old, and his wife was past the age for bearing children. He was probably ruthlessly ridiculed for his name. But God says that we don’t live in the world of human reality. We live in the world of spiritual reality, and we see it not as it is but as it can be, as it should be, as God wants it to be.
Romans 4:17 says that God “speaks of future events with as much certainty as though they were already past”. That’s called speaking in faith — you announce it in order to experience it.

One of my spiritual gifts is the Gift of Faith. I don’t tell it like it is. I tell it like it could be, like it ought to be, like God wants it to be.

Don’t just tell it like it is. Tell it like it could be! Telling it like it is has never changed anybody. It only makes people defensive.

For example, you could say to someone, “You’re a lousy father. You don’t spend any time with your kids because your career is more important.”

But when you label somebody, you reinforce it.

Instead, you could say, “I see in you the potential for greatness. If you would let Jesus Christ take control of your life, you wouldn’t be perfect, but you could become a godly man of character that your kids admire.” That’s the kind of talk that motivates change!

You don’t have to tell it like it is. Tell it like it could be, like it should be, like God wants it to be. Speak it in advance and LIVE BY FAITH!

Tammy and I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH! Email us with your prayer requests.

Peace to You!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

A right relationship with Jesus is foundational to every area of your life.

Through a secure relationship with Jesus, you can grow and change in ways that are impossible to do without one. In truth, we can’t accomplish anything without God: “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

Without God’s power in your life, you’re just running on your own energy. And that’s like having a laptop that’s unplugged; the battery will eventually drain and all the power will be gone. Why would you live like that?

Think of it like this: You’ve got a small battery in you. You can run through life on your own power, which means you’ll be tired all the time.

Or you have access to God’s power plant, provided you just plug in and admit you need God’s help. God has unlimited power to sustain your life and mission.

We love you! Tammy and I are praying for YOU! Email us with any prayer requests.

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy