There is a strong belief in our culture that influences every one of us, whether we want it to or not: If it feels good, do it.

But when you allow yourself to be manipulated by your moods, you are living your life according to your feelings. God wants you to live a different kind of life. He wants you to live a life of faith, not a life of feelings.

We don’t always feel like doing the right thing. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always feel like being nice to people. I don’t always feel like washing the dishes with my wife. I don’t always feel like stopping what I’m doing to help someone.

But God can give you the kind of faith that persists above feelings.

Anybody who’s successful at anything does things they don’t feel like doing. An Olympic athlete exercises when she doesn’t feel like it. A great musician practices his craft, even when he’s tired. If you’re going to be a great salesperson, you make calls that other people don’t feel like making.

If you want to deepen your relationship with God, you have to spend time with him even when you don’t feel like it. People who have a regular, consistent quiet time with God didn’t get there because every morning they woke up and wanted to spend time with God. They got there because they woke up and spent time reading the Bible and praying even if they were tired or didn’t feel like it.

Faith is being persistent. Faith is refusing to give up no matter how tired you are or how many other things you think you should or wish you could be doing.

The Bible talks about how you can begin to develop persistence in your life through the example of Moses. Hebrews 11:27 says, “It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible”.

That’s how you get there. That’s how you persist — You begin to see the Invisible.

Only those who see God for who He really is can persist in the most difficult times of life. Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible. Believe in faith what God can do in your life, and thank Him in advance for how He is going to work!

Email Tammy and me this Monday with any prayer requests.

Have a Magnificent Monday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

You can’t reduce stress in your life unless you change how you think. Our stress doesn’t come from the outside but from the inside.

Your mind is a special gift from God. It’s capable of storing more than 100 trillion thoughts. It can handle enormous amounts of information. God has given you the freedom to choose what you think about, from among all of that information.

The Bible says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

Paul reminds us that we can choose what we think about, and he encourages us to think about the right things. What we put into our minds impacts how we live.

It’s really no wonder we’re stressed when we consider what most of us think about on a regular basis. Many people, even Christians, allow anything and everything into their minds. Reading depressing books and watching depressing movies will lead to only one outcome.

What you think affects the way you feel; the way you feel affects the way you act. Guard your mind. Keep your mind on the right things.

Philippians 4:8 tells us to fix our minds on these good things. Paul means that we need to make a deliberate choice. Change the channel on our minds. Only allow in things that fit into the characteristics described in that verse.

What happens when you do that?

You get what God promises in the prior verse: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7.

Doesn’t that sound like it’s worth it?

GET UP AND GET IN CHURCH TODAY! 

WE LOVE YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Many people spend their younger years getting an education. Hopefully, that commitment to education continues. We should all become lifelong learners.

The Bible says a lot about the importance of getting an education and continuing to learn. In fact, we’re told to love God with our minds.

How do you love God with your mind? By using it, developing it, and not wasting it. The Bible says it this way: “Do yourself a favor and learn all you can; then remember what you learn and you will prosper” (Proverbs 19:8).

Do you want to be successful in life? The Bible says to learn and then apply what you’ve learned.

In almost every country in the world, it’s not an accident that Christians were responsible for starting the first school and the first hospital. We believe God doesn’t just care about your soul. He cares about your mind and your body, too.

You may not have had the opportunity to get a formal education, but there are still many ways you can learn. Getting an education can be a good investment of your time and your money — an investment in yourself.

But let’s be clear about this. Your education doesn’t end with school, and school isn’t the only place where we learn and get educated. To be successful, you’ll need to learn the rest of your life.

And you also have to be careful. You need to guard your mind. You need to learn the right stuff.

Proverbs 4:13 says, “Always remember what you have learned. Your education is your life — guard it well”.

Get yourself in church TOMORROW!

Email Tammy and me with ANY requests you have.

Have a Super Saturday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

The reason why many people are ineffective in life is that they’ve never learned how to fight the battle of the mind.

If you want to learn to manage your mind, you have to deliver it from destructive thoughts. That isn’t easy, because there are three enemies that strive to keep you from fulfilling all your good intentions of changing your life.

1. The first enemy is your old nature.
Paul says in Romans 7:23, “There is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me”. Do you ever find yourself doing things that you don’t really want to do? That’s the battle in your brain between your old, sinful nature and your good intentions.
2. The second enemy is Satan.
Satan cannot force you to do anything, but he can make suggestions, and those suggestions are extremely powerful. He is constantly planting negative thoughts in your mind. He’ll use other people or he’ll use the television or he’ll just throw a thought in your mind.
3. The third enemy is the world’s value system.
Not many things in our society encourage self-discipline. In fact, nearly every advertisement says, “You deserve a break today. Have it your way. We do it all for you.”
The Bible says in 1 John 2:16, “For everything in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — comes not from the Father but from the world”.
With enemies like that, no wonder we struggle with discouragement and despair and failure!

So how do you fight this battle? Look at what 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says: “Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”.

You have a choice. Your mind has to listen to you. God didn’t give you just a mind; he gave you a will! The best time to win the battle with temptation is before it begins.
“I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever, no matter what” (Psalm 119:112).

TGIF! COME ON OUT TO FRIDAY NIGHT CHURCH TONIGHT AT 7PM!

Tammy and I are praying for you! Email us with your requests.

Have a Fantastic Friday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Many times we wonder if an idea that came to us is an instruction from God, a deception from Satan, or just something we want to do. It is extremely important to recognize the difference and know how to discern God’s voice, because it can have eternal consequences.

A lot of evil gets blamed on God when people say, “God told me to do it!” The Bible says in 1 John 4:1, “Don’t always believe every message you hear just because someone says it is a message from God; test it first to see if it really is”.

God will never contradict his Word. Does that idea in your mind right now agree with the Bible? God doesn’t say one thing and then change his mind and say another thing. If he said it, it’s true, and it will always be true.

God is consistent. He isn’t moody. He doesn’t change his mind. He will never tell you to violate a principle that he’s already given in his Word, the Bible.

So the first question you need to ask is, “Does this thought line up with what God has already said?” If what’s in your mind contradicts something that God has already said in the Bible, then you know it’s wrong.

Jesus said in Luke 21:33, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away”. God’s Word is eternal, because truth never changes. If something was true 5,000 years ago, it was true 1,000 years ago, it is true today, and it will be true 5,000 years from today.

People might say, “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.” No! God said it, and that settles it — whether we believe it or not!

If God tells you to do something, then he’s never going to contradict it. The first question you must answer is, “Is this idea in harmony with the Word of God?”

Don’t miss our services tomorrow for “Friday Night Church” at 7PM! We have Kids Programming too!

Email Tammy and me with your prayer requests.

Have a Tremendous Thursday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

We all need Wisdom!!

The Bible says this about wisdom in Proverbs 22:17-18: “Listen, and I will teach you what the wise have said. Study their teachings, and you will be glad if you remember them and can quote them”.

Notice four key verbs in that Scripture: listen,study, remember, and quote. Those are marks of wisdom!

You can’t just learn something and become wiser; you’ve got to remember it. And you can’t just remember it; you’ve got to reinforce it. Because if you don’t remember and reinforce it, you end up having to learn the same lesson over and over.

You have to retain it to remember it so you can review it so you can apply it.

People say, “I can’t remember anything!” Oh, yes you can. You remember what’s important to you. You remember what you love. You remember what matters to you.

For instance, maybe you say, “I can’t memorize the Bible.” But you remember every baseball or football statistic for the last season. Or you say, “I can’t remember the Bible,” but you can quote all kinds of lyrics to popular songs or every step to a favorite recipe or something else you care about. You remember what’s important to you!

When the truth becomes important to you, you will remember it. You will remember it and you will rehearse it and you will reinforce it and you will review it in your life. Then it can begin to change your life!

“Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body” (Proverbs 4:20-22).

Tammy and I are praying for YOU!  Email us with your prayer requests.

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

You’re not going to hear God unless you really, really want it. I’m not saying it’s an option. I’m not saying it would be nice. It is a necessity!

God won’t tell you about His dream for your life if he knows you’ll want to debate it.

God doesn’t tell you what he put you on Earth to do just so you can say, “Let me think about it.”

No! It has got to be a necessity. You have to say, “I’ve got to know why I’m here. I’ve got to know what you want me to do with my life. I’ve got to hear your voice. I’ve got to have your vision.”

King David wrote in the book of Psalms, “My God, I want to do what you want” and “What I want most of all and at all times is to honor your laws” (Psalm 40:8).

David was passionate in his declaration that what he wanted most of all was to honor God. Being obedient and following God were not options for him. It was the only thing David wanted to do. He used words for seeking God like, “I long for it,” “I crave it,” “I hunger for it,” and “I’m like a dear panting for water.”

When you get that desperate, you’re going to hear from God.

A lot of people talk to God, but they never hear from God. For them, prayer is a monologue. But you can’t have a relationship when it is wrapped up in a monologue from you.
Just as important as talking to God in prayer is listening to God and letting him talk to you. How does that happen? First, you’ve got to want it more than anything else.

Deuteronomy 4:29 says, “You will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him”.

That is Guaranteed!

We are praying for Y O U!  Email Tammy and me with any and all of your requests…we love YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Paul, one of the greatest followers of Jesus ever, was on trial in Rome, and not one person stepped forward to defend him. Not one!

Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:16, “The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them”.

He was absolutely by himself. Nobody stepped forward to say, “This is a good guy. He’s alright.” Yet Paul did not say, “Those jerks — after all I’ve done for them all these years!” Instead, he said, “May it not be counted against them.”

In other words, he was not going to let himself become bitter. Because bitterness always makes loneliness worse.

This is just one of the ways Paul teaches us how to live when we are going through a season of loneliness. When you feel lonely, you need to minimize your hurt. You need to play it down and pray it up. Don’t rehearse it over and over in your mind. If you do, it just gets bigger and bigger and out of control.

Refuse to become resentful, because bitterness will eat you up.

Bitterness and loneliness go together because they become a cycle. You become lonely. Then you start feeling bad about it and have a pity party. Then you become bitter. Your bitterness makes you even lonelier, which makes you more bitter. Soon, you’re a hardhearted, depressed person that nobody can get close to.

Nobody wants to be around a bitter person. Nobody wants to be around a cynic. Nobody wants to be around a person who is angry.

Bitterness will only perpetuate your loneliness. That’s why, when you go through a season of loneliness, you should minimize the hurt. Don’t build a wall around your life!

Tammy and I are praying for you this beautiful Monday! Email us with your prayer requests.

We love you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

We can have hope this Sunday morning because God is preparing us for eternity.

He’s using everything in our lives — the good, the bad and the ugly — to do so. Once you understand this, life begins to make sense. You stop saying, “Lord, why is this happening?” because you know why: He’s preparing you for eternity.

The Bible says, “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold — though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world” (1 Peter 1:6-7).

Those verses describe three truths about problems that are the same today as they were in Peter’s day.

  • Problems are necessary. They are an indispensable part of preparing you for Heaven.
  • They are varied. You’ll experience trials of all different shapes, sizes, and levels of intensity.
  • They are temporary. They won’t last forever. But God is using those trials for his purposes. This passage also describes three results of trials in your life.
  • They test your faith. You build muscles by testing them. The same is true with your faith.
  • They purify your motives. God is much more interested in your character than your comfort. He’ll use trials to refine your character.
  • They prepare you for your rewards. The trials you’re going through now don’t compare to the rewards of Heaven.

Sure, the troubles you’re experiencing now aren’t fun. But the Bible makes it clear they are good for you. They’ll make your faith stronger and your character godlier, and they’ll get you ready for future rewards.

Tammy and I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU THIS MORNING- THE MESSAGE TODAY WILL BE FOR YOU!

We love 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 requests you have.

See you in the morning! Have a great Saturday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy