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River Reach News 12/8

I think it is fitting that Christmas falls at the end of the year.  Life has a way of weighing us down. If we get caught up in the race of life throughout the year, it is easy for our attention to to be diverted from a Christ-focus to a life-focus. The inevitable result will be increased emptiness and weariness.  Discontentment driven by a desire for more earthly comfort and gratification will soon leave us empty.  Our fallen nature leaves us extremely susceptible to self-motivated living rather than faith motivated pursuit of God and His will.  In Isaiah 7-8 we find the nation of Judah caught again in such a trap.  Once again their own way leads to devastation and emptiness. Have you been caught in the same trap?  Thank God He doesn’t leave us in our darkness!  The story of Christmas reminds us that God shines the light of hope into even the darkest night!

And we’re back! River Reach News 12/1

Christmas is only 24 days away!  Retail stores would love us to believe that Christmas is all about shopping and gifting the latest and greatest to yourself and loved ones.  Christmas is about gift giving.  It is about God’s greatest gift to us.  A little baby boy named “Immanuel” or “God with us”! (Matthew 1:21-23) For the next several weeks I would like to continue in the context of our study in Isaiah to consider the announcement of Christ’s birth 730 years before it happened! (Isaiah 7:14)  The virgin birth of Jesus Christ is not simply a unique theological feature, but a foundation for our faith.

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The Armor of God

Teacher: Pastor Dan Powell A study in the armor of God in Ephesians 6 with application to the believer’s daily walk with the Lord.

Sermon Series: Walk in the Light of the Lord! – Isaiah 1-6

Come, house of Jacob, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.” Isaiah 2:5 God’s plan for your life is filled with blessings so rich and sweet you cannot fathom them!  The perfection of the world He originally created for us (Genesis 1:31) and the future glory of the future reign of Christ on…

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