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Posts by Matthew Rowley

Merge! 10/19

Dear River Reach Family, Brethren, pray for us. 26   Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. 27 I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren.” 1 Thessalonians 5:25-27 The long awaited day arrived.  I was 16 1/2 years old.  I had taken a driver’s education class, practiced driving…

Always Be Grateful 9/21

Gratitude and gratefulness seems to have almost vanished from our society.  Anger, hatred, outrage, worry, complaining, and their close companions seems to have taken over the news media, social media, talk shows, politics, and even popular fictional entertainment.  The tragedy of all these sins is that it blocks its victims from recognizing the incredible blessings they enjoy!  Political activist groups foment anger and discord while living in the most peaceful nation on earth enjoying a wealth of technology and the blessings of freedom.  Objective observers can quickly become outraged at such ungratefulness 🙂

Never Stop Praying 9/14

Have you seen those people who seem like they are always talking to people on their hands free earbuds?  It seems like they are talking to themselves until you get closer and realize they are on the phone.  What they ate for lunch or their afternoon plans to get their nails done must be important enough to justify tying up their friends ear.   Long before the unlimited cell phone plan God invented the unlimited prayer connection.  No expensive hardware or bluetooth connection is necessary to talk to the most important person in the universe!

Always Rejoice! 9/7

Dear River Reach Family, Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 I’m sure we’ve all heard people opine, “I’ve had a bad day!”  On significantly less frequent occasions we may even hear someone say, “I’ve had a good…

River Reach News 8/31

How do you respond when someone hurts you?  People can be difficult to get along with (1 Corinthians 13:4 – Love is patient).  If you spend enough time around people at some point you will most likely be hurt by their words or actions.  Most of us have an unpublished list of rules for others to follow when they interact with us.  Don’t be late.  Don’t share my weaknesses with others.  Be caring and compassionate.  The list could go on and on! 

River Reach News 8/24

Recently over dinner my father and my Aunt reminisced about their experience taking cod liver oil pills and polio vaccines via sugar cubes when they were in elementary school.  Due to the cultural setting, every student no matter what their condition was blessed with these uniform health treatment plans.  We laughed at the story of a fellow student who would covertly spit out their cod liver oil pill and deposit in the innermost recesses of his desk to avoid some of the trauma of the experience.