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Every human achievement is dependent on empowerment. We will never accomplish something beyond the level of our empowerment. Our outlook on a mission depends upon our estimation of empowerment. Too often our hope, encouragement, and motivation crash because we measure life based on our own power.
Children are a gift from God and a blessing to be treasured (Psalm 127:3). If you are a parent, God has given you the incredible privilege and responsibility to raise your children to love and serve Him (Deuteronomy 6:4-7; Ephesians 6:4).
Every human being wants to be happy. We make choices and pursue life trajectories that promise the most happiness. No one pursues intentional emptiness, emotional distress, and sadness. Trials and struggles in life present real obstacles to joy! In order to maintain joy, the source of your joy must be more robust and capable than your troubles.
Whether you realize it or not, you are an investor. So far God has given you life and allowed you to round the corner into another year. How will you invest this year of your life? The world preaches that self-centered living will be the best investment. Spend your time soaking up ease. Spend your life working feverishly to build your kingdom. God’s Word promises the exact opposite.
This Sunday we have the privilege to hear from the Kings as they give an update of what God is doing in their ministry. We will hear an update in Sunday School, be challenged from God’s Word in our morning worship, and have for fellowship over lunch. We want to be able to rejoice in the how God has used them to advance His kingdom as well as learn how we can better support them through prayer.
Dear River Reach Family, Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘This people says, “The time has not come, even the time for the house of the LORD to be rebuilt.”’” 3 Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying, 4 “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled…
Once again we find ourselves just hours away from a new year. From this vantage point we can look back once again and see that our heavenly Father was faithful and gracious to us once again! We shouldn’t be shocked. Our observation of His actions will always be the same because He never will never change. From this position we also look forward to a new year. A year of unknown blessings and unknown trials.
It doesn’t take much to recognize that our world is broken and seemingly shrouded in darkness. This is not God’s intended design for our world or for us! He created light to shine in the darkness (Genesis 1:3). He made all things perfect and very good (Genesis 1:31). Man’s sin plunged this world into darkness, yet God’s love sent His Son Jesus Christ into this dark world to shine the light of hope for all men! (John 1:4-5).
This Sunday we will celebrate the wonderful news of Gospel revealed in the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ left the glories of heaven to take on human flesh to rescue us from sin and death! (Hebrews 2:14-15) The RRBC choir and drama team have been working hard to prepare a musical and dramatic production to help us meditate on the blessing of our Lord’s incarnation.
Dear River Reach Family, How long, O LORD, will I call for help, And You will not hear? I cry out to You, “Violence!” Yet You do not save.3 Why do You make me see iniquity, And cause me to look on wickedness? Yes, destruction and violence are before me; Strife exists and contention arises…”…