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River Reach News 8/25

Dear River Reach Family,

He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water. 12 He said, “O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham.” Genesis 24:11-12

How am I supposed to make that happen?  Servants may sometimes be sent on missions that seem almost impossible.  Find a wife for my master’s daughter?  Why me?  How?  And you want me to travel to a distant land to find her?  Faith motivated Abraham to send his servant on a bridal acquisition mission for his son Isaac (Genesis 24:2-4).  The servant is left with very little guidance and only the assurance that God will go before him to make his journey a success (Genesis 24:7).  Sworn to obedience, the faithful servant set off on a unique mission uncertain of the particulars, but confident that God was with him.  How would he find the wife?  Would she leave her family to travel with him?  Genesis 24 is an amazing account of God’s providence in guiding faithful servants to mission success.  Maybe you are looking at the mission God has given you.  It could be raising children, resolving a conflict while maintaining a testimony for Christ, navigating difficult choices, or finding a way to share the gospel with your neighbor.  In every aspect of life, there is a path that faith would follow to bring the most glory to our Savior.  God will providentially provide success (defined by His parameters) to every person who seeks to faithfully execute their mission for the glory of God.  Success is always attainable when we walk by faith.  This Sunday we will follow Abraham’s servant on his unique journey of faith and watch as God gives him success!  Spoiler alert: he will appear on the horizon transporting a beautiful bride perfectly suited for Isaac! (Genesis 24:63-67)

Sermon: “The Reward of Loyal Faith” Genesis 24:10-67

Discipleship Groups this Sunday evening at 6:00pm

Men: Read Chapter 7 in “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper.

Women: Read Ch. 6 in The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship by Jonathan Holmes.

A note from Jen to the ladies regarding their upcoming study:

This week we will be reading the final chapter (chapter 6) of our book on friendship. I have greatly enjoyed studying this with many of you, ladies! I have been convicted in several areas and reminded how blessed I am to have true biblical friends in my life.

As we look to “what’s next,” I’d like to invite all of the ladies to join me in a Bible study on the book of Exodus. This will be quite a different format from what we have been doing. When we meet together each week, we will be listening to a podcast from Jen Wilkin, a very gifted Bible teacher, and then follow that with a brief discussion. Then, during the week, we will have passages to study on our own. If you have never done a Bible study like this, you are in for a treat! I will be printing out the study guides that we will use throughout the weeks. If you are interested in doing this study, please let me know by Wednesday, Aug. 30, so that I can make sure to print out the right amount of study guides. I hope you will be able to join me! If you do, I am sure you will finish this study with a much better understanding of the book of Exodus and what it means for us today.

Prayer Requests:

  • Powells and Clarks travel safety
  • Salvation of friends and family members
  • Students as they return to school!
  • Joshua Walker starting college!
  • Gospel opportunities
  • Our nation and leaders; peace

Upcoming Events:

  • Sunday 8/27 – Regular Sunday Services (10:30am) and Sunday School (9:25am Adults, New Members, Children)
    • Discipleship Groups – 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 8/30 – 6:30pm – Prayer meeting and Bible Study
  • Saturday 9/2 – 8:30am – Men’s Meeting / Workday

Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord!
Matthew Rowley


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