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 houses while this house lies desolate?”Haggai 1:2-4
The new year gives us an opportunity to evaluate our priorities. God designed life to force us to reveal our priorities through our actions. Talk is cheap. Actions reveal the heart. The Old Testament book of Haggai gives us a window into God’s confrontation with Judah about their priorities. About 17 years prior to the writing of this book, the Lord kept his promise to Jeremiah and returned some of the Jews exiled in Babylon back to their homeland of Judah (537 BC). Within the first year they laid the foundation of the temple in an attempt to restore God’s Old Testament plan for worship. Shortly after they began the work it stopped. For 16 years the foundation of the temple lay on hold as God’s people allowed other priorities to have first place. They rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem that had been torn down and clean up a land that had been decimated. They rebuilt their own homes, but the house of the Lord still lay in ruin. It is important to take care of our families and physical needs, but God also expects us to prioritize His kingdom. This Sunday we will allow God’s Word through the Book of Haggai to challenge our priorities.
Sunday Sermon: “Evaluating Priorities in 2019” – Haggai 1:1-2:23
Listen to Last Week’s Sermon
If you missed last week’s sermon, you may listen to it here: “Walking on High Places in 2019” Habakkuk 2:5-3:19
Men’s Meeting / Workday tomorrow morning @ 8:30am / Ladies Christmas Decoration packing at 10:00am
Tomorrow morning we will review the financial statements for the past year as well as discuss some church business. Following our short Bible challenge, we will work on a few projects around the church which will include: tearing out the rotting handicap ramp, fixing exit lights, etc. All men are invited to join us! We always enjoy a great time of fellowship together.
Ladies: We could use your help to take down the Christmas decorations!
Walk Class Continues this Sunday evening at 6:00pm
Assignment: Complete Ch. 5 “Response to Suffering”. We will continue our discussion of chapter 5.
Refresh Conference 3/31-4/3 with Matt Herbster
We are excited to announce the dates and speaker for our 2019 Refresh Conference. Matt Herbster, former director of the Wilds Christian Camp will refresh our hearts through God’s Word.
Please save the dates and plan to join us!
- Saturday 1/5 – 8:30am – Men’s Breakfast / Workday
- Sunday 1/6 – 9:25am – Sunday Classes (Adult and Children’s classes)
- 10:30am – Morning Worship
- 6:00pm – Walk Class
- Wednesday 1/9 – 6:30pm – Prayer and Bible Study
- Sunday 1/13 – The King family will be with us
- Save the Date: March 31-April 3 – Refresh Conference with Matt Herbster
- Spiritual growth in 2019
- Bob Rutledge sharing the Gospel and Christian literature at the Beach Blvd. flea market today and tomorrow
- Someone that the Lord can use you to lead to Christ
- Someone that the Lord can use you to lead to follow Christ
- Peace in our nation and around the world
- Our missionaries as they serve the Lord around the world
Blessed to be your Pastor!