Making reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ

The Reward of Putting God First 1/18

Dear River Reach Family,

Is the seed still in the barn? Even including the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree, it has not borne fruit. Yet from this day on I will bless you.”

Haggai 2:19

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. A life spent putting self first will result in emptiness and futility. God works to make self-centered living difficult and unprofitable (Haggai 1:9-11). Thankfully for those who repent of their self-seeking and put God’s kingdom first, God promises to fill their lives with true reward and blessing! (Haggai 2:19, 23). This Sunday we will meditate on the motivation for God-first living.

Sunday Sermon: “The Rewards of Putting God First” – Haggai 1:12-2:23

Ladies Night Out @ Tiziki’s on Beach Blvd. at 6:00pm

The ladies are planning a fun time of fellowship this evening at Tiziki’s Mediteranian Cafe at 6:00pm.

Address: 14035 Beach Blvd #8, Jacksonville, FL 32250

An Encouraging Pastors Fellowship

Pastor Dan and I with our families enjoyed a wonderful time at a pastor’s fellowship in Bradenton, FL this week. It was such a blessing to be able to spend a few days with around 250 pastors and some of their wives who are trying to serve the Lord and make disciples of Jesus Christ. The Lord encouraged our hearts and gave renewed motivation to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

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!

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday 1/18 – 6:00pm – Ladies’ Night Out at Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe
  • Sunday 1/20 – 9:25am – Sunday Classes (Adult and Children’s classes)
    • 10:30am – Morning Worship
    • 6:00pm – Walk Class
  • Wednesday 1/23 – 6:30pm – Prayer and Bible Study
  • Save the Date: March 31-April 3 – Refresh Conference with Matt Herbster
  • Plan Ahead: Shepherding a Child’s Heart series begins on Sunday evenings starting 2/10 at 6:00pm

Prayer Requests:

  • Estella and the Bowser family at the loss of her mother this week
  • 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!
Matthew Rowley


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