Making reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ

Refresh 2019 is Here!

Dear River Reach Family,

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

Ephesians 5:25-27

Our house has a hard time staying clean. Multiple pairs of large and small feet come traipsing through the house from a wide variety of destinations. Contamination arrives with us. Just like spring cleaning is necessary for a home, spiritual refreshing is necessary for the believer’s heart. Christ’s wants us to be pure and holy (Ephesians 5:25-27). He gave His life for us to make holiness possible for us. Spiritual cleansing comes through washing with water by the Word of God (Ephesians 5:26). Just like water, soap, and vacuums are necessary for our home to be cleaned, the Word of God is God’s tool for spiritual cleansing. It reveals areas of sinful contamination and shows us how to remove the contamination through repentance. The Lord has blessed us with a few days this week to focus on refreshing our hearts in God’s Word.

Refresh Conference 2019

I am excited for the spiritual refreshment our Lord has in store for us through the preaching of Matt Herbster. Matt has spent most of his life involved with ministering to young people and adults through the ministry of the Wilds Christian Camp. I’m sure this week we will have opportunity to hear some of their family’s personal testimony of God’s grace through the valley of the shadow of death. I know that God will bless us through their ministry of the Word and song to us!

Conference Schedule

  • Sunday 3/24
  • Monday-Wednesday 3/25-27
    • 6:30pm Sessions

I know God will use His Word in your heart if you will make the extra effort this week to spend time around His Word!

Upcoming Events:

  • March 24-27 – Refresh Conference with Matt Herbster
  • Sunday 3/31 – 9:25am – Sunday Classes (Adult and Children’s classes)
    • 10:30am – Morning Worship: “Acts: Your Part in God’s Plan”
    • 6:00pm – Shepherding a Child’s Heart: Parenting class
  • Friday 4/5 – 6:30pm – Fort Caroline Gardens Outreach
  • Saturday 4/6 – 8:30am – Men’s Breakfast / Workday

Prayer Requests:

  • The Lord to refresh our hearts through His Word.
  • People to be able to attend the conference sessions
  • Spiritual growth for those being discipled
  • Our nation to repent and turn to God
  • 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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