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A Harvest in the Desert – Acts 17:10-15

Dear River Reach Family,

Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.

Acts 17:11

As we interact with people around us, it is natural for us to assume that people with shared cultural characteristics will think and act similar to people we have met with similar characteristics in the past. By nature we tend to stereotype people to some degree. Stereotypes often tend toward negative assumptions. As Christians we have been given the message of the good news of Jesus to share with the world. Jesus told us to expect the world to hate us when we share the Gospel with them. He was right! The world’s response to a gospel witness ranges from a kind but uninterested polite smile to outright anger and hostility. If we stereotypically assume that every unbeliever will hate our guts if we share the Gospel with them, then our Gospel gusto will certainly fizzle. Our passage for this week gives us hope in the midst of Gospel drought. By God’s grace some people will be receptive to the Gospel! Even some people you would least expect will be grateful that you loved them enough to share the good news of Jesus with them. In Christ there is hope for every soul, even the ones we may assume would be opposed!

Sermon: “A Harvest in the Desert” – Acts 17:10-15

Men’s Meeting / Workday on the Garage tomorrow morning

Tomorrow morning after our short men’s meeting, we are going to take some time to give some much needed attention to the garage at the Powell’s house. For years the roof has been deteriorating and now it is falling apart. Since the church uses the garage for storage, we could use your help to make some good headway working together to replace the roof! We need your help even if you don’t want to go up on the roof 🙂 It is always fun and a blessing to be able to work together with brothers in Christ.

“God Who Hears” study this Sunday evening @ 6:00pm

We will be discussing Chapter 13: “Persisting: Doubt, Prayer, and Fasting”.

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday 2/1 – 8:30am – Men’s Meeting / Workday
  • Sunday 2/2 – 9:25am – Adult and Children’s Classes for all ages
    • 10:30am – Morning Worship: Songs and Sermon (Children’s Church and nursery available)
    • 6:00pm – God Who Hears (Chapter 13)
  • Wednesday 2/5 – 6:30pm – Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
  • Sunday 2/9 – Missionary David Minnick
  • February 23-27 – Refresh Conference with Andy Gleiser
    • February 23 – 5:00pm – Men’s Steak Night and Corn Hole Tournament (Please be praying about a friend that you can invite to hear the Gospel)

Prayer Requests:

  • To have wisdom as a church and individuals to bring glory to our Lord in 2020.
  • Spiritual growth and strength for each one in our church
  • 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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