Five Year celebration

Don’t Miss The River Five Year Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday afternoon, October 22, The River is hosting a picnic. We’ll provide the food. You provide the company! There is no charge.

We’re celebrating five years of the Lord extending His grace and truth through the ministry of The River.

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How It All Began: Genesis 1–12

At the heart of what The River does is helping people read and understand the Bible for themselves. And what better place to begin than the opening chapters of Genesis? This two-evening intensive will walk readers through the first twelve chapters of Genesis, exploring and highlighting the key elements in the account of how God launched the […]

It’s All Greek to Me

With a solid English translation in hand, every reader of the Bible has God’s Word within reach. The River is committed to helping every Christian realize that he or she can read and understand the Bible for himself or herself–just by learning to read the text itself. But some Bible readers would like to dig a […]

What About Those 40 Days?

Have you ever wondered about those 40 days? The days between Jesus’ resurrection and his ascension? What was he doing? Was he waiting for something? Did he have something to do? On Friday evening, May 24, we’ll take a few hours to look through the accounts of the resurrection and turn our attention to some […]

Learning to Share the Good News: Lessons from Acts

Jesus told His followers that they were to be His “witnesses”–they were to go into the whole world and share what Jesus taught them about the breaking in of His kingdom (Matthew 28:18–20; Acts 1:1–8). Many contemporary followers of Jesus understand this commission that has been given to the church, but many have questions about […]

Jesus Prays: John 17

In the Upper Room, the evening before His crucifixion, Jesus not only spoke to His disciples about what their lives after His death and resurrection would be like, but He also prayed for them. In that prayer, He explained that He was not praying for those in the room, but for all those who would […]

Gospel Essentials: Romans 1–5

An attendee at a previous intensive in Romans 1-5 explained: “We were plunging into the deep truths of the Gospel and we were challenged to think clearly and fully about all that Jesus did for us on the cross. Words matter–words like righteousness, justification, redemption, atonement, propitiation. Upon these hang all that makes our calling […]

A Shield, a Sword, and a Battle

It’s hard not to miss it when you read the Gospels. There are evil spirits in the world, and Jesus has come “to destroy [their] works” (1 John 3:8). He gave authority to His disciples to confront and defeat such spiritual forces (Luke 9:1). When we turn to the Epistles, we come across the topic […]

Hey , Jude! Exploring the Epistle

The Epistle of Jude. It’s a short letter with some fascinating imagery and some challenging ideas. Written by a brother of Jesus, Jude calls his readers (and us!) to “contend earnestly for the faith.” Why that call? What did he want for his readers? What does it mean to contend for the faith? And how […]

Helping Others Read

If you’ve been through “Reading Scripture” or attended any of the “Intensives” offered by The River, you’ve experienced the joy that comes from discovering you can read and understand the Bible for yourself. How can you “spread the word” and share that joy? By reading Scripture with others–and we can help with that! The River is offering a […]

Exploration: Luke

Some of those who have taken classes have expressed interest in having a more protracted “lab time”—an opportunity to spend more extended time reading texts together. In response, we’re launching a new learning initiative we’re calling an Exploration. We’ll be setting aside a regular time each week for the rest of the year to meet to […]