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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When the wonder wears off

The Christmas celebration is over, at least with regard to the pre-holiday busy-ness and the family gatherings. We’ve sung the songs, wrapped the presents, feasted on the special foods, given the gifts, and (hopefully) thought some about the “reason for the season.” But now what? Now that most of the celebration is past, what might […]

Should we make Christmas “safe”?

It happens . . . it seems that it’s a regular, yearly, occurrence. A lot of people who don’t go to church throughout the year or wouldn’t sing about Jesus will acquiesce to doing that one day year–they will go to church for Christmas. They’ll show up, they’ll sing, and they will enter in to […]

There are no secrets to growing!

In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul talks about the growth that comes in the Christian life. He explains that some ministry is like sowing seed, some is like watering plants, but it is God who brings the growth (1 Corinthians 3:5–9). Thus, in one sense, all ministry is a kind of spiritual horticulture—we participate […]

Maybe He Will Surprise Us!

For those of us who are somewhat familiar with the Gospels’ accounts of Jesus, we can end up feeling slightly underwhelmed by what we see in those accounts as we read. It’s been said that “familiarity breeds contempt”–and there is some truth in that. But the other thing that familiarity (or perceived familiarity!) might breed […]

Why Not Just Start Reading?

So many Bible study books, with long chapters and multiplied “principles,” imply you need to master some specific content before you can feel confident that you could actually read the Bible. It’s not that there aren’t principles to be learned, but too often the approach taken is more than a bit intimidating to someone who […]