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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Learning from One Who Prayed: Paul’s Prayers

The disciples of Jesus knew they needed some help in learning to pray. They had observed Him praying and longed to pray better. For many friends of Jesus, that longing to learn to pray is still deeply felt. Drawing on the prayers that Paul wove into his epistles, this evening will be given over to […]

Understanding Our Blessed Life: Reflections on Ephesians 1

Yes, because of God’s grace that comes to us through the sacrifice of the Son and brought home to our lives by the Spirit, we are blessed. Paul describes this as being “blessed with every spiritual blessing” (Ephesians 1:3). But what is this blessed life? What is it that God has done in Christ in […]

Galatians: Spirit not Rules

When the Gospel came to the Galatians, it was amazing and great good news. Acceptance before God and life with Him was made theirs by grace, through what God had done in Christ Jesus. But then other teachers snuck in with a message about rules. That message? To grow in holiness and life with God, […]

Into This Life: Romans 8

Into This Life is a one-evening Bible “intensive” where we will explore Paul’s understanding of how we can live into the new life that is ours because of Jesus and what He has done. A few well-loved verses “live” in Romans 8, but our appreciation for those verses doesn’t necessarily mean we really understand all that […]

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 […]

Sigh: Lamenting While Believing

We face difficulties. We are confronted with challenges. Things don’t always turn out as we had hoped. And we can end up feeling far from God, feeling overwhelmed. We shouldn’t pretend we don’t feel such things. But how should we respond? The psalmist wasn’t unfamiliar with those feelings. The “laments” in the book of Psalms […]

Christmas in Genesis

Jesus’ entrance into the world was not a “plan B” for God. From the very beginning, God had what we think of as the “Christmas story” in mind. In this one-evening class, we will explore the roots of Christmas in the first book of the Bible and gain fresh insight into what makes Christmas so […]

What If Prayer Really Was Conversation?

What would it be like to talk with God and not just talk at Him, say words to Him? Could prayer really be more like conversation with Someone? This two evening online class will focus on examples from both the Old and New Testament that picture prayer as two-way communication. We will explore a Biblical framework for […]