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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Stories Well Told: Listening to the Parables of Jesus

Even those who do not regularly read the Gospels remember the stories Jesus told—the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, the Pearl of Great Price. Those stories—a few of Jesus’ notable parables—are memorable. But, are they well understood? Have we listened and learned well what Jesus was teaching? Jesus did not teach in parables to hide […]

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 […]

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 […]

That You May Believe

What does it mean to “believe”? To “have faith”? Obviously it is important. John writes that we come to have life with God through believing, through our faith in Jesus. But have you ever really thought what that means? Over two consecutive Thursday evenings, October 14 and 21, beginning at 6:30 pm (EST) each evening, […]

Jesus on Prayer: Studies in Luke 11

Of all the things Jesus’ disciples could have asked Him to teach them, the one thing they did want was for Him to teach them to pray. Who better to learn from about prayer? This one evening class will be spent listening to and reflecting on Jesus’ instructions about prayer found in Luke 11. Some […]

Not For Show: The Miracles of Jesus

“Wow! Did you see what Jesus did? That miracle, that healing . . . it proves that He is God!” Is that all? Is that all we are supposed to understand from the miracles of Jesus recorded for us in the Gospels? That they are proof–demonstrations that He is divine? Or could there possibly be […]

Why THAT epistle? Reading Philemon

It’s  a short note–only 350 words or so as Paul wrote it. It provides no doctrinal insight the way most of Paul’s letters do. Paul identifies himself in a unique way as this short epistle begins. The reason for the letter is also unique–he’s writing about a run-away slave named Onesimus. So just what are […]