Category Archives: Jay’s Blog

Minister to Adults

God At Work

God At Work What follows was written by a dear friend who I have known since her childhood days. Her story is real. It is riveting. It is brutally honest. If you follow this blog, you know I’ve talked of her in prior posts. Recently, she wrote and posted this on Facebook. Somehow, it went …Read the full blog…

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Just a Thought

Just a Thought We’re hearing a lot of words and phrases these days that sometimes get us older folks a little confused at times. Words like evangelicalism, racial divide, social justice, left wing, alt right, and others you can think of seem to permeate the conversations of everyone from pundits to preachers. And the cacophony …Read the full blog…

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My Mind is Made Up

My Mind is Made Up ”My mind is made up. Don’t confuse me with the facts!” Do you know anyone who might say this? Have you thought this, or said it at one time or another? A congressman is famously known to have said this regarding the Nixon Watergate scandal and his refusal to believe …Read the full blog…

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Why Bother?

Why Bother? The thoughts in this blog are not my own…they come from Kendra Broekhuis, a stay-at-home mom and writer. I have re-written and arranged them in more of my own style. It’s been several decades since we had kids young enough to burst out crying in the middle of a prayer at church. It’s …Read the full blog…

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Of Judgment

Of Judgment I often listen to KLOVE radio in the morning as I’m getting dressed and ready for the day. I’ve noticed that pretty much all of the songs on the radio nowadays are songs that talk of the love, mercy, and grace of God. And I’m good with that as far as the radio …Read the full blog…

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Sow, Serve, and Be

Sow, Serve, and Be Steve Ridgell, Director of Ministries for Hope For Life, says in a recent blog that many churches say they want to grow, but in reality would rather mark time with a “staying alive” kind of ministry. Instead of actual growth, many churches are more concerned with how to maintain the membership …Read the full blog…

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Do You REALLY Want Your Congregation to Grow?

Do You REALLY Want your Congregation to Grow? (Taken from “Five Lies We Like to Tell About Church Growth,” by Dan Hotchkiss) If I would take a poll of our members, asking them just one question, “Do you want RiverWalk to grow,” rare would be the member who would say, “No.” By far most of …Read the full blog…

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They Are Bread For Us

They are bread for us The impetus for my thoughts in this blog come to me courtesy of minister Jon Courson of Applegate Christian Fellowship in Jacksonville, Oregon Look at this passage with me. This is the response of Joshua to the people of Israel when the spies that Moses had sent into the promised …Read the full blog…

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Opinions and Judgments

Opinions and Judgments What follows is from Steve Ridgell, Director of Ministry at Hope For Life, a Herald of Truth ministry. Steve is a friend of mine. He’s on the level. He loves Jesus and lets anyone who will listen know of that love. I share this blog of his with you in love, and …Read the full blog…

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Radical Ordinary Hospitality

Radical Ordinary Hospitality I know I’ve blogged a lot about benevolence. That’s one of the things I do on a daily basis…trying to find ways to help those who present at our door who are in some kind of need, perceived or genuine. Sometimes, all they need is to use the phone or bathroom. Other …Read the full blog…

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