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Minister to Adults

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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Why Not?

Why Not? Steve Timmis has written a book called, “I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That.” In the book, he gives ten sayings of Jesus and explains what they mean, and why many wish Jesus had never said those words. The last saying he talks about is, “Go, and make disciples of all nations…” In his …Read the full blog…

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Having Gone

Having Gone I’ve been doing a little research into Matthew 28:19 – 20. Most of you know those verses as the Great Commission, where Jesus tells his followers to “Make disciples of all nations.” The English versions of the Bible usually say something like, “Go and make disciples of all nations…” There’s nothing wrong with …Read the full blog…

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Coming Together

Coming Together With the rollout of the mission statement, “Loving God; Transforming Lives; Sharing Jesus,” the Elders attached expectations to each of those three legs of the statement. One of the expectations was that members of RiverWalk be active in a class or life group at least once a week. For many years, we have …Read the full blog…

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