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Sponsoring Flowers Under the Cross

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There are opportunities for the Sundays in October to sign up to provide flowers in the Sanctuary under the cross. Sign up on the flower calendar outside of the Library. We will put a note in the bulletin that they are in memory of a loved one, to celebrate an anniversary, to honor someone, etc. We work with Bloom by Doyle to provide these flowers for the cost of $67....

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All Handbell Choirs and Children's/Youth Vocal Choirs

All Handbell Choirs and Children's/Youth Vocal Choirs begin rehearsals this coming Wednesday, September 11: Cherub Choir - Ages 4-Grade 2 - 5:15 pm - Room 308 Chapel Choir- Grades 3-6 - 5:15 pm - Choir Room New Song - Grades 7-12 - 5:15 pm - Room 301 Rivermont Ringers - 3:45 pm - Room 206 Rivermont Chimes - 4:30 pm - Chapel Praise Ringers - 4:30 pm - Room 206 Carill...

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NEW SONG YOUTH CHOIR OPEN REHEARSAL

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All students who are in 7th-12th grades are invited to New Song's open rehearsal on Wednesday September 11th from 5:15-5:45 in Room 301. Come meet the new director, Heidi Terry, the members of New Song, and participate in the first rehearsal of the year. New Song is a wonderful ministry for students who wish to worship and fellowship through music. We're seeking vocalists ...

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New Photos up on our Website and Mobile App

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Thanks again to Bokeh Images(Eden Alley and Nehemiah Jantomasso) for their creativity and skill in capturing the life of our church in pictures. We've finally gotten many of their pictures up on our website and our mobile app, so be sure to check out each page on the website and app. By the way, if you haven't downloaded our mobile app, you can get it for free from the App...

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Handbell Choir Openings for 3rd to 8th Grade!

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ATTENTION PARENTS OF RISING 3rd to 8thGRADERS! Rivermont Chimes (3rd to 4thGrade) and Rivermont Ringers (5th to 8th Grade) each have several openings for the fall. Those participating in these handbell choirs will be able to develop to a higher level in their musical talents and skills while they experience the rewards of playing in these unique ensembles. No previous musi...

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Sanctuary Choir Rehearsals Begin Soon!

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Sanctuary Choir rehearsals begin Wednesday, August 21 at 6:30pm in the choir room. This choir is open to singers high school age and above. If you are not currently a member of the Sanctuary Choir but have some previous choir or other vocal experience, this would be the opportune time for you to join us! Choir members sing in the service that they normally attend (not both...

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Rivermont Vocal and Handbell Choir

You are invited to participate in one or more of our Music Ministry opportunities!Where can you and your family members best serve with your musical gifts?SANCTUARY CHOIRRehearsals on Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, beginning August 21High School and olderYOUTH VOCAL CHOIRSRehearsals on Wednesdays, 5:15 to 5:45 pm, beginning September 11Cherub Choir Ages 4 to 2nd Grade Am...

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Volunteer with the Children's Ministry

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It's that time of year! As Pastor Brett reminded the children last Sunday, "There's 30 days before school starts!"Rivermont EPC's fall activities will be starting back up the first of September. It's time to pray about where you can serve in the Children's Ministry!Would it be in a Sunday School class with a precious group of children who are eager to learn more about Jesu...

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In Appreciation

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July 3, 2019Dear Rivermont Family,We had a wonderful VBS week at Come Aboard with Jonah and Meet the God Who Saves. We learned what it means to TURN AROUND and follow Christ. We had 187 children enrolled. We enjoyed their bright, happy smiles and enthusiasm. We collected snacks and offering for the Food for Thought Backpack program. We raised $230.33! Praise God for the ...

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2019 General Assembly Resources

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Many of you have asked about the recording of Andrew Brunson's testimony that Pastor David referenced in his sermon on Sunday, June 30. Well, here we have provided the link to that video, as well as other video resources, from this year's General Assembly. We pray that you are equipped in the power of the gospel through these resources....

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Complimentary Church Directories

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Complimentary copies of the new church directory are still available for those who had their picture taken. Please see Ciera Dempsey in the front office on weekdays to pick yours up or to purchase a copy for $10....

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VBS Work Day

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We need your help! Please join us after the 11:00 service this Sunday, June 23 to help with final preparations and setup for VBS. Work will involve moving furniture, setting up classrooms and stations, and getting the stage and big screen set up in the Sanctuary. Be sure to bring a change of comfy clothes! As a thank you, we will provide a pizza lunch before beginning wo...

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June 16, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series As we live the good life Christ has called us to live, people will ask us questions. Why have you given up so much to follow Christ? Why do you endure through life's challenges and suffer with such patience and persistence?They may ask an even more ultimate question: What hope do you have that c...

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Attention 2019 Graduates!

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It's that time of year! We are collecting names for our annual graduate list. Please email Cieraor call the church office (434-846-3441) by June 11 with your 2019 graduate's name, school, degree/diploma, and any future plans that are in place.Graduates include those from high school, college, graduate school, or trade school....

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June 9, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series In commenting on 1 Peter 3, John Calvin wrote, "How is it that we are overwhelmed with fear...unless because we ascribe to mortal man more power to injure us than to God to save us?" This week we will be talking about fear and in particular how we overcome the fear of man by properly fearing the...

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June 2, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series In our passage for this week, the Apostle Peter presents us with the question, "Who desires to love life and see good days?" Which of us does not want such a blessing? Who doesn't want to love life? Who doesn't want to see good days? It is human nature to desire such blessings. How then might we...

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May 26, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series Last week we looked at the creation and the corruption of marriage in the opening chapters of Genesis. There we saw that God's original design for the marriage relationship was personal union between one man and one woman rooted in equality of nature and difference of roles. The creation culture...

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May 19, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the presence of God, to join this man and this woman in holy marriage. The bond and covenant of marriage is instituted by God, regulated by His Word, and blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ. It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and His C...

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Church Office Saturday Closings

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While the church office is typically open from 9:30am to 12:00pm on Saturdays, we will be closed for a few upcoming Saturdays: May 25, June 1, and June 8....

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May 12, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series How does the gospel change the way Christians work? We understand that the gospel is not to be compartmentalized to Sunday mornings and private devotions, but how does it effect our "nine-to-five" lives? In our passage for this week, Peter is speaking to how Christians are called to live when un...

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Nathan William Faidley Memorial Service

May 4th, 2019 -Nathan William Faidley Memorial Service - Remarks and Sermon (audio)...

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May 5, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series What is the relationship between a Christian and the governing authorities? It is clear from Scripture that we are called to submit to the authorities that have been established in our lives. However, what are we called to do when these authorities act in ungodly ways? How far is our submission ...

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Pray for VBS!

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The countdown is on! There are seven weeks before "coming aboard with Jonah to meet the God Who saves" from June 24 to 28. Please pray for the VBS Council, otherwise known as the "Fleet Commanders," as they make plans and preparations for our Vacation Bible School. The Council consists of the coordinators and the team leaders for each area of VBS Bible lessons, memory ver...

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April 28, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Who is worthy to receive the grace of the Lord? Of course, we have been taught to answer such a question with a response along the lines of, "No one is worthy of God's grace." Nevertheless, we tend to treat people as more or less worthy of God's grace. We treat people with greater wealth, a better status, or a good family as worthier than some...

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April 21, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Easter Sunday The women who followed Jesus had an unfinished task to attend to on Sunday morning. Friday evening they had seen that the crucified body of Jesus had been laid in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. They had prepared spices and ointments to anoint the body. Yet evening came and they obediently rested on the Sabbath. Therefore, the ...

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April 14, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Palm Sunday What will be the defining hour of your life? Throughout the Gospel of John, Jesus continually refers to His hour(2:4; 4:21; 7:30; 8:20; 12:23,27; 13:1; 16:32; 17:1). In this hour, He will be glorified and will bring glory to God the Father. In John 12 we come to the passage of Scripture which is commonly called the triumphal entry...

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VBS Registration Begins!

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Registration for this year's Vacation Bible School begins Easter Sunday, April 21 for the Rivermont EPC congregation and on Sunday, May 5 for the community. VBS this year takes our children deep into the adventure-filled book of Jonah to meet the Sovereign God Who saves! To learn more, visit our VBS page. To register your child and/or to volunteer, please visit our registr...

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Young Life Golf Tournament - Join us on the greens!

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Are you a golfer? Awesome! Not a golfer, but have a heart for teens who might not have heard the amazing good news of the Gospel? That's awesome, too! Either way, you can support the local outreach ministry of Young Life here in Central Virginia. Join them on Friday, May 17 at Ivy Hills Golf Club for their annual fundraising golf tournament. Registration and lunch begin at...

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Easter Sunday Nursery Volunteer Opportunity

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The Nursery needs extra help on Easter Sunday, April 21! Please consider serving our children during the three time slots: 8:30am, 9:40am, and 11:00am. Contact Toni Termotto in the Nursery to volunteer....

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Clergy Renewal Grant

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Back in the spring of 2018, our Session voted to grant REPC pastors a three-month Sabbatical after six years of service.The purpose of a Sabbatical (derived from the word "Sabbath") is to enable a pastor to be renewed through an extended time away spent in spiritual formation and rest, the vital pursuit of continuing education and/or academic research and writing, and/or r...

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Easter Lilies & Easter Mission Offering

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Easter floral decorations in our Sanctuary are made possible through the contributions of members, in memory or in honor of loved ones. Contributions may also be made to Easter Missions, which will go towards Rise Church and their new inner city school, Rise Academy, in support of our relationship with Joe and Duncan (Gay) Maye, daughter of REPC members, Kell and Gina Gay...

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April 7, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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What does it mean to live a beautiful life? In our passage for this coming Sunday, the Apostle Peter calls all Christians to keep their conduct "honorable" among the unbelieving world. The word translated "honorable" has a broader meaning of "beautiful" or "well ordered." Conduct which is honorable is sound and whole and beautiful. The life of a Christian should be one tha...

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March 31, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series In our passage for this Sunday, the Apostle Peter tells us who we are as God's people. Through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ we have become precious to God the Father. In response to our special position, we are told how to live and are reminded how we became the people of God. So come prepared...

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March 24, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series In our passage for this Sunday, the Apostle Peter exalts Jesus Christ as the living stone, the cornerstone, and the precious stone chosen by God. To the world, Christ is the stone that the builders rejected and the stone that causes men to stumble. Yet to us Christ is the One Whom we worship and...

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March 17, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series In our passage for this Sunday, the Apostle Peter calls all Christians to be like "newborn infants." This command is similar to one the Lord Jesus gave when He said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3). Howeve...

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March 10, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series Over the last few weeks we have seen the importance of holiness in the life of a Christian. As those who have been adopted into the family of God through the new birth, we are called to be holy as our heavenly Father is holy (1 Peter 1:16). Last week we saw that the hope we have to become holy i...

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A Word from the Flower Guild

Flowers As Gospel Messengers...

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March 3, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series The Word of God is clear that all Christians are called to be holy, set apart and ready for every good work (2 Timothy 2:21). As the Lord Who called us is holy, we too must be holy in all of our conduct (1 Peter 1:15). However, I would venture to guess that most of us would look at our own lives...

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Memorial Service for Mary Jane Sydnor

Hear the audio of the Memorial Service for Mary Jane Sydnor, including the reflections from her son, Paul....

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January 25, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND -1 Peter Sermon Series There are not many things that can cause a split in a family like a disputed inheritance. Relatives place their hope for a better future on the prospect of receiving a home or a sizable amount of cash from a deceased relative. However, when the details of the will are revealed there is often a p...

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February 7, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series How might we have confidence in the message of the gospel? How do Christians know that the message of the gospel is from the Lord Himself? There have been several different attempts to answer this question of authenticating the message of the gospel. In the Roman Catholic tradition, their trus...

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February 15, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series In a world of constant interruption and input, it is extremely difficult to discipline your mind to focus. The immediate distractions of media, email, advertisements, and cell phones make it difficult to set your mind upon those things which are eternal and godly. Yet we who live in the digital ...

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February 23, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series English Puritan William Gurnall once wrote, "Say not that you have royal blood in your veins and are born of God, except you can prove your pedigree by daring to be holy." Holiness is the true mark of divine sonship. In the first twelve verses of 1 Peter, a foundation has been laid upon which C...

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February 16, 2019 - Remembering Mary Jane Sydnor

Service in Remembrance of Mary Jane Sydnor (Ron Cox, MP3 Audio)...

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February 1, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND 1 Peter Sermon Series In his book,Why Do I Suffer? Suffering and the Sovereignty of God, John Currid brings biblical answers to bear on the question of why God would allow suffering in this world. In his work, he quotes a letter Robert Murray McCheyne wrote to a parishioner on her sickbed. I like to hear from ...

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January 17, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day How would you categorize the majority of the words that you speak during the day? Would you say that you are a positive person or are you negative with your words? Are you a talkative person or are you circumspect? In our verse for this coming Sunday, the Apostle Peter calls us to be a people who use our words to bless the Lord, even in times ...

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January 11, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day With the words, "Come toMe, all who labor and areheavy laden, and I will give you rest," Jesus begins the most profound invitation revealing our greatest need, the greatest Person, and the greatest solution that we will ever know and experience. While the invitation is familiar, the implications for our hearts and mindsprovide humility and hop...

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January 3, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day This Sunday we begin our new sermon series on 1 Peter: Exiles in a Foreign Land. Over the next year we will give our attention to this letter and learn how it guides us as exiles in a foreign land. This week we will begin with 1 Peter 1:1-2 in which Peter identifies himself and his audience. He is an apostle of Jesus Christ. As an apostle, he ...

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December 28, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day "Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen" (Ephesians 3:20-21). Good Afternoon, Rivermont Family! As we celebrate Jesus Christ together this Lord's Day, we'll tu...

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December 16, 2018 Cantata - Gloria

December 16, 2018 Sanctuary Choir and orchestra present Vivaldi's "Gloria" and other Christmas anthems in the Sanctuary. DVD and audio coming soon....

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December 21, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day The wordendcan mean the termination of something or it can mean the purpose of it. When you finish reading a book the final words are usually,The End. This means that the story is over, there is no more. On the other hand, when the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, "What is the chiefendof man?" it means purpose or fulfillment. This Sunday ou...

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December 14, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day After Darkness, Light -2018 Advent Sermon Series Cancelling church services this past Sunday has presented us with a bit of a challenge and an opportunity. Since we were unable to corporately celebrate the second Sunday of Advent this past week, we have decided to squeeze two Advent services into one Sunday. You read that right; two services,...

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December 7, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing the Lord's Day This Advent season we are preparing for the coming of Christ through a study of the Biblical theme of light shining in the darkness (see John 1:5). Throughout Scripture it is this theme of light in the darkness that describes what it is like when God comes to His people. Last week we saw that in the creation of the world the Lord spoke forth light...

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December 2, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day The Advent season begins this Sunday. The basic meaning ofadventis "coming" or "appearing," so the Advent season in the Christian calendar is when we remember the first advent of Christ at His birth and look forward to His second advent when He will return to make all things new. This year our Advent sermon series will focus on the theme of li...

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November 21, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day As we conclude our series on The Order of Salvation we willfindthat the "The End is Really The Beginning."All of God'seternalplan and His electing love that He set on His people before the foundation of the world leads to glorification. Yet in ourglorification that is to come the story of our lives is just getting started.Romans 8:24a says, "F...

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November 16, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day This Sunday we continue our sermon series on theordo salutis. The doctrine of the order of salvation is focused on the question, "How is the work of Christ applied to the life of believers?" Christ has accomplished salvation through His life, death, and resurrection, but how do the benefits of what He has accomplished come to affect our lives?...

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November 9, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Paul declares in Ephesians 2:8-10, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."We see in this verse that God...

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November 2, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day On this Lord's Day, we continue our sermon series on the"Order of Salvation" by focusing on our adoption as the children of God. We will celebrate the beauty of salvation as God makes us members of His family. We will look to Galatians 4:4-7 in a sermon titled"Sons and Daughters!" To come prepared for the sermon, please be in prayer and medita...

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October 26, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day THE ORDER OF SALVATION Election, Predestination, Effectual Calling,Regeneration,Conversion,Justification, Adoption, Sanctification, Perseverance, Glorification Five-hundred years ago, a German monk nailed ninety-five points for debate upon on a church door. While Martin Luther only expected a lively discussion, the Lord used this act to ...

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October 19, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Connecting Missions from Sunday to Monday "ForGod so lovedthe world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should notperish but have eternal life."John 3:16 is one of those most familiar verses of Scripture that provides a profound summary of the Gospel and Christ's mission for the Church. Our Triennial Mission Conference,Co...

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October 14, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Connecting Missions from Sunday to Monday That's the theme of our Triennial Mission Conference, which begins this Sunday (see the attached flyer for a schedule of events). Our guest preacher for this Sunday is Robert (Robby) Hamd; he leads the Philemon Project in Beirut, Lebanon. Robby will help us wrestle with our belief that God only calls ...

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October 5, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day The Order of Salvation: Election, Predestination, Effectual Calling,Regeneration,Conversion, Justification, Adoption, Sanctification, Perseverance, Glorification This Sunday we continue our sermon series on theordo salutis(order of salvation). As we saw last week, God must change our hearts if we are to come alive to the things of God; this h...

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September 29, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord’s Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day The Order of Salvation: Election, Predestination, Effectual Calling,Regeneration, Conversion, Justification, Adoption, Sanctification, Perseverance, Glorification To enter the kingdom of God, we must be born again (see John 3:3). This is a bedrock conviction of the Evangelical church. Yet how does one come to be born again? If we rely upon th...

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September 21, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Understanding Christ and our salvation is an anchor for our soul in daily worship and faithfulness to the Lord.Through Jesus Christin unmerited favor to you and to me, God calls us, justifies us, and sanctifies us. Through His Sonaccording to His good pleasure, God will perfect us and glorify us. These blessings of salvation are rooted in the ...

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September 9, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day This week we conclude our sermon series on the book of Numbers. As we come to the final chapters of the book, we might anticipate a climactic ending in which the people of Israel triumphantly cross the Jordan River into the land of Canaan. Instead, the book concludes with two chapters outlining civil and inheritance laws. Perhaps it is more fi...

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Preparing for the Lord's Day - September 7, 2018

Preparing for the Lord's Day Without a record of what the Lord has done, we can become discouraged and ungrateful. The great Baptist minister, Charles Spurgeon, once wrote, "I have sometimes said, when I have become the prey of doubting thoughts, 'Well, now, I dare not doubt whether there be a God, for I can look back in my diary, and say, On such a day, in the depths of ...

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Preparing for the Lord's Day - August 31, 2018

Preparing for the Lord's Day In 144 AD Marcion of Sinope declared to his followers that the God of the Old Testament was not the same as the God of the New Testament. He rejected the Hebrew Bible and taught that the God portrayed in these books was wrathful and harsh. On the other hand, he taught that the God of the New Testament is a God of love and forgiveness. As a res...

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August 24, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day To testify under oath in a court of law, you are first called to raise your right hand and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Lying under oath subjects you to criminal penalty for perjury. If oaths to tell the truth were not upheld, the result would be injustice, corruption and chaos. But there is security in...

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August 17, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day I think that most of us have experienced it in some form or another. You go on a retreat or attend a conference and reach a spiritual high. You feel a communion with the Lord in a special way and dedicate yourself to pursuing His ways in your life. "I will give my life to missions!" "I will share the gospel with every waitress I ever meet!" "I...

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August 11, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord’s Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Psalm 23 may be one of the most well-known passages of Scripture. The image of a shepherd pasturing his flock with care and attention resonates with us all. Therefore, it is not surprising that the image of the shepherd is a common illustration used to describe the Lord's relationship to His people. "The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want" (...

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August 3, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day For the last several weeks we have been viewing Israel from the mountain tops with Balaam. While Balak sought to have them cursed, the Lord led Balaam to bless Israel. In these blessings we saw that the Lord will not revoke his covenant promises to His people. We saw that the people of Israel will valiantly conquer the surrounding nations. We ...

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July 27, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Westminster Shorter Catechism # 26 asks, "How doth Christ execute the office of a king?" The answer: "Christ executeth the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies." This week we will explore what it means to follow Christ as King. The world is filled wit...

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July 13, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Change is a concept that is hard to explain but impossible to avoid. From the earliest time of Greek philosophy, the problem of change challenged the world's greatest minds. Some thinkers went as far as to say the change is just an illusion and that everything is actually static. On the other side, there were those who claimed that everything ...

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July 7, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord’s Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day In our text, this Sunday, the prophet Balaam journeys to Moab in order to deliver to King Balak the message from The LORD concerning cursing or blessing Israel. We will see a clear clash between the vision and purposes of King Balak and the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This text reminds us that our ultimate allegiance in life is directed t...

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June 29, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's day What you see is what you get, but what you see isn't all that's there. That's especially true in Balaam's life as we look at Numbers 22:22-35 in a sermon entitled, "Donkey See, Donkey Do." While Balaam has prophetic powers, he is unable to see his own sin as well as his salvation (which comes from a donkey). Not much has changed for us as we a...

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June 22, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord’s Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day At this point in the Israelites journey to the Promised Land, it may be easy to think that God should give up on Israel. From the outset, the complaining, rebellion, and doubt have been a constant theme. In our passage for this week, the Israelites face a devious enemy that wants to bring a curse upon them and defeat them. Enemies that want to...

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June 15th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Last week, we saw that the second generation of Israelites were making progress where their fathers had failed. They were willing to enter the conflict of advancing the kingdom and to obey the word of God in faith. However, in our passage for this week, we see that even as there are differences between the two generations, there are also many ...

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June 8th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day In many respects, the book of Numbers is the story of two generations. The first generation was called out of Egypt, given the Law at Mt. Sinai, and brought to the edge of the land of Canaan. But they refused to enter the land that the Lord was giving them. Therefore, this first generation had to wander in the wilderness for forty years until ...

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June 1st, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Spring is always full of college and high school graduations. It is a time when we celebrate the accomplishment of a task but also mourn the loss of a stage of life. Once school is completed, never again will you interact with your classmates in the same manner. You will each go off to your own life and future. Graduations mark an end. Yet the...

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May 25th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day On May 27, 1564, Reformation leader, John Calvin died. Throughout his life-time, Calvin had grown in renown. His systematic theology, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, his commentaries, his letters and his lectures were all known throughout the European continent. However, his desire was never to bring attention to his own name. It was...

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May 18th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day St. Augustine (b. 354) described the relationship between the Old and New Testament in these words, "The new is in the old concealed; the old is in the new revealed." As we continue through the book of Numbers we repeatedly see how the message of Christ is concealed within the text. This week we come to chapter 19 of Numbers, in which the Lord...

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May 11th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day In verse 5 of Numbers 17, the Lord makes very clear His intentions. He says, "I will make to cease from me the grumblings of the people of Israel, which they grumble against you." (ESV). The people of Israel continue to pursue the path of grumbling against the Lord. They have rebelled against His commands and they have sought to cast off His ...

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May 4th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Envy is at the heart of the sin in our passage for this coming Sunday. Envy is the emotion that we feel when we desire what someone else owns. It is when we break the tenth commandment, "Thou shalt not covet." Korah was Moses and Aaron's cousin. He and his family had been given the most prestigious religious duties in Israel aside from the pri...

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April 27th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day We all use little tricks to help us remember important information and events. Maybe you write yourself notes or tie a string to your finger. In high school I would use mnemonic phrases to help me remember lists, such as the order of the planets (My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas). It is easy to forget even the most important ...

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April 20th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day Last week, in Numbers 13, we saw the report that was given concerning the land of Canaan. Ten of the twelve spies reported that the land devoured its people, it was filled with giants, and it was covered with fortified cities. Their conclusion? "We can't possibly take this land!" Nevertheless, two of the spies reported that the land was fruitf...

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April 13th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day It is amazing that people who are presented with the exact same facts or experiences can come away with such different opinions. You and your spouse go out to eat at the same restaurant and she loves it and you hate it. Same food, same service, different response. You watch a sporting event and you believe your team has been cheated by the ref...

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April 6, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day This Sunday, we return to our journey through the book of Numbers and witness God's response to sibling rivalry between Miriam, Aaron, and Moses. With merciful meekness, Moses intercedes for his older sister and brother in response to God's righteous judgment against them. We'll see the beauty of our risen Savior who is gentle and lowly in hea...

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Preparing for Worship - Holy Week

Preparing for Worship Holy Week Praise the Crucified and Risen Lord! In worship this Holy Week, we keep our eyes moving ever forward toward hope, the hope of Resurrection! In each service, we will honor and adore our glorious Savior. Please remain in prayer throughout the week and prepare to commune with Christ in the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday. ...

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March 23, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Preparing for the Lord's Day As we ready our hearts for Holy Week, we will be studying Luke 19:28-40. In this passage of Scripture, we have recorded the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem. As the people of Jerusalem sing praise to Jesus as the coming king, the Pharisees object. They want Jesus to quiet them down. In response, Jesus says something a bit puzzling. He ...

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March 16, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day "Don't leave home without it!" In 1975 American Express launched an advertising campaign to market their credit card and traveler's checks an essential for everyday life, as well as, for travel. If you don't want to get stuck, make sure you have your American Express card. If you want to get home safely, don't leave home without it. We have ca...

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March 9, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day What is your favorite thing to grumble about? I think that we all have something that truly gets under our skin. Something that we feel compelled to complain about. Maybe it is traffic or bad grammar. We grumble about our government or our families. In Numbers 11, the people of Israel begin to grumble about their situation and their food. Trav...

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March 2, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day Our sermon series through Numbers is called, "The Journey Home." However, over the last eight sermons, Israel hasn't gone anywhere. They haven't taken a journey. They have only been prepared for their journey. As we continue in chapter nine and through chapter ten, Israel finally begins their journey to the land of Canaan. The command to march...

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February 23, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day If we are saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, how were people saved prior to the coming of Christ? This is a very common question. And it has received several different answers throughout the years. Nevertheless, the consistent answer of God's Word is that the only way to the Father is through the Son. Faith in the saving work of God in C...

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February 16th, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day To represent one's country in the Olympics is one of the greatest honors an athlete can achieve. This week, many of us have watched as competitors in skiing, skating and other winter sports have sought to win gold, not just for themselves, but for their country. While only one person wins the cross-country skiing event, the achievement is coun...

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February 9, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day Numbers chapter 7 can read a bit like a year-end giving receipt; repetitive details of who gave what to whom. Over the past few weeks we have received an accounting of all the charitable gifts that we have given in 2017 so that we can claim them as deductions. Yet more than a tax deduction, these year-end statements are a good witness of our a...

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February 2, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day It may be the one passage of Numbers that you have memorized. Many of us have heard it for years at the end of worship services as the pastor gives the benediction. "May the Lord bless you and keep you" This week we will turn our attention to Numbers 6:22-27. In this passage we find the Aaronic Blessing, the benediction that the Lord commanded...

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January 26, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Who inspires you? Whose life encourages you and/or convicts you as you grow in Christ? We learn in chapter 6 that for the nation of Israel, those individuals were the Nazirites. These were men and women who made a vow to separate themselves to God in special service. Their service was to encourage and convict the people of Israel who they were meant to be as a holy natio...

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January 19, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

We have all experienced entropy. Order naturally devolves into disorder. It happens all around us every day. Rooms don't stay clean. Gardens don't stay maintained. Laundry never comes out of the dryer folded. When we leave things to themselves they quickly fall into chaos. In Chapters 1-4 of Numbers, the Lord has taken great pains to ensure that the people of Israel are or...

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Weather Cancellations - 1/17/2018

RFN and all activities, including bells and choirs have been cancelled for tonight, Wednesday, January 17. Enjoy the snow!...

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January 12, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

The opening chapters of the book of Numbers can seem like just that, a list of names and numbers. To the casual reader, there does not appear to be much encouragement or direction for our faith in Christ. Nevertheless, as we study these chapters, we will find that they clearly point us to the work of Christ on behalf of God's people. We will continue our study of Numbers p...

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January 5, 2018 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

This Sunday, we begin our new sermon series, Numbers: The Journey Home. Over the next year, we will join Israel on their long and often winding journey from the base of Mount Sinai to their new home in the promised land of Canaan. This journey is not for the faint of heart. There will be setbacks and disappointments. There will be rebellion and punishment. Yet in the midst...

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Everyday Evangelism and 2018 RFN Announcements

EVERYDAY EVANGELISMwill be presented by Matt Bradner (Regional Director of Campus Outreach) in lieu of High School and AdultSundaySchool on Sunday morning 1/7 from9:45-10:40 amin the Sanctuary. Our goal is to be inspired and equipped with fresh perspective and practices of evangelism as we engage our friends, coworkers and neighbors in the new year. All High school student...

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December 27, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord's Day, and Sunday's Bulletin

Moving toward the new year, it is appropriate to reflect on our lives. What did we devote our lives to in the past year and what do we want to devote to in the year to come? We see that Jesus Himself regularly devoted Himself to the word of God as the source of His life direction. It is no wonder that Jesus regularly quoted the scripture, because it had a central place in ...

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December 22, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Did you ever receive a Christmas present that you just didn't want? As a child, it was always disappointing to get something practical like socks or a tooth brush. As an adult, you hope not to receive something useless or offensive. "You think I wear what size?" And sometimes the hardest gifts to receive are the ones that we truly need. Yet, it takes love to give these typ...

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December 16, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Johnathan Edwards once wrote, "Self-denial will also be reckoned amongst the troubles of the godly But whoever has tried self-denial can give in his testimony that they never experienced greater pleasure and joys than after great acts of self-denial." The third Sunday of Advent, we focus on the theme of joy. Yet we can often miss the biblical pathway to joy. We tend to thi...

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December 8, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord's Day and Bulletin

Preparing for the Lord's Day Peace is a strange word to associate with the holiday season. How are you to have peace with all the traffic? How are you to have peace when you have added fifteen Christmas parties/events to your calendar? What is peaceful about Walmart in December? What is peaceful about children hyped-up on the excitement of presents and the rush of sugar? ...

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December 1, 2017 - Cupola Express

As we look to this coming Lord's Day, we begin our Advent celebrations by looking at the theme of Hope. Pastor Ron will be preaching a sermon from 1 Peter 1:3-9 entitled, "Living Hope and Great Mercy." In that sermon, we will see that we have been 1) born again, 2) to an inheritance that is 3) kept in heaven. We will also enjoy the music of the season as we sing togethe...

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Advent Devotional

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Advent is the season of preparation. Of waiting and anticipation for Christ's coming. While we celebrate Christ's birth in this Advent season, we also look forward to His second Advent, when he will return in glory to make all things new. ...

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November 22, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day In our sermon series on Colossians, the last few weeks we have learned what it means to take off the old self and put on the new self. Through ourunion with Christ, we have been changed and have hope in this life and hope for the life to come. Yet, sometimes we struggle to convey the hope that we have and are not sure how to share the good new...

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November 17, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day We have all heard the phrase, "That man is so heavenly minded that he is no earthly good." It means that someone can become so spiritual in their view of the world that they fail to address real-world needs and situations. In our study of Colossians, we have been exhorted to, "seek the things that are above, where Christ isnot things that are ...

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November 10, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day A uniform helps us to identify who a person is and the role that they play in society. When we see a man in fatigues, we know that he is in the Army. When we see a woman in a white coat, with a stethoscope we know she is a doctor. When we watch a football game, we can distinguish between teams because they wear different colors. Ministers wear...

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November 3, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Puritan John Owen once wrote, "Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work;be killing sinor it willbe killingyou." This week we will return to our study Colossians picking up at Colossians 3:5-11. In these verses the Apostle Paul encourages us to, "put to death what is earthly...

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October 27, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Five-hundred years ago a German Monk nailed ninety-five points for debate upon a church door. While Martin Luther only expected a lively discussion, the Lord used this act to ignite the fires of revival, the Protestant Reformation. At the heart of this revival was a recovery of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. We are not saved by ...

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October 20, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Union with Christ is short hand for describing the relationship that Christians have with their savior. It means that we have been so joined to Christ that we have a new identity, that we have been forgiven and that we have spiritual life that all flows from our Savior. As a result of this union, whatever Christ does, affects us. If He dies, w...

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October 13, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Preparing for the Lord's Day We do not often speak of the session of Christ. We speak of His incarnation, His death, His resurrection, and His ascension. Yet those have all taken place in the past. What is Jesus Christ doing right now? The theological term for what Christ is doing right now is session. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God ruling this world with all p...

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October 6, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord’s Day

Puritan John Preston once commented that, "To be in Christ is the ground of all salvation." It is from our union with Christ that every aspect of salvation flows. Our election, calling, regeneration, conversion, justification, adoption, sanctification, and glorification all flow from being joined to Christ by God's grace. This week, we will begin a three week study of unio...

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Reminder: Low Country Boil

This is a reminder that we will have our Low CountryBoil Tonightat6:00 pmatREPC! To reserve your spot, call the church office at 846-3441 or sign up on line...

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September 30, 2017 - Cupola Express

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Weekly Preparing for the Lord's Day and the latest announcements and information...

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September 22, 2017 - The Cupola Express

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This week's Preparing for the Lord's Day and the latest announcements and information....

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September 15, 2017 - Preparing For The Lord’s Day

Have you ever been trapped? Maybe when you were a child you got your head stuck in the banister. Or, as an adult you have been locked in a room by accident or stuck in traffic for hours. It is a rather helpless feeling to be trapped. To know that unless someone comes to rescue you, you have no hope of freedom. This week we will continue our study of Colossians focusing on ...

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Announcements and Information - 9/8/2017

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Announcements SEPTEMBER 10 GETTING TO KNOW RIVERMONT Beginning September 10th, from9:45 am to 10:40 amin Room #203 (during the Sunday School hour), Pastor Brett and Pastor Ron will host an eight-week introductory class about the life, mission, and ministry of Rivermont EPC. This class is designed for the curious, as well as for those desiring to pursue formal membership ...

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September 8, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

Have you ever struggled to be free of a besetting sin? Something that you desired to leave behind but for some reason could not stop yourself from doing? We all struggle in this way. Yet as Christians our response is not the same as the world's response. To be free from the power of sin we do not look to the law but rather to the power of the gospel. This week we will cont...

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September 1st, 2017 Cupola Express

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Preparing for The Lord's Day What captivates you? What fascinates you and engrosses your mind? Is it a hobby? A financial, academic or career goal? A political philosophy? A pleasure? A fear? This week we will continue our study of Colossians picking up at Colossians 2:8-10. Here the Apostle Paul warns the Colossian church not to be taken captive by the powers of this wor...

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The Cupola Newsletter for September, 2017

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The Cupola Express for August 25, 2017

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Preparing For The Lord's Day The church in Colossae had come under the influence of false teaching and the people were in danger of being deceived. The heart of the false teaching relates to the relationship between the law and good works in the life of Christians. Do Christians need Christ plus the law to walk in obedience and holiness? If not, how are Christians to matu...

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The Cupola Express for August 4, 2017

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P R E P A RIN G F O R T H E L O R D ' S D A Y With God's blessing for Rivermont EPC, I often marvel at the passion and unity that we enjoy in the Gospel. As a covenant family, we remain humble and excited in Jesus Christ as we keep our eyes on Him and embrace His word. With attention to Colossians 2:1-5, we'll continue our series entitled "The Supremacy and Sufficienc...

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