Author Archives: Rob

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Mary’s Song

Christmas is coming up really fast, and I realize, as I have gotten older that it can come with a lot of stress. There are travel plans that need to be arranged, gifts to be bought, baking to be done, and a whole list of stuff to do. It can become easy to get so

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God’s Message to Mary

Sometimes when we think Christmas and the nativity scene we can become distracted with the types of animals, the way it must have looked, and we adapt the image in our minds to fit with what we know or can relate to. Now this is not bad, but sometimes we become so enraptured with the

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Faith-Filled Risk Pt. 1

Over the last few months we have been taking a look at the core values of The Christian and Missionary Alliance and today we are moving on to the final value. Core Value #7, which says, “Achieving God’s purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change.” As I was thinking about that core value, and

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The Holy Spirit’s Power

With varying schedules, it can be difficult, in many churches to calculate the number of people who attend at least semi-regularly. At the River this can be especially difficult, due to the number of students who attend. I spent some time this week trying to come up with an accurate number. After looking at everyone

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Good News

The Good News Network is a website that was started back in 1997 that is geared toward providing good and uplifting news stories compared to the bad news that tends to dominate most news outlets. For instance some of the headlines this week featured a 13-year-old girl who landed a record-breaking backflip in her wheelchair.

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How We Became Lost

We are taking a look at the 7 Core values of The Christian and Missionary Alliance and specifically looking at passages of Scripture that talk about those core values. Last week we started with Core Value #1. “Lost People Matter to God, He wants them found.” So today I thought it would be good to

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A Solid Foundation

When I was in college, everyone had to take 12 hours of science. I didn’t do so well in high school science so I looked for a science that I might do better at and I decided upon Physical Geography. It is the study of topography, so we studied everything from erosion to the water

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