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Last week, June 21st-23rd, the General Assembly of our denomination met in Mobile, AL. The most significant issue was an overture confessing specific sins of our denomination during the Civil Rights Era. ... Keep Reading

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DO I HAVE TO SING WHEN I GO TO CHURCH?

May 25, 2016 | by: Jonathan Dorst | 0 Comments

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16, ESV)... Keep Reading

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Open Letter to RiverOaks

July 9, 2015 | by: Kate Kessler | 0 Comments

Kate Kessler is moving to Uganda on Monday to work with missionaries there. She wanted to share this letter with her church family. ... Keep Reading

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Lily's Bunny Story

July 1, 2015 | by: Isabelle Beiseigel | 0 Comments

Sometimes the people who should love and protect us the most end up hurting us the deepest. In those cases, God gives us church where we can find love and heal. ... Keep Reading

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A Glimmer of Light

March 26, 2015 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

As we approach Good Friday and Easter, I want to remind you that God specializes in bringing light out of darkness. As a matter of fact, “Let there be light” are his first recorded words (Genesis 1:3). If you are in despair, do not be afraid to ask him for that ray of light. We will watch for that light together. ... Keep Reading

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Everyone Needs a Pastor

January 29, 2015 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

If you do not have a pastor, then you have no one to guide you through the difficult decisions of life. You can only take abstract comments made by pastors who don't know you and do your best to apply them to your situaty... Keep Reading

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Why Do We Have Denominations?

January 21, 2015 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

Let's assume that God is good and still directing what happens to His church. Why then would he allow denominations? Because denominations provide the best way for the church to reach the world. ... Keep Reading

2014: A Year in Review

December 30, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 1 Comments

2014 was a year of growth, goodbyes, new ministries, and consistency. God has given us every reason to look forward to next year. ... Keep Reading

For a Tradition I Recommend Santa Claus

December 11, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 3 Comments

Many people want to celebrate a family tradition around Christmas. I recommend Santa Claus; he gives presents and makes everyone happy. Whatever you do, please do not mistake the incarnation of the Son of God as a mere tradition. If the incarnation is true, then it challenges and changes your entire life. I encourage you to examine the incarnation and either reject it or be renovated by it, but please don't reduce it to a mere tradition. ... Keep Reading

My No Good, Rotten, Awful, Week

October 2, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

The truths of the gospel do not shield us from the harsh truths of the broken world we live in. However, they do give us a framework for accepting them and grieving them while maintaining our hope. ... Keep Reading

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5 Things a Depressed Person Wants You to Know

August 26, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

A friend helped me put this list together. A non-depressed person does not understand what depression feels like, so it can be very hard to help. Sometimes when we try to help we only make matters worse. Here are a few tips to help you love someone struggling with depression or anxiety. ... Keep Reading

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Thank God for Arguments

August 5, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 3 Comments

Many couples assume conflict means they have marital problems. It is truer to say conflict means a marriage exists. By pressing into conflict we learn how to love each other better and move toward the goal of marriage: oneness. ... Keep Reading

Facebook, Time Machines and Easter

March 25, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

We long for the old days when life seemed simple. But we find no joy in looking back. True joy comes from the promise of Easter. The promise of a future day when love will never again lead to heartbreak. ... Keep Reading

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Help! I raised an Atheist

March 13, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 4 Comments

Despite our best efforts, sometimes our children shock us by rejecting our faith. How do good Christians raise atheists? What should they do after they have? ... Keep Reading

Lent is Good for Me

March 6, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 1 Comments

Lent does not lend itself to commercialism or emotion. Instead it calls for a long, self-reflective, obedience best practiced in community. ... Keep Reading

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What is Church Membership good for?

February 27, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 1 Comments

We think of a member as someone who comes to meetings and pays dues. But the bible talks about membership as being a part of the body. If I were to cut off your finger, I would have dismembered you. A church member is a connected part of Christ's body. No honor could possibly be sweeter than that. ... Keep Reading

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What is Glory?

February 19, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

Christians struggle to describe heaven. We do not really understand what God is calling us toward, therefore we don't really understand what we need to be doing now to get there. Jesus calls us to enter his joy. The joy of losing ourselves in the activity of making someone else happy. In heaven, we will be in Christ bringing joy to the Father and the Son. By making their joy complete, we will be complete. ... Keep Reading

When God Shows Up

February 3, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

God powerfully blessed our baptism service yesterday. Maybe He blessed it because the service required a couple of rather huge compromises. Or maybe God moved two men to make huge compromises because he wanted to bless a service. Either way, when God shows up you are glad. ... Keep Reading

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Can I Take Pride in My Spiritual Growth?

January 8, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

When we accomplish some goals and conquer some bad habits we feel a healthy sense of joy. How do we keep pride from ruining those accomplishments?... Keep Reading

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Sermon Topics for 2014

January 3, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 1 Comments

In 2014 we will have four Sermon Series plus our Easter and Christmas celebrations: Christianity Works, Unsearchable Wisdom, By Request, and The King and Kingdom. ... Keep Reading

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Third Quarter Financial Update

October 15, 2013 | by: Michael Boyd | 0 Comments

We have moved buildings 4 times now. We have done this to have room to grow, and in doing so have taken on a greater financial burden each time. And, 2 of those times we have decided to also plant another church. So, when we moved to a bigger space, we decided to also take a portion of our congregation and move them to another church. I am not sure how that math works out, but it does. You see, God has blessed us. We plant churches to spread the gospel, we preach the gospel to reach the lost, and God blesses stuff like that. ... Keep Reading

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It is Okay to Struggle

May 6, 2013 | by: Ricky Jones | 2 Comments

Though many of the issues are different, the question is always the same: “Can a Christian can possibly feel the way I do?” If I knew you well enough, I would put my arms around you and whisper these words: “It is okay to struggle, that is what Jesus is for.” ... Keep Reading

Leading your wife, part 2

May 2, 2013 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

Now Paul comes to the command part of being a husband. He commands husbands to love their wives as their own flesh by nourishing them and cherishing them. He tells us to love our wives as our own bodies. I know two things about you: you know your body and you are attentive to your body. ... Keep Reading

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How Do I Lead My Wife?

April 30, 2013 | by: Ricky Jones | 1 Comments

What does it mean to lead your wife? In a generation of redefined and lost manhood, when divorce is more prevalent than family prayer, this question comes up daily. Let’s look at the Bible’s teaching, and see what we find. ... Keep Reading

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Growth Charts

April 23, 2013 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

So how are we doing as a church? Often we have friends move away, and twice now we have sent out core groups to plant daughter churches. Sometimes you may wonder if we are growing at all. So I thought you might like to see a little growth chart so you can notice God at work.... Keep Reading

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Love is the Answer

March 27, 2013 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

When it comes to the deepest questions of theology, only 5th graders have the nerve to ask the questions. And only love can answer them. ... Keep Reading

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What to do at a Funeral

March 3, 2013 | by: Ricky Jones | 1 Comments

Not many people my age have much experience at funerals. Here are some tips.... Keep Reading

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Finding Rest

February 22, 2013 | by: Ricky Jones | 1 Comments

If I work for anyone's approval other than God's, I will burn myself out, or become an arrogant jerk trying. ... Keep Reading

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Presbytery? Blueberry? Purgatory? What?

February 4, 2013 | by: Ricky Jones | 1 Comments

What does it mean to be presbyterian? More specifically, what is a presbytery and what does it do?... Keep Reading

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Is He the One?

January 23, 2013 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

The primary question to ask yourself when deciding whether or not to marry the one you are dating is this: If you become more like him, is that a good thing? Simply put, do you respect him?... Keep Reading

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Dear Lance Armstrong,

January 19, 2013 | by: Ricky Jones | 6 Comments

Lance, I was not a good person who cheated and lied to cover it up. I was a liar and cheat pretending to be a good person. By facing the truth, I have been changed. God is now making me into a better person, an honest person. He is making me into the man I thought was. ... Keep Reading

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Fall Programs!

September 21, 2012 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

Click Here to find out about our Fall community groups, bible studies, and Sunday School classes.... Keep Reading

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