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Second Chances

5 Part Series

Human beings aren't perfect. We make mistakes, we mess up, and we hurt ourselves and others. We sometimes end up feeling unlovable, broken and worthless - like a piece of discarded furniture set out on the curb. But just like that ugly sofa, all we need is for someone to see our potential and give us a second chance. The message of the gospel is that no matter where we are or what we've done, God sees beyond our imperfections, loves us, forgives us and offers us a new life.

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Christmas Eve

2017

Christmas is a time of decorations, gifts, and parties, but it's also a time to celebrate one simple message: a child was born and the world was changed forever.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past

3 Part Series

For many, the most wonderful time of the year isn't so wonderful. A painful past or our own insecurities can overshadow the joy we’re supposed to be feeling during Christmas. What if this year could look different? It’s time to let God heal the Ghosts of Christmas Past.

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STORY

4 Part Series

The decisions we make today will determine the story we'll tell tomorrow.  With examples from the Bible, this series teaches us to start, stop, stay, and go according to God's will. In the four-week series "Story," we’ll learn to live a story worth telling.

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How To Be Brave

2 Part Series

Life is full of uncertainty. Daily situations beyond our control put us at risk for disappointment, failure, and regret. For most of us, bravery is not about staring death in the eye, but finding courage to face the everyday pressure and anxieties life throws our way. In this series, we’ll discover how to be brave and what it means to fully rely on God’s peace and promises in every situation.

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Satan Is A Wuss

2 Part Series

We've all heard about the devil, satan, the prince of darkness. He's been given many names over the years and been given credit for many things. People have tried to justify their bad actions by saying, "The devil made me do it". Some live in fear that satan is lurking around every corner waiting to attack them. They constantly are talking to him, trying to rebuke him to leave, believing that they must give the devil his due. Is it possible that we give him too much credit? Perhaps we've made it seem that he's more powerful than he really is when in fact, satan is a wuss.

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I Believe In God, BUT...

4 Part Series

You say you believe in God. Do you really? Do you live your life as if God is in the room, or do you assume He's not paying attention? You call yourself a Christian. Are you who you say you are? This four-part series walks us through a modern cultural phenomenon: the person who says they believe, but whose life doesn't back it up.  I believe in God, BUT...  

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WE WIN TOGETHER

4 Part Series

From an early age we're taught that "You play the game to win!" But life isn't a game. It's much more important. What would it look like to bring the competitive nature of sports to our every day lives and view each day in terms of winning and losing? The Bible tells us to live in such a way to win! In this series, we'll look at the importance of a team and see that if we don't quit, we win. God didn't make us to go through life alone. WE WIN TOGETHER.

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WORK

3 Part Series

We're going on a 3-week journey through the book of Haggai that will encourage us to act on what God is calling each of us to do. 

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Necessary Sins

4 Part Series

We allow certain habits to help us deal with life, but sometimes the bad habits can become part of our identity. It’s time to separate ourselves from these 'necessary' habits and recognize them for what they really are: sins. This four-week series covers lying, gossip, lust, and anger and teaches us how to replace these sin-nature habits with obedience and grace.

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Father's Day 2017

Father's Day 2017

You don’t have to be a biological father to someone to be a dad.

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Making Change

4 Part Series

Do your finances bring you fear or freedom? Whether you’re digging out of debt or planning for your future, now’s the time to build a foundation that endures. Investing in a brighter tomorrow starts by Making Change today. Join us next week as we dive into this four-part series covering biblical truths about finances, and how to find freedom in a debt-saturated world.

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Mother's Day 2017

Mother's Day 2017

There are no perfect people, therefore there are no perfect moms.

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When God Doesn't Make Sense

3 Part Series

Life doesn’t always go the way we expect, and we pray to God for help and guidance. But sometimes it seems like even though we pray with faith, God doesn’t do what we've asked. We seek Him, but don’t feel His presence. We go through pain, but our cries for relief seem to go unanswered. Sometimes, our lives just don't make sense. In this three-week series, we’ll take a close look at what we can do "When God Doesn't Make Sense".

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EASTER CHANGES EVERYTHING

Easter 2017

Easter is God's response to death. Easter gives us hope and a purpose. Easter changes everything.

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Palm Sunday 2017

Palm Sunday 2017

The same crowd that welcomed Jesus with praises on Palm Sunday was the same crowd that shouted “Crucify him” in less than a week. A lot can happen in a week. Click here to watch the Palm Sunday message.

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Half Truths

5 Part Series

They are simple phrases. They sound Christian – like something you might even find in the Bible. Statements like "Everything Happens For a Reason" or "God Helps Those Who Help Themselves". We’ve all heard them. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth – yet they also miss the point in very important ways.

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Once Upon A Marriage

3 Part Series

There's nothing quite like a juicy love story...the romance, the intrigue, and maybe a little scandal. We're digging in to some of the greatest biblical marriages to see what we can learn. Travel back in time with us for "Once Upon a Marriage."

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Super Bowl Sunday at The River

First & 10 or Hail Mary?

On Super Bowl Sunday we were reminded that living by the Hail Mary pass we will lose, but that we need to focus on first downs, not touchdowns.

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Good Faith

4 Part Series

Politics, marriage, sexuality, religious freedom —with an ever-growing list of contentious issues, believers find it harder than ever to hold on to their convictions while treating their friends, neighbors, coworkers, and even family members who disagree with respect and compassion. Learn how to respond with compassion, clarity, and confidence to the most toxic issues of our day.

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Get Started

The River Discipleship Plan

With the start of a new year it's a great opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself. How can God use you this year?

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Candlelight Christmas Eve 2016

2016

It's easy to sometimes feel depressed, defeated, and weary, but God doesn't want that for you.  God loves you and wants you to feel the joy, triumph and hope that comes from Him.  God loves you and He was, is and will be with you wherever you go. 

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Carols

3 Part Series

God is with us – in answered promises, realized dreams, and refreshed hope. How could we help but sing? Let’s explore the songs born from our joy that Christ has entered the world.

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Dangerous Prayers

3 Part Series

Believe your big risks will be rewarded. Believe what you ask for is possible. If you’re ready to see a spark in your life, pray boldly. Pray daringly. Pray with fire. And remember God’s listening to your Dangerous Prayers.

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Jonah

2 Part Series

The epic story of Jonah is one that is widely known and most frequently used by parents to get their children to listen and be obedient. Jonah is so much more than a giant fish or a scare tactic for your kids. In this series we're going to investigate a little further into who really is this man Jonah, and what can we learn from his life to apply in ours.

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{re}Branded

4 Part Series

Our reputation is our brand. Sometimes our brand isn't what we would wish it to be. How can God use us when we don't always do the right thing or make the right decisions? God is in the business of rebranding us and using us for His purpose no matter what we've done.

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Forward

Our 5 Core Values

In this 5 part series we look at the core values that drive us forward. 1.) An Empty Seat Is a Serious Matter 2.) Saved People Serve People 3.) Anything Worth Doing is Worth Doing Right 4.) Growing People Change 5.) It's WE Church not ME Church

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