Pastor Chris Kitts of Rivers Church in Glen Rose Texas www.myriverschurch.com
Easter is Coming
During the month of March Rivers Church will be focusing on the discipline of Worshiping God. With Easter coming it causes me to think about the season of Lent .Lent, in the Christian church, a period of penitential preparation for Easter. In Western churches it begins on Ash Wednesday, six and a half weeks before Easter, and provides for a 40-day fast. It is a season of intentionally focusing on God's love for us.
We can see clearly how much the Lord loves His kids in both the Old and New Testaments. Why did God deliver the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt? Because he loved his people. Simple enough, right?
God’s love is immeasurable and unfathomable. He chose the Israelites hundreds of years prior, heard the cry of his people, and remembered his covenant. A love like this is rarely experienced by humans.
We let one another down. We hurt each other. We fail. Our love becomes broken. That’s why God’s love is so unbelievable. His love never fails. Just when we think he’s forgotten us or we’ve done something to lose his love, God reminds us once again of his love.
If God’s deliverance of his people from Egypt was a display of his great love, what was the sending of his Son, Jesus? Earlier in this Lent season we were reminded of John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son.”
There is no clearer picture of God’s love then the sending of his son, Jesus. When we feel forgotten, broken, lost, or unloved, remember
God demonstrated his love for you over 2000 years ago by sending his son, Jesus, to defeat sin, death, and hell. God remembers his people and regardless of what has happened continues to love them.
If worship is our response to focusing on God then there is no better time to take inventory of our lives during this time prior to Easter. Will you choose to focus on God in everything you do?
Reflection What does it mean to you that God loves you? What are ways God has demonstrated his love for you throughout your life? How does God’s unfailing love for you free you to love and serve him?
How Will You Read the Bible in 2021? January 21,2020 Last year has taught us all lessons we will never forget. We have learned life is fragile and we are not promised tomorrow. The most recent statistic in the United States 400,000 people have died from Covid-19. Our economic security has changed overnight. 2020 has taxed us emotionally ,physically ,and many of us spiritually. One thing I have learned is the world’s only hope is found in a relationship with the Lord. God is all knowing and He is not surprised by the recent events in our world. God has given us His word ( the Bible ) so that we may know Him. Rivers Church has dedicated 2021 to teaching that there is a better way to live. If we want healthy relationships , bodies and to live a life of purpose it starts with how we spend time with God by reading and listening to the Creator and His word. In 2021, as we continue to read the Bible together, we’re going to change up how we read the Bible together. We’re going to read the B
We believe that prayer is also an important ingredient in experiencing transformation. Why? Because, like Scripture, it is one of the primary ways we experience God and thereby experience transformation. Because prayer is so important, we believe it is a vital element of our church. We desire that our church family pray with one another and for one another. How can we do that together? Tips for Praying Together In Habits of Grace, David Mathis, discusses the importance of spiritual disciplines, including the discipline of praying together. In the book, he offers five counsels for praying with company.1 These are valuable tips for anyone, including our leaders. Make It Regular. Mathis encourages us to make it a regular habit to set aside time in our connections groups to pray for one another. He encourages small groups to commit to a set amount of time to focus on prayer. At the end of that time, reconsider how you will continue to emphasize prayer. Start with Scripture. A