Judges | Part 9

Pastor Chris shares for the last sermon of The River Church wrapping up our Book of Judges series. The end of Judges comes to a horrific crash, burn, explosion, ball of fire that would rival any Hollywood movie set. We would have hoped for a beautiful "happily-ever-after" but we get the complete opposite. But the book of Judges is not ...

Judges | Part 8

Pastor Lauren shares about the life of Sampson. Sampson is one of the more well-known characters in the book of Judges. But he’s pretty much just known for his strength and being deceived by Delilah.  What’s interesting is we often forget about the character flaws of Sampson. The man struggled to keep his vow to God. Sampson specifically took the Nazarite ...

Judges | Part 7

Pastor Chris continued in our Judges series with part seven. Warning today is going to be a pretty strange and for some disturbing story. Never thought you would hear that at the beginning of a sermon. Ha! But even in the midst of this crazy section from Judges today there is a very big application for that is very relevant for ...

Judges | Part 6

Continuing in our Judges series, we dive deeper into our buddy Gideon. We first met him when he was hiding in a pit trying to secretly thresh some wheat as to not be attacked by the neighboring nations. And in a comical way, he’s given the title of “"Baal-whipper" or "Oh-mighty-warrior" as he is hiding. Pretty funny actually. But after Gideon accepts the ...

Judges | Part 5

Pastor Chris continues in our Judges series with part 5. God continues to show His mighty power and His strength time and time again. This week we read when God tells Gideon, "Hey this Israelite amy is too big." WHAT?!?! That doesn't even make sense! No commanders, general, leaders, or military has ever said those words! What is God thinking???? ...

Judges | Part 4

Continuing our Judges series, Pastor Lauren shares about the leader Gideon. We first meet him in not the most courageous situation. He in somewhat of a mocking manner is called the strong-Baal-slyer. But he is in a put hiding from the opposition nations tying to sift wheat. Pretty funny as he is so far from being a man of courage ...

Judges | Part 3

Our journey through the book of Judges has been nothing short of strange, over-the-top, and bizarre. This week is no exception. First learning of the incredible leadership from the judge Deborah and her amazing wisdom, insight and brave actions. Which brings up the topic of women in the church and leadership. I am thankful for our denomination and their leadership ...

Judges | Part 2

Continuing our new Book of Judges series, Pastors Chris & Lauren lead us through discussion questions based upon the strange, interesting and somewhat disgusting story of the Judge Ehud. Within this story are all of the key elements of the love, grace and power of our Almighty God. Who through this bizarre series of events, bring back peace to the ...

Judges | Part 1

Jumping into a brand new series walking through the book of Judges. Yes, old-school, Old Testament book of the story of the Israelite people starting at the death of their fearless leader Joshua. Then running up to the point when the 3 big kings, Saul, David and Solomon come on the scene. This is a strange, gory, violent, painful time ...

Advent | Week 4: LOVE

Pastor Chris wraps up our Advent series with part 4 talking about the Love that came that very first Christmas. The love that came in the form of a new born baby child named Jesus. Almost all of the 4 gospels have some sort of birth oof Christ account. However, Matthew is the only Gospel to talk about some unexpected ...

Advent | Week 3: JOY

Pastor Lauren shares this week with part 3 of our Advent series on Joy. 2020 has been rough and it’s can be hard to be joyful during trying seasons. The good news is that God is trustworthy - we can trust His ways. Mary and Jospeh had very different plans for their lives and marriage. But I believe, that even ...

Advent | Week 2: PEACE

Pastor Chris shares Part 2 of our Advent Series on the PEACE that came that very first Christmas. How incredible was it that it first came to a group of unsuspecting shepherds. Who were just out on their night shift in the fields watching the flock of sheep. The greatest event in the history of the world has just occurred! ...

Advent | Week 1: HOPE

Kicking off our Christmas Series, Pastor Chris shares part 1 on the HOPE of Advent! Merry Christmas TRC Family! It is that favorite time of the year once again. This year is going to look a lot different but we are still going to celebrate the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ! Christmas brings with it some of my favorite ...

Thankful In All Things

November is that time of the year when we think about being thankful. This is natural as we celebrate Thanksgiving in this month. But 2020 has definitely been an interesting year and like most people, it can be hard to be thankful for this one crazy year. This has personally been my story. Finding things to be grateful for has ...

Mark | Part 11

Pastors Lauren and Chris wrap up our Gospel of Mark series with part 11 focusing on the final 2 chapters in Mark. In these chapters we see the account of Jesus being taken down from the cross and buried and in the tomb for 3 days. And just when all hope seemed to be lost, both of the Marys go ...

Mark | Part 10

With the second to last part of our Gospel of Mark Series, Pastors Chris and Lauren lead us through discussion questions focused on the Christ journey to the cross and ultimately His death for all of humanity. This part of Mark and specifically chapters 14 and 15 are focused on the final moment of Christ before His death. We are officially ...

Mark | Part 9

Continuing our Gospel of Mark series with Part 9, Pastors Lauren and Chris share about Mark chapters 11, 12 & 13. It starts with Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey or what we know and understand as Palm Sunday that we celebrate the beginning of Passion week the Sunday before Easter. This is the final 3 months or so of Jesus being ...

Mark | Part 8

Jumping back into our Gospel of Mark series with Part 8, Pastors Lauren and Chris guide us through some great discussion questions. This section of Mark chapters 8 through 10 are really in the heart of Jesus's ministry. It is a very intense and focused time for Christ. Jesus predicts his death 3 times while being interwoven with: healings, miracles, ...

Mark | Part 7

Pastors Lauren and Chris continue our Gospel of Mark series with part 7. This session covers a large section of scripture from Mark 6:30 all the way through Mark 8:30. And the biggest theme through these chapters is the continued grace that Jesus has for and with everyone. Wether is it the crowds and people who are gathering or even ...

Mark | Part 6

Jumping back into our Gospel of Mark series with Part 6, Pastors Lauren and Chris lead us through discussion questions after watching the Francis Chan teaching video. This section of Mark is an understating one. Jesus travels back to His hometown of Nazareth. However, after teaching in the local synagogue, the people begin to recognize Him. But not in a ...

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