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April 16, 2015

The River Community Church
  
Thoughts From The Elders

Pastor Dave ConradsFrom Jim Broffitt                        

Christians are often criticized for being narrow minded.  We are narrow minded when it comes to salvation.  We believe that Jesus is the only way a person can be saved from the penalty of their sins and live eternally with God.  This is verified in the gospel of John:

John 14:6 (HCSB)
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

There is an event that I like to use as evidence for Jesus being the only way.  Just before Jesus was arrested, He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane.  His prayer is recorded in Mathew 26:39, Mark 14:36, and Luke 22:42.

Mark 14:36 (HCSB)
And He said, “Abba, Father! All things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me. Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”

Jesus was facing a torturous and painful death.  The cup refers not only to this but also to the suffering Jesus would endure when he took the sins of all people upon himself.  A holy, sinless person was going to experience having the sins of the world laid upon him.  This was too much.  Jesus didn’t want to go through with it.  According to Luke 22:44, Jesus was in such anguish, He prayed more fervently, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.  He is basically saying, “Daddy, please, I don’t want to go through with this!  Let’s find another way, let’s go to Plan B.”  Had there been another way, I’m sure the Father would have chosen it out of His love for His Son.  But He didn’t.  My conclusion is that there is no Plan B, there is no other way.  Salvation is only through the precious blood of Jesus.  Sin is serious business.  It cost Jesus His life.  Blessed be the Rock of our Salvation.

Gather & Grow...River Community Life

Serving Spotlight  
Sunday, April 19

The River is featuring a serving spotlight! For the next two weeks, Student Ministries will host a table in the foyer with additional information. Make your way towards their table to learn more about serving our children anywhere from birth to senior high! Pick up a Pine Lake summer camp brochure while you are there. Discount deadline for camps is May 1. You can also register for camp at www. pinelakecamps.org

Family Matters Potluck
Sunday, April 26

Mark your calendars for our Family Matters meeting at the end of April. We'll meet after the service. Plan on coming, we have lots to discuss! We will have communion also. Please sign up at the Welcome Center to bring a main dish and a side dish or a dessert. It helps us to know you are coming so we can plan and make it a great time.

Women's Spring Birthday Party
Sunday, April 19th at 2:00 pm 

All River women are invited to celebrate those women who have March, April and May birthdays. We'll enjoy birthday treats sprinkled with fun conversation.

Go...Serving in Jesus' Name

April Missions Focus: Converge

Converge Worldwide: Converge is a movement of churches working together to start and strengthen more churches. Our mission is to multiply active and gospel-centered churches..This is done in order to see lives and communities changed by the power of the gospel. Christ, his cross and the gospel are central to all we do.

Converge North Central is the midwest part of Converge that The River works with. As part of Converge, Pine Lake Camp in Eldora provides seminars, retreats, workshops and camps to support that mission.

Several of our missionaries are a part of Converge. Pray for them and for the Converge Conference.

Booklets about Converge and Current mission newsletters are in the Resource Center, please pick up and pray! Camp brochures for Summer 2015 are also available. For more info go to Converge, or Converge North Central

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