Tomorrow morning, February 7th, at RiverTown Church you’ll hear stories of faith, healing, and the power of God from N.F.L. Superbowl Champions. On Superbowl Sunday Morning, at our 9:30 and 11:00 worship services, we will dedicate the entire message to exclusive interviews with professional football players like Drew Brees, Thomas Davis, and Trent Dilfer.
The RiverTown Worship Center will debut this event on four new big-screens. More than 1200 churches participated in the inaugural event last year. Now, we are excited to be the only church in Columbus registered with www.footballsunday.com to make this outreach event available in our community. Join our church family Sunday morning to welcome these men as they share their faith in Christ and victory of life’s injuries and obstacles. As a Pastor, I can’t think of a better way to invite a friend or family member to be included in God’s family. Bring someone with you to be inspired towards faith by these names and faces they already know.
See You Sunday Morning,
Pastor David Rathel
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One United States Airforce Study found that people remember 20 percent of what they hear, 75 percent of what they see done, and 90 percent of what they do themselves. A big problem that most of us face in our relationship with God is that the knowledge we gain from reading the Bible or going to Church gets forgotten because it falls into the wrong category. We only remember, at most, 20% of the things God is using to mold us into His image because they are only heard. The lessons we will remember are the ones we see lived by others and the ones we put into practice ourselves.
The next two Sundays at RiverTown will be days that will help you REMEMBER NOT TO FORGET what God is doing in your life! You’ll have the opportunity to get off the side streets of forgetfulness and take the on-ramp to the highway of seeing and doing.
This Sunday, January 24th, is our next HOME TEAM KICK-OFF. Getting together on a regular basis with like-minded people to learn and discuss God’s word allows you to see someone else demonstrate spiritual growth. Seeing what someone else is going through can actually bring you up to a 75% memory factor. Wow! Some home teams will be following the My One Word study curriculum and DVD series while other teams will be continuing studies from last semester. Click the link below to find out what each home team will be studying as well as when and where each one will meet this semester.
Next Sunday, January 31st, is My One Word ALTAR DAY. You just might take your learning curve all the way up to 90% and beyond. It’s time to DO SOMETHING about your OWN FAITH that you’ll never forget. ALTAR DAY is the culmination of the MY ONE WORD movement God has been doing in our hearts, minds, and lives. I’ll share all about it in my message this week.
“THE ICEBERG AND THE PIÑATA” is the title of the message God’s has given me to share this Sunday as part four in the MY ONE WORD sermon series. God has been moving in our church family during this message series by giving each person just one word from Him to carve our character throughout all of 2016. We’ve all got to decide if we want to simply seek the spiritual sugar high from a hollow Piñata or become an Iceberg with character deep beneath the surface. If that piques your interest, then click HERE, for a preview copy of my preaching notes for this coming Sunday.
Instructions For Finding Your ONE WORD From God 2016.
- Get Specific:
- What kind of person do you hope to be by the end of 2016?
- Describe the characteristics of that person and the condition of their heart!
- Write every word down. Group and order them.
- Resist Regret:
- This year’s new resolutions are often last year’s regrets
- Don’t just promise not to be what you’ve always been.
- Stay Future Focused:
- Stay focused on the vision of the person you believe God is calling you to be.
- Create your list and narrow down that list into your One Word for 2016.
Preparing For ALTAR DAY:
- Sunday January, 31st – A church-wide demonstration day for every person’s MY ONE WORD and ALTAR SYMBOL.
- “ASK and you will RECEIVE”: Ask God For A Physical Symbol To Demonstrate Your One Word’s Meaning.
- It may be a candle, a painting, a prayer cloth, a flask of oil, a special Bible, a cross, a compass, etc.
- Your altar symbol can be anything that represents and gives personal meaning to your one word from God.
- “Every Movement Has A Symbol. Find Yours!”
Learn everthing you need to know about My One Word from the recent Sunday message videos on my YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/davidrathelchannel and from www.MyOneWord.org
Last Sunday’s Message: A Lens – Not A Promise – My One Word Series. January 17, 2016
See You Sunday,
Pastor David Rathel
In 1609, Galileo Galilei first arraigned a series of new lenses to look through heavens. Galileo worked with his new lenses until he developed a telescope that magnified objects up to 30 times. Because of the right lens, his eye was the first to see craters on the Moon, view the phases of Venus, and see all four orbiting moons of Jupiter which now bare his name.
Just Think. Since eternity past, these amazingly beautiful cosmic wonders were for God’s eyes only. From the moment God uttered the words “LET THERE BE LIGHT…” no human soul saw anything more than specks of light across the night sky. Then, Galileo Galilei! God, then Galileo… His sight was second only to God’s. ALL BECAUSE OF THE RIGHT LENS!
Looking in the right direction didn’t help him. Staring longer didn’t help. Squinting didn’t help. Watching during different times of the day didn’t work. Asking his friends what they saw yielded no new answers. No luck. No how. No way. No sight. No sense. No vision. No difference. Not even once!
The truth is that most people try absolutely everything EXCEPT looking through GOD’S LENS for the LIFE THEY NEED!
What do you and Galileo have in common? You both need a NEW LENS.
This Sunday at RiverTown, I’m going to show you how to receive A ONE WORD LENS from God’s word that will TRUMP EVERY RESOLUTION PROMISE you’ve every made.
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man. The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
See You Sunday,
Pastor David Rathel
Last Week’s Message Video:
“Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told to them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” Luke 2:17-18
Have you ever wondered why God’s choice of the first to know about the Christ Child’s birth on Christmas morning were the poor shepherds of Bethlehem?
The divine irony of the Angel’s invitation is that Shepherds, at the time of Jesus, were the Black Sheep of society. They were homeless, dirty, smelly, uneducated, and unwanted men who toiled alone without families to care for them. If you had a friend or family member who was a shepherd, you certainly wouldn’t invite him to your house on Christmas day as the honored guest for the divine birth of your first-born son.
But that’s exactly what God did! My message this Sunday at RiverTown will uncover God’s reason for placing “shepherds who were black sheep” at the front of the line to meet Jesus.
2015 BUDGET BLAST
Our year-end Christmas giving campaign is going to be the most exciting and practical opportunity we have ever offered. You’ll be able to bless both with RiverTown and a third-world Shepherd at the same time. As a church family, we are only $14,000 behind in our year-to-date budgeted tithes from church members. For every $1,000 we give together toward meeting our budget goal, Samaritan’s Purse International will receive the money to provide a wool-bearing sheep and train families how to care for their flocks in a third world environment. Our goal is to give at least 14 sheep through this Christmas effort.
We’ve just confirmed that the Johnathan and Lisa Moore band and guest speaker Rev. David Howle will be our guests for our candle-light Christmas Eve service at 7pm.
Pastor David Rathel
Enjoy Mathew Cotner’s Message From Last Sunday.
CRAZY FAMILY HOLIDAY!
#PrayForParis #PrayForMe – Sunday Morning November 15th
At first glance to my english-reading eyes, #JeSuisParis and #JesusParis look miraculously identical.
I needed to discover these words tonight. I had an emotion without a meaning; A feeling without a phrase to set it free! This word play isn’t play at all, but a revelation to the calloused part of my heart that has trouble digesting yet another terrorist attack.
“Je Suis Paris” means “I AM PARIS” in the beautiful language of the French people and their capital.
It was originally the call to arms “Je Suis Charlie!” It was used as a slogan and a logo created by French art director Joachim Roncin and adopted by supporters of freedom of speech and freedom of the press after the 7 January 2015 massacre in which twelve people were killed at the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. It identifies a speaker or supporter with those who were killed at the Charlie Hebdo shooting. (Wikipedia)
On the night of the attacks, I felt what others are feeling: “Paris Is Too Much!” The blood, carnage, and pitiful disgrace of this senseless act of evil, religious hatred is simply too much. My mind and heart have been churning the same words over and over again:
I Am Angry!
I Need Jesus!
Paris Needs Jesus!
Jesus Is Paris!
I AM PARIS!
At the beginning of World War II, the terrible reign of Hitler’s Third Reich trampled the French nation in terror. Images of the black Nazi Swastika looming on giant red flags draping the Arc De Triomphe were emblazoned in the minds of our grandparents generation. The same satanic spirit that inhabited the Nazis and led them to ravage Paris and all of Europe is on the rise again. This evil spirit’s human work is being done under a different religious deception and a new terrorist name, but it’s brutal anti-christ nature is all too familiar.
There is something about attacking a city as historic, alluring and beautiful as Paris that strengthens worldwide resolve. France played a great part in supporting the American Revolution and is our oldest ally. Near the end of the 18th century, events in the streets of Paris were the original seedbed of revolutionary democracy in Europe. France gave America The Stature Of Liberty in honor of our shared democratic ideals and revolutionary spirit. We have a lot of reasons to say #JeSuisParis, or #IAMPARIS!
The good news we treasure as Christians is that every time the nations have truly united to fight tyranny and and seek the Face Of God – HE HAS DELIVERED US!
Jesus loves Paris. As we weep over this loss and destruction, let us never lose sight of Christ our Messiah saving up every tear and adding his own. The Christian faith has always been the faith of desperate people throughout the ages. The power of Jesus is the power of a heroic redeemer who sets his people free from tyranny, terror, evil, sin, and the grave.
Jesus wants to be accepted as the great warrior and protector that the Parisienns and people everywhere long for. He laid down His life for you so He could become the love of our lives. May all of us see the terror alive in our world and turn our hearts to Jesus Christ as our leader in love and hero in battle!
Join us tomorrow morning at RiverTown Church as we look into the word of God for His power and hope in times of danger and fear.
Pastor David Rathel.
Ahh… the double-edged sword of holiday gatherings with the family. You can’t avoid the pleasure and peril of both sides. We all love the refreshing blessing of seeing those loved ones our hearts long to see. But it often comes with a price. You may also get confronted with the challenge that inevitably comes from that “special someone” in your family who always knows how to push your buttons with criticism and control. As you make your holiday plans, I hope you’ll enjoy these powerful tools I found in an unlikely place. The second chapter of the book of Ruth reveals her power tools for long-term success in difficult family relationships!
And Boaz answered and said to her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know. 12“May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.” Ruth 2:11-12 (NASB)
POWER TOOL #1. – CONSISTENT BELIEVABLE CHARACTER.
“All that you have done for your mother-in-law… has been fully reported to me…” Your real reputation in the family has nothing to do with the opinions of your critical, button-pushing, nemesis. The first thing to know is that your actions will always speak louder than their words. Right now is the time to double and triple your loving actions toward your hard-to-love relatives. Write an expectant email or note of excitement about the impending thankful celebration. Tell them all what you are thankful for about them long before the day arrives. Or, you could spend extra time taking that needy person to the doctor. You could even bring a rake and trash bags to fill with those messy leaves. You could make it a half-time tradition or even forego the ball game on television altogether this one time.
Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law, was a hard to love kind of gal to say the least. However, Ruth’s continual sowing of seed in the hard ground of Naomi’s heart; yielded a bountiful harvest of affection from the man of her dreams. The real and permanent way to overcome family criticism is to live a life full of compassion and service for your family. Your criticizer will then look crazy for even thinking such a thing about you. The power tool against criticism is character.
POWER TOOL #2. – A REFUGE IN GOD’S ABILITY TO REWARD.
“May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.” Controlling patterns in the family can be subtle. They can be based on giving or loaning money, the silent treatment, hyper-emotional manipulation, verbal abuse, lies, or even using children to pull on heart-strings.
The problem in dealing with most family dictators is that their first line of defense is usually to accuse you of their own controlling sins. This kind of person can be an expert in playing the “victim card” when they feel crossed or disobeyed. To make matters worse, everyone else is so used to not rocking the boat that the environment makes their reverse manipulation easy to believe. The best controllers have the ability to paint you as the one who is trying to be controlling when you first attempt to control your own life.
I encourage people who are caught in controlling family patterns on both sides to learn this very helpful sentence: “I’m not telling you what to do, I’m just telling you what I’m going to do.”
In the scripture above, Boaz recognized Ruth’s consistent determination to do her work for the family As Unto The Lord. He wanted to be involved as a witness to her reward from God. Her Godly character in her low position brought her freedom from any and all family fears, curses, or controlling behaviors. Ruth’s dependence and refuge found in the heart of God was overwhelmingly attractive to Boaz. He wanted to be part of her world because he saw a woman who couldn’t be criticized or controlled by anyone. Ruth was free from control, because she simply didn’t believe it necessary to please anyone but God to get her reward. Love is only free to give when it’s free from control. The power tool against family control is A reward and refuge in God alone.
May You Find Christ Alive With POWER In Every Family Gathering This Holiday Season,
Pastor David Rathel
P.S. If you find yourself in need of some holiday family cheer, we’d love to see you this Sunday for the second week of my new series MY CRAZY FAMILY based on the book of Ruth.
In the meantime, you can catch the message from last Sunday on my YouTube Channel or Podcast if you missed it: youtube.com/davidrathelchannel and rivertownchurch.buzzsprout.com.
You can also get a preview of our new “I LOVE MY CRAZY FAMILY” T-Shirts one our website HERE.
Dear RiverTown Family,
Before the holidays are in full swing, with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, we’re already thinking about spending time with our families. Whether it’s an overbearing mother, crazy grandma, or estranged younger brother, chances are they’ll be knocking at our door. So how do we fit our messy, crazy, and chaotic family all at one table without falling apart? To find out, Join us this Sunday for the first message in my new series, My Crazy Family, based on the book of Ruth!
As you prepare later this month to dig into some turkey and dressing, you’ll also need to dig into and enjoy the people who grace your table with their presence. The first step in evaluating the family lineup is to ask yourself; Who’s At The Table? That’s actually my message title this weekend. I hope that the first person you’ll count is YOURSELF.
In Ruth chapter one, we find this great heroine of the faith facing a Crazy Family situation. This Sunday we’ll learn how to follow her example of family peace under enormous pressure. Ruth was totally committed and fully present within her new and unexpected family circle. She fully realized the power of her one-single-present-moment in the presence of God. Ruth was able to totally depend on God to miraculously create a new and whole family out of the broken pieces of her past.
I hope to see you this Sunday morning for the rest of the story!
Pastor David Rathel
P.S. In the meantime, don’t forget to catch the service from last Sunday on my YouTube Channel or Podcast if you missed it. youtube.com/davidrathelchannel and rivertownchurch.buzzsprout.com. You can also get a preview of our new “I LOVE MY CRAZY FAMILY” T-Shirts one our website HERE.
Dear RiverTown Family,
October 31st is a night that reminds us that there is darkness in the world. The fun of dressing up, throwing parties, and trick-or-treating brings light into the darkness and shows us that darkness and fear can never truly overtake a child of God.
In Acts 26:18 Jesus says, “so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.”
I can’t wait to share with you the message God has given me for this Sunday morning at our FALLBACK service about the “LIGHT” Jesus Christ can bring into your life even in the middle of your darkest night. So when the light shines on the morning after Halloween night, join us for a celebration of the LIGHT!
The service will go on at 10AM inside or outside – rain or shine!
Pastor David Rathel
FALL BACK SERVICE THIS SUNDAY
10:00 AM Outdoor Worship Service
Change your Clocks Saturday Night!!
The Heat is On for the annual FALL BACK Worship Service. Invite your friends and family to cozy up with you and keep WARM at RiverTown Church! Enjoy an outdoor WORSHIP SERVICE followed by a festival for the young and young-at-heart! Enjoy the FESTIVAL with family hayrides, petting zoo, popcorn, bake sale and Barbeque. $10 BBQ lunch includes chicken or pork, sides, bread, and drinks. All of the proceeds support our Guatemala missions team.
Professional Family Christmas Portraits will be available at our Photo Booth in the Worship Center, in exchange for donations to Missions. Please bring check or cash.
Children K-5 will enjoy the Fall Back service with parents. Infant and Toddler care will be available.
Did you know that God wants you to be His receiver? He is the giver of all good things. (James 1:17) I have witnessed many people, including myself, praying prayers that ask God for his blessings while never considering their part in receiving them.
In football, the quarterback can throw a perfect pass but if the receiver is in the wrong place or doesn’t get his hands up in time, then the pass is simply incomplete. I believe that a lot of us are like that receiver who keeps on missing the perfect passes from our heavenly quarterback.
This Sunday begins a new sermon series at RiverTown. The RECEIVER series will help you find out how to receive from God – God’s Way! I can’t wait to share with you the receiver principles God has taught me.
You’ll also enjoy hearing a great receiver story from Oscar Valencia. Oscar left Mexico and came here to Columbus with $500 and a bag of 12 burritos. Since then, he has become one of the most successful young men I’ve ever met. He is truly one of the best receivers of God’s blessings I have ever known.
See You Sunday,
Pastor David Rathel
Check Out Last Sunday’s Message On My YouTube Channel: