Message: What would you do if you believed Jesus was coming in the next five years? Would you live differently? Would you treat your relationship with Jesus differently? Would you take your faith more seriously? I’ll bet that you might. Join us as we discover how this anticipation of Jesus’ return transformed the Protestant Reformation as we continue our series, “Reformation Reborn: The Great Advent Awakening.”
Things Happening: Did you know that a great many of our church members gather each week with students from our school to encourage one another! It is pretty amazing to see the garden they have planted and the things they have built. Great job guys!
Message: Have you ever struggled to extend grace to others as Christ gave to you? Have you ever struggled to give others space to make mistakes? If you have, you are not alone. The Protestant Reformers did too. And as a result, an element rose up known as the Radical Reformation. Join us this Sabbath at 11am as we continue our series Reformation Reborn.
Message: Two weeks ago, we explored the tipping point of the Reformation when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in 1517. This Sabbath join us at 11am as we examine the domino effect of Protestantism in the early 1500’s and the Counter Reformation in a sermon entitled, “Reformation Reborn: The Empire Strikes Back!”
Prayer: It was great seeing so many show up for prayer meeting this past Wednesday. It was a special time. Hope you can make it this next Wednesday. We also celebrated Erika Santos‘ birthday!
Things Happening: It was good to see many of you at the NE TN Campmeeting. I had a great time leading the youth Sabbath School class.
Had a chance to enjoy a Sabbath afternoon walk with some people from the church. Check out the guy in crutches! (Claes Svenson)
Worship at Riverview was a blessing two Sabbath’s ago. It was great to see how many children the Lord has blessed us with. It is great to see our Sabbath School classes growing. Join us for Sabbath School every morning at 10am.
I had the privilege of sharing a worship thought with some young men at a golf course this week. One of the young men came to me and shared that God had given him a dream the night before that specifically tied in with the message that I shared. He is making some major steps to dedicate his life to God. What a confirmation of the fact that whenever we step out to do something for others, God can bless our efforts exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or imagine!!! Just for kicks, I was spying in someone’s house…can you guess who this is? Back in their younger days…
Message: There comes a point in any movement of reform at which it becomes necessary to break with the status quo and tradition of the past. A tipping point, if you will. Jesus Himself said, “I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Matthew 10:34 Join us this Sabbath as we continue our series with a sermon titled, Reformation Reborn: The Tipping Point.
Prayer: I was richly blessed by the Men’s Prayer Breakfast this past Sunday. Join us for the next one scheduled for the second Sunday morning of every month. Prayer meeting was also a huge blessing this week. Thank you Ric!
Things Happening: There was a lot happening this week. It was a great blessing for several of us to participate at Week of Prayer with our school.
The Prophecy meetings at Greeneville were also a blessing that many of us enjoyed as well. I’m so proud of our kids for being involved in Evangelism!
Message: Have you ever suffered defeat? Chances are you have. But the defeats of this life are not always what they at first appear. Jesus said, “34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38 Join us this Sabbath as we learn about a God who turns defeat into victory for all who are faithful as we continue our series, “Reformation Reborn: The Bohemian Reformation.”
Personal: It was a pleasure to play basketball with a great group of guys and girls at GAA on Tuesday night. I especially enjoyed playing with Robert and Ben Hastings and Davy Ondreijka. Proud of these guys for living out their Christian witness even on the basketball court with friends from the community. Great playing together!
Message: Last week we covered roughly the first 1,000 years of Christian history. Whew! We reviewed the clear historical evidence that the Christian church was in need of reform. This week we begin the journey of reform as we look at the life, mission, and message of the Christian Reformer John Wycliffe. Join us this Sabbath as we continue our sermon series, Reformation Reborn: Breaking the Status Quo.
Prayer: We have started a new book of the Bible at prayer meeting. We are going through the book of John. I hope you will make plans to join us if you can. Every Wednesday night at 6pm for food, fellowship, and prayer.
Things Happening: Just a reminder that coming up this Wednesday from 10am-noon we will have our second MOPS meeting of the year. If you know a mother of small children please invite them to attend. We had a great program last month and we want to maximize its impact on our community. Please pray for this venture as well!
Sunday afternoon at the Sadler home was a special party to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries all at once! Here is a picture of the two birthday boys Nelson Thomas and Larry Colburn. Congrats Gentleman!
Sabbath afternoon was a special treat as we celebrated the baptism of Elijah Small at Paint Creek. Those who were at church last Sabbath know that he presented us with a special treat on salvation during the worship service. Proud of you Elijah!
Sabbath School is a thriving ministry for all ages at Riverview! We had at least 20 kids in Sabbath school this Sabbath. Praise the Lord! Here is a picture of some of our primary class students who dressed up as potential careers for service. May the Lord guide and bless our children. May He multiply our effectiveness for His Kingdom through them!
Speaking of our young people, Erika Santos was happy to share this picture of many of our kids involved in a Pathfinder Bible Bowl Experience. Erika is the lead coach of the team and we are thrilled about having our own team here in Greeneville.
Personal: Katia made a friend at the playground this week. It was priceless to watch as the two girls tried to hold hands while swinging together.
Message: On October 31st, 1517 Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church. Thus began the Protestant Reformation. This year on October 31st we will celebrate 500 years of Reformation. But the process of Reformation is ever ongoing. This Sabbath we will begin a sermon series exploring the meaning of the Reformation for today. Join us this Sabbath as we answer the question, “Why Reformation?”
Prayer: I am praying for a heart to serve others more deeply in love.
The video below that she showed gives you a taste of how simple but meaningful expressions of love can go a long way. I am so thankful for the loving congregation we have here at Riverview!
On that note, I am thankful for these gracious ladies who took time out of their Sunday to support Patti Cohen & family settle back home after their trip.
Things Happening: That playground is looking pretty good. We’re almost finished with it!
Personal: Did you check out that eclipse? What an awesome experience of God’s power! I also enjoyed a special bike ride this past weekend.