Jan 4, 2015
The Me I was Called to Be (Part I)
In a new sermon mini-series, Pastor Stephen launches into the new year looking at the commitments so many of us make to become a new and improved version of ourselves.  He discusses the need for us to consider not just the changes we would like to make in our lives, but to yield our thoughts and our energies into responding to the call that God has placed in our lives to be the people He has called us to be.
Listen to Part I of this two-part message, on being "the salt of the earth".
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  • Jan 4, 2015The Me I was Called to Be (Part I)
    Jan 4, 2015
    The Me I was Called to Be (Part I)
    In a new sermon mini-series, Pastor Stephen launches into the new year looking at the commitments so many of us make to become a new and improved version of ourselves.  He discusses the need for us to consider not just the changes we would like to make in our lives, but to yield our thoughts and our energies into responding to the call that God has placed in our lives to be the people He has called us to be.
    Listen to Part I of this two-part message, on being "the salt of the earth".
  • Dec 28, 2014The Joy of Waiting
    Dec 28, 2014
    The Joy of Waiting
    After hundreds of years of silence...after hundreds of years of waiting...the Messiah had been born.  When you move beyond the manger, you come to some additional Christmas characters who were waiting.  Simeon and Anna were waiting for Jesus to arrive in the temple to be dedicated to God.  In this message, you will hear how Jesus fulfilled the Abrahamic covenant, the Laws of Moses, and the prophecy of Isaiah as God was dedicated to God.
    Don't get caught waiting without the Joy of Jesus in your heart!  Simeon was waiting for consolation, and Anna was waiting for redemption.  Both found what they were looking for in Jesus.
    Luke 2:21-40 (NIV)
  • Dec 24, 2014The Greatest Gift
    Dec 24, 2014
    The Greatest Gift
    Pastor Stephen shares a brief Christmas Eve message on The Greatest Gift ever given as the RWC Children's Choir,  A Joyful Noise, joined with our praise team to worship the Christ-child Immanuel.  He shares about the distinction between receiving good news and accepting the gift.  May you hear the good news of great joy that was for all the people, and make it your own by accepting the good news of God's grace...by accepting His Son as YOUR Savior.
    Merry CHRISTmas!
    Key Verses:
    John 1:10-12
    John 13:19-20
    John 3:16
    1 Thessalonians 2:13
    Luke 2:11
  • Dec 21, 2014A Christmas Story for the Humble, the Hurting, and the Hopeful
    Dec 21, 2014
    A Christmas Story for the Humble, the Hurting, and the Hopeful
    Last year, Pastor Stephen shared the Christmas story from the perspective of kingdom's colliding.  He told of the clash of worlds between King Herod, King Jesus, and the three kings of the Orient.  This Christmas, he shared the Christmas story from the perspective of the shepherds--some of the lowliest of people in first century Israel.  In this sermon, we learned some of the lessons about how God chose to alert the world that His Son had arrived, and we looked at the shepherds' response in contrast with our lives today.  In the Christmas message, we see the Gospel message.  In the Christmas message, we see the Great Commission.  Listen to the word of the Lord...and be amazed as you allow the Christmas story to become YOUR story...if you will let it!
    Key Passage: Luke 2:8-20 HCSB
  • Dec 7, 2014Tithing: a Test and a Tool
    Dec 7, 2014
    Tithing: a Test and a Tool
    Pastor Stephen closes the RPM Sermon Series by delivering a message on tithing.  He shares how tithing is both a test of the heart and a tool that God uses to shape the believer to be more like Him.  Most of the time in this world, a father would tell his children NOT to test him, but God tells His wayward children in Israel to "test Him and see" what blessings are in store for them if they would be faithful in giving to Him.
    Key Verses:  Malachi 3:7-12
  • Nov 30, 2014It’s not mine?
    Nov 30, 2014
    It’s not mine?
    Pastor Stephen rounds out the triad of messages on money entitled "It's not mine?"  In today's message, we journeyed back to a time when King David and the Israelites gave hundreds of tons of gold, silver, and precious stones as an offering to build a temple for the Lord God in Jerusalem.
    So often, we have the wrong attitude when it comes to ownership, but David makes clear that "everything belongs to God" in the first place.  We look to David and the Israelites to learn that we are to give joyfully, willingly, with upright hearts, and to the best of our abilities.  Is that the attitude you have when it comes to giving?  Turn the question, "It's not mine?" into a statement "It's not mine."
    1 Chronicles 29:1-20 NASB
  • Nov 23, 2014It’s not much.
    Nov 23, 2014
    It’s not much.
    As we continue through our mini-series on money within the greater RPM sermon series on Relationships, Parenting, and Money, Pastor Stephen uses the story of the poor widow giving her two copper coins to teach that the motive behind the giving is more important than the size of the gift.
    Listen in and let God's Word speak to you, and then pray for the Holy Spirit to strengthen you to live for Christ.
    Luke 20 & 21
    Matthew 6
  • Nov 16, 2014It won’t last!
    Nov 16, 2014
    It won’t last!
    Pastor Stephen began teaching about money in the RPM sermon series this morning.  He encouraged the RWC family to trust in the Lord instead of trusting in their earthly wealth for security.  While it's often uncomfortable to talk about money--how we save it, spend it, invest it, and give it away--it's important to talk about the dangers of loving money and how we should focus on laying up treasures in Heaven instead of here on earth.    Jesus taught about money more than nearly any other subject, so maybe we should learn to master it...instead of being mastered by it.
    Listen this week and in the weeks to come.  Be challenged, and let God's Word change you!
    Key Verses:  Mathew 6:19-24
    Money mini-series in RPM
  • Nov 9, 2014Disciplined or Discouraged
    Nov 9, 2014
    Disciplined or Discouraged
    Pastor Stephen closes out the parenting portion of the RPM sermon series this morning by beating on the discipline drum.  We turn to Hebrews 12 and look to the lessons we can apply to our lives, as we view these verses through the prism of parenting and our need to press-on towards the prize.  Take a listen and love your children...God's way!
  • Nov 2, 2014WORDS
    Nov 2, 2014
    WORDS
    Pastor Jarrod Haase challenges RWC to consider the power held in our words.  God demonstrated the power of the spoken word in the creation account in Genesis when He spoke the world and everything in it into existence.  The Bible tells us clearly that "the power of life and death is in the tongue".  Listen to today's message as Pastor Jarrod urges you to use your words to build up and not tear down...to encourage and not to discourage.