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Are You Thankful?

A thankful person is someone who recognizes the goodness of God. In fact, the spring of thanksgiving is a deep confidence that God is good. If we do not believe that God is good, then this spring has run dry....

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The Heart of Jesus

What is the heart of Jesus like? There is only one place in all the New Testament where Jesus explicitly tells us what his heart is like. That is significant and should gain our attention. ...

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A Life of Faith

The life of faith is learning to live in the power of Someone else....

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Ian Janecek's Testimony

Ian Janecek has had some remarkable experiences that have brought incredible encouragement to many and a great Christ-centered aim to his life....

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A Prayer of Dedication For New Building

The bible tells us that God does not dwell in houses made by human hands (Acts 7:48, Acts 17:24-25. God dwells among his people. We are his house and are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:22) And yet, it was when the believers were gathered in the upper room of a house that Acts 2 says, "They were all together in one place....

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It Is Finished

Happy Good Friday! On Good Friday, we remember the death of Jesus Christ. So again, happy Good Friday! Does that sound strange? Wasn't Good Friday the darkest day in human history? In one sense it certainly was. The greatest sins ever committed took place on that day:...

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Good News of Great Joy

We know the story well. Some shepherds in a field, the angel of the Lord, and the announcement of news that a baby has been born in a nearby town. But there is more to the story than we may see at first glance. ...

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God's Final Category For You

"God's final category for you is not your goodness versus your badness, but your union with Christ versus your distance from Christ. To put it yet another way, what matters most about you in God's sight is not the bad or good things you've done but your trust and openness to Christ versus your self-trust and defensiveness toward Christ." Ray Ortlund, The Gospel: How the C...

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Sing a New Song - Psalm 98

Oh sing to the Lord a new song! What is God up to here? God loves music and he loves when his people sing and make melody. Why does he love music so much? Because God is a Musician, the Master Musician! And because singing people - a people who sing and make melody and music in their hearts and then out loud glorify God. God's own works and perfections are beautifully re...

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Good Friday Was No Accident

Good Friday is a day to remember and celebration the death of Jesus Christ. It may seem very strange to remember and celebrate a death. Especially when we consider what led up to the cross, the cross itself as a form of execution, and what happened on the cross....

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Jesus Holds First Place

As part of growing together at RLC, we want to memorize scripture together. The memory passage for February is Colossians 1:15-20 and it is awesome!...

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Opposition, Indifference, or Worship

The point of Advent is worship. The point of Christmas is adoring Christ. We see this from every prophecy of the coming Messiah. We see this in every Old Testament shadow revealing Christ in the in the law, the Psalms, and the prophets. We see this especially magnified through the Gospel accounts of Christ's birth. ...

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Make Room For Joy This Christmas

Christmas is a time of reflection and a time of expectation. Christmas for the Christian has far deeper meaning than merely putting up decorations, or exchanging gifts, and singing seasonal songs. So this season, we want to remember the coming of Jesus, the promised Messiah, God's beloved Son, our gracious Savior. We want to celebrate hope entering into the world, love ...

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A Halloween That Changed the World

Today is the tale of two days. One day, most Americans know well. The other, they should. Today, millions of people will celebrate Halloween Day with its accompanying costumes and trick or treating....

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Treasures Gushing Like Niagara Falls

Some places in the bible are like a goldmine - overflowing with treasures that just seem to gush out like Niagara Falls. Romans chapter eight in one such place....

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