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1 John in 15 Minutes

This past weekend at Riv, I asked everyone to do a little homework. Because we are doing a quick 6 week series through the book of 1 John, I wanted everyone to read it through in one setting.

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Should we just believe everything our pastor tells us?

A recent scandal with a well-known Christian leader prompted a Rivite to post a question on my Facebook wall. "Should the (for lack of a better word) common folk of a church believe/trust everything their pastor says?" Here's my response...

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What Wondrous Love Is This?

Ish plays Riv standard "What Wondrous Love Is This?" during a recent studio session.

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Starting and Stopping

As I have been doing for the last several years, I took the month of July off of Social Media and most email. As always, it was a refreshing time. And as always, I am ready to dive back in.

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iFast 5.0

This July marks the 5th time I have taken a monthly fast from Social Media and much other technology. Here's what I am doing and why...

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Parenting Matters

One of the side topics we looked at during this weekend's message at Riv was the impact that a parent has on their child.  Jacob desperately longed for love and blessing from his father but it always eluded him because his dad loved his brother Esau more.  Instead of learning from his father's mistake, Jacob commits the same sin and favors his son Joseph over his ...

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What a Year

“I’m leaving my husband.”   These were the first words a woman tearfully shared with me on the phone earlier this year.  After a decade of “irreconcilable differences,” she and her husband were calling it quits.  I begged her to fight for her marriage and pointed her to the picture of marriage Paul paints in Ephesians 5.  She and her husband are now ...

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Heikkinen vs. Nature

On the afternoon of November 29, 2013 a fateful battle took place in the chill winter air of Holt, Michigan.  Here, as best as I can recall the details through the fog of war, is what took place.  It started when Nature made a man angry.   ...

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Who won the free Sola tickets?

On Wednesday, I decided to give away two tickets to Sola.  The nomination process was simple, tell me who deserved them (someone you were thankful for) and I would chose someone.  Well, Black Friday changed all that for me.  Here's what I ended up deciding.  

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Joe Needs Your Help

Last year, we were fortunate enough to have the bearded Joe Swords (and his lovely wife Ashley) as part of our Church Planting Residency program.  They are planting The Exchange Church in Clio, Michigan.  Don't be ashamed if you don't know where Clio is (I didn't either until I met Joe).  It's a small town north of Flint. One of the reasons I am so excited ...

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