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11 years ago when I started blogging, I had to constantly tell people what a blog was. 4093 posts later, things have changed quite a bit. A lot of the reasons I blog have shifted over to Social Media platforms: connecting with people in our church, sharing what I am reading / learning, etc. The other main purpose, writing articles, has shifted over to RivChurch.com. Because I am so spread out across the web, I've decided the best use of NoelJesse.com is to point people to those other places. Therefore, over the next week or so I am going to convert my site into a portal to all of the other places people can find me online. I will keep the content I have posted here as an archive (kinda like the wayback Noel machine) but generate most of my content elsewhere.
This summer, I had the opportunity to teach on racism in response to some questions people at Riv asked. I figured MLK Day would be a good day to post a clip from that message about what the Gospel has to say about racism. If you would like to watch the entire message, you can do so on the Riv site or app.
We are in sin because we are in the dark, but Jesus' light shines and leads us to peace.
Hey, Riverview- "I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:4–9)
It's been a long time since I've heard a decent version of this song, but this one is really good. I'm teaching on Mary this weekend at Riv so it was especially timely.
As an public service, I annually repost Noel's World Famous Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe. You are welcome. It's truly the least I can do.
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.
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...
Ish plays Riv standard "What Wondrous Love Is This?" during a recent studio session.