By December 22, 2017Christmas
12.21.2017 | by Patrick Voelker, Executive Administrator

Christmas!  It always seems to come so fast.  Wasn’t it just Thanksgiving?  It seems like I just sat down with my family, our kids and grand-kids and laughed together as we ate turkey and mashed potatoes.  And how my boys love their potatoes!

But here we are at Christmas.  Whoosh…..  Is that how you are feeling today?  Has the Christmas season just been rushing by, like a whirlwind, or maybe more like a tornado?  If so, take a moment right now, pause, and consider Christmas.

Here at River of Life on Sunday mornings in December we have been considering Christmas each day.  Christmas is so named as it is a celebration (mass) of Christ (Jesus).  Each Sunday we have focused on Jesus as we journey toward the celebration of Jesus on Christmas.

On December 3rd Pastor Dave talked that Jesus came to save.  Jesus, the Son of God born in physical form and we celebrate that birth as Christmas.  At a specific point in history, God chose to enter the world, walk the earth, perform miracles, and to offer Himself as a sacrifice for all the sins of those who have lived or will live.  Jesus, Savior, is truly the reason for the season.

On December 10th, we talked that Jesus came to build.  Jesus established a new Kingdom, His Kingdom and the point for that Kingdom is the church.  All believers who gather together locally to be His Kingdom, to proclaim Him to others, and to love others as Jesus Himself loved.  Jesus Kingdom is all about impact.  He intends for His people to impact the world, starting with our own communities.

On December 17th Pastor Dave spoke on Jesus came to transform.  Choosing Jesus is choosing a transformed life.  All of which is made possible because Jesus gives us the Spirit of God to reside within us when we choose to give our life to Jesus, to acknowledge Him as our Savior and in charge of our lives.  Our opinions, wants, desires, are now being aligned by the Spirit with Jesus’ truth and desires for our lives.  We are fulfilled, we feel complete, we experience joy, because Jesus is our compass, not ourselves.

Finally, on Sunday, December 24th we celebrate Jesus.  His birth, our salvation, history forever changed, hope forever provided.  How can we not shout?

Joy to the World, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love.

Christmas, if Jesus is not your savior, now is the time to choose Him.  If you know Jesus but have not been engaged in building His Kingdom, engage!  And if you do not sense you a living a transformed life, now is the time to seek God to unleash His Holy Spirit within you.

Join us again on December 31st, New Years Eve,  when we experience our worship online at to explore our journey of faith in 2018 and then be back at church on Sunday, January 8th at 9am or 10:45am to begin an exciting new series called “Momentum.”