One way God is talking to you right now by PASTOR JON HUIZENGA River Rock Church I was camping the other night, out in the woods, at 11 p.m., away from light. The night sky was beautiful. I identified a few constellations and wished I knew more. The sight distances are so vast! I regretted how many nights I settle for a ceiling over my head, artificial light, and some screen with its shallow content. God talks outdoors! Look in the sky at night and you can almost hear God quietly and powerfully say, “Yes, I am here.” Did you know that the Bible says God talks outdoors? Here it is, Psalm 19: “The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech. Night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.” Look for God outdoors. He is there speaking about his majesty. It is a shame to miss him, so look. You spend too much time indoors: Ceiling above your head, artificial light, building sounds (fans, pumps, compressors), indoor smells (cologne, food, staleness). Have you noticed how being outdoors relaxes you? The sky is big. The smells are nice (usually). The light is pleasant. One thing you miss indoors is that sense of power. God is speaking about his vastness and his power out there in the sky and we humans stay in our rectangular rooms. Of course, we have to go to work. Of course, we must escape harsh weather. But God talks outdoors in a way that we shouldn’t miss. One more thing: No matter where you are on planet Earth, no matter what language people are speaking, no matter what culture is present, human beings are hearing this voice of God. Tom in Michigan and Kaaya in Tanzania hear the same God-voice in a language they can understand. Soon it will be getting colder and you will have to put forth more effort to be out there. Now, however, it is easy to get out there. Go outside! God is waiting to talk to you. Oh, and while you are out there, say “Hi” back.
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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Over the past several years, the residents of the greater Rockford community have been treated to “The Blues” and the “Open Mic”. And now those same residents will be able to enjoy another genre of music. Christian music will now fill the air of Rockford’s Garden Club Park on twelve consecutive Sunday evenings this summer. “What better way, for Rockford residents and visitors from out of town, to spend a warm summer evening than in the beautiful Rogue River setting of the park while enjoying music dedicated to the Creator of all things,” said City Councilman and event organizer, Rich Moll. The idea for “Praise in the Park” entered Moll’s mind a few years ago, but he was unable to get needed support to make the idea fly. Moll placed it on the back burner but couldn’t get it out of his mind. All that changed recently when Ethan Ezikian, the Worship Director from Rockford Reformed Church, asked Moll what it would take to hear some Christian music in downtown Rockford. With that simple question and Ezikian’s support the dream galvanized. Numerous churches in the area were contacted and a large enough pool of churches readily agreed to play a part in this inaugural event by filling the twelve weeks that were planned. The Sunday evening programs may include Praise teams, duets, solos, instrumental music, and even good old-fashioned traditional hymn sings. Your reporters, the Hills, were on hand last Sunday evening when the Praise Team from Rockford Reformed Church performed a blend of vocal and instrumental music before a large appreciative crowd. Many on hand that evening were first time visitors to Rockford’s annual Start of Summer Celebration weekend. “My family and I had a blast in Rockford this weekend,” said Cayden Tanner from Orlando, Florida. “And this wonderful evening of music was the icing on the cake.” Moll envisions each of the Sunday evening performances to be a wholesome event for the “entire family” to enjoy, saying, “The God given faith based talents of the musicians and singers of our area churches are simply awesome. Mark your calendars for the remaining eleven weeks of the “Praise in the Park” schedule. You won’t be disappointed.” “Praise in the Park” […]
River Rock Church is joining forces with talented musicians to present an exciting event that will raise money and awareness for ongoing needs in Haiti. On Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m., Baltimore-based musicians Val Nebbia and David Parker will take the stage alongside local musicians “Rock of Ages” (featuring Gordon Thayer) and worship pastor, Cameron Blake Warne. River Rock youth will be selling crafts and homemade baked goods. The director of Christian Light Ministries in Haiti, Sherrie Fausey, is flying in from Port au Prince to share her experiences. It’s been a little over two years since a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake left the country of Haiti in ruins, but many organizations such as Christian Light are still working tirelessly toward the country’s stability. River Rock Church and Christian Light Ministries are combing their efforts with the goal to rebuild a damaged orphanage and a new school. General admission is $5 at the door, with 100 percent of admission proceeds and youth ministry sales going to Christian Light Ministry. River Rock Church is located at 6060 Belding Road, Rockford. For more information, visit www.riverrockcommunity.com, or contact Cameron Warne at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 874-0400 ext. 115.
Flowers fade, chocolates disappear quickly. This year, make a Valentine’s Day investment in your relationship by attending the Love & Respect Marriage Conference at River Rock Church, featuring Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs. The Friday, February 17, 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 18, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. event is a high-energy, practical seminar designed to help couples achieve the relationship they’ve always dreamed of. According to Dr. Eggerichs, “Women need love. Men need respect. It’s as simple and as complicated as that.” One conference attendee remarked, “I know my wife truly loves me, but because she practices giving me respect on a daily basis (sometimes I’m not respectable), I have been able to feel fulfilled and my home is by far the best place I want to be at any given time. We are sure that this teaching will revive and restore many marriages.” Dr. Eggerichs has been invited to speak to the NFL owners and coaches, the PGA players and spouses at The Player’s Championship, and the New York Giants at their new stadium in N.J. But most honoring to him was being invited by the military brass to speak to the troops in Iraq this year. Dr. Eggerichs is the author of several books, including the national bestseller “Love and Respect, “which has sold over a million copies. He has graduate degrees from Wheaton College and Dubuque Seminary and a Ph.D. in child and family ecology from Michigan State University. Married in 1973, he and Sarah live in Grand Rapids. He is the founder and president of Love and Respect Ministries. Contact River Rock Church at (616) 874-0400, e-mail email@example.com or visit loveandrespect.com/events/details/991 to reserve your space online.